Day Workshops

Specialist Classes for 2018

To book telephone 01652 660380 or email here

Needle Felt Dormouse – with Fiona Oberon
Saturday 10th February
10.30am – 4.30pm

Join us to make an adorable felt mouse, tucked up fast asleep in her cheese box. Fi will teach you how to needle felt the mouse with an additional little bit of wet felting to create a blanket.


Setting a Cabochon Stone in a Stack Ring with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 24th February
10.30am – 4.30pm

Participants will work in sterling silver to design and make stacking ring(s) with a 6 mm cabochon cut stone.  You will learn to saw and file a length of silver before bending the band to shape using pliers and silver soldered together.  You will also learn how to create a setting which will hold your chosen stone.  There will be a number of 6mm cabochon cut gemstones to choose from including hematite, amethyst, malachite, black onyx,  blue lace agate and carnelian.  Alternatively please feel free to bring your own stone to set into the ring.  Stones must be round and not less than 6mm or more than 8mm.


Nodding Bird Automata with Susan Evans
Saturday 10th March
10.30am – 4.30pm

Spend an enjoyable day designing and creating a simple 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 bird from lime or basswood; – how to make a simple but effective crank which converts circular movement into a reciprocal (up and down) one; – the decorative processes to use on painted or stained wood.


Willow Birds with Alison Walling
Saturday 24th March
10.30pm – 4.30pm

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.


Printing from Nature with Stef Mitchel
Saturday 21st April
10.30pm – 4.30pm

Using plants and natural material you will learn how to make a variety of monoprints and will leave knowing how to carry on this activity at home with basic equipment. Throughout the day you will make prints and a small artist book.

Woodcut Printing with Jo McChesney
Saturday 28th April
10.30pm – 4.30pm

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.


Willow Stag with Alison Walling
Saturday 12th May
10.30am – 4.30pm

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.



*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