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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.

Sewing – Remaking and Understanding Patterns
Friday, 8 and 15 February 10.30am – 1.30pm
£15 .00 per person 

Got a favourite item in your wardrobe you’d love to recreate, or want to sew your own clothes but patterns are a mystery? Join us for a two-day workshop and gain skills to help you get making your own clothes this year.

No experience is necessary as Karen will guide us though all those tricky symbols and how to recreate your favourite garment. The workshop will run for 3 hours but your welcome to stay in the studio for the rest of the day to continue your sewing. We have machines you can use, or you can bring your own, all we ask is that you bring your favourite garment / pattern and the fabric needed to complete your project. Booking essential but places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment (please remember to book both dates).

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Learn to Crochet (10.30am-1.30pm)
Fourth Friday of Every Month (see booking link for details)

£15.00 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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Keep on Crocheting
First Friday of every month (see booking link for more details)
10.30am-12.30pm £5 per person

Know the basics to create Granny Squares but want to do more? Join us on the first Friday of the month as we keep building your crochet skills. Each session we’ll learn at least one new stitch, and look at creating scarves, toys and more to completely take the mystery out of those crochet patterns. These are fun sessions to help everyone build their skills and confidence in crochet whilst enjoying the company of others. All materials provided.

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Sculpture – Beautiful Hares
Friday, 1 March – 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-Felting Landscapes with Maxine
Friday, 8 March 2019 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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Natural History Illustration 
Every 3 weeks Starting Thursday, 14 March Midday – 3pm
£12 per session

Have fun learning about drawing and painting the natural world!

With tuition from Katy a qualified teacher and freelance illustrator, you will enjoy exploring the subject in a supportive and friendly environment.

Bring your own materials, pencils or paints, work at your own pace, experiment with techniques and gain new skills. We will learn about drawing, mixing and using watercolour, composing an image from a number of drawings, stretching paper, scientific illustration skills and imaginative image making.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. Booking essential, book for either a single session to see how you get on, or book for a number of sessions, the choice is yours.

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Rag Rug – Hand Tufting
Friday, 22 March 2019 10.30am – 3.30pm
£45 per person (including all materials)

In this workshop you will be shown a rug making technique known as ‘Tufting’ using a selection of wools and recycled textiles working on a hessian base. You can choose to create a small landscape or abstract design which will be framed when finished. No experience is necessary. All materials, use of a rug tool and frame are included. Refreshments provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Log Cabin Quilting
Friday, 29 March 2019 – 10.30am-3.30pm
£30.00 per person

Join us for a day of machine quilting fun as you learn the art of log cabin quilting. Using strips of fabric you’ll learn how to build your work, creating a beautiful cushion cover to take home. We’ve got all the fabric you could need, but if you have a specific colourway in mind, or precious fabric scraps you’d like to use please feel free to bring them along on the day.

Use of machines, light refreshments and materials included, please bring a packed lunch. Booking essential.

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Beginner’s Calligraphy
Friday, 5 April 2019 – 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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Woven Jewellery
Friday, 17 May 2019 10.30am – 3.30pm
£45.00 per person (including all materials)

Join Stephanie Gaston for a day learning how to a piece of woven jewellery using wool on a wire base.

You may choose to turn the finished piece into a necklace, brooch or small hanging. You will probably be able to make two small pieces on the day which can be finished off at home if necessary. All materials are included.

No experience of weaving necessary. Refreshments provided but please bring a packed lunch.

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Bunting Bags
Friday, 7 June 2019 – 10.30am-3.30pm
£40.00 per person


Getting ready for your summer holidays? Looking for a lightweight bag you could add to your packing? Join us for the day and make this beautiful bunting shoulder bag with two concealed pockets inside. 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 and one for a friend. Suitable for beginners and more competent sewers, Sandra will provide you with all the guidance you need to make your own masterpiece.

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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Needle-Felted Seascapes with Maxine
Friday, 16 August 2019 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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Beginner’s Calligraphy
Friday, 19 October 2019 – 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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