Craft School


The WI Craft School 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


Non Member: From £370.00



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.


‘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. 

On this course we will be using a handmade felt fabric background and embellishing with various threads, fabrics and embellishments.  We will start stitching into our background felt using different threads and yarns creating texture , colour and detail.  We will start to build dimension with die-cut elements, ready made yarns and craft materials.  Adding 3d coral reef elements including seaweed, beaded anemones, felt ball sea urchins, stitched starfish and scallops, silk cocoon jellyfish and other quirky fish.  Finally we’ll add our embellishments of beads, sequins and found items.  The three-dimensional effect gives charm and vitality to a unique textile illustration. 

A £10 charge will be made to the tutor for the supply of the hand felted 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 £490.00


Non Member: From £540.00



This is a course aimed at beginners and students with some knowledge that will show you how the French impressionists painted landscapes.

Using photographs of impressionist painters such as Monet, Morrisot and Cezanne you will be shown how to mix colours, use the paint thick and thin, use white to lighten colours and how to use both brush and palette knife to achieve a different style and effect pertaining to the particular artist. By the end of the course you will have completed a number of exercises and have a couple of paintings to take home with you.

Jonathan Newey is an award-winning artist with over 20 years of experience in teaching drawing and painting. He specialises in watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencil drawing.

WI Member: From £300.00


Non Member: From £340.00



Using photographs supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to mix colours, use the paint thick and thin, use white to lighten colours and how to paint spring flowers in the landscape. By the end of the course you will have completed a number of exercises and have a couple of paintings to take home with you.

Jonathan Newey is an award-winning artist with over 20 years of experience in teaching drawing and painting. He specialises in watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencil drawing.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £370.00



This is a course for beginners that will introduce you to painting winter landscapes in acrylic. During the course you will be taught how to use acrylic paint to achieve impressionistic style landscapes.

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



The central aim of this course is to make something new and wearable from old, or broken, items.  Students can share, or swap amongst themselves and add beads and stones from the huge collection of pearls and beads brought by the tutor. The course includes all the required new wires and clasps to make something fresh.  New jewellery can include necklaces, bracelets, pendants and/or earrings (clip on, or pierced). Skills learned on this course can be transferred to other jewellery-making and crafts. All tools and materials are available from the tutor. 

NB: This course is designed to create costume jewellery. It does not include soldering, precious metal work, or setting gemstones and does not include the mending of fine jewellery pieces.

Frances Benton is a trained teacher and a lively story-teller and promises an entertaining and informative course! Frances Benton has been making jewellery and pearl-knotting for many years, having begun her interest in pearls when she was in her twenties. Forty years on, she still travels the world to source her pearls and is an accomplished jewellery-maker, selling her unique pieces all over the UK. She is a registered WI speaker on 12 UK Federations and has been giving talks and demonstrations to WI’s all over the country for 3 years.

Her website has more details: www.tears-of-the-dragon.co.uk

Notes to Students:

Students are asked to bring a quantity of broken, or unwanted jewellery items and loose beads. 

Ask around your WI for donations, or go charity-shopping with renewed energy!

Cost of new materials required are included in the price of the day school.

Approximate cost of basic new materials to produce wearable items is around £15. Students may use only their own materials, or they may choose to spend more on the day. 

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 £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



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 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 £490.00


Non Member: From £540.00



WI Member: From £360.00


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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



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 £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Explore texture, colour, line and shape during this course, using natural form objects as a starting point - all provided by the tutor. Emphasis will be on using a sketch book as a springboard to work towards a finished painting in gouache. Sketch books can be very exciting in their own right to explore different medial ideas and to create and develop composition. Approximate additional cost to students for materials: £8. Students to bring their own sketchbook (approx A4 size). If you require further information, please contact Denman on 01865 391 991.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Plunge yourself into the wonderful world of bead weaving.  Using needle and thread combined with a beautiful selection of beads, learn how to create light, comfortable pieces of jewellery with a luscious, lacy effect.   This course is suitable for beginners and those wishing to add further techniques to their repertoire.

