Festive Workshops


Now the Christmas lights are switched on and Father Christmas is ensconced in his grotto just over the road from us, we’re now welcoming in the festive spirit with open arms in the form of five weeks of Christmas classes! We have everything from no-sew wreaths to personalised stockings, cabled cowls to Liberty print robin baubles, so whatever your creative Christmas needs, we’ve got it covered. Take a look at our end of November and December class lists below:

Saturday 28th November 2015
There’s still time to book on the Fabric Christmas Wreath with Jane Padgeham this Saturday (2pm – 4pm) as she shows you how to make your very own Christmas wreath from fabric in this fun and innovative class. It’s a simple no-sew session, so no machines or needles are necessary! Choose from our selection of funky coloured fabrics to make this decorative ornament just in time for December. The class costs £30.00 per person and includes enough fabric to make one wreath.


Or if you fancy making something for the tree, why not give the Robin Bauble Liberty Fabric Decoupage Class (2.30pm – 4.30pm) a try? Join Jaina Minton (Polka Dot Sundays from Kirsty Allsop’s Handmade Britain) as she takes this festive decoration class at the shop, where you can create two of your own unique Robin baubles in just two hours. The class costs £30.00 per person and includes materials. Not suitable for children.

Saturday 5th December 2015
Jaina is back in December and this time it’s the kids turn to create their very own Children’s Decoupage Robin Baubles (11am – 12pm). Children can make their very own festive Robin bauble decoration using the easy decoupage technique, which simply involves sticking lightweight colourful paper onto baubles and making a small felt beak and tummy. Suitable for ages 4 upwards. The class costs £12.00 and includes materials.


Saturday 5th December 2015
Clair is hosting a Christmas Bunting Workshop (2pm – 3.30pm) at the beginning of December, giving you the chance to make approximately three metres of cheerful Christmas bunting just in time to decorate your house. This is a very easy festive making session, suitable for beginners and those who fancy a sewing session with mince pies and plenty of cups of tea. The workshops costs £15.00 per person and is suitable for ages 12 and up.

Or if you are a knitter but never managed to get to grips with cabling, why not try out the Cable Cowl Workshop (1pm – 3pm) with Lotte Jamieson and make yourself something to keep out the cold, or give as a generous Christmas gift! The class costs £28.00 per person and includes enough wool to make your cowl and a cable needle. Please note you must already know how to knit the basic knit and purl stitches – this class is not suitable for complete beginners. You will also need a pair of 10mm needles to complete the project which you can either bring with your or purchase on the day.

Sunday 6th & 13th December 2015 
Here’s your chance to learn to sew by completing simple projects of your choice that you could give as a gift with the Aye Aye Beginners Sewing Session (1pm – 3pm).  Learn several essential sewing techniques such as inserting a zip and buttonholes.  You can come once or keep coming back to complete all of the projects. Sessions include: cushion covers, pencil case with zip, purse with zip, tote bag with or without buttons, glasses case, a washbag, dribble bibs, dog bandana and many more. £30.00 for the first session, then £25.00 thereafter. Book four sessions at once and pay £95.00.


Saturday 12th December 2015
Feel like updating your Christmas accessories? Here’s the chance to make yourself or a child their very own Personalised Christmas Stocking (11am – 1pm). A lovely festive workshop perfectly timed to get you in the Christmas mood. The class costs £25.00 per person and is suitable for 12+.


Saturday 12th December 2015
Clair invites you to do a bit of hand sewing in this Christmas Felt Decorations Workshop (2pm – 4pm)
as you make a variety of delightful felt penguins, baubles and angels to hang on your Christmas tree. The workshop costs £15.00 per person and is suitable for 12+.

Saturday 19th December 2015
It’s the last Saturday before Christmas and whether you’re all sorted and have your presents bought or are having a last minute panic, you can join Clair for a open sewing session  at the Last Minute Christmas Gift Workshop (11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm). Make a gift for someone or treat yourself to a little present for being so organised. Choose from a list of cushions, wash bags, pencil cases, pot holders or come up with something yourself. The workshop costs £25.00 per person.

For more information on the Christmas classes, give the shop a ring on 01233 612278 or come and see us for a chat. All classes have limited spaces, so the sooner you reserve a spot the better – a 50% deposit guarantees you a space on any class. 2016 class lists coming soon!


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