If you’re anything like us, you’ll be filling the run-up to Christmas with festive crafting. We’ve rounded up our pick of craft workshops and creative events in November to help you with your seasonal makes.
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From Christmas wreath making, to creating tree decs, to making that party top, there’s plenty to choose from. Running a workshop of your own? Tell us more at molliemakes[at]immediate.co.uk
Introduction to brioche knitting
Learn to master brioche knitting, so you can produce scrumptious, soft and bouncy textures for winter scarves, wraps and shawls. The class will cover one and two colour brioche knitting, plus increasing and decreasing. You’ll get squishy wool, hand dyed by the tutor, Gerard, and some of his brioche patterns to take away too.
Where: 12 Northern Lights, 5 Mann Street, Liverpool L8 5AF
When: Saturday 4th November
Time: 11am – 2pm
Visit www.iknit.org.uk to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
Make a gorgeous box clutch
We love seasonal making as much as the next crafter, but sometimes you need a breather from the festive/winter theme. Take a break to make a box clutch with London Craft Club. Browse their eclectic stash of vintage and designer fabric and choose your fave one for a clutch. Add a bit of sparkly embellishment too.
Where: Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
When: Monday 13th November
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Visit www.londoncraftclub.co.uk to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
How to make gingerbread gift boxes
Find out how to make delicious-looking gift boxes that everyone will want to keep. Use Paperchase’s in-store papers, washi tapes and Christmas characters to decorate your own gingerbread house. We’re going to make ours and fill it with gingerbread to keep it on-theme. The workshop’s family friendly so you can take everyone (five and over) along.
Where: Paperchase, 12-14 St Mary’s Gate, Manchester M1 1PX
When: Saturday 18th November
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Visit www.paperchase.co.uk to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
Dressmaking – you choose the glitzy top
Christmas party season is almost here (suppressed squeal) and we’re already planning our outfits. This year you can make your own, one-off top, and no longer risk awkward oh-no-we’re-wearing-the-same-outfit moments. Choose from a selection of patterns, and learn how to work with sequin fabric, line a top, and set in a sleeve.
Where: Guthrie & Ghani, 169 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JR
When: Sunday 19th November
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Visit www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
Christmas wreath workshop
Join Annabel Lewis, founder of V V Rouleaux, for a Christmas wreath workshop. Take your pick from bits and bobs from their collection to make your wreath. Think frosted fruits, artificial foliage, glitter, baubles and ribbons. You’ll come away with a finished wreath ready to hang on your door or over your fireplace for years to come.
Where: V V Rouleaux, 9 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2EE
When: Wednesday 22nd November
Time: 10am – 1pm
Visit www.vvrouleaux.com to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
The Fashion Sketchup: Christmas Special
Have some creative fun, cake, cocktails or cuppas in this playful workshop at Oasis’ in-store cafe. Artist Dulcimer Draws will lead the workshop, as you sketch, play and colour your way through a variety of easy activities. You’ll get to try out different fashion illustration styles, design your own festive party dress, and customise a Christmas gift box. Oh, and did we mention you’ll get 20% off at Oasis too?
Where: Saucer & Spritz (Oasis), 22 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BP
When: Saturday 25th November
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Visit www.dulcimerdraws.com to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.
Make a porcelain tree hanging
It’s time to throw out your tatty old Christmas decs and create some brand-spanking new ones. In this workshop you’ll design and make a white porcelain hanging and go home with the skills to craft more. Gift it to a pal, or give it pride of place on your tree for a Scandi-style Christmas.
Where: The Bowery, 54 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AL
When: Saturday 25th November
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Visit www.thebowery.org to book a space, buy tickets and find out more.