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Quirky Textile Courses & Workshops 2018-19 in Cumbria, the Lake District.

Our new 2019 Quirky course dates are listed if you click above 2019 picture.  They will be added to the website over coming days

 

We hold craft workshop in Needlefelting with Annis McGowan - Hand Stitiched Leather courses with Ruth Pullan ~ Machine Embroidery workshop with Sarah Ames,  

 Eco printing and Botanical Printing with Margaret Steedon ~ Felting craft courses with Marieke Tomlin ~ Paint, Print & Stitch with Kay Leech
Spinning Wheels & Drop Spindles course ~ Pattern Cutting workshops ~ Rag Rug Hookie & Proddie textile courses with Heather Ritchie,

Lampshade printing, Lampshade stencilling, Drum lampshades hand rolled with Georgia Wilkinson & Sonja Tilleard, Intro to Batik workshop

 

 
      Make your own Felt Slippers 'Quirky Workshop' with Marieke Tomlin at Greystoke  Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria           

 

Needle felting days in variety with Annis McGowan

Needle felt your own Herdwick sheep Doorstop

Wed 27 March  ~  Sat 28 Sept 2019

9.30am - 4.45pm ish
£75 inc a lovely lunch

A substantial weight at 3.5 kg, the doorstop is created using various wools including that from the local Herdwick sheep. Annis is a highly accomplished needlefelter and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria. She also sells needlefelt kits online.

How to book

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Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria

Materials Charges 2019

There will be an additional charge of £18 payable on the day to Annis for the materials used. This covers not only the costs of materials but also the many hours Annis spends preparing each doorstop inner so that it is ready to be needlefelted - meaning a doorstop can be achieved in just one day.
All your tools and materials will be provided  .

Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria



Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria

Needle Felt a Hare!

Fri 1st March ~ Mon 27 May ~ Sun 23 June 2019 

Fri 30 Nov 18 full

£75 inc a lovely lunch 9.30am to 5.30-6pm

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! A lot of carefully prepared and detailed instructions are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis. Therefore iIt is sadly not possible to accommodate people needing to leave early or for a deadline as the class is methodically taught as a whole group, step by step. Please do bear this in mind if you have other engagements that evening or a lift organised - you may be late! .

How to book

Make a lovely Hare of sitting height is approx 34 cm plus the ears . You can decide your own pose , either with ears up ,

or "moongazing" with the ears back .We will be using natural brown wools , all materials and tools are provided

. A full day workshop learning new methods which will inspire you to make more felted creations in future!

Materials in 2018

There will be an additional charge of £18 payable on the day to Annis for the materials used. This covers not only the costs of materials but also the many hours that Annis spends preparing each inner so that it is ready to be needlefelted, meaning the Hare can be achieved in just one day.

Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria

 

 

 

Needle Felt a Bunny!

with Annis McGowan

£75 inc a lovely lunch

Sun 7th April 2019

Make your own adorable needle felted bunny, approx 30cm long x 15cm high!

On this course we will learn more about sculpting, using  shading to highlight and optional colours

to  create your own individual bunny.Suitable for all levels.

How to book

Material Charges

Materials charge is £8-10 payable on the day of the workshop .

Extra kits will also be available to purchase on the day .

 

 

 

Needle felt Quirky courses Cumbria  

 

 

 

Prickles' the Hedgehog in needle felt!

with Annis McGowan

Fri 9 August 2019

£75 inc a lovely lunch

Prickles is approx 20cm long x 10cm high and he can be made in a day even if you are a beginner.

You will be working with mohair and blending wools to create your own individual hedgehog. Some sewing is required.

This is suitable for al levels.

How to book

Material Charges

Materials charge is £10 payable on the day of the workshop .

Extra kits will also be available to purchase on the day .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needle Felt an Owl!

with Annis McGowan

£75 inc a lovely lunch

Fri 21 June 2019

Needle felt your own  Mother and baby owls using a wonderful variety of wools adding texture and

interest with locks and natural fleece . All tools and material are provided and both owls are weighted, Mother owl is approx 20cm high, baby owl 14cm high. Annis will provide a choice of colours.

How to book

Material Charges

Materials charge is £18 payable on the day of the workshop .

