8 crafty weekend workshops to try this summer at New Brewery Arts

Flex your crafting muscles and get creative with a weekend workshop at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester this summer.

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Through its range of thought-provoking exhibitions, creative workshops and handcrafted products in its shop, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester helps the local community connect with craft and enjoy the mental health benefits that it brings. Its expert workshops offer the chance to learn new skills or refine your practice in a friendly environment.

From learning how to paint the birds and butterflies that visit your Gloucestershire garden, to handcrafting your very own silver jewellery, New Brewery Arts’ summer workshop programme has something to suit every kind of crafter.

With sessions suitable for absolute beginners, as well as more skilled hobbyists, try something new and get creative with SoGlos’s pick of weekend workshops to try at the Cirencester arts venue this summer.


1. Make your own silver earrings at New Brewery Arts

Designing your own jewellery is a fantastic way to show off your creativity, with tutor Charlotte Duckworth showing participants how to design and make their own silver earrings using reticulation, doming, soldering and texturing with hammers and stamps.

Make Your Own Silver Earrings with Charlotte Duckworth takes place on Saturday 16 July 2022 and costs £95, with all the tools you’ll need to realise your design provided on the day.


2. Lino printing at New Brewery Arts

Print-lovers can try their hand at making their own unique designs in a reduction lino printing workshop with Beth Jenkins. With the aim of making a multi-coloured print using a single block, she’ll show participants how to master this tricky technique, covering everything from planning and choosing colours to the actual print.

Reduction Lino Printing with Beth Jenkins takes place on Saturday 4 June 2022 and costs £90 – with this workshop being ideal for people with enough experience in lino printing to cut an A6 block.


3. Macramé at New Brewery Arts

As pretty as it is mindful, master the art of macramé at New Brewery Arts, as Gilly Riddington teaches participants how to make a plant hanger. Ideal for absolute beginners, this workshop will guide you through the basics, including some of the most popular knots, before making your own plant hanger to take home.

The Macramé Plant Hanger workshop with Gilly Riddington takes place on Saturday 16 July 2022 and costs £45 with all materials included.


4. Calligraphy at New Brewery Arts

Giving participants the skills to create everything from wedding invitations to gorgeous gift tags, Modern Calligraphy with Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Designs will teach budding hand letterers the basics – from how to apply pressure to a new pen, mark making drills and alphabet practice, to writing entire words.

Perfect for absolute beginners, Modern Calligraphy with Emma Barnes takes place on Saturday 23 July 2022 and costs £55, including a goodie bag to take home containing a nib, a pen holder, a pot of ink and a selection of guide sheets to continue your practice.


5. Watercolour painting at New Brewery Arts

For anyone who has looked out of their window and wanted to capture what they see, Painting Garden Wildlife with Emma Leyfield provides a comprehensive introduction to watercolours, as well as step-by-step guidance on how to paint garden wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies and more. Bring along an image of a regular garden visitor either printed or on a tablet, or choose from the range of reference material provided.

Painting Garden Wildlife with Emma Leyfield takes place on Saturday 4 June 2022 and costs £90 with all materials included, though participants are encouraged to bring an apron or wear clothes they don’t mind getting messy.


6. Indian block printing at New Brewery Arts

Enjoy a half-day workshop exploring the ancient art of Indian block printing with Clare Walsh, as she demonstrates this traditional craft before letting participants have a go at creating their own hand-printed papers and fabrics – learning all about design placement and pattern repeats in the process.

Indian Block Printing with Clare Walsh takes place on Saturday 23 July 2022 and costs £55, including a textile piece to take home.


7. Freehand machine embroidery at New Brewery Arts

Learn how to create freehand embroidered images with Meg Harris in this workshop suitable for sewing enthusiasts of all abilities. From hooping up fabric and setting up your machine, to ‘drawing’ with thread and adding colour, participants will leave with a new skill and a selection of sample pieces to show off at home.

Freehand Machine Embroidery with Meg Harris takes place on Saturday 16 July 2022 and costs £55 with all materials included.


8. Crafter’s journaling at New Brewery Arts

Serial crafters won’t want to miss the two-day Crafter’s Journaling workshop with Emma Leyfield. Whether you’re a knitter, stitcher, calligrapher or scrapbooker, this workshop will teach you how to create your very own crafter’s journal, with Coptic bookbinding; an introduction to watercolours and how to create swatches; drawing for designers, showing you how to keep a working diary and sketch your progress; and creative pages, exploring scrapbooking and stitching.

Crafter’s Journaling with Emma Leyfield takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2022 and costs £180, including everything you need to create your own journal to take home – with crafters encouraged to come armed with aspects of their chosen projects, such as swatches, wool samples, pin cushions, part-finished knitting or stitching projects, or anything they find inspiring.


By Chloe Gorman


© SoGlos
Monday 09 May 2022

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