Workshops


  1. ‏About our Workshops

All the sewing ones do require you to bring your sewing machine though we do have a couple here that you may use.

As our workshops provided by fabulous tutors are growing increasingly popular and because we only take a max of 6 or 7 on each workshop for a cosy, informal feel they do tend to fill up rather quickly – if there is one that you are interested in which is full please drop me a line – I can put you on a list should there be a last minute cancellation or if there are a few interested we may be able to squeeze in an extra workshop or tell you first when we get new dates.

We can arrange bespoke workshops or Crafternoons just for you, crafty hen parties are popular as are our Eventful Evenings so please get intouch to discuss further.

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS – MANAGED TO GET AS FAR AS MARCH BUT STILL PLENTY MORE TUTORS TO ADD DATES!!

PICS WILL FOLLOW ONCE I’VE GOT DATES FINISHED,THEN ONLINE BOOKING – message me in the meantime via FB page or 07890017715 (text is best)

 

 

FUN WITH FELT with Jane Farkins

Saturday 26 January 10-1pm £35 incl all materials and a light lunch

An introduction to needlefelting – come and explore the amazing effects and therapeutic qualities of felting – try a picture, felting onto a form to make an apple or create a 3D piece such as a bird or mouse in a tea cup.

SEWING SKILLS with Carole McPhillips  (MONTHLY EVENT)

Monday 28 January 6-9pm £35.00 incl supper

Join Carole as she takes on a new sewing skill every month.

 

BECOME A WEAVER with Jan Beadle

Wednesday 30 – Thursday 31 January 10-4pm £120.00 incl all materials & lunches

Join our favourite weaver Jan and learn how to dress a loom on day one then start weaving on day two. Jan has three 8 shaft looms that can be booked or you can bring your own (though please check direct with Jan if it is suitable). Day two will be spent experimenting with colour, texture and patterns. you can expect to take home a scarf width/length of fabric.

 

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

LAMPSHADE WORKSHOP with Jane Farkins

Saturday 2 February 10-1pm £35 incl lampshade kit and lunch

Come and choose to make a 20cm, 25cm or 30cm drum shade – we can add a feather flourish too if you wish. If you want to make one to match your décor please feel free to bring your own fabric.

GET TO KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE with Carole McPhillips

Sunday 3 February 1-4pm £35 incl lunch and all materials

if you are getting/did get a sewing machine for Christmas then this one is for you – aimed at total beginners to those returning to sewing or upgraded to a new machine and looking to gain confidence.

FABRIC TAXIDERMY – BIRDS with Freyja

Tuesday 5 February 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

This is a great introduction to creating animal forms – you transform paper and wire into a form bind with wool, create wire legs and then embellish your bird either as real bird or a fantasy creature. You will get one bird made, the more speedy may get time to start another or a mouse.

BECOME A WEAVER with Jan Beadle

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 February 10-4pm £120.00 incl all materials & lunches

Join our favourite weaver Jan is back – we have popped two of these in as the first filled up so quick. Learn how to dress a loom on day one then start weaving on day two, you can bring your own (though please check direct with Jan if it is suitable). Day two will be spent experimenting with colour, texture and patterns. you can expect to take home a scarf width/length of fabric.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

CHARITY CRAFTERNOON for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland co-hosted with Monkey Tales

Saturday 9 February 2-4pm £15

Come and enjoy an afternoons’s craft and cream scones all in  good cause.

PLUMPTON PURSE with Hole House

Tuesday 12 February 10-2pm £45 incl all bag bits and lunch

Emma’s second visit sees the Plumpton Purse _ a plump leather ended zipped pouch with a wire frame that lends itself to many uses from cosmetics to sewing bits! they make really useful pressies too!!

POWERTEX NOTEBOOK COVER OR CANVAS with NSJ Powertex

Wednesday 13 February 10-2pm £30 incl all materials and Lunch

Join new tutor Michelle for this exciting new mixed media product – it’s a fabric hardener, glue, paint & weatherproof agent all rolled into one. Starter kits will be available from Michelle too, these aren’t available to buy in shops.

