Wed 3rd June 2020 7pm – 9pm
On this relaxed two hour workshop we will earn how to weave using a small wooden frame lap loom. You will learn how to warp your own loom, then finish and create your own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric. The project will have a focus on texture, pattern and colour and all materials will be included.
We will take you through the process of preparing and choosing your yarn and how to use various fibres and techniques to get you started and then our large stash of yarn and fabric are yours to enjoy.
We use a simple lap loom that is perfect for both children from the age of 6 and adults to engage with this traditional craft and learn to make something new and unique with your own two hands. Once you have the basics down, you will be able to pick and choose your textures and colours at your own pace and taste. You will leave the workshop with a lovely wall hanging, but don’t panic! If you don’t finish your piece in two hours you can finish it at home. The lap loom you have been using is all yours to keep and take home with you.
This is a very child friendly workshop, but we do ask that under 14’s are 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.
Wed 3rd June 2020 7pm – 9pm
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2020 dates now available.
Themed date Wednesday 28th October 2020 – Halloween Batik.
Fiona will show you the art of ‘Batik’, which is painting with wax on to fabric, to create beautiful individual works of art.
Using a Tjanting tool to manipulate your wax, you will be creating a design on a cotton tea – towel. Once the wax has set, you will using highly pigmented dyes to paint your designs.
All materials and templates are included, plus beverages and light snacks.
This workshop is for the relaxing art of hand quilting, it is suitable for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. Even if you have never threaded a needle in your life, you will leave the workshop with the start of mini quilt and new sewing skills under your belt. We do not use a machine for any part of this mini quilt so it can be finished at home with very little equipment.
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 quilt or wall-hanging. It is very relaxing and an easy method of patchwork and a lovely introduction to the world of quilting.
During the 3 hour workshops we will teach you the techniques & skills to create hexagons, how to cut and use paper pieces to make accurate shapes and how to glue or hand baste them together.
We will then make 7 hexagons to hand sew together to make a lovely flower shape. We will show you how to edge and bind your work to make a mini wall hanging or cushion front.
This could be the start of a very addictive craft for you that can lead to an heirloom family quilt. It is an economical and fun way to use up fabric scraps and is super portable.
Fri 20th November 2020 6.30pm – 9.30pm – Workshop will be making a Christmas decoration rather than a mini quilt.
All material included. Fabric, thread and paper templates, plus all the additional fabric and batting to complete your work at home.
In this fun 2 hour workshops we will be wet felting a cute little pot using the resist felting technique.
We will start by learning the basics of wet felting, this will include the terms used for different stages of felting and and introduction to the tools needed. We use household items for our felting, so this is a craft that could easily be continued at home. Then we will choose a variety of colours from our large wool stash to create a little pot.
We will also show you how to embellish your pot with hand stitches or bead work.
This course is suitable for complete beginners, it does require manual work with your hands. We do however take plenty of breaks and have two tutors on hand to help, so please don’t be put off if you have problems with mobility.
2020 dates now available.
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.