Our Workshops

COVID19 Update
We have now postponed all our classes until the end of July. Please see below for the new dates. 

Anyone booked onto postponed have the option to join the rescheduled event, join an alternative class, or receive a full refund. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Duttons for Buttons 

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Heritage Workshops
Full day Wednesday workshops (10 am-4 pm and, occasionally, 10 am – 5 pm) teaching contemporary skills & their history.

Workshops are priced individually below. Cost includes the tools to use in class and materials for a take-home project, unless otherwise indicated.

10% discount for  x2 Heritage Workshops booked together. Enter HERITAGEFOR2 discount code at check-out. 

10% off voucher for each participant to spend in the shop.


Saturday Skills
Half day Saturday workshops (10am to 1pm) covering the basics or specialist skills. 

Workshops are priced individually below. The cost includes the tools for class and materials for a take-home project, unless otherwise indicated.

10% off voucher for each participant to spend in the shop.


Access notice: workshops take place on the 2nd floor of our shop at 32 Coppergate, York YO1 9NR via two flights of stairs only. We apologise if this prohibits anyone attending. 

Kumihimo Braiding - Saturday Skills Class

Kumihimo braiding is a really absorbing and addictive form of braiding using a wide range of coloured cords. Easy to grasp, mindful and lots of fun, it’s like French Knitting for adults. By the end of the session you should have at least one professional looking finished bracelet. 

Taught by Kim Searle. 

8 August 2020

10am – 1pm

Cost: £38

kumihimo braiding_©Kim Searle

Brontë Needle Roll & Regency Embroidery - Heritage Workshop

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Brontë’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs. Learn a range of hand-stitches and personalise your roll with lace, ribbon and beads in the tradition of 19th century ladies.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.


Wednesday 26 August 2020
10am – 4pm


Traditional Teddies for Beginners - Heritage Workshop

Meet (and make) Milo, this adorable, mischievous, traditional jointed teddy bear. Milo is 23cm high when standing, 17cm when sitting. 

Learn teddy-making skills and the fascinating heritage of mohair bears from his designer, Jacqueline Schultz, owner of Jacqueline’s Bears, in this extended class (10am – 5pm). 

Milo’s authentic appearance is thanks to his Steiff Schulte Ratinee 100% mohair ruffled coat as well as his movable cotter pin joints, his British-made glass eyes and his endearing features.

You don’t need any previous bear-making experience but we do recommend you have basic sewing skills.

9 September 2020

10am – 5pm

(extended class)


Cost: £60 +

£25 for the Milo kit

(RRP £35)

Needle Felting Master Class - Saturday Skills

 Learn the sculptural art of needle felting from Heather O’Leary, the designer/maker behind the beautifully observed felted animal kits from Craftwerk. In class, make this cute felted puppy to take home with you. 

Be inspired by her realistic creations, wild and domestic, and her passion for the wools of our rich native sheep farming heritage 

Level: suitable for beginners

Materials and equipment are provided to make a mini Craftwerk original or pre-order one of Craftwerk’s stunning kits to start in class, using your 10% discount voucher – optional

(see www.craftwerk.co.uk for design choices).

26 September 2020

Cost: £38


Macramé - Saturday Skills Class

Make your own macramé plant hangers from a variety of cords and recycled t-shirts. It’s the perfect craft for anyone whose window ledges are overflowing with plants!

You’ll learn all the macramé knots you’ll need to make a variety of different designs and you should leave with one finished piece and an instruction sheets to make more at home.

Taught by Kim Searle. 

Saturday 19 September 2020

10am – 1pm


Cost: £38

Celtic Goldwork - Heritage Workshop

Examine beautiful Celtic designs and choose a simple motif to embroider. Learn how to use gold leather, couch gold thread and add sequins and gems to create your piece.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.


Wednesday 23 September 2020
10am – 4pm


Beginner's Crochet - Saturday Skills Class

Discover the basics of crochet under the inspiring guidance of Yorkshire designer/maker Steffi Glaves (www.steffiglaves.co.uk). Learn the basic stitches including chain, double and treble, arranging stitches to make granny squares to turn into colourful blankets or bunting, with appliqué crocheted flowers.

