Quirky Workshops

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Quirky workshops

Quirky Workshops

Silver ~ Glass ~ Ceramics ~ Printing ~ Bike ~ Lampshades & furniture ~ Mosaics ~ Calligraphy ~ Landscaping ~ Dowsing


Two day Stained Glass Intro/intermediates  workshop with Jackie Hunt July and Sept/ October 2017

Intro to Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe  May 2017

 Upcycle your furniture 'paint effects' workshop with Sonja Tilleard of 'White & Green'

Textures in Porcelain -a Quirky Workshop making  Buttons Bud Vases and Tea Lights with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A Quirky Workshop of  Hands On Strip and Build Bike Day with Dan Richards followed by Beginners Bike maintenance evening short course  at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Reduction Lino Cut print with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

a Quirky Workshop making  Silver Clay Jewellery  'Inspirations in Nature'  with Jo Dix at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

a Quirky Workshop with Cyanotype printing by  Kim Tillyer at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Sterling Silver Jewellery Course for Beginners or Intermediates
Melinda Scarborough
2 Day Silver Jewellery Course

Sunday 16 & Monday 17 April 2017 FULL
Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 August 2017
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 November 2017

10am to 4.30pm ish with perhaps an earlier start on day two
£155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

No previous experience is necessary for either course.
All equipment and tools will be provided, though perhaps it may be a good idea to bring a sketchbook for ideas and notes. Also if appropriate, don’t forget a good pair of glasses to enable close detailed work.

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones.

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.


Melinda brings all the tools and equipment essential for any proper silver jewellery course.

Once people become familiar with the tools the designs start flowing. Your design will be unique; you will learn cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing.You can work at your own pace and make the most your workshop time.


Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle CafeSilver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

All photos are student pieces
from our Greystoke workshop


Melinda trained for 4 years to acquire a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University plus a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Met. She previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths’ fair and won 'Student Designer of the Year' at the British Jewellery Association Awards. She was awarded a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award.

Her beautiful bespoke contemporary designs use all the traditional jewellery making techniques and her website is testament to the quality and calibre of her work.

Some Student pieces and feedback from recent courses

"Melinda Scarborough is not only a very talented gold and silver smith but an excellent teacher who is able to get complete novices (like me) to produce, in only 2 days, several pieces of jewellery which, if I saw them in a shop, I'd pay good money for! We learnt lots of different techniques and everyone on the course made their own unique pieces applying what we'd learnt in very different ways, it was one of the things that I was most impressed with, the freedom to make what you wanted. It goes without saying that Annie who hosts the courses provides a delightful space in which to learn and relax and the catering is always splendid."

"What a fantastic course! Being a beginner did not matter at all - Melinda was very helpful and patient. You work at your own pace and everyone comes away with several unique and beautiful items of jewellery. I made a necklace and earrings which I am very proud of. Annie is a fabulous host as well, lovely lunch was a well earned break :) "

"I made 3 necklaces on the course - all of which have been admired greatly already. One, a dragonfly, I cannot stop wearing. The course was fabulous - Melinda the tutor was brilliant (and very patient). The food and location were second to none. I would definitely go back again (childcare ie husband allowing!)."

Material Charges 

These are payable to the tutor directly on the day - depending on the quantity used and silver prices, this will vary from approx £15 upwards.


Silver Clay Workshop - 'Inspired by Nature' with Jo Dix

Jo runs her own Silver jewellery business called Silver Forge in the South Lakes.

There's a lot of freedom in forming jewellery from Silver Clay and there is less emphasis on the traditional jewellery making skills. Being made of silver particles the material is not cheap by any means and can command a higher price than mined silver.



How to book

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Workshop

Saturday 3 June 2017
Saturday 19 August 2017
Saturday 7 October 2017

10am to 4pm
£82 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay.
All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

All pieces on this page are by beginner students
(except the bottom row).

Materials are extra.

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay?

Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family.
It is a fabulous medium for making
just about anything,
from the simplest piece to the
most intricate patterns.

It's great for all skill levels and fires as
Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%).

It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools.

You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really.
You can even colour it, we're told!


Photos Sept 2014

Photos Nov 2015

Jo Dix runs her own jewellery business called 'Silver Forge' in South Cumbria.
We're delighted to have her running wonderful courses for us here at Greystoke.

Materials are charged extra for this day - anything from £20 to £45 or more depending on how much is used.


Make a Stained Glass Panel with Jackie Hunt
Two day 'Design and Make' Stained Glass Panels

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 July 2017
Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 October 2017

9.30 - 4.30pm each day
£155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Materials extra

How to book

Come and create your own beautiful stained glass panel in two days. You'll work with coloured, clear and textured glass; learn how to handle and cut it safely and to 'lead up' a small (approx 200mm or 8" square) panel. All glass, tools and equipment are provided.

Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

Photos Nov 2014

Health and safety issues:

Lead and lead solder are toxic substances both to handle and to breathe in the fumes.
Pregnant women are advised not to handle lead or breathe in fumes.
A health and safety briefing will be given and the use of safety equipment (provided) will be required.


The panel you make could be built into a window
or displayed as a hanging panel in your house.

A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This course is suitable for all abilities.
There's an additional materials charge payable directly to the tutor
of £20 to cover the cost of a panel 8" x 8".
If students choose to make larger panels this will incur an extra charge.

Photos 2013

Jackie Hunt is an extremely accomplished tutor of Stained Glass
with a wealth of experience behind her.
She has created some beautiful commissions across the country and we are delighted that she still comes all the way from Dorset to Greystoke for us.


A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Fused Glass Workshops with Marilyn Hale

Marilyn Hale has been making and teaching Fused Glass for many years from her South Cumbrian studio and we're delighted to host her workshops here at Greystoke.

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Once you have been shown what is possible, Marion will let you loose to make what you can under her guidance.

Each student will have enough glass to make around 12-15 different items (depending on the sizes), including Christmas Decorations, jewellery, coasters, candle holders and plaques.

Introduction to Fused Glass

Saturday 15 July 2017
Tuesday 14 November 2017

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

Fused Glass Xmas Decorations at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Fused Glass Xmas Decorations at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Make your own unique festive decorations and ornamental pieces in beautiful coloured glass.

A name plate made for a birthday gift  :) x

Learn about glass types, cutting, fusing, stacking and slumping and the all important CoE (Coefficient of Expansion) - vital to understand to ensure the right types of glass are successfully fused together.

You will also learn how to incorporate various inclusions using fruits, stringers, stamps, foils and other fragments.

Material charges

Additional charges are £15 per student. This includes the glass, firing fee back at Marilyns studio plus redelivery back to the Cycle Cafe. Certain other small items are charged EXTRA eg jewellery hangers, extra dichroics as well as any additional glass you use at cost.

If you do not wish to collect your glass later from the Cycle Cafe, Marilyn can carefully post it back to your UK home address (not inner London or islands) using a carrier from £15 for the basic glass package, but perhaps more depending on the weight.

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Make your own large Door Wreath for Christmas

Never buy a Door Wreath again! Make your own Festive Creation with fresh greenery and learn how easy it is to create something very professional looking.

You'll use a new large oasis ring (16" costing (£10), which can be renewed with fresh oasis and decoration year after year. Spice it up with cones, berries, fruits and ribbons.

There may even be time to make more than one wreath - perhaps 2 (these make lovely presents for friends at Xmas time). For the second wreath we will show you how to add new oasis to an old frame and this will mean you will know how to re use your oasis ring for following years. The second rings are charged at £5.

As well as supplying greenery ourselves, we will ask each person coming the day before - or early that morning - to gather a large (trolley bag size) full of mixed greenery to bring along for the course. we can then share out what we have and create the most stunning large wreaths and also great fun making them.

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Below is a list of examples that we may have some supplies of - however not enough for all so we suggest you bring your own to decorate and add the final touches to the foliage if you wish - remember you will be hoping these look fresh for at least 2 weeks.

Photos 2014

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

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Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Holly with Berries attached - Seedheads
Feathers - Baubles - Bows
Dried Fruit -ie oranges, lemons, limes
dried chilli peppers
fir cones - sprayed white silver or gold
(spray if you have )
Anything else you think may look good

We will show you how to wire up and attach any decorations that you choose and we hope you will never consider buying a made up door wreath again.

Bike Maintenance courses with Dan Richards of 'Lake District Cycling'

Don't know how to mend a puncture? Do you wish you could service your own bike?

Dan is a qualified Cytech 3 mechanic and owner of Lake District Cycling, a cycling service provider (in association with Virgin Trains at Penrith Station, providing much needed prebookable Cycle Hire from the station platform) as well as guided rides /tours and a cycling information resource for the local areas.

Also from Penrith, Dan is the new British Cycling Sky Ride Ambassador for the Cumbria and the Lake District and planner/ promoter/leader of accessible group rides for Go Lakes (LDNP, CT & CCC) and Active Cumbria. He is also the community cycle officer for Alston Moor and author of Top 10 Family Cycle ride books to the Lake District.

Please see www.lakedistrictcycling.co.uk for further information

Hands On Strip &
Build a Bike Day

Sunday 26 March 2017
Friday 14 April 2017(Good Friday)
Saturday 29 April 2017
Sunday 4 June 2017
Thursday 29 June 2017

10am - 4pm
£78 inc a lovely 2 course lunch,
fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

Class Max 6

Covering Gears, Brakes, Chains,
Cable Replacement, Headsets,
Bottom Brackets, Wheels and Hubs.

To qualify for this course you must be able to at least remove a back wheel happily and change an inner tube.

Your bikes should be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive.

Each students will be provided with a bike work stand and set of tools and then will be shown how to remove all the components piece by piece.

This is not a bike renovation day, so please don’t bring along a ‘project’ from the garden shed!

Hands On strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe-   max 6 people

Bikes should be in good working order without seized parts but possibly in need of a general service. Please note: It is not possible to work on bikes with Campagnolo groupsets as the tools required are quite different.

Hands On strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe-   max 6 people


Extra Materials charge

There will be a £5 materials charge which includes one cable and all oils, cleaning and greases used. If you wish to change more than one cable they will cost extra.

Beginners' Bike Maintenance
for Ladies

Saturday 29 April
Sunday 4 June

5pm - 7.30pm
£25 inc a cream tea half way through

How to book

This short evening course is hands-on and is designed to make sure you can become self sufficient when out on your own on a bike ride.

Beginners Bike Maintenance and Set up Short Course with Steve Woods MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Starting from the very beginning with the basic parts of a bike, you will learn all about bike types and their wheels, then moving onto gears, types of brakes, what to look for regarding any servicing needs (when is it worn out ?) and of course, how to mend the dreaded puncture/ change an inner tube.
This includes removing and replacing the back wheel.
By the end you'll be raring to ride off into the sunset without worrying 'what if I get a puncture?'!

Workshop Photos

Dry Stone Walling Workshop - Steve Allen - professional Dry Stone Waller (& World Champion)

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe - Steve points out to the group the parts he is most impressed with- the choice of stone is everything

Steve points out to the group the parts he is most impressed with- the choice of stone is everything!



Dry Stone Walling is very physically demanding, at times the ground is unsafe,  uneven and rocky.
Stones are heavy, unwieldy and  need lifting to around 3 or 4 ft.
Only those who are fit to participate should sign up.
There will be a safety briefing and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer before the day.

  Those with previous or existing back problems or who are pregnant should not consider this day.

Dry Stone Walling with Steve Allen

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date please do let us know here that you are waiting.

