Archive | October, 2012

‘What is Needle Felting?’ I hear you ask…

31 Oct

Normally when we think of felt we think of the flat stuff in loads of different colours that you treat as fabric, needle felting can be however very sculptural and this is what our workshop on Monday 26th November will be concentrating on. It’s a craft that is both suitable for both total beginners and the more experienced.

Needle felting is the process of interlocking wool fibres by stabbing it with a barbed needle.  The barbs catch the scales on the fibre and cause them to tangle and bind together. Simply put, it is felting without water. The unique property of wool fibre allows it to “stick” to itself causes the wool to felt, without the need for soap and water.

A needle felting mat and a feltmaking needle will be used in order to create these 3 dimensional shapes. Felting needles are straight needles with barbs cut along the shaft. When repeatedly pushed into a tuft of wool fibres, the barbs pull the fibres down, locking and compressing them together. This felting process makes a big ball of fluffy wool condense down into a denser mass of wool. Jay will how us all the different techniques in order to shape our sculptural pieces and how to add things like beads and buttons. I found this You tube clip here on How to needle felt a Pumpkin – useful to take a look as it shows the basic process visually.

So if this craft sounds like fun why not come and join us on 26th November? For £15 Jay Kendall from Knitwit Originals will show us the techniques to make two Christmas decorations. Choose from baubles (which will be unbreakable!), Christmas pudding or a Snowman (the knitted hat and scarf is not included). She will provide us all with the basic equipment to do this in the two hour workshop and will have extra items to sell should you feel inspired to do more at home.


***********This is the last call for this workshop **************

– there are limited spaces available (its a small class) as Jay wants to give each participant more individual tuition. Please email us at for a booking form or for more details.



Homemade Christmas Workshops Kick off!

29 Oct

Annalees Lim has now joined the ranks of becoming a regular Make workshop host and she held another hugely enjoyable workshop last Monday. Annalees helped and encouraged us all to release our inner-creativeness and to develop a design which was then turned into a block for printing. Some mini production lines then ensued. The evening was full of laughter, creativeness and chocolate cake with lots of people making new friends!

Printing on wrapping paper using a rolling pin!

Have a look at some of the great designs people came up with.

Do take a look at her website as she has some really great workshops coming up that she holds in her studio in the Drill Hall. She also wrote a lovely bit on her blog about her ‘Make’ experience which you can read here.


Workshop 3 and 4 – Homemade Christmas

21 Oct


£10 (or £15 with Felt Dec workshop)            with Owl & Slipper

7.30-9.30pm at The Park Barn Horsham (a 1 hour mini workshop)

Michelle Cresswell from Owl & Slipper will be showing us how to crochet small snowflakes which can be either used individually as decorations on a Christmas tree or crocheted together to make a garland.


Suitable for: This workshop is not suitable for total beginners as a knowledge of chain, and single crochet (UK double crochet) is required in order to follow the pattern.

Materials included in the cost of the workshop: A 50 gram ball of White, Red or Green 100% cotton yarn will be supplied, with the snowflake pattern (for roughly 15 snowflakes) please let us know which colour you would like.

You will need to bring: Please bring a 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook if you have one .

There will be additional yarn available to purchase if you’d like to make more. Michelle will also have a small stall selling her Owl & Slipper merchandise.

Email us at to book a space on the workshop.



£10 (or £15 with Crochet workshop)

7.30-9.30pm at The Park Barn Horsham (a 1 hour mini workshop)

Learn how to make your own felt tree decorations by exploring different decorative hand embroidery stitches and embellishment techniques with bells, buttons and other trims. This fun seasonal workshop is a great idea if you want to make your own inexpensive personalised gifts, or to start an Advent Calender garland (mittens or christmas stockings) to fill with little surprises in December. You will be able to chose from the following patterns: holly, star, snowflake, bell shape, snowman, house, christmas tree, baubles, elf boots, christmas pudding and robin.


Suitable for all Abilities

Materials included in the cost of the workshop: All the patterns, felt, beads, buttons, ribbon for approx 7-8 items.

You will need to bring: If you have a particular colour theme in mind please let us know as we will be providing a variety of colours in the felt but mainly red and green. Feel free to bring any trims and embellishments you feel you might like to incorporate.

There will be additional felt and trims available to purchase if you’d like to make more than 7-8 items, for example if you wanted to make 24 items for the advent calender.


NB: Both workshops on 12th November are mini workshops which enables you to attend both workshops if you wish. If you would like to book both workshops it is £15 instead of £20, saving £5.

Email us at to book a space on the workshop.



Workshop 2 – Homemade Christmas

16 Oct


£15             with Peek-a-boo cakes

7.30-9.30pm at The Park Barn Horsham


Cake Pops are apparently the new cupcake and cake truffles are Cake Pops but without the stick! Cake pops have taken the cake world by storm and after this workshop you’ll be hooked.


During this 2hr workshop we will learn the techniques to make Christmas themed cake truffles and make 6 to take home. We will be doing a Snowman, Bauble, Christmas pudding, a Robin, Snowflake and a Christmas hat. Jo Stevens from Peek-a-boo Cakes will explain and demonstrate how to then turn these into cake pops as the workshop progresses. Unfortunately due to chilling times we are unable to make these into actual cake pops on the evening as it is only a 2hour taster workshop.



Suitable for all Abilities

Materials included in the cost of the workshop: Sponge and buttercream for at least 6 balls, cake cases, dipping chocolates, various colours of decorating paste to create designs and a little bit of edible glitter.

You will need to bring: an Apron, 2 plastic mixing bowls, a wooden spoon, a couple of forks for dipping and a container to take the finished items home.

Peek-a-boo Cakes will also have a stall on the evening where you will be able to buy cake pop sticks and extra supplies at a discounted price.

Email us at to book a space on the workshop.


(My humble attempts at cake pops for my daughters’ birthday party this summer)

Workshop 1 – Homemade Christmas

14 Oct


£10    with Makers & Creators

7.30-9.30pm The Park Barn, Horsham


Why not show off your creative flair and make Christmas cards this year and save money too?


Personalise this Christmas with your own range of Christmas Cards, Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper. With Annalees Lim from Makers & Creators learn to transfer your own design onto wood blocks to create a series of prints on plain cards and gift tags using a simple way to block print (a relief method instead of carving). Bring some ideas with you or we have some inspiration here to help you with developing your design. We will then learn how to use the same techniques to print on wrapping paper using a rolling pin! You’ll then be able to re-use your design to create multiple prints at home.


Suitable for all Abilities

Materials included in the cost of the workshop: Everything to make the wooden block design plus 6 white cards and envelopes, 6 assorted plain white card gift tags and 3 metres of brown paper to print on as wrapping paper. Step-by-step instructions on a worksheet.

You will need to bring: an old Apron and your rolling pin

Photo credit: by Sofie Sausser via Pinterest

Extra cards, gift tags, ribbons and wrapping paper will be available on the evening so please bring some extra money if you would like purchase some to do more printing during the workshop.

Email us at to book a space on the workshop.



Homemade Christmas Project is here

10 Oct

Ta… da…. we now have the new leaflet for our Homemade Christmas project, further details are here. Email us on for further details and a booking form.




Bunting workshop – October

6 Oct

Sarah Chorlton from Bonny Boutique led our Making Bunting workshop and armed with her informative worksheets and inspirational samples everyone got on with creating their own length of bunting be it out of hearts, stars or the more traditional triangular shape.  I shall let the pictures do the talking……



Always time for a chat and a laugh whilst sewing!

Energy provided via a ‘Bunting’ cake!

Here are some of the bunting created during the workshop