Let cupid draw back his bow this February and point you in the direction of seven creative and thoroughly enjoyable workshops, courses and events in the UK this month. So you might as well give into your passion and embrace all things crafty.
Fascinator Making Hen Party
Aimed at the bride and her gal pals who have a little more flair and are infinitely more fascinating than the usual hens in L-plates. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a bespoke headdress for the big day with the marvellous award-winning eco-chic milliner Chloe Haywood.
Where: Locations can be arranged to suit
When: Saturday, 13 February 2016
Time: Two hours
Cost: £32 per person, includes the fascinator, cake and goodie bag.
All You Knit is Love – Knit Aid
This Valentine’s Day sees a Mass Knit-in event for a worthy cause. All knitters, regardless of ability, are being called to arms to help create as many squares as possible for much-needed blankets for refugee families who are facing cold and miserable conditions.
Where: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2R 4RH
When: Sunday, 14 February 2016
Time: 11am – 2:30pm
Cost: £10 – Entry (bring-your-own yarn and needles). £25 – Entry and an All You Knit is Love knitting kit
An introduction to the exciting medium of paper cutting and its wider applications within art and design. You will be encouraged to work on project of your own choice such as a greetings card, paper lantern, mobile or a small artwork.
Where: The Brewery Arts Centre, 122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4HE
When: Saturday, 20 February 2016
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: from £15
Basic Furniture Painting Workshops
Here’s the place to start your home décor revolution. Bring along a worn and past-its best wooden item such as a small chair, shelf, mirror or cabinet and under expert tuition and using Autentico chalk paints and waxes, you’ll soon transform your tired possession into a shabby chic treasure.
Where: 1 & 2 The Mews Shops
3a George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex
, BN27 1AD
When: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Time: 10am – 1pm
Make Your Own Baby Shoes
Oh baby, how cute is this?! This nifty little workshop will teaching you how to make the most adorable baby shoes that have ever walked this earth. Ideal for truly thoughtful and forever-cherished newborn and christening gifts.
Where: John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London
When: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Beginners’ Knitting Workshop
Calling all nervous knitting novices. The lovely Jen & Jenny of Stitch & Story will help you make light of work of those basic steps of knit, purl, and send you hurtling into the happy world of knitting in no time. As an added incentive, the cover price includes coffee and cake.
Where: Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, 113 Cannon St, London EC4N 5AW
When: Saturday, 27 February 2016
Time: 11am – 1pm
Just Got Made
Are you spending every waking moment thinking about your creative small business and what new directions you will explore this year? Just Got Made Weekender is a show for people who love making. A two-day show includes exciting craftspeople, micro-manufacturers and material specialists
from around Britain, who will be showing off their work and skills, giving insight into their chosen professions and selling their unique and original work.
Where: 47/49 Tanner Street, Tanner Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3PL
When: Saturday and Sunday, 27 – 28 February 2016
Time: 11am – 5pm
Cost: £5 day ticket, £7.50 both days