Level: For complete beginners

3 October 2020

Cost: £40

Know the basics but lack confidence, or learnt so long ago it’s a dim and distant memory? Renew your passion under the inspiring guidance of Yorkshire designer/maker Steffi Glaves (www.steffiglaves.co.uk).

Revisit all the stitches and practice your skills by creating a delightful amigurumi character.

Level: some experience required

Cancelled until further notice – if you are interested in this class, email us on york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

Cost: £40

Strippy Quilts & Weardale Chain -
Heritage Workshop

Explore traditional North Country quilts and classic strippy designs. Learn Weardale chain and cable twist and how to mark out these designs.

Put your new-found skills into practice by making a hand quilted sampler that can be made into a table mat.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

7 October 2020

10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 

Strippy Quilt_Helen Barnes

Hand Embroidery & Liberty Florals - Heritage Workshop

Learn or extend your hand embroidery skills, inspired by the floral designs and history of the quintessentially English Liberty prints.  

We will cover a range of stitches including couching, chain stitch, stem stitch, cross stitch and French knots.

The completed design will be framed in a card to send to a special friend or a keepsake to frame.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

21 October 2020.

10am – 4pm

Cost: £60

Arts & Crafts Tapestry - Heritage Workshop

Look at the tradition of tapestry in the Arts and Crafts movement and the designs of William Morris. Work on a bird or flower motif using tent stitch and cross-stitch and perhaps make a start on a larger piece to work on as the nights begin to draw in. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 4 November 2020

10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 


Traditional 'Shaggy' Rag Rugging - Saturday Skills Class

Learn traditional ‘shaggy’ rag rugging and make a gorgeous cushion cover using super-soft t-shirt fabrics. Learn how to cut your own fabric strips so you can continue your addictive new hobby at home.  

Taught by Kim Searle
All materials supplied

7 November 2020

10am – 1pm

Cost: £38

Multicolored rags , old rag background

Knitting in the Round - Saturday Skills Class

Master working with circular needles to make seamless wonderful woollies. Using Baa Ram Ewe’s soft Winterburn wool, made from the fleece of Yorkshire’s own Masham sheep, start your own winter hat project and take enough wool away to finish it at home.

Taught by Jane Brumwell of Yorkshire wool specialists Baa Ram Ewe.

Level: Basic knitting experience required

14 November 2020.

10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

Beaded Christmas Cards - Saturday Skills Class

Create stunning be-jewelled Christmas cards under the creative guidance of Alice Richardson, creator of remarkable beaded embellishments for TV, film and cat walk designs.  (www.alicerichardsontextiles.co.uk)

Level: no previous experience required

21 November 2020.

10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

Beaded Christmas_Alice Richardson

Shisha Mirror Work - Heritage Workshop

Learn the techniques of Indian mirror work started in the 17th century and used by British designers for garments and soft furnishings since the ’70s. 

Master how to sew on mirrors safely then make a festive star in class. Embellish you star with embroidery, including chain-stitch, ladder stitch and herringbone stitch and adorn it with sequins and beads to make it really sparkle. Along with your star, you will go home with the confidence to apply your new craft to your own textile projects.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 9 December 2020

10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 

Indian Shisha Mirror Work_Helen Barnes for DuttonsforButtons

Viking Hand Appliqué - Heritage Workshop

Appliqué with felts, embellished with stitch and gold beads, taking inspiration from the amazing patterns and designs left in Britain by Viking craftsmen.

Turn your sample into a unique coin purse.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Postponed til 2021 – date to be confirmed

10am – 1pm

Cost: £60


Knitting with Colour - Saturday Skills Class

Take your knitting from nice to wow! Master colour changing to tackle more complex patterns, while keeping the whole thing beautifully neat (front and back). 

Taught by Jane Brumwell of Yorkshire wool specialists Baa Ram Ewe.
Level: some knitting experience required

Cancelled until further notice – if you are interested in this class, email us on york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

Cost: £40