Extra kits will also be available to purchase on the day .

 

 

 

 

Botanics in Paint, Print and Stitch with Kay Leech

 

Paint, Print and Stitch on Canvas

Thu 3 October 2019

£75 inc lovely lunch

How to book

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch.

Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one

of the ones provided for inspiration.  

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks

that you have created.  Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish

with beads and buttons.

The finished piece will be 30cmx30cm which will fit into a standard 40cmx40cm frame.

Kay's work centres on textured pieces using paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroideryg with stitch on textiles.

Material Charges

There will be a £10 materials charge payable directly to Kay on the day which includes everythin for painting, printing, stencilling and beads to embellish. Please bring any references you may have as inpsiration and also an apron to protect your clothes. A sewing macine would also be useful but not obligatory.

Summer's Day - Sold

Kay is a local artist currently exhibiting at Higham Hall near Cockermouth as Artist in Residence 11th Nov to 3rd December 2018.

Kay writes ...

My exhibition at Higham is on from 11th November - 3rd December and is open to anybody who would like to go and see it.  I will be in residence at Higham on Saturday 17th November, Tuesday 20th November and Thursday 29th November  10.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

 

 

 

Rag Rug Making Days with Heather Ritchie

 

 

Heather uses both Hookie and Proddie methods in her rugs. Include lovely flowers in your rug design - especially suitable for wall hangings or cushion covers.

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Heather's rugs are fondly termed 'Paintings in Fabric' ~

telling many stories from her own childhood.


 

 

Friday 31 May 2019

9.30am - 4pm
£75 inc lunch

Heather's excellent reputation as top tutor has meant she has recently appeared as a Rag Rug teacher on a March 2018

episode of BBC Craft Britain!

How to book

Come and learn from one of Britain's most experienced makers and teachers of rug-making to create your own unique and personal rag rug

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Heather travels widely running workshops and is internationally recognised for her skills.
She often tutors in the States and Africa where she is a founder of Rug Aid.


 

When Heather moved into a house in North Yorkshire with cold flagstone floors, a neighbour showed her how to make a rug using hessian sacking and old lisle stockings. Immediately she was inspired by the idea and over the last 25 years has developed and refined her Rag Rug making skills to the highest standard.

 

What to bring

Please bring some large sharp scissors and a couple of bags of material of the colour scheme you may want - though often the materials are pooled.

Woollens wear best if hoping to make a floor rug

Round frames are available for use and purchase at the end from Heather or we have a number of square frames to borrow and possibly buy at the end of the day - these will be joiner made and will cost around £15 and are 2'6" square ish and are for sale for £16 please ask. Hookies and Proddiies, again, are available to borrow and buy at the end if you want - hookies are £17.

 

 

'Applique & Stitch' Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

Sarah works from her small studio in a beautiful part of rural Cumbria creating lovely stitched shades, pictures and accessories supplying galleries and crafts fairs.

She has a MA and BA in Contemporary Applied Arts from the University of Cumbria and is also a qualified teacher. 

She loves to show others how to form clever pieces through creative stiching. Suitable sewing machines are available to hire for these days.

 


 

 

Materials Charges

Please bring any special pieces of favourite materials, inspirations, resources and bits and pieces you may wish to use in your design. Sarah provides an awful lot of materials scraps. There may be two suitable sewing machines available to borrow - please enquire at the time of booking.

 

 

 

 

Discovering Machine Embroidery

with Sarah Ames

 

Sat 13 April ~  Sun 11 Aug 2019

10am - 4.30pm
£68 inc a lovely 2 course Aga lunch

 

Join Sarah Ames for a day of discovery and fun creating some lovely pieces using free machinery embroidery techniques incorporating hand stitch, applique and embellishment.

Freehand machine embroidery is amongst the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results.

Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

(note : it must be possible for the feed dogs on your sewing machine to be dropped to permit machining in any direction.


Sarah will come with a host of ideas  for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc

 

How to book

 

 



Hand Stitched Leather work with Ruth Pullan

 

A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a day

Tues 2nd July or Wed 3rd July 2019

£75 inc a lovely Aga lunch
9.30 - 5pm ish

How to book

Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials.

Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse, or a small leather bag.Please contact Ruth before the course if you have a particular colour in mind.

You will learn how to:

 

  • dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
  • stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
  • bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
  • fit buckles and fastenings

Bag making material costs will be £25 payable to Ruth on the day.

Below ~ Leather Bags from our 2017 course

 

 

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Make a leather Hand Stitched

mobile phone case in a day

with Ruth Pullan

Sun 30 June 2019

£75 inc a lovely Aga lunch
9.30 - 5pm ish

How to book

Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials.

Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather mobile case and if time allows a simple coin purse aswell. .Please contact Ruth before the course if you have a particular colour in mind that you wish to dye your phone cover.

 

You will learn how to:

 

  • dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather   * stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
  • bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish   * fit buckles and fastenings

material costs will be approx. £10 (depending on fastening choices)  payable to Ruth on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Felt Making Workshops with Marieke Tomlin

 

Marieke is a very talented and largely self-taught felt artist who happened upon the history of felt and felting whilst examining the use of wool in sustainable living and her environment workshops.

She loves the fact that many fleeces, now sadly discarded by farmers, can be reworked through felting into something equally beautiful and useful to last for many years, so creating a further positive impact locally.

With roots in both of Holland and Wales, Marieke now lives in the Eden Valley and runs workshops in textiles, the environment and sustainability, taking inspiration from the beautiful village of Morland, where she lives.

 

 

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Felt Art Quirky Workshop with Debra Esterhuizen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

'Felt Art' with Marieke

Wed 19 June ~ Sun 7 Oct 2019

£68 inc a lovely lunch 9.30 - 4pm

How to book

Create your very own felt masterpiece.
Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day, including a lovely choice of of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks.

Click here to see pics of the July felt art day with Marieke or just click on any of these pics.

 

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Marieke will bring most things necessary with her on the day, however please bring TWO old towels, medium to large, which will get wet, and a bag to carry them home in. Thank you

There will be an additional charge payable to the tutor on the day directly for materials used of £10.

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

'Funky Felt Slippers'

with Marieke Tomlin

Tue 19 March & Tue 12 Nov 2019

9.30 - 4pm
£68 inc a lovely lunch

 

Starting from scratch using various colours of soft pure wool fibre, you will learn how to lay out

and combine these fibres together and mix colours to create subtle hues. Then work them gently

together to create your own 'felted fabric design' which you will then turn into two perfect

seamless slipper forms.

Mould these to your own foot shape and transform them into a real pair of slippers.

 

How to book

 

Make Felt Slippers at Greystoke with Marieke Tomlin - a Quirky Workshop

Materials Charge

Marieke will bring most things necessary with her on the day, however please bring TWO old towels, medium to large, which will get wet, and a bag to carry them home in. Thank you.

These slippers are very warm, and made using 100% merino wool.

. There will be an additional charge payable to the tutor on the day directly for

materials used of £12.

 

 

                 

 



 

 

 

 

Festive Felt Garlands

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Fri 7 Dec  2018

2019 dates Wed 27 Nov and Wed 4 Dec 2019

£68 inc lovely lunch

How to book

Join Marieke to make your own lovely felt Christmas garland, comprising, among others: felt hearts, Christmas puddings, Christmas robins, trees and many others. Suitable for all abilities,

  

Marieke will bring most things necessary with her on the day, however please bring an old towel, medium to large, which will get wet, and a bag to carry it home in.

. There will be an additional charge payable to the tutor on the day directly for materials used of £10.

 

 

Botanical Print workshops with Margaret Steeden

 

 

Botanical Printing on Silk and Paper

With Margaret Steeden

Saturday 8 June 2019

£78 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

9.30 -4.30pm

Also referred to as Eco Printing , spend a fascinating day with Margaret learning how to create beautiful prints from leaves and

seeds on both fabric and paper and and make a beautiful printed silk scarf. Also referred to as 'ecoprinting'

How to book

Botanical contact printing uses nothing other than leaves, fabric or paper and heat. The heat encourages the tannins in the leaves to

print on to the chosen substrate. The serendipitous nature of the technique never fails to amaze. This course is suitable for all abilities,

who are interested in a way of extracting colours from vegetation, as well as mixed Media and Textile artists who wish to produce

unique substrates for their work.  Margaret will lead you through choosing suitable leaves, the preparation of your fabric/paper and leaves and

finally the techniques needed to produce a unique, one off silk scarf along with paper samples thoughout the day.

