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Due to the current climate we are having to make changes to our programme and we are monitoring the situation on a month-by-month basis.
We will contact anyone who has booked a workshop that has to be re-scheduled. New dates can be seen below, please contact The Ropewalk on 01652 660380 or email to check availability.

Obelisks with Alison Walling
Saturday 5th September
10:30am -1:30pm

During the course of the morning you will learn this useful willow weave creating a large Garden Obelisk.  These add instant height to any garden and are perfect for your climbing tender annuals such as Sweet Peas. This course is suitable for beginners.

Upholstery Weekend with Lesley Leonard
Saturday 12th September and Sunday 13th September £160/150
10:30 – 4:30 + 10:15 – 4:00

Do you have an old stool, chair or ottoman that needs some new life breathing into it? Bring it to Lesley Leonard’s Upholstery Weekend workshop. Here you will learn how to upholster an item of your choice. Lesley will provide all the equipment for the weekend all you will need to bring is the finishing fabric.

Sheep and Pig Willow Sculpture – ADVANCED LEVEL
With Alison Walling
Saturday 19th September
10.30am – 4.30pm

Create a fabulous life sized willow sheep or pig to adorn your home or garden! Alison will lead you step by step through the process and you will take home a new addition to the family. Some experience of willow weaving is recommended for this class.

The Dynamic Surface with Linda Ingham
Saturday 26th September 2020
10.30am – 4.30pm

This workshop explores the development of an individual piece of print-based work which incorporates collage both as collagraph and in the finished piece.  We will be looking at how to use natural objects and materials in print, and how figurative elements may be contrasted with abstract techniques to create both visual and surface texture. Water-based materials, metal leaf, commercial print, stencil – and even stitch – will be added to your oil-based prints to create dynamic and exciting studies. A session suitable for those new to print, or more experienced practitioners alike.

Silver Loop and Ball Bangle with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 3rd October
10.30am – 4.30pm

Workshop participants will work in sterling silver wire to manufacture a simple bangle/bracelet using the loop and ball as a simple but effective catch. The circular loop is formed and silver soldered onto the main length of the 2.5 mm diameter wire which forms the body of the piece. Once all the parts are assembled the bangle is formed into a circular shape ready for polishing.

Precious Metal Clay Jewellery with Becca Macdonald
Sunday 25th October
10:15am – 4:00pm


During this workshop you will be introduced to the magical of precious metal clay, once fired this material transforms into solid silver. This workshop is an introduction to Silver Clay, ideal for beginners. After some time exploring mark making and developing design ideas with regular clay, you will then be shown how to recreate your favourite designs in silver clay. After lunch you will torch fire your Silver Clay pieces and witness the magic before your very eyes. After refining and polishing your creations, you will leave with one or two finished pieces of one of kind, silver jewellery.

Hare Needle Felting with Vivienne Morpeth
Saturday 31st October
10:30am – 4:30pm

Create and take home a gorgeous sitting Hare during an informative one day needle felting workshop suitable for both beginners and experienced felt makers. You will learn how to dry needle felt around a wire frame, manipulate wool by prodding and create animal characteristics filled with fine details. All materials are provided throughout the day.  You will be using a combination of soft Corriedale and Shetland sheep’s fleece.

Willow Stags Head with Alison Walling
Saturday 7th November 2020
10:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday 8th November
10:15am – 4:00pm

Create a striking, full size stag’s head in animal-friendly willow for your wall.  These also look great with lights.  This course is suitable for beginners.

Recycled Plastic Lanterns with Anna Roebuck
Saturday 14th November
10:30am – 4:30pm

Learn basic plastic fusion techniques allowing you to transform plastic bags into exciting new things; explore the technique and create your own lantern; go festive or keep it as an everyday lantern. In the morning we will be exploring the basics of the technique and then in the afternoon there’ll be plenty of time to create your lantern.

