Archive | March, 2013

Let there be light! – Lampshade Workshop

17 Mar

Monday 17th June 2013           


with Michelle Cresswell from Owl & Slipper

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham


Looking for the perfect shade for your side lamp or your ceiling?


If you find shop-brought lampshades a little bland and uninspiring, then why not consider making your own?


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(shows the smaller 20cm shade)

Come and learn how to create your own bespoke shade in this workshop with Michelle Cresswell from Owl and Slipper (website and facebook). Bring fabric of your choice and she will show you how to transform it into a professionally finished rolled edge drum lampshade in just 2 ½ hours. Choose between a 20cm or 30cm diameter drum shade for either £18 or £21 to be used as a table lamp or ceiling pendant. The workshop price includes all materials, in a kit, except for the outer fabric and of course tea and cake. You will want to re-shade all your lamps after this workshop!

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(Annely’s lampshade showing the 30cm size)

You can also order extra kits from us (20cm drum shade kit £9, 30cm drum shade kit £12) for you to take away to complete.

This is a workshop that is ideal for beginners and is perfect for ‘upcycling’ some vintage/ retro fabric or even an old scarf like Kathy did at the last workshop. Michelle ran this workshop for us last September which was very successful, you can see the review of that workshop here.



Suitable for: All abilities

Cost: £18 or £21

Places: only 10 places available

You will need to bring: Fabric of your choice (details are on the booking form) all other materials are included in the price.


Email us on if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.



March’s update on workshops

12 Mar

We have loads of exciting workshops coming up, check the ‘Future Events’ tab for more details. There are lots of workshops still being planned such as chocolate making and cupcake decorating and details will go up as soon as they are finalised. We are running the hand and body cream workshop and the beginners crochet workshops again due to popular demand. Most of the upcoming workshops are fully booked, mainly due to the workshops being small and only for 6 people, however we do have some spaces left on some of the larger workshops:-

–          Beaded Jewellery – 18th March – details here

–          Paverpol Vase – 15th April – details here

–          Lampshade making – 17th June

–          Natural Hand cream and Body Cream  – 17th June

Do email us at if you are interested and we can email you a booking form. We’d love to reach more people in Horsham (and surrounding area) particularly men folk and anyone who would like to bring their teenage children are very welcome! Please do share with your friends and neighbours. We are also busy planning more events for charity, another Pillowcase Dress night on 29th April and Upcycling Jewellery for Cancer Research shop in East St on 3rd June.

We also have a few spaces on 2 of our childrens workshops, our collaboration with Makers & Creators. Block printing on a Tshirt which is this saturday and then Book Binding during the easter holidays. Details are here.

A new craft coming to MAKE…Paverpol workshop

3 Mar

Monday 15th April 2013           


with Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham


Come and learn the art of Paverpol with certified instructor Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma. She will be showing us how to create a new vase using a cotton tshirt and paverpol. This is a workshop that it ideal for beginners and is perfect for ‘upcyling’ an old vase lurking in the back of the cupboard. Do take a look at Irma’s website and facebook page and take a look at some of her stunning creations

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If, like me, you didn’t know what Paverpol was then the following description from Irma’s website  explains it well.

“What is Paverpol? Paverpol is a textile hardener that enables you to work with supple fabrics such as cotton, and sculpt visual masterpieces that can be displayed both in and outside your home. Paverpol is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and fun to work with. Paverpol is the only hardener with the AP safety label, making it suitable for children and adults.

How to use Paverpol? By dipping natural textile materials in Paverpol, you can drape and wrap the coated materials around a wire figurine or other frame. You can even preserve items of clothing, such as a first baby-grow, or dried flowers. Paverpol dries quickly, but gives you enough time to work and position textiles. Once hardened, you will have a beautiful and unique decoration or sculpture, which is weatherproof, so can be displayed indoors or outdoors. Providing the materials being dipped in Paverpol are natural, you can work with an array of textiles, including paper, silk, chamois leather, self hardening clay, dried flowers, untreated wood, plaster, pottery and more. You can also use polystyrene foam to fashion shapes.”

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creations by irma vases

 Irma is part of the Horsham Artists Open Studios


Suitable for: All abilities

Cost: £16

You will need to bring:

–         Apron plus please wear old clothes

–         A vase (glass or china) to cover,

–         Old 100% cotton plain T-shirt (not too dark a colour)


Email us on if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.


Beaded necklace, earings and bracelet workshop

3 Mar

Monday 18th March 2013           


with DAC Designs

7.00-9.30pm (2 ½ hrs) at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham


Come and learn the basics of beaded jewellery with Danni of DAC Designs. You will be shown the tricks of the trade in making a necklace, a pair of earings and 3 bracelets using black beads. Alternatively you could make a pair of earings and the fireworks ring. The necklace can be either long or short or made as a choker. This is another opportunity to make the  gorgeous firework ring, details can be found here.

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Suitable for: All abilities

Places:  limited to 8 places

Cost: £9

Email us on if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.