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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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 £445


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 An exciting course exploring the properties of ordinary printed paper and turning it into a glorious designer handbag!

 

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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 £445


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Fascinated by fabric? Then come and learn how weave unique, exciting and creative cloth on a simple rigid heddle loom using colourful hand-knitting yarns (both supplied) and then take home with you a lovely scarf. This is a new take on a traditional craft and you’ll be in for a treat!   Suitable for beginners

Your loom will be partially warped when you arrive so you will learn how to complete the warping up and tensioning ready for to start creating your very own unique scarf to take home with you. Soon you will be enjoying the gentle and therapeutic craft of weaving your own original design from the supplied yarns and shades, learning how to join in new colours and finish off the ends as you go. By the end of the course you will know how to tie off the ends and remove your scarf from the loom, ready for trimming and finishing off. Materials cost: £10 per person to be paid to the tutor on the first day.

Please note: the project yarn from a limited range of colours available in 2 different shades will be supplied for each student already on the loom for use on this course. A selection of extra yarns and trims for possible incorporation into your project will also be available.

WI Member: From £445


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 £540


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Beading is therapeutic, relaxing and very addictive. Many wonderful jewellery items can be made using needle, thread and beads. There are many different stitches and this course offers you the opportunity to learn some of them. You 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 the students encouraged to work at their own pace. Not suitable for complete beginners.

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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.

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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 £445


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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.

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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 £105


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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!

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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 £105


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Have you got piles of buttons lying around or a 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 £600


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An opportunity to work on a project of your choice with expert guidance at every stage. The possibilities are endless; from dress making to soft furnishing (by invitation only).

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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.

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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.

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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.c.uk, 0161 720 6916.

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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.

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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 avilable 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

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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.

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Adding a flourish to the italic letterform is one of the absolute delights of doing calligraphy. It is fun to do and a joy to see when executed well. Spend a relaxing and enjoyable time learning how to flourish and extend your letters with confidence.

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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

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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.

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At this workshop you will look carefully at the basic italic script to ensure that you are doing it correctly. Then you will relax and add a “flourish” to the italic letter form. Creating the many variations of flourished flowing italic letter shapes can be achieved with a small selection of nibs, pens, some imagination and above all, confidence. The smaller letter forms can be delicate and gentle, stretched or manipulated and the flourishes on capitals can be big, bold and boisterous to enhance all your letter shapes. Flourished italic is great for creating Christmas cards, especially when colour is added. This workshop is suitable for all levels to enjoy.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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On this short course you will use the meticulous style of chinese painting to create a beautiful composition on a silk fan. There will be a choice of subjects from luscious autumn fruit, colourful flowers or a misty Autumn landscape.
The tutor will bring fans and special chinese brushes to buy, but please do not buy any especially, though if you already possess some please bring them.
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in Chinese painting.

WI Member: From £300


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Shivering birds, snowy landscapes and brave colourful flowers challenging the weather will all be included in this course. You will use washes to produce snow, showing cold bamboo, birds surviving on berries and bright plum blossom, the symbol of hope for spring.

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Ponds, lakes or sea, water produces a profusion of life. On this course we will be using the traditional chinese equipment and techniques to paint various aspects of life, whether on, in or beside the water. This will include fish, frogs, birds and beautiful flowers that thrive around water. We will also include a watery landscape in our compositions.

On this course you will be using the traditional equipment of chinese ink, paper and brushes to paint, using the free style method, a variety of subjects around a Watery theme. This will include fish, frogs, birds and flowers that you will find around water.

You will learn the traditional way by watching the tutor, then having a copy to work against.

The tutor will bring brushes and paper to buy, at a cost of approx £15. Please bring any chinese brushes you may have, but Please Do Not buy anything from shops such as 'The Range' or 'the Works' as they are unsuitable.

Please bring any watercolour paints you may have, (cheap tubes are better than expensive pans) The tutor will bring the black chinese ink.

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The nights are drawing in, but the warmth of summer lingers bringing the perfume of summer flowers on the breeze. On this course we will use the traditional chinese equipment to paint a selection of summer flowers, both in freestyle on paper, and meticulous on a silk fan. Subjects could include peonies, hibiscus and lilies, along with insects and birds.

