What's On

List of forthcoming events for Handmade Workshops:

Loom Beading Workshop

Postponed

Methodist Church Hall

24 October 2021 -
13:00

Fancy trying out a new skill this autumn?

Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of beading heaven!

Using a wooden bead loom, we'll teach you how to make an attractive bracelet or bookmark, either using one of our pattern templates or your own design. We'll have lots of different beads for you to choose from, together with clasps to finish off the bracelet (if you choose this project).

We'll start by showing you how to assemble and string up the loom, then you'll be ready to weave your beautiful beaded creation. Finally, you'll be taught how to finish off your work securely and neatly.

All materials and tools are provided, as are drinks, so just bring yourselves. The bead loom is also included in the workshop price, so that you'll be able to continue beading at home.

The class will be taught by Ann and Catherine from Handmade Workshops.


Try Knitting!

The Railway

25 October 2021 -
19:00

Could 2021 be the year you finally learn to knit?  Why not come along to our 2 hour taster session and have a try at this wonderful craft? Be warned, though – it’s seriously addictive!

In this introductory session, we’ll teach you the knit stitch, then when you feel ready for more we can move onto purl stitch, together with casting on and casting off.

We’ll also show you a variety of different yarns and needles and talk about the different projects you could use them for.

You’ll be learning in a small group, in a relaxed and supportive environment, with experienced teachers Ann and Catherine from Handmade Workshops, and we’ll even give you coffee, tea or wine to help your concentration!

You don’t need to bring anything with you, as all materials will be provided – and you get to take your needles home, so you can keep practising!

“Ann and Catherine’s Introduction to Knitting workshop has put me straight, or rather put my stitches straight. Their friendliness, patient demonstrations of two plain, two purl plus delicious home-made lemon cake and coffee were enough to put the most nervous of knitters at ease.”


Paper Cutting Workshop

United Response

30 October 2021 -
14:00

Come and treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing and informative afternoon of paper crafting.

During the session, local artist, paper cutter and print maker Gill Smith will teach you all the skills needed to start you on your paper cutting adventures. By the end of the session you’ll have created 2 beautiful artworks using different paper cutting skills.

Starting with some practice exercises to teach you how to safely cut paper, you’ll then move on to a simple layered geometric artwork using triangular cuts, before then progressing on to making the fabulous rooster.

The class is suitable for both total beginners and those with a little prior experience of paper cutting.

We’ll provide all the materials and tools for you to use during the workshop and Gill will also have some mounts to fit the artworks, should you wish to purchase one on the day. If you do have your own scalpel, metal ruler and cutting mat, you might like to bring them along to use.

We’ll also give you lots of tea, coffee and homemade cake.


Zen Doodle Online Workshop

Online

01 November 2021 -
19:00

Join us in our online mindful drawing workshop and learn how to create beautiful pictures using simple patterns and structured doodles.

Offering the perfect relaxation during these stressful times, this class will teach you how to draw your own ‘Zen Doodle’ inspired piece of art.

During the class you’ll work through a series of exercises, building up a bank of patterns and ideas that you can then use in your final designs. No prior experience of drawing is necessary and, as you start to create, you will gain ever more confidence in your techniques.  

We’ll provide you with lots of templates and ideas for inspiration, together with an e-booklet to support you in your future Zen Doodling.

No specialist materials are needed – just some plain paper, a pencil, pen and rubber!

For an additional £10 per person, why not share the class with someone else in your household or support bubble?  You can add up to 2 additional people per workshop place, as long as you’re all on the same device.

The class is also suitable for children aged 10 and above.

We’re happy to run the workshop as a bespoke online event, for an alternative celebration or get-together with friends or colleagues. Please mail us on craft@handmadeworkshops.co.uk for more details.

The workshop will be led by Ann O’Shaughnessy, a local practising artist.

“wonderful workshop, a must try!”

“such a relaxing and satisfying workshop. I would definitely recommend it to others”


Tunisian Crochet for Beginners Workshop

Tide End Public House

02 November 2021 -
19:00

Why not treat yourself to a taster class in this textile craft that’s becoming ever more popular? Tunisian crochet is quite like crochet, quite like knitting – but totally unique – and we’re loving it here at Handmade!

During the class, we’ll teach you how to cast on and off, Tunisian simple stitch, pearl stitch, honeycomb stitch and, if time permits, how to change colour.

All materials and tools are provided, as are drinks, so just bring yourselves. The crochet hook is also included in the workshop price, so that you’ll be able to continue crafting at home.

The class will be taught by Ann and Catherine from Handmade Workshops.


Festive Rag Wreath Workshop

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
13:00

Why not create your own unique, vintage inspired wreath out of hessian and upcycled fabrics?

Come along to our festive workshop and learn the traditional craft of rag rugging. Using hessian, an old-fashioned rag rugging tool and a combination of t-shirt material, old silks, ribbon and lots of other fabrics, you’ll learn how to design a wreath that you can use again and again.