A Focus on Faces, Applique and Hand Stitch Portraits with Sue Stone
Saturday 21st November 2020
10:30am – 4:30pm

In this workshop Sue will introduce you to working with faces. During the workshop you will start to make a figurative head and shoulders study in which the focus is on the face. Using simple techniques, such as appliqué, and a small hand stitch vocabulary Sue will guide you through quick and easy ways to get started and share the simple processes she uses herself. There’s no need to be worried about your drawing ability Sue will provide some simple images as a starting point from which to work. This is a hand stitch workshop and is suitable for all abilities. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further and a piece of work started to develop at home. The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to work figuratively and have fun doing it.

Say Something with Stitch with Sue Stone
Sunday 22nd November
10:15am – 4:00pm

In this workshop Sue will introduce you to working with multiple images which relate to tell a story. During the workshop you will start to make a mini textile approx 20 x 20 cms in which the focus is a subject of your choice. This could be a simple image of face, figure or animal but equally could be a flower, plant or object. It’s up to you. Using hand stitch, appliqué techniques and positive limitations Sue will guide you through quick and easy ways to get started and share the straightforward processes she uses herself to make compositions from multiple images. There’s no need to be worried about your drawing ability just bring a selection of simple images as inspiration. These can be of anything you like to tell your story. This is a hand stitch workshop and is suitable for all abilities. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own narrative work further and a piece of work started to develop further at home. The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to use your own ideas to tell a story and enjoy doing it.

Willow Christmas Wreaths/Garland with Alison Walling
Saturday 28th November 2020
10.30am – 3.30pm

Learn to make your own circular and heart-shaped willow Christmas wreaths and star decorations in the morning and then decorate them in the afternoon with greenery and berries.

Felt Bowls with Rachel Morley
Saturday 6th February 2021
10.30am – 4.30pm

Learn how to make two hand felted bowls using wool fibres and the wet felting method. Tutor Rachel Morley will guide you through the felting process, the handling of the wool fibres and use of a resist to create your very own and unique 3D bowls.

Viscosity Printing with Emily Harvey
Saturday 20th February 2021

During the workshop you will understanding how to use viscosity inking allowing you to transform your prints, adding unexpected depth and subtlety to most textured plates. Viscosity inking means you can include several layers of different colour on your plate and print it in one go – no registration needed. The effects are magic, Emily will also cover the science behind the technique

Wire Alliums with Anna Roebuck
Saturday 27th February 2021
10:30am – 4:30pm

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting Allium for your garden.

You’ll start with learning the basic technique and create a couple of small stylized flowers. You will then go on to create your own large garden Allium. There will be a couple of designs for you to choose from; either a pure wire/wire and bead design or using wire and recycled drink cans.

Wallpaper Printing Weekend with Hannah Turlington
Saturday 10th  and Sunday 11th April 2021
10:30 -4:30  + 10:15 – 4:00


This is an exciting opportunity to create something unique for your home. This is a two-day course to learn how to design and create wallpaper using lino block printing. You will learn the process of lino printing and how to make lino blocks that when printed is a repeating pattern. The first day will be designing and carving the block along with the crucial test printing, with the second day printing the wallpaper. You will finish the two days with some unique wallpaper for you to use in your home and the skills to be able to create and design more wallpaper.

Fabric Printing with Hannah Turlington
Saturday 17th April 2021

Pattern and colour are such emotive things and we use them to style and give our homes individuality and reflect who we are. This one day workshop gives you the opportunity to design and print your own fabrics using block printing for your home. You will learn about the process of lino printing and how to print onto fabric to create pattern. At the end of the day you will have hand printed fabric to use across a range of interior projects such as lampshades, cushions, peg bags…the list is endless.

*reduced price for Ropewalk members

Additional Information

Lunch is not included in the cost of our workshops, however our licensed Ropery coffee shop offers a delicious range of daily specials and home made cakes and refreshments. Lunch orders will be taken at the start of the day or alternatively you may bring a packed lunch.

*Reduced rates for classes are for Ropewalk members only. If you wish to become a member please ask for details at the Gallery.

All Classes / workshops must be booked and paid for in full in advance. Payments will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to the workshop/class. Cancellations made before this 14-day period will be due a refund less a £5 booking fee.

If you have any special access or equipment needs please let us know so that we can make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this.

t: 01652 660380