Following the announcement of the England Lockdown Exit Strategy, we are rescheduling our March and April classes. We apologise to all who have booked and will be in touch shortly with new dates.

Workshops will resume after 17 May, when the Rule of 6, social distancing and all other safety measures will be re-introduced.

If the new dates are not convenient or future classes are cancelled for Covid related reasons, we will provide a no-quibble refund.

Our Workshops

Heritage Workshops
Contemporary skills & their history.

Wednesdays
(10am – 4pm) 

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

£20 discount for all four North Country Quilt Embroidery Classes booked together. Enter 4SEASONS discount code at check-out. 

NB only one discount code can be used at a time.

 

Saturday Skills
Classes to learn the basics & specialist skills.

Saturdays
(10am – 1pm)

 

Traditional Teddies
Beginner’s & Advanced mohair teddybear making, plus an optional accessories class later in the year. 

Consecutive Weds
(2 classes each)
(10am – 1pm)

Classes are individually priced & include the tools to use in class and all materials, unless otherwise indicated. Each participant also receives a 10% off voucher to spend in the shop.

Terms & Conditions Apply (click here for details)

Access notice: there are two flights of stairs to the workroom in our medieval building at 32 Coppergate, York YO1 9NR. We sincerely apologise if this prevents anyone attending. 


2021 Workshops & Classes

Workshop Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of a life-long skill with a Heritage Workshop or Saturday Skills Voucher. 

Redeemable for any of our classes below.

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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 authentic craft piece. 

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

19 May 2021

Wed 10am – 4pm
Cost: £65

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Knitting with Colours - 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). 

This class is taught by our colour knitting & fair isle  specialist, Eleanor Caldwell. 

Level: some knitting experience required

22 May 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm


Cost: £45

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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.

 

26 May 2021

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £65

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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

5  June 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

Summer: Shells and Wild Flower Embroidery - North Country Quilting - Heritage Workshop

Explore the shell and flower motifs used in the North Country quilts and see how the motifs are combined into an overall wholecloth and strippy quilt.

Have fun making your own templates from traditional motifs as well as designing a few new ones from drawing shells from coastal beaches and flowers from the garden.

Learn new embroidery stitches to add to the hand quilting running stitch, working on 3 or 4 shell or flower motifs.  These motifs can then be made into coasters or used in a quilt/cushion project you may have at home.

The motifs you have designed can then be used in your own quilting and embroidery work.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

9 June 2021 

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £65

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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. 

12 June 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

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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. 

In these two half-day classes, learn teddy-making skills and the fascinating heritage of mohair bears from his designer, Jacqueline Schultz, owner of Jacqueline’s Bears. 

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.

16 & 23 June 2021
(2 half day classes)

Consecutive Wednesdays
10am – 1pm

Cost: £95 (incl two sessions and a Milo Kit RRP £35)

Loopy Rag Rugging- Saturday Skills Class

This is rag rigging with a modern twist* using colourful cording. Create an up-to-the minute cushion cover just for you or for Mother’s Day too. 

Taught by Kim Searle.

*You also might like our traditional ‘shaggy’ rag rugging class on 7 August 2021.

19 June 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £45

Loopy Rag Rugging 3

Discover the joy of knitting, starting with the basic skills. This class covers casting on, creating knit and purl stitches, garter and stocking stitch, how to increase and decrease and casting off. We will also explore how these techniques can be used to make scarves, hand warmers or hats and how to read basic patterns.

The class is taught by designer/maker Hermione Crowe.

Level: For absolute beginners or people in need of a refresher of the basics.

26 June 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

Spring - Lover's Knot - North Country Quilting Heritage Workshop

Welcome in Spring by hand quilting a lover’s knot from the Northern Dales. Make your own lover’s knot template by folding and cutting a paper design and then choose a simple border to frame it.

Look at the popular use of the lover’s knot in whole cloth quilts and learn a little of its history.

Learn to hand quilt and use a variety of embroidery stitches to create your own original piece. Take it home to frame, make into a cushion or finish off with bias binding to make a mat.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

14 July 2021

Wed 10am – 4pm
Cost: £65

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Feel like you have conquered the basics and looking to jazz up your knitting? Learn to add textures to your knitting with stitches such as Moss stitch, Seed stitch, Basketweave, Bobbles, Diagonal Ribs & Rice Stitch.

Creating textures can help make knitting more structured as well as aesthetically pleasing while practicing stitches will help improve your pattern reading skills, preparing you for bigger or more complex projects.

Taught by designer/maker Hermione Crowe.

Level: Participants should be confident in knitting, purling and casting on and off.

17 July 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

Explore the wonderful world of micro crochet using the unique designs of Yorkshire designer/maker Steffi Glaves. Check out her miniature motifs and delicate jewellery at www.steffiglaves.co.uk.

Level: Experience required

 

31 July 2021

Saturday
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.

 

4 August 2021 

Wednesday
10am – 4pm

Cost: £65

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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

You might also like our contemporary Loopy Rag Rugging class on 13 March 2021 – see separate listing for details below.  