During the workshop we’ll introduce you to the age-old technique of shaggy rag rugging and also teach you how to cut the fabric strips, bind edges and finish your wreath.

If you’d like to make a wreath in a different colour scheme, just let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to find appropriate fabrics.

The class is suitable for both beginners and people who’ve done some rag rugging before.

All materials and use of tools are included (though of course you’re welcome to bring any fabrics and decorations of your own too), together with refreshments.

If you’ve been bitten by the rag rugging bug, then tools will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop.

The class will be run by Ann and Catherine from Handmade Workshops.


Ceramic Christmas Decorations Workshop

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
10:00

In this fun 2 and 1/2 hour crafting session with professional ceramist and experienced teacher Jesse Crowther, you will be taught various techniques to create your own ceramic Christmas decorations and gift tags.

To start with, you’ll be given a piece of clay on which to explore a range of printing techniques, textures and stamps.  Then, when you are happy with your designs, you can use a variety of cutters to cut out your decorations.

Feel free to experiment, making as many pieces as you like,  then choose your favourite 5 decorations to be fired.  The clay used is white earthenware and all pieces will be taken by Jesse to be fired after the class and glazed with a shiny transparent glaze.

Your beautiful finished creations can then be picked up either from Jesse at her studio near Kingston Bridge or from us in Teddington, or for an additional fee can be packed up and posted to your home.

The workshop is suitable for both absolute beginners and those with a little ceramics experience.

Please bring an apron and we recommend wearing older clothes you don’t mind getting a bit messy!

All materials and use of tools are included and we’ll also give you tea, coffee and homemade cake.


Sew a Toiletries Bag

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
10:00

Take your machine sewing to the next level, by coming along to our fun Saturday morning workshop and learning how to make a zipped toiletries bag.

In this 3 1/2 hour workshop with expert teacher, Cornelia Costeanu, you’ll be taken through all the steps to create your own personalised bag. As well as learning how to insert zips into your work, you’ll also have the opportunity to add applique and writing.

If you’ve attended one of our beginners’ workshops, or have rusty sewing skills you’re keen to revive, this is the perfect workshop for you!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a machine of your own, as we can lend you one. However, we do recommend that you bring your own machine if you have one, as Cornelia can then be on hand to help you familiarise yourself with its features.

All materials and lots of coffee, tea and cake are included.

Cornelia Costeanu is a very experienced and well-known instructor, having been teaching sewing to both adults and children for over 10 years. With a degree in interior design, she is passionate about recycling, vintage fashion and is rather addicted to her sewing machines (currently owning 7!).


Young Writers Workshop

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
08:59

Calling all budding journalists!

Come along to our fun taster session with experienced creative writing teacher Janette Simpson.  Young writers aged 9 to 11 will have the opportunity to explore the exciting world of journalism.

In this two and a half hour session , the trainee journalists will have the opportunity to create questions, interview a local resident with a story to tell, learn how to structure a newspaper article and finally write an individual piece. They will also be given top tips for taking the perfect photograph to accompany their article.

Lots of juice, water and homemade cake are included.

Janette Simpson is an experienced primary school teacher and popular writing coach, who has led many creative writing workshops with both adults and children. Participant numbers are kept deliberately low (maximum 8) to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunities to contribute and to ask questions.


Creative Writing - A Sense of Place

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
10:00

Why not join us on a wintry Saturday morning and unleash your imagination in our latest creative writing session?

In this workshop, creative writing teacher Janette Simpson will be looking at the importance of place in story writing. According to Swedish novelist Linn Ullman, “Before you can write a good plot, you need to write a good place.” You need look no further than Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ or Delia Owens’ ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ to find excellent examples of this.

No previous writing experience is needed for this workshop, just a willingness to play with words, a desire to write and an intention to create place.

Lots of tea, coffee and homemade cake are included.

Janette Simpson is an experienced and popular writing teacher, who has led many creative writing workshops with both adults and children. Participant numbers are kept deliberately low (maximum 8) to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunities to contribute and to ask questions.

“Janette was really enthusiastic and supportive.”

“The class was fun and I enjoyed the various different tasks.”


Machine Sewing for Beginners

The Warehouse

13 November 2021 -
14:00

In this three hour workshop you’ll be given a step-by-step introduction to machine sewing, whilst creating your own beautiful and unique festive bunting (or another theme if you’d prefer!).

Starting with an introduction to the sewing machine – how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew in straight lines, you’ll then move on to cutting out your fabric and learn how to sew it together to make a length of jolly bunting.

All materials and use of sewing machines are included, though we do recommend that you bring your own machine if you have one, to help you to familiarise yourself with it better.

We also provide lots of tea, coffee and home made cake.

After a fun afternoon, you’ll leave with your finished bunting (together with all the know-how to make more at home).

We’ll have a choice of different cotton fabrics, but do feel free to bring along your own if you prefer.

