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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
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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 Lantern

Come and spend an afternoon making a lovely decoupage lantern. Choose from our range of patterned papers and learn how to neatly decorate the glass panels. A quick and effective craft which will look great in your garden with some fairy lights inside!

Materials and lantern included. There will be plenty of other items to decoupage too, if you wish.

Tutor: Meg Bonser / Katharine Wright
Cost: £12.00
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Dorset Button Taster

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

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £10.00
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Monday
02/03/2020
13.00-15.00

available places: 1



Everlasting Spring Wreath

Celebrate Spring with a wreath decoration that will last and last! 

Raid our fabric and ribbon stash picking out your favourite pastel colours to create this easy take on a rag wreath.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £20.00
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Monday
30/03/2020
10.00-12.00

available places: 6



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.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £22.00
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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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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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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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Tuesday
17/03/2020
COURSE FULL



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: £18.00
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Monday
30/03/2020
COURSE FULL



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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Art & Sculpture

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!


Dec - Abstract Acrylics
Look at artists' work, develop your own complimentary colour palette and create a unique abstract painting - whether you stick to the rules with a neat geometric print, or its all about colour and brush strokes! A great one if you want to try something a bit different.

Jan - Easy Landscapes

Experiment with collage to make layered landscapes, full of colour and texture! A super easy technique, ideal for using up scrap paper with great results on any scale.

Feb - Observational Shells
Improve your drawing skills with some beginner-friendly techniques using pencil, pen and ink. Expect to go home with lots of lovely shell drawings you didn’t know you could do!
 
March - Easy Seascapes
Have a go at making lovely seascape paintings. Get to grips with using a variety of brushes and tools with acrylic paints, as well as mixing and blending colours. We’ll make pieces all about colour rather than precise detail.
 
April - DIY Printmaking
Try out a variety of printmaking techniques which can easily be replicated at home including; gelli printing, cardboard stamps and a super easy lino printing technique. You can also turn your prints into cards if you wish.
 
 
 
Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £18.00
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Monday
02/03/2020
COURSE FULL
Monday
06/04/2020
COURSE FULL



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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Monday
20/04/2020
10.00-12.00

available places: 6



Improvers Watercolour

This course is ideal if you've painted in the past and you fancy picking it up again.
Aimed at those with some experience of watercolour painting, or who have completed our Beginners course. We will revise key techniques, learn how to simplify a subject and work on form, tone and colour.

The current class has been painting for a while so this course is currently suitable for those who have done a small amount of painting before. A new class for complete beginners will start soon.

   

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £130.00
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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.

 

This class is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to join our waiting list for a space.

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £130.00
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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.

Dates are: Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Tuesday 7th April, Wednesday 8th April

Tutor: Kay Carpenter
Cost: £110.00
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Tuesday
31/03/2020
10.00-13.00

available places: 6



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: £42.00
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Friday
20/03/2020
10.00-14.00

available places: 4



Jewellery

2 day Silversmithing Retreat

We are beyond excited to be holding our first Silversmithing Retreat here at Leicestershire Craft Centre in 2020. Two wonderful days with our expert tutors Naim & Laura to make, etch, engrave, solder and create beautiful jewellery. 

Lunch will be included on both days. There is an optional socialising evening meal on the Saturday evening that you can attend if you wish (the price of this is not included) and we can organise local accommodation if required.

 

Tutor: Naim & Laura
Cost: £200.00
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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: £130.00
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Friday
13/03/2020
10.00-16.00

available places: 1



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
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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: £50.00
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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: £32.00
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Tuesday
10/03/2020
19.30-21.30

available places: 2



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: £68.00
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Monday
16/03/2020
09.30-16.30

available places: 3



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: £98.00
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Tuesday
28/04/2020
19.30-21.30

available places: 8



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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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: £38.00
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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
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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: £42.00
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Tuesday
24/03/2020
18.30-21.30

available places: 2



Make a Patchwork Quilt - 10 week course

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.

For our Spring project we will be making a scrap-busting pieced quilt - just bring along all your scraps (max size of pieces needed - 8.5" or 21.6 cm)

This course is suitable for beginners.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £180.00
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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.

From September, each month we will create a different block to make a sampler quilt by the end of the year. Every block will come with a worksheet and full instructions. If you wish to buy the same fabrics for each block, we recommend to allow 1/2 a fat quarter per colour per design. We do advise that you use our fabrics to 'practise' the block in class, and then take the worksheet home to make a second one in your chosen fabrics.

The techniques we will be learning are:

September - working with strips

October - squares & rectangles

November - applique

December - embroidery

January - triangles

February - stitch & flip

March - Hexagons

April - Using templates

May - Foundation piecing

June - curved piecing

July - flying geese

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate sewists as there are two levels of block available for each monthly session.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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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: £30.00
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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

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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Friday
27/03/2020
13.30-15.30

available places: 5
Friday
24/04/2020
13.30-15.30

available places: 6



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
23/04/2020
COURSE FULL



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 six 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
Cost: £125.00
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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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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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Mastering Sleeves

Come and learn how to put in sleeves with ease on this workshop. You'll learn failsafe techniques to always sewing sleeves successfully.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £28.00
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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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Homemaking

Curtains

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: £38.00
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Friday
06/03/2020
10.00-13.00

available places: 6



Hand-made Lampshades

Handamde 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

Tutor: Helen Bunting
Cost: £38.00
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Learn to Make a Roman Blind

Roman Blind

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 to take away. You will then have all the techniques at your fingertips to be able to make blinds for your own windows.

 

Tutor: Helen Bunting
Cost: £44.00
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Wellbeing

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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Mindful Stitch Club

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.

Come and try every technique or pick and choose.

Thursday 9th January - Traditional Hand Embroidery

Thursday 13th February - Kantha Embroidery

Thursday 12th March - Cathedral Windows

Thursday 9th April - Bora Stitching

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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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
27/03/2020
10.00-13.00

available places: 6



Learn to Crochet - 2 week course

Over two sessions, you will learn the basic stitches, learn how to make a granny square and begin to read crochet patterns.

More experienced crocheters are also welcome if you wish to progress your skills further.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £60.00
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Felting & Textiles

Lino Printing for Beginners

Lino printing is a lovely method of print making, that's extremely popular here at the Craft Centre. Come and learn about the tools and materials involved, and how to cut and print your own design. You will cut and print your own one colour design during the session.

If you have been before, you are most welcome to return and work on your own project, or more complex design.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £32.00
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Needlefelting

Needle felting is the process of stabbing soft wool fibres with a barbed needle to create felt which can be sculpted into different shapes.

During the workshop you will learn the process and make your own piece; perhaps an animal, 2d picture or a decoration!

 

Tutor: Carrie Gardner-Pett
Cost: £30.00
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Print & Stitch Workshop

A hands-on day where you will get to create your own unique piece of fabric.

First use our range of printing blocks to plan and print a design on fabric. You can choose to make a square cushion cover or work on a rectangular piece of fabric to turn into a lampshade.

Once dry, you will use your printed design as a base for embroidery and stitching, using a range of different colours and stitches. Relaxing, creative and therapeutic, this is a fantastic day for all ages and levels.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £38.00
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Friday
17/04/2020
10.00-14.00

available places: 8



Seasonal

Children's Crafty Christmas Makes (5+)

A short course for kids – drop them off while you finish your Christmas shopping. They’ll have fun and come home with some great Christmas makes.

Click here to visit our Children's Crafty Kits section of our shop.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £16.00
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Christmas Crafts

A morning of relaxing Christmas Crafts! We'll give you lots of ideas and then let you loose on our wide range of materials. See how much you can make during the session!

Materials, guidence and inspiration provided.

  

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £22.00
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Christmas Decorations

A fun seasonal workshop where you will make Christmas Decorations and Wreaths to take away - lots of choices and designs to try.

Why not bring your friends along for a pre-Christmas get together, with a difference!

 Click here to visit our shop for Christmas craft kits and supplies.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright/Meg Bonser
Cost: £22.00
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Clay Christmas Decorations

Come and make some clay Chrismas decorations for your tree, cut from air drying clay and decorate with imprints, stamps and texture.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £15.00
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Glass Fusion - Christmas Decorations

Learn all about glass fusion and create your own beautiful pieces of glass art for Christmas Decorations.

Your glass will be taken away to be fired and returned to the Craft Centre for collection in a few days.

 

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £35.00
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Make a Rustic Wreath

Come and spend a peaceful two hours making a beautiful rustic wreath. We'll start with a wire base adding hessian, pine cones, dried oranges and more to make a lovely traditional piece for the festive season.

Materials included.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £22.00
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Mantlepiece Christmas Garland

Use dried fruit and foliage to make an everlasting garland for your house.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
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Mini Makers Christmas Crafts (2+)

Mini Makers is our weekly arty crafty session for pre-schoolers (suitable for those aged 2-4 years). This time, join us for three weeks of extra special Christmas crafting with your little ones!

We try painting, sticking, modelling, stamping, snipping and lots more; all designed to develop your child's fine motor skills and creative thinking. The small and relaxed groups are run by Hannah, a qualified primary school teacher, with heaps of experience of working with young children.

Tea & coffee is provided for the grown ups, and a drink and biscuit for the children.
£17 for all 3 sessions

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £17.00
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Needlefelted Christmas Decorations

Come and make a cute little needlefelted robin for Christmas, or a Christmas pudding, brussel sprout or whatever else takes your fancy!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Needlefelted Christmas Pudding

Perfect for a Christmas tree, come and make a fun needlefelted decoration in this workshop. 

We will show you how to turn the fluffy wool tops into a cheeky pudding, using needlefelting needles.

All materials are provided. 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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Pompom Wreaths

The pompom trend isn't going away, so come and make a fun Christmas wreath with them! A great modern twist for an indoor wreath...pick your colour scheme to suit your home.

 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £24.00
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Sustainable Gift Wrapping

We are all trying to do our bit to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly. This workshop will show you how to ditch the shiny wrapping paper and ribbons that cannot be recycled and still give gifts that look fabulous this Christmas.

Learn how to create wrapping cloths, bento bags, fabric envelopes and gift bags out of recyclable papers and then make a stack to take home.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Other

Glass Fusion

A fantastic workshop on the art of glass fusion - using pieces of glass to create beautiful pictures.

You will be shown how to cut glass and use stringers and frit to create your own design. This will then be taken away and fired in a glass kiln and your finished piece will be ready to collect from the Craft Centre approximately one week later (this will be confirmed during the course).

A beautifully effective craft that everyone can do. It is suitable for both complete beginners and those who have attended a course in the past. More experienced practitioners can work on a project of their own choice during the session.

All materials will be provided.

January Class: The theme will be a framed heart design - the price of the class includes the frame

 

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £35.00
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Glass Fusion - Kiln Carving with Colour

A fabulous new technique to incorporate with the beautiful craft of glass fusion. You will carve a design onto a special board. Add colour to your glass base. Then the two are fired together and your design will be incorporated into your glass piece.

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £35.00
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Tuesday
21/04/2020
19.00-21.00

available places: 7



Glass Fusion - Slumped Piece

Create a beautiful piece of fused glass, which when fired will be 'slumped' into a curved shape.

This course is suitable for beginners with no experience of glass fusion, or for those who have been on a glass fusion course before.

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £35.00
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Monday
09/03/2020
10.00-12.00

available places: 2



Glass Fusion Wave

Come and make this absolutely stunning sea-inspired glass fused piece! You will be shown how to cut your glass and build layers up to create your own wave design on a circular base.

These will be taken away to be fired and returned to the Craft Centre for collection the following week.

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £45.00
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Making Mosaics

Come and learn all about making mosaics - the tools to use, the products to buy and the different kinds of mosaics you can do. Then have a go at making your own!

You will have time to make either a set of coasters or one large piece.

The session is divided into three parts - design and making your mosiac, a small lunch break while everything dries and a grouting session.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright/ Meg Bonser
Cost: £48.00
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Modern Calligraphy

On this full day Modern Calligraphy course, beginners will spend the morning learning the basics of the script. In the afternoon, you will put these new-found skills to good use and look at design and layout to create a card or picture. Fabulous for special occasions and wedding ideas. You can also learn how to use gorgeous metallic inks to make your work look AM-AZE-ING!

For those of you who have completed this course before, you can book on again to improve and perfect your technique, and learn move on, blending, ink resist, card layout for inners and envelopes and much more!

A basic pen holder, nib and practice sheets are all provided in the cost.

 

Tutor: Jane Lappage
Cost: £55.00
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Sunday
28/06/2020
10.00-16.00

available places: 8
Sunday
15/03/2020
COURSE FULL



Paper Cutting

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

 

Tutor: Sarah Holden
Cost: £30.00
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Stained Glass Workshop

A one day Stained Glass Workshop covering the basic design and construction of a leaded glass panel. Students will choose from a range of designs, select their coloured glass and learn how to cut the individual glass pieces.  The afternoon session will then be spent making the lead framework, and finally students will solder their finished panels, ready to take home at the end of the day.