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen and Greystoke Cycle Cafe  - -Dry Stone Walling 2011 @ Newbiggin Village Hall - some 15 m of walling were totally rebuilt
Learn this age old skill of creating a solid stone wall without the use of any cement or mortar. Steve (the existing & many times World Champion Dry Stone Waller) will guide you through the setting out & various stages of wall construction. He spends a lot of time in America working with Andy Goldsworthy and will have a lot of knowledge and stories to share. This course is suitable for all abilites.

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe -

  Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and safety boots.

Hands-On Cobbling Day with Adam Beeston

Wednesday 28 or Thursday 29 June 2017

9.30 - 4.30pm
£55 per day inc a lovely 2 course lunch and all refreshments


Join Adam Beeston here for a day of cobbling. 
Adam is very experienced in both teaching and cobbling. This is a 'Hands On' day enabling you to learn the skills associated with tradtiional methods of laying cobbles (before the days of cement and vibrating compactors!) This will be a relatively peaceful day with your square metre of ground in front of you and the materials and expertise to learn this age old traditional skill.

You will leave with a good knowledge of the use of cobbles in hard landscaping, the different layers required - selecting the correct materials and learning the skill of locking the cobbles together to form a hard and durable surface

Adam is Head of Hard Landscaping in the Horticulture Dept at local Newton Rigg College.
He also works on private commissions and over the years has helped with the  construction of several prize winning 'Chelsea Show Gardens'.

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date.
Please do let us know here that you are waiting.


Cobbling an be physically demanding, sometime the stones are quite large and it is possible that at times the ground is unsafe and uneven.

Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and soft wooden or rubber mallet and even a kneeler or knee pads.

A Taster in the World of Dowsing and Water Divining - Eleanor Burke BSOD

10am to 4pm
£68 inc a lovely lunch

Beginners Dowsing & Water Divinng at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Eleanir Burke

We are hoping to fix a date with Eleanor for late July or August 2017 - please let us know if you have a preference/are waiting.

Despite some modern alternatives being available to us, this ancient form of search and locate is still favoured by many.
Come and learn why so many builders, surveyors and Water Board employees always reach first for the divining rods when trying to find leaking pipes or underground drains! Equally archaeologists employ the same methods to find buried structures, walls, foundations etc.

Hard to fathom and defying all laws of common sense and logic, for most it works. 
We simply don't understand how or why it does.

The day begins inside over coffee and biscuits. Eleanor will explain the history of dowsing, its connections with Christianity and wider applications in different countries.  She brings along several dowsing tools and using simple paper methods you will each learn the processes involved and discover your own individual positive and negative signs. You will also look into labyrinths. Water divining is one application of dowsing and once you have found the dowsing tool that best suits you we will move into the garden to try to locate pipes, streams and other hidden features. Crystal therapy, map dowsing, distance healing and earth energies are again different applications of dowsing which are covered, though not in depth, during this day.

 The gardens at the Cycle Cafe  once used to belong  to the Greystoke Castle Estate and are located on or near  a Roman road.  In the afternoon you will be mostly outside, so please come prepared.  Eleanor is a well known member of the British Society of Dowsers and has spent many years using and teaching dowsing to both English students and those abroad.

She will be travelling across from North Yorkshire to join us for the day and will donate her fee to a charity that she and the BSoD actively support, involved in helping Mozambique villagers locate pure sources of drinking water.

Buttons, Bud Vases & Tea Lights
Textures in Ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge

Saturday 22 April 2017
Sunday 2 July 2017
Friday 10 November 2017

9.30am - 4pm
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea
This day is suitable for all abilities

How to book

Much of Gwen's work is defined by the unique incorporation of textile pattern into her porcelain, making her work so unique and admired.

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Gwen will start the day by introducing you to porcelain clay, a beautiful material to work with; you are able to make quite fine pots as a complete beginner. You will learn how to roll the clay to a useable thickness, then roll lace patterns of your choice into the clay. Once leather hard you will construct a slab pot, which may be a vase, or tea light. These pots may then be further embellished with clay buttons or lace, all of which Gwen will skillfully show you how to do. A coloured slip may be added at this stage to show up the texture in the lace patterns. Scraps of embellished clay may be made into buttons or jewellery.

