Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed creatures. It is derived from the Japanese words ‘AMI’ meaning crocheted or knitted and ‘NUIGURUMI’ meaning stuffed doll.
A basic ability in crochet is required for this workshop, it is not suitable for those who have never picked a crochet needle before. The key skills we will be covering will be crocheting in spiral rounds, creating a magic ring and making invisible decreases.
You will be able to keep your crochet hook and all materials needed to finish your creation at home if it takes you a bit longer to complete. We’ll also included the full pattern so you can make a friend for your creation.
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.
Beginners Embroideryfrom £26.00
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.
Beginners Paper Quillingfrom £32.00
Paper quilling lets you coil and shape colourful strips of paper into beautiful works of art. This art form looks complicated and fiddly but we PROMISE you it is not as hard as it looks, and we consider it completely suitable for an absolute beginner.
Quilled projects are light, delicate and look very intricate. They give a strong sense that someone has put a lot of time in making them. We will provide a large selection of templates to choose from and a lovely box frame to mount your finished work. You will also leave the workshop with a quilling tool and a fine glue applicator to continue your new craft at home.
All materials are supplied plus beverages and light snacks.
Copper Etchingfrom £38.00
On this 3 hour class, students will be introduced to the basic techniques for etching designs onto copper. Students will experiment using permanent markers and permanent ink stamping pads to create textures, patterns, and images on metal.
Students will have the opportunity to make a framed picture and a couple of pieces of jewellery such as a pendant, key chain, earrings, or bracelet.
No previous jewellery experience is necessary and this class is suitable for complete beginners including sensible children.
All materials and use of tools are included in the price of the workshop. We will be using an acid to etch our metal pieces. It is not a highly corrosive material but it will stain, please wear old clothes. Safety goggles, gloves and aprons will be provided.
Hot and cold beverages and light snacks are included.
Crafting With The Magpies – Saturday 20th July 2019 10am – 5.30pm£65.00
Crafting with the Magpies is a brand new event for 2019 and it involves 5 crafts in one day. WOW!! Yes, we are that excited we needed to put it in captial 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 10.00am at The Flour Mill Studio (there is a flight of steps to climb to access the studio), you’ll be greeted with a prosecco and a good lump of cake. We’ll start with a brief introduction and plan of the day.
At 10.30am we’ll start our first craft, you will be working in groups of 6 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 3.30pm when we will stop for a glass of prosecco or a nice brew (and of course more cake).
4.00pm will be the start of our final craft and at the stroke of 5.00pm 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:
Shibori dyed cotton cushion cover
Mini hoop embroidery
3d sculptured paper picture
Simple book binding – Notebook
Air dry clay trinket tray
If all of this excitement isn’t enough we have one more surprise! Every event attendee will receive a branded Two Little Magpies badge and cotton bag, 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 dietry requirements as we are inclusive to all and will cater for all and any needs.