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Craft Workshops

This year the Spring Fair will feature a second Workshop Room so that we can bring you an even richer programme of hands on workshops. Try your hand at felting, patchwork, knitting and more to create springtime inspired mini projects that you can take home with you. You can also speak to our creative exhibitors and pick up some great advice.

On Wednesday only we will be running a pop-up market, where budding businesses will be selling their homemade items and testing the water before taking the plunge. A great opportunity to network and meet other makers.

Below you can find the timetable for both our Workshop Rooms. We'll be adding new sessions on a weekly basis so do check back.

NEW ADMISSIONS POLICY

The workshops at the Country Living Fairs are always very popular so, in the interest of fairness, we have introduced a new admission system for attending these sessions.

  • In order to attend a session you must collect a token which will give you admittance to your chosen session (tokens are free of charge).
  • Tokens are specific to each session and cannot be transferred to other sessions.
  • Tokens are to be collected from the ticket desk opposite the Organisers' Office (located near the Country Living stand).
  • Tokens will only be released 30 minutes before the start of the session.
  • After each session all visitors must leave the room before admittance for the following session begins. Therefore, you will not be allowed to stay in your seat.

Please note: this policy does not apply to Enhanced Workshops. For more information on our new Enhanced Workshops please click here.

Workshop Room 1 Timetable

Room 1 Wed 19 Thu 20  Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23
10.30 - 11.00 Spring Chick Bag,           Ellen Clarke  Spring Chick Bag,           Ellen Clarke  Spring Chick Bag,           Ellen Clarke  Spring Chick
Bag
,           Ellen Clarke 
Spring Chick
Bag
,           Ellen Clarke 
11.15 - 12.00 Bunny Brooch, Sarah Peel
CoolCrafting
Bunny Brooch, Sarah Peel
CoolCrafting
Bunny Brooch, Sarah Peel
CoolCrafting
Bunny Brooch, Sarah Peel CoolCrafting Bunny Brooch, Sarah Peel
CoolCrafting
12.30 - 1.15  Redwork Embroidery, Mandy Shaw 
Dandelion Designs
Redwork Embroidery, Mandy Shaw  Dandelion Designs Little Bag of Love,
Sandra Lavender
Great British Sewing Bee
Redwork Embroidery, Mandy Shaw  Dandelion Designs Redwork Embroidery, Mandy Shaw  Dandelion Designs
1.45 - 2.30 Sculpting with Soap Stone,
Ruth Wheeler
Sculpt It
Create a Mosaic,
Ruth Wheeler
Sculpt It
Sculpting with Soap Stone,
Ruth Wheeler
Sculpt It
Create a Mosaic,
Ruth Wheeler
Sculpt It
Sculpting with Soap Stone,
Ruth Wheeler
Sculpt It
3.15 - 3.45  Easter Ideas, Jane Means Easter Ideas, Jane Means Easter Ideas, Jane Means Easter Ideas, Jane Means The Fair closes at 3pm on Sunday

Workshop Room 2 Timetable

Room 2 Wed 19  Thu 20 Fri 21 Sat 22  Sun 23 
10.30 - 11.00 Tissue Pom Pom,
Jane Means
Tissue Pom Pom,
Jane Means
Tissue Pom Pom,
Jane Means
Tissue Pom Pom,
Jane Means
Tissue Pom Pom,
Jane Means
11.15 - 12.00 Flower Patch Picture,
Hilary jane
Hilary Jane's Patchwork and Quilting
Lavender Pincushion,
Hilary Jane 
Hilary Jane's Patchwork and Quilting
Flower Patch Picture,
Hilary jane
Hilary Jane's Patchwork and Quilting
Lavender Pincushion,
Hilary Jane  
Hilary Jane's Patchwork and Quilting
Flower Patch Picture,
Hilary jane
Hilary Jane's Patchwork and Quilting
12.30 - 1.15  Easter is the Time for Chocolate!
Anne Scott Auberge du Chocolat 
Easter is the Time for Chocolate! 
Anne Scott  
Auberge du Chocolat 
Easter is the Time for Chocolate! 
Anne Scott  
Auberge du Chocolat 
Easter is the Time for Chocolate! 
Anne Scott  
Auberge du Chocolat  
Easter is the Time for Chocolate! 
Anne Scott  
Auberge du Chocolat 
1.45 - 2.30 Knitting for Beginners,    UK Hand Knitting Association Knitting for Beginners,
UK Hand Knitting Association
Knitting for Beginners,
UK Hand Knitting Association
Knitting for Beginners,
UK Hand Knitting Association
Knitting for Beginners,
UK Hand Knitting Association
3.15 - 4.00 Crochet a Flower,
The Creative Sanctuary
 