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

If you have a particular piece of lace or textured fabric that you would like to incorporte into the vase then do bring it along. Gwen will advise if it is suitable for using, maybe you have a piece of lace from your wedding dress/veil you would like to immortalise in a vase. A lovely course for mother and daughter to come to together.

There will be an additional cost for materials used (including both clay and 2 firings of the clay) of £10, payable to the tutor on the day. You should be able to make at least 2 vases and 2 tea lights in a day and use the remaining clay to make some small delicate decorations.

Your pieces can be detailed in white or a slip or lustre added to highlight the textures that you have incorporated. Adding a lustre might incur an extra firing charge.

The vases can be posted if you are not local for £10 or they can be collected from Brougham Hall or the Cafe

Workshop Photos

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

About me

I see my work as a three-dimensional scrap-book coming from both memories of my childhood and from my response to the experiences brought about through research in books, rummaging through bric-a-brac, antique fairs, old photographs and magazines. I’m always on the lookout for items that I might use in my work, both for inspiration and for direct practical use. I’m drawn to decorative items. Even as a child I had favourite buttons from my mum’s button box that I played with. There were some beautiful green glass dishes that were brought out for parties and the best china laid out when the minister was coming for tea. These are very strong memories for me. But alongside this finery there was the informal, natural world of my surroundings living on a rural farm in Cumbria. The hedgerows where we found birds nests with the treasured little eggs of wild birds, which we watched until they hatched and finally fledged.

I find that nature itself seems too perfect to try to reproduce. I tend to explore the work of craftsmen of the past who themselves might have been first inspired by the natural world. I appreciate the finery of the costumes of bygone eras, and the distinctive qualities of their production. The more limited and yet still lavish colour palette of Elizabethan times, the retro styles of the 1950s and 60s. It’s quite an eclectic cocktail of inspiration stored in my mind and continually re-visited.

Applique Relief Tiles in Porcelain with Gwen Bainbridge

Friday 30 June 2017
Saturday 9 September 2017

9.30 - 4pm
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

How to book

A day with this very talented ceramics artist to create a tile up to A4 size or a series of three smaller tiles (a tryptych) or indivodual  pieces to suit your need.

Using beautiful cutters and stamps (bring your own if you have) and incorporating Gwen's own signature use of textures and patterns you will learn how to create your own beautiful designs whether drawn freehand, layered, pressed or imprinted, and built up in relief for a lovely effect.

We have a selection of stamps of varying sizes,  you might to incorporate pressed flowers and leaves shapes (work best when dried and flat) . Once you decide you wish to come on this course pick and press your flowers and bring carefully on the day within the book. Lavender and daisy, ivy leaves, wild strawberry, small leaved geranium all work well.

Ideas for triptychs  (a picture on three panels) are limitless: seasons, flowers, leaves, childrens' book characters,  animals, birds, numbers, stories etc etc

You will start with a porcelain slab around A4 size and you can create one large relief tile or devide into smaller pieces.

The materials charge for this to include the usual firing which will be £10 payable to Gwen.
  Further porcelain will be available at cost pro rata.
Alternatively a triptych comprising 3 panels each roughly 1/3rd of A4 size would be the same.
Panels larger than 1/3rd A4 height are not advisable - if required please consult Gwen.
Colours and definitions may be applied using the same techniques as the Bud Vases course above.


Tart up your Table!
Inspired ideas for your kitchen in repeat patterns or your own logo

with Georgia Wilkinson and some very clever equipment ~ make large worktop savers, coasters & mugs


Tableware Repeat Pattern Design Workshop

10.00 - 4.30pm
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book


Spend a fascinating day with textile artist Georgia Wilkinson taking any ideas you have as a basis for a design and turning it into a repeat pattern.
With this single or repeated pattern you can create large glass worktop savers, mugs and coasters. Materials charge is detailed below.

