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

We hold craft workshop in Needlefelting with Annis McGowan - Machine Embroidery workshop with Sarah Ames, Mixed Media Canvas courses with Priscilla Edwards,    

  Felting craft courses with Marieke Tomlin ~ Intro to Batik workshop
Spinning Wheels & Drop Spindles course ~ Pattern Cutting workshops ~ Rag Rug Hookie & Proddie textile courses with Heather Ritchie,

Lampshade printing, stencilling, applique and rolling with Georgia Wilkinson & Sonja Tilleard,

 
Stitch a Lampshade Quirky Workshop at Greystoke     Learn to spin with a drop spindle and Wheel - Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Make your own Felt Slippers 'Quirky Workshop' with Marieke Tomlin at Greystoke     

 

Needle felting days in variety with Annis McGowan

Needle felt your own Herdwick sheep Doorstop

• Wednesday 15 November 2017

(Easter) Monday 2nd April 18

Sun 12 August 18

Wed 7 November 2018

9.30am - 4.45pm ish
£68 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

   

 

 

Materials Charges 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 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 a Hare!

Friday 1st December2017

Sat 17 March 18  full

Sun 24 June 18  full

We cannot guarantee, but hope to arrange some new Hare dates with Annis - please regsiter your interest

Fri 30 Nov 18

£68 inc a lovely lunch 9.30am to 5pm ish

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 an Owl!

 

with Annis McGowan

New for 2018

Thu 19 July 2018

£68 inc a lovely lunch

 

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 .

 

 

Needle Felt : Hummingbirds

 

with Annis McGowan

New for 2018

Monday 28 May 2018  (Bank Holiday)

£58 inc lovely lunch

How to book


Design your very own Humming birds to needle felt in beautiful colours of soft merino,

  choose hanging or wired.
A great class for beginners as well as those with experience.
Tools are provided,

Be prepared to make 2 perhaps 3 birds over the day
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Material Charges

Materials are charged at £5 per bird.

Extra kits will also be available to purchase on the day

 

Painted and Machine Embroidered Canvas

 

 

 

with Priscilla Edwards

New for 2018

Wed 13 June

Thu 16 Aug

£82 inc lovely lunch

How to book

 

Using various fabrics, acrylic paints and machine stitch you will create a contemporary box canvas for your wall. During the day you will explore a range of techniques to enable you to produce a finished piece that is personal and will reflect your own ideas. This is fantastic workshop for anyone who would like to explore a mixed media approach to stitched textiles, no experience necessary just bring enthusiasm.

 

 

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Material Charges

There will be a £5 materials charge payable on the day which includes your A4 size canvas, paints and fabrics etc. You are encouraged to bring your favourite materials scraps and any embellishments you may already have plus inspirational pictures  or references you come across. .

 

Priscilla has been creating contemporary stitched mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D since completing her degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997

 

 

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.


 

 

Sat 16 June 2018

10am - 4pm
£75 inc lunch

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.

 

'Applique & Stitch'

Lampshades day


 

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.

Please bring along your sewing machine in good working order and make sure it has an embroidery or darning foot – if you’re unsure please feel free to ask. If you are unable to bring a machine, there are 3 available to hire for a small fee on the day. Please enquire at the time of booking

titch a Lampshade Quirky Workshop at Greystoke

 


How to book

with Sarah Ames

2018

Thu 21 June

Sun 18 Nov

10am - 4pm
£68 inc lunch

 

Join talented Sarah Ames for the day to design and

make your own 20cm drum lampshade using a variety of clever machine enbroidery and applique techniques.


Stitch a Lampshade Quirky Workshop at Greystoke

 

 

 

Stitch a Lampshade Quirky Workshop

 

Materials Charge

There will be a £10 materials charge payable to Sarah directly on the day to cover the lampshade kit and extras.

 

 

 


 

'Applique & Stitch'

Discovering Machine Embroidery

 

 

 

Materials Charges

Materials and a lovely 2 course Aga lunch are included on this day. Please bring any special pieces of favourite materials, inspirations, resources and bits and pieces you may wish to use in your design.

 

 

with Sarah Ames

 

Tues 17 April 2018

Sat 26 Sept

10am - 4pm
£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

Fri 13 July 2018

or

Sun 15 July 2018

£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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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 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

Sat 23 June 2018

Sun 7 Oct 2018

£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 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.

