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Bountiful Buttons and Beads: The Magic of Polymer Clay

Bountiful Buttons and Beads: The Magic of Polymer Clay

New for 2019

COURSE No. 86

TUTOR: Sally Boehme

Polymer clay is a malleable, mouldable material available in a rainbow of colours and glittery and metallic inclusions that can be combined with other media and hardened in a domestic oven. This course will cover how to apply various effects such as screen printing plus freeform layering and painterly effects that produce unique results every time. You will be shown how to...

Handsewn Calico Dollmaking

Handsewn Calico Dollmaking

New for 2019

COURSE No. 87

TUTOR: Judith Hallimond

This course will show you how to make a beautiful calico doll using traditional hand sewing techniques. It is aimed at those who have basic hand sewing skills and will introduce you to the techniques of traditional doll making. Based on a Victorian kid-bodied doll with a shaped figure, painted features and wool hair, the doll is stitched entirely by hand using...

Large Woolfelt Christmas Decorations

Large Woolfelt Christmas Decorations

New for 2019

COURSE No. 88

TUTOR: Judith Hallimond

This course will show you how to make beautiful hand embroidered large Christmas hanging decorations using traditional hand sewing techniques. It is aimed at those who have basic hand sewing skills and will introduce you to the techniques of traditional hand stitching and embroidery. Entirely hand sewn using 18 different shades of luxury Woolfelt, there are five decorations to be made. The...

Back to Basics: Silk Shading Viola

Back to Basics: Silk Shading Viola

New for 2019

COURSE No. 89

TUTOR: Sara Dennis

Sometimes known as 'painting with a needle', silk shading is a beautiful hand embroidery technique. It requires a sense of colour and thorough preparation to achieve a good result. Therefore, you will start with the design and produce a colour drawing, a tonal drawing, a stitch direction and an order of work before you start to sew. You will finish the piece...

Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Country Creatures

Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Country Creatures

New for 2019

COURSE No. 90

TUTOR: Erica Hemming

Come and explore needle felting on the theme of country creatures. You will learn to wind sheep's wool into shapes with a specialised barbed needle. From these basic forms you will build up the features of your animals. This course offers the opportunity to work with a small wire armature for posable sculptures. Drawing on theories from many art forms, this...

Introduction to Hand Spinning

Introduction to Hand Spinning

New for 2019

COURSE No. 91

TUTOR: Kathy Davis

Wiltshire's history with the woollen industry stretches back to medieval times and this course provides an opportunity to connect with the heritage craft of hand spinning. From the first session, you will learn to spin wool fibre into yarn using a spinning wheel. Subsequent sessions will cover preparing fibre for spinning, plying the yarn, sorting fibre from a whole sheep's fleece, spinning...

Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

New for 2019

COURSE No. 92,93

TUTOR: Janina Maher

If you love paper then you will enjoy this course which gives you the opportunity to explore and make several different types of books. You will make at least four blank hardbacked and soft cover books which are great for notebooks, sketchbooks or perfect as gifts. This course is carefully structured to include both short and simple tasks and longer projects...

An Introduction to Floral Design for the Home

An Introduction to Floral Design for the Home

COURSE No. 94,95

TUTOR: Sue Scott

This relaxed and fun course will give you an introduction to the principles and elements of British floral design and the confidence to use a range of techniques and materials when making beautiful floral arrangements. Each session will have a different focus such as colour or form and will be hands-on as you make stylish designs to take home with you....

Illustrating for Books

Illustrating for Books

New for 2019

COURSE No. 142

TUTOR: Peter Rush

This course is for both amateurs and professionals and will introduce you to a wide range of materials and coloured inks. There will be some outdoor sketching and a live model on hand. The aim is to write and illustrate your own slim book, a useful addition to your portfolio if shown to clients or publishers. The tutor has a long...

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

New for 2019

COURSE No. 215

TUTOR: Richard Bending

On this unusual course, you will have the opportunity to build a delightful, playable ukulele out of different woods and an empty cigar box. It doesn't matter whether you have playing ability, basic woodworking skills or you are a complete novice, because you will be taken step by step through the various processes by your tutor who has made more than...

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