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Come away for a break before Christmas!  Treat yourself to a relaxing few days with the girls, learn something new and even pick up some inspiration for starting a new hobby next year.  Start your weekend with a cocktail, choose 3 workshops from our exciting offer, enjoy our Saturday night entertainment and go home on Sunday refreshed for the Christmas preparations.

Select three workshops from the following:

Flower Arranging Timeless Flowers with Christine Pearce

In this workshop you will create a lovely Christmas table design using candles and fresh seasonal foliage and flowers. We will also add some Christmas bling to give your design a sparkle

A Christmas Ring in Ribbon Embroidery with Marilyn Pipe

A beautiful seasonal ring in simple stitches, suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced embroiderer.

Lino-Printing Christmas Cards with Abi Burt


Design your own Christmas card and print an edition, using the simple process of Lino-cutting. Lino-printing is a technique of printmaking from the last century, and is the modern continuation of wood-block printing, a beautiful technique which has been used for decades.
 
Participants can take home their lino masterpiece and continue to print as many Christmas cards as they want at home

 

Truffle Topiary Tree with Louise Talbot 

I'm sure we all have childhood festive food memories at Christmas time - for me it has to be a silver tray with a selection of nuts, crystallised ginger, cherries (Southern hemisphere!) and Mother's homemade fudge and truffles.

During this workshop you will make some of my favourite truffles - Port & Prune, White Chocolate & Pistachio, and Rum & Raisin.  I'll also show you how to display them on a very special 'truffle tree'. These all freeze very well so can be a job done for Christmas"

Booking Your Workshops:

Please select your preferred 3 workshops from the choices above, then ring Guest Services on 01865 391 991 to book. Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All final information, including workshop timings, will be sent out to you two months before the start of the course. 

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You will be able to learn and practice to do plants, walls, fields and the many elements that make a landscape. This course is open to all levels of ability including beginners to embroidery. You will work on a landscape design, designed by your tutor, incorporating many of the skills/stitches to continue to interpret your own pictures into embroideries at home. A variety of embroidery techniques will be demonstrated to create elements of the landscape and each student will get individual attention to develop their skills. There will be the opportunity to do the Orange Tree by Di van Niekerk which also has a number of ribbon and stumpwork embroidery techniques.  Many students chose to do both!

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You will be able to learn and practice to do plants, walls, fields and the many elements that make a landscape. This course is open to all levels of ability including beginners to embroidery. You will work on a landscape design, designed by your tutor, incorporating many of the skills/stitches to continue to interpret your own pictures into embroideries. A variety of embroidery techniques will be demonstrated to create elements of the landscape and each student will get individual attention to develop their skills. There will be the opportunity to do the Orange Tree by Di van Niekerk which also has a number of ribbon and stumpwork embroidery techniques.  Many students chose to do both!

Preparation for the course:
Embroidery hoops – 6” to 8” hoops, scissors, needles and glasses if you need them.  

Additional Costs: £7 for the a kit which the tutor will provide.

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If you have ever wondered about trying free machine embroidery and did not know where to start then this is the course for you. Aimed at complete beginners you will soon see just how much fun and versatile this contemporary technique is. You will also learn all about free machine applique and use fabric, ribbon and lace in your design. You will go home with a picture that you can frame or turn into a cushion cover. Come and learn this creative technique and turn your doodles into stitches.

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If you have ever wondered about trying free machine embroidery and did not know where to start then this is the course for you. Aimed at complete beginners you will soon see just how much fun and versatile this contemporary technique is. You will also learn all about free machine applique and use fabric, ribbon and lace in your design. You will go home with a festive picture that you can frame or turn into a cushion cover. Come and learn this creative technique and turn your doodles into stitches

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The course is for people who would love to learn what some of the different soluble fabrics do and why you would use one particular one rather than another for your project.

The course is designed so that you make three projects by free-machine embroidering on three different soluble fabrics. The projects will have a Christmas theme.