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

 

'Funky Felt Slippers'

with Marieke Tomlin

9.30 - 4pm
£68 inc a lovely lunch

Fri 16 March 2018

Wed 29 June

Fri 9 Nov

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 an old towel, medium to large, which will get wet, and a bag to carry it home in.

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

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Friday 8 December 2017

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Fri 7 Dec  2018

£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.

 


Design and weave your own Scarf with Jan Beadle

Jan graduated with a BA Hons in Carpet Design and Related Textiles in the mid 80’s - she recently left the University of Cumbria where she was their Weaving Guru with over 25 years experience.

Perfect for Beginners and intermediates. Weave a scarf with your own 'theme' or try weaving tartans, twills and leno weaves.

Twill has many variations but all are characterised by the diagonal lines formed in the weaving. The four shaft looms will be set up ready to go, enabling you to explore texture and colour combinations on the day.

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
A twill scarf

Material Charges

Approximate material charges will be around £5-£8 per scarf.



Weave your own tartan

Weave Yourself a Scarf

Beginners & Tartans
Wednesday 8 November 2017
Beginners & Twills
Thursday 30 November 2017

How to book

If you are a 'beginner' to weaving, come along and make a simple 'plain' weave scarf; if you like to be challenge how about a special pattern, maybe a twill or tartan?


There will be a huge range of beautifully textured yarns to incorporate into your weaving.


Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Another beginner's scarf

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 



Add a few 'leno'  effect holes

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A beautiful pallete of colours - this scarf just off the loom awaiting a warm wash to soften the fibres and the ends tidying up and fringe completed.


 

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

Tue 3 July 2018

Tues 9 October 2018

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


 

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

(Friday 6 April 2016 with Sonja Tileard click here)

Friday 16 Nov 2018 with Georgia Wilkinson

Lampshade making morning     9.30am to 12 noon

Lampshade making afternoon    1pm to 3.30pm    

 

£35 inc drinks and a quick light lunch either before or after your course as well as

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 directly to ensure she brings enough along.



 

 

  

Design & Block Print a Lampshade / Cushion

with Georgia Wilkinson

Thursday 9 November 2017

Thu 15 Nov 2018

10am - 4pm 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 course


 

 

   with Sonja Tilleard

 

 

 

Friday 6th April 2018

Morning session

9.30am to 12.30pm

Afternoon session

12.30 to 3.30pm

£35 inc a light lunch and hot drinks and

a shade kit.

Bring your own material and let Sonja show you how to make a perfect hand rolled drum lampshade

 

 

 

 

Hand Stencil a stunning Lampshade

with Sonja Tileard

Short course inc light lunch

Tues 26 June am or pm

9.30 -1pm

Lunch 12.30 - 1.30pm

1..00 - 4pm

£40 inc a light lunch, coffee etc & 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.

The materials charge will be between £5 and £20 depending on the number & size of shades you choose. It may be possible to make two smaller matching shades over the day

If you wish to make a pair of matching shades, please book both sessions for £70 inc light lunch and both shade kits (small)

Larger shade sizes are available for a few extra £'s from Sonja -

please pre order.

 

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

 

Classy Classic Footstools with Paula of 'Muster'

Paula has trained with a local upholsterer for several years and still regularly attends the Ministry of Upholstery in the NW.

She transforms unwanted items into desirable pieces, using her upholstery skills and lovely fabrics. 

 

A 'classy classic' to Build and UpholsterThursday

Thursday 8 November  ~ Wed 5 December 2018

Build and Upholster your own unique 'Ministry of Upholstery' footstool from scratch, using this robust purpose-built craftkit with hardwood legs and a fully fire rated seat, available at cost only for this workshop for £65.  Build up the frame then stain, paint or wax the legs, upholster the top seat layer by layer before finishing off in your favourite fabric.     

Give it as a beautiful Christmas present for someone special- or keep it as a treat to for yourself!

Material Charges

The Classic footstool measures 48cm x 36cm and the kit is available at cost for £65.  Full payment for the footstool must be made directly to Paula within one month of the class date. This includes the cover for the footstool kit plus use of all upholstery materials and tools provided on the day.

Just bring along 1 metre of your favourite fabric for the cover.

 

£75 inc a lovely lunch  9.30 - 4.30pm

 

 

How to book


 

Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting
with Dr Maggi Toner-Edgar

 

Wed 27 June 2018 ~ Thu 20 Sept 2018

10.00 - 4.00pm

How to book

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.

Which are you?

 

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

Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting

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.

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 .

