WORKSHOPS

There will be lots on offer in our programme of carefully curated workshops taught by our expert makers – try your hand at embroidery, watercolour painting, papercutting and much more.  

 

You’ll be able to learn a new skill, create something beautiful to take home and most importantly, have fun and let your creativity shine through!

Embroidery Banner

Stitch your own hanging banner!

 

You will join the Make & Mend team and learn a simple embroidery stitch whilst experiencing all the mindful benefits of embroidery - creating your own artwork to take home!

We will have a few different designs for you to choose from, 'Keep Making Things', 'Chase Those Dreams', or 'Prove Them Wrong' just select your colours and away you go!

Take home and hang up for a permanent reminder!

 

Workshop duration: 1 hour 

Artist: Make & Mend

Workshop times: 1pm & 3.30pm

Floral Watercolour

Painting Wild Flowers With Inks

 

During this taster workshop, we'll explore the gorgeous medium of inks, not only are the results of this loose and watery medium beautiful but they're also such a joy to work with.

 

We will begin the session with a step by step process to create a simple yet effective wild flower illustration. The first piece will then be used to help guide a second illustration, this time describing a field of wild flowers. The colour palette for this one will definitely make you smile, as we will be working with vibrant shades of pinks, purples and yellows.

 

Each attendee will leave with 2 ink illustrations, a step by step guide to carry on the practice at home and hopefully a new love for the inky process!

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Katie Burns - KLB Designs

Workshop times: 12.30pm & 3.30pm

Brush Lettering

A taster workshop introducing you to modern calligraphy through the medium of brush pens.

 

Covering the basic strokes and letter forms, Abbi from Lavelle Lettering will show you how to create beautiful lettering without the risk of spilling an ink pot!

 

All materials for the class are provided and you will be able to take away the tools needed to carry on your calligraphy journey at home.

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Lavelle Lettering

Workshop times: 1.00pm

Love Your Laundry

Reduce your toxic load by going plastic free in the laundry area. In this workshop you’ll create your own washing powder, fabric softener and laundry balls. With organic essential oils for fragrance, you'll make sustainable cleaning products that don’t cost the earth. To reduce waste - please bring 2 clean recycled jam jars with lids to take home your recipes.

Workshop duration: 1hour

Artist: Louise Rea

Workshop times: 1pm

Jesmonite

Plain Jayne is an art & design teacher with a passion for colour, creativity, and mindfulness. 

 

Although Jesmonite has been around for over 35 years, it is vast becoming the go-to material for designers and artists looking for environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional building materials and resin-based products.

Lauren’s workshops are based around introducing people to this wonderful material and its properties, whilst having fun. She will explain the process of moulding & casting along with demonstrating various techniques such a marbling and terrazzo and take you through the process of making your own creation. You can then apply this knowledge by designing and creating your own trinket tray, jar with lid, vase or pot to your own colour and technique requirements. 

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: Plain Jayne Designs

Workshop Times: 11.30am & 2.00pm

Macrame Hanger

Join Gee from GeeArte Makes to learn macrame! When Gee came across macrame she fell in love, with a head exploding with ideas she started to create and GeeArte Makes was born.

 

Gee creates handmade products in her studio in Lymm , Cheshire and uses eco-friendly products including Bobbyin Cords and driftwood. What started as a hobby has now turned into a business selling macrame and homeware products and macrame kits.

 

Want to have a go at macrame? Try this plant hanger workshop where Gee will lead you through step-by-step instructions to create your own plant hanger in a colour of your choice! 

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Geearte Makes

Workshop times: 1.00pm

Papercutting

Bethan Maddocks is an artist who works with light, paper and found objects to create large interactive, tactile sculpture and installations. 

 

Bethan will introduce participants to papercutting and collage to create a series of paper based work. Inspired by nature, forests and birds participants will explore paper cutting with scissors and scalpels to make small paper objects and decorations to take home with them.

