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Courses

Details of all our courses are available below. Prices include all materials needed (unless otherwise stated).Courses can be booked online, over the telephone on 01858 466692, by post or in person at Leicestershire Craft Centre, 10a High Street, Market Harborough (above Monsoon).

Please note refunds and transfers for workshops and courses can only be given in the unlikely event of a workshop or course being cancelled due to insufficient numbers or unforeseeable circumstances.



Taster Courses Art & Sculpture Jewellery Sewing Dressmaking Homemaking Wellbeing Knitting/Crochet Felting & Textiles Seasonal Other Children's Courses

Taster Courses

Acrylic Paint Pour Canvas

The latest painting sensation, the 'dirty pour' comes to the Craft Centre.

Come and have fun with paint and colour, make a mess and a fabuous canvas artwork to take home!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
07/09/2021
14.00-15.00

available places: 8



Applique Cushion Taster

Learn the technique of applique and create a design on a cushion cover.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Block Printing Taster

Block printing is one of those awesome crafts that always turns out beautifully! Come and experiment with all our blocks and colours and print a teatowel or tote bag to take away.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
07/09/2021
10.00-11.30

available places: 8



Book Binding Taster

An introduction to making your own books and notebooks - we'll tackle folded books and a basic Japanese stabbed binding book - relaxing and fun.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
06/07/2021
10.30-11.30

available places: 7



Button Pictures

Raid our huge button stash, choose a shape (perhaps and animal or letter) and a colour scheme and make a unique piece of art for your home! 

 

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £18.00
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Crochet Taster

An introduction to crochet for complete beginners. If you have ever thought about learning to crochet, then this is the workshop for you! You will learn how to start crocheting and tackle a chain and double crochet stitch. You will then crochet a daisy using the stitches you have just learnt.

If you find you enjoy crochet, our longer 3 week Crochet Course is perfect to develop your skills and for you to learn more stitches and how to read a crochet pattern. 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £12.00
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Decoupage Decorations & Upcycling

A relaxing hour of decorating and sticking! Decoupage is fantastic for upcycling so come and make a decorative item and give it a new lease of life! Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
31/08/2021
10.00-11.00

available places: 8



Dorset Button Taster

Come and learn how to make beautiful decorative Dorset buttons - an old craft using embroidery threads.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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Everlasting Wreath

A scrappy fabric project which is a simple and easy way to use up those scraps.

In our Autumn session, you will have the option to make a Festive version.

Suitable for all ages and abilities.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £15.00
Available Dates
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Monday
01/11/2021
14.00-15.00

available places: 8



Glass Fusion Jewellery Taster

An introduction to glass fusion where you will learn to make small jewellery pendants and little decorations using a microwave glass kiln. You will make 4-5 pieces and they will be fired for you to collect at a later date.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
06/07/2021
14.00-15.00

available places: 6



Hand Stitched Textile Collage

Relaxing and therapeutic - take your sewing skills back to basics and make a beautiful, tactile piece of art.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Jewellery Making Taster

An hour's introduction to beading and stringing - learn about the different kinds of findings, strings and beads and begin to use pliers to make bracelets, earrings and a simple necklace.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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Leather Tassels and Charms

ONLINE TASTER!

Receive a kit to make a funky leather tassel and super woolly pom-pom bag charms as well as a link to our live Zoom class.

Start working with leather, learning how to cut, stitch and attach hardware to make your own stylish keyrings and  bag charms. You will get to make 2 pieces during the class.

 

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison/Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Macrame Coasters

A quick and easy macrame make, these stylish coasters will modernise any room.

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £15.00
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Make Your Own Willow Wreath

In this taster class, you'll be making your own willow wreath base that you can use and reuse from season to season. 

In the first part of the class, you'll learn about willow and how to form your wreath base. Then you'll have the opportunity to use a variety of seasonal decorations to adorn it with.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £38.00
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Marbling

A quick taster where you will learn how to marble paper and fabric.

Lots of fun, quite messy and you'll have lots of finished pieces to take home to use in your crafting such as card making, scrap booking, art journalling or textile art.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £10.00
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Needlefelted Heart Decorations

ONLINE CLASS!

Fancy a go at needlefelting? You'll get a lovely kit with 3 heart bases, block and needles and a range of coloured wool tops. Join in our live Zoom Class and I'll show you what to do!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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Needlefelted Landscape Taster

A lovely introduction to needlefelting. You will get to create your own mini landscape picture. We'll provide lots of inspiration and all the materials, but if you have a picture of your own you wish to bring to reproduce, then feel free to do so.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright/ Meg Bonser
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Monday
06/09/2021
14.00-15.00

available places: 8



Paper Cutting

Learn the delicate and beautiful art of paper cutting. Perfect for making a really special card or piece for framing.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £20.00
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Quick Willow Decorations

A taster course, which is a great introduction to working with willow - come and have a go at dragonflies, butterflies, simple hearts and wreaths.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Rope Bowls

A brilliant way of using up scrap fabric or rope and creating something useful and beautiful in the process! Learn to make a sturdy rope bowl perfect for gifts or holding all your bits and bobs!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Screen Printing Taster

Come and try DIY screen printing and design and print yourself a washable canvas tote bag to take away! We'll show you a great, affordable way to make screens and templates which you'll be able to replicate at home.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Monday
11/10/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8



Tunisian Crochet Taster

Come and spend a peaceful hour and half learning how to do Tunisian Crochet!

It makes a beautiful soft, dense fabric perfect for resuable face cloths.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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Wet Felting Taster

Wet Felting is a fun and exciting way to make felt - as well as one of the most ancient ways to make fabric. Using wool tops with the addition of soap and hot water, felt can be made and sculpted into beautiful shapes. In this quick taster session, we will make a simple flat piece of felt with a picture.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
31/08/2021
14.00-15.00

available places: 8



Art & Sculpture

Art for Wellbeing

ONLINE COURSE!

We're taking a break from our online art class as we reopen the Craft Centre and get in-person classes running again. We hope to bring it back later in the year for those of you that can't get to the Craft Centre in person.

Join our online weekly art session for inspiration, friendly chat and an opportunity to relax. All levels are welcome. We will explore different subject matter and media each week in a relaxed and informal way. 

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Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £45.00
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Art Technique of the Month

A once a month club where you'll get a taster of a different art technique every time! Led by our fabulous artist, Meg Bonser, she'll get you experimenting and developing your artistic skills. All abilities welcome. Come along to which ever ones take your fancy, or join us for all!

Here's what we have planned:

Monday 7th June: Colourful Collage
Monday 5th July: Watercolour Birds
Monday 2nd August: Acrylic Scenes
Monday 6th September: Watercolour Trees
 
 
 
 
Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Monday
05/07/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8
Monday
02/08/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8
Monday
06/09/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8
Monday
04/10/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8
Monday
01/11/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8



Beginners Watercolour

Have you always wanted to paint with Watercolours? Has it been years since you've done it? Have you dabbled during lockdown, but feel like you need some guidance? Then this is the course for you!

Our fantastic art tutor, Kay Carpenter, takes you right back to basics teaching you all the techniques you need to handle watercolours, and begin painting pictures from the very first class! You'll be amazed at what you learn, and how you progress over the 5 week course.

All materials are included in the price of the course, and there is the opportunity to learn more and progress with further courses if you enjoy working with watercolours.

   

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £135.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
21/09/2021
10.00-13.00

available places: 1



Drawing Course

A great opportunity to improve on your drawing skills and to try out different materials, such as
pencil, pen and charcoal. A variety of subjects are covered, which may include still life, portraits

and landscapes. Learn more about line, shading, sketching and perspective.

The course is suitable for beginners, and those who already enjoy drawing but would like a little
more practice. If you have attended this course before you are welcome to come again, just let us
know when you book.


 

 

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £120.00
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Illustrating People Taster

A one-off adult workshop from professional illustrator, Katy Dynes. Katy will focus on simple self portraiture, expression and looking at sketching people in situ using a variety of different mediums to draw and illustrate people quickly and effectively. A fabulous introduction to sketching people for beginners.

Tutor: Katy Dynes
Cost: £25.00
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Intermediate Watercolour

 

 

 Do you want to practice and improve your watercolour technique? Join like-minded people in our friendly studio and learn to refine and develop your skills with our fantastic local artist and tutor, Kay Carpenter. You'll paint a variety of subject matter using different techniques over the weeks. All materials are included in the cost of the course.

 

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £135.00
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Pastel Drawing

A wonderful introduction to the medium of pastels - develop your drawing skills and master the techniques of working with pastels and their beautiful range of colours.

This is a four session course and all materials are provided and included in the cost of the course.

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £115.00
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Silk Painting

If you have ever wondered how a design is put onto a silk scarf, then this is the workshop for you!

Spend a peaceful day learning how to place a design on silk, how to create a clear outline of your design and how to apply paint to the silk. You will create a beautiful piece of art work to take home and perhaps even wear as a scarf.

All materials and equipment are provided. 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £40.00
Available Dates
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Friday
01/10/2021
10.00-13.30

available places: 7



Sketching Plants & Flowers

A relaxing one-off drawing session looking at sketching flowers and plants in a variety of mediums with professional illustrator Katy Dynes.

Suitable for beginners, this session will focus on basic shape, form and texture, with plenty of tips and tricks along the way.

Tutor: Katy Dynes
Cost: £25.00
Available Dates
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Jewellery

Introduction to Jewellery Making with Silver Clay

This three hour workshop will give you an introduction into jewellery making using the fabulous material of Precious Metal (Silver) Clay.

Silver Clay is made up of very fine particles of pure silver, water and a non toxic binder. When your piece if fired, the binder burns away, leaving you with solid fine silver. It's a magical process!

Guided by Charlotte, you'll learn the basics of working with silver clay, how to handle it, roll, shape and texture it before drying and refining, then onto torch firing, polishing and finally learning how to patina.

You will create one, solid fine silver pendant and it will be ready to take home with you on the day.

All materials are included in the price of the course and is suitable for those who are new to working with silver clay.