Three or more pieces of work will be created by you to take or wear home.  The emphasis is on necklaces, bracelets and bangles, however, you may have ideas about a decorative element on your own project which can be explored.  Lacy weaves such as ogalala lace and beaded netting (both tubular and flat), will be employed plus variations providing completely different designs.  Lots of bead shapes and sizes will be used but can be subsituted for larger and smaller beads to increase or decrease the overall scale of your pieces.   This course is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Sally Boehme has been making beaded jewellery for over 20 years and teaching for 10 years. She also uses polymer clay, handmade felt, fabric and wire in her work.

All materials can be purchased/borrowed from the tutor.  However, students may like to bring some or all of the following:

Equipment: Beading mat, size 10 beading needle, beading thread in chosen colour/s, small sharp scissors, wax to condition thread.

Materials: Size 11/0 Japanese seed beads, a bead mix of size 8/0 to size 15/0, 16mm dagger beads or similar, 4mm and 6mm Czech round facetted beads, optional: 4mm Swarovski/Czech crystal bicones.

The approx cost of materials is £10-15.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Come and relax in the tranquil surroundings of Denman and create some Christmas presents for yourself! Dress your tree with a pretty beaded decoration and dress yourself with a sparkly beaded necklace or bracelet and earrings for that special occasion.This course is suitable for those with some beading experience.

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 £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 £490.00


Non Member: From £540.00



An introduction to the materials needed, an explanation of some of the techniques, showing of many samples and many demonstrations.  This course is ideal for beginners but those who have done beading before are welcome to come and learn more techniques.

Beading is therapeutic, relaxing and VERY addictive!!  Many wonderful items can be made using just a needle, thread and beads.  There are many different stitches and this course offers you the opportunity to learn some of them.  We will begin with an introduction to the materials needed, an explanation of some of the stitches and the showing of many samples.  Each different stitch will be demonstrated and students encouraged to work at their own pace.

The additional costs depend upon what students need to buy from the tutor.  Needles are 25p each and beads start at £1.00 per packet.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



This bead weaving course will explore stitches with a Russian connection. St Petersburg Chain stitch will be used to create a beautifully sinuous set including a necklace and a matching (but different) bracelet, and Russian Chevron Chain stitch will be used to create a pretty pair of earrings (plus a necklace or bracelet if there is time) to complete the ensemble to provide a full suite of jewellery to wear home! Suitable for beginners and improvers. All equipment and materials can be purchased or borrowed from the tutor. However, students may like to bring some or all of the following: Equipment: Beading mat, size 10 beading needle, thread, ruler/tape measure, small sharp scissors. Materials: Japanese size 6/o, 8/o and 11/o seed beads, 4mm crystal bicones or czech facetted beads, toggles clasps, earring hooks. The approx cost of materials is £10-15.

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 £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 -  but Paula Milner, The Crafty Lass 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 £185.00


Non Member: From £205.00



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, napkin set, greeting cards and reusable shopping bag! No prior knowledge of printing is required -  but Paula Milner, The Crafty Lass 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 £30.00 per person (1 x Apron, 1 x Tea-Towel, 1 x Set of 4 Napkins, 6 Greeting cards, 1 x reusable Shopping Bag, ‘spare/demo’ papers and fabrics.) Additional items will be available for purchase on the day.

WI Member: From £460.00


Non Member: From £515.00



Whether you want to learn basic Bobbin Lacemaking techniques or further improve your skills and knowledge of Torchon, Bucks point, Bedfordshire, Bruges flower or Milanese Bobbin laces, this course offers individual tuition tailored to each student's knowledge.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £370.00



This is a fun course which will cover lots of small projects such as zippered bags and pouches, snap purses, glasses cases, coasters and place mats, little cases and storage boxes and will include some mini patchwork and applique work, or whatever you want to make! This course can be as simple or as challenging as you want it to be, with tutor guidance and support throughout.