Starting with layering on Avalon you will create a little lacy, textured bowl that is finished with beads stitched around the top. This bowl would be perfect to hold a few sweeties or a battery operated tealight, perfect for the festive season.

The second project uses the thicker Romeo soluble fabric to create a fabric strip using ribbon, lace and strips of material. As well as free machine embroidery we will be using the decorative stitches on the sewing machine which can be very effective. Stars for your Christmas tree will be cut out and decorated with crystals.

The third project is creating a lacy embroidered bauble on Aquasol /Solufleece. I will show you how sewing over wire to create your bauble shape is not terrifying. 

All three projects are quick and effective giving you plenty of time to create more at home in time for Christmas.

You don't have to have done much free machine embroidery as the projects do not require precise free machine embroidery.

Please bring a plastic container with you to take your projects home with you.

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With the success of the 2012 London Olympics, this course traces the history of the Stratford location through 2,000 years of history, it's abandonment in the last quarter of the 20th century and then rising from obscurity, through the success of the 2012 Olympics, to become the amazing public open space that we can enjoy today. Since the Romans settled in London, Stratford, or "Street Ford", has been the premier crossing over the River Lea into East Anglia. It subsequently became the place of Elizabethan proclamations, burning of heretics, place of residence for Quaker banking families and the centre for East of England railways. The ribbons of water that flow through the site, known as the Bow Back Rivers, were lost through industrialisation but have been resurrected and today are a central part of a vast urban park ready to be explored.

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Brighten up your winter garden with a fabulous willow piglet and dragonfly. Starting the weekend off with a cute little willow heart, which can be decorated with a ribbon of your choice, then on to the willow piglet followed by a 5ft dragonfly which looks great on any fence or shed. A smaller dragonfly can be made if you wish.

Learn the basic skills and techniques needed to create your very own willow sculptures for your garden or patio.

Starting with making a willow frame, we’ll continue with a free weave technique to finish off your piglet. Weaving the ears and plaiting a curly tails to finish him off.

Finally, you will learn how to bind and weave with willow, to give you a stunning dragonfly.

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Dry felting – or needle felting – is a simple process in which you create three dimensional shapes using wool and a barbed needle. In this course you will make a three dimensional needle-felted Rudolph or one of his team mates for Christmas. These little guys are brimming with character and can be used to decorate your tree or home during the festive season. Your reindeer will be 7” to 8” tall and 7” to 8” long, made from fine Scandinavian wool and he can be finished off with a jaunty ribbon around his neck.

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Everybody loves piggies. There is something about their floppy ears and snout that attracts. This course is a needle felting day. Using an easy process which uses a special needle called a felting needle. This has little barbs on which catches the wool fibres and ‘knits’ them together to make a solid sculpture. Using beautiful soft wool in a myriad of colours you can produce the most realistic little pigs and piggies. Accessorize them with floppy hats and ribbons. the only item that would be missing is the ‘oink’. They make lovely little companions sitting on a shelf or even better presents.

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Use scraps of fabric, threads, braids, cords, ribbons and embellishments to produce attractive decorations with a Christmas theme or opt for a longer project making a small Christmas hanging with a twisted star design by machine.

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Use scraps of fabric, threads, braids, cords, ribbons and embellishments to produce attractive decorations with a Christmas theme or opt for a longer project making a small Christmas hanging with a twisted star design by machine.

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Using photos and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own interpretation of your chosen corner of Denman’s beautiful grounds with silk ribbons and embroidery threads. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff. A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower details are added, all flower stitches will be demonstrated then you can “plant” your garden at your own pace. This piece will be framed in a “platinum” type frame ready to take home. Packs of silk ribbons will be available to purchase from the tutor, for £25 including your Frame.

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Using magazine pictures, photos and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own Topiary Tree full of beautiful blooms!

A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower stitches are added to give a guide to your design.
Silk ribbon is very easy and quick to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff.

This piece could then be framed or finished as a book cover, cushion etc. at a later date.

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The full description for this course is not yet available.  It will be added shortly.  In the meantime, if you require further information, please contact Denman on 01865 391991.

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 A relaxing course using silk ribbons and embroidery threads to create a stunning garden full of beautiful blooms. The College garden will be an inspiration for the various designs, including roses, daises, irises as well as foliage. A course for beginners and the experienced embroiderer a like.

Using magazine pictures and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own interpretation of beautiful blooms. A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower details are added,  all flower stitches will be demonstrated then you can “plant” your garden at your own pace. This piece will then be mounted ready to frame at a later date. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff.

Please bring a sewing kit and various embroidery threads. Also any silk ribbons although packs of silk ribbons will be available to purchase from the tutor.

Notes for Students

Please bring:

  • Sewing kit
  • Embroidery threads
  • Embroidery hoop 4/5”
  • Silk ribbons if you have them
  • A few beads
  • Any inspirational pictures or photos.

Additional costs:

  • Silk Noil for the base material will be available for£1 a piece
  • Packs of dyed silk ribbon will be available for £6 per pack
  • Hoops will also be available to purchase or borrow
  • Threads, paint etc. will be provided

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Imagine walking into a beautiful garden filled with hollyhocks, poppies, delphiniums,and iris, interspersed with rose trees!!! Your unique picture will be created in silk ribbon and threads with lots of demonstrations and time to work at your own pace. Silk ribbon is easy to work with as it is soft and malleable and grows quickly; a perfect course for beginners and the more advanced embroiderer.

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Imagine walking into a beautiful garden filled with hollyhocks, poppies, delphiniums,and iris, interspersed with rose trees!!! Your unique picture will be created in silk ribbon and threads with lots of demonstrations and time to work at your own pace. Silk ribbon is easy to work with as it is soft and malleable and grows quickly; a perfect course for beginners and the more advanced embroiderer.

WI Member: From £360.00


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The full description for this course is not yet available. It will be added shortly. In the meantime, if you require further information, please contact Denman on 01865 391991.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Create your own beautiful “Poppy Field” on this relaxing course, using silk ribbons and threads, with time to work at your own pace.
The background will be sponged on with paint to create the scene, and then the ribbon and threads stitches can be added to complete your unique images, mounted and ready to frame!
All stitches will be explained step by step, as well as some extra “flowers” for future projects.

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Using magazine pictures, photos and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own Bouquet full of beautiful blooms!
A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower stitches are added to give a guide to your design. Your piece can then be mounted ready to take home for framing at a later date.

Silk ribbon is very easy and quick to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff.
Be warned…..ribbon embroidery can become addictive!

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The art of sewing using silk ribbons combined with threads is relaxing, easy to learn and has rewarding results. It is feasible to complete at least one stunning Christmas tree on this course, which could be framed, used as a book cover or on a cushion at a later date. This course is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced embroiderer.

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Using magazine pictures and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own interpretation of beautiful blooms. A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower details are added, and there will be a choice of a bouquet or garland of flowers. This piece can then be mounted, ready to frame at a later date. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff. Please bring a sewing kit, silk ribbons will be available to purchase from the tutor.

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A relaxing course making a unique picture using silk ribbons and embroidery threads to create a beautiful bluebell wood. Using photos and ribbon embroidery samples for inspiration as well as tutor demonstrations, it will be wonderful to see various scenes come to life using a few simple stitches. There will also be a demonstration on dying silk ribbons in the microwave so any colour ribbon will be available! A course for beginners and the experienced embroiderer alike.

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Using magazine pictures and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, to create your own beautiful Christmas designs. All techniques and materials will be demonstrated and students are free to work at their own pace to enjoy creating! The stitches are easy and move quickly so it will be possible to make a few unique cards to give to special people, or you might choose to frame your picture to give as a personal gift. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff. Be warned…silk.ribbon embroidery can be addictive!

