Craft School


The WI Craft School in Oxfordshire brings together experts in their field to offer a wide variety of art and craft courses ranging from patchwork, flower arranging, watercolours, silver jewellery and willow work, to stained glass, calligraphy, carving, textiles and sugarcraft – the choice is endless and caters for all abilities and interests.

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WI Member: From £330.00


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This course is suitable for students who have completed the Level 1 course, or equivalent and will teach you how to combine wiring with tambour. You will learn how to couch down a wire using the tambour technique to create a 3D flower, and in addition how to embellish this with a Victorian wired flower.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



‘Under the Sea’ lives a wondrous micro-world of marine life with its amazing variety of creatures and colours which provides a rich source of inspiration to the budding textile artist. Learn various techniques including needlefelting, embroidery, die-cutting and collage. Use a mixture of different textile and craft materials and together with these techniques, make items and elements to assemble on a felted fabric background.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



An exciting course exploring the properties of ordinary printed paper and turning it into a glorious designer evening bag. By mixing prepared magazine papers together with lining, stitch, wax and a little silk embellishment, you will create a unique accessory that you will be proud to carry on a night out.

WI Member: From £490.00


Non Member: From £540.00



An exciting course exploring the properties of ordinary printed paper and turning it into a glorious designer evening bag. By mixing prepared magazine papers together with lining, stitch, wax and a little silk embellishment, you will create a unique accessory that you will be proud to carry on a night out.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



An exciting course exploring the properties of ordinary printed paper and turning it into a designer book complete with hand painted pages. Using easy techniques, this is a wonderful way to use those discarded magazines to produce a stunning, and useful, item or two!

 

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member : From £400.00



WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Decoupage comes from the French verb ‘to cut out’. It is a very accessible, fun, relaxing and a creative craft for beginner and dabblers. Decoupage can be used to personalize almost any item in your home. We will explore a variety of Decoupage techniques, tips and materials during the course. You will create a beautiful personalized trinket box and more….

Your designs can be simple or as complex as you like. Using a variety of papers. Napkins, cut outs from magazines, scrap papers, tissues papers, copies of photographs etc. Rubber-stamping and embellishing with paints can also compliment decoupage. The list is endless.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

 All very welcome to relax, explore and experiment using a variety of artistic expressions, mediums and techniques. Watercolour, Acrylics, Collage, etc. You will produce two or three pieces of free expressive art and learn a little more about yourself along the way.

As adults we became fearful of making mistakes, of being laughed at or criticised, or of not being ‘good enough’ at what we were doing.

However, with a little mindfulness and self-compassion, we can regain the creative freedom of our childhood and once again experience the joy and freedom of exploring our artistic side!

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Come and try your hand at modern hand-weaving.  If you’ve never tried this traditional craft before then you’re in for a treat! Using a simple rigid-heddle loom and a selection of supplied colourful hand-knitting yarns, learn how to warp up a loom, start weaving and finish off a beautiful shoulder bag to take home with you. 

Suitable for beginners.

WI Member: From £185.00


Non Member: From £205.00



Have you ever wondered how artists paint along to music in church or from dreams they have had? This Christian-themed art session will allow you to paint from an image triggered from your imagination or from a vision in response to a piece of music and a related story from scripture provided by your tutor. Everyone will produce different styles of artwork and will receive individual help if they need it. There will be a short practice piece before engaging with the theme and work on a larger painting. The painting will be 'loose' rather than detailed. Suitable for beginners. This will be a fun session, not too serious.

NOTES FOR STUDENTS

There is a materials cost of £15 for this workshop which is payable to the tutor.  

Please bring your own paint brushes (suitable for loose and detailed work), else you will be able to buy these directly from your tutor on the day.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Indulge your creativity within the world of miniatures and create a stunning 1/12th scale attic room scene. Using a variety of techniques and materials, learn how to create this unique room setting plus contents, all with a hint of age and realism. Versatile enough that once completed can sit on a shelf or hang on a wall. Something to treasure forever.

