10 crafty weekend workshops to try this autumn at New Brewery Arts

If you’ve always wanted to give crafting a go, there’s never been a better time, with 10 weekend workshops to try this autumn at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.

Whether you’re a dab hand at crafting or you want to have a go at learning a new skill, Cirencester’s New Brewery Arts has a whole host of weekend workshops led by expert crafters, on everything from calligraphy to jewellery-making.

In this hot list, SoGlos shares 10 different crafts to try your hand at, with workshops taking place most Saturdays throughout autumn at New Brewery Arts.

About the sponsor – New Brewery Arts

With a mission to help the community connect with craft, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester has a gallery, studio space and shop full of unique, hand-made items – as well as a packed programme of workshops to try too.

Ideal for absolute beginners and experienced crafters, adult workshops take place on Fridays and Saturdays and usually include all materials required.

For more information, or to book a craft workshop, visit newbreweryarts.org.uk.

September craft workshops at New Brewery Arts

1. Modern calligraphy at New Brewery Arts

Starting with the very basics, the modern calligraphy workshop will take budding calligraphers through how to use calligraphy tools; mark making drills; alphabet practice; up to writing whole words – with demonstrations and advice from expert calligrapher Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Design.

Modern calligraphy is on Saturday 11 September 2021 at 10am. Tickets cost £55 each and include a goodie bag to take away, with a nib, calligraphy pen holder, a pot of ink and guide sheets so you can continue to practice at home.

2. Make a macramé plant hanger at New Brewery Arts

With a morning of mindful macramé, this workshop will teach crafters a variety of basic macramé knots so they can make their very own plant hangers – ideal for an Instagram-worthy home!

The macramé plant hanger workshop with Kathryn Manning takes place on Saturday 18 September 2021 at 10am and costs £45 – including a set of instructions to take home.

October craft workshops at New Brewery Arts

3. Patchwork cushion making at New Brewery Arts

Offering an opportunity to show off your creative side with no patterns to follow, this workshop teaches the basics of improvisational patchwork; some key stitching techniques; and some expert tips on how to make the most from every scrap of fabric – with every participant creating their very own unique cushion cover to take home.

Improv patchwork cushion making with Lauren MacDonald takes place at 10am on Saturday 9 October 2021 and costs £100, with all materials included.

4. Creative repair at New Brewery Arts

If you’ve ever lamented tearing your favourite item of clothing, the creative repair workshop at New Brewery Arts is the perfect antidote – exploring a variety of textile techniques to disguise damage and enhance the overall garment.

From applique details for shirts and dresses to needle felted embellishments that disguise moth-eaten knitwear and even lace details to change the shape of necklines, hems and sleeves, this workshop has it all. Bring along your own items and explore the possibilities!

Creative repair with Jayne Emerson is on Friday 15 October 2021 at 10.15am with places costing £90.

5. Hand-stitched leatherwork at New Brewery Arts

This workshop is ideal for beginners, with expert leather worker, Ruth Pullan, teaching participants the basics of leatherwork, from dyeing and preparing to hand stitching using the two needle saddlery method – as well as how to fit buckles and fastenings.

Introduction to hand-stitched leatherwork costs £105 and takes place on Saturday 23 October 2021 at 10am, with all materials included to make a belt and coin purse to take home.

6. Woodcut printing at New Brewery Arts

Create a unique piece of art with this workshop that guides participants through how to design, cut and hand print their own single colour woodcut. Exploring tools and specialist papers, this workshop is ideal for beginners, with participants encouraged to bring along sketches or photographs to help plan their design.

Intro to woodcut printing with Beth Jenkins is on Saturday 30 October 2021 at 10am and costs £90, including all tools and materials required, as well as instructions to take home too.

November craft workshops at New Brewery Arts

7. Silver bangle making at New Brewery Arts

Try your hand at silversmithing with this bangle making workshop at New Brewery Arts. In this one-day class led by experienced creative silversmith, Charlotte Duckworth, participants will learn how to hammer, texture and shape silver to make a completely unique piece of jewellery, either for themselves or as an extra special gift.

Silver bangle making costs £105 and takes place on Saturday 6 November 2021 at 10am.

8. Natural indigo dyeing at New Brewery Arts

Indigo is the oldest known fabric dye, creating rich, luscious blue tones. In this workshop at New Brewery Arts, budding fashion designers can learn how to use this natural dye to give fabrics an incredible colour with Annabel Williams.

Natural indigo dyeing starts at 2pm on Friday 12 November 2021 and costs £55.

9. Make a hand-stitched leather bag at New Brewery Arts

Leatherworker Ruth Pullan is back in November 2021 for this intensive, one-day workshop to create a small, hand-stitched leather satchel. As well as dyeing and decorating pre-prepared leather pattern pieces, participants will cut holes for buckles, straps and adornments before stitching and finishing their very own, unique satchel bag to take home.

This session is designed for those with previous knowledge of leatherwork – specifically those who know how to saddle stitch – so it’s ideal for anyone who attended the October introduction to hand-stitched leatherwork workshop. The hand-stitched leather bag session takes place on Saturday 13 November 2021 at 10.30am and costs £130.

10. Jigsaw lino landscapes at New Brewery Arts

Using the unusual jigsaw method, this workshop gives artists the opportunity to create a vibrant, full colour lino print landscape with minimal cutting required. Part painting, part printmaking, this creative workshop will explore monotype techniques to create exciting prints, while allowing for more freedom of expression than traditional linocut printing.

Jigsaw lino landscapes with Beth Jenkins costs £90 and takes place on Saturday 20 November 2021 at 10am. The session includes all tools and materials as well as instructions to take home, with participants encouraged to bring along sketches or photos to help plan their design.

For more information, or to book a craft workshop, visit newbreweryarts.org.uk.

By Chloe Gorman

© SoGlos
Thursday 09 September 2021

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