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Upholstery Day

with Lesley Leonard
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Do you have an old stool, small dining room/bedroom chair or ottoman that needs some new life breathing into? Here you will learn how to upholster an item of your choice. Lesley will be on hand to help at every stage and will have a full range of upholstery tools for you to use and materials to purchase. All you will need to bring is a piece of furniture and the top fabric.

Depending on your individual needs there might be additional costs for materials used.

Please note we advise you have previous upholstery experience as it can be difficult to complete a project in one day.

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£60.00
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Needle Felt Hare

with Vivienne Morpeth
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Using gorgeous natural sheep’s wool fibres, you will learn to needle felt around a simple wire armature to create a stunning 25cm high sitting hare.

With step-by-step tuition and working mostly with natural tones you will also acquire lots of needle felting skills and how to handle and blend the wool.

Your Spring Hare can be enjoyed all year round or form the central piece of your Easter table display.

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£70.00
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Table Loom Weaving

with Agnis Smallwood
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Spend a relaxing day weaving on a table and making your own scarf or snood or a table runner. Each participant will have their own eight shaft table loom to use for the session. The loom will be threaded up ahead of the workshop, so you can enjoy weaving for a full day. There will be an opportunity to incorporate a range of techniques and weave structures as well as choosing the yarns that you use, from a range of colours, textures and fibres. Participants will learn all the skills needed through group demonstrations as well as one-to-one support throughout the day.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, and all equipment and materials are provided for use during the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring along additional yarn to use within their project if they wish but this is not essential as plenty of yarn will be available to use.

Additional Information:

Some participants can find weaving all day quite a physical activity. Participants often stand to use the looms though sitting is also an option.

Limited places available, please contact the Gallery on 01652 660380
£80.00
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Table Loom Weaving

with Agnis Smallwood
Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 10:15am - 4:00pm | Duration: 5h 45m
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Spend a relaxing day weaving on a table and making your own scarf or snood or a table runner. Each participant will have their own eight shaft table loom to use for the session. The loom will be threaded up ahead of the workshop, so you can enjoy weaving for a full day. There will be an opportunity to incorporate a range of techniques and weave structures as well as choosing the yarns that you use, from a range of colours, textures and fibres. Participants will learn all the skills needed through group demonstrations as well as one-to-one support throughout the day.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, and all equipment and materials are provided for use during the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring along additional yarn to use within their project if they wish but this is not essential as plenty of yarn will be available to use.

Additional Information:

Some participants can find weaving all day quite a physical activity. Participants often stand to use the looms though sitting is also an option.

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£80.00
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Willow Rib Basket Workshop

with Alison Walling
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Learn to make this very useful round basket with a handle, perfect for eggs or fruit. Using traditional techniques and a variety of willows this little basket is a great introduction to further willow work.

Please remember to wear sensible closed toe shoes.

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£65.00
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Book Binding Workshop

with David Allsop
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Learn the traditional bookbinding techniques of folding, sewing, pasting, creating a case and finally casing in to create your own bespoke hardback A5 notebook.

You will choose from a range of beautiful endpapers and book coverings.

There is no prior experience needed.

Limited places available, please contact the Gallery on 01652 660380
£70.00
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Mosaic Plaque Workshop

with Sue Kershaw
Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Join Sue Kershaw on this workshop and create a 22cm square indoor mosaic plaque using Sue’s designs or bring along your own design. There is an exciting wide choice of materials and colours to select from. Sue will explain how to cut tiles and what works best to create a dynamic mosaic with movement and flow.

Friendly, fun and informal.

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£70.00
Writing

People and Places, Creative Writing Workshop

with Sue Wilsea
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 10:30am - 3:30pm | Duration: 5h
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This Workshop explores how a writer can inject their own experience with imagination in order to create believable and memorable characters and effective settings that will help their writing (in whatever form - prose, poetry or script) jump off the page. Through a series of exercises and triggers, as well as looking at exemplar materials, participants will be encouraged to discover ways of making this happen. Suitable for absolute beginners and those who have written before.

Book a place on this workshop People and Places Creative Writing Sue Wilsea 6 April 24
£30.00
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Upholstery Weekend

with Lesley Leonard
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 10:15am - 4:00pm | Duration: 5h 45m
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Do you have an old stool, chair or ottoman that needs some new life breathing into? Here you will learn how to upholster an item of your choice. Lesley will be on hand to help at every stage and will have a full range of upholstery tools and materials for you to use. All you will need to bring is a piece of furniture and the top fabric.

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£150.00
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Leather Journal Workshop - Half Day

with David Allsop
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 10:30am - 1:30pm | Duration: 3h
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Make a wraparound leather journal with a strip of leather used to hold the book closed. Choose from a range of coloured threads and choice of paper for your pages. The oldest books were put together using the same techniques as you will learn on this course and your final journal will be perfect as a gift or a keepsake for yourself.

Limited places available, please contact the Gallery on 01652 660380
£50.00
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Draw, Paint, Make! 6 Weeks Course

with Linda Ingham-Power
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm | Duration: 2h 30m
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Creative skills are an asset which enhances our lives; they feed into everyday things, such as cooking, gardening and practical activities, whilst also being a route to relaxation for some, perhaps a sense of achievement, learning, or “time out”.

This six-week course begins with drawing techniques – using different materials and methods, as well as ways of looking at and seeing things in order to create observational studies or develop designs.

Suitable for those new to a creative journey as well as those who regularly make time for creativity and wish to further develop their skills, the first three weeks entails a mix of working from still life and 2D imagery to form subjects and interests along with a variety of resources to inspire and inform.

The course then allows for each participant to concentrate on a particular process or subject so that all develop in their own areas of interest – perhaps expanding into painting, mixed media, or stitch - with the support and guidance of Linda.

Book a place on this workshop Draw, Paint, Make! Six weeks course Linda Ingham-Power 12 April 24
£120.00
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Ink and Watercolour Workshop - Spring Flowers

with Eleanor Tomlinson
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Learn, develop and embrace your skills of working with ink and watercolour with Eleanor Tomlinson. Eleanor will be sharing a range or tips and techniques for drawing in pencil and ink fine liners before working with watercolour to create your own pet/animal inspired original ink and watercolour artwork.

Eleanor’s ink and watercolour workshop day will be split into two parts. In the morning we will explore techniques and methods for working with pencil, fine liners and watercolour through a range of short demonstrations and activities. We will also select from a range of reference photos the piece we would like to work for the afternoon following the morning session. Eleanor will take each participant through the pencil drawing stage ready to be continued and finished in the afternoon.

In the afternoon we will continue with our individual ink and watercolour pieces. Eleanor will come round individually to offer any help or advice on a 1:1 basis as each participant draws in pen and then paints in watercolour, working at their own pace.

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£75.00
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Wire Bee Workshop

with Anna Roebuck
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h 30m

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting bee for your garden or as an indoor decoration for your home. On the day you’ll be able to choose between a bumble bee or a honey bee.

The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, wirework can be tiring on your hands, so do bear this in mind if you have any issues with hand strength.

You’ll get a handout to remind you of how to do the basics as well as suggestions for suppliers so you can make more at home.

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£85.00
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Wire Bee Workshop

with Anna Roebuck
Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h 30m

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting bee for your garden or as an indoor decoration for your home. On the day you’ll be able to choose between a bumble bee or a honey bee.

The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, wirework can be tiring on your hands, so do bear this in mind if you have any issues with hand strength.

You’ll get a handout to remind you of how to do the basics as well as suggestions for suppliers so you can make more at home.

Book a place on this workshop Wire Bee Workshop 28 April 24
£85.00
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Willow Obelisk Half Day Workshop

with Alison Walling
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10:30am - 1:30pm | Duration: 3h
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During the course of the morning, you will learn this useful weaving technique to create a large Garden Obelisk. These add instant height to any garden and are perfect for your climbing tender annuals such as Sweet Peas. This course is suitable for beginners.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes.

Book a place on this workshop Willow obelisk workshop 4 may 2024
£55.00
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Print and Stitch (Self)Portraits Workshop

with Hannah Turlington
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Explore and experiment with mono printing and hand stitching to create your own (self) portrait. It is the opportunity to combine 2 different mediums to create a unique mixed media piece that is reflective of you.

During the day you will create mono print (self) portraits then combine them with fabric and hand stitch to create the features of the face. You will go through the process of mono printing and different types of stitch to create different effects. We will be using Swedish tracing paper and fabric to create our finished pieces.

It is a workshop to experiment and connect with your creativity. You will leave with test pieces and a self portrait – or a portrait of someone who is important to you.

Limited places available, please contact the Gallery on 01652 660380
£75.00
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Spinning and Table Loom Weaving - Two Day Workshop

with Agnis Smallwood
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 10:15am - 4:00pm | Duration: 5h 45m
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Join Agnis Smallwood at The Ropewalk for an absorbing weekend of spinning and weaving. On the Saturday we will learn to make our own yarns using drop spindles as well as explore the Museum and learn more about how rope would have been produced on site.

Then on the Sunday we will use the yarn you have spun as well as having the opportunity to use lots of colourful commercial yarns to create your woven outcome using a table loom. You will be able to incorporate a range of techniques and weave structures as well as combining your hand spun yarn with additional yarns in a range of different colours, textures and fibres.

Participants will be guided throughout the weekend, through group demonstrations as well as one to one support. Please note that some dexterity is required for this weekend. The workshop is suitable for beginners, all equipment and materials are provided for use during the two days. Participants are welcome to bring along additional yarn/fibre to use within their project if they wish but this is not essential as plenty of yarn will be available to use.

Additional Information:

Some participants can find weaving all day quite a physical activity. Participants often stand to use the looms though sitting is also an option.

Book a place on this workshop Spinning and Weaving two day workshop 11-1 May 24
£150.00
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Celebrating Nature - Stained-Glass Workshop

with Gill Hobson
Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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Butterflies, bees, dragonflies & flowers- be inspired by the colours & shapes of nature to create your own original stained-glass hangings.

You will learn all the techniques needed to create your own original stained glass works including cutting, foiling & soldering. Follow a design provided or be supported to achieve your own designs. At the end of the workshop, you will have at least 2 original works to gift or keep.

Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.

Book a place on this workshop Celebrating Nature with Gill Hobson 1 June 24
£85.00
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Willow Sheep or Pig Workshop

with Alison Walling
Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 10:30am - 4:30pm | Duration: 6h
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These willow sheep or pigs are full of character and a great extension to random weaving with willow. Alison will guide you to make a large scale four-legged animal in willow. Some experience preferred.

Please wear clothes that you are happy getting a bit grubby and full shoes that cover your toes.

Book a place on this workshop Willow Sheep/Pig Workshop 1 June 24
£65.00
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Wire Dandelion Seed Head Workshop

with Anna Roebuck
Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:45pm | Duration: 6h 45m
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Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting Dandelion Seed Head for your garden.

The workshop is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, the technique is very repetitive, and the wire used for the large Dandelions Seed Heads needs to be relatively thick so it may be tiring on your hands, so please bear this in mind if you have any issues with hand strength.

If you're a fast worker, you can get your dandelion completed in the day, but if you'd rather take your time, you'll be able to easily finish it off at your own pace at home.

Your base structure will be made using bare iron, but you can choose what metal to use for the fluffy tips. These wires will be ready prepped for you, so you need to confirm which wires you’d like to use at the time of booking.

Limited places available, please contact the Gallery on 01652 660380
£85.00
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