Workshops

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 get cut off or (when) the oil runs 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 2022...

Please get in touch to find out how to book your place, thank you...




New for 2022 are my residential workshops on a textiles theme of plant dyeing and working with fleece, something I have long enjoyed and wanted to share and teach in workshops but have not had the space for. They will take part at a beautiful venue - Anybody's Barn- which is next to Birchwood Hall Community's garden of vegetables, fruit, dye and medicinal plants which we will harvest over the weekend. More details below...

 

January

22nd - Three Little Pigs

An introduction to leatherwork held at the wonderful Three Little Pigs in Pershore

FULLY BOOKED

February

24th - Three Little Pigs

Come and make a little satchel bag in this intensive day long workshop. Previous experience of working with leather is needed as there is a lot of stitching to do!

FULLY BOOKED

March

6th -Three Little Pigs

Come and make a little satchel bag in this intensive day long workshop. Previous experience of working with leather is needed as there is a lot of stitching to do!

FULLY BOOKED

April

9th - Three Little Pigs

An introduction to leatherwork held at the wonderful Three Little Pigs in Pershore

FULLY BOOKED


May

Date TBC - New Brewery Arts, Cirencester


An introduction to leatherwork held at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, a great arts and crafts venue in the heart of the Cotswolds.

SPACES AVAILABLE

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June

9th and 10th - Artison, Masham, North Yorkshire


A two day workshop which can be booked together or seperately. The first day is my introduction course and on the second day we will make a satchel. How exciting! 

FULLY BOOKED


14th - New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Come and make a little satchel bag in this intensive day long workshop. Previous experience of working with leather is needed as there is a lot of stitching to do!

SPACES AVAILABLE

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July

3rd and 5th - Quirky Workshops, Greystoke, Cumbria

I will be running two day long workshops on how to make a small hand stitched leather bag. This is a great venue in the Lake District, perfect for combining with a holiday in the area, Ullswater, one of my favourite areas in the Lakes, is only 15 minutes away. This venue has a special significance for me as it is near to Penrith where I first learnt leatherwork from Master Saddler, David May.

3rd - FULLY BOOKED
5th - 2 SPACES LEFT

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16th & 17th - Anybody's Barn, Malvern

A two day introduction to the wonderful world of fleece and plant dyes held at Anybody's Barn just outside Malvern.

Join me in my garden of dye plants, vegetables, fruit and medicinal plants for an indulgent weekend of texture, colour and delicious food :) 

Spend a weekend immersing yourself in the beautiful world of colour derived from plants and learning how to process fleece from its raw state off the sheep to a beautiful felted colour sampler.
The workshop will take place surrounded by beautiful woodland as well as harvesting colour from my abundant food, colour and medicine garden.
All meals will be provided and eaten together (apart from breakfast on Sunday which will be a help yourself affair) and will no doubt contain ingredients grown in the veg garden.
This will be a weekend of nurturing ourselves and our creativity, inside and out and creating a little crafting community for a weekend in the Worcestershire countryside.
I have been making and creating all my life but only recently have begun to understand the power and importance of the hand to connect our head and our hearts. By engaging the hands in creative work, we allow a feedback loop to be created between what we feel and what we think, allowing us to feel more aligned and at peace with ourselves through gently creating something from our imaginations (our head) but which also represents our heart too.

10am Saturday and finishing at 5pm on Sunday

£275 including all meals and accomodation (either in the bunk barn or camping)

Contact me directly for booking details 





September

17th & 18th - Anybody's Barn, Malvern


Another weekend workshop of plant dyeing and learning all about fleece.

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October

8th & 9th - Elmslie House, Malvern


A two day workshop which will provide a comprehensive introduction to hand stitched leatherwork. You will make a purse and a belt on the first day, finishing off by dyeing the pieces for a satchel that we will then make on the second day. Get your fingers wiggling for a lovely weekend of craft at this beautiful venue in Malvern.

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