A New Beginning

1 May

We are back for a new beginning of Make in Horsham. We are now organised by a small team of volunteers who are excited to be running workshops again. We only have limited spaces at each workshops and tickets have already started selling so if you are interested, don’t delay!


Our first workshop is Making Lampshades which will be on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

Tickets are available here

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Come and learn how to create your own bespoke shade in this workshop. Bring fabric of your choice and we will show you how to transform it into a professionally finished rolled edge 30cm drum lampshade in just 2 hours. This is a workshop that is ideal for beginners and is perfect for ‘upcycling’ some vintage/ retro fabric. The workshop price includes all materials, except for the outer fabric.
You can also purchase limited number of extra kits from us for £10 each on the night. Please bring cash.

Suitable for: All abilities
Cost: £20
Places: only 16 places available
You will need to bring:
Fabric of your choice (min size 970mm x 255mm) all other materials are included in the price.



Our second one is on Making snap clasp purses on Tuesday 21st June 2016

Tickets are here


Come and learn how to create your own small coin purse in this workshop. Using an 8cm curved metal frame with a clip clasp you will learn how to attach it to your sewn fabric purse. The workshop price includes all materials, however please bring along some fabric if you would like to.
Perfect if you are familiar with sewing and fancy trying a new project and they make great presents. Different frames and other materials will be for sale if you are inspired to make more after the workshop, please bring cash.

Suitable for: Those who can sew.
Cost: £15
Places: only 12 places available
You will need to bring:
Your sewing machine in good working order.



Our third is Redwork Embroidery and extremely good value for money at £12 per person for a 2hr workshop

Tuesday 28th June 2016

Tickets are here

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Learn the basics of hand sewing through Redwork embroidery which uses simple stitches to create a picture in red thread on white fabric.

No previous sewing experience required. