Workshops

About our Workshops

As our workshops provided by fabulous tutors are growing increasingly popular and because we only take 6 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.

 

CHRISTMAS THEMED RAG WREATH

Saturday 18 November 1-4pm £27.50 incl all materials and cake

make a rag wreath using a metal frame then embellish with ribbons, feathers, beads – whatever takes your fancy!

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WILLOW BEASTIE with Jane Bradley

Sunday 19 November  10-4pm £65.00 incl all materials & lunch

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 23 November 12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own craft, add on £3.50 for soup and homemade bread, £3.50 for featured craft – clay decorations

 

TWEEDY NECK WARMER with Carole McPhillips

Monday 27 November 6-9pm £35 incl all materials & supper

(can also be made on Sunday 7 January’s session 1-4pm)

bring your sewing machine and make one of these bang on trend neck warmers. Ideal for total beginners wishing to learn how to use their machine or those wishing to gain more confidence and try out new techniques such as button holes.

 

 

CHRISTMAS DOOR WREATHS with Jean Farkins

Monday 4 December 6-9pm £35 incl spiced cider & mince pies

Tuesday 5 December (as above)

I’ve got the dates early this year from Jean – this is for the traditional mossed door wreath which does not blow around due to its weight and lasts well into January without watering.

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CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 7 December 12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm

£2.50 bring your own project, add on £3.50 for soup & homemade bread – featured craft TBA

 

WATERCOLOURS & ACRYLICS with Julia Barclay

Saturday 6 January  1-4pm  £35 incl lunch and materials

Thursday 1 February 6-9pm £35 incl supper and materials

Thursday 22 March 6-9pm £35 incl supper and materials

suitable for total beginners or those wishing to gain a bit more confidence. Very much led by what you want to get out of it – landscapes, still life, washes, pen & paint, etc – Julia will share her knowledge and tips, below are examples of her work – you will experiment on various papers of varying sizes and canvases.

 

LEARN TO/GAIN CONFIDENCE WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE

Sunday 7 January  1-4pm £35 incl all materials and lunch

Join Carole McPhillips and get sewing – Carole will show you how to cut, stitch straight, thread up, change stitch pattern, size & tension then something will be make a Cushion.

 

MAKE A LAMPSHADE

monday 8 January 10-1pm £35 incl all materials and lunch

Come along and learn how to create a 25cm drum Lampshade with a funky metallic lining. You may also like to embellish with a flourish & feathers.

You may wish to book yesterday’s Intro to sewing – making a Cushion so you can  coordinate.

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERY  with Delicate Stitches

Wednesday 17 January  10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Sunday 15 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Discover the limitless possibilities of drawing with a sewingmachine. Local artist Helen Walsh will take you through the process of creating beautiful machine embroidered and appliquéd textile drawings.

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

 

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 18 January  12-3pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft. Get here when you can and leave when you want on either session.

MINI QUILTS with Jane Clark Textiles

Saturday 20 January 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials

Textile artist Jane Clark with get you started with quilting – these mini quilts make lovely wall hangings or can be combined to make something larger. You can choose to do by hand or use a machine or a bit of both!

 

LEATHER HANDLED TOTE BAG with Hole House

Sunday 21 January 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag hardware & lunch

Saturday 12 May 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag hardware & lunch

This one is one of my favourites – the classic tote bag with coloured leather handles – this can be as bold as you dare! Bring your chosen fabrics & machine and prepare for a day of stitching!

 

APPLIQUÉD CUSHION with Handmade designs by Sarah Louise

Monday 22 January 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials & lunch

come and make an eye catching cushion of either a hare, pheasant or Labrador- choose your materials from our stash or feel free to bring your own. Sewing machine is required for this and ability to wind bobbin, thread and change stitch size.

 

CHARITY CRAFTERNOON IN AID OF CHERISHED GOWNS FOR ANGEL BABIES, co hosted by Anne & Fargo of Monkey Tales. Details to follow.

 

WATERCOLOURS & ACRYLICS with Julia Barclay

Thursday 1 February 6-9pm £35 incl supper and materials

suitable for total beginners or those wishing to gain a bit more confidence. Very much led by what you want to get out of it – landscapes, still life, washes, pen & paint, etc – Julia will share her knowledge and tips, below are examples of her work – you will experiment on various papers of varying sizes and canvases.

 

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING with Jan Beadle

Saturday 3 February 10-4pm £55 incl all materials and lunch

the looms are all dressed and ready to go – you will experiment with different patterns, colour & texture all under the watchful eye of Jan. You can expect to weave a scarf length during the session.

 

FUN WITH TEXTILES – hand embroidered textile banner with Delicate Stitches

sunday 4 February 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials & lunch

Come and join Helen from Delicate Stitches to create a piece of artwork exploring different techniques and textures.