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Imagine a flower border filled with stunning tall Delphiniums in all shades of blue and some pink, interspersed with white and lemon coloured Daises, all created in silk ribbon and thread. Silk ribbon is very soft and malleable, so is easy and quick to work with, forming beautiful flowers with ease! Your unique picture will be mounted ready to be framed at a later date. This course is suitable for beginners.

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On this relaxing course you will be creating beautiful fuchsias, the prima donnas of the garden, all frills and stunning colours! With the aid of pictures and demonstration of all stitches, by the end of the course your lovely flowers will be mounted ready to be framed on your return home. Silk ribbon is soft and malleable, so easy and quick to work with, creating beautiful flowers with ease. This course is suitable for beginners and the more advanced embroiderer.

WI Member: From £300.00


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This relaxing course using Silk Ribbons and threads is a lovely way to spend time stitching stunning flowers, at your own pace. Resulting in a beautiful unique piece of work. Ribbon embroidery grows quickly and is easy as the silk ribbon is very malleable and enjoyable to use.

This course is for beginners as well as the more experienced embroiderer.

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Imagine a stunning garden with a bed of beautiful roses and tall vibrant coloured alliums. On this relaxing course these flowers will be stitched in silk ribbon embroidery to form a wonderful picture that can be framed or used to embellish a cushion at a later date. Silk ribbon is easy to use as it is very malleable and the work grows quickly. All techniques will be demonstrated. This course is suitable for beginners and the more advanced embroiderer..

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A relaxing course creating a unique picture using silk ribbons and embroidery threads to create a stunning group of beautiful snowdrops. Snowdrops are such a wonderful sight to herald in a new year, and are very easy to stitch! A course for beginners and the experienced embroiderer alike.

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Using magazine pictures and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, to create your own beautiful Christmas designs. All techniques and materials will be demonstrated and students are free to work at their own pace to enjoy creating! The stitches are easy and move quickly so it will be possible to make a few unique cards to give to special people, or you might choose to frame your picture to give as a personal gift. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff. Be warned…silk.ribbon embroidery can be addictive!

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Personalise a T-Shirt in 100% cotton; transform it into an original summer top with easy to apply cut-out motifs.  

Choose your motifs from a selection of printed fabrics: flowers, leaves, hearts, birds & bees. The motifs are fused in position and can be over-stitched or decorated with narrow ribbon, tiny buttons or beads.

Bring along your own 100% cotton T-Shirt, or choose from the white T’s provided.

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Let loose the creativity in you and make yourself a stunning and personal evening bag for that “special occasion.”  Using fabric and colours of your choice we will sew a base bag with personalised pockets. Embellished with threads, ribbon, buttons and beads of your choice the design can be as simple or ornate as you like. You will be guided through the process of using magnetic fasteners, boning and wadding. Basic sewing machine skills required.

COST

The cost is approximately £15 but this varies considerably according to the type of fabric you choose. Some students like to use silks, others fat quarters and I am very happy for students to use washed scarves and fabric of the right size. Something new from something old is great recycling!

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The full description for this course is not yet available. It will be added shortly. In the meantime, if you require further information, please contact Denman on 01865 391991.

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Use scraps of fabric, threads, braids, cords, ribbons and embellishments to produce attractive decorations with a Christmas theme. Some will take a few minutes, some a lot longer, you will produce at least four decorations.

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Silk, chiffon, ribbons, lace and left over yarns are some of the textiles that can be used to make a beautiful scarf. Simply sandwiching one type of material in between two layers of dissolvable fabric and stitching a grid will produce a lovely item. Alternatively several different fabrics can be introduced and enhanced with extra stitch; both methods produce stunning results. During the course design, colour and techniques will be demonstrated with encouragement to “think outside the box”. This course is for all abilities, as basic straight machine stitch can be used and still produce a beautiful finished item. If a student has more machine embroidery skills, advanced embellishment may be added. 

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