Margaret will also bring along some additional resources for sale to help you on your way when following up this session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Margaret

Margaret has 35 years experience in education and

totally enjoys the sharing of her

expertise and knowledge.

Since retiring she has been a textile artist exhibiting with several groups in the Northern West.

Her work currently allows her to combine her love of nature, textile art and the alchemy of botanical printing.

www.inspiredtextiles.blogspot.com

Instagram@inspired_textiles

 

 

 

What to Bring

An apron and some work clothes, two plastic bags to take your work home in,  a note pad and pen to help you start your recording diary along with a camera to record technique. If you are a gardener and have access to some of the following, you could bring any of the following fresh leaves from your garden eg geranium, cotinus, rose, plum, dogwood, wisteria, tamarisk, golden rod, blackberry.

Waxy leaves and flowers are not ideal. If you have any

special watercolour or handmade paper you have spare,

please feel free to bring along.

There will be an additional course for payable to Margaret on the day of £20 which will include your pre mordanted silk scarves, a range of paper, Latex free gloves (medium size)

 plus all the equipment and materials for printing. If you prefer smaller or larger gloves please bring your own.

 

 

Two Lampshade making courses with Georgia Wilkinson

This day also features in the Quirky Days page

Having spent several years working as a repeat pattern designer with the high end textile printers, Georgia left London to return to her home county of Yorkshire to start her own pattern design company. Since 2009 'Georgia Wilkinson Designs' has been offering innovative, fresh and unique hand printed textiles operating out of a cricket pavillion on her parents' farm, and her products are sold in shops throughout the UK as well as online. Her designs are fun, bright and uplifting with her fabric available by the metre or lampshade length.




 

Lampshade Making short course

Georgia is on maternity leave early in 2018 so the Spring lampshade making short course day is being run by

craft interiors tutor Sonja Tilleard on Fri 6 April

with Sonja Tileard click here)

Wednesday 20 Nov 2019 with Georgia Wilkinson

Lampshade making morning  9.30am to 12 noon

Lampshade making afternoon    1pm to 3.30pm  

£35 inc drinks /cake and the basic lamp making kit. See below

 

How to book

Georgia will arrive with all the tools and equipment needed and during this short course you will have fun

creating and completing a lovely drum lampshade to take home.

She will bring a selection of her wonderful fresh fabrics from her Yorkshire studio and students can choose

these for their lampshades or they can bring their own fabric.

The course price includes everything required to make a smaller shade if you bring your own fabric. If you choose larger

options or select some of Georgia's fabric, these will be charged a few £'s extra. See her website

http://georgiawilkinson.co.uk/index.php/collections to choose a fabric if you have a particular favourite and contact

Georgia atleast 2 weeks prior to course date directly to ensure she brings enough along.

Equally if you hope for the larger shades 40cm upwards please pre order these so Georgia brings the correct number with her.



 

 

  

Design & Block Print a Lampshade / Cushion

with Georgia Wilkinson

 

Tues 19 Nov 2019

10am - 4.30pm ish
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

How to book

There will be an additional materials charge of between £10 and £15 payable to Georgia on the day, depending on shade size required..

 

Georgia will begin by telling you a little about her self and explaining what is possible over the day, with hints and tips for your design to be suitable for a repeat pattern.

Once your design is finalised on paper you will learn to make block prints using a variety of mixed media tools and you will practise on paper before turning and printing up the cotton panama fabric she supplies.

The material for the lampshade will be then cured and hand rolled and carefully finished into a lampshade.

. You can choose to make either a small table lamp shade or a larger pendant ceiling shade - Georgia will advise on print types according to shade sizes. A further piece of fabric may then be printed fto make a matching cushion cover front to take home with you

 

Lampshade making short courses with Sonja Tilleard of 'White & Green'

Choose from Stencilled Shade morning course inc lunch or favourite Fabric shade afternoon in lunch  - or both!