Workshop Photos

NOTE: Just after this class, Georgia runs a Lampshade
making evening - see below

Georgia will explain the prinicples of working with repeat patterns and what will work better when making the items of the day - how to join things up, the best use of colours and you will cover some of the core principles of repeat pattern design.

You will learn various printing techniques and practise these before deciding on your final designs. Georgia will then show you how to use her special equipment to create a printed image onto the back of a large glass worktop saver using the sublimation technique.
You could then create some melamine coasters or a matching mug. To create multiples you can pay for extra items for eg glass tablemat charged at approx £4-5 each - if you wish to make several please contact us before hand to ensure we bring enough stock.


Material Charges

There will be an extra material charge of around £15 which covers costs for a set of coasters and a large glass worktop saver - if you wish to make more these will be charged accordingly and payable to Georgia on the day.

Short course - Lampshade Making 'Mini Workshops' with Georgia Wilkinson

Having spent several years working as a repeat pattern designer with the high end textile printers she left London to return to her home county of Yorkshire to start her own pattern design company. Since 2009 'Georgia Wilkinson Designs' has been offering innovative, fresh and unique hand printed textiles operating out of a cricket pavillion on her parents farm and her products are sold in shops throughout the UK as well as online. Her designs are fun, bright and uplifting with her fabric available by the metre or alternatively lovingly transformed into beautiful lampshades and cushions ready for your home.

Lampshade Making Mini Workshops

Friday 21 April 2017 - morning 10am to 12.30pm
Friday 21 April - afternoon 1.30 to 4pm
Sunday 13 August - 10am to 12.30pm
Sunday 13 August - 1.30pm to 4pm
Sunday 13 August - 4.45pm to 7.15pm

£35 inc welcome drinks plus a cream tea half way through as well as the basic lamp making kit. See below

How to book

Georgia will arrive with all the tools and equipment needed and during this short course you will have fun creating and completing a lovely drum lampshade to take home.

Georgia will bring a selection of her wonderful fresh fabrics from her Yorkshire studio and students can choose these for their lampshades or they can bring their own fabric.

The course price includes everything required to make a smaller shade if you bring your own fabric. If you choose larger options or select some of Georgia's fabric, these will be charged extra.
Hot drinks and scones will be served mid way through the course

Design and Block Print a Lampshade & Cushion Top with Georgia Wilkinson

This day also features in the Textiles page

Georgia is a trained Surface Pattern Designer who worked in the studio of a textile printers for such companies as Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood


Design and Block Print a Lampshade & Cushion Top

Thursday 9 November 2017

10am to 4pm ish
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

How to book

There will be an additional materials charge of between £10 and £15
payable to Georgia on the day.

Over first coffees Georgia will tell you a little about her self and explain what is possible over the day, with hints and tips for your design in mind suitable for a repeat pattern.

Once your design is finalised on paper you will learn to make block prints using a variety of mixed media tools and you will practise on paper before turning and printing up the cotton panama fabric she supplies.

The material for the lampshade will be then cured and hand rolled and carefully finished into a lampshade.

A further pieces of fabric may be printed for a matching cushion cover front to take home and make a cushion You can choose to make either a small table lamp shade or a larger pendant ceiling shade - Georgia will advise on print types according to shade sizes.

Workshop Photos


Furniture and decorating Paint Effects Courses

Three new painting technique & printing workshops using #anniesloane chalk paints, Farrow & Ball paints , a variety of patterned rollers for printing fabrics and wallpaper - led by tutor Sonja Tilleard of 'White and Green' gift home interiors shop, Cockermouth and Penrith.

We are running several courses this year with the very able Sonja Tilleard from the lovely 'White and Green' specialist Home decor shop in Penrith and Cockermouth. Sonja has acquired considerable knowledge and training in a whole variety of painting techniques for both furniture, walls and textiles. Favourite brands such as Annie Sloane Chalk Paints, Farrow and Ball, gilded finishes and waxes are used. We are running three different courses with Sonja as detailed below.