WI Member: From £60.00


Non Member: From £80.00



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 £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 £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



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 £230.00


Non Member: From £260.00



MODERN CALLIGRAPHY. You will have seen this on trend script everywhere. The beauty of learning this script is it is easier to master and personalise, making it unique to you. You will be using a fine point nib which is perfect for left handers too. Practising the skills in this script, you will gain your confidence and finish the day by making a small beautiful piece for special occasions, such as a card, place name, gift tag etc. Using fantastic metallic inks with calligraphy, your work will look a million dollars.

WI Member: From £280.00


Non Member: From £320.00



We will study versal capitals, drawn copies of Roman capitals, and how to construct them, there will be various methods of decoration using interlacing and filigree space-filling designs, and advice on how to use colour effectively. There will be discussion on the use of gold leaf and another, simpler method of gilding, which, unlike traditional methods of gilding, is guaranteed to work, and is virtually indistinguishable from the more laborious methods. Students will go home with a decorated and illuminated Christmas card. Please bring with you: Pencil, ruler, soft rubber, sharpener, A3 drawing paper, colours of some sort, such as coloured pencils, felt tips, watercolours or gouache. A black drawing pen for outlining the letters, A LARGE fibre tip calligraphy pen about 5mm, any other calligraphy pens you may have. If you live in a remote area, 5mm fibre tips are available from www.blotpens.co.uk, 0161 720 6916.

WI Member: From £360.00


Non Member: From £400.00



Calligraphy is defined in the dictionary as the art of beautiful writing – penmanship, but you do not have to be an artist to enjoy this craft and obtain satisfying results. This course has been designed to help the absolute beginner to ‘make good letters and arrange them well’. You will concentrate on the Foundation Hand – this being the ‘mother hand’ – before going on to look at elements of layout and design and the use of colour, with the aim of working towards a finished piece of work. The tutor will ensure that interest is maintained during the course through the use of demonstrations and by providing the group with interesting projects which will allow for the immediate application of skills learned. Students will be able to work at their own pace with individual instruction from the tutor. It is hoped that by the end of the workshop, students will be able to take away a short piece of work and feel confident to attend further courses. Left handers welcome! To take full advantage of the workshop, students are invited to find a suitable quotation to write out. Suggested length 8-12 words. The tutor will offer ideas as well. During the course the following will be covered: * Individual guidance on lettering/spacing * Advice on layout and design * Ruling lines accurately * Choosing paper (some papers are available from the college shop) * Erasing mistakes Students to Bring: H or HB pencil Pencil sharpener or knife Rubber Ruler A wide fibre tip calligraphy pen - 5mm (Berol or similar) A3 layout pad Nib holder No. 0 Mitchells Roundhand nibs (square cut) plus any other sizes you fancy, and a brass resevoir for each. (Note: if you are left handed you will need left hand oblique nibs) Ordinary black fountain pen ink or good quality calligraphy ink (NOT Windsor and Newton waterproof Indian Ink) An apron might be advisable in case of ink spillage If you have any difficulties in obtaining these, they can easily be purchased from Blots Pen and Ink Supplies: www.blotspens.co.uk / 01617 206916

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



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 £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



The copperplate hand is directly derived from the transference of the italic hand onto copper plates with an engraving tool for the purpose of printing. The engraving tool influenced the style of the lettering and it evolved into the fluid, flamboyant hand we are all familiar with. Unlike most other forms of calligraphy, copperplate uses a pointed nib rather than one of a chisel edge, and relies on pressure on the nib for stress and emphasis. Once a certain competence is achieved, the student will settle into a rhythm of writing which cannot be experienced in other forms of calligraphy. We will initially discuss the italic hand and go into technicalities of nibs, inks and papers. The course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. Left-handers are also very welcome as this hand will be easier for them than for right-handers! Please bring with you: Pencil, ruler, pencil sharpener or knife, rubber, a bottle of black fountain pen ink (preferably NOT Windsor and Newton’s ink), an A3 pad of cartridge paper (or you can buy it by the sheet at Denman), a copperplate ‘elbow’ nib*, a nib holder*, cloth or tissues, apron in case of ink spillage, a piece of prose or a poem of your choice to write out. *Available from most good art shops, or by mail order from: Blots Pen and Ink Supplies, 0161 720 6916, www.blotspens.co.uk