Archive | November, 2013

Last chance for Christmas Workshops

28 Nov

We now have just two evenings left before Christmas, on 2nd December and 16th December, both full of Christmas Workshops. So if you want to make some presents for loved ones or make something for your Christmas décor then we currently have some spaces on the following workshops. Please come and support us if you can or forward this to your friends that might be interested.

First up are Christmas cards both on the 2nd Dec, you can come and learn how to do Block Printing  and print your own Christmas Cards with your own design plus gift tags and wrapping paper. This workshop is run by the lovely Annalees Lim and is a repeat of the popular workshop we ran last year. Details are here.


Also you can also learn Calligraphy to make your Christmas Cards, details here.

a Cream Card & Place Name

On the 2nd Dec we have a few spaces left on the ‘Learn how to cover your Christmas Cake’, its not too late to bake your cake! Details here.

covering christmas cake 006

If you can already do the basics of crochet then learning how to crochet Snowflakes on the 2nd or Christmas Baubles on 16th are for you, details here and here.




Then on the 16th December we have spaces on Making a wire Angel or Fairy, details here.

009 copyright MTW make project horsham

Finally we have some spaces on this fantastic Christmas Stocking workshop, again on the 16th, where you can gain some hand sewing skills or improve your existing skills, no sewing machines required. Details are here.


Do get in touch by emailing us if you’d like a booking form.





The Future of MAKE?

23 Nov

This is quite a difficult post to write and not sure where to start or what I really want to say. In a nutshell I wanted to ask you all what you think the future of MAKE should be?

We’ve been going for two years now and went from strength to strength from the start but over the last few months it has been harder and harder to fill spaces on our workshops  with the danger of some Christmas workshops having to be cancelled and so we are losing money. As you all know we are a community project, non-profit and run by volunteers who put in a huge amount of work. However in January all our basic costs, hall hire, insurance, advertising etc. are set to rise again  – but we don’t really want to raise our prices of our workshops.

We were the first in Horsham to run creative craft workshops and now there are 4 others who also offer craft workshops which means that the market is getting competitive and I for one don’t want to compete; I set this up so that craft workshops were accessible to all in Horsham and so that money wasn’t a hindrance to anyone and also to be a community project.

So what I need to know from you:

a) do you still want to come to MAKE workshops?

b) if you do what kind of craft workshops would you want to come to?

If we get enough positive messages then we will be continuing after Christmas.

Any form of constructive feedback would be most welcome. Either in these comments or via email . Look forward to hearing from you.

Take Care,

Magdalen x


Learn how to cover your Christmas Cake Workshop

11 Nov

Monday 2nd December 2013


with Nickie Milner  from Cakes by Nicola

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


covering christmas cake 009


Come and learn how to cover your Christmas Cake in our new Workshop. Bring along your own fruit cake baked in a deep 8” tin, Nicola can provide a recipe or Waitrose does a kit for a Christmas cake or you can bring a ready made one.

Nickie Milner from Cakes by Nicola will be demonstrating how to cover your fruit cake with Marzipan (optional) and then White Icing using lots of professional tips.


covering christmas cake 003


She will also be teaching us how to make the intricate and edible decorations to top the cake using basic sugarcraft techniques. A Father Christmas, Snowman, Tree and Penguins complete with presents, pond, snowflakes, snowballs and ‘Merry Christmas’ lettering. You will work with modelling paste and using different techniques learn how to create these characters using paste colours, glitter and lustre dusts and metallic paint.


covering christmas cake 006


covering christmas cake 005



Suitable : for all abilities, from beginners to more advanced

Place: limited to 10 places

Cost:  £19

You will need to bring:

–         An apron and large rolling pin

–         An 8” fruit cake with a 10” board in a suitable container to transport

–         2lb 13 oz of marzipan and 3lb of white icing

–         A ribbon for around the cake


Please email us at if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.


Christmas Workshop Updates

3 Nov

Homemade Christmas logo - Make Horsham


This Monday sees the first evening of our workshops dedicated to a Homemade Christmas. With almost 20 different workshops to chose from many are fully booked but we thought we’d give you an update in case you wanted to book some workshops.


the following workshops we still have some limited spaces:

– Advent Calendar on 4th November, details here

– Christmas Cupcakes on 4th November, details here

– Making a Wire Fairy on 18th November and 16th December, details here

– Christmas Calligraphy on 18th November and 2nd December, details here

– Knitted Christmas trees on 18th November, details here

– Block Printing Christmas Cards on 2nd December, details here

– Knitting a Fairisle Hot water bottle Cover on 2nd December, details here

– Crochet Snowflakes on 2nd December, details here

– Crochet Christmas Baubles on 16th December, details here

– Hand embroider a Christmas Stocking on 16th December, details here


If you’ve not tried one of our workshops do try us out as our average price for a workshop is £14 as we are a community, non-profit project. We will also be having mulled wine and home baked Christmas treats over the festive period to help us with our crafting.

We also have 2 workshops not advertised yet so watch this space!


button holly