Various decorating options to choose from, including aging techniques with paint. Create walls, ceiling and floorboards using cardboard.  Paint a scene through a window, build a sash window from scratch,  make a curtain pole out of an old clothes hanger to hang antique lace curtains from. Learn how to mitre joint wooden skirting boards using saw and mitre block. Construct a wooden chest with opening lid and fill as you wish using material scraps, miniature ephemera, etc.  Make  a wooden tea chest and a 1930s style shaped mirror on a chain.  Create a shelf with hooks, make books using different methods and lots more!

Suitable for beginners and experienced crafters.

Additional costs payable to the tutor: £40 for the entire kit, which contains all necessary materials to create this scene such as wood, card, printed ephemera and ready constructed MDF room box measuring 12" high x 10" wide x 8" deep

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



This is a follow on from Part 1: 'How to Draw' and 'Beginners Watercolours'. This time you will tackle watercolour landscapes. You will consider the techniques of big washes, textures, composition and perspective, and discover how to put it all together. At the end of the course you will be able to construct beautiful landscapes with confidence.

WI Member: From £300.00


Non Member: From £340.00



The follow on from the Drawing and Watercolours for Beginners, Parts 1 and 2. Now Michele will introduce you to pastels and show you how to use them on their own and with other water based media to create wonderful effects. You will have fun developing your creative skills even further!

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Following on from the Little Art Courses Drawing, Landscape, Pastels and mixed media, this is an opportunity to learn how to develop and use your imagination creatively. Using various media and subject matter, we will discover that creativity together!

This course will be run as a workshop. The tutor will demonstrate ideas and inspire students to have the confidence to find their own subject matter and develop the courage to try new things whilst developing the technical skills to do it. The tutor will provide lots of different media to experiment with. An exciting course with lots of one to one help, demonstrations, inspirational ideas and lots of fun too!

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the beautiful effects that can be achieved with this delightful medium. It will cover all the basics you need to know.

WI Member: From £490.00


Non Member: From £540.00



This course is an exciting opportunity for you to express emotions, moods, sentiments and even your innermost feelings in purely abstract terms. Richard will explain how working with lines, shapes and colours can produce unique and expressive pieces of abstract art.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Want to draw? This course will show you how. Come and take those first creative steps and see how fulfilling and fun it is. Learning to draw is learning how to look at things in a simpler way and then becoming familiar with the techniques to translate what you have seen on to paper. You will be amazed at what you can achieve when shown how, and how your confidence will grow.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Come to Denman and its lovely grounds for a restful break from all the hectic festive preparations and indulge yourself by creating your own beaded Christmas decorations. Using tiny seed beads and lots of deliciously sparkly crystal beads you will create a beautiful beaded bauble, a beaded snowflake and light-catching beaded icicle to hang on your Christmas tree. They also make the ideal gift for loved ones that cannot be found in any shop, however, after all your efforts you may find it hard to part with them! This course is suitable for those with some beading experience. All equipment and materials can be purchased or borrowed from the tutor (cost is approx £20). However, students may like to bring some or all of the following: Equipment: Beading mat, beading needle and thread, ruler/tape measure, double-sided sticky tape, small sharp scissors. Materials: 3” diameter glass/plastic Christmas bauble, size 6/0, 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm crystal bicones or Czech facetted beads, 12mm and 25mm or 30mm bugle beads, 1 x 15mm drop bead, 2 x 15mm bead caps, 2 x 6mm crystal ‘Marguerite’ flower beads, 1 x 3.75” snowflake wire form with six arms. Note: It is advisable to use Swarovski where crystal is mentioned as the beads are of uniform size and have larger holes than cheaper beads.

WI Member: From £330.00


Non Member: From £370.00



The delicate leaves of this statement necklace are made using increasing and decreasing peyote stitch in the ‘zig zag’ technique embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls.  The dainty strap is made in Russian Snake Chain embellished with pearls. This necklace is suitable for the intermediate or advanced beader who has a good knowledge of peyote stitch. The aim of the class is to learn how to make the leaves and the chain and how to attach them all together.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Using a circular beaded ‘lace’ technique you will embellish a bottle with swags and drops. You will also learn how to make individual stoppers to be able to recycle your own bottles and containers. The course will also show you how to create a beaded button and tassel head.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



