9 crafty weekend workshops to try this spring at New Brewery Arts

Try something new this spring at Cirencester’s New Brewery Arts – with its latest batch of craft workshops covering everything from macramé to modern calligraphy.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Spring is in the air and New Brewery Arts in Cirencester has announced its spring programme of craft workshops, taking place from March to June 2022.
Spring is in the air and New Brewery Arts in Cirencester has announced its spring programme of craft workshops, taking place from March to June 2022.

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With the aim of connecting the community with craft, Cirencester’s New Brewery Arts offers a diverse range of arts and crafts classes, from one-day workshops to longer courses.

As well as thought-provoking exhibitions, New Brewery Arts also welcomes local crafters and makers to its creative studio spaces, as well as offering unique products to buy at its shop.



With a myriad of mental health benefits associated with arts and crafts, try something new this spring at New Brewery Arts.

From making a macramé plant hanger to perfecting linocut printing techniques, SoGlos rounds up a variety of workshops to have a go at – with something for everyone, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced crafter.


1. Lino printing workshops at New Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts’ resident linocut printing expert, Beth Jenkins, is hosting three workshops this spring, all suitable for those with experience in linocut printing.

Lino Printing Tips and Techniques on Saturday 5 March 2022 helps crafters add colour to their prints using graduated rolling, jigsaw lino and collaged elements. Multi Block Lino Printing on Saturday 30 April 2022 gives printers the opportunity to layer several blocks on top of each other, to create a complex full colour print. Reduction Lino Printing on Saturday 4 June 2022, on the other hand, helps printers master the tricky technique of making multicolour prints using only one block.

All of these sessions take place from 10am to 4pm and cost £90 each.


2. Portrait drawing workshop at New Brewery Arts

In this one-day workshop, budding artists can explore a variety of techniques to help them draw the human head. Suitable for artists of all skill levels, participants will be working with a model to focus on form, proportion and experimentation in their portraits.

Portrait Drawing with Alexandra Woods takes place on Saturday 5 March 2022 from 10am to 4pm and costs £95.


3. Jewellery-making workshop at New Brewery Arts

Stina Richardson is hosting two jewellery-making workshops this spring 2022, teaching participants how to make their own unique sterling silver necklaces using pearls and semi-precious stones – including a parent and child workshop, ideal for kids aged 12 to 17, where you and your child can make a necklace each to take home.

Make Your Own Necklace takes place on Saturday 12 March 2022 from 10am to 1pm and costs £55 per person, while the Parent and Child Workshop takes place on Saturday 26 March 2022 from 10am to 1pm and costs £80 for both participants.


4. Machine embroidery workshop at New Brewery Arts

Exploring a range of techniques, from French knots to appliqué, this one-day workshop teaches sewing enthusiasts how to create an adorable embroidered house portrait – complete with a colourful front door, flowers and shrubbery. Ideal for those with a little experience in freehand machine embroidery – who might have completed the beginners workshop at New Brewery Arts.

Freehand Machine Embroidery House Portrait with Meg Harris takes place on Saturday 12 March 2022 from 10am to 4pm and costs £90.


5. Macramé workshop at New Brewery Arts

Enjoy a morning of mindful macramé, creating your very own plant hanger in this two-hour workshop at New Brewery Arts. Perfect for absolute beginners, participants will learn some of the most popular macramé knots, before creating a plant hanger to take home, using soft, unbleached cotton rope.

Macramé Plant Hanger with Gilly Riddington takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 from 10am to 12pm and costs £45.


6. Hand-stitching workshop at New Brewery Arts

Suitable for stitchers of all abilities, in this afternoon workshop participants can enjoy learning the history of hand-stitched samplers, before creating their own using a variety of stitches, including running stitch, chain stitch, herringbone stitch and French knots.

Contemporary Hand Stitch Sampler with Anne Ward takes place on Saturday 23 April 2022 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and costs £55 with basic materials included, though participants are encouraged to bring their own fancy threads, ribbons and cords to embellish their piece.


7. Modern calligraphy workshop at New Brewery Arts

Spend a morning learning to create beautiful modern calligraphy and hand lettering with this beginner-level workshop at New Brewery Arts. Expect to cover the basics of modern calligraphy, including how to use the essential tools, mark making drills and alphabet practice, before moving onto writing whole words.

Modern Calligraphy with Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Design takes place on Saturday 28 May 2022 from 10am to 1pm and costs £55. The price also includes a goodie bag with a nib, a pen holder, a pot of ink and a selection of practice sheets to take home.


8. Painting workshop at New Brewery Arts

With an abundance of natural beauty in Gloucestershire, nature enthusiasts can learn how to paint wildlife in this full-day workshop that’s ideal for complete beginners. Offering an introduction to watercolours, as well as a step-by-step guide to painting garden wildlife, participants can use the reference images provided, or bring along photos of their favourite insects and garden birds to paint.

Painting Garden Wildlife with Emma Leyfield takes place on Saturday 4 June 2022 from 10am to 4pm and costs £90.


9. Creative journalling workshop at New Brewery Arts

If you’re someone that always has a creative project or three on the go, New Brewery Arts’ two-day Creative Journalling workshop teaches participants how to make their very own craft journal to keep those precious scraps, doodles, patterns and papers all in one place.

On day one, you’ll learn Coptic bookbinding to create your journal, as well as enjoying an introduction to watercolours and how to create colour swatches. On day two, there are workshops on drawing for designers, with helpful tips on how to keep a working diary; and creative pages, using scrapbooking and stitching techniques.

Crafter’s Journalling with Emma Leyfield takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2022 from 10am to 4pm each day, costing £180. Participants should bring along aspects of their chosen projects, or things they’re inspired by, to use in their journal.

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