Find out what’s involved in our workshops. Click on the Workshop Calendar for forthcoming dates. See more images of our workshops in the Gallery. Workshop prices vary depending on length of time. Click on the calendar for times and prices. All of our workshops are suitable for total beginners, keen crafters and are great fun!
Discover the ancient art of wood block printing onto fabric and paper. The wooden block stamps are hand carved by skilled artisans in rural India who use the sustainable hard wood, Shesham wood, which is also known as Indian Rosewood. Using liquid paints you can experiment with colours and designs using this very simple method. We also have ink pads for use on paper and cards.
Workshops include sampler fabrics and unless otherwise states, one fabric item to print onto (e.g. Scarf, Tote bag, Tea Towel, etc) or you can print your own wrapping paper and cards. Other items available to purchase.
Do you have a love of yarn and colour? Then come and learn to crochet. Learn the best way to hold the yarn and hook, basic foundation stitches and finishing techniques. You will be crocheting stripes and granny squares in no time. We guarantee you’ll be hooked!
Places are limited to give everyone attention so we don’t leave anyone behind.
Considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting, Tunisian (or Afghan) Crochet is a growing trend. The distinctive fabric created by this technique looks almost woven. The tension is looser than normal crochet and knitting and is substantially thicker than normal crochet making it ideal for blankets and cushions.
Learn the techniques of mosaic making using tiles, glass, vintage china, old jewellery and curiosities. Make a decorative mirror or mosaic for your wall, we have plenty of samples, books and ideas to inspire you. Choose from a wide range of mosaic tiles, vintage china, glass pebbles, beads and quirky items to create a unique design.
Create a drum lampshade or candle lanterns from our host of gorgeous fabrics or vintage maps. Add borders, fringing, bobbles or embellishments to match your decor. We supply the frames, tools and materials to make a 20cm lampshade or two candle lanterns. Upgrade to a 30cm round or oval shade for a nominal extra cost and buy kits to make a matching set at home.
TRADITIONAL HAND SEWN LAMPSHADES
Learn to create a traditional scalloped edge lampshade. From covering the frame to making the shade and adding trimmings. Some machine and hand sewing are required.
Use traditional block printing techniques to create your fabric design, then make it up into a drum lampshade. You can guarantee no-one will have a lampshade like it! The ‘no sew; drum lampshade is simple to make and we guide you step-by-step,
Learn decoupage techniques using pretty papers, paper napkins, wrapping paper and more. Create pretty coasters on tiles, re-vamp a picture frame, tray or other small items. Then use your new found skills to upcycle furniture, lamp bases, household items and even shoes!
This workshop introduces you to the techniques of creating beautiful bead jewellery. Make an eye catching set for yourself or a gift. Create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keyrings – if you have some favourite beads that need mending, re-stringing or re-working then bring them along.
Learn the satisfying art of needle felting. Create a cushion cover, make bold brooches or a decorative piece. Applique style needle felting is great for embellishing clothing and soft furnishings. The soft and silky raw wool fibres are versatile and easy to work with. Incorporate cotton, wool and woven fabrics, add ribbons, trim, beads & buttons.
Needle felted animal pictures & Landscapes
Led by local artist Cath Smith, you will achieve amazing results in just one workshop. Create a portrait of your pet or favourite animal on our picture workshops or a landscape on our new needle felting workshops. Using roving, fleece and natural fibres – no experience required!
Traditionally rag rugs were made of scraps of fabric from clothing that were beyond repair. Choose from our wide selection of gorgeous new and vintage fabrics to create your own retro chic rug, decorative wall hanging or wreath. Try both the hooking and prodding methods. The ultimate in creative fabric upcycling!
The introductory workshop teaches you a variety of techniques using chalk paints, waxing, crackle glazes and stencilling. Achieve that Shabby Chic look and learn how to later enhance your painted furniture. The Intermediate workshop guides you through painting your own piece of furniture and includes gilding techniques.