 

Tutor: Charlotte Wakeling
Cost: £70.00
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Jewellery Making - Beginner Techniques

In this Beginners workshop, you will be introduced to different beading and wiring techniques, the different kinds of stringing materials, fastenings and tools used to create beaded jewellery.

You'll be able to plan, design and make a range of items including, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

  

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
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Jewellery Making with Silver Clay - One Day Beginners Workshop

Join us on our one day beginners workshop to learn the fundamentals of creating your own beautiful solid silver jewellery. 

Silver clay is made up of very fine particles of pure siver, water and a non toxic binder. When your piece if fired, the binder burns away, leaving you with solid fine silver. The process is truly magical.

Charlotte with teach you how to make two textured pendants and a pair of earrings from solid fine silver. You will learn the process of making jewellery with silver clay from start to finish. The first part of the day focuses upon how to handle, roll, shape and texture it, before drying and refining. The second part of the day will focus upon torch firing, polishing and learning how to patina. 

All materials are included in the price of the course and is suitable for those who are new to working with silver clay.

 

Tutor: Charlotte Wakeling
Cost: £135.00
Available Dates
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Friday
27/08/2021
10.00-16.00

available places: 3
Friday
26/11/2021
10.00-16.00

available places: 6



Silver Etching Taster

An interesting new course teaching etching on sterling silver using Ferric Nitrate. You will learn to saw and file a piece of silver, and then how to create a design using etching. You will come away with a silver etched pendant.

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £42.00
Available Dates
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Monday
13/12/2021
11.00-14.00

available places: 6



Silver Pendant Taster

A fabulous taster session for silversmithing. You will learn to saw, file, texture and finish a sterling silver pendant. A great way to start a journey into silversmithing.

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £42.00
Available Dates
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Friday
30/07/2021
11.00-14.00

available places: 6



Silver Spinner Ring Day

A new course teaching you all the techniques to make a silver spinner ring. You will learn to cut, texture and solder the base ring, and make a contrasting spinning ring on top.

 

 

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £95.00
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Silver Stacking Bangles Day

A great day to create some fashionable stacking bangles from sterling silver. You will make up to 3 bangles using silver wire, and will learn to saw, texture and solder them, to make a contrasting set.

This would make a fabulous pre-Chrismas present.

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £130.00
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Silversmithing - 1 day workshop

A fabulous introduction to the art of Silversmithing. This full day course will teach you all the basic techniques of cutting, etching, texturing and soldering and you will design and make your own metal charm or pendant. Our informative tutors will give you loads of information on how to carry on this fascinating hobby. 

You will be given an inch square piece of silver as well as unlimited brass and copper. More silver can be purchased on the day.

If you have attended our silversmithing workshops before, you are welcome to come on this workshop and work on your own projects or learn new skills. Please just let us know in advance if you are a returning student.

All materials and tools are provided on the day - all you need to bring is an idea of a simple pendant design to make - our tutors will guide you through the rest!

 

"Just want to say a massive thank you for such a wonderful day today in harborough on our silversmithing day. You are lovely tutors & made the day such fun!" Emma

 

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £85.00
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Silversmithing Evening Course (5 weeks)

Our popular silversmithing course runs as an evening course over 5 sessions, so you get even more time to create beautiful jewellery! You will be shown how to work with silver, and get to try a variety of techniques including cutting, etching, filing, soldering and engraving. Complete beginners will start by making a silver pendant. Those who have attended one of our day courses or evening courses before can move on to making rings and earrings. More advanced students can have tuition in stone setting.

The course price includes two pieces of silver and unlimited brass and copper. More silver can be purchased from our tutors if required.

 Learn to silversmith including all the relevant techniques and create beautiful pieces of jewellery. 

 

Tutor: Laura & Naim
Cost: £160.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
14/09/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 6
Tuesday
26/10/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 8
Tuesday
11/01/2022
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



Wedding Jewellery & Tiara - Bespoke Class

Getting married? Would you like to learn to make your very own special wedding jewellery or tiara for a bride and bridesmaids? In this bespoke session you can choose to learn how to create beautiful bridal jewellery or a tiara.

We can show you how to create your own design of wedding jewellery, including how to knot pearls and to make earrings. We will tailor make the techniques used and designs to suit your theme and style.

Or, you can learn how to design and make a bridal tiara, including how to make made-to-measure headbands, learn wire twisting and beading techniques. Then you will have to opportunity to make a tiara to your own design using Swarovski crystals and pearls. Specify your style and colour scheme before the course and we will ensure we have the right colours in stock.

 This session is organised on a bespoke basis either as a 1-1 session or with a small group of friends. Contact Katharine on 01858 466692 to book a workshop, or commission your pieces.

 

Pearl Bracelet                 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £80.00
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Wire Wrapped Jewellery

Learn how to make stunning pieces of jewellery simply using wire and beads. You will be shown how to use basic jewellery tools and techniques to twist your wire into stunning shapes.

