Annie Sloan Painting (Furniture)

On the Annie Sloan painting course, you will gain confidence through learning four different paint techniques. You will use Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and associated products such as paint and wax brushes, and all the waxes. We do not dictate the colours you can use, we let you decide. Then in the afternoon session, you will paint and wax a small piece of furniture (that you supply), applying one of the techniques taught in the morning. With our help and advice, your item will be ready to take home with you at the end of the day. There will be lots of time for questions, and we will share our top tips with you too. Book up and start your furniture painting journey with us and Annie Sloan.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
October 26, 2017 (Earls Barton)
November 8, 2017 (Earls Barton)
October 14, 2017 (Olney)
November 11, 2017 (Olney)
October 11 2017 (Towcester)
October 20 2017 (Towcester)
October 26 2017 (Earls Barton)
November 8 2017 (Earls Barton)
November 11 2017 (Olney)
November 18 2017 (Towcester)
 

Course costs £80.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle Felting (Birds)

These little birds are a really fun introduction to needle felting, suited to beginners or those with some prior experience wishing to develop their skills. Alison will show you how to create basic shapes, mix and blend colours and how to use a reversing needle to create fluffy textures for the bird’s body. All the materials and equipment you will need on the day will be provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase needle felting materials and equipment form Alison at the end of the day so you can carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
October 7 2017 - Robins on bobbins (Towcester)
November 25 2017 - Robins on bobbins (Towcester)

January 17 2018 (Olney)
January 31 2018 (Towcester)
February 3 2018 (Earls Barton)
February 18 2018 (Towcester)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle Felting (Hares)

Come and spend the day making a fabulous needle felt hare. The course is suited to beginners and those with prior experience alike. Alison will show you all the techniques you will need including how to create and join shapes, felt around a wire armature, blend colours and add character and detail using the finest wool fibres. All the materials and equipment you will need to use on the day are included, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to purchase needle felting wool and equipment from Alison so you can carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
November 4 2017 (Towcester)

January 13 2018 (Earls Barton)
January 20 2018 (Olney)
January 27 2018 (Towcester)
February 10 2018 (Olney) Hare Head
February 24 2018 (Towcester)
March 7 2018 (Earls Barton)
March 10 2018 (Towcester)
March 17 2018 (Earls Barton)
April 28 2018 (Olney
April 28 2018 (Towcester)
April 29 2018 (Towcester)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle felting (pugs)

Come and join us for a fun filled day making these comical little dogs. Alison will show you how to create the characteristic features of the pug using a variety of different techniques, including shaping, joining and colour blending using beautiful wool fibres. All the materials and equipment you will need on the day are provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase needle felting materials and equipment from Alison should you wish to carry on at home at the end of the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
April 7 2018 (Earls Barton)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle felting for children (Bumblebees)

Come and join us for a fun filled day making these comical little dogs. Alison will show you how to create the characteristic features of the pug using a variety of different techniques, including shaping, joining and colour blending using beautiful wool fibres. All the materials and equipment you will need on the day are provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase needle felting materials and equipment from Alison should you wish to carry on at home at the end of the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. 

Courses run on selected days during the school holidays from 10.30am to 1pm.

February 5 2018 (Olney) Mermaids
February 6 2018 (Earls Barton) Mermaids
February 7 2018 (Towcester) Mermaids

April 10 2018 (Earls Barton) Bumble Bee
April 11 2018 (Olney) Bumble Bee
April 12 2018 (Towcester) Bumble Bee

Course costs £25.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle Felting (Scruffy Dogs)

This workshop is perfect for beginners and those with prior experience and includes all the materials and equipment you will need on the day. Alison will teach you all the skills you need including how to create and join different shapes, use a reverse needle, blend colours, felt around wire and how to add character and detail to create your own adorable scruffy dog. There will also be an opportunity to purchase your own materials and equipment from Alison at the end of the day to enable you to carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
October 21 2017 (Towcester)FULLY BOOKED

January 13 2018 (Towcester)
January 27 2018 (Earls Barton) "Schnauzer"
February 10 2018 (Towcester)
February 17 2018 (Earls Barton)
February 21 2018 (Earls Barton)
February 24 2018 (Olney) "Schnauzer"
March 14 2018 (Olney) "Make your dog"
March 21 2018 (Towcester)
April 14 2018 (Olney)
April 15 2018 (Towcester)
April 18 2018 (Towcester) "Make your dog"
 

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle Felting (Foxes)

This workshop is perfect for those with some prior experience, or the intrepid beginner and includes all the materials and equipment you will need on the day. Alison will teach you all the skills you need including how to create and join different shapes, blend colours, felt around wire and how to use a reverse needle to create texture. There will be an opportunity to purchase needle felting materials and equipment should you wish to carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.

October 28, 2017 (Earls Barton)

March 3 2018 (Earls Barton) Fox Head
March 10 2018 (Olney) Fox Head

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


Needle Felting (Mice)

These little mice are a really fun introduction to needle felting, suited to beginners or those with some prior experience wishing to develop their skills. Alison will show you how to create basic shapes, mix and blend colours and how to use a reversing needle to create fluffy textures for the mouse's body. All the materials and equipment you will need on the day will be provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase needle felting materials and equipment form Alison at the end of the day so you can carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
November 18, 2017 - Christmas mice (Olney)
November 25, 2017 - Christmas mice (Earls Barton)
16 December 2017 - Christmas mice (Towcester)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


NEEDLE FELTING (highland cow head)

Enjoy a fun filled day making a beautiful highland cow. This is an intermediate course and would suit those with some prior experience. Nic will take you through all the techniques you will need including creating and joining shapes, blending colours and adding character detail using the finest wool fibres. All material and equipment you will need are included, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to purchase needle felting wool and equipment so you can carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm

January 24 2018 (Towcester)

February 14 2018 (Towcester)
March 25 2018 (Towcester)
April 4 2018 (Earls Barton)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today


Needle Felting (Christmas Decorations)

Come and spend the day making a fabulous needle felt Christmas decoration. The course is suited to beginners and those with prior experience alike. Alison will show you all the techniques you will need including how to create and join shapes, felt around a wire armature, blend colours and add character and detail using the finest wool fibres. All the materials and equipment you will need to use on the day are included, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to purchase needle felting wool and equipment from Alison so you can carry on at home. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Courses run on selected Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm.
October 7, 2017 - Robins on Bobbins (Earls Barton)
October 7, 2017 - Robins on Bobbins (Towcester)
October 21, 2017 - Robins on Bobbins (Olney)
November 11 2017 - Christmas  (Towcester)
November 18, 2017 - Christmas Mice (Olney)
November 25, 2017 - Christmas Mice (Earls Barton)
November 25, 2017 - Robins on Bobbins (Towcester)
December 2, 2017 - Christmas Decorations (Earls Barton)
December 9, 2017 - Christmas Decorations (Olney)
December 16, 2017 - Christmas Decorations (Earls Barton)
December 16, 2017 - Christmas Mice (Towcester)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


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Shoe Makeover Workshops

Join Lucy May on a fun one-day shoe makeover workshop and learn how to transform a plain old pair of shoes into something truly stunning and totally unique. You will be expertly guided step-by-step through the process of pattern making, covering and embellishing your shoes with a beautiful selection of haberdashery and walk away at the end of the day in your fabulous creations. All materials and equipment supplied, just bring lunch and a pair of shoes.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.

Queen of Hearts

Transform your shoes with hearts, ribbons and bows - but don't lose your head!
February 24, 2018 (Earls Barton)
March 3, 2018 (Olney)
March 24, 2018 (Towcester)

Enchanted Forest

Step into a world of whimsical fabrics and magical faerie inspired embellishments.
April 28, 2018 (Earls Barton)
May 19, 2018 (Olney)
May 26, 2018 (Towcester)

Summer of Love

Evoke the summer of 1967 with a kaleidoscope of far our psychedelic prints and trims
June 9, 2018 (Earls Barton)
July 7, 2018 (Olney)
July 21, 2018 (Towcester)

Queen of We'en

Be the belle of the Halloween party with fabulous gothic prints and to-die-for embellishments.
October 6, 2018 (Earls Barton)
September 22, 2018 (Olney)
October 20, 2018 (Towcester)

Victorian Gothic
Create a pair of darkly fabulous, steampunk inspired shoes - just the thing for Halloween! 
October 7, 2017 (Olney)
October 21, 2017 (Earls Barton)
October 14 2017 (Towcester)

Santa Baby
Fab festive prints and vintage trims sure to have you rocking around the Christmas tree!
November 4, 2017 (Olney)
November 11, 2017 (Earls Barton)

Bah Humbug
Make yourself a unique pair of Christmas shoes to see you through the festive season in style.
November 24, 2018 (Earls Barton)
November 10, 2018 (Olney)
December 8, 2018 (Towcester) 

Courses costs £45 (Olney and towcester)/£40 (Earls Barton).
To book your place, call us today.


