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WORKSHOPS & HOW TO BOOK

A Festival day ticket includes acess to the whole festival site all day with drop in yoga and craft activity, artist demos and Makers Market plus your choice of one workshop - just add the workshop ticket before you check out!

Want to add an extra workshop?

 

Add an extra workshop to your day, 1 hour workshops costs £10 and 2 hour workshops are £15

Just select the extra workshop ticket option and then add your choice of workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Please note our Silver Clay workshop costs £25 and can only be booked as an extra workshop as is a 2 part workshop with a max of 6 people in each 

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Flowers-on-tulle Embroidery

By Olga Prinku

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10am & 1pm

Learn the basics of flowers-on-tulle embroidery in this two-hour workshop with Olga Prinku, who created the craft and whose first book - Dried Flower Embroidery: An introduction to the art of flowers on tulle - was published by Quadrille in 2021.

 

Olga will show you how to attach a variety of dried flowers and foliage to tulle fabric to create a beautiful 6" embroidery hoop design inspired by the summer meadows. All tools and materials provided.

 

Olga will advise on the best ways to frame and display your creation, and you will get a sturdy box in which to transport your design safely home.

Plant Terrarium

By The Plant Workshop

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Times: 10am & 11.30am

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!

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Floral Embroidered Letter

By Christine Leech / Sew Yeah

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10am

Join Christine Leech from @Sewyeah! in this fun and colourful embroidery workshop to make your own hanging letter decoration.

 

Using beautiful 100% wool felt you will learn simple embroidery stitches and how to create a selection of felt flowers to decorate a letter of your choice. 

 

(Once you have booked we will contact you so you can let us know which letter you want to make) 

Mindful Abstract Embroidery

By Christine Leech / Sew Yeah

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 2pm

Come and chill out with this peaceful embroidery workshop and have Christine Leech from @sewyeah! show you a selection of beading techniques and embroidery stitches to help you create a unique piece of abstract hoop art.

 

There will be a multitude of wools and threads, sequins and beads for you to choose from.  

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Paper Birdboxes

By Jennifer Collier

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10.30am & 1.30pm

Create a beautiful bespoke bird box, complete with its own bird on the perch, made from recycled papers, stitch and card, inspired by Jennifer’s own work.

 

In this workshop you will decorate your bird box using beautiful, vintage papers, and this will be embellished with a range of hand stitches, mini paper roses. 

Bring along your own papers to recycle!

2D Papercutting

By My Papercut Forest

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10.30am

This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of Papercutting. Papercutting is a fast growing trend and a great way of creating designs to brighten up your home.

 

During this two hour workshop you will learn how to use a scalpel knife to cut intricate designs from existing templates. You will learn various techniques which Silvina will talk you through step by step, and will be encouraged to experiment with colours and textures using a selection of papers to create your piece. You will create your own positive artwork which you can then take home with you. 

Silvina is been a paper cutter for 10 years. She is an illustrator and graphic designer, paper cutter and very experienced teacher, excited to pass on these skills to other makers.

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3D Papercutting

By My Papercut Forest

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 1.30pm

This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of 3D Papercutting, a great way of creating designs to brighten up your home or make personal gifts for friends and family. 

 

During this two hour workshop you will learn how to use a scalpel knife to cut intricate designs from existing templates. You will learn various techniques which Silvina will talk you through step by step, and will be encouraged to experiment with colours and textures using a selection of papers to create your own paper plants. Your work can then be mounted into a frame and given as a present, or displayed in your own home (frame not included)

Silvina runs My Papercut Forest and she is been a paper artist for 10 years. She is an illustrator and graphic designer, paper cutter and very experienced teacher, excited to pass on these skills to other makers.

Sashiko

By Yi Crafts

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10am

Sashiko, meaning little stab, is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture and warmth to old garments, Sashiko has become synonymous with complex repeating patterns and precise stitching. 

 

In this 2 hour session, you will stitch together with Yiran to explore the beauty of slow stitching - Sashiko.

You will learn the cultural background and history of Sashiko in Japan and the practice in modern society. Then you will have four different Sashiko patterns to stitch and practice, including three small samplers (that can be made into coasters) and one big piece that can be a tote bag or placemat.

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Shibori Indigo Dying

By Yi Crafts

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 1.30pm

Indigo dye as the ancient natural dye method has been practiced for thousands of years. Bai ethnic minority in Yunnan, China has a traditional textile technique that combines indigo dye with stitch resist shibori.

The process uses stitch to create areas that resist the indigo dye going through and a lot of patterns are inspired by the nature in Southwestern China.