Cornelia Costeanu is a very experienced and well-known instructor, having been teaching sewing to both adults and children for over 10 years. With a degree in interior design, she is passionate about recycling, vintage fashion and is rather addicted to her sewing machines (currently owning 7!).


Finishing Techniques for Knitters Workshop

United Response

14 November 2021 -
14:00

Love knitting but feel frustrated that your work lacks that professional finish?

This workshop will teach you a range of invaluable techniques, from mattress stitch seaming, picking up & knitting stitches, to creating button holes and learning how to block your work.

Please prepare and bring with you 5 x 10cm square swatches using a smooth DK yarn – 3 in stocking stitch (RS row all knit stitches, WS row all purl stitches), and 2 in garter stitch (all rows in knit stitch). Please also bring a ball of DK smooth yarn and a pair of 4mm needles (straight or circular), a tapestry/sewing up needle and a stitch holder.   

Suitable for anyone with a basic level of knitting ability.

We’ll provide lots of tea, coffee and homemade cake to help your concentration!

The workshop will be led by expert knitter, designer and yarn consultant, Suzanne Strachan.


Festive Hand Quilting Workshop

Tide End Public House

24 November 2021 -
19:00

Why not join us for a relaxing evening of hand quilting this winter and make yourself a festive themed coaster?

Whether you’re a beginner, a little rusty or an experienced sewer who simply wants to try a new project, we’ll teach you all the skills needed to make your own hand quilted coaster (measuring approx. 15.5cm square). These techniques can then be used to make yourself all sorts of other quilted home accessories!

The coasters make a perfect table decoration at Christmas time, as well as being a great handmade gift for friends and family.

All fabric, wadding, needles and thread are included, together with a glass of wine, coffee, tea or soft drinks, and we’ll have a range of fabrics in different patterns and colours for you to choose from.


Hand Sewn Christmas Stockings Workshop

The Railway

30 November 2021 -
17:00

Join us for a fun and festive evening learning how to embroider your own unique Christmas decorations.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or have done some embroidery before, experienced teacher and professional milliner and accessories designer Bee Smith will guide you through the various steps to making these beautiful stockings. Either hang them on your tree, dot them around your house or use them as original gifts for friends and family.

All materials and tools are included, together with wine or soft drinks.

Just let us know in advance if you’d prefer to make the heart and house decorations from our class on 7th December and we can bring those materials along for you instead!


Drawing Mandalas Workshop

Online

01 December 2021 -
19:00

Why not give yourself some relaxing, much deserved me-time?

This online class will show you step by step how to create your own beautiful hand-drawn mandala.

During the workshop you will learn about the history of mandalas, focusing on the meditative and relaxing aspects of creating your artwork.  No prior experience of drawing is necessary and as you start to create, you will gain ever more confidence in your techniques.  

Before the class, each student will be given instructions on how to prepare a simple A4 template, so that you can produce your own masterpiece during the session. You will also be mailed a workbook with the history and examples of mandalas, together with templates to copy and take inspiration from. All you will need for the workshop are a ruler, pencil, pen, rubber and ideally a compass (though this isn’t essential).

The workshop will be led by Ann O’Shaughnessy, a local practising artist based in Teddington.

For an additional £10 per person, why not share the class with someone else in your household or support bubble?  You can add up to 2 additional people per workshop place, as long as you’re all on the same device.

“wonderful workshop, a must try!”

“such a relaxing and satisfying workshop. I would definitely recommend it to others”


Festive Papercraft Workshop

United Response

06 December 2021 -
19:30

Join us for our jolly pre-Christmas papercraft workshop and learn how to make a selection of festive goodies out of paper.

During the session, led by local artist, printmaker and paper cutter Gill Smith, you will first be shown how to use paper-cutting tools safely. She’ll then guide you through the processes of making a Christmas card with a poinsettia design, another card with a papercut holly design, a gift box with a lid and a Christmas cracker.

All materials and the use of tools are included, though you might like to bring along your own scalpel, small scissors, cutting mat and metal ruler if you have them.

We’ll provide mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies to add to the festive mood!


Hand Sewn Christmas Decorations Workshop

United Response

07 December 2021 -
19:00

Join us for a fun and festive evening learning how to embroider your own unique Christmas tree decorations.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or have done some embroidery before, experienced teacher and professional milliner and accessories designer Bee Smith will guide you through the various steps to making these beautiful decorations. Either hang them on your tree, dot them around your house or use them as original gifts for friends and family.

All materials and tools are included, together with mulled wine or hot drinks and mince pies.

We’re also very happy to run this class as a bespoke event (either virtually  or face-to-face) for the perfect alternative Christmas get-together. Just email craft@handmadeworkshops.co.uk and let us know your requirements.


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Arts Richmond Radio Plays Presentation

Radio Plays

Join Arts Richmond for the final of their Radio Plays Competition, in memory of Colin (Tony Archer) Skipp.

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Young Writers' Festival 2021/22

Young Writers' Festival 2021/22

Arts Richmond's annual writing competition for all young people in the Borough.

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