Upcycling Furniture and Painting techniques



Furniture Painting Techniques

Friday 28 April 2017
Friday 16 June 2017
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Thursday 21 September 2017

9.30 - 4pm each day
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

To begin under Sonja's guidance and working on simple boards you will learn the various techniques of using chalk paints including distressing and waxing techniques that will be explained, shown and practised.

Students can then work on their own small piece of furniture such as a picture frame or a small stool, chair, tiny table etc and renovate it after lunch using the learnt techniques. The brilliant thing about Chalk Paint is you don't need to do much , if any, prep to the surface (no sanding etc) - one can just paint over existing finishes. Chalk paint is a great leveller.

Sonja will bring all the materials specialist brushes, paints and waxes required and a materials charge will be made per person - possibly around £5-10 payable directly to the tutor depending on the size of each piece.



Make Your Own Lamp Day

9.30 - 4pm each day

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch,
fresh coffees and cream tea

We can organise this day for a bespoke group
- Hen parties etc
Please get in touch

Combining the patterned paint roller techniques used on a separate course you will start the day by printing a piece of fabric which will be used to make a drum lampshade.

Using chalk paint, you will also paint & wax a lamp base to co-ordinate with your fabric.

By the and of the class you will take home a fully pat tested lamp unique to you - perfect for your house and amazingly unique as a special present for someone else.

There will be a materials charge of approx £35 for the complete lamp kit or similar, depending on the sizes chosen.



Wallpaper and Fabric

Patterned Roller Painting Techniques

9.30 - 4pm each day

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

We can organise this day for a bespoke group -
Hen parties etc please get in touch

In various parts of the world patterned paint rollers have been used for the last 100 years or so to decorate walls.

They are excellent to use on all plastered or papered walls especially on wonky walls!
Fabric can be printed, furniture can be patterned and paper and tissue can be decorated.

A variety of patterns will be available to try and you will learn the techniques to use these patterned paint rollers confidently throughout your home on vertical surfaces as well as on the flat, printing on walls, wood, fabric and paper.

There will be an extra materials charge of approx £10 -15 depending on how much you print over the day. 

Cyanotype Printing in Sunshine with Kim Tillyer

Cyanotype printing is an early form of photography, distinctive for its rich indigo colouring and the ethereal quality of the images.

The prints are traditionally exposed using sunlight and were originally adopted by botanists to accurately capture the silhouette of the plants they studied.

Cyanotype Printing with Kim Tillyer


Tuesday 8th August 2017 - new date

9.30 - 4pm ish
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

During this fascinating day with Kim you will learn about the history and technical process of cyanotype and proceed to coat papers and/or material to create unique prints using found objects (from the garden, stencils or prepared negatives and watch as the sunlight (or special light bulb in the cyclists barn if it's cloudy) magically develops your works of art.


The Cyanotype process involves painting with a light sensitive emulsion on to paper or fabric and using our clear Cumbrian sunlight to develop the image.

Different layers are achieved using varied exposure times, hand drawn imagery, native plants acting as a resist and prepared stencils.

The results are different every time so each print is a unique monotype.

Kim is an artist and works in the Northern Lights Gallery in Keswickand sells her unique work through the the lovely Northern LIghts gallery in Keswick - her work can be seen here.

She also writes a blog called Witchmountain, about living in the Lake District - close to Keswick.
She has recently relocated in Summer 2015 from Yorkshire.

The course is suitable for adults of all abilities and will take place outside in the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden under cover as necessary. Materials will be extra on the day depending on how much you use - somewhere between £5 and £10 payable to the tutor directly.

Reduction Linocut Printmaking with Janet Dickson

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This course is suitable for all abilities.

Reduction Linocut Printmaking

Thursday 15 June 2017
Tuesday 3 October 2017 

10am - 4.30pm
£85 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel all the way from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Linocut courses at Greystoke.

Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape fit perfectly and hopefully we'll be holding at least one of her courses in the garden!

