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Some NEWER workshops are only viewable via our FULL PROGRAMME Page – please use this for the complete list of bookable courses in date order.   Our Quirky Open Vouchers are available 24/7 HERE. Please see Info section on the top menu for all FAQS re accomodation etc. Many previous Covid precautions remain in place.

Spring Dressmaking 5 week course

Monday mornings fortnightly Beginners dressmaking with Jane Makes

Beginners' Dressmaking 5 week course Monday mornings

There is nothing quite like the pride and joy that comes from making your own clothes!  This course with Jane, held over 5 mornings in early Spring, will help you experience just that. 

 This course will provide the skills and confidence to begin making your own clothes.  There will be demonstrations, sample making, times for one to one help and of course lots of sewing!

9.45am – 12.45pm
£140 (£15 deposit)  incl coffee/ tea
Material Charges n/a

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Mon 21st February 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am - Mon 11th April 2022 12:45 pm 12:45 pm
Places Remaining : 1

Herdwick Hooked Mat Making with Susan of Wild Wool Workshop

Join Susan Denham -Smith from 'Wild Wool Workshops' and craft your own stunning Herdwick Hooked Mat

Lockerhooking Workshop in Cumbria

You will learn the little known craft of Locker Hooking to create a stunning place mat  (approx 10inch x 10inch) with Herdwick sheep design and, fittingly, using Herdwick wool from the oldest flocks in the country. The method is similar to that used to make traditional hooked rugs, but with a specially designed, crochet hook-style needle, threaded with linen to fix the design in place.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£75 inc. tasty Lunch and home baking.
Material Charges - £25 with the hook, and £20 without.

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Fri 11th March 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Tue 29th March 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Thu 6th October 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 4

Needle Felt a Wren ~ low relief

Learn to dry Needle felt this gorgeous little Wren in low relief, with Helen Hammond.

Needle Felt a Wren Workshop in Cumbria

Spend a lovely day with Helen & learn how to make this beautifully detailed Wren using the dry needle felting process. Your Wren will have a slightly sculpted low relief appearance, subtly enhancing the natural features of this little characterful bird. 

9.30am – 4.30pm
£75 inc. a tasty Lunch & home baking.
Material Charges: £15 or £20 with frame

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Tue 8th March 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 2
Sat 2nd April 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm

Needle Felt a Freddie Fox

Needle felt your own Freddie Fox with Annis McGowan

Needle Felt a Fox Workshop with Annis McGowan in Cumbria

 An exciting new workshop with the very talented Annis McGowan,  making this wonderful large Needle Felted Fox sitting some 16 inches high and looking forward to acting as sentry in your entrance hall!

Made entirely from natural and blended carded wool, of whites, glorious russets and reds,  plus some Swaledale for added texture, to create a fine, plumped-up chest and an extra bushy tail, Freddie can grace a very special corner of your home.  Annis' instruction and many resources will help you bring this lovely character to life.

9.30am – 5.00pm
£85 incl tasty Lunch and home baking
Material Charges £35

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Fri 24th June 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:00 pm
Thu 30th June 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 3

Needle Felt Hares

Needle felt your own beautiful Hare with Annis McGowan

Needle Felt Hare Workshop with Annis McGowan in Cumbria

Make a lovely sitting brown Hare of approx 50cm high with the ears . You can decide on your own pose, either alert with either with ears up or wistfully  "moongazing" with ears back. We will be using natural brown wools and all materials and tools are provided.

9.30am – 5.30pm
£85 incl tasty Lunch and home baking
Material Charges £45

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Sat 20th August 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:30 pm

Needle Felt Herdwicks

Needle felt your own Herdwick sheep doorstop with Annis McGowan

Needle Felt Herdwicks Workshop in Cumbria

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop (around 3.5kg) - although mostly those made with Annis are placed to be admired on tables and shelves!

9.30am – 5pm
£85 incl tasty Lunch and home baking
Material Charges £30

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Fri 2nd September 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:00 pm

Needle Felt a Pet Portrait

'Paint with Wool' and Needle Felt your own Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Needle Felt Pet Portrait Workshop in Cumbria

Needle Felt a Pet PortraitOver the course of the day, with Jane's expertise and guidance, you'll see your beloved pet (or chosen animal) slowly appear beneath your fingertips as a 2D needle felted and 'painted with wool' picture.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£75 inc. a tasty Lunch & home baking.
Material Charges: around £15

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Sat 9th April 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Sun 10th July 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 4

Felt Art and Hand Stitch with Marian May

Join felt artist Marian May and create your own piece wet felt Art, then learn to embellish it with stitch

Join felt artist Marian May and create wet Felt Art,to then embellish with Hand Stitch techniques

Marian will bring a variety of coloured merino wools, dyed silks, many coloured threads and other fibres used to create a richly textured wool picture. You will learn how to lay out the fibres, blend colours and shapes using wet felting technique. Once the piece is complete Marian will teach the many and various hand stitches she uses in embellishing her work.