 

 

NEEDLEFELTED  PICTURE  with Sarah Louise designs

Monday 5 February  10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials, frame and lunch

Sarah is back this time it’s not cushions but a needle felted picture of a hare gazing at the moon, all materials are included and you will take away a framed picture at the end of the day.

 

TWEED LINED JACKET with Carole McPhillips

Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 February 10-4pm £135 incl lunch & pattern

bring your own tweed and learn how to create a classic Chanel inspired Jacket which is lined and the pattern fitted to your shape for a perfect fit. Not for beginners and knowlege of dressmaking required.

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 8 February  12-1pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft

 

TRANSFORMATION BY CHALK PAINT – with Paula from Muster

Wednesday 21 February 10-3pm  £75 incl lunch & all paints, finishes and equipment

Sunday 22 April 10-3pm incl lunch & all paints, finishes and equipment

This will be our third workshop for painting with Frenchic Paint – the results are always amazing – learn how to prep, paint and finish your chosen piece – a chair, small table, chest, etc if you fancy totally reworking your piece you can combine with tomorrow’s workshop to upholster – a discount of 10% if both booked together. Paula also demonstrates metallic finishes, stencils and different methods.

 

INTRODUCTION TO UPHOLSTERY  with Upholstery by Maud

Thursday February 22nd  10-4pm £75 incl lunch

Join traditional upholsterer Maud for a days introduction to upholstery, learn different approaches to recovering a simple item such as a stool, blanket box, foot stool – let us know and we will let you know if it’s suitable. this is an introduction we will be running a two day which will cover basic restoration and more complex items such as chairs with arms. Depending on your choice and ability more than one item may be brought.tools are provided you will need to bring your chosen material for recovering.

 

LEATHER STRAP MESSENGER BAG  with Hole House

Sunday 25 February  10-4pm £85 incl lunch & all bag hardware (sewing machine required)

Emma’s back with her popular messenger bag. Bring your sewing machine & enjoy a day of sewing.

 

WOODEN FRAMED CLUTCH BAG with Hole House

Monday 26 February 10-2pm £45 incl lunch and bag hardware

This is a new bag from Hole House and very classy – there’s stitching and gluing involved as you create your own eye catching bag.

Two day SHIBORI WEAVING TECHNIQUE with Jan Beadle

Tuesday 27- Wednesday 28 Feb

Thursday 1  – Friday 2 March

10-4pm  £110 incl all materials & lunches

Day one is spent experimenting with this technique to understand it, before producing a scarf on day two.

 

KEEPSAKE BEAR with Monkey Tales

Saturday 3 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all bear bits and lunch

This is one of our popular ones – a jointed teddy that can be made from any fabric dear to you – baby clothes, fabric from a missed one or just some rather nice fabric that needs using.

 

3 DAY DEEP BUTTON UPHOLSTERY with Upholstery by Maud  and Muster, Penrith (Not for Beginners)

Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 March 10-4pm £335 incl ottoman materials, use of tools and lunches

starting off with a frame 23 X 27 inch you will prepare to give a taut decorative finish that is bang on trend . Skills covered , designing the button pattern and using drill to prepare the foam, making coordinated fabric covered buttons, upholstery, incl the deep buttoning and pleating pattern, piping, preparing, painting & waxing feet. You will need 3m of your chosen fabric.

 

FABRIC PICTURE – with Delicate Stitches

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

Textile artist Helen will help you create a picture made from fabric, think patchwork landscape with hand embellishing, maybe machine embroidery and general textile fun!

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 15 March 12-1pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft

APPLIQUÉD LAMPSHADE with handmade designs by Sarah Louise

Saturday 17 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Sarah has scaled down her popular cushion patterns to allow it to be appliquéd onto a panel then made into a lampshade – learn two skills in one workshop! Choose from moon gazing hare or pheasant

 

2 day LEATHER HANDLED TOTE WITH FEET, REINFORCED BOTTOM & RECESSED ZIP FASTENING with Hole House

sunday 18-Monday 19 March 10-4pm £145 incl all bag hardware and lunches

Emma joins us for this classic but with a few extras – feet and a reinforced bottom and a recessed zip fastening.

You will need to bring your machine and chosen fabric, this is not suitable for total beginners.

2 Day BECOME A WEAVER with Jan Beadle

Tuesday  20 & Wednesday 21 March  10-4pm £110 incl all materials & lunch on both days

If you know the basics, maybe set up your own loom but still struggling or never woven before this is the course for you. The 2 day course will take you through the whole process of winding a warp, dressing a loom to weaving cloth. Jan will provide you with all the tips, tricks and techniques to ease your path into weaving.

