June Wed 19th 12.30pm – 2.30pm
On this workshop, our lovely tutor Lucy will teach you the art of marbling paper.
After a brief history of paper marbling and its uses. Lucy will introduce you to the tradition method of marbling which uses carragheenan size to float pigments on water. Students will get to try this and a number of modern techniques to create lots of sample patterned papers.
You will then have the time to experiment with these different marbling techniques and create some of your own fantastic pieces of marbled art.
You will leave with all your lovely samples, a handout explaining how to continue your journey and all the recipes we use to create the different marble baths.
This fabulously fun course is 3 hours long 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 (but we do recommend wearing old clothes for this one, some inks will stain). Directions and further information (if needed) will be emailed directly to you two weeks before the course date.
June Wed 19th 12.30pm – 2.30pm
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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.
On this 2 hour course we will teach you all about epoxy resin. The 1 to 1 epoxy resin we use is low odour, non-toxic and doesn’t contain dangerous solvents.
During the workshop you will make a number of pieces of jewellery or keepsakes using our huge collection of molds.
Resin is so versatile – you can colour it with powders and inks, add glitter or shimmers, embed things in it – the only limit is your imagination!
The resin pieces will take 24 hours to cure (set). So your pieces will be finished by us and posted out to you a week after the course.
This two hour workshop is an introduction to shaping and layering paper to create wonderful pieces of art.
You may benefit from attending our beginners workshop for paper cutting, but it is not essential. You will still be able to fully participate in this workshop as we have templates and designs for all levels of experience. You do NOT need any drawing skills to enjoy this workshop as all projects are based on templates. We are happy to show those who wish, how to create a template from your own drawing at home.
We start by looking at the different methods used to create layers with paper and an introduction to our basic tools. We will complete a warm up cutting exercise to hone our cutting skills for the session, which includes shaping a basic mini beetle. You will then choose from a huge selection of templates and be guided through cutting your own 3D project.
You will go home with a completed framed project, plus a set of templates to continue at home with the skills you have learnt during our session. You will get to keep your cutting mat, scalpel and a packet of spare blades.
Tea, biscuits and all materials are provided for the session. Suitable for 10 years and over.
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.