CRAFT CLUB (monthly event)

Thursday 14 February 12 – 3pm or 5.30 – 8.30pm £2.50 to come add ons include cheese board £3.50 and taster crafts from £3.50

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

WINE TASTING EVENING with Black Hand Wines

Friday 15 February 6.30pm start £35

Taste 6 wines and be regaled by Sam’s stories of wine making, the evening finishes with a hearty venison casserole and cheese board.

SILVER BANGLE with Passion Flower Studios

Sunday 24 February 10-4pm £79.95 incl all materials and lunch

Passion Flower Studio’ Amanda returns for a bangle workshop, you will design, cut, emboss, embellish, even stone set if you wish.

SEWING SKILLS with Carole McPhillips (MONTHLY EVENT)

Monday 25 FEBRUARY 6-9pm £35.00 incl supper

Join Carole as she takes on a new sewing skill every month.

FELTED WRIST WARMERS with Erika Textile Arts

Tuesday 26 February 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Join Erika and learn how to create a pair of wrist warmers in one piece using the wet felted method with silks and wool tops – Erika has lots of wonderful colours as do we, so you can be as colourful or muted as you choose – these will be thick, warm and fit you – well, like a glove!

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERY with Delicate Stitches

Saturday 2 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Discover the limitless possibilities of drawing with a sewing machine. Local artist Helen Walsh will take you through the process of creating beautiful machine embroidered and appliquéd textile drawings. there’s a variety of patterns to choose or you can create your own.

You will need your sewing machine, a free motion/darning foot and know how to drop the feed dogs.

CURTAIN MASTERCLASS with Sew it Seams

Sunday 3 March 10-4pm £65 incl all materials and lunch

Bring you sewing machine andLearn how to cut fabric easily including patten matching and joining fabric. You will make one small sample pair of curtains. One curtain will be all machine stitched including pinch pleat heading tape the other will be hand sewn in and buckram heading tape used.

PLUMPTON PURSE with Hole House

Tuesday 5 March 10-2pm £45 incl all bag bits and lunch

Emma’s third visit sees the Plumpton Purse as the original filled up so quickly we added in another, this is  a plump leather ended zipped pouch with a wire frame that lends itself to many uses from cosmetics to sewing bits! they make really useful pressies too!!

FABRIC TAXIDERMY HARE with Freyja

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 March  10-4pm £120 incl all materials and lunch

Freyja returns after the success of her bird workshop to work on a larger project – a hare. day one will be spent making the form and binding it then day two will be embellishing and stitching on vintage fabrics and laces as well as being able to rummage through our stash which includes cottons, tweeds, sari silks, chiffons and wool selvedge.

 

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

EXPLORING COLOUR, PATTERN & TEXTURE with Jan Beadle

Saturday 9 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl lunch and all materials

Jan has dressed all the looms so you are ready to get weaving and experiment with pattern and colour, suitable for those wishing to try weaving on an Ashford four shaft tabletop loom or for those wishing to try out patterns and colours.

BEGINNERS INTRODUCTION TO LINO PRINTING with Liz Jones

Sunday 10 March 10-2pm £45 incl lunch and all materials

you will receive guidance notes prior to the workshop and you will  bring a design idea on the day, Liz will show you how to transfer to lino and you will create a number of prints and be able to take your printing block home.

 

HIGHLAND COW HEAD – with Jane Farkins

Thursday 14 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Join me and create your own wee beastie to hang on the wall.

 

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

PORTRAIT IN FELT with Boo & The Noodle

Saturday 16 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Join new tutor Jenny to create a fabulous felt family portrait – photo of group and sewing machine are required.

 

TWO DAY TOTE with Hole House

Sunday 17 – Monday 18th March £155 incl all bag bits and lunches

This is based on our earlier one day tote but has the additions of a recessed zip closure, feet and a reinforced bottom. You will need your sewing machine, chosen fabrics and threads.

CRAFT CLUB (monthly event)

Thursday 21 March 12 – 3pm or 5.30 – 8.30pm £2.50 to come add ons include cheese board £3.50 and taster crafts from £3.50

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

BEGINNERS INTRODUCTION TO LINO PRINTING with Liz Jones

Saturday 23 March 10-2pm £45 incl lunch and all materials (additional date due to demand)

you will receive guidance notes prior to the workshop and you will  bring a design idea on the day, Liz will show you how to transfer to lino and you will create a number of prints and be able to take your printing block home.

 

FELT EASTER WREATH with Lynne Dare

Sunday 24 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Lynne returns after the success of last year’s teddies and robins to teach this fab Easter decoration – you all know I love a wreath – this one with be embellished with Easter Themed decoration stitched from quality wool felt and embellished with beads and embroidery.

SEWING SKILLS with Carole McPhillips (MONTHLY EVENT)

Monday 25 March 6-9pm £35.00 incl supper

Join Carole as she takes on a new sewing skill every month.

NUNO  FELTED SCARF with Erika, Textile Arts

Tuesday 26 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl lunch and all materials

Join textile artist Erika and let your imagination loose as you create a piece of art you can wear or a wall hanging using silks, wool tops and chiffons to make a statement scarf, this can also be embellished with beads – if you like a bit of sparkle.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

POWERTEX MAKE & TAKE – with NSJ Powertex

Saturday 30 March 10.30-11.30am or 1.30-2.30pm £10

Join Michelle as she takes part in a week’s national promotion of this new fab mixed media product – you will have a demo on the potential of powertex and then have a go at making a small piece to take home.  This is a good opportunity to try out Powertex and starter kits are available from Michelle.

 

POWERTEX EASTER BUNNY or HARE SCULPTURE

Tuesday 2 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl lunch and all materials

create a hare or Easter Bunny Sculpture – it will be weather proof so can go in your garden or pride of place on a shelf. Personalise to your hearts extent – is it the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, an Easter Bunny with a basket for chocolate eggs or a hare – its upto you.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY & WATER SOLUBLE FABRIC with Delicate Stitches

Wednesday 3 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials & lunch

explore the possibilities of water soluble fabric with Helen and create butterflies that can be made into brooches or used to create a feature in your home or workplace.

LINO PRINTED LANTERN with Liz Jones

Friday 5 April 10-4pm £65 incl lunch & all materials

Liz returns for this workshop to create a lantern printed with your own design.

 

LAMPSHADE WORKSHOP with Jane Farkins

Saturday 6 April 10-1pm £35 incl lampshade kit and lunch

Come and choose to make a 20cm, 25cm or 30cm drum shade – we can add a feather flourish too if you wish. If you want to make one to match your décor please feel free to bring your own fabric.

 

POTTERY SHEEP with Pinfold Pottery

Tuesday 9 April 10-1pm or 1-4pm £45 incl all materials and lunch

Claire Farley brings her talents here and shares her skills for you to create a pottery sheep. You will make and choose your glazes, Claire will take them back to her studio to fire and glaze and fire again. Your finished sheep will return to the workshop after approx. three weeks where it will be ready to collect – please note we are unable to post so collection only.

APPLIQUE CUSHION with Handmade designs by Sarah Louise

Saturday 13 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch.

Join Sarah and make either a cushion with an appliqued Hedgehog or Pheasant. These workshops are popular when matched with Sarah’s matching applique lampshade workshop – Sunday 9 June. Sewing machine is required.

EASTER RABBIT with Lynne Dare

Sunday 14 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Join our Queen of Felt; Lynne to make this super adorable Easter Rabbit. Made from quality wool felt and complete with scarf and carrot.

EASTER FLOWER WORKSHOP with David Ryland

Tuesday 16 April 10-2pm £55 incl all materials and lunch

After his successful Christmas Workshop we couldn’t wait to get David back – the day starts with coffee and a demo, lunch then you create a table centrepiece or hall table display.

 

CRAFT CLUB (MONTHLY EVENT)

Thursday 18 April 12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm

Come along for £2.50, add ons incl cheese board £3.50 and taster crafts from £3.50

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

KEEPSAKE MEMORY BEAR with Monkey Tales

Saturday 27 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all bear bits and lunch

This is Harrison – the bear I made with Harris Tweed.