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: Bethan Maddocks

Workshop times: 10.30am & 2.00pm

Lino Cut Printing

Try your hand at a small lino cut, printed by hand or an small etching press.

 

The size of the lino will be 15 x 10cm. Images will be provided but please feel free to bring your own.

Lino print is such a satisfying process, use this traditional technique to create your own mini work of art!

Workshop duration: 1hour

Artist: Northern Print Studio

Workshop times: 10.00am & 11.30am

Ori-Folder Book

Ori-Folder Book

Learn to make this no sew book-folder using origami and traditional bookbinding techniques. It's ideal for the complete beginner and you will take away an A6 sized pocket book which doubles up as a folder to keep photos, notes or money in.

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Yvette Ja

Workshop times: 11.30am

Origami Necklace

Origami Necklace

Learn to make this wearable statement origami necklace to keep for yourself or gift to a friend? Using origami folding techniques we will make a clam shell necklace with Japanese papers. Ideal for the complete beginner

Workshop Duration: 1 hour

Artist: Yvette Ja

Workshop Times: 10.00am

Ceramic Plant Pots

It's fair to say they love clay at Jasmine Pottery Studios, it's not just the way it feels between your fingers and the satisfying squelch every now and then but because of the many benefits it offers. For starters it has the power to improve dexterity, boost creative development and reduce stress levels, as the focus required helps to block out the distractions of daily life. What's not to love? It starts off cool, but ends up warm, it stretches and bends to your will, it's almost like you're having a conversation with your hands, a natural material that's born to be shaped and has been for thousands of years. 

 

They believe clay can be a powerful tool for improving wellbeing, building social skills and letting your creativity soar.  Pottery classes are suitable for complete beginners and can be enjoyed at a relaxed pace guided step by step by our Pottery tutor Naomi. 

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: Jasmine Pottery Studios

Workshop Times: 11.30am and 2.30pm

Mini Woven Baskets

Weave a Colourful Twine Basket 

 

Have you always wanted to learn how to weave a basket? Well, here’s your opportunity! Join Tabara N’Diaye of La Basketry at this exclusive 2-hour workshop. 

 

You will be introduced to the coiling technique and weave a beautiful and colourful basket using cotton rope and rolls of twine. Perfect for your coffee table, on a nightstand or even if in the kitchen! 

This class is open to beginners and all materials are included. 

Your Teacher:

Tabara N’Diaye is the author of ‘Baskets’ a craft book released in May 2019. She is also the founder of La Basketry, a lifestyle brand offering baskets and home accessories designed in collaboration with a group of female artisans in her native Senegal. Visit her website here

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: La Basketry

Workshop times: 10.00am & 1.00pm

Chalkboard Lettering

In this taster workshop, Abbi from Lavelle Lettering shares her knowledge about the tools and techniques needed to create stylish lettering on chalkboards. This class is suitable for beginners as well as those who may have some calligraphy knowledge.

 

Perfect for those wanting to diy their own wedding signs, spruce up their business boards, or just learn a new skill to use time and time again. All the materials will be provided and you will receive your own chalkboard and tools to take home to carry on your lettering journey. 

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Lavelle Lettering

Workshop times: 2.30pm

Bargello Planter

Bargello is a type of tapestry with a long history. Initially thought to have been named after a pair of chairs that were found in the ‘Bargello Palace’ in Florence, Italy, the craft relies on layering up straight stitches to create geometric and very colourful patterns.

A simple and easy craft to master, Bargello is not only methodical and mindful, but once you know the basics, you’ll be creating your own patterns and colour palettes in next to no time.

Fast-forward to now The Bargello Edit is bringing this easy to master, colourful craft to a new audience of modern makers through a series of online workshops, kits and supplies.

Join Nerissa to stitch your own mini planter!