9.30am – 4pm
£78 inc. lunch & home baking.
Material Charge : £15

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'Make a Nuno Felt wool & silk Bag' with Marian May

Design and Make from scratch a Nuno Felt bag using soft wools and sari silks.

'Make a Nuno Felt wool & silk Bag' with Marian May

In this workshop you will be able to make a handbag-sized bag using merino wool roving and sections of sari silk for embellishment. This technique is known as Nuno felting. You will be working with a foam form as a resist, either cut to your own shape or you can use one that is provided on the day. You will then learn how to build up several layers of wool around this form to create a bag that is created seamlessly in one piece and needs no stitching.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£85 inc. a tasty 2 course Aga lunch & home baking.
Material Charge : approx £20

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Hole House Bags with Emma Redfern

Join Emma for a lovely day of beautiful Bag making!

Bag making workshops with Hole House

Anyone who loves textiles and handbags will already know Emma Redfern's very popular 'Hole House' facebook page, from where she sells her wonderfully original, unique and quirky bags. With a background in art history and an interest in the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, Emma believes that anyone can produce something beautiful and useful, given a little instruction and some inspiring fabric.

9.30/10.00am – 4.00/4.30pm
£75 inc. a tasty lunch & home baking.
Material Charge : Varies- see individual Bag details

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Sat 26th March 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Sat 28th May 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:30 pm
Sun 3rd July 2022 9:45 am 9:45 am -4:30 pm

Felt Slippers

Learn how to make your very own warm felt slippers with Marieke Tomlin

Felt Slippers Workshop in Cumbria

Design and create your very own bespoke, warm and funky felt slippers from 100% merino wool. These will be seamless and moulded cleverly to your feet, unique and made to fit,  as plain or as fancy as you like! 

9.30am – 4pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £15

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Wed 23rd November 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm

Eco printing ...Botanical printing on Textiles ~ a Silk Scarf

A fascinating day with Marian May printing with selected leaves and seed heads.

Eco printing Workshop in Cumbria

A fascinating day with Marian learning how to create your own Botanical contact prints with real leaves on fabric and paper, printing your own unique silk scarf and paper prints.

Join Marian for a day of botanical discovery and create a beautiful printed silk scarf using fresh leaves, flowers and natural dyes. You will learn all about the printing process involved,  how to prepare fabrics for dyeing with vegetables and flowers and how to choose the leaves that will give good prints.  And you will prepare some paper prints which you can finish at home.


10.00am to 3.30pm
£85 Lunch included
Material Charges £20

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Sun 26th June 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -3:30 pm
Tue 28th June 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -3:30 pm

Pattern Cutting

Couture expert Maggi Toner Edgar will guide you through creating your own paper tunic pattern for that perfect fit

Pattern Cutting Workshop in Cumbria

Three course types to flatter your own personal figure:

Days courses on
1.  The Tunic Block - to make your dresses and shirts fit properly
2. The Trouser pattern -  for great fitting trousers
3.  Adaptations to the Tunic block for creating great sleeves and collars.

10.00am – 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £0 

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Tue 26th July 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3
Tue 2nd August 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3
Tue 11th October 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 4

'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery

Learn and discover the many possibilties of machine embroidery with Sarah Ames

Applique Stitch Machine Embroidery Workshop in Cumbria

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

10am – 4pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges: up to £5

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Thu 10th March 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 3
Wed 27th July 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 7

Leather Bags

Join Ruth Pullan for a day and hand stitch your own leather bag

Leather Bags Workshop in Cumbria

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

9.30am – 5pm
£85 inc. a tasty lunch & home baking
Material Charges : approx £25

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Sun 3rd July 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:30 pm
Places Remaining : 2
Tue 5th July 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -5:30 pm
Places Remaining : 6

Paint, Print and Stitch with Kay Leech

Paint, print and stitch a canvas with Kay Leech

Paint, Print and Stitch Workshop in Cumbria

 A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one of the ones provided for inspiration.  

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks that you have created.  Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish with beads and buttons.

9.30am – 4.30pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £15

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Tue 8th March 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
Places Remaining : 2
Sat 2nd April 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm

'Painting on Silk' with Margaret Wilmot

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Silk is a protein, like all the animal-based yarns such as cashmere, angora, mohair and wool and Silk painting is hundreds of years old (like felt-making) and has been practised extensively in Europe as well as Asia. 

9.30am to 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges:   £12 

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Sat 30th July 2022 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
Places Remaining : 2

Lampshade Making Short Course with Sonja Tilleard

Hand roll a 30cm drum lampshade with Sonja inc a light lunch

Lampshade Making Workshop in Cumbria

Spend a morning or afternoon with Sonja which either starts or ends with a quick light lunch. The course includes the basic 25cm lampshade kit. Bring your favourite fabric or choose on the day from Sonja's lovely selection for a few £'s more. Please pre- order other shade sizes.

Morning session 10am to 1.00pm ..... Afternoon session 1.00pm –3.45/4.00pm
£38 a quick light lunch included

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Wed 9th March 2022 10:00 am 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Wed 9th March 2022 1:00 pm 1:00 pm -4:00 pm