Join Anne for this popular workshop – you can make a bearwith moveable arms & legs out ofoutgrown baby/children’s clothes, those of a lost loved one or just some of your favourite fabric from your stash.  A sewing machine is needed for this one.

SILVER PENDANT with Passion Flower Studios

Sunday 28 April 10-4pm £79.95 incl all materials and lunch

Amanda is back, this time for a pendant workshop – design and make your own unique piece of jewellery.

WEAVE YOUR OWN TWEED & MAKE A BAG with Jan Beadle & Hole House

Monday 29-Tuesday 30 April £125 incl all materials and lunches

Day one will be spent with Jan weaving a wider than normal width of tweed, this is suitable for beginners to weaving and sewing (as long as you have used a sewing machine) the morning will be experimenting with colour then weaving a piece in the afternoon of your chosen colour and pattern.

Day two will be making your tweed into a bag – a wooden framed clutch bag with Hole House

WOODEN FRAMED CLUTCH BAG – with Hole House

Wednesday 1 May 10-2pm £49.95 incl all bag hardware and lunch

join Emma to make this popular sized clutch bag, suitable for beginners just bring your sewing machine and choice of fabrics.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

CANE TOPPERS with Pinfold Pottery

Tuesday 7 May 10-1pm or 1-4pm £45 incl all materials and lunch

Clare returns – you will make a pair of cane toppers that can be left out all year to bring a bit of colour in the winter months.

You will design and make a pair of toppers – choose your glazes, Clare will take them away to her studio for firing, glazing and another firing – they will be available to collect approx. three weeks after the workshop, we regret we cannot post them, it is collection only.

SHIBORI SCARF with Jan Beadle

Wednesday 8- Thursday 9 May 10-4pm £120 all materials and lunches

This two day workshop sees you experiment with colour & technique on the first day you will unveil your sample scarf on the second day after it has been washed and dried overnight for you. you will then pick out the elements you like and weave your final piece.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

FABRIC & THREAD LANDSCAPES with Delicate Stitches

Wednesday 15 May £59.95 10-4pm incl all materials & lunch

 

Helen will bring her stash and I have mine to allow you to create a picture using colours and textures, you can machine embroider, hand embroider, embellish with beads.

CRAFT CLUB (MONTHLY EVENT)

Thursday 16 May 12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm

Come along for £2.50 add ons include cheese board £3.50, taster crafts from £3.50

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

APPLIQUE CUSHION with Handmade designs by Sarah Louise

Saturday 18 May 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch.

Join Sarah and make either a cushion with an appliqued Hare or elephant. These workshops are popular when matched with Sarah’s matching applique lampshade workshop – Sunday 9 June. Sewing machine is required.

LEATHER HANDLED MESSENGER BAG with Hole House

Sunday  19 May 10-4pm £89.95 incl all bag bits & lunch

join emma for this new take on an old favourite- funky coloured leather straps transform this into a statement piece.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

Silver Earrings Workshop with Passionflower studios

Sunday 2 June 10-4pm £79.95 incl all materials and lunch

Amanda returns for you to complete your jewellery collection – this time its ear rings – studs or dangly or ear cuffs.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

KESWICK CLUTCH with Hole House

Saturday 8 or Tuesday 11 June 10-2pm £65 including all bag bits and lunch

Emma is back her own designed Keswick Clutch, a handy clutch bag with leather wristlet strap and a zipped back pocket.  Just bring your sewing machine and chosen fabrics.

 

APPLIQUE LAMPSHADE with Handmade Designs by Sarah Louise

Sunday 9 June 10-3pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

join Sarah to make an applique lamp shade featuring a hare or pheasant, if you have made a cushion on a previous workshop you could make a shade to match. sewing machine needed for this one.

WEAVE A SILK SCARF with Jan Beadle

Wednesday 12 or Thursday 13 June 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials

Jan brings her Ashford looms back, this time they are warped up with silk and you will weave with silks to create your own designed silk scarf

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

CRAFT CLUB (monthly event)

Thursday 20 June 12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm

Come along for £2.50 add ons include cheese board £3.50, taster crafts from £3.50

 

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

SEWING SKILLS with Carole McPhillips (MONTHLY EVENT)

Monday 24 June 6-9pm £35.00 incl supper

 

Join Carole as she takes on a new sewing skill every month.