During this workshop, you will learn different stitching techniques and experience the magic of indigo dye. You will be able to create your own bandana during the workshop, and you will bring all your work back home with you. 

Living Wreath

By Harvest Moon Floral Art

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 3pm

The Living Wreath is a beautiful and unique design that can be displayed indoors and out.

 

Using moss, succulents, and seasonal plants we will create a natural wreath that will continue to grow and bloom adding interest to wherever you choose to display it.

 

Harvest Moon Floral Art is Helen McIlvenny, a studio based floral designer in Norton offering floristry with sustainability at heart.  Taking inspiration from the current season her style of floristry is to keep it natural using seasonal flowers and foliage as nature intended; without dye or bleach. Working as sustainably as possible includes choosing locally sourced flowers throughout the British growing season and using natural supporting mechanics and materials in her work instead of floral foam and single use plastics.

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Flower Crown

By Harvest Moon Floral Art

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Times: 1.30pm

Create a beautiful fresh flower crown using seasonal local flowers and foliage, finished with a complimentary ribbon.  Learn how to create a glorious statement floral hair accessory; starting with the base then adding the flowers and foliage to create your bespoke design that is the perfect accessory for festivals, weddings, garden parties and more.

Harvest Moon Floral Art is Helen McIlvenny, a studio based floral designer in Norton offering floristry with sustainability at heart.  Taking inspiration from the current season her style of floristry is to keep it natural using seasonal flowers and foliage as nature intended; without dye or bleach. Working as sustainably as possible includes choosing locally sourced flowers throughout the British growing season and using natural supporting mechanics and materials in her work instead of floral foam and single use plastics.

Hand Applique

By Sand & Stars

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 1.30pm

In this workshop you will learn the technique of the needle turn hand applique through making a quilt block featuring a modern, simple design.

 

We will cover;

- What notions you need & how to use them, how to prepare fabric for hand applique

- Learn how to stitch the 5 most common shapes found in any hand applique pattern, to build your skills and confidence in this technique.

- Learn how to use colour and pattern to create your own unique style.

 

You will be provided with a pattern to work on during the workshop and a few more to take home and practise with. All materials and notions will be

provided during the workshop and a list of these will be available, so you know what to buy/use to continue your hand applique journey.

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Candle Making

By The Plant Workshop

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 3pm

Join The Plant Workshop and learn how to create your very own candle!

 

Learn the skills from melting wax to blending and labelling your candle - and you get to take home your wonderful creation.

 

Enjoy a fun-filled and creative workshop and discover how The Plant Workshop make their amazing hand-poured candles.

Weaving

By Lucy Rowan

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Times: 10.30am & 4pm

In this 1 hour workshop you will learn how to warp up your loom, the basic weaving technique and how to make tassels. Once you finish your woven piece, you’ll take it off the loom & prepare it for hanging. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the skills & confidence to continue exploring this wonderful craft & play with more ideas & materials.

All materials supplied and you will get to take home your very own tassel weave ready to hang on your wall.

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Punch Needle

By Lucy Rowan

Workshop duration: 1 hour

Times: 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Join Lucy for a Punch Needle workshop. This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics and how to use the punch needle. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the skills & confidence to continue exploring this wonderful craft & play with more ideas & materials.

All materials supplied and you will get to take home your very own punch needle hoop art ready to hang on your wall.

Jesmonite Jewellery

By Plain Jayne Designs

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 11am

Although Jesmonite has been around since 1984 (same as Plain Jayne), it is vast becoming the go-to material for artists and designers who are looking for environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional building/craft materials and resin-based products.

 

This workshop will focus on creating bespoke pieces of jewellery which you will be able to design as you create. Workshop attendees will be issued with a goodie bag with a range of jewellery finding enclosed so that you can create your own collection of earrings, necklaces and ring.  

Lauren's workshops are based around introducing people to this wonderful material and all of the creative techniques that it has to offer, whilst having fun. She will firstly introduce you to the material and its properties and explain the process of moulding and casting along with demonstrating various techniques such as terrazzo, marbling and encapsulation then it is over to you to try for yourself. 

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Jesmonite Homewares

By Plain Jayne Designs

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 3pm

Lauren's workshops are based around introducing people to this wonderful material and all of the creative techniques that it has to offer, whilst having fun. She will firstly introduce you to the material and its properties and explain the process of moulding and casting along with demonstrating various techniques such as terrazzo, marbling and encapsulation then it is over to you to try for yourself. 

 

This workshop is aimed at attendees designing and creating their own bespoke interior products such as making a vase, trinket tray, plant pot, small clock or choose from one of the many silicone moulds available. An introduction about Jesmonite along with a demonstration of how to create various exciting techniques will allow you the opportunity to learn how to make you very own and unique product, specifically for your home or with a special someone in mind.

