Day Workshops

Workshops for 2019

To book telephone 01652 660380 or email here

Basic Upholstery with Lesley Leonard
Saturday 26th January
10.30 – 4.30

Do you have an old stool that needs some new life breathing into it? Bring it to Lesley Leonard’s Basic Upholstery workshop. Here you will learn how to upholster a small stool, Lesley will provide all the materials and equipment you will need.

“During the last 20 years it is amazing how many rescued chairs, stools, headboards, boxes and sofas have been brought back to life. To see the potential in old pieces of furniture is a fantastic achievement.  Recycle – Brilliant… Upcycle – Amazing!!”


Willow Birds with Alison Walling
Saturday 2nd February
Sunday 3rd February
10.15 – 4.00

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.  All tools and materials provided but you are welcome to bring along your favourite secateurs.

Sterling Silver Bangles with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 16th February
10.30 – 4.30


Participants will spend an enjoyable day with Alastair learning how to craft two different styles of bangle from Sterling Silver learning how  to twist a single length of square wire bangle and two lengths of round wire – sterling silver and brass together. All equipment including protective clothing will be provided.

Woodcut Printing with Jo McChesney
Saturday 2nd March
10.30 – 4.30

Ideal for beginners, this step by step workshop will guide you through the process of woodcut print making.  From the initial design, through to printing the final image from Japanese plywood.  Create a print or series of the image.

Eco-print Cushion Cover with Joelle Harris
Saturday 9th March
10.30 – 4.30

Eco-Print is the environmentally friendly way to print textiles with leaves and flowers, Joelle will show you how to achieve these beautiful prints and help you choose leaves and petals to create your own printed samples on linen cotton and silk as well as either a beautiful silk or fair-trade cotton cushion for you to take home.


Bird Automata with Susan Evans
Saturday 16th March
10.30 – 4.30

Spend an enjoyable day designing and creating a bird automaton including producing mechanical movement based on a simple crank. Under Susan’s guidance you will learn: – how to carve and finish a simplified shaped fish from lime or basswood; how to make a simple but effective crank which converts circular movement into a reciprocal (up and down) one; and the decorative processes to use on painted or stained wood.

Wire Jewellery with Jenny Weston
Saturday 23rd March
10.30 – 4.30

Artist and jewellery maker Jennifer Weston will guide you through the process of designing and making a bespoke bracelet and pair of earrings, using wire and a selection of genuine gemstones and pearls.

Four Legged Animal Sheep or Pig with Alison Walling
Saturday 30th March
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.

Introduction to Collagraph with Angela Lindsley
Saturday 31st March
10.30 – 4.30

During this introductory course you will learn the versatile techniques of collagraph printmaking. Printing blocks are produced by cutting, tearing and adding DIY materials. Once the plate has been prepared, you will be shown how to ink it up to produce rich and vibrant prints.

Exploring Texture and Pattern in Hand Stitch with Sue Stone
Saturday 5 October
10.30 – 4.30

Experiment with some of Sue Stone’s favourite hand stitch techniques to create texture and pattern that can be used for both figurative and non-figurative work. Suitable for all abilities.


*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