Would learn like to learn a new skill? One which will give you a real sense of self sufficiency and enable you to make beautiful, useful and long lasting things for everyday use for you, your friends and your family?
I have been making and creating all my life and can vouch for the satisfaction which can be found in taking raw materials and through the application of skill and a little perseverance, crafting an object and it's even better if that object can then be used everyday for a specific purpose. It gives you complete control over the materials you are using, allowing you to make ecologically better decisions and means you don't have to trail through the shops, trying to find the perfect item which doesn't exist and if it did, you'd have to pay over the odds, for a sub standard product.
The skills I pass on don't require machines, in fact I made it a requirement of the work I do that I wouldn't use any materials or tools which I wouldn't be able to make or fix myself if the electrics got cut off or the oil ran out. This means that it's accessible for you too. An awl, some thread and two needles is all that is needed. With these skills you can make things from scratch yourself and repair things too, reducing waste and consumption, two very important boxes ticked.
So if this appeals to you, read on to find out when and where you can start your own little craft revolution in 2017...
Please get in touch to find out how to book your place, thank you...
Remember, if you are a craft group, interested group of friends or you have a knack of grabbing people in off the street then I can do a workshop especially for you and what your group would like to learn. Just get in touch with me on ruthpullan[@]hotmail.co.uk
In the past I have done purse, belt, knife sheath, axe sheath and sandal making workshops so there is something for everyone and all abilities...
19th - The Natural Therapy Centre, The Fold, Bransford. Worcestershire. WR6 5JB. 10-4pm
Make a purse and a belt in the beautiful surroundings of The Fold near Great Malvern in Worcestershire. Really looking forward to this one :) Hopefully the first outing of my van!
£85 including all materials and a delicious lunch in the Fold restaurant, made with organic ingredients grown just down the lane in the Fold's 2 acre, biodynamic market garden.
1st - Worcester Woods Country Park, Wildwood Drive, Worcester. WR5 2LG. 10-4pm
An introduction to leatherwork run in conjunction with Make Cook Grow, a new project which will be running all manner of workshops on skills for self reliance.
£85 including all materials
7th - Artison, Masham 10-4pm
Make a coin purse and belt in the this day long workshop. You will learn how to dye, finish and hand stitch leather. Valuable skills for other projects. £75 (+ £10 materials on the day) morning coffee, cake, two course lunch and afternoon tea all included. Yes, it's worth it just for the food :)
1st - Greystoke Cycle Café, Cumbria 10-4pm
Another one of my popular leatherwork introductions. Perfect if you would like to come on one of the more advanced workshops I am running on bag making later on this year.
20th - Greystoke Cycle Café, Cumbria 10-4pm
Make a lovely little shoulder bag from a pre cut pattern. You will dye it to the colour of your choice and stitch it up by hand. **Previous experience of stitching using two needles is essential**. It should be the start of the stunning Autumnal colours so why not make it part of a nature holiday :) £TBC
22nd - Artison, Masham. 10-4pm
Another lovely day in Masham, come hungry!
£75 (materials on the day) www.artison.co.uk