Make & Take: Using-up scrap fabrics with Embroiderers Guild – Sunday 11:30am

Duration: Between 1 hour- 1.5 hours

Cost: £10

Information about this workshop

Make a picture using scraps of fabric applying beads, buttons, simple stitches. Amazing what can be made out of ‘scraps’!  

Make and Take session times:  

Sunday 11:30-12:30

all ability levels, incl beginners

You can book & pay for these sessions at our stand H17 but we have limited spaces!

Make & Take: Create a Card or Notebook cover with Embroiderers Guild – Sunday 1:00pm

Duration: Between 1 hour- 1.5 hours

Cost: £10

Information about this workshop

We will provide materials for you to make a unique card or notebook cover using simple stitches, adding beads and buttons.

Make and Take session times:  

Thursday 3:00- 4:00

Saturday 3:00- 4:00

Sunday 1:00- 2:30

all ability levels, incl beginners

You can book & pay for these sessions at our stand H17 but we have limited spaces!

Make & Take: Create a flower picture with Embroiderers Guild – Sunday 9:30am

Duration: 1-15.5 hours

Cost: £10

Information about this workshop

Using a small ring frame which will act as the picture frame upon completion, we will show you how to layer sheer fabrics and stitch through them to great effect for a stunning picture for your wall.

Make and Take session times:  

Thursday 9:30- 11:00

Friday 11:30- 12:30

Sunday 9:30- 11:00

all ability levels, incl beginners

You can book & pay for these sessions at our stand H17 but we have limited spaces!

Make & Take: Make a needlecase using simple shapes & stitches Embroiderers Guild – Sunday 3:00pm

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cost: £10

Information about this workshop

Make and decorate a felt needlecase to take away to use for your sewing projects.  You will have a choice of pattern and colours to use.

Make and Take session times:  

Thursday 1:00- 2:30

Friday 3:00- 4:00

Saturday 1:00- 2:30

Sunday 3:00-4:00

all ability levels, incl beginners

You can book & pay for these sessions at our stand H17 but we have limited spaces!

VIP: Papercut Flowers & Butterfly With Abie Arnold, Hive Of Creativity- Sunday 10:00, 11.00, 12.00

Abie from Hive of Craftivity will teach you how to make beautiful flower themed papercut decorations. You will explore papercutting in a total new and exciting way using the revolutionary Gyro-Cut® Pro tool.

Abie says, “Really great results and beautiful designs can be achieved with the Gyro-Cut®, and I’ll share all my hints and tips with you too!”

Advisory note:

This workshop is suitable for adults and sensible children over 16 years, but they must be accompanied by an adult who takes responsibility at all times.

NOTE: Workshop places are on a first-come-first served basis. 

Meet the Tutor

Abie Arnold

Abie is the owner of Hive of Craftivity. After 20 years successfully teaching in Primary Schools, Abie’s business now allows her to follow her lifelong passion of crafting. Abie simply adores crafting and wants to help others discover this love too. Crafting is good for you, on so many levels!

Abie teaches a range of sociable craft workshops, Masterclasses, family craft sessions, events and parties across the West Midlands. Her promise is that once you try one of her workshops, you’ll be equipped with all the skills to practice and experiment at home.

VIP: Macrame Dragonfly With Mark Vardy From Pinflair/ Silvar Design- Sunday 13:00, 14.00, 15.00

Learn a simple macramé knot and make this fun macramé dragonfly. The dragonfly can be used in a variety of crafty ways, attach to greetings cards, add to a bag charm, etc. A key ring fitting will be included to complete your dragonfly. The workshop will use a jig, which can be optionally purchased.

Advisory note:

No experience is necessary. Over 16’s only.

NOTE: Workshop places are on a first-come-first served basis. 

Meet the Tutor

Meet the Tutor

Mark Vardy

Mark Vardy has a passion for jewellery making. He has a level 3 NCFE certificate in craft and is a qualified adult education teacher.  Mark founded Silvar Design in 2004, teaching a vast array of techniques, and he covers everything from costume jewellery design, macramé and kumihimo braiding through to stringing techniques, enamelling on copper and silver jewellery. More recently Silvar Design has partnered with Pinflair Creative Crafts.

BUTTERCUP FAIRY YARN DOLL with Michelle Goodfield, Thimble Wood – 15.00

Join Michelle Goodfield from Thimble Wood to create a charming yarn flower fairy doll. You will learn the very simple process of creating a basic doll from yarn using a wooden bead for a head. Then learn how to modernise this traditional crafty make by dressing your doll with a stitched felt Buttercup outfit including a pretty petaled overskirt, wings, hat and boots.

You will be provided with all the materials to make your doll and will aim to complete the main doll and dress in the session, with full directions given for you to finish off the wings, hat and boots at home.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for ages 14 and over, all abilities welcome. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the Tutor

Michelle Goodfield

A lifelong crafter, Michelle has been lucky enough to work in the craft industry for 30 years, initially designing rubber stamps, then writing articles on card making. This led to a career in craft publishing, writing 12 craft books and hundreds of magazine articles. It was always Michelle’s dream to start her own business and so Thimble Wood was born four years ago where Michelle gets to design the things that she likes to make; small projects, something a bit different, sometimes quirky, often cute (even though they weren’t really intend to be) and always great fun to make. Michelle loves to make up her own techniques and find the easiest way to do things!

BOXY ZIPPED POUCH with Adam Burch, aka Adam Sews – 09.45

In this fun workshop, Adam will show you how to create a fabulous boxy pouch using 10-inch squares of fabric; this is a great way of using up left over layer cake squares from other projects to create versatile pouches for storing all your crafty tools.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for over 16’s only. Experience using a sewing machine would be useful.

Meet the Tutor

Adam Burch, aka Adam Sews

Adam is a Bagmaker and Quilter, his main focus is bags made from quilted foam, giving structure to the final makes. He designs and writes his own Patterns. He also has a love for quilting and incorporates quilting into most of his designs. Adam will be demonstrating his quilted bag making skills in his workshops.

DORSET BUTTON POSY BROOCH with Gini’s Dorset Buttons – 13.20

Join Gini, winner of Kirsty’s Handmade Christmas, and learn how to work the traditional craft of Dorset buttons with a twist. Create a beautiful posy button and hear all about the history of this 400-year old craft. 

Advisory Note:

Suitable for ages 16+.

Meet the Tutor

Louise Armitage, aka ‘Gini’

‘Gini’ has been teaching and keeping the 400-year old traditional craft of Dorset Buttons alive for 33 years.

Originally taught by an old lady from Dorset, who’s family skill had been passed down through generations, and now had no one left to pass it on to. Gini made her a promise that she would teach other people and continue to pass on the skills. Gini has kept this promise and taught individuals and workshops all over the UK and around the world.

Bringing the skill up to date with modern ideas and techniques she won Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas with her unique designs in 2020. 

NEEDLE FELTED FISHING GNOME with Steffi Stern, The Makerss – 11.30

Learn how to needle felt this fun little gnome character complete with fetching wellington boots (colour may vary) and a fish at the end of his rod.

Steffi will teach you techniques to achieve basic shapes, build bulk and sculpt with super-fast felting wool, whilst adding colours and features just by using a felting needle.

Steffi’s style is supportive, encouraging and fun filled. Take your needle felted gnome home together with an Eco wool felting mat, felting needles and full colour step-by-step instructions. The finished size is about 15cm tall.

Advisory Note:

Not suitable for children under 16 years.

Meet the Tutor

Steffi Stern

German born Steffi Stern is a craft enthusiast and has been crafting for as long as she can remember. In 2010 Steffi turned her passion into her profession when she opened her first craft shop in Gloucestershire.

Fast forward to today and she now runs the successful craft business The Makerss. She has written four books on needle felting and doll making. Steffi loves combining her business experience with her passion of crafting and helping others to realise their creativity. Steffi’s teaching style is supportive, encouraging and fun filled.