Hand Sew a Spring Flower,
The Creative Sanctuary
Introduction to Cathedral Window,
The Creative Sanctuary
Introduction to Arm Knitting,
The Creative Sanctuary
The Fair closes at 3pm on Sunday

Jane Means

Jane Means

In the Workshop Room 1 session you will learn how to utilise remnants of gift wrap and ribbon. You will take home an easy to make luxurious creation perfect for Easter and will never have to buy a gift bag again, saving you a fortune. The gift wrapping expert will also share lots of other handy tips and Easter ideas in this fun filled session.

The Workshop Room 2 session will teach you how to make a decorative Pom Pom from a few sheets of tissue. They make a great decoration

for a party, window or Easter table. They can also be easily adapted to make a stunning decoration on a wrapped gift, and are great for kids too.

Known as the queen of gift wrapping, Jane Means has trained staff at Harrods, demonstrated live in the windows of Liberty and done a luxury gift wrapping service for Chanel, Selfridges, Dior and Ralph Lauren to name a few. Her sell out courses and gift wrapping DVD attract worldwide clients. She recently appeared on the Paul O' Grady show and Alex Polizzis Christmas Fix on BBC2. Jane is also a ribbon wholesaler and designer with her collections stocked in Fortnum and Mason and Liberty.

Sandra Lavender

Sandra Lavender

In her session Sandra will show you how to create a beautiful, completely hand sewn, gift bag. To give any gift a unique, personalised and handmade touch. The bag is simple, versatile and can be personalised to suit every style for any occasion. The pattern can easily be altered to fit any type of gift. It is a great project for a

beginner as it requires a limited amount of skill, equipment and materials.Sandra just loves to sew, whether on the sewing machine or by hand sitting in the arm chair with a cup of tea. Sandra made her first stitch at the age of 13 taught by her mother and grandmother. Her projects range from clothing for herself and her three daughters, soft furnishings for her home and unique handmade gifts for family and friends.

.Most of you will know Sandra from the great British Sewing Bee. The show was a huge success and has encouraged people of all ages to dust off their machines and learn to sew.

Since the show Sandra has been working under the name Mommy Lavender and has continued to make clothes for herself and her family, she is currently running weekly workshops in Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield, and also attends local groups and societies where she gives talks and demos.

UK Hand Knitting Association

UKHKA

The UK Hand Knitting Association is dedicated to passing on yarn craft skills, offering you the chance to learn to knit. We'll provide the wool and needles and you'll discover the pleasure and other benefits that knit and purl can bring.

To find out more about the UKHKA please visit their website www.ukhandknitting.com

 

Sarah Peel

Sarah Peel

Enjoy a break from your shopping to join Sarah from CoolCrafting in a creative workshop. Make a pretty bunny brooch using soft pastel shaded wool felt, whilst learning simple but essential sewing techniques.

Sarah has a lifetime of experience within the areas of clothing and accessories design and supply. She spent her teenage years elbowing people out of the way at jumble sales to find precious pieces, which she would take apart at home to look at the pattern shapes, and then dutifully sew back together. Sarah followed her obsession with clothing, making a career as a fashion buyer and designer for High Street stores.