 

 

Leather Handled Tote, Box clutch, Clasp and Applique Purses
with Emma Redfern of 'Hole House Bags'

Emma is a self taught seamstress who started sewing a few years ago, and quickly became interested in sewing bags - items which showcase beautiful fabric whilst being very practical. Anyone who loves textiles, handbags and Facebook may already know Emma Redfern's very popular 'Hole House' Facebook page from where she sells her wonderfully unique and quirky bags.

Living just a few miles away from the Cycle Cafe with a background in art history and an interest in the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, she believes that anyone can produce something beautiful and useful given a little instruction and some inspiring fabric. During these workshops you will learn how to make a professional looking bag or purse, unique to you in your chosen fabric using your own working domestic sewing machine.

 

Make a Leather handled Tote bag in a day with Hole House & amazing Emma Redfern at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Quirky Workshop

Emma will provide zips and interfacing plus extra fabric for pockets, leather handles and a magnetic snap -

all,included in price..

Please also bring matching thread, fabric scissors, pins, ruler and a hand sewing needle.

You should also have a zipper foot for your machine in addition to a regular foot. Emma can show you how to change the feet if you are not sure!

 

Leather Handled Tote Bag Workshop


Sunday 19 Nov 2017

 

£75 inc materials & a lovely 2 course lunch etc 9.30 - 4pm

A large, spacious bag with leather handles, an open top and a magnetic snap closure.  You will need to bring half a metre of an outer fabric (heavy weight curtain fabric is good or perhaps heavy linen) and a lining fabric (quilt weight cotton or cotton lawn). If the outer fabric has a large pattern, a metre would be better to allow for pattern matching.

How to book

 

 


 

Boxed Clutch Bag

with optional strap

Sun 5 Nov 2017

£72 inc materials & a lovely 2 course lunch etc 9.30 - 4pm

 

Make a smart box clutch featuring several compartments, to co-ordinate with that special outfit. The bag you'll make is slightly larger than the green lined one below, slightly slimmer & it sits in your hand more comfortably.

 

 

 

 

 

The size of the slightly large Box Clutch (above right)

Below blue box shows the improved, slightly larger and slimmer boxed Clutch top right..

 


Clasp Purse & Applique Purse day

Sunday 3 Dec 2017 - 2 spaces available

£68 inc all mats. & a lovely 2 course lunch etc 9.30 - 4pm

An opportunity as Christmas 2017 looms, to spend a day with Emma

making both a clasp purse and an applique purse.

Perfect for presents, even if only to yourself :)

Just bring alng one fat quarter of outer fabric and another of lining, plus a zip if you want a precise colour match.

Emma provides everything else.

 

 

 

 

'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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Workshop Photos

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.

 


Discovering Traditional Crewel Work with Philippa Turnbull of 'The Crewel Work Company'

What to Bring

Please bring a pair of embroidery scissors and don't forget glasses and a magnifier if you use one.

Material Charges

There will be an additional materials charge of between £15 and £40 depending on the design you choose and will include all wools, design printed linen, stitch instructions, along with a CD of images for students to take away and to complete their design.

An embroidery frame will be available to borrow.

The workshop will begin and end with a short talk about the history and techniques in crewel work and embroidery in castles in Cumbria and beyond.

Traditional Crewel Work

 

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

How to book

Come along and learn how to 'paint' with your needle' with Philippa Turnbull to create a beautiful Crewel piece using the same methods as yesteryear.

We are thrilled that Philippa will be able to spend a day with us sharing her many telents and knowledge. She is one of the leading authorities in this wonderful form of heavy embroidery that once lavished the walls of our Castles and Country Houses.

She will bring with her a range of crewel work designs to choose from in order to create an embroidery suitable for a cushion, stool top or as a framed piece.

Phillipa’s passion for crewel work and her talent as a designer and embroiderer afford her the privilege of researching and recreating some of the most exquisite historic crewel work in the world.

She was involved in the recreation of HRH The Queen Mother’s Bedhead and Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland and has been instrumental in launching a textile museum at Muncaster castle in the Lake District, England, both of which are testament to her dedication to this art form.



Philippa's on going research among private collections allows her to bring you textile information from the historic source, including stitches and techniques long forgotten by current needlework stitch books. As such, her kits and retreats bring to life the designs, colours and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries and are hailed as among the best embroidery experiences available.

As well as developing their kit range, Phillipa and Laura work with castles, country houses and museums around Britain to ensure precious private embroidery collections are understood and appreciated by fellow enthusiasts.

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