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This is our current programme of workshops for September 2018-February 2019, but please check regularly as new workshops are being added all the time. All workshops include materials and are aimed at those with little or no experience of the workshop offered, and are delivered by people with many years experience of delivering the activity.  Places are always limited however so please book early via the Eventbrite links to avoid disappointment. If you would rather pay in cash on the day please call us to reserve your place on 01584 877272, we will require a 50% deposit to secure your place.

Needle-Felting Landscapes with Maxine
Friday, 31 August 10.30am – 3.30pm
£45.00 per person (including all materials)

Join textile artist Maxine Smith for a one day creative workshop. Using a barbed needle to fuse different fibres together you’ll learn how to use needle-felting and hand embroidery to create a stunning and one-off piece of artwork. Needle-felting produces a tactile, textured surface on which to stitch and bead. An easy to learn craft for any experience level.No experience is necessary as Maxine will guide us all the way so you can take home a piece of work to be proud of.

All materials are included and the workshop includes light refreshments, but we would ask that you bring your own lunch with you on the day. Booking is essential as places are limited so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Sculpture – Beautiful Hares
Friday, 7 September 2018 – 10.30am-3.30pm
£45.00 per person (including all materials)


Get creative sculpting beautiful animals with Stella, in this gentle introduction to working in clay. Through this versatile and therapeutic medium, you will learn skills in observation and develop confidence in working in three dimensions. Using basic slab techniques you will be shown how to construct  animal forms, adding detail to your work to capture the
character of the subject.

With a background in ‘Illustration’, Stella has recently been producing work in clay. Her love of nature and interest in wildlife is reflected in the character of her animal studies.

All materials, tools, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch. The Loudwater Studio can fire finished pieces at a modest additional cost, to be collected later. Places are limited so booking essential.

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Sewing for Pleasure – £15.00 per session
(A series of workshops please see dates below)


It’s all very relaxed and informal, perfect for those who are complete beginners to those who simply want to refresh their skills. We have machines you can use, or please feel free to bring your own machine. Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 14 September – 10.00am-1.00pm
Friday, 28 September – 10.00am – 1.00pm
Friday, 12 October – 10.00am – 1.00pm
Friday, 26 October – 10.00am-1.00pm
Friday, 9 November – 10.00am – 1.00pm
Friday, 23 November—10.00am – 1.00pm

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Beginner’s Calligraphy
Friday, 5 October- 10.30am – 3.30pm
£35.00 per person (including all materials)


Learn the Art of Calligraphy with Shropshire Scribes. Beginning with using felt pens to learn the Foundational alphabet, we’ll then move on to dip pens and ink to create your own piece of calligraphy or bookmark. All materials are included for the workshop and we’ll supply you with a small starter pack to help you in developing your new skill at home. Light refreshments provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Learn to Crochet (10.00am-12.30pm)
Friday,  19 October, 16 November, 14 December 2018
Friday, 11 January, 1 February
– 10.00am – 12.30pm
£20.00 per person (including all materials)


Complete beginner, or know a few stitches but then get completely lost? Together we’ll look at getting started with crochet. You’ll learn a few of the basic stitches to get you started on granny squares for your own blanket and we’ll take some of the mystery out of patterns and all those abbreviations. We’ll give you all the help you need to get you crocheting with confidence. Includes all materials and a hook to help you continue at home.

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Clay Sculpture – Crafting Seals
Friday, 19 October – 10.30am-3.30pm
£45.00 per person (including all materials)


Get creative sculpting beautiful animals with Stella in this gentle introduction to working in clay. Through this versatile and therapeutic medium, you will learn skills in observation and develop confidence in working in three dimensions. Using basic slab techniques you will be shown how to construct animal forms, adding detail to your work to capture the character of the subject.

With a background in ‘Illustration’, Stella has recently been producing work in clay. Her love of nature and interest in wildlife is reflected in the character of her animal studies.

All materials, tools, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch. The Loudwater Studio can fire finished pieces at a modest additional cost, to be collected later. Places are limited so booking essential.

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Needle-Felted Christmas Cottages with Gretel Parker
Friday, 23 November 10.30am – 3.30pm
£45.00 per person (including all materials)


Make your own Christmas Cottage decoration under the guidance of Gretel Parker. Use of tools and all materials are supplied on the day. Gretel has been working as a professional needle felt artist for ten years and has written several patterns for the popular craft magazine ‘Mollie Makes’ as well as having her own book ‘Little needle-felt Animals’ published by Harper Collins. With many years experience of holding workshops, she aims that everyone should have an enjoyable time creating their own needle felted treasure.

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Christmas Tea-Lights
Friday, 30 November – 10.30am – 3.30pm
£30.00 per person (including all materials)


Come and join us for a day of fun crafting your very own Christmas Tea-Light out of clay. No experience necessary, we’ll show you all the steps you need to create a lovely handmade decoration to illuminate your Christmas for years to come. Includes all materials and kiln firing.

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Christmas Card Creative
Friday, 7 December – 10.30am-2.00pm
£10.00 per person (including all materials)


Always wanted to make your own Christmas cards, but don’t want to outlay on cutting machines and dies? We have some you can use! come and have a day designing and making your own cards and have a handmade start to your Christmas this year. All materials included, but please feel free to bring any particular embellishments you’d like to use.

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Bunting Bags
Friday, 18 January – 10.30am-3.30pm
£40.00 per person


If you can make bunting you can make this useful shoulder bag with two concealed pockets. So useful for holidays and light shopping. With two metres of contrasting fabric or one metre of patterned fabric and one in plain/calico, it’s possible to make two bags. One for you & one for a friend.

You can either supply your own fabric (2m) or choose some from the Studio (at an additional cost). All other materials included, but if you have something special in mind for embellishing your bag please bring this with you on the day. We have sewing machines available for you to use or you can bring your own (please let us know).

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Mixed Media – Dyeing in a Bag
Friday, 15 February – 10.30am-3.30pm
£40.00 per person


Take a chance to transform something old to make something new with this fantastic up-cycling workshop with Lee. Bring something made of fabric that you’ve always loved but is starting to look a bit tired and together we’ll choose something different from the bag transforming your piece to give it a new lease of life.

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