Sarah set up CoolCrafting in 2011 when she sensed a movement away from the High Street 

and mass produced product.  She says ‘I truly believe that we are becoming more considered in our spending choices, and that we are looking for experiences and skills. I hope that CoolCrafting is now part of an already growing movement back to traditional skills, valuing what we already have, and looking for learning in what we do.’

As well as running nationwide workshops, Sarah uses her buying skills to source the latest haberdashery and fabrics for the CoolCrafting brand. The range also includes Sarah’s own ‘Make Me’ kits, which offer a perfect way to get creative and learn new techniques. She also writes for various crafting and sewing magazines.

Find out more about Coolcrafting at www.coolcrafting.co.uk

 

Hilary Jane

Hilary Jane

During the first of Hilary Jane’s workshops she will show you how to make a simple fabric picture using scraps of fabric and simple stitching. These pictures are a great introduction to patchwork. 

In the second session Hilary will show you how to make a lavender filled pincushion decorated with your handmade fabric flowers and felt. Once you have made one they will be appearing everywhere!

Hilary Jane has a passion for patchwork, quilting and sewing that she has been sharing for the past 16 years with beginners and experts alike, through her successful workshops and evening classes.  Classes are taught in her purpose-built workroom, other venues around Leigh-On-Sea, Essex and (by arrangement) London. When not teaching, she spends her time designing and making beautiful quilts for commissions or her own pleasure.

 

Dandelion Designs

Mandy Shaw Mandy Shaw describes herself as a maker of all things lovely and shares this passion with you. She currently has three books: Stitch At Home, Stitch With Love and Quilt Yourself Gorgeous and travels all around the UK teaching and lecturing and attending the major quilt shows. She has appeared on Kirstie Allsopp's TV shows and contributed several projects to Kirstie’s book 'Craft'. To find out more about Mandy's unique style visit www.dandeliondesigns.co.uk where her patterns and wares can be bought.

 

Ellen Clarke

Ellen Clarke
 

Ellen's workshop will have her attendees cutting
and sewing a spring chick to a calico bag, which
can then be used in a number of ways. Attendees
will receive:
- A ready-made (handmade by Ellen) calico bag,
felt pieces, threaded needle and instruction sheet
(additional kits are available for purchase from
Ellen).
- Provided for use during the workshop are safety
scissors and threaded needles, which will be
collected at the end of each workshop.
- This workshop is suitable for beginner sewers
and more advanced sewers looking to make an
attractive craft bag they can take home and use.
Please note that children under the age of 5 will
likely require parental supervision.

Ellen Clarke has been designing and making costumes and accompanying accessories since she was a teenager. Her costume designing was just a hobby to her while she pursued her BA in Journalism and worked as a senior production editor and then freelance copy editor in medical publishing for a number of years. Her costume designing returned when she had her children and her business head came into play when she was granted design protection for her product called My HorseTM - a wearable horse with no stick or straps to get in the way of a great gallop.

Since the show jumping My HorseTM was created, a race horse, medieval horse, calico horse and unicorn have galloped into Ellen's product line. Ellen has designed these products so that they are not only for children to enjoy- larger sizes are available for more mature riders!

Ellen continues to take inspiration from many aspects of equestrian life and has adapted her products for use in educational settings.

Ruth Wheeler

Ruth Wheeler

In the first of her two sessions, Ruth will guide through the processes of shaping soap stone by using the correct tools and techniques: filing, sanding and polishing. Soap stone is a soft beautiful material for beginners to start learning how to carve stone and when polished, it is transformed.

In the second session, using the Direct method , Ruth will guide you through the steps to making a mosaic. From drawing up a design, to selecting contrasting colours, using a tile cutter and applying the tiles. The workshop will give you the confidence to be creative in your garden and home. You won't be able to stop!

Ruth has spent the last 16 years working as both a freelance sculptor and a Community Artist, facilitating workshops in Art and Sculpture to hundreds of communities around Surrey and bordering counties.

