Day Workshops

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Many of our workshops have had to be rearranged over the last year due to lockdown but we aim to keep this page as up to date as possible. Please email Devon for more information.

The Ropewalk is a Covid-secure building and our workshops are socially distanced and run with limited numbers

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Workshops in 2021

Willow Bird Sculpture with Alison Walling 
Saturday 3rd April
£60
10:30 – 4:30 

 

RESCHEDULED
Saturday 31st July

These willow birds are full of character and a great introduction to random weaving with willow. Make a pheasant or a chicken to roost at home or in the garden.


Willow Sheep and Pig Sculpture – Advance Course
Saturday 8th May
£60
10:30 – 4:30

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.


Nuno Felt Clutch Bag – Vivienne Morpeth
Saturday 15th May
£85
10:30 – 4:30

During this day workshop you will create a gorgeous seamless Nuno felt Clutch Bag with a textured silk and wool decorative surface. Nuno felt is handmade felt with fabric felted into the surface. This clasp bag is completely constructed from wisps of wool and little pieces of silk fabric felted together in a particular technique to create a firm, seamless bag in one day with an attached metal chain or leather shoulder strap.


Willow Stags Head with Alison Walling
Saturday 22nd May, 10:30am – 4:30pm 

Sunday 23rd May, 10:15am – 4:00pm
£60


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.


Upholstery Weekend with Lesley Leonard
Saturday 5th June and Sunday 6th June
10:30 – 4:30 + 10:15 – 4:00
£160

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.


Felt Bowls with Rachel Morley
Saturday 15th June
£58
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 26th June
£58
10:30 – 4:30
COURSE FULL 

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


Silver Loop and Ball Bangle with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 3rd July
£75
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.


Upholstery Weekend with Lesley Leonard
Saturday 17th July and Sunday 18th July
£160
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.


Wire Alliums with Anna Roebuck
Saturday 24th July & Sunday 25th July
£65
10:30am – 4:30pm
COURSE FULL

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.


Willow Obelisk with Alison Walling
Saturday 14th August
£45
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.


 

Wallpaper Printing Weekend with Hannah Turlington
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September
£135
10:30 – 4:30  + 10:15 – 4:00
COURSE FULL 

 

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.


Shearling Eco Rug – Vivienne Morpeth
Saturday 18th September
£95
10:30 – 4:30

This one day workshop will give you the knowledge and practical skills to handle and work creatively with raw fleece. You will work with a whole raw sheep’s fleece and learn how to handle and skirt a fleece to create a beautiful rug. During the day you will use a range of techniques from laying out the fibres, adding additional natural carded fibres for the eco backing, hand-rolling and wet felting. while also washing your fleece and felting the backing in place. At the end of the session you will have created a gorgeous natural fluffy rug for your home. This is such an exciting transformative process with lots of techniques, step by step tuition, tutor notes and samples handling.


Fabric Printing with Hannah Turlington
Saturday 25th September
£70
10:30am – 4:30pm

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.


Willow Bird Sculpture with Alison Walling 
Saturday 2nd October
£60
10:30 – 4:30 

These willow birds are full of character and a great introduction to random weaving with willow. Make a pheasant or a chicken to roost at home or in the garden.


Precious Metal Clay Jewellery with Becca Macdonald
Sunday 3rd October
£74
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.


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.

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 e:craft@the-ropewalk.co.uk