Children's Shoe Design Workshops

A fun introduction to shoe customisation with Lucy May, especially for crafty little fingers. Learn the basics of pattern cutting, covering and embellishing and transform those plain old shoes from boring to brill. Suitable for ages 6+ (one adult helper welcome), all materials and equipment supplied just bring along a pair of shoes. Courses run on selected mornings in the school holidays, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Easter Eggspert
Give your shoes as eggspert Eastertastic makeover!
Friday April 15, 2018 (Earls Barton)
Monday April 9, 2018 (Towcester)

Disco Unicorn 
Because normal shoes just aren't glittery or unicorny enough!
Wednesday August 15, 2018 (Earls Barton)
Wednesday August 22, 2018(Towcester)

Hocus Pocus Spooky shoes!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (Earls Barton)

Freaky Feet
Trick or treat your freaky feet with a super Halloween makeover!
Tuesday October 23, 2018 (Earls Barton)

Elf Christmas shoes!
Friday, December 22, 2017 (Earls Barton)

Jingle Bells
Transform boring snoring shoes to jingle Belles!
Friday December 21, 2018 (Earls Barton)
Thursday 20 December, 2018 (Towcester)

Course costs £20.
To book your place, call us today.


Beginner's Sewing (Cushions)

Always wanted to learn to sew, so you can make your own home accessories? Come along to our beginners' course, where you'll soon learn to make your own cushions. Bring 0.5 metres of fabric of your choice and 2.5 metres of 25mm bias binding and we'll provide the rest.

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm.
April 15, 2017 (Earls Barton)

Course costs £45.
To book your place, call us today.


 

Beginner's Crochet

Learn the craft of crochet, from the basic stitches to creating a traditional ‘Granny Square’. Starting at the very beginning: how to hold the hook and make your first stitches. In the afternoon, you will learn how to read a simple pattern and crochet a traditional ‘Granny Square’. All materials provided including a set of hooks for you to take home.

Courses run on selected Saturdays in Earls Barton from 10.30am to 4pm and Olney and Towcester from 11am to 3pm.
November 18, 2017 - (Earls Barton) £40.00
November 25, 2017 - (Olney) £40.00
December 10, 2017 - (Towcester) £40.00

Course costs £40.
To book your place, call us today.


 

lampshade workshop

Come along to our lampshade workshop and learn how to make your very own drum lampshade. Just bring along 1 metre of fabric (or there will be some available to purchase if needed). You will leave the workshop having created your own 30cm drum lampshade for your table top or ceiling.  

Courses run on selected Saturdays from 10.30am to 1.30pm
October 14, 2017 (Earls Barton) 10.30-1.30
November 4, 2017 (Earls Barton) 10.30-3.00 (£45)

course costs £30 (or £45).
to book your place, call us today.


rag rugging

This beginners class will teach you all the skills you require to create your own fabulous textured rag rug in colours of your choice. You will learn how to use the latch tool, work with the hessian backing cloth, choose, prepare and cut scrap fabrics to create your own up-cycled rug, cushion or frame that you can finish at home.
All materials, tea and cake are provided on the day and the latch tool is yours to keep.

Courses run on selected Saturdays/weekdays from 10.30am to 3.00pm
October 28, 2017 (Towcester)
January 24, 2018 (Olney)
January 28, 2018 (Towcester)
March 17, 2018 (Towcester)
April 22, 2018 (Towcester) 

course costs £40.
to book your place, call us today.


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japanese apron workshop

Make your own contemporary style Japanese apron in our new sewing class. Japanese cross-back aprons are ingeniously constructed in one piece and simple slip over the head without the need for fiddly ties. You will choose from a selection of beautiful Irish linen fabric and be expertly guided through the process of pattern cutting and construction your apron. You will go home with a completed apron and a pattern you can use to make more! Basic sewing machine skills are required for this workshop. Price includes all materials and use of a sewing machine (please bring a sharp pair of scissors and a packed lunch).

Courses run on Sundays from 11am to 3pm

November, 26 2017 (Towcester)
February 3, 2018 (Towcester)
March 10, 2018 (Earls Barton)
April 21, 2018 (Towcester)

course costs £50.
to book your place, call us today.


Christmas Paper Craft

Come and enjoy a fun day being creative with paper. We will make a selection of Christmas decorations, simple wreath, bunting, origami stars, cards and gift tags to add a personal touch to your festivities. Mince pies and tea/coffee included.

Courses run on Sundays from 11am to 3pm
November 19, 2017 (Towcester)

Course costs £35.
To book your place, call us today.

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