You will have the opportunity to make items such as earrings, a bracelet, cocktail rings or wire wrapped pendants. Feel free to bring along any ideas you may have and let's get creative!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
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Tuesday
29/06/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 3



Sewing

Beginners Patchwork - 1 day

If you have ever wondered about the difference between patchwork and quilts, or how quilts are made and fancied having a go, then this one day workshop is for you! We will take you through each step of patchwork and quilt making and you will spend the day making your own mini quilt. You will learn how to cut squares of fabric with a rotary cutter, how to fit and sew them together to make a patchwork top (and how important an iron is in quilt making!). You will then add wadding and backing fabric to your patchwork top, and use a sewing machine to learn some basic quilting. You will then finish your mini quilt with a border.

All materials, equipment and sewing machines are provided for your use on the day, as well as plentiful tea and coffee.

There will be a break for lunch so you can bring a packed lunch, or pop into the town for a breath of fresh air.

Click here to go to our shop where you will find patchwork tools and fat quarter fabrics.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £70.00
Available Dates
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Monday
29/11/2021
10.00-15.00

available places: 8



Beginners Sewing Bee (4 weeks)

A four week course for anyone who wants to learn to sew! We'll complete a project a week, developing and building your skills as you go.

You don't need your own sewing machine a we have 8 modern Brother machines, but you can bring your own if you want to get to grips with it a little more.

All materials are included in the price of the course.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £115.00
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Christmas Panel Project

A 3 week course giving you the opportunity to develop your quilting skills, while making a lovely Christmas decoration too. 

You will be using different quilting techniques to decorate the lovely panel pictured below. We will attach hanging loops and a backing if you wish to hang it up.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £50.00
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Crazy Patchwork

Not keen on precise cutting and pieceing in your patchwork? Come and have a go at crazy patchwork where anything goes with stunning results! Perfect for making applique pieces and using up scraps.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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English Paper Pieced Patchwork

Pieced Patchwork is a relaxing and therapeutic craft - perfect for using up scrap fabrics and turning them into something lovely!

You will learn how to piece your hexagons and go away with plenty more to carry on this simple but satisfying craft.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £22.00
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Tuesday
21/09/2021
13.30-15.30

available places: 8



Faux Leather Zipped Pouch

Machine sew yourself a wonderful, multifuctional, lined zipped pouch from faux leather. Add appique and tassels if you wish!

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £40.00
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Free Machine Embroidery Workshop

On this fabulously creative course, you will learn free machine embroidery techniques and get to explore texture and pattern using them on normal fabrics and water soluble fabric to create a piece of artwork to take home.

Suitable for all levels of sewist. All materials are provided on this course.

Tutor: Katharine Wright/ Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
Available Dates
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Friday
16/07/2021
10.00-13.00

available places: 8



Hand Stitch & Embroidery Club

2021: This regular monthly course will take place online or at the Craft Centre depending on government guidelines. Each month you will receive a project kit with instructions and materials to learn a different type of hand stitching technique. 

A once a month club where we will explore a different hand stitching technique each session. Art and Craft is increasingly shown to be relaxing and beneficial to our mental health. Hand stitching helps us to slow down and focus on a pleasingly and beautiful task.

For 2021 you can sign up to this as an annual subscription and get 20% discount on the regular month-by-month price. For one-off sessions click on the date you require below. For all 12 sessions in 2021, choose the Hand Stitch & Embroidery Club Annual Subscription option.

January - Kashidakari (an Indian form of embroidery)
February - Beadwork
March - Cross Stitch
April - Crewel Work
May - Bargello
June - Raised / Stump Work
July - Tapestry
August - Huck Embroidery (a Swedish embroidery)
September - Goldwork
October - Nihon Shishu (a Japanese embroidery using silks)
November - Ribbon work
December - Free hand embroidery

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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Hand Stitch & Embroidery Club - Annual Subscription

2021: This regular monthly course will take place online or at the Craft Centre depending on government guidelines. Each month you will receive a project kit with instructions and materials to learn a different type of hand stitching technique. 

A once a month club where we will explore a different hand stitching technique each session. Art and Craft is increasingly shown to be relaxing and beneficial to our mental health. Hand stitching helps us to slow down and focus on a pleasingly and beautiful task.

Purchase all 12 kits and get 20% discount on the regular month-by-month price. SImply click on the Craft Kit option below and you will receive a kit every month as well as the opportunity to attend the class online or in person.

January - Kashidakari (an Indian embroidery)
February - Beadwork
March - Cross Stitch
April - Crewel Work
May - Bargello
June - Raised / Stump Work
July - Tapestry
August - Huck Embroidery (a Swedish embroidery)
September - Goldwork
October - Nihon Shishu (a Japanese embroidery)
November - Ribbon Work
December - Free hand Embroidery

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £240.00
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Hannah's Bag Club

Hannah loves making bags, and she wants to pass her skills and knowledge on to you!

Our brand new bi-monthly club will feature a different bag style and techniques each session so you are always learning and improving in a fun and social environment.

Prior to the course, you'll be sent the material and hardware requirements that you need. You can choose to purchase from us - you'll get a 10% discount on products bought for the course - or you can bring your own.

On the day, you'll be guided through the bag-making construction process with Hannah on hand to pass on all her tips and tricks to create a truly professional finish.