 

Hand Stencil & roll a stunning drum Lampshade

with Sonja Tileard

Afternoon course inc. a light lunch

Tuesday 1 October 2019

12.30 to 4pm

£40 inc a light lunch (12.30-1pm) , coffee etc &

paint/ stencils & 30cm shade kit

How to book

 

Sonja will bring various fabrics for you to choose from and a variety of stencils for you to use in create a variety of professional patterns in your chosen colours - learning & perfecting the finer points of stencilling.

Included in the cost of the course is a 30cm shade kit.Please contact us if you wish to make two smaller matching shades andSonja will advise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make a Hand rolled drum lampshade

with Sonja Tilleard

inc. a light lunch

AM course  10am-12.30 (lunch 12- 12.30)

    PM course  12.30-3pm (inc lunch 12.30-1pm)

£35 inc a light lunch, hot drinks and a

30cm shade kit.

How to book

 

Bring your own material and let Sonja show you how to make a perfect hand rolled drum lampshade. Sonja will have some lovely materials for sale too. Please let us know if you require a different size shade kit

 

 

(the morning course on these days are

making stencilled lampshades- please see here)

 

 

Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting
with Dr Maggi Toner-Edgar

 

Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting - BODICE PATTERN

Thu 20 June 2019

Make a simple tunic shape to suit your figure type. This is a one day course where you get step by step instructions to create a very basic simple tunic, from which you can make other tops and dresses at a later stage in any fabric - no button holes, no zips - just simple creative fun, with lots of suggestions and advice on further adaptions at a later stage.

Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting - TROUSERS PATTERN

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Have you always wanted to create the perfect trouser ? Once you have got the basic shape of your body you can create any shape in any fabric to suit you. This is a one day course where you get step by step instructions to create your own truser pattern which may be adapted to shorts or capri length to suit you

10.00 - 4.00pm   £75 inc a lovely lunch

How to book

 

Which are you?

 

PaPattern Cutting & Wardrobe Renovation Quirky Workshop with Maggie Toner Edgar at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

What to bring:

A long ruler if you have it, any rolls of brown paper or lining wallpaper and paper

scissors will be useful but some paper will be provided. We also provide pattern masters, tapes, rulers and pencils

 

Maggi is a fashion consultant and illustrator based in Cockermouth, previously she was in charge of Creative Design for Fashion BA Hons at the University of Central Lancashire and specialised in Haute Couture, which included Pattern Cutting and Fashion Design. She also ran the Contemporary Applied Arts BA Hons course at University of Cumbria teaching Millinery, Pattern Cutting and Textiles. Consequently she is more than qualified to answer your fashion and dressmaking questions.

Maggi is particularly interested in helping people understand their body shape and learn to modify dressmaking patterns accordingly. She will encourage you to work with your own figure type to create stylish looks and perhaps act as a catalyst for change and allow you to re-frame the way you view yourself and your body.

 

The Art of Spinning with Marion Woolcott

An experienced spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter and crocheter as well as being a tutor and designer. Marion has taught many individuals and groups different aspects of hand spinning, specialising in producing exciting fancy yarns. Marion was also a founder member of The Wool Clip co-operative, and uses her hand dyeing techniques to make fine silk and merino woven scarves, yarns and clothing.

 

 

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Spinning Yarns, Wheels & Drop Spindles

 

9.30 - 3.30pm each day
£75 inc lunch

How to book

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Marion provides all the equipment for this class including spinning

wheels and drop spindles.

However, if you own a spinning wheel, you can of course bring it along!

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

During this fascinating day, Marion will teach you all about different types of sheep and their fleeces, their various merits and different uses with many samples to explore. You will learn about the meaning and importance of crimp and lustre and why some fleeces are easily spun, whereas others are not. You will learn how to prepare the fibres using hand carders and how to spin using a drop spindle and see the difference in the yarn that is produced from drop spindle compared to the wheel that you will use later in the afternoon. The rest of the day you'll be working on your own spinning wheel, learning how to use the Niddy Noddy and how to ply art yarns for wonderful effect.

