Workshops

2014

20 to 22 January – Beginners Crochet at Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon. Get hooked on crochet, create one or more lovely pieces of your own design to take home, and enjoy the 4 star facilities in this beautiful country house and gardens in Oxfordshire.

31 January to 2nd February – the WI Baking Weekender, WI Cookery School – the Great British Bake-off but without the stress and the competition! A mega-baking weekend where you get to try lots of different recipes and techniques, a technical bake, presentation and decoration, plus a savoury bake!

17 to 19 February – Learn to Use a Sewing Machine at Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon. Takes you through the basics of operating a sewing machine, setting up your needle, winding bobbins and some simple sewing techniques, giving you the confidence to design and create one or more simple pieces such as placemats, tote bags, laundry bags, pillow cases etc. and enjoy the 4 star facilities in this beautiful country house and gardens in Oxfordshire.

1 March – Beginners Crochet Dayschool – in my studio in beautiful West Dorset. Contact me for details.

14 to 17 April – Embroidered Baby Sampler – we will use a contemporary and fun mix of stitching and mixed media to build up a tableau on linen as a memento of a special baby in your life. At the WI Craft School, Denman

26 April –  Beginners Crochet Dayschool – in my studio in beautiful West Dorset. Contact me for details.

28 April – Beginners Crochet Mini  Workshop – get to grips with a hook and learn the basic stitches. Dorset Federation of WI’s, Dorchester.

2 May  – Beginners Contemporary Embroidery Dayschool at Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon. An updated take on traditional stitches, the workshop uses simple applique, beadwork and embroidery to create unique an original piece to hang on your wall. Enjoy a lovely lunch and refreshments in this beautiful country house and gardens in Oxfordshire. All equipment and materials included in the fee!

6 to 13 May – I will be joining the Saga Sapphire cruise to Norway as a Denman College Tutor, lecturing on scandi style and a mini workshop or two.

19 to 22 May – Celebration Cakes and Icing at the WI Cookery School. A course for baking beginners that takes you through classic cake recipes and decoration techniques. A deliciously moist rich fruit cake, a foolproof recipe for madeira, a lovely firm cake for decorating with good keeping qualities, and light and fluffy cup cakes will all be covered. Then learn to decorate your cakes the professional way.

2 June – Handmade Buttons and the WI Craft School. Dorset and singleton buttons are two ancient British thrift crafts. Originally, they were made on a disc cut from the horn of Dorset sheep, which was covered with needle-worked thread. Singleton buttons can be made from pretty fabrics, and use up little scraps effectively. Cheap as chips to make and incredibly beautiful, once you start, you can’t stop making these little treasures.

3 June – Embroidered Strawberries at the WI Craft School. Come to Denman to enjoy a special summer strawberry day. We’ll use a vintage pattern and some simple hand sewing and embroidery techniques including sequins, beads and appliqué embellishments to create exquisite little embroidered strawberries and enjoy a delicious cream tea with the real fruit!

14 June – Crochet for Improvers – take your crochet skills to the next level, with lots of new and clever stitches as well as technical skills like increasing, decreasing and pattern and diagram reading. In my West Dorset studio.

16 June – Dorset Buttons mini workshop at the Dorset Federation of WI’s, Dorchester. We’ll be making the traditional Dorset crosswheel which no Dorset needlewoman should be without!

20 June – Embroidered Pebbles – private booking with the West Country Embroiderers.

11 to 13 July – Embroidered Pebbles – Buckinghamshire Federation of WI’s

8 to 10 August – Crochet for Improvers – take your crochet skills to the next level, with lots of new and clever stitches as well as technical skills like increasing, decreasing and pattern and diagram reading. At the WI’s Denman College

29 to 31 August – WI Baking Weekender, WI Cookery School, the Great British Bake-off but without the stress and the competition! A mega-baking weekend where you get to try lots of different recipes and techniques, a technical bake, presentation and decoration, plus a savoury bake! FULLY BOOKED

1 to 3 Sept – Cupcakes and Macarons at the WI Cookery School. Classic macarons and 4 different cupcake techniques, sugarcraft work and fun!

15 Sept – Decopatch Bracelet and Box Dayschool, Denman College. Try out these gorgeous french papers to make a beautiful bracelet and a box to keep it in. Great fun and very addictive!

15 to 17 Sept – Crochet for Beginners – Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon. Get hooked on crochet, create one or more lovely pieces of your own design to take home, and enjoy the 4 star facilities in this beautiful country house and gardens in Oxfordshire. FULLY BOOKED

26 September – Crafts with Children – an adults workshop which looks at lots of fun projects to do with children. Come and get lots of new ideas for clubs, rainy days, granny times etc! Denman College

27 September – Crochet for Beginners in my West Dorset Studio

17 to 19 October – WI Baking Weekender, WI Cookery School, the Great British Bake-off but without the stress and the competition! A mega-baking weekend where you get to try lots of different recipes and techniques, a technical bake, presentation and decoration, plus a savoury bake! FULLY BOOKED

25 October – Dorset and Singleton Buttons in West Dorset Studio

17 to 19 November – Heirloom Christmas Fairy – uses introductory needle felting skills, handsewing, embroidery and lots of fun to create a tree topper to be proud of. Denman College.

21 to 23 November – I’ll be teaching workshops on Biscuit Icing Biscuiteering Style at the WI’s New Wave Weekend. A tradtional royal icing technique made fun and contemporary – lots of colour and sparkle! WI Cookery School

28 November – Embroidered Christmas Brooches Dayshool – use beads and embellishments to create gorgeous sparkling brooches to gift or to keep. Denman College.

28 to 30 November – Scandinavian Style Christmas Sewing – we’ll use traditional Scandinavian colours and simple decorative techniques to create a table runner, placemat and napkins . Denman College FULLY BOOKED

6 December – Christmas Crafting fun in my West Dorset Studio.

From Autumn 2014 I will be running ‘Bake at Bere Farm’ courses at White Pepper Cookery School, Wareham. Dates to follow.

Lots more to follow in 2015!

 

For Denman workshops check the Denman College Craft School Brochure online. Discounts for WI members.

 

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