Silver Clay Jewellery

By Gill Lyth

Workshop duration: 2 part workshop 

Workshop 1 - Part 1: 10am-11.30am - Part 2: 2.30-3.30pm

Workshop 2 - Part 1: 12-1.30pm - Part 2: 4-5pm

Learn modern alchemy and make your own piece of solid silver jewellery! 

 

During this taster workshop, silver clay artist, Gill Lyth, will guide you through the exciting process of using silver clay - an amazing material made from recycled silver particles.

 

In the first 1.5 hour workshop, participants will be taken through the steps of designing, shaping and adding texture to silver clay to create a pendant or earrings.

 

In the second 1 hour workshop, participants will be able to see their dried silver clay pieces being fired using a butane torch and then learn how to polish and attach findings to create their piece of jewellery to take home.

Places are limited to 6 per workshop and this workshop is only available to book as an extra workshop.

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Floral Painting

By Katie's Design House

Workshop duration: 1hour

Times: 11am & 12.30pm

Floral painting with ink & gouache 

 

During the workshop we'll explore a palette made up of inks and gouache. We'll use water to explore the beauty of the two mediums and with our palettes of colour will create beautiful, loose and impressionistic floral illustrations.  Inspiration will be provided by locally grown and freshly picked floral arrangements.

 

Gouche and ink are very different but equally wonderful! 

The ink is perfect for quickly creating an impression of a floral shape and with just a few splashes of ink the petals of the flower are formed. Then the gouache will be used in a more controlled way,  to add a second layer of linear details that will really bring the paintings to life.

 

This workshop is perfect for complete beginners through to keen painters. 

Raku 

By Carol Newmarch

Workshop duration: 1hour

Times: 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 3pm & 4.15pm

In this workshop you will learn about, and experience first hand, the exciting process of raku firing. Originating in 16th century Japan, simple tea bowls were made as part of the spiritual zen ritual of the Tea Ceremony, as it is is such an immediate process.   Raku has been enthusiastically embraced by western potters and evolved into an art form which now has many admirers. 

 

You will be provided with previously made and bisque fired clay object to design & decorate with coloured raku glazes, and then witness your work being transformed by the fire and smoke into finished ceramics. 

 

Carol has been pit firing and raku firing for many years now, she never tires of the excitement that’s generated by this alchemic process of flame and smoke. It’s always a bit of a challenge to coax exciting results from the hot kiln, but the delight on people’s faces as they scrub off the muck and reveal the treasure underneath, is well worth it! 

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Chalk Lettering

By Lavelle Lettering

Workshop duration: 1hour

Times: 4pm

In this 1-hour taster workshop, you will learn about the tools and techniques needed to create stylish lettering on chalkboards. 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’ll receive your own chalkboard and tools to take home to carry on your lettering journey.

Brush Calligraphy

By Lavelle Lettering

Workshop duration: 1hour

Times: 2.30pm

A 1-hour taster workshop introducing you to modern calligraphy through the medium of brush pens. Covering the basic strokes and letter forms, Abbie 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. 

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Macrame Wall Hanging

By GeeArte Makes

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Times: 10am

Looking for a new hobby? Come and get your craft on at this fun macrame making class! 

 

During this relaxing craft class, you will be given all the materials and equipment to make a macrame wall hanging, hung from a piece of driftwood found on beaches in North Wales.

 

New to this wonderful retro craft? Let your friendly teacher and macrame master guide you every step of the way and let you in on all her top tips and tricks.

 

After 2 hours, you'll have a stunning macrame wall hanger to take home and call your own along with the skills and confidence to carry on your new favourite hobby!

 

You will learn 2 macrame knots in this class. 

Macrame Boobs Wall Hanging

By GeeArte Makes

Workshop duration: 1hour

Times: 2.30pm

During the macrame boob wall hanging class you will be given all the materials needed to make a pair of your very own macrame boobs, hung from a wooden dowel.

 

After 1 hour, you'll have finished your macrame boobs, ready to be hung in their new home. 

 

You will learn macrame 3 knots in this class. 

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Stained Glass Suncatcher

By Famespear Arts

Workshop duration: 1hour 30mins

Times: 10am & 1pm

This beginners workshop will offer a taster experience of using Stained Glass. You will learn how to cut and shape glass, use the copper foil and solder technique, to create a beautiful decorative suncatcher. 

FamespearArts is a partnership of 2 experienced fine artists who specialise in the art of stained glass. They provide quality, specialist tutoring and bespoke workshops.