7 August 2021

Wednesday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £45

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Needle Felting: Tansy Beetle Brooch - Saturday Skills Class

In this class you will learn how to make a Tansy beetle brooch using needle felting, wire-work, beading and sewing techniques.

Materials and tools provided: variety of wools, glass beads, glass eyes, silver plated wire, metallic thread, brooch back, cotton thread, round nose pliers, scissors, glue.

No previous experience required.

Taught by Fiona Gordon, textile and jewellery designer/needle felting artist aka The Felt Imp.

To view her amazing work visit: Instagram/thefeltimp.com

14 August 2021

Wednesday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £45

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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.

 

18 August 2021

Wednesday
10am – 4 pm

Cost: £65

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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 who’s 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 a few instruction sheets to make more at home.

18 September 2021

Sat 10am – 1pm
Cost: £45

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Autumn: Design Inspirations - North Country Quilting - Heritage Workshop

Have fun making your own quilting templates to combine to make your own unique hanging, mat or cushion. For hand or machine embroidery. 

The design process is broken up into small sections suitable for all abilities using a variety of techniques. We will create our motifs by folding and cutting paper, drawing out stencils using a compass and pencil , use old pennies to make feather chains and shells and work out how to create chains and twists (easier than it sounds )

 Once you have your templates you can then put them together easily, using a central motif, a border and corner pieces.

We will look at some North Country quilts to see how motifs have been combined to create a wholecloth design in the past.

Take home a design to quilt and lots of ideas for further creations.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

22 September 2021

Wed 10am – 4 pm
Cost: £65

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Knitting socks is a time honoured-tradition that makes for the pair-fect gift for others or a cosy treat for yourself.

These chunky socks are knitted in the round using double-pointed needles (DPNs) and will teach how to form a rib, turn a heel, pick up stitches, toe decreases and how to graft the toe seam together using Kitchener stitch.

Taught by knitting designer/maker Hermione Crowe.

Level: Participants should be confident in knitting, purling and casting on.

25 September 2021 

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £45

Traditional Teddies Advanced Class - Heritage Workshop

In these two half-day classes you will be making Tilly, under the expert guidance of bear designer Jacqueline Shultz.

Tilly is 16cm when standing. Her authentic appearance is thanks to her Sparse, Distressed 100% mohair coat as well as her movable cotter pin joints, her British-made glass eyes and her endearing features.

To be successful making Tilly, having some previous bear-making/traditional toy making experience is recommend.

6 & 13 October 2021
(2 half day classes)

Consecutive Wednesdays
10am – 1pm

Cost: £95 (incl two sessions and a Tilly Kit RRP £35)

Finished knitting all the pieces for your jumper or cardigan but not sure how to join all the pieces together? Then this class is for you. You will learn mattress stitch, picking up stitches, 3 needle bind off, 1 row button hole and sloped cast offs to give your projects a neat and professional finish.
 
Level: Should know knitting basics for this class.

16th October 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £40

By creating a delightful character from the Ricorumi Friends, learn all the techniques you will need to create an endless array of crochet and amigarumi projects.

The class is taught by Yorkshire designer/maker Steffi Glaves.

Level: Experience required

23 October 2021

Saturday
10am – 1pm

Cost: £45

Winter: Christmas Wreath - North Country Quilting - Heritage Workshop

Examine the extensive use of the feather wreath in the North Country Quilts and see how they can be drawn out with old pennies.

We will hand quilt the traditional wreath in Christmas colours then add a selection of Christmas motifs including robins, ivy, hearts and berries to create a bright colourful Christmas decoration.

While stitching find out a little about the people who quilted the designs and the history of these treasured textiles.

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

17 November 2021

Wednesday
10am – 4 pm

Cost: £65

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Over two half day sessions, knit a super-soft, authentic-looking bear, under the guidance of designer/maker Hermione Crowe.
 
In the process, hone your knitting and pattern reading skills and build your confidence.
 
Choose from King Cole’s fluffy Caramel, Coconut or Earl Grey Truffle yarn and add nose, eyes and ears to create a bear full of personality. 

The class includes the pattern, yarn, needles, safety eyes and thread for the nose. 

Level: Should know knitting basics for this class.

20th & 27th November 2021

Consecutive Saturdays 
10am – 1pm

Cost: £60 (for two sessions incl materials)


2022 Workshops & Classes

Traditional Teddies Accessories Class - Waistcoats - Heritage Workshop

In these two half day classes you will be making a silk embroidered, embellished and fully lined Teddy Bear’s waistcoat.

You will also learn several embroidery stitches specific to making simple flower designs and motifs suitable for bear/toy clothing.

You will develop your skills on a waistcoat to fit Milo, standing at 26cm, or a bear of equivalent size. And if you have a 16cm Tilly bear from our Advanced class at home, we will supply you with enough material to make one for her too.  

Dates to be confirmed
(2 half day classes)

Consecutive Wednesdays
10am – 1pm

Cost: £65 (incl two sessions and materials)