Workshops


Our workshops are run by experienced tutors and everyone is welcome. From classes for our budding young crafters to workshops for adults who want to learn something new or just want to have some creative “me” time. All our workshops are set in a relaxed and fun environment with tea/coffee and yummy treats provided.

We have holiday workshops for children aged 5 years+ and lots of seasonal fun scheduled for all those special times of the year. School holiday and seasonal workshops will be posted on our website about 4-6 weeks before the event so have a look at what's going on so you can keep your little ones happy and occupied during the holidays.

For our pre-school little guests we offer messy play for toddlers where they have the freedom to explore activities in a fun and creative environment. Bring your little one along with a group of friends and enjoy some quality time with our fun packed activities. And leave the clearing-up to us!

Our workshops for adults and young adults are designed to help you learn a new skill, build your creative confidence and come home with something you are proud of. Most of all, you'll have fun whilst you are doing it.

Take a look at our workshops, there's sure to be something that you fancy, or have a look at our Event Calendar to see what's coming soon.

If you're interested in coming along with your own group of friends, we'd love to see you, give us a ring and we will tailor something especially for you.

We are regularly running various sewing, pottery and specialist craft workshops offering a range of beginner to advanced levels so there is bound to be something that takes your fancy.
If you have something specific in mind that you can't see on offer please feel free to drop us a line and tell us all about it and we will do our best to find a solution for you!

Workshops – The Detail!

Art Workshops:

About our Tutors:

Karen Smith is a teaching artist who has been teaching children in senior schools for over 15 years. She is an experienced and fully qualified teacher (BEd(Hons)1993) and holds a current DBS. She is passionate about art and allowing everyone young and old to communicate and express themselves through artistic medium. She makes art accessible to all and her experience allows her to work at all levels so it doesn’t matter if you are just starting or an experienced artist Karen will provide the environment and tutoring for you to develop your skills and have fun at the same time.

Another of our Art Tutors is:

Claire Louise Tarrant – Claire Louise has recently graduated from Nottingham Trent Universtity studying Fine Art. She is now a part time member of the core Gladys & Tallulah team and delivers some of the kids art workshops along with all the other fun things we do at G&T. She has previously run workshops for children in a shop in Brighton, and was a technician for screen printing workshops. Working with children and teaching them something new is a passion of hers and she loves interacting through art. Claire Louise has a BA Hons in Fine Art, and a BTEC in Art and Design: Fine Art Concept as well as additional qualifications in Illustration.

Kids Art Workshop:

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Mixed Media Art Workshop – using collage, pastels, pencils and paint.
Kids: Age 8-14
Kids art workshops are run every school holiday. Please contact us for the details of the next workshops on offer or for your name and contact details to be added to our mailing list.
Come and join us to make your own stunning mixed media art work, complete and ready to hang on your wall at home. In this morning workshop we will learn a variety of techniques, experimenting and refining our ideas to create a work on canvas and 2 ready¬to¬frame works on card.
Come and discover how to apply paint using a variety of different tools and techniques. Cut, fold, glue and embellish papers to build the layers of your artwork. Finally, experimenting with the rules of strong composition, select from the elements you have made in the morning to create a unique mixed media painting to be proud of!
Experimenting, investigating and discovery are at the heart of this workshop. We will focus on exciting compositions, bold use of colour, experimental techniques with paper, and build confidence working with materials and tools.

Adults Art Workshop:

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Adults – Beginner / Intermediate Level
British artist Ben Nicholson described his persistent drawing practice as his way of coming to terms with the unknown. In this workshop for adults, we will explore a range of drawing practices, both traditional and more experimental, to discover the potential of drawing as a means of visual expression.
The workshops encompass experimentation with drawing tools including, pencil, charcoal, ink and paint as well as cotton wool and sticks. The sessions will be broken down into short exercises and longer opportunities to make more considered responses. We will cover the fundamentals of drawing from life as well as expressive drawing, and look to support your growing artist’s voice as you draw.
As an experimental workshop, it is suitable both for beginners as well as those with established skills.
4 Part Workshop £80.

Please contact us for the next art workshop dates and to register your interest

Beach Bag Workshop:

With the smell of spring in the air, join us to improve your sewing skills by making a fabulous beach bag to take on your holiday or to carry around this spring/summer. You can make one of Stitch and Sparkle’s fab beach bags or bring your own choice of fabric

This course is perfect for people who have basic sewing machine skills. We will be making a beach bag (approx. 50cm wide x 45cm tall). You will start by cutting 2 pieces of fabric for the bag and lining. You will sew the seams on both pieces and then join them together, adding cut pieces of webbing for the handles. If you are a more confident sewer why not add a pocket inside and/or personalise your bag with your initials on the front?

As always our sewing workshops are set in a fun and relaxed environment. Refreshments and yummy homemade cakes provided

£30 per head (+ £7 materials or bring your own).
Beach Bag Workshop Friday 21st April 2017 10am until 12:30pm

Glazed Pottery Workshop:

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Book onto a two part workshop where you will decorate 3 bisque items with glaze. One large bisque item such as a teapot / jug / vase / platter etc. Learn how to use sponge and dabber tools to re-create the look of many well known ceramic studios and learn how to use carbon paper to transfer detailed designs onto the bisque ready for painting with our range of glazes. Experiment with crackle and crystal glazes and produce an additional two smaller items such as a bowl /plate / mug to complete your glazed pottery set.
Cost £48 for 2 x 2hr workshops (over two consecutive weeks)

Stitch and Sparkle Sewing Workshops:

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We run sewing workshops for people who are just starting out on their machine or for people who are a bit more experienced with using their machine but never get around to getting it out and trying something new. We know that everyone works at different paces so we provide comprehensive handouts as well as giving hand-on guidance. Each course specifies whether it's a beginners/intermediate or advanced course, but please feel free to contact us to enquire about individual courses as you may be more advanced than you realize!

Children/Young Adult sewing workshops:

Drawstring Bag

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Make a simple but stylish drawstring bag to keep your room looking pretty and organised. It can be used for storing shoes or toiletries or bits and bobs! You will learn how to accurately measure and cut fabric, use your machine to sew seams, insert the drawstring and sew the bag together.
Cost: £20 for a 2 hour workshop - Minimum age: 10
Materials Included / Beginner level

Please contact us for the next available dates.

Pretty Toiletry Bag

Make a pretty toiletry bag. With a complimenting mix of fabrics and a selection of pretty trims to choose from your versatile bag will look fabulous as well as being practical. You will learn how to accurately measure and cut fabric, use your machine to sew seams, and sew the bag together.
Cost: £20 for a 2 hour workshop - Minimum age: 10
Materials Included / Beginner level

Family Project sewing workshops:

‘Hohoho’ Christmas Bunting Family Project

We will be making fun and festive Christmas bunting. The flags will be cut and ready to sew. You will applique the ‘hohoho’ letters on to 6 of the flags and then sew each flag together before attaching it to the bias tape with some snowball pom pom trim. The finished bunting will be approximately 1.5m long, just the right size to hang in your fireplace or doorway!

For the equipment list for the bunting they will just need to bring their sewing machine with zipper foot (this is important as the pom pom trim won’t attach properly if they don’t use a zipper foot. I will have my machine if someone doesn’t have a zipper foot but there won’t be time for everyone to use my machine). I will provide fabric, bias tape, pom pom trim, thread, applique letters with bonding web already attached. I can talk them through the cutting process of the flags, even though I will have already done that bit, so that they know how to do it in future

2.5 hours
Cost: £40 + £7 materials

Please contact us for the next available dates.

Mother and Daughter Memory Cushion workshop:

Dig those baby clothes out of the loft, reminisce about how it seems like only yesterday that your baby was wearing them and then work together to sew them into a beautiful cushion, learning a skill together and making memories at the same time.
Cost: £40 for each family couple for 2.5 hour workshop
Child minimum age: 10 / Beginner level
Materials included except for baby clothes!

Make a basic cushion with applique design:

This course is perfect for family pairs who have basic sewing machine skills. We will be making an envelope cushion (45cm x 45cm) with your personalised design on the front. You will start by appliqueing your initial (or the initial of your favourite person!) onto a piece of fabric which will form the front of your cushion. You will then cut and sew seams on two pieces of fabric which will form the opening at the back of your cushion cover. You will sew front and back pieces together and you have created a simple but beautiful personalised cushion. Special Christmas Themed Workshop – please feel free to bring festive fabric and we can provide Rudolph appliqué templates!
Cost: £40 per family pair + £7 materials (or bring your own) for 2.5 hours

Adult sewing workshops

MEMORY CUSHION WORKSHOP:

Before you have a spring clean and clear out those baby clothes, why not come to our sewing workshop and make a simple keepsake cushion out of all your favourite outfits (you know those ones you can’t quite bear to give away but usually end up in a bag in the loft not seeing the light of day?!) It doesn’t have to be baby clothes it can be the clothes of a loved one or just simply some fabrics or outfits you love but no longer have a use for.
Cost: £30 for 2.5 hour workshop
Beginner level
Materials included except for baby clothes

Please contact us for the next available dates.

Bunting:

This course is perfect for people who have basic sewing machine skills. We will be making fun and pretty bunting. We will measure and cut the bunting flags, sew them on the machine and attach them to bias tape, ready to decorate your house at Christmas. You also take away the skills to go on to make bunting for any special occasion!
2.5 hours
Cost: £25 + £7 materials (or bring your own)

Please contact us for the next available dates.

Christmas Sack with applique design

This course is for beginner/intermediate sewers. Get into the festive spirit and make a Christmas Sack that your child will be proud to hang up on Christmas Eve year after year. Pick from our gorgeous selection of Christmas fabrics to create a personalised sack.
2.5 hour workshops
Cost: £30 + £7 materials (or bring your own)

This workshop shall be available again in December 2017.

Make a basic cushion with applique design:

This course is perfect for people who have basic sewing machine skills. We will be making an envelope cushion (45cm x 45cm) with your personalised design on the front. You will start by appliqueing your initial (or the initial of your favourite person!) onto a piece of fabric which will form the front of your cushion. You will then cut and sew seams on two pieces of fabric which will form the opening at the back of your cushion cover. You will sew front and back pieces together and you have created a simple but beautiful personalised cushion. Special Christmas Themed Workshop – please feel free to bring festive fabric and we can provide Rudolph appliqué templates!
Cost: £30 + £7 materials (or bring your own) for 2.5 hours

Please contact us for the next available dates.

Make a personalised tote bag with applique design:

This course is perfect for people who have basic sewing machine skills. We will be making a basic tote bag (40cm x 40cm) with your personalised design on the front. You will start by accurately measuring and cutting the pieces of fabric that you will need for your bag. Next you will applique your initial or a chosen shape onto the bag fabric. You will then sew two simple straps for your bag and then sew the pieces together to create your personalised bag. Why not use it straight away to put all your bits and bobs in to take home!
Cost: £30 + £7 materials (or bring your own) for 2.5 hours

Make a sample roman blind:

This course is for intermediate sewers or people who have already attended one of our basic sewing courses. We will be making a sample roman blind with standard lining and traditional rod pockets made from the lining. On the course you will learn how to calculate measurements for making blinds, learn to measure and cut fabric accurately, sew and construct a fully working sample blind. This can then be used as a reference point when you go on to make blinds for every window in your home!
Cost: £60 + £7 materials (or bring your own). Blind Kit will be provided for 2 x 2.5 hours workshops

Hen Workshops/Corporate/Girls Night Sewing

Minimum 6 people - Maximum 12 people

Cost £40 per head including all materials for 2 hours

Bring a bottle of bubbly and get creative, whether you are a bunch of hens or a group of friends/colleagues, we can offer bespoke sewing workshops for groups:

Hens - make wedding bunting, hen night bags or task each hen with making an item for the big day! Friends/colleagues - make a personalised cushion for your office chairs or a handy bag.

Give us a call to discuss your ideas and we can create a package for you.

Email: Gladys.Tallulah@gmail.com
Tel: 07789994531