Our Workshops

COVID19 Update
We are pleased to announce that we will resume our workshops on 9th September with Traditional Teddy Bear Making.

Classes cancelled during lock-down have been rescheduled either later this year or in 2021 – some of these dates are still to be confirmed so keep checking back or email us if you are interested.  

We will have lots of measures in place to keep you safe:

  • class sizes will be smaller than usual
  • participants will have their own work station
  • there will be appropriate distancing between fellow class-mates
  • everyone will be expected to wear a mask, including our tutors
  • bring your own refreshments
  • if you feel at all unwell on the day, we ask you not to attend and either find you an alternative class or refund your money.  


If there is a second spike that interferes with our (or your) plans, we will endeavour to find alternative dates to suit everyone, or provide a no-quibble 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. 

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

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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. 

SOLD OUT

Saturday 19 September 2020

10am – 1pm

Cost: £38

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

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.

SOLD OUT

7 October 2020

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 

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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

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

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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

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.

SOLD OUT

25 November 2020
Wednesday
10am – 4pm

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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.

4 November 2020

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 

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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.

9 December 2020

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £60 

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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. 

30 January 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £38

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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. A great skill for creating unique Christmas presents. 

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Postponed until 2021 – date to be confirmed.

Wed 10am – 4pm
Cost: £60

If you are interested, please email york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

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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 until 2021 – date to be confirmed.

Wed 10am – 4 pm
Cost: £60

If you are interested, please email york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

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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

Postponed until 2021 – date to be confirmed.

Sat 10am – 1pm
Cost: £40

If you are interested, please email york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

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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

Postponed until 2021 – date to be confirmed.

Sat 10am – 1pm
Cost: £40

If you are interested, please email york@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk