Sat 1st June 1pm – 3pm, Sat 27th July 1pm – 3pm, Sat 23rd Nov 1pm – 3pm
On this two hour workshop, you will be encouraged to create your own unique project using basic embroidery stitches.
This course is suitable for those who have never threaded a needle before. If already have experience in embroidery, but have become a little rusty, then it is a fabulous course for reigniting the love for slow stitching. We can also teach more complicated stitches for those with previous experience.
We will start by discussing the different terms in embroidery and the many thread types available. We provide a huge selection of template to choose from that have already been applied to fabric so we can jump straight into the fun part. No art skills needed! We will all start with a basic backstitch, which is the perfect foundation stitch for beginners. We will then teach up to 5 further embroidery stitches so you can make your embroidered piece as complicated or simple as you wish, you have free reign over colours and style.
Our stash of threads and embellishments is rather large, including ribbons, sequins, beads, buttons and gems. We encourage you to jump in and find the perfect additions for your embroidery.
Embroidery isn’t a fast craft and it is unlikely that you will finish your project in this two hour session. You will take home your project and hoop to complete at home, plus a lovely mini stash of needles and threads and two extra templates to continue your new found addiction.
Tea and biscuits plus all materials are provided, suitable for ages 8 and over.
Sat 1st June 1pm – 3pm, Sat 27th July 1pm – 3pm, Sat 23rd Nov 1pm – 3pm
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Mono printing is a form of printing that only produces one original image, unlike other printing forms where you can get multiple prints from one original.
There are many techniques for Monoprinting that create beautiful results. Working with thick printing inks and a lovely selection of handmade papers, you will produce a number of original prints to take home with you.
Our wonderful tutor Fiona will be on hand to gently guide you in this craft. All materials are included plus beverages and light snacks.
Discover the wonderful art of Embroidery on this six week course. Each week will feature a different technique to master this popular craft and everything we do is worked BY HAND, no machine are used at all. Which means this course is suitable for absolute beginners to embroidery and all projects can be completed at home with very little equipment.
Friday 25th September
On this first session you will receive two embroidery hoops, a selection of needles and threads and a lovely pair of embroidery scissors. These will be yours to keep so don’t forget to bring them on each session.
To start off our six weeks of embroidery, we will be learning how to transfer a pattern to fabric, how to mount our fabric in a hoop and how to do 4 basic embroidery stitches. We will have completed a mini sampler by the end of the session.
Friday 2nd October
In this session we will have a quick recap of week one, then using our embroidery hoop we will be exploring colour and texture by using hand applique combined with our basic stitches to create a small botanical scene.
Friday 9th October
In this session we will move away from using our embroidery hoop and will learn how to transfer a pattern to felt. We will be making small fox brooch which will be embellished with two new embroidery stitches and beaded embroidery work.
Friday 16th October
In this session we will be picking up our hoops again to learn the Japanese stitching style of ‘Sashiko’ and then comparing it to the western version ‘Chicken Scratch’. Both styles are relaxing and meditative ways to embroider.
Friday 23rd October
In this session we will be introducing you to the traditional patchwork technique of English paper piecing or EPP. English Paper Piecing is shaping fabric around a paper template and hand stitching the shapes together to create a fabric piece that can turned into many projects. We will be doing the addictive little ‘hexie’ shape. It is just perfect for using up fabric scraps and each hexie can be hand embellished further if wanted.
Friday 30th October
On our last session we will be learning the art of cross stitch, we will read a counted pattern and then stitch our way through a simple design. Cross stitch differs from standard embroidery in that it is worked on a ‘even weave’ which means the fabric is woven to make sure that there are the same number of threads per inch in both the warp and the weft (i.e. vertically and horizontally). This leaves perfect little squares in your fabric, into which we stitch little ‘crosses’. It is a slightly more controlled way of stitching.
After completing this detailed 6 week course you will be well on your way to becoming very confident in hand embroidery.
Our Crafting with the Magpies events are our most popular workshop of the year. It involves a super busy day of 5 crafts in one day and a lovely fresh buffet lunch. WOW!! Yes, we are that excited we needed to put it in capital letters. These crafts have been specifically chosen to work within a hour time frame each. You need absolutely NO crafting experience at all to join in. All materials are provided and each craft has a specialist tutor to help and guide you through each session.
On arrival at 9.30am at The Flour Mill Studio (there is a flight of steps to climb to access the studio), you’ll be greeted with a tea or Prosecco and a good lump of cake. We’ll start with a brief introduction and plan of the day.
At 10.15am we’ll start our first craft, you will be working in groups of 6 – 8 per table, but you will do your craft individually. You will have a 15 minute introduction and demo of each craft and then 45 minutes to complete your item. After an hour at each table, the gong will sound and it’s time to move to the next craft!
We will break at half 12 for a well deserved light lunch provided by a lovely local cafe (cake is 100% involved).
At 1.30pm we will continue with two more craft sessions until 3.45pm when we will stop for a glass of Prosecco or a nice brew (and of course more cake).
4.30pm will be the start of our final craft and at the stroke of 5.30pm the final gong will sound and it’s time to relax, with a good cup of tea of course. You will be very welcome to chat to our tutors about the crafts from the day and ask any questions. We use this time to have a look at all the lovely work completed throughout the day.
The 5 crafts we have chosen for this event are:
Needle Felted Mouse
Paper Quilled Card
Beaded Earrings or Memory Wire Bracelet
Watercolour Mini Picture
Geometric Concrete Coaster or Plant Pot.
If all of this excitement isn’t enough we have one more surprise! Every event attendee will receive a branded Two Little Magpies badge, cotton bag and notebook, just perfect for taking your finished crafts home in.
The light lunch will consist of fresh sandwiches and salad plus savoury and sweet nibbles. Please let us know of any dietary requirements as we are inclusive to all and will cater for all and any needs.
Under 16’s are very welcome as long as they are accompanied by a fully paid adult. Unfortunately we cannot take under 8’s for these events.