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: The Bargello Edit

Workshop times: 10.00am & 11.30am

Macrame Wall Hanger

Join Gee from GeeArte Makes to learn macrame! When Gee came across macrame she fell in love, with a head exploding with ideas she started to create and GeeArte Makes was born.

 

Gee creates handmade products in her studio in Lymm , Cheshire and uses eco-friendly products including Bobbyin Cords and driftwood. What started as a hobby has now turned into a business selling macrame and homeware products and macrame kits.

 

Want to have a go at macrame? Try this rainbow wall hanger workshop where Gee will lead you through step-by-step instructions and teach you the different macrame knots and answer any questions along the way!

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: GeeArte Makes

Workshop times: 3.00pm

Aroma Candle Making

Candle making for beginners.

 

Create a candle with natural soy wax and organic essential oils into a bespoke blend with Aromatherapist Lou Rea.

 

All materials provided 

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Louise Rea

Workshop times: 3.30pm

Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy/Pointed Pen

In this taster workshop, Abbi from Lavelle Lettering will introduce you to modern calligraphy using a nib and ink.

 

Learn the basic strokes and letter forms needed in order to create beautiful calligraphy.

 

All materials for the class are provided and you will be able to take home your own tools to carry on your calligraphy journey at home

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Lavelle Lettering

Workshop times: 1.00pm

Punch Needle

In this beginners workshop you will learn how to make your own punch needle hoop wall hanging. You will be taken through each step of the process including stretching the fabric, transferring the design, threading the needle and tidying the stitches. You will learn the basic flat and looped stitches which you will then use to complete your design.

 

There will be a range of patterns for you to choose from or you may wish to create your own! Punch needle is a craft that goes back many generations and this type of punch needle (sometimes called needle punch or rug hooking) has its origins in rug making.  The repetition and rhythm of the punching process makes it a very therapeutic, mindful and satisfying craft.

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: Caroline Jane Creative

Workshop times: 10.00am & 3.00pm

Paper Flowers

Come and learn the Art of paper flower making with paper artist Suzi Mclaughlin Author of The Paper Florist-How to create and display stunning paper flowers. 

Suzi will teach you how to make a gorgeous paper Peony flower using high quality card stock. You’ll take home a beautiful yet durable flower that will not only look great  but will also stand the test of time. 


All of the tools and materials you’ll need will be provided. Suzi will be on hand to guide you, sharing tips on how to construct & shape the perfect paper flower. 

The work shop is suitable for beginners and experienced crafters. 

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Artist: Suzi Mclaughlin

Workshop times: 10.00am & 12.30pm

Soap Making

Curious how to make homemade soap?

 

This is a hands-on workshop with Aromatherapist Lou Rea, where you will explore two methods of soap making including a beginner’s guide to cold processed soap.

 

Places are limited, please bring an apron, rubber gloves and a little box to carry home your DIY soaps.

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Louise Rea

Workshop times: 11.30am

Leopard Pompoms

We all know that pom poms look super fun, and to me it’s the ultimate in mindful crafting, but have you ever tried a patterned pom?

 

In this workshop, join me to create a leopard print pom pom keyring. They’re perfect for keeping hold of your keys with style or adding some quirky texture to your favourite bag, and once you’ve nailed the basics you can recreate it in your favourite colours or use your skills to learn other animal prints or floral patterns!

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: Pompomporium

Workshop times: 11.00am & 2.00pm

Plant Terrarium

Make your own open-terrarium!

 

The Plant Workshop are excited to be joining Make & Mend Festival for an interactive session to build your very own open-terrarium. 

 

The Plant Workshop specialise in indoor plants, pots and accessories with their three stores in Billingham, Northallerton and Fenwick in Newcastle. 

 

If you’re passionate about plants and enjoy their many benefits, then pop along and get creative with us! 

 

Take home your open-terrarium and be inspired with indoor plants!

Find out more about The Plant Workshop here!

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Artist: The Plant Workshop

Workshop times: 11.30am & 2.30pm