 

TWO DAY TOTE with Hole House

Wednesday  26 – Thursday 27 June £155 incl all bag bits and lunches

This is based on our earlier one day tote but has the additions of a recessed zip closure, feet and a reinforced bottom. You will need your sewing machine, chosen fabrics and threads.

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

 

PLUMPTON with Hole House

Sunday 30 June 10-2pm £65 including all bag bits and lunch

 

Emma is back her own designed Plumpton  Just bring your sewing machine and chosen fabrics

BOXY CLUTCH with Hole House

Tuesday 2 July 10-1pm £45 incl all bag bits

This is a no-sew bag, bring your chosen fabric and using a frame with a hard shell create a stylish lined clutch bag

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

HOUNDSTOOTH & PINWHEEL PATTERNS with Jan Beadle

Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 July 10-4pm £120

Jan  brings her looms back – all warped up and ready for you to try out these designs – one day on a four shaft and the other day try an eight shaft to create these stunning patterns

MINDFUL PILATES – with Sally’s Pilates

Friday 9.15am-10.15am, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30-1.30pm

WEAVE YOUR OWN TWEED & MAKE A BAG with Jan Beadle & Hole House

Monday 22-Tuesday 23 July £125 incl all materials and lunches

Day one will be spent with Jan weaving a wider than normal width of tweed, this is suitable for beginners to weaving and sewing (as long as you have used a sewing machine) the morning will be experimenting with colour then weaving a piece in the afternoon of your chosen colour and pattern.

Day two will be making your tweed into a bag – a wooden framed clutch bag with Hole House

3 DAY SUMMER SCHOOL – DESIGN AND WEAVE YOUR OWN TARTAN with Jan Beadle

Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 August 10-4pm £180 incl all materials & lunches

A fantastic opportunity to design your own tartan, choosing colours, warping up the loom then weaving a length of your very own unique tartan.

 

WIRE FRAMED BAG with Hole House

Saturday 14 September 10-4pm £85 incl all bag bits and lunch

This is a new design from Hole House.

CHRISTMAS TREE DECS with Lynne Dare

Sunday 29 September 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials, lunch and pattern book

its never too early to start! Lynne has designed a series of decs and produced a book (incl in the course fee) so come and choose a theme and get creating – these look amazing on the tree.

SHOULDER SLOUCH BAG with Hole House

Saturday 12 October 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag bits and lunch.

Join Emma as she makes an old favourite  – the roomy shoulder slouch.

FELT DECORATED CHRISTMAS WREATH with Lynne Dare

Sunday 13 October 10-4pm £59.95

PICS & DETAILS TO FOLLOW – its a wreath, its felt and Christmas themed and designed by Lynne so it will be fab!

MR & MRS CHRISTMAS with Lynne Dare

Sunday 10 November 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials & lunch

PICS & DETAILS TO FOLLOW

 

CLASPED PURSE with Hole House

Tuesday 12 November 10-1pm £49.95 incl all bag bits and lunch

The popular clasped purse just got bigger and has grown a strap.

LUNCH WITH DAVID RYLAND

Tuesday 14 November 12-3pm £35

Come and enjoy our Christmas dinner with a twist; fizz on arrival, two course lunch with coffee then upstairs to join David for a festive demo of floral arrangements, finishes with coffee and warm mince pies.

ANGEL TREE TOPPER with Lynne Dare

Sunday 24 November 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

PICS & DETAILS TO FOLLOW

BOXY CLUTCH WITH ZIPPY INSERT with Hole House

Saturday 30 November 10-4pm £65.00

This versatile bag is ideal for all those Christmas outings.

CHRISTMAS FLORAL WORKSHOP with David Ryland

Thursday 12 December 10-2pm £55 incl all materials and lunch

Come and enjoy a demo by David in the morning, lunch then have a go at creating your own table arrangement or centrepiece.