Tutor: Claire Hart
Cost: £130.00
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Saturday
21/03/2020
COURSE FULL



Willow Weaving

This is a fantastic day course where you will make your own willow sculpture. No experience is necessary.

If you are new to the craft, you will be given the choice of making a duck, runner duck, heron or chicken. Then you will be guided through the processes and techniques of sculpting from willow to complete your sculpture in the day.

For the more experienced why not have a go at a hare, cat or even small dog or sheep. 

All materials are included.

Tutor: Kate Morrell
Cost: £85.00
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Children's Courses

After School Art Club (6 -11)

Join us for 4 sessions of learning and exploring, ideal for creative 6-11yr olds.

We explore different mediums, subjects, artists and ideas each week in these fun sessions with artist and tutor Meg. Past activities have included observational drawing, making cardboard sculptures, learning watercolour techniques and working with clay!

All materials, guidance and inspiration included, as well as a drink and a biscuit!
£40 for all four sessions.

   


Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £40.00
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Tuesday
10/03/2020
16.00-17.30

available places: 5



After School Sewing Club (7-11)

As an expansion of our ever-popular sewing clubs on Saturdays, we are pleased to offer a weekly after-school sewing club!  Running in blocks of 4 sessions, we will teach the children how to use a sewing machine and work with fabric.

We find that children are delighted with what they can achieve and the lovely projects they make - from bears to bunting!

This course is suitable for 7-11 year olds and we can cater for all ability levels, including those who have had no experience of sewing machines. They will learn all about the sewing process whilst having fun making different projects.

All materials are included in the cost of the course.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £46.00
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Monday
09/03/2020
16.00-17.30

available places: 6



Beginners Dressmaking (10+)

A sewing workshop for those aged 10+. You will learn the basics of how to use a dressmaking pattern, cut out your pattern pieces and sew them together using our wonderful Brother sewing machines. You will leave with a wearable garment made to fit you perfectly!

Patterns will be provided for this course, but you are required to bring your own choice of fabric. You will be told in advance what type and quantity of fabric you will need. You will also need a packed lunch (no nuts please).

"Grace came to the Sewing Class and really enjoyed making the shorts...I was so impressed with what they did in such a short space of time."  Tanya Lord

  

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
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Button Pictures (6+)

Paint your canvas, choose a shape (perhaps and animal or letter) and raid our huge stash of buttons to fill it with! Go home with a unique piece of art for your bedroom!

Suitable for age 6+, materials included

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £12.00
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Tuesday
07/04/2020
13.30-15.00

available places: 6



Children's Art Class (6+)

Do you have a child that loves art? Then these one-off workshops are for them!

Led by artist and tutor Meg, your youngsters will experiment with mediums, explore new techniques and discover exciting artists! With different activities for each workshop, expect drawing, painting, sculpture and more.

These workshops are also a great taster of our After School Art Club!

Suitable for 6+, all materials included

 

February class - Nature Pictures

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £15.00
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Children's Glass Fusion (6+)

Use lots of different coloured glass to design and make beautiful decorations. Glass artist, Sarah Luke, will show you what to do and then take your pieces away to be fired ready for you to collect a few days later from the Craft Centre.

Suitable for children age 6+

 

Tutor: Sarah Luke
Cost: £15.00
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Children's Pottery Workshop (6+)

We are delighted to welcome local ceramicist Nikki McCathie to the Craft Centre. 

She will guide the children through building their own clay creation - we have done all kinds of things from personalised mermaids to monsters, dinosaurs and unicorns.

Once built they will paint their clay and it will be taken away to be dried out and fired by Nikki. She will return them to the Craft Centre in approximately three weeks for collection.

Suitable for 6+

Tutor: Nikki McCathie
Cost: £20.00
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Children's Sewing Club - 3 weeks (10+)

Our popular sewing club for older children who have already had some experience working with fabric, cutting and sewing. We will tackle more challenging projects and fabrics to build on existing skills and learn new ones including inserting zips, learning to read a pattern and creative techniques. Previous projects have included a piped messenger bag, onesie, jersey top and patchwork quilt runner. 

If you are unsure whether your child has sufficient experience to join this class, please call and have a chat with Katharine or Hannah.

Depending on the project we undertake, you may need to purchase extra fabric for this class. If so, we will email you details of what is required.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £36.00
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Children's Sewing Club - 3 weeks (7-11)

Aimed at beginner sewers aged 7-11, we undertake lots of different projects building up cutting and sewing skills along the way. 

Projects can include, soft toys, patchwork, applique and simple dressmaking.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £34.00
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Childrens' Sewing Club - 4 weeks (Age 7-11)

Aimed at beginner sewers aged 7-11, we undertake lots of different projects building up cutting and sewing skills along the way. 

Projects can include, soft toys, patchwork, applique and simple dressmaking.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £46.00
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Children's Sewing Club (Age 10+)

Our popular sewing club for older children who have already had some experience working with fabric, cutting and sewing. We will tackle more challenging projects and fabrics to build on existing skills and learn new ones including inserting zips, learning to read a pattern and creative techniques. Previous projects have included a piped messenger bag, onesie, jersey top and patchwork quilt runner. 

If you are unsure whether your child has sufficient experience to join this class, please call and have a chat with Katharine or Hannah.

Depending on the project we undertake, you may need to purchase extra fabric for this class. If so, we will email you details of what is required.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £48.00
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Clay Landscapes (6+)

Have fun with air drying clay to design and create a landscape of your choice that you can take home the same day!

Suitable for 6+, materials and snacks included.

  

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £10.00
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Tuesday
14/04/2020
10.00-11.30

available places: 7



Comic Book Workshop (8+)

Come and learn how to make your own comic with professional book illustrator and artist Katy Dynes.

You will start by creating your characters and then put them into a story. Katy will give you loads of ideas and tips on how to draw brilliantly and make your comic amazing!

Tutor: Katy Dynes
Cost: £15.00
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Edible Easter Crafts (5+)

Come and make lots of chocolatey, Easter eggy related treats and gifts!

 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £10.00
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Wednesday
08/04/2020
COURSE FULL



Essential Oils Rollerballs (Age 8+)

We are delighted to welcome essential oil expert, Nina Laurenti, to Leicestershire Craft Centre to run a children's workshop. 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.

Using doTERRA oils, Nina will teach the children a little about essential oils and then each child will choose their own two blends and be taught how to make into roller balls that they can use. Following this, each child will make a special personalised pouch in which to take their roller balls home.

 

Tutor: Nina Laurenti/ Katharine Wright
Cost: £10.00
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Friendship Bracelets (6+)

Come and make yourself and your Best Friend a matching set of beaded bracelets plus a personalised box to take them home in! 

Suitable for age 6+. materials + snack provided

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £8.00
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Illustration Club (13+)

We are delighted to welcome professional book illustrator, Katy Dynes, back to Leicestershire Craft Centre to run a 5 week course for older art students. She will be exploring Character design and Expression, Movement and Mark Making, Backgrounds and Composition, Storyboarding and Final Illustrations.

This fabulous course is perfect for any students who love to draw, who want to learn more and develop their skills

Tutor: Katy Dynes
Cost: £50.00
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Little Crafters (Age 4-7)

A crafty hour especially for children aged 4-7 (Rec-Yr2)

We try 3 or 4 different activities each time, with lots to experiment with, make and take home!

Younger and older siblings are welcome, sowhy not make it a family outing!

  

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £7.50
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Tuesday
14/04/2020
13.30-14.30

available places: 2



Machine Sewing for Children (7+)

Come and join us for a brilliant sewing workshop where we will complete a make in a single session!

Suitable for Juniors (Age 7+) upwards. No prior sewing knowledge is required as our tutors will guide you through each stage. You will leave the workshop will a finished make and a lot of newly-gained sewing knowledge!

All materials are included in the cost of this workshop.

Tues 18th Feb - Drawstring Bear Bags
Wed 19th Feb - Upcycled Denim Bags

Tutor: Katharine Wright/Meg Bonser
Cost: £17.00
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Sewing Scrunchies (7+)

Come and raid our huge stash of patterned fabrics and whip up as many scrunchies as you can!

This machine-sewing make is a great one for youngsters who are new or reletavely new to sewing - we'll teach them the basics on our Brother machines and build their confidence to perhaps go on to our term-time clubs.

Suitable for age 7+, materials included

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £10.00
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Sock Bunnies (6+)

Have a go at making yourself a super-cute Sock Bunny for Easter! No sewing necessary, but plenty of decorating! See how many bunny friends you can make in 1hr. Materials included.

 

Tutor: Meg Bonser
Cost: £7.00
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Monday
06/04/2020
13.30-14.30

available places: 2



Textile Collage (8+)

Come and use fabrics to create a work of art. We'll incorporate texture and colour as well as machine and hand stitching.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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