Workshops are fast becoming our new favourite thing to do. Yay!
You may not be that creative (at least that’s your opinion) or, you may not have time to commit to a lengthy course at a local college. That’s not a problem!
Many are taking the opportunity to ‘get creative’ and release their inner tensions in one-off pottery classes, botanical themed workshops, or an arm-knitting class for example.
Truth is, there are so many different workshops out there, you are actually spoilt for choice.
So where to start looking and which workshops are right for you?
The great thing is, there is no right or wrong on this, just have a go and see which events you enjoy the most.
We stumbled across a very useful website CraftCourses.com.
Tagline: Thousands of creative workshops across the UK!
This is perfect for craft lovers. From their site with over 1.5 million users, you link directly to book an event with the organisers/facilitators.
We recently spoke to 3 different people about workshops: a facilitator, a market organiser who host workshops at their events, and a facilitator/venue provider for workshops. Here is a summary of what they said.
The Workshop Facilitator
Firstly, speaking to Karl from Rooks and Roses, a talented jewellery artist specialising in silver and copper. We discussed the difficulties in starting out and building up tools, but he also shared some his forthcoming events and why he feels people should get involved in workshops.
We loved his very personal approach to learning. Rather than be very specific about the outcome, he actively encourages his students to bring an idea to the course and then he can facilitate in the making of that piece.
He educates them in the processes involved in working with the metals enabling the learner to get involved and experiment.
Karl advocates workshops, regarding them as a treat to the soul and the senses and shares that at the end of the weekend long workshop with him, students can go home with as many as 4 pieces. View courses.
The Market Organiser
We spoke to Kat, one half of the duo behind The Collective Market in South London. She shared their experiences of hosting workshops at markets and why they felt it was an important part of their events.
Speaking frankly about the difficulties involved in hosting workshops, from the organisation to getting people through the door, we looked more specifically at the mental health benefits and the value in accomplishment, escapism plus the bonus of socialising and meeting new people. Of equal importance, are the opportunities which the team are providing for the facilitators themselves to get a captive audience of creatives that might be interested in taking part, but also giving the customers the awareness and space to ‘have a go’.
Their workshops cater for both adults (botanical, food-lovers, feminist events to name a few) and adult-child activities too, such as building a garden or toy making workshops. Kat noted a particular couple who just loved the events so much, that they book on regularly. Whilst enjoying the activity together, they even challenge themselves to small contests to whom will create the better product. Follow the markets run by The Collective on Pedddle here, more events to be added soon.
The Venue Host
Finally, we caught up with Jue and Lou from Mon Amie a facilitator of Annie Sloan workshops and floristry events, a lifestyle store and a venue host for a raft of super talented workshop leaders. Their events book up exceptionally quickly, in particular their wreath making events. However, with the inclusion of events aptly named ‘Painting and Prosecco’, ‘Foxglove and Fizz and ‘Bonjour Mon Amie’–who wouldn’t want to attend.
They are currently living their dream, creating beautiful events for the residents of Kibworth, Leicestershire, and beyond. It’s only an hours commute from London to this leafy village, with the offer of a ‘pick up’ service from Market Harborough station, the ladies are providing a one-of-a-kind service.
Once you have met Jue and Lou (rather like Ant and Dec- it’s that order!) and visited their barn, you will be enchanted by their space and like many of their visitors, drawn right back into booking your next event.
There is so much to be said about their other services too, such as Flower Friday and their beautiful cross-backed aprons, but if you click the links you can discover them for yourselves. View all events here.
We also asked our contacts to share their workshops with us and so here is a list, in no particular order, of some workshops happening by various providers* across the country.
Business: Metamorphic charm
Silver jewellery workshops run by Nikola Woodhall
Business name: Blue Stiggy
Michaela teaches Hand embroidery and bookbinding
Business name: Lilly Blossom
Beginners or intermediate freemotion machine embroidery. All materials supplied, one hour introduction- £35 or 2 hour tutorial £50.
Email for info: [email protected]
Use my machine or learn on your own.
Business name: Ashes & Oak
We have our ‘Make it 2 Break it’ workshops that are about using clay work and creativity to improve mental well-being and our craft weekends which give participants a chance to have a go at wood turning and lots of pottery, glazing and firing techniques.
Business name: Today
Location: I have done ones in Leeds, Manchester & Saltaire so far although only have dates for Leeds & Saltaire at the mo (more dates and locations coming soon)
Type of workshops/short intro: Fun, friendly and informal simple silver ring making workshops for complete novices
Link (full URL): https://www.madebytoday.com/collections/workshops
You can also see Testimonials from people who’ve attended here https://www.madebytoday.com/pages/testimonials
Business name: Crafty Sew and Sew
Learn how to hand embroider a letter/initials onto Kiwi and the Bear’s unique tie-dye fabric to create your own individual piece of art.
Fun hands-on workshop, you will enjoy learning a variety of modern tie-dye techniques.
Business name : Lark Design Make
Instagram : larkdesignmake1
Location : South Wales
Type : offering creative workshops in our Cardiff studio & around South Wales in lovely venues, crafts includes leather, Macrame, sewing & jewellery making
URL : www.larkdesignmake.co.uk
Business name: Textra
Offering workshops and courses on how to make beautiful home furnishings, tote bags, fabrics wreaths and Roman blinds.
Business name: Bobbins & Bolts
Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Workshops: I run sewing workshops and have rentable craft space in the shop for up to 8 people, including sewing machines and overlockers. You can learn everything from how to use a sewing machine up to drafting your own dressmaking patterns along with patchwork, quilting and screen printing sessions, with more being added weekly. In the school holidays I have an experienced kids tutor who runs short sessions for 7-11 year olds.
Hi! I’m Niamh from Wimperis Embroidery (@wimperisembroidery). I run Feminist Embroidery Workshops! They’re open to all genders, ages and embroidery ability. Attendees choose from 3 workshop exclusive designs, get to rummage through my extensive thread collection & learn 6 key stitches. I usually run them once a month.
More info & tickets can be found on my website http://Wimperis.co.uk/pages/workshops
*providers are not endorsed or affiliated with Pedddle. Feel free to book but we take no responsibility beyond this note.