This course will run every two months - if you wish to sign up for all 6 sessions during the year, then you can do so at a cost of £330 - a reduced price of £55 per session. Just give us a call in order to book this option.

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £60.00
Available Dates
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Friday
10/09/2021
10.00-15.30

available places: 7
Friday
12/11/2021
10.00-15.00

available places: 8



Introduction to Dressmaking Patterns & Know Your Fabrics

We've combined two of our great starter dressmaking sessions into one fantastic workshop to get you started on the path to successful dressmaking!

We will show you how to begin working with dressmaking patterns: measuring correctly for your body size (the sizings on dressmaking patterns differ from brand to brand, and rarely matches any high street sizing), choosing the right fabric for the pattern, and laying and cutting correctly.

We'll look at different types of fabric, when to use them and give you lots of tips to cope with some of the trickier sorts.

A great intro recommended for anyone who is new, or returning to dressmaking after some time. You'll go away dying to get started on a project!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Introduction to Sewing Machines

 

For those who have never used a machine before, or have not done so for a long time – come and learn the basics to give you the confidence to get going. You will learn to wind your bobbin, thread your machine, and then use your machine to make a simple tote bag or bunting. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

We have eight lovely modern Brother sewing machines for you to learn on, but if you have a sewing machine at home that you wish to get to grips with, please bring it with you for this class and we will show you how get started. Please also bring the instruction manual as each machine is different and understanding how to use your instruction manual really helps when you are sewing solo!

Thinking of buying a sewing machine? We have a range of Brother Sewing Machines in store for you to try. Click here to find out more.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £45.00
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Friday
19/11/2021
10.00-13.00

available places: 7



Make a Patchwork Quilt - 10 week course

Our 10 week Patchwork Quilt course begins online in January - because we hope to resume in person as soon as possible, spaces will be limited. Everyone will get a one-to-one private session during the course too.

Always wanted to tackle a larger quilt but been afraid to try? Want to join a like-minded, social group stiching together.

Over 10 weeks we will make a large quilt from start to finish. You'll be guided through the whole process of cutting, piecing, quilting and finishing.

This course is suitable for beginners.

Our Spring project is an angled blocks quilt called Arcade. You will be sent material requirements for this course so you can choose your own fabrics, but wadding is included in the price.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £200.00
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Patchwork Club - Block of the Month

A once-a-month session where we will cut and piece a different patchwork block each session. Develop and build up your patchworking skills - we will try lots of different techniques and patterns that you can take away and practice further.

Each month we will create a different block trying out different patchwork patterns and techniques each month - a great way of building up your patchworking skills.

 instructions every month.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £25.00
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Pojagi Patchwork

Pojagi Patchwork is a Korean form of patchwork that requires no wadding or backing as all seams are enclosed. Traditionally sewn to use leftover fabrics and turn into wrapping cloths, today it is often used for decorative as well as practical pieces.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Setting up Your Overlocker

Have you just bought yourself an overlocker? Not sure where to start?

Book a 1-1 session with us and we will help you get your machine threaded and set up ready to sew.

Call us on 01858 466692 to book your session.

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
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Sew a Leather Tote Bag

This is a great introduction to working with leather using just a domestic sewing machine. 

In this workshop, you will learn about the quirks and joys of working with leather and will make a fabulous tote bag with grab handles and an interior pocket. You will be taught how to use a sewing machine to sew leather effectively and move on to using top stitiching on the interior pocket. You will  also learn how to attach handles to the bag using rivets.

We provide all the materials needed and have eight wonderful Brother sewing machines to work on. This workshop is ideal for those who have some sewing experience.

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £65.00
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Sew a Make-up Bag

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a fabric make-up bag with a clasp fastening.

This is a lovely project that is perfect for those who have never made a bag before. You will have great fun rifling through our extensive collection of fabric to choose two designs for the outside of the bag, and a third design for the bag lining. You will learn how to sew the bag on a sewing machine, how to give structure to the bag and how to attach a clasp fastening. 

All material choices, wadding, the clasp fastening and the pattern pieces are included in the price. You will leave with a finished, beautifully-made make-up bag.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £42.00
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Sewing Club

ONLINE COURSE!

We're taking our November class online! Got issues with a garment? Want help with some patchwork? Join our live Zoom class and Katharine will troubleshoot your problems and answer your queries in a friendly, informal session.

A once a month session for anyone who loves to sew! 

Anything goes in this class. Bring your machine or hand sewing, or simply come and use our lovely cutting out tables or overlockers. Katharine will be on hand to give you advice and assistance where needed, but this is primarily a social sewing session.

Plenty of tea, coffee and chat will be available.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Social Sewing - Online Class

ONLINE SOCIAL SEWING SESSION

Join our online social sewing sessions on Monday evenings. 

Work on whatever projects you like and chat along with like-minded sewists.

Katharine will be on hand to advise and assist where needed.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £10.00
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Tweed Bag

Learn how to make our popular tweed handbag.

You will learn how cut tweed correctly, how to add fabric lining to a bag and the neccessary additons needed to give a bag a strong structure. The bag will be  finished off with leather straps, handsewn on.