Setting up her own business ‘Sculpt It’ in 1998 has enabled Ruth to bring her skills as a sculptor and craft maker to many and help them nurture their creativity, as well as learn new skills in a range of mediums, including wood, mosaics, willow and stone.

Currently Ruth's preferred material is wood and she regularly works outside with her chainsaw, sculpting people's trees into beautiful natural forms and creating her own collections. Ruth also designs and creates sculptures and outdoor sculptural furniture with schools and councils for parks and public places.

Ruth has been developing a craft range over the last three years called Woody Bits, the idea came to her after showing her large carved sculptures at Wood Fairs and realising that she could make small, more affordable products from the left over bits of wood. Ruth says: ‘I love experimenting and the idea of wood and bits means that I can incorporate other materials too such as mosaics, clay, metal and textiles and stone.’

The Creative Sanctuary

Creative Sanctuary

The Creative Sanctuary is a dream come true for its owner, Angela Connor. It is a knitting and sewing boutique in Hertford,  a haven of crafting inspiration. With a full range of fabric, knitting yarn and so much more.

This year, Angela and her expert tutors have launched a range of craft boxes, inspired by the worrkshops they teach. The skills shared in their sessions at the Fair are a sample from the range of craft boxes.

Crochet a Flower: for beginners or refreshers.  Join knitting and crochet tutor and designer, Anna Nikipirowicz as she introduces you to the wonderful world of crochet. During this session you will start to make a very sweet flower and learn how to work chains, slip stitch, double and treble crochet.

Hand Sew a Spring Flower: a wonderful way of using fun, bright coloured fabric to create a flower, which can be worn as a brooch or added to a stick to create a bunch. Join fantastic sewing expert, Angela Hounsell as she demonstrates.

Introduction to Cathedral Window: join patchwork and quilting expert Ken Futer as he introduces you to Cathedral Window Patchwork.  We will have pre-prepared fabric pieces for you, during the workshop you will use your hand sewing skills to create a single cathedral window, which can then be multiplied to make a cushion cover, quilt, wall hanging and so much more.

Introduction to Arm Knitting:  Angela Connor will share this fun, quick form of knitting. In your time together you will create a snood, no knitting skills required.  Knitting and an upper arm workout..... You have been warned!

www.thecreativesanctuary.co.uk

 

Auberge du Chocolat

Auberge du Chocolate

In this workshop you will learn to how to temper chocolate enabling you to make stunning gifts for friends and family. You will be given two Easter egg halves and shown how to decorate them with chick and florals. Although those are the only designs you’ll try in the workshop, Anne will also share other ideas. Everything you make goes home with you and if you wish to create more gifts at home, everything you need in the way of molds, chocolate pellets and the like can be bought from Anne on her stand.

Anne Scott is an accomplished chocolatier and runs Auberge du Chocolat with husband Ian. The company has won over 60 national and international awards including 28 “Great Taste” Golds.

Anne has written a bestselling book called “The Secrets of Fine Chocolate Making” which is on sale around the world in various languages. Copies are also available at the Fair. Anne is passionate about working with fine chocolate, creating flavours and encouraging people to enjoy making great chocolate products: Auberge du Chocolat often have up to 200 people a week in their workshops!  There is something for everyone, corporate teambuilding events, hen parties, children’s birthday parties, school visits and even a chocolatier badge for Girl Guides! Visit www.aubergechocolat.co.uk to discover more.

If there are items online which you would like personalised, you can contact Anne on anne@aubergechocolat.co.uk and have your chocolate brought to the Fair. Alternatively you can request for items to be personalised at the show.

2014 Opening Times
Wed 19 March 10am-6pm BOOK
Thu 20 March 10am-9pm BOOK
Thu (Gala) 20 March 5:30pm-9pm BOOK
Fri 21 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sat 22 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sun 23 March 10am-3pm BOOK

 

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