 

WATERCOLOURS & ACRYLICS with Julia Barclay

Thursday 22 March 6-9pm £35 incl supper and materials

suitable for total beginners or those wishing to gain a bit more confidence. Very much led by what you want to get out of it – landscapes, still life, washes, pen & paint, etc – Julia will share her knowledge and tips, below are examples of her work – you will experiment on various papers of varying sizes and canvases.

FUN WITH TEXTILES – animal heads choose Highland Cow, unicorn or hare

Sunday 25 March 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

bring your sewing machine and create your very own wee beastie, mounted on reclaimed wood ready to take pride of place when you take him or her home. A fun day with textiles and yarn.

 

TWO DAY WORKSHOP  with Upholstery by Maud & Muster

Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 March  10-4pm £150

A basic understanding of upholstery is required, not for total beginners. bring a simple chair in good condition (this is to recover not restore webbing/springs or stuffing) – an upholstered dining chair or nursery/cocktail chair and Maud will guide you through stripping back, measuring to make a pattern, pattern matching, piping, stitching, corners, fixing, different techniques and plenty of tips along the way. There are two tutors present on this one – Paula & Maud.

THE SHOULDER SLOUCH BAG – with Hole House

Saturday 14 April 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag hardware & lunch

Bring along your machine and chosen fabric and Emma will share her own pattern with you to create this v practical & eye catching bag

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERY with Delicate Stitches

Sunday 15 April 10-4pm £59.95 incl all materials and lunch

Discover the limitless possibilities of drawing with a sewingmachine. Local artist Helen Walsh will take you through the process of creating beautiful machine embroidered and appliquéd textile drawings.

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

 

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 19 April  12-1pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft

TRANSFORMATION BY CHALK PAINT – with Paula from Muster

Sunday 22 April 10-3pm incl lunch & all paints, finishes and equipment

This will be our third workshop for painting with Frenchic Paint – the results are always amazing – learn how to prep, paint and finish your chosen piece – a chair, small table, chest, etc if you fancy totally reworking your piece you can combine with tomorrow’s workshop to upholster – a discount of 10% if both booked together. Paula also demonstrates metallic finishes, stencils and different methods.

2 DAY – WEAVE YOUR OWN TWEED THEN MAKE A BAG with Jan Beadle & Hole House

Wed 25- thurs 26 April  or Friday 27-Saturday 28 April 10-4pm, 10-2pm £125 incl all materials & lunches

Very excited about this one, we’ve been working towards it for a year. Day one is spent weaving your tweed then day two making it into a delightful wooden Handled clutch bag.

 

WEAVE YOUR OWN TARTAN with Jan Beadle

Thursday 3 May 10-4pm £55 incl all materials & lunch

Jan is back for the third time in one week for a Tartan Weaving Workshop – think muted colours and patterns rather than the red Tam’ Shantel novelty hats!

 

2 day ADVANCED CHALK PAINTING TECHNIQUES with Muster, Penrith

Tuesday 8 -Wednesday 9 May £150 incl all Paint, finishes & lunches

Using Frenchic Paint Paula will show you all the finishes you can achieve- forget the two coat distressed look covered in the one day workshop – these effects require many coats, sanding & waxing – pics will be available soon but feel free to pop over to Frenchic’s FB page (you don’t need a FB account to view business pages – just google) to see pics of what can be achieved.

Bring your chosen object in – let us know what it is and Paula will confirm and finishes/colours can be selected.

 

LEATHER HANDLED TOTE BAG with Hole House

Sunday 21 January 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag hardware & lunch

Saturday 12 May 10-4pm £79.95 incl all bag hardware & lunch

This one is one of my favourites – the classic tote bag with coloured leather handles – this can be as bold as you dare! Bring your chosen fabrics & machine and prepare for a day of stitching!

LEARN TO MAKE A ROMAN BLIND with Sew it Seams

Sunday 13 May 10-4pm £59.95

join Pamela as she takes you through the process of correct measuring of window spaces, working out measurements, cutting, stitching and finishing a sample blind, full set of notes are included.

An example of Pamela’s Work

 

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 17 May 12-1pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft

 

 

BOXY CLUTCH with Hole House

Sunday 20 May 10-1pm £45 incl Bag frame and lunch

This hard shelled clutch bag requires no sewing – just pattern positioning & gluing!

it is great for summer nights out or covered in matching fabrics for wedding guests or bridesmaids.

CRAFT CLUB

Thursday 21 June 12-1pm or 5.30-8.30pm £2.50

bring your own project and enjoy a cuppa & chat, add on £3.50 for a Cheese platter & £3.50 to try the featured craft

BOXY CLUTCH WITH INTERNAL ZIPPY THING – with Hole House

sunday 18 November 10-4pm £65 incl all bag hardware & lunch (sewing machine needed)

this is an update on the old boxy clutch – an internal zipped divider has been added to add another dimension to this quirky bag.