You will learn a host of bag making skills,  and make yourself a timeless classic you will just use and use. 

For this course, you will need 1 metre of tweed fabric and 1m of lining fabric. We will provide all other materials.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £80.00
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Dressmaking

5 week Daytime Dressmaking

Bring your own pattern and fabric and embark on a dressmaking project in this lovely, relaxed class with full tuition. This course is suitable for all levels from complete beginner to those looking to work with trickier fabrics and techniques.

We sell patterns and fabric at the Craft Centre and we are always happy to advise you on suitable projects and fabrics to choose. Just pop in and have a chat with Katharine or Hannah.

Suitable for all levels.

Please Note: This course is currently full and has a waiting list - please contact us to register your interest.

 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright / Hannah Harrison
Cost: £125.00
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Thursday
02/09/2021
COURSE FULL



Beginners Pattern Cutting - Skirt Block

 Start learning to make your own patterns using your own measurements and create a skirt block.

You will learn to make a skirt from your own measurements and then use this to make a toile sample. Take your made-to-measure pattern home to make more!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £68.00
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Dressmaking Day

Come and spend a day dressmaking with Katharine. You can bring whatever project you like, and get help with what ever techniques you need. It's a great opportunity to learn some new things in a friendly, sociable environment with like-minded people. Plus we'll have lots of tea and cake!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £75.00
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Thursday
01/07/2021
COURSE FULL
Tuesday
26/10/2021
10.00-16.00

available places: 8



Dressmaking Day with HeatherJacks (2014 winner of the Great British Sewing Bee)

Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee, Heather Jacks, comes to Leicestershire Craft Centre to share her knowledge and couture sewing skills.

In this one-day workshop, bring along a pattern (vintage or modern) and fabric of your choice - if you can have your fabric already cut out, this will allow you more sewing time on the day - and let Heather guide you through the dress making process showing you the delights of couture!

Ideal for those who are relatively new to sewing who want to know how to do things 'properly' and also those who are more experienced who want to go to the next level and learn some couture techniques for a fantastically professional finish!

Tutor: Heather Jacks
Cost: £75.00
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Evening Dressmaking Course

A block of four evening sessions where you will learn how to follow a dressmaking pattern and make an item of clothing of your choice (it doesn't have to be a dress!) guided by our expert dressmaker. We will give what help you need at each stage, whether you are a complete dressmaking beginner and just starting your exciting journey in making your own clothes, or whether you have some dressmaking experience and would like to further your skills.

You will need to bring your own pattern, fabric, thread and notions to this course. We have eight wonderful Brother sewing machines to use for this course, so you don't need to lug your machine here each week (unless you want to, of course!). We will also supply a sewing kit to use in the class (scissors, measuring tape, etc), so you have everything  you need to make a fabulous garment.

We sell patterns and fabric at the Craft Centre, so if you want advice on suitable projects to begin with, please come and visit and we can help you find something suitable.

Tutor: Katharine Wright/Hannah Harrison
Cost: £100.00
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Monday
19/07/2021
COURSE FULL
Monday
06/09/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 6
Monday
25/10/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 7



Intermediate Pattern Cutting - Bodice Block

This one day course will show you how to use your own measurements to draw a fitted bodice block. This will then be used to make a toile, which we will further fit and you will be shown how to transfer changes back onto your pattern.

This course is suitable for those with existing sewing knowledge who want to understand more about their own body shape and made-to-measure dressmaking.

Why not add on the Sleeve Block the following day? Book both bodice and sleeve courses for £100 - call us on 01858 466692 to claim this special price.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £70.00
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Intermediate Pattern Cutting - Sleeve Block

If you have completed our bodice block pattern cutting course, come and learn how to draft the sleeve to go with it.

You will need to bring your bodice block with you, or attend the bodice block course on the previous day to be able to do this course.

Recommended for experienced sewers.

Attend both days for the special discounted price of £120 - call us on 01858 466692 to claim this special price.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £65.00
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Friday
09/07/2021
10.00-13.00

available places: 4



Invisible Zips

Come and perfect putting in an invisible zip - once you know how to do it, you'll never use ordinary zips again! You'll be shown how to put in an invisible zip in garments both with and without a seam to match. Then you'll make your own samples to take away!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Make A Dress In A Day

A full day workshop where you will make either a lovely child's dress, or a great adult's shift dress from start to finish under the guide of our expert tutor. We provide a pattern, but you need to bring some fabric of your choice. You will go away with the ability to begin making more clothes for yourself, friends or family. Basic knowledge of a sewing machine is required.

You will need 2.5 metres of cotton for an adult dress, 1m for a child's dress and matching thread.

We have a nice selection of fabrics available to buy at the Craft Centre on the day.

Learn all the skills you need to make either a child's or adults dress to fit perfectly. We'll provide the pattern, you provide the fabric.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £60.00
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Overlock a Jersey Tunic

This is the perfect way to get to grips with overlocking - learn how to use your overlocker to create a fabulous garment!

Using Japanese pattern cutting techniques, you will measure and make a flattering jersey tunic almost entirely on your overlocker. 

We have four overlockers available for use at the Craft Centre, so if you want to use one of these, please call us to reserve one. Otherwise, please bring your own machine.

You will also need 2 metres of jersey fabric. We recommend a ponteroma or double knit jersey if you have never worked with jersey before. We do have a selection here at the Craft Centre which you can buy in advance, or on the day.

  

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £50.00
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Pattern Cutting - Trouser Block

Do you struggle to find well-fitting trousers on the high street? Then this is the course for you! 

This is a full day course where, in the morning, you will make your own block of a pair of trousers using your own measurements. Then you will use your own pattern to make a toile sample in the afternoon. Take it home and you can continue making your own made-to-measure trousers that fit perfectly!

It is advised that you have some sewing experience or have attended our Beginners Pattern Cutting course as this is a more complex project. 

All materials are provided, but please bring your lunch.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £70.00
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Sew a Simple Skirt

A fabulous beginners make, this A-line skirt flatters every size and shape. You will make a knee length skirt with darts, invisible zip and facing.

 Learn the basics of dressmaking and create this simple a-line skirt, materials not included.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £50.00
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Tuesday
14/09/2021
10.00-14.00

available places: 8



Tie Making Workshop with Mark Francis

We are so delighted to have Mark Francis, a Great British Sewing Bee Quarter Finalist in Series 6, join us for a Tie Making Workshop.

Learn how to make this classic piece of menswear, and get all the inside gossip on the Sewing Bee!

 

Tutor: Mark Francis
Cost: £45.00
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Homemaking

Curtains

Look out for new dates for this course in the Spring!

Learn how to make simple curtains with a pencil-pleat header in this useful homemaking class.

In this class you will make a mini curtain and learn all the information needed to go away and make full-sized curtains for your home. 

 

Tutor: Helen Bunting
Cost: £38.00
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Cushions

This workshop will give you all the skills you need to make your own cushions at home! You will measure and cut the fabric needed to make a cushion, sew in a zip fastening, and add a piped edge for that perfect finish.  All materials and a cushion pad is included in the price of the course, and the biggest part of the fun is rifling through our fabulous selection of fabric, making the difficult decision of which fabric to use!

Suitable for Confident Beginner Sewers and upwards.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £42.00
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French Mattress Cushion Making - 2 days

This workshop will teach you how to make your own mattress cushion. The skills learnt across the weekend can then be transferred into making your own at home for a window sill, day bed, floor cushions, garden seat cushions or even dog bed.

The sample we make in class will have a foam insert covered in wadding and will measure approx. 40 x 40 cms.  You will start by cutting and covering the foam in wadding before machine stitching a box cover.  An ideal fabric for this is a linen or linen union fabric.  Students will need to provide their own choice of fabric. 1 metre should be enough.  You will then mark out and use French mattress stitches to create that lovely edging before finally making your own covered buttons or traditional tuft buttons to finish it off.

This class is designed for students with some sewing machine experience.

  

Tutor: Lee Deary
Cost: £200.00
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Hand-made Lampshades

In this fabulous course you will learn how to make a professionally-finished 20cm or 30cm drum lampshade. All materials are included in the price of the course, however if you have fabric of your own you would like to use, you are welcome to bring it along. You need half a metre of lightweight fabric (craft cotton weight).

"Wanted to say a BIG thank you for the tutorial last night. Thoroughly enjoyed it and think that it may just be the start of many lampshades to come!"  Trish

"Just to say that I very much enjoyed last night's lampshade class - well instructed in a friendly atmosphere and pleased with my finished shade." Joy Gilbert

Handamde Lampshades

 

Tutor: Helen Bunting
Cost: £38.00
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Introduction to Traditional Upholstery - Weekend

This course is designed as an introduction to upholstery. Both days will run from 10am-4pm. This weekend is suitable for anyone wishing to dip their toe into the wonderful world of upholstery and see if they enjoy it as a craft. No previous experience is necessary. Students will learn about tools and materials alongside tutoring in the basic techniques of traditional upholstery.

Over the weekend students will learn how to upholster a small project such as a drop in seat for a dining chair. Other suitable projects could be piano stools or pin cushion seats. If students have an alternative small project, they would like to work on over the weekend it will be essential they contact us beforehand.

During the course students will learn how to professionally strip down the chair and then re-upholster it using traditional methods and materials. You will learn how to strip back the frame, then build up a hair pad using webbing, hair, hessian, and calico finally covering with your choice of top fabric. Note: a drop-in chair is where the seat pad can be pushed out of the chair or stool frame.

Students will need to supply their own piece of furniture and top fabric. Usually no more than 1 metre will be required for a simple drop in chair. A good union linen or cotton would be perfectly adequate for a chair such as this.  All tools will be provided.

For Health and Safety reasons please do not wear open toe shoes or stiletto heels and tie long hair back. Bring an apron if you have one or wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy.

  

Tutor: Lee Deary
Cost: £175.00
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Learn to Make a Roman Blind

Watch out for new dates for this course in the Spring! 

