Workshops for Groups
I teach all sorts of woolly things. Most popular are Dorset buttons, in various forms, spindle spinning basics, needle and wet felting, small frame weaving, and Macramé. I also teach various freeform hand stitch workshops.
Classes can be tailored to suit. I charge per person and supply materials and worksheets within that price. A two hour button class is £15 per person, for example. An all day button class is £25 per person, again including materials and worksheets. Travel is at 25p per mile, although that may have to change if diesel goes over £2 per litre. A minimum of 8 people per class and a maximum of 20.
We can make a posy brooch, tree brooch, or a couple of buttons in a 2 hour class. We can make 4-5 buttons, or a brooch and 2-3 buttons in a day class. Beaded buttons are a nice option for a day class. Alternative Dorset buttons (non ring buttons like Dorset knobs) can be added or swapped if the class have already made a ring Dorset button.
Wet felted pictures, bowls, or jewellery are good day classes. Needle felted pictures, critters, or jewellery work well for a day class too.
Small frame weaving is usually make a coaster for a morning, or a landscape wall hanging over a day.
Macramé can be a key ring in a morning or a plant holder, market bag, or jewellery over the course of a day.
Freeform Hand stitch classes included creating books, like needle books or journals, steam punk birds, freeform stitched postcards, bookmarks, as a few examples. A great short class is make a freeform stitched brooch, using felt and scraps of thread.
I’ve added Japanese Temari balls to the group workshop program. These take a day to make, but a small version could be started in a 2 hour class and finished at home.
I've been teaching for over 10 years, both in groups and one to one. I'm very patient and kind, and work hard to make sure the whole class understands what we're doing.
Small taster sessions of most of the above can be arranged. Normally these would be £100 flat rate including materials and take an hour on average. Please get in touch to discuss a taster class.
The link above is to a few samples of things made in workshops. You are welcome to use photos in advertising workshops I’m running for you, and to help choose what you would like me to teach. You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
Talks for Groups
Talks are performed with a bright and colourful PowerPoint presentation (or without if preferred), and samples of work to handle. I can also bring a small shop with me if you'd like. I charge £70 plus travel at 25p per mile (unless fuel goes over £2 per litre) for an in person talk, and £40 if a zoom talk.
Wandering Needle - A Mental Health and Craft TalkDorset Buttons - potted history and what to do with them now
Sheep to Yarn - how yarn is made including a hands on spinning experience for the in person talk
Textile Scraps to Textile Art - turning all sorts of scrap into art