July craft workshops and creative events

Whatever the weather, make July a month of crafting away from home. From silkscreen printing to mastering the ancient art of Japanese tie dying, here’s a list of creative workshops and events to look forward to this month.

DIY silver jewellery workshop

Handmade silver ring workshop

Try your hand at carving at Drink, Shop and Do this July. The girls from The Workbench, Katie and Kirstie, are teaching an exciting silver jewellery workshop. Grab the opportunity to carve your dream ring at one of their popular craft nights.

Where: Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9DX

When: 5 July (more dates available)

Time: 7 – 9pm

Cost: £59

Visit www.theworkbenchlondon.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Silkscreen printing workshop

Silkscreen printing on fabric

Join Flora Arbuthnott’s workshops to learn silkscreen printing techniques from a pro. No need for prior experience or fancy equipment though to attend this workshop – just turn up and give it a whirl.

Where: In Bristol Studio, Bristol, BS5 9BB

When: 11 July

Time: 6.30 – 9 pm

Cost: £28

Visit www.floraarbuthnott.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Shibori tie dye workshop

Shibori tie dye tote bag workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind tote bag following the expertise of the Posh Totty team. In less than two hours you’ll come away having mastered the ancient Japanese dying technique, tote in hand. Sign us up!

Where: 1 Bond Street Cottages, North Laine, Brighton, BN1 1RP

When: 14 July

Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Cost: £35

Visit www.poshtottydesigns.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Sketch and scribble workshop

Scribble and Sketch

Break away from your usual Saturday morning routine, and get on down to the RWA for a bit of doodling with the whole family.

Where: The Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX

When: 2 July

Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm

Cost: £6.95

Visit www.rwa.org.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Jewellery workshop in august 2016

Jewellery making at Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show

Join JewelleryMaker’s designers at the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show where they’ll be teaching jewellery workshops. Make earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more. After 45 minutes of crafting you get to take away your DIY accessories, too!

Where: The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

When: 1 – 3 July

Time: 10 – 4pm (5pm Saturday)

Cost: Free (tickets to the show costs £8)

Visit www.stitchandhobby.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more

projects shot in the studio

Amigurumi mermaid and friends in Mollie Makes 68

Learn how to crochet

Exhausted all your leads for friends who will crochet for you? Still want this amigurumi narwhal? Learn how to do it yourself. Join a crochet workshop and learn the basics of crochet and in no time you’ll be able to hook your own mermaid and friends.

Where: Baa Ram Ewe, Chapel Allerton shop, 180 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4NZ

When: 16 July

Time: 10 – 4 pm

Cost: £50

Visit baaramewe.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more


Free-machine embroidery

Suitable for those who have basic knowledge of a sewing machine, once you’ve learned this wonderfully creative technique, there’s no turning back! Unleash your creativity in the sewing room this summer – join the class.

Where: The Makery, Beau Nash House, 19 Union Passage, Bath, BA1 1RD

When: 22 July

Time: 10 – 1 pm

Cost: £40

Visit themakery.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more


Make your own espadrilles

Summer has finally arrived; time for new kicks! Pop along to one of The Makery’s espadrille workshops this July to make a pair of comfy shoes in the fabric of your choice – polka dots for us, please. Unsurprisingly places book up fast, so get in quick!

Where: John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1DX

When: 24 July

Time: 10 – 4 pm

Cost: £50

Visit themakery.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Couture sewing workshop with Zandra Rhodes

Couture techniques

Led by Zandra Rhode’s dress maker Jolanta Cerniauskiene, this popular 1-day workshop will give you the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics such as chiffon and silk satin. Using a sewing machine, you will learn a range of techniques including French seam, pin hem, satin stitch, button loops, pockets, machine rolled hem with fishline, boning and much more!

Where: Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

When: 23 July

Time: 10.45 – 4.30 pm

Cost: £80

Visit www.ftmlondon.org to book a space, tickets and to find out more

Hackney WickED DIY open studios

Hackney WickED DIY open studios

Hackney Wick artists are coming together to organise a DIY Open Studios event at the end of July at locations in and around Hackney Wick & Fish Island. This is your chance to explore the labyrinth of artist studios and creative spaces with over 100 participants & celebrate the artist and creative community that currently resides in the area.

Where: Various stuidos

When: 29 – 30 July

Time: 12.00 – 6pm

Cost: Free

Visit www.hackneywicked.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more


How to work with jersey fabric

Working with jersey – make a Tilly & the Buttons ‘Coco’ dress or top

This workshop will introduce you to working with jersey. From how to cut out your patterns, tips on setting up and using a domestic sewing machine and build your confidence and enthusiasm to work with jersey! Barley will guide you through the process of making a stylish ‘Coco’ dress or top from a Tilly & the Buttons dress pattern.

Where: 7 Broadway Market Hackney, London, E8 4PH

When: 29 – 30 July

Time: 12.00 – 6pm

Cost: Free

Visit www.fabrications.co.uk to book a space, tickets and to find out more



Handmade Fair July offer!

Get a free magazine when you buy a Full Experience ticket to the Handmade Fair for just £29 (saving £3). Until 19 July, use code MOLLIE2 when you buy a Full Experience ticket you’ll also receive a voucher for a free craft bookazine, which you can collect from the Mollie Makes Café at the The Handmade Fair. There will be a selection of bookazines to choose from, first come first served, so get there early. See you there, lovelies!

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9BU

When: 16 – 18 September

Time: 9.30am – 6pm

Cost: £29 for Full Experience ticket + free bookazine voucher (also includes a Super Theatre session, Workshop and a Grand Make of your choice). Use code MOLLIE2 at checkout.

Visit www.thehandmadefair.com to book a space, tickets and to find out more