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

About Janet

Janet Dickson is a printmaker whose work interprets pattern and design in the garden and landscape, creating, lithographs and monotypes as well as her multilayered linocuts.
Many of Janet's prints begin life in her sketchbooks, from drawings made on location.

"I am inspired by plants and natural forms, as a gardener and a printmaker - from their colour and the detail of their structure to the visual impact they have on their surroundings.
The garden, therefore, is one of my key subjects, but colour, structure and pattern in landscape draws me too. Drawing underpins my work - it is where many of my prints begin and the processes I choose allow me to incorporate drawing in some form or other.
The examples of work you see here embody my practice".

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Material Charges & What to Bring

Please bring an apron and wear non precious clothes - printing is messy and the ink stains.

There will be a materials charge of between £7 and £10 payable directly to the tutor on the day depending on the amount of work produced.

During the class Janet will teach students the importance of design suitable for linocut, how to create and cut using the different tools provided, learn about various inks, using rollers and blending colours.

Students will be creating a multi-layer print using several colours if required.
They will be printing by hand, without the need for a press.
The size of each linocut will be approx A5 size.

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Mosaics for the Garden with Keeley Metcalfe

Assembling small pieces of glass, ceramics or stone to create patterns for items and surfaces has been popular throughout civilisation. It is, after all, a perfect form of recycling and a real pleasure and satisfaction can be taken from transforming something that's hard to throw away but in its present form can no longer be used. Creating new ceramic pieces from your old china and transforming it into somethng new and lovely, can be rewarding, absorbing and creative.

During your day with Keeley you will learn the basic techniques of direct mosaics and using different tesserae (the tiles) and go home with something you have made, hopefully a finished piece (depending on the size of the chosen project).

Mosaics for the Garden with Keeley Metcalfe

Saturday 29 July 2017

9.30am - 4pm
£75 inc a lovely lunch

How to book

During your day with Keeley you will learn about preparing and creating items to mosaic for the garden using the direct technique.

Keeley will bring with her a wide assortment of mosaic tiles and beads for using on your piece, as well as vibrant glass mosaic tiles to create a lively design. Feel free to bring along broken china for the picassiette style of mosaics, also being a perfect way to use up those older style unused wedding presents!

Keeley will bring materials needed to ensure your mosaics is suitable for outdoor use (subject to technique chosen) as necessary. If you wish to bring something to work on, such as a small table, this shouldn't be a problem, though please check first with us.

Bear in mind larger projects may not be completed, you will leave with the knowledge and material resources to finish your piece at home.

Mosaics in the Garden and Home with Keeley Metcalfe at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


There will be an extra materials charge from
£10 to £20 payable on the day to the
tutor depending on what you use.

Calligraphy made Easy with Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor is probably one of the leading Calligraphers in the country and will be travelling from her home near Cambridge in May 2017 to take a course at the Cycle Cafe This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, as most of the tuition is on an individual basis, with frequent group demonstrations too.

Calligraphy Made Easy

Thursday 18 May 2017
Friday 19 May 2017

£155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

How to book

You can learn, improve or experiment with an edged-pen script, choosing from uncial, italic, foundational hand, amongst others, and use the script with colour in the pen and background in the lay-out and design of short quotations.
These terms will be explained.

Gaynor is particularly interested in the more personal, creative aspect of calligraphy, working with painted backgrounds, gold leaf and collage, and experimenting with capitals and cursive scripts. She has written two calligraphy books:'Calligraphy Made Easy' Parragon/Robinson and 'Calligraphy Step-by-Step' (with Anna Ravenscroft) HarperCollins (titled 'Calligraphy School' overseas).

She is a long-standing fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society andthe Society of Scribes & Illuminators, and works to commission and for exhibition


Please note: filming is not permitted at any of our workshops

Quirky Workshops
Poplin Dub • Greystoke • Penrith • CA11 0UT
Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984 • annie2@quirkyworkshops.co.uk