Learn how to make a Roman Blind on this three hour course. You will learn how to measure and calculate your folds, position patterns on your fabric, and then you will go on to make a complete sample blind. You will then have all the techniques at your fingertips to be able to make blinds for your own windows.

Roman Blind

 

Tutor: Helen Bunting
Cost: £45.00
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Wellbeing

Essential Oil Room Spray Workshop with Christmas Wreath

We are delighted to welcome Nina, essential oils expert, to provide us with a Christmas workshop that will enhance your health and well being. Essential oils from doTERRA help with wellness for all the family. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used to support sleep issues, boost immunity, digestive issues, anxiety over work and life, encourage focus and much more. 

In this workshop, you will learn a little about essential oils and then choose a blend to make into a room spray. We will go on to make a paper Christmas decoration that can be sprayed with your blend to scent your room for the festive season.

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £18.00
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Candlemaking

Come and learn how to make your own scented candles for gifts.

You will learn about different waxes and scents and make a glass candle and travel tin candle to take home.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
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Essential Oils Workshop

Learn all about the making of essential oils and creating your own relaxing blend with the help of Wellbeing expert Nina!

Essential oils can help with health and wellness for all the family and pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used to support sleep issues, boost immunity, digestive issues, anxiety over school, work, aid focus and much more.

All materials included.

 

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £20.00
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Green Cleaning

Green and Clean! Green clean your home with doTERRA Essential Oils. 

Have you ever thought about how the toxic chemial ingredients of many standard cleaning products affect the  body and general health? 

Would you like to learn more about how you can make your own natural products?

Join Nina to explore how you can safely and effectively use therapeutic grade essential oils to create your own natural, toxic-free cleaning products. Nature is a powerful healing tool with so much to offer us. Learn about how Nina's journey in using essential oils has benefitted not only her physical and emotional needs but also the practical needs of cleaning her home! And be inspired to have a go yourself!

You'll also get to make a reusable natural scourer and dishcloths to complete your natural cleaning collection.

 

green cleaning

 

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £15.00
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Making Chocolates with Essential Oils

Come and learn how to make your own raw delicious chocolates infused with doTERRA essential oils such as wild orange, citrus bliss, salt and black pepper, peppermint and lime and ginger to name a few. Get creative making your own chocolate using a variety of different chocolate moulds in a relaxed environment. While the chocolates set you will learn how you can use these incredible medicinal essential oils to care for you and your loves ones and make a gift box to take them home in.

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £25.00
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Pamper Yourself with Essential Oils

We all need a bit of pampering now and then! This workshop is just what the doctor ordered: aromatouch hand massage and raw chocolate all infused with the incredible medicinal properties of doTERRA essential oils. 

You will have the opportunity to enjoy these treats as well as make your own natural pampering products beautifully scented with your choice of doTERRa oils. 

Finally, make yourself an extra treat to take home - earrings or a bracelet.

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £15.00
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Soap Making with Essential Oils

Come and spend a relaxing evening learning about essential oils and their benefits, whilst using them to make your own home-made soap.  

There'll also be a mini craft make focusing on packaging and presentation, so you can make these wonderful soaps as gifts too.

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £25.00
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Winter Wellbeing

Although Winter is coming, the coughs and sniffles don't have to follow!

Join Essential Oils Educator, Nina, for this fun and interactive Winter Wellness class and learn how to incorporate essential oils into your everyday lift to support your health and stay well this Winter, naturally.

You will learn:

  • What essential oils are and how to use them
  • How they can support your health and everyday living
  • The uses and benefits of some of doTERRA's most versatile oils and blends
  • How to support your immune system and fight seasonal threats
  • Have the opportunity to bring oils into your homes and work space.

You'll also get to make a pair of reusable hand warmers filled with dried lavender to take away ready to banish the winter weather.

Tutor: Nina Laurenti
Cost: £15.00
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Knitting/Crochet

Arm Knitted Wreath

A fabulous wreath using the arm knitting technique! Bang-on-trend and it'll last for years.

The yarn is vegan friendly acrylic jumbo yarn, so also suitable for those sensitive to wool.

Perfect for Easter, Christmas and all year round!

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £30.00
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Friday
05/11/2021
10.00-12.00

available places: 8



Beginners Crochet

This is a course perfect for crochet beginners, or those who have come to our crochet taster workshop.

In this course, we will teach you the most commonly used crochet stitches, show you how to begin and finish a piece of crochet and talk about colour choices of yarns. You will learn how to read a crochet pattern, how to make granny squares (which can be put together to make a cushion cover or blanket) and become more confident at selecting crochet projects to move on.

Included in the price of this course is a crochet hook and ball of yarn in the colour of your choice, and a clearly written pattern for a granny square.

If you have attended this course already, or have some experience of crocheting, you are very welcome to come and we will develop your crocheting skills further with more complex pattern reading, crocheting in the round and learning more complex stitches. Just mention at the time of booking if you would like to be stretched further!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £40.00
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Tuesday
03/08/2021
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



Crochet a Basket

A beginner level course, come and spend a couple of hours learning the double crochet stitch and how to use it in the round.