On this course You will be using chinese ink, paper and brushes to complete a variety of freestyle paintings. You will also use the meticulous method to paint on a silk fan. The subjects will be summer flowers, embellished with birds and insects. Subjects could include peonies, chrysanthemums, lilies, or other popular flowers. You will also add colourful birds and insects to your compositions.

You will learn by the traditional way of watching and copying the tutor.

The tutor will bring chinese brushes, paper and fans to buy, at a cost of approx £16.Please bring any chinese brushes you may have, but Please Do Not buy any from such shops as 'the Works' or 'the Range' as they are unsuitable.

Please bring any watercolour paints you may have ( cheap tubes are better than expensive pans), the tutor will bring the chinese ink.

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On this course, you will be introduced to this ancient oriental art. You will use the traditional equipment of ink stone and ink stick (to make the necessary black), brushes, paper and silk. Using these and watercolours you will practice brush strokes which you will use to create several compositions in both 'free style' and 'meticulous style' round the theme of predators. These will include fierce tigers, proud eagles and a light hearted frog. One of the subjects you will complete as a composition on silk.

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The snow may still be around, but the sun is warming the ground and there are signs of Spring. On this course we will be using the traditional Chinese equipment to paint some Spring flowers, such as plum blossom and primroses, and other new life. We will also include a Spring landscape as part of our compositions.

On this course, you will be using the traditional chinese equipment of ink, chinese brushes and chinese paper to produce a variety of paintings on a Spring theme. This will include plum blossom, primroses and other Spring flowers, new life in birds, insects  and a landscape.

All these will be produced using traditional chinese brush strokes

The traditional method of learning will be to watch the tutor demonstrate, then to copy a model.

The tutor will bring brushes and paper to buy, at a cost of up to £15.

Please bring any chinese brushes you may have, but please Do Not buy any from shops such as' the Range' or 'the Works,' as they are not suitable

Please also bring any watercolour paints you may have, (cheap tubes are better than expensive pans) and the tutor will bring the black chinese ink.

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You will paint the last of the lush fruit and flower harvest, some of the wildlife that is getting ready for winter, and a landscape fading into the mists of autumn. You will be using traditional brushes and paper and the Chinese way of using the brush to create your compositions. This course is designed for those with no experience, and for those who already enjoy this way of painting. The tutor will bring any materials necessary so please do not buy any, but bring any Chinese equipment you may already possess.

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The days get warmer and longer, and Nature wakes up to show it's new colours. Flowers and trees burst into bloom, animals wake up and green covers the country.
This course will be using traditional Chinese equipment and free style technique to produce paintings of early summer flowers, creatures and landscape.

The tutor will bring materials to buy for approx. £12-15

WI Member: From £300


Non Member: From £340



This exciting course is designed to start an interest in making beautiful, personal cards. There is something very special about receiving a card created just for you and there are simple techniques to personalise and embellish cards that make them totally unique to the creator. There will be unusual embellishments to make with copper and foils to give a little touch of bling!

WI Member: From £300


Non Member: From £340



As well as a traditional door welcome wreath made with all natural plant materials you will be making a further two designs for the festive season. The arrangements will include candles and fabrics to give a Christmas feel and to add a different dimension to the designs. This is always a fun and popular course with lots of glitter and bling, and the delicious scent of seasonal foliage. The singing of Christmas songs is not compulsory but you will not be able to help yourself! This course is for all abilities and beginners are particularly welcome.

WI Member: From £375


Non Member: From £415



A special weekend for the ‘new wave’ WIs emerging across the UK. This is not only the perfect getaway with the girls, it is also a unique opportunity to experience a selection of workshops covering all the latest trends in craft, cookery and lifestyle. This includes three workshops with all materials or ingredients, two nights of accommodation, a demonstration on the Friday night, Saturday night entertainment, welcome drinks, breakfast, lunch and three-course dinners.

Please note: No discounts will be applied to this event, except for Friends of Denman.

