Get a head start on this year’s festive season with our pick of October craft workshops in the UK. Make your own glass beads, stitch a contemporary embroidered artwork, learn to block print fabric or attend The Knitting & Stitching Show – a Mollie favourite! Running a workshop of your own? Tell us more at molliemakes[at]immediate.co.uk
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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
One of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair attracts over 6000 visitors. It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interiors and home-wares, fashion design and fashion textiles, wood, furniture, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Buy work directly from the makers while learning about the process, inspiration, materials and stories behind the work.
Where: Old Granada Studios, Quay Street, Manchester M3 4PR
When: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 October
Time: From 10am
Cost: From £5.50
Visit www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Cheshire Fibre Festival
Five fibre artists from Cheshire are combining resources to create the Cheshire Fibre Festival as part of the North West Fibre Arts Trail, which encourages fibre artists from the North West of England to open their doors and showcase their work. Agrarian Artisan Designs, Crafts from the Dungeon , Eco-Stitch, Jenny Barnett Needlefelt and Yarns from the Plain have planned a day of crochet and needlefelt workshops and will be selling a range of luxury hand-dyed yarn and crochet kits.
Where: Marthall Village Hall, Marthall, Cheshire, WA16 7SB
When: 1 October
Visit agrarianartisan.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more
The Knitting & Stitching Show
The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK and it’s your opportunity to share your love of textiles with others. Whatever your craft passion it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies. It’s a knitting exhibition with a difference; a sewing show like no other. Don’t miss the craft event of the year!
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: 5-9 October
Time: From 10am
Cost: From £8
Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Made by Hand – The Contemporary Craft Fair
Made by Hand is the largest contemporary craft fair in Wales, bringing together an exceptional, handpicked selection of 135 leading award-winning makers from all over Wales and the UK. Plus, meet the finalists from the BBC hit TV show, The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Where: City Hall, Cardiff
When: 28-30 October
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10-5, Sunday, 10-4
Cost: Adults £6 (concessions £5), Weekend ticket £11 (concessions £9)
Visit www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more
The Stitchery Sunday Sewing Sessions
If you need some help with a sewing project or just some extra time in the studio with a machine, then the Sunday Sewing Sessions are ideal. Come along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of The Stitchery, meet new people, and get expert help with your creations.
Where: The Stitchery, 24 Sandyford Place, Glasgow G3 7NG
When: Sunday 9 October
Visit thestitchery.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Block Printing with Kathy Hutton Prints
Printmaker and tutor Kathy Hutton introduces different block printing techniques including Lino carving and creating quick and easy simple stamps for all abilities. The method is simple and with Kathy’s guidance you will learn how to create your own motifs, learn the skills required to carve your own printing blocks, and then enjoy hand printing your own stationery or fabric.
Where: 101 Strathearn Drive, Bristol BS10 6TS
When: Friday 7 October
Visit the Simpson Sisters to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Contemporary Embroidery Artwork with Charlie Deighton
Working with gorgeous Liberty fabrics, found fabrics, linen, ribbons and lace, Charlie will help you create a beautiful floral textile embroider bursting with colour and detail for you to hang on your wall at home or give as a gift. Create and chat with friends over vintage tea and cake, learn new skills, make new friends and create a unique piece of textile art.
Where: 19 Alexandra Road, Clevedon BS21
When: Saturday 22 October
Visit 19 Alexandra Road to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Fred Knits Crochet Sunburst Granny Squares
Branch out from the traditional granny square with this workshop from Fred Knits. Introducing a couple of new stitches to your crochet results in the sunburst square, a little twist that makes for a beautiful effect.
Where: The Saracen’s Head, Main Street, Little Brington
When: Saturday 1 October
Visit Fred Knits to book a space, tickets and to find out more
Flamework/Glass Beads Workshop
Work side-by-side with teacher Louise Ashton and learn to make a range of glass beads, including flowers and hearts. Encase beads in glass and work with gold and silver leaf, then take a collection of beads home to add to your crafting.
Where: Mardleybury Farm, Dartchworth SG3 6SG
When: Sunday 2 October
Visit Louise Ashton to book a space, tickets and to find out more