Dotee Dollsfrom £26.00
Back in 2008 an Australian lady named Dorothy (Dot) Christian made a small, blob-like fabric doll embellished with beads and created a bit of a phenomenon.
10 years later and we are bringing Dotee dolls to Beeston! They were traditionally made to swap ort gift and spread a little happiness.
There is no right or wrong way to make a Dotee doll, the only rules are no arms or legs, a loop at the top for hanging and a dangly tail.
Dotee dolls are usually 4 to 6 inches in length and can be decorated in any way you like – beads, buttons, sequins, reibbons and embroidery. As much or as little as you like. Your doll could be man or beast, male or female or a bit of a mix!
Any skill level can achieve great results, you don’t have to have any sewing experience at all. We will cover basic sewing techniques, embroidery and stuffing your doll in our session.
These little companion dolls are such fun to create. You can make a personal gift or keep your creation for yourself. You will take home your lovely doll and a goodie bag of treasures such as beads, ribbons and fabric to make more dolls at home if you wish.
All materials are provided plus beverages and light snacks.
Fabric Flowersfrom £30.00
On this 2 hour course we will teach you 3 methods of making lovely fabric flowers.
- Wool Felt Flowers
- Kanzashi Folded Flowers (fabric origami)
- Silk Burnt Fabric Flower charms.
Your flowers can be kept as a lovely bouquet that will never wilt, or can be turned into brooches, hairs slides or bag decorations.
We will be using a couple of hand sewing techniques this workshop, they are very easy stitches and completely suitable for those who have never sew before. We will also show you a couple of none sewn techniques using glue.
You can expect to make quite a bundle of flowers on this workshop and it is suitable for all ages.
All materials provided plus beverages and biscuits.
Free-Machine Embroidery with Sarah Sewellfrom £38.00
Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is VERY addictive!
Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners (no previous sewing experience required) but is also great as an introduction to a different sewing technique for more accomplished machinists or as a refresher for those that have tried free-machine embroidery before.
You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques.
There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer.
At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home.
Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you.
You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture.
Make a Lampshade with Sarah Sewellfrom £35.00
In this 2 hour workshop, Sarah Sewell of Wildgoose Designs will teach you how to make a fabric-covered 30cm drum lampshade. Your lampshade can be made for a table lamp or pendant fitting (ceiling). Suitable for beginners & absolutely no crafting experience necessary!
A selection of fabric is included in the price but you may wish to bring your own fabric to cover your lampshade (Please note – this needs to measure at least 100cm x 30cm. Medium weight cotton fabric works best for this – please no stretchy or very thick/upholstery fabric)
There will also be a selection of retro cotton fabrics available to purchase (£5 per lampshade) if you prefer.
Extra kits will also be available to purchase at a discount price of £12 per kit (fabric not included).
Needle Felted Creaturesfrom £26.00
Felt is a textile that is produced by matting and knotting natural fibres together. This can be done using a wet or dry method. Needle felting is the dry method of creating 3D felt objects, or further embellishing flat pieces of work. Using special barbed needles and carded wool (from local sheep) you will learn the techniques behind creating a lovely bee brooch and then have a chance to make a little project of your own choice.
We will start by learning about the tools and equipment used in needle felting. We will have lots of samples of wool and fibre to help us learn about texture and form. Each attendee will make a small sample to practise using the needles before we start on a felted bee. You will be shown how to felt different shapes and how to join those shapes together. We will add our bee wings using felt or acetate, little eye embellishments and finally add a little brooch back or an invisible thread to complete our bees.
You will leave the course having learnt a new craft skill. If you fancy, you can also buy a felt kit and wool directly from us to continue at home.
This course is suitable for complete beginners to needle felting or those wishing to brush up their skills. As needle felting involves pushing very sharp needles into felt we recommended attendees are 12 and over (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).
This is a 2 hr course and will include hot and cold beverages and lots of lovely biscuits. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to get a brew and get settled, you don’t need to bring anything other than your lovely self. Directions and further information (if needed) will be emailed directly to you two weeks before the course date.