Select three workshops from the following:

Tai Chi: An Introduction with Alan Baker

The full description for this course is not yet available.  It will be added shortly. 

Modern Calligraphy with Jane Lappage

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 Christmas, such as a card, place name, gift tag etc. Using fantastic metallic inks with calligraphy, your work will look a million dollars.

Family History Taster Workshop with Jessica Feistein

The full description for this course is not yet available.  It will be added shortly. 

Unique Christmas Cards in Mixed Media with Marilyn Pipe

A fun workshop experimenting with papers, stamps and other materials to create unique Christmas cards which will delight the recipient.

Silver Clay - Make a Fine Silver Pendant with Louise Simmonds

This is a really exciting and creative form of Jewellery making using Silver Clay, which when fired is transformed into Fine silver.  Fine Silver is a precious metal with a Silver content of 99.9% -  a higher purity value than Sterling Silver which is  92.5%. Silver. You will use a mould to make an intricate Silver replica choosing from a range of items  such as decorative charms,  shells and many other found objects. This will then be fired polished and finished ready for you to take home. 

Chocolates for Christmas with Katie Churchard

The full description for this course is not yet available.  It will be added shortly.  

Drum for Fun with Heather Summers

The full description for this course is not yet available.  It will be added shortly.  

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.

WI Member: From £90


Non Member: From £100



What better way to start the festive season than a day of fabulous fabric fun? You will make a unique wreath by ripping and folding or knotting fabric on to a former and embellishing it with baubles – highly original and eye catching. Then you will hand stitch a calico Christmas decoration that would look great in your home, you might want to make more as they make perfect Christmas gifts. The course is suitable for everyone, including the novice stitcher. Everything you need to make your projects will be supplied. Festive fun guaranteed!

WI Member: From £105


Non Member: From £125



Christine has put paper cutting right in the middle of the crafting map following her appearance on BBC4's 'Make! Craft Britain'. This day school will introduce you to a variety of cut out items and a little bit of history of the craft to show how versatile this craft is. You will learn the basic skills and lots of top tips. You will get to grips with creative lettering and produce a panel unique to you. This could be a birthday greeting, or family names or short saying.

If you choose to stay longer, you will design and cut several pieces including a three dimensional card. You will practice you newly acquired skills and master safe and accurate cutting, and designing effective and pleasing items.

Please bring an image, or saying or something which might inspire you - Christine will bring a wealth of inspirational pieces for you.

WI Member: From £105


Non Member: From £125



Creative paper cutting 3D Paper cutting is the craft of the moment and with this course you can master the basics of this highly rewarding, low cost, creative craft. With the help of some resource sheets you will master how to use a scalpel safely and accurately. You will learn how to design for successful paper cutting and how to incorporate lettering into the design. You'll create a unique 3 dimensional card that could be a birthday or anniversary design or abstract - it's up to you. If you have done Christine's paper cutting courses before and produced a flat panel, this is the perfect opportunity to develop your ideas, and if you haven't, don't panic. You'll soon get up to speed. Great fun and highly rewarding and suitable for a wide range of creative abilities including the complete beginner. 

WI Member: From £330


Non Member: From £370



Creative paper cutting 3D Paper cutting is the craft of the moment and with this course you can master the basics of this highly rewarding, low cost, creative craft. With the help of some resource sheets you will master how to use a scalpel safely and accurately. You will learn how to design for successful paper cutting and how to incorporate lettering into the design. You'll create a unique 3 dimensional card that could be a birthday or anniversary design or abstract - it's up to you. If you have done Christine's paper cutting courses before and produced a flat panel, this is the perfect opportunity to develop your ideas, and if you haven't, don't panic. You'll soon get up to speed. Great fun and highly rewarding and suitable for a wide range of creative abilities including the complete beginner. 

WI Member: From £300


Non Member: From £340



This course looks exclusively at crochet flowers and is levelled at those who may have tried out just a little crochet already and wish to develop, and will be fun for more experienced crocheters too. We will practice various techniques from Working in the Round and combining different stitch heights, creating rosebuds from lacy border style strips, multi layering using the 'back loop only' approach and practice some 'Round the Post' stitches to create three-dimensional effects.