The American poet (and we like to think probable crafter) Emily Dickinson (1830-86) wrote ‘March is the month of expectation, The things we do not know.’ So let the March winds blow as we turn our creative energies to mastering new skills and learning new crafts.
Most Curious Wedding Fair
Be a bride with a difference. Go vintage, think retro, be bespoke and stay unique with the help of this rocking wedding event packed with imaginative suppliers and inspirational designs. It’s the best and most original show for all things wedding including fabulous favours, kooky cakes, ‘I-do’ dresses and pitch perfect photography.
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
When: Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: from £8, U14 go free
Sew a Victoria Blazer
By the end of this relaxed two-day class taught by dressmaker and co-founder of sewing pattern brand By Hand London, Elisalex de Castro Peake you’ll have several new skills under your belt, including turned up French seam cuffs and side seam pockets, and a gorgeous new Victoria blazer to throw over your favourite spring dress and show off to the world.
Where: The Village Haberdashery, 47 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NB
When: Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March
Time: 11am – 4pm
DIY Painted Necklace
Where cabaret meets crafting, singing meets stitching and making meets music. Yes you really can have it all at the Crafternoon Cabaret Club. This month turn beads into your own bespoke necklace. All materials and entertainment provided.
Where: The Book Club, 100 – 106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
When: Saturday 12 March 2016
Time: 2pm – 4pm
These boots were made for walking. They could also be made by you with a vast choice of styles including vintage t-bar, open sandal or field boot. You can go leather or vegan and near enough any damn colour you like.
Where: Green Shoes, The Old Chapel, 26A Cross Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NL
When: Sunday 13 March 2016
Time: 9.45am – 4pm
The London Artisan will be running Bloggers Brunch every first Sunday of the month. It’s an ongoing initiative created by Designers/Makers to bring together bloggers and writers with designers and crafters. On arrival you will receive a TLA tote bag, enjoy breakfast and then explore The London Artisan and chat with the sellers.
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
When: Sunday 13 March 2016
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Hip hip crochet! Spend a day in the company of author and crochet extraordinaire Tracey Todhunter learning the basic crochet stitches and techniques. All materials provided including a kit to continue the work at home and make your own crochet corsage.
Where: At Nettle Home and Garden, Century House, Old Mill Place
High Street, Tattenhall, Cheshire CH3 9PX
When: Tuesday 15 March 2016
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: £55 including lunch
Modern Sign Writing
Join Alexandra Whittemore from PollyAndMe for an intensive workshop exploring techniques, fonts and lettering skills to produce your very own beautiful signs. You will leave with your very own chalkboard pen and mini chalkboard complete with your very own perfectly scripted inspirational phrase.
Where: The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby
When: Sunday 20 March 2016
Cost: £25 plus £2 entrance to Spring Market
Fabric Handbag Workshop
Handbags at the ready. This one day course, which uses domestic machines so is suitable for beginners, teaches you how to sew, fully line the bag, create a patch pocket and fit magnetic closures. You’ll be given the pre-prepared pattern to take home, so you can use it again to make another bag.
Where: Rebecca Jane, Unit 83 Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8JJ
When: Saturday 27 March 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm