Needlefelted mice with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Using specialist felting needles and wool fibre, construct a jolly little mouse. This modern felting technique compacts the wool fibres using a repetitive tapping motion with the needles, as if you were tapping a pencil to make dots on paper. Learn how to attach ears and legs firmly to the body so that you have the techniques needed to go on and make your own creatures. All materials and equipment will be supplied.
Saturday 20th January
Learn to Spin with Sarah Harris
Spin and ply a ball of yarn. The day covers carding, and spinning on a spindle, great wheel and treadle-driven flyer wheel. Bring your own wheel or use one of ours. Materials provided.
Sunday 21st January
Sunday 18th February
New York Beauty with Ann Hibberd
This is a block that involves curved paper piecing. A series of triangles sewn into an arc are then pieced into a quarter circle. Four blocks make a cushion cover, lots of blocks make a stunning quilt! A good stash buster. Traditionally done by machine, foundation piecing can be done by hand as well.
Monday 22nd January
Sock Knitting with David Harris
Learn how to knit a sock in the round, including the use of double-pointed needles, turning the heel and grafting the toe. Bring along a set of 2.5mm double-pointed needles and a ball of 4-ply sock wool.
Saturday 27th January
Cathedral Window Pincushions with Ann Hibberd
Make a pincushion using this beautiful patchwork technique. Once you have learned the basic method, you can go on to make quilts or cushions using the cathedral window block.
Saturday 3rd February
Little Bags with Sarah Harris
Quilted bag with zip or bound edge. Make this useful 3 dimensional patchwork bag at our one day workshop, then make others at home, in various sizes, from the basic pattern. You will find endless uses for these pretty little bags, and they make lovely gifts too.
Sunday 4th February
Japanese Folded Patchwork with Ann Hibberd
A manipulated fabric technique where one shape is folded over another to make units - for instance a circle over a square. The units are then joined together and can be used to make bags, wall hangings, cushions and quilts.
Monday 5th February
Select & Stitch Workshop with Pam Martin
Choose from one of these stylish stitch projects, many of which can be made in a day. Projects to be chosen in advance of the workshop and details of requirements required provided. An additional pattern and instruction sheet to complete back at home is included in the workshop price.
Saturday 10th February
Knitting and Crochet with Shirley Downey
Suitable for beginners and improvers. In a workshop style, students will gain knowledge of basic stitches, patterns, skills, yarns, equipment and pattern reading. Students will also be able to expand their knowledge and brush up on techniques, seek individuality and maybe even get some tips on adapting patterns and finishing garments. Please bring yarn and needles/hooks (or buy them in the shop).
Saturday 24th February
Shadow Applique with Ann Hibberd
A stylised appliqué technique also known as shadow quilting. The workshop sample can be made into a small wall hanging, a cushion cover or as a block in a quilt. Hand sewing.
Monday 26th February
Fabric Boxes with Ann Hibberd
Learn all of the techniques needed to make a beautiful round fabric covered box from scratch.
NB The tutor will charge £1-50 for the mount board kit.
Saturday 3rd March
Patchwork Basics with Belinda Williams
Learn the basic skills needed for patchwork including the materials to use and the techniques for cutting and sewing. You will make a patchwork block which could become a cushion or a bag.
Saturday 10th March
Stained Glass Patchwork with Ann Hibberd
Make a stained glass effect picture with fusible bias binding 'leading'. Sewing machine required (this can be done as a hand-sewn project but will, obviously, take a lot longer). Price includes the bias binding, bondaweb and wadding.
Monday 12th March
Monday 19th March
Lampshades with Sarah Brown
Learn how to make a beautiful drum lampshade. You will need to bring along half a metre of fabric (nothing too heavy or embellished please) and we will supply all the other materials. You will be able to choose between making a 20cm or 30cm diameter lampshade.
Saturday 17th March
Wet felted hollow forms with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
This is an introduction to hand rolled traditional wet felted hollow forms. Use resist techniques to form hollow objects that can form the basis for hats, slippers and bags. You will cut your own templates and choose your coloured wools for your work. We will use different wools to show the different suitability of each wool for different projects: soft wool for hats, harder wools for slippers. We will work on a couple of small scale projects, e.g. an egg cosy hat, so that you can try the techniques before going home and experimenting with your own resist shapes and larger scale works. All materials supplied
Saturday 24th March
Free Machine Embroidery with Pam Martin
Learn the basics of free motion machine stitching in a day and make a striking thread bowl. This is a brilliant workshop for any one who can use the standard features of a sewing machine. It is also great fun, worries about free motion stitching are completely forgotten and you will have a fabulous creation to take home. A sewing machine with a darning foot and ability to drop the feed dogs is required for this workshop.
Friday 30th March
Get to know your Sewing Machine with Linda Jackson
Basic introduction to using your sewing machine with confidence. Please hand in your (named) instruction book one week before. Please bring scissors, thread and pins as well as your machine. If you have some spare medium weight cotton (2 pieces each approx 43x34cm) you may have time to start a simple place mat - this is optional.
Monday 26th February
Monday 23rd April