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 £300.00


Non Member: From £340.00



You will learn how to construct beautiful beaded flowers, leaves, foliage and butterflies. These can be applied to hairpins and tiara bands, or assembled as corsages or posies, so you can choose to make them to be either worn or used as interior decorations.  Phone 01865 391 991 for more information.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



This advanced course will provide challenging projects to create finished pieces of jewellery. There will be 3 projects; a Dragonwing Bracelet created using bugles, crystals and seed beads in Right-angle Weave and Netting stitches, a Crystal Navettes Pendant (with beaded chain necklace) using crystal navette stones in sew-on settings, woven with Herringbone and Peyote stitches and finally, some puffed triangle-shaped earrings created using crystal bicones and cylinder beads worked in Peyote Stitch. This course requires some experience in beadweaving and knowledge of Herringbone, Peyote and Right-angle Weave stitches. NOTES FOR STUDENTS All tools/materials can be borrow/purchased from the tutor, however students may like to bring the following: Size 10 and 11 beading needles, Beading thread, Beading mat, 4mm and 6mm pearls, 3mm and 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones, 12mm bugles, size 11/0 Japanese seed beads, size 11/0 Delica cylinder beads, 3 x 15x7mm crystal navette stones in sew-on settings. The approx cost of materials is £20-25.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Scared of the sewing machine? You won’t be after this class.

There is much joy and satisfaction that comes from being able to say, “I made that” so what better way to get you started than with this great new sewing course designed for beginners or as a refresher for those who have not sewn for many years.

During this sewing course you will learn the sewing machine basics such as how to thread your machine, how to sew in a straight line and how to create a seam. There will be plenty of time for practice and step by step demonstrations throughout. You will also complete a mini project outcome during this course.

WI Member : From £330.00


Non Member : From £370.00



A wide variety of hand carved and sustainably sourced woodblock designs to choose from, and a lovely selection of colours to work with. The inks used are non-toxic, 100% vegan and amazingly quick to dry. A simple, but effective craft that is both fun and therapeutic – you will create your own hand printed apron, tea-towel, greeting cards & reusable shopping bag! Then, you will also design and print a 1m x 0.5,m piece of fabric… and then turn this into a lampshade! No prior knowledge of printing is required -  Maggie will talk you through each stage of the process for you to take home and then proudly display your new and exciting makes.

Approx. cost of craft materials, as a guide for students:  For all items in the course £35.00 per person (1 x Apron, 1 x Tea-Towel, 6 Greeting cards, 1 x reusable Shopping Bag, ‘spare/demo’ papers and fabrics, 1m x 0.5 metre plain fabric, Lampshade Making Kit) Additional items will be available for purchase on the day

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Discover the fun and creative art of bookbinding! This course will give you the opportunity to explore a variety of stitching techniques, tips, tools, and materials used for binding. You will create your own paperback / hardback books that can be used as sketchbooks or notebooks etc.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



A chance to flex your creative muscles, this course is ideal for those who wish to ‘loosen up’ their bead weaving technique and go freeform!  Literally, you can make it up as you go along, but always with a design idea in the back of your mind.  We will use peyote stitch but you may find other stitches creeping in as you progress such as circular brick stitch, picots and spiral staircase, and maybe a further choice or two from your own repertoire.  Instruction will be given on the overall freeform peyote technique, plus the stitches mentioned.  What you create with this lovely, organic look is up to you.  A pendant or bracelet to wear or perhaps a little pot would be preferable; the choice is yours!  Suitable for beginners/improvers.

NOTES FOR STUDENTS

Students may purchase/borrow all materials from the tutor or bring the following from your bead stashes:Size 10 and 11 beading needles, beading thread, beading mat, small sharp scissors, thread conditioner.  Bring your bead stash as this technique is ideal for using up leftovers!  Size 15 to size 5 seed beads, 2mm to 8mm beads in any shape or size.  If it has a hole in it you can use it!

The approx cost of materials is £10.

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



Try your hand at a medley of different craft projects with a contemporary twist. You will make a number of different small projects to give you lots of lovely ideas for your WI craft sessions, to decorate your home or give away as special presents. There will be a range of projects to try, using beautiful fabrics, felts, buttons, threads, beads, papers and all sorts!

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Try your hand at a medley of different craft projects with a contemporary twist. You will make a number of small projects to give you lots of lovely ideas for your WI craft sessions, to decorate your home or to give away as special presents. There will be a range of projects to try, using beautiful fabrics, felts, buttons, threads, beads, papers and all sorts! The projects are quick and simple. They take around an hour or so to make, and are intended to give you lots of ideas to share with others.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Have you got piles of buttons lying around or just a button collector-holic?! This is a fun day which gives you several projects to made a dent in your button stash and show off your beauties to best effect. We will use buttons to create decorations, pictures, accessories, jewellery and greetings cards and lots of other ideas too.

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



Calligraphy simply means beautiful writing, and during the day workshop we will study calligraphy made with a broad edged pen and based on a tenth century manuscript. This for complete beginners and for anyone who has long admired calligraphy and wants to know how to start. Demonstrations and individual tuition will be designed to cater for your particular needs, and materials will be supplied.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



MODERN CALLIGRAPHY. Whether you are a beginner or returning to improve what you have already learnt, these two days will give you all you need to confidently personalise your own style of this beautiful script. You will be using a fine point nib which is perfect for left handers too. We will practice the techniques in mastering this script and look at layout and design. Using fantastic new metallic ink, you should go home with a fabulous piece, picture, card etc. for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



For anyone who has long admired calligraphy and wants to know how to start. Demonstrations and individual tuition will be designed to cater for your particular needs.

WI Member: From £185.00


Non Member: From £205.00



Learn the techniques of illumination (gilding) and enjoy creating your own decorated and illuminated letters or decorative motifs , which can perhaps be used to enhance your calligraphy, illuminate a miniature or create a single, vibrant decorative letter, using line, colour and gold ( the “real” stuff or gold gouache). Even the smallest amount of gold added to work makes it stunning.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



The hand that springs most to mind when the word calligraphy is mentioned is Gothic, or Black Letter as it is often known. It is characterised by its closed spaced upright strokes and has become much used to represent anything 'Olde English'. We will work from historic examples and study basic calligraphy techniques, initially with a fibre tip pen and progressing to a broad edged metal nib. No previous experience of calligraphy is expected, but those with some experience are very welcome.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



The italic hand was developed during the Italian Renaissance as a means of speeding up the laborious process of handwriting a document. It is characterised by its forward slope, elliptical ‘o’ and 45 degree pen angle. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful hand of all, and can be a stepping-off point for the study of other hands, including copperplate, which was an 18th century development of italic. During the course, you will study the basics of calligraphic techniques, the use of the broad-edged pen, inks and metal nibs. You will study in detail each of the letters in both the upper and lower case alphabets, and study the basics of design. Finally we will complete a project based on a short poem or piece of prose that you have brought with you. NOTES FOR STUDENTS Students to bring: Wide fibre tip calligraphy pen (5mm). These can be found in most art shops including WH Smith, and are made by Berol, Pilot, Edding, etc. If you live in a remote area, you can obtain these online or on the phone from the company below. It is important to have a wide nib, please do not just bring narrow nibs. Mitchell Roundhand nibs numbers 0, 3 and 4 with reservoirs and a holder. Black ink (not waterproof ink – ordinary fountain pen ink is fine). A3 layout paper (cartridge paper for finished work will be available for sale). Rag or tissues. Pencil, sharpener, ruler, rubber. A short piece of prose, poem or something that has a particular meaning for you. If you have trouble obtaining any of these please phone 'Blots' on 0161 720 6916 (www.blotspens.co.uk).

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Choose a photo from Jane’s selection which will be printed onto an A4 piece of canvas. The excitement is seeing how the image develops as you embellish some areas with stitches in various threads and beads and highlight with metallic paint.

Examples of Jane's work can be seen at Jemdesign.co.uk

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



The beautiful and complex patterns that we are all familiar with in Celtic art were actually developed from earlier examples of interlacing designs from the Romans, and much earlier Chinese work. Though it is difficult when looking at them to imagine the methods of construction, it is actually quite a simple method that can be learned by anyone without an artistic background. During the course you will cover square knots and triangular knots, which can be applied in many areas of the arts and crafts, such as embroidery, patchwork, calligraphy, woodcarving and stained glass. No previous knowledge is required.