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Our Workshops

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

Workshops are priced individually below. Cost includes materials for a take-home project. 

Opportunity to bring your own project for some classes (optional but never essential) or to upgrade kits (for additional charge). Please enquire when booking.

10% discount voucher 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 all basic materials. 

Opportunity to bring your own project for some classes (optional but never essential)or upgrade kits (for additional charge). Please enquire when booking.

10% off kits, patterns and materials to use in class (optional).

 

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. 

Chunky Knitting & York's Medieval Wool Trade - Heritage Workshop

Want to learn to knit? Aimed at absolute beginners this class will give you a bit of history and all the skills to get you going: how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, rib, stocking stitch, garter stitch, moss stitch and a simple cable.

Use the latest on-trend wools to knit a unique designer-scarf and create tassels and pom-poms to decorate. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £50 (£90 for 2)

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Micro Crochet -
Saturday Skills Class

Learn to create endearing teeny-tiny crocheted pieces to adapt as jewellery and more with designer/maker Steffi Glaves (www.steffiglaves.co.uk). Master the use of mini crochet needles and start with an exclusive design in class.

Cost: £35 including materials and equipment
Level: some crochet experience required

Saturday 2 November 2019

10am – 1pm

 

Cost: £35

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Durham Hand-Quilting - Heritage Workshop

This workshop introduces the rich heritage of the quilts designed and made in the mining villages of northern England. Discover the history and people behind these ‘whole cloth’ quilts and learn about the Weardale chain, feather cable, lovers knot, rose templates and other designs inspired by nature. Then use old pennies to design and create your own, unique hand-quilted cushion cover. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £50 (£90 for 2)

Durham Quilting Workshop

Viking Gold -
Heritage Workshop

Be inspired by beautiful Viking goldwork and interpret the motifs in gold thread. Using an embroidery hoop, embellish Celtic designs, stars or snowflakes with beads, sequins and jewels to create a festive decoration. 

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 4 December 2019

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £50 (£90 for 2)

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Quilters' Embroidery & Art Nouveau -
Heritage Workshop

Look at hand embroidery on historical quilts and then hand quilt and embroider an Art Nouveau design on a small panel that can be incorporated into a cushion or framed for your home.

We will learn how to hand quilt with running stitch and embellish with embroidery stitches and beads.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 12 February 2020

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £60 (£100 for 2)

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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 sample that can be made into a table mat.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Wednesday 15 April 2020

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £60 (£100 for 2)

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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. 

Saturday 18 April 2020

10am – 1pm

 

Cost: £38

Liberty Florals - Heritage Workshop

Hear about the history of the quintessentially English Liberty prints, then learn or extend you hand embroidery skills, inspired by the Liberty floral designs.

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.

10 June 2020

10am – 4pm

 

Cost: £60 (£100 for 2)

Viking Hand Appliqué - Heritage Workshop

Learn about the Viking past and the amazing patterns and designs left by their craftsmen.

Pick out some designs to appliqué with felts and embellish with stitch and gold beads. Then turn your sample into a unique coin purse.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

8 July 2020

10am – 1pm

 

Cost: £60 (£100 for 2)

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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 ? August 2020

10am – 4pm

(exact date to be confirmed)

 

Cost: £60 (£100 for 2)

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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

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 (£100 for 2)

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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

2020 date to be confirmed;

please log your interest here.

 

Cost: £40

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 (www.craftwerk.co.uk).

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).

2020 date to be confirmed;

please log your interest here. 

 

Cost: £38

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