Everyone will go home with a skein or two of handspun yarn (as in the picture left - one with drop spindle and one with a spinning wheel); from a sheep's fleece to something you can crochet or knit in just one day! Marion Woolcott's courses are great fun and the studio becomes a haven of soft wool and laughter. The cats always enjoy it too and can often be found in a sleepy ball somewhere amongst the fleeces! Please bring an apron. All material costs are included in this class.

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Batik for Beginners with Caroline King

 

 

Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, Caroline will be unable at present to give us a date for a Batik course

Please let us know if you would like to be informed when one arises.

 

9.30 - 4.30pm
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

How to book

Using cotton or calico fabrics, a vibrant range of fabric dyes and beeswax you will create your own picture design - under Caroline's careful guidance -

which will be then coloured over in a number of stages using a wax resist.

Starting with a simple outline provided, Caroline will explain the process and show you how some lovely effects can be created. You can then proceed to make as many designs as time allows.

No previous experience or drawing skills are necessary .

Materials are charged extra depending on the amount produced, usually between £5 and £10.

Introduction to Batik with Caroline King - A Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

'Be Fabulous with Felt' with Linda Anne Chapman

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Enjoy a Nuno Felt Scarf making Day

Perfect for Hen Parties for groups of up to around 15 people here at the Cycle Cafe making corsages and nuno scarves and foibles.
Please enquire

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Linda Chapman is one of the team behind the hugely popular WOOLFEST. She is also a member of the co-operative 'The Wool Clip' in Caldbeck.

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Linda came to Cumbria some 5 years ago and created her own felt making studio overlooking Blencathra in the Lake District.

A talented all round artist, she has a fine art degree, with an original background in painting.

Linda's work is sold in galleries throughout Cumbria and online from her website.

Material Charges

Approximate material charges between £5 and £10 will be payable to Linda on the day depending on what is made.

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Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Linda's Nuno Felt Scarf and Corsage Day

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

How to make felt flowers and foibles and nuno scarves which are fine silk chiffon or muslin, gently rubbed with woollen yarns to create a ruched effect when dampened.

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This wonderful Rag Rug was made by a beginner student Dori

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Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Large Traditional Rag Rug Making Days with Emma Tennant

9.30 - 3.30pm each day
£74 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

How to book

You will be shown how to design, plan out and prepare and then start making these lovely distinctive hard wearing traditional large floor rugs.

Emma provides traditional frames to use of 3ft x 4ft, ideal for these stunning large floor rugs, the type for which she is so well known (though they do reduce to smaller working size if needed). These frames are individually 'joiner made' to Emma's own personal design - they arrive here pre-prepared by Emma and can be used over and over again.

You can use one of these special frames for the day and just pay Emma for the detached hessian at the end or you may buy the frame and take it home for £40. You can decide on the day.

Similarly with the hookie tool - these are completely hand made by the only man in the country who makes them. Both the metal hook and the handle are forged and turned by him. They are a lovely quality to use and cost £17. Again, you can borrow one or buy it at the end.

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Emma prefers using a fairly close weave hessian that gives a denser, longer wearing rug.

Once booked with Emma you could start looking out for materials to bring with you for our rug. For a floor rug woollens works best as they clean easiest, wear well and don’t attract the dirt as much – ie tweeds, coats, jumpers, trousers, jackets, anything from charity shops as long as clean and dry – and if you know of any old fashioned tailors, they always have trimmings from wool garments they may be glad to give away.

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafee

Notice the shading effect in her designs - which brings them to life.

Author of 'Rag Rugs of England and America'

Emma Tennant lives in Roxburghshire, Scotland .She is widely held as an authority on the history of Rag Rug making. Emma spends her winters making and designing rag rugs which are made by a group of neighbours and marketed under the name Hermitage Rugs. She spends the summer painting flowers in her studio at the foot of the Cheviots Hills and is a member of the Council of the National Trust.

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

WHAT TO BRING?

We will provide the frame and hookie tool to borrow or buy at the end if you wish.
The hessian is included in the £40 charge if you buy a frame - if however you just take the hessian home there may be a small charge payable to Emma.
Some large SHARP dressmaking scissors and some bags of material as detailed above.

Do give your design some thought and remember, 'simple' often has more impact.

 

 

Quirky Workshops
Poplin Dub • Greystoke • Penrith • CA11 0UT
Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984 • annie2@quirkyworkshops.co.uk