This series of workshops will teach you how to select the correct gauges of wire for different pieces and use wirework techniques to create each component, including links, claps and wrapped beads. All wire, beads, and use of tools are provided. There is also the opportunity to work with genuine gemstone beads for a small extra cost (payable on the day).
WHITE LINE PRINTMAKING
White line woodcut is a fun way of achieving prints utilising several different colours from a single wood block, worked in watercolour and without the need of a press. Invented in the 1920’s in Provincetown, US, as a way of using many colours on a single woodblock, white line woodcutting is very simple to do. Using just linocut tools, a piece of plywood, and a set of watercolours, you will achieve a variety of effects depending on the paper you use and it is great fun.
Learn the techniques of Willow Weaving with expert Ruth Parsons. Come along and make beautiful willow plant supports. The supports can be made to suit your garden, pots of plants from peonies to runner beans! No experience necessary.
Hand embroidery is making a big comeback on the catwalk and in interior design. Learn a variety of embroidery stitches, use different threads and yarns to explore styles. Layer fabrics to achieve different effects and textures.Create a decorative piece ‘doodling’ with your stitches. An excellent introduction to hand embroidery.
Create your own beautiful, vintage-inspired fascinator in just a few hours! In this workshop, you will learn traditional millinery techniques to cover and trim a round button base, and to attach a concealed clip or comb. You will also learn how to make some easy fabric flowers to decorate your creation, and to add a little merry widow veiling for that vintage feel. By the end of the session, you will have a finished piece of your own design to take home and wear. No prior knowledge of millinery is needed, just a little hand sewing. Tutor Beth Paton is a designer-maker, fashion history nerd and incorrigible mapgie! She is the ‘B’ behind Madame B’s Boutique http://mme-b-boutique.com/
Wedding Hens & grOUPS
Looking for a fun day with your hens or for your group? Have fun learning a craft together, make wedding jewellery or have a go at crochet – tell us what you’d like to try! We also create hand-made items for weddings, from favour boxes to funky seating plans, kids’ craft packs and ‘wishing trees’. Get in touch to find out more.
SEW SIMPLE SKIRT
Make a fabulously fun skirt in time for summer. Choose from two styles, a circle or a wrap skirt. Depending on your choice, either learn how to create your pattern or adapt an existing pattern. A great way to learn how a garment starts off life in 2D. Suitable or all abilities.
PIPED APPLIQUE CUSHION
Get ready to cosy up this Autumn. This workshop will allow you to expand your sewing skills. Learn how to make bias binding and how to make a piped edge. Personalise your cushion with a colourful appliqué design. Take home a unique hand crafted envelope style cushion.
sew a canvas tote bag
These days we all need to keep a shopping bag in our cars & handbags – make a stylish one you’ll be proud to show off! This strong, durable tote bag uses canvas or similar fabric, that’s built to last. Great for the beach. If you are new to sewing then this workshop will allow you to get to grips with domestic sewing machines and overlockers. Decorate your bag with fabric paints, embroidery or appliqué.
Vintage Paper Wreath
Make a stunning wreath – easy to do yet big on impact! Choose from sheet music and vintage books to create a unique Christmas decoration. Create a striking centre from pretty baubles or make your design an all-year-round piece. Use creamy vintage pages or colourful classic annuals; or why not make a decoration for your summer party or wedding?
HANDMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
This workshop will help give you ideas and techniques to wrap those easy and difficult shaped gifts. Using various paper, tissue, cellophane to create creative wraps, tie ribbons and create bows. Gifts can be personalised with embellishments for a professional and stylish look.
PLEASE NOTE Lechlade Craft Barn is an old building and only accessible via external stone steps, regrettably it is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. We regularly hold workshops at other venues, which are more accessible.
We run workshops in venues other than Lechlade Craft Barn and often run one-off workshops for groups such as W.I. and others. Small groups can be accommodated at the barn or we’re happy to travel. Get in touch to discuss.
Download our workshop list on the home page to see all of workshops and venues – the 3 letter codes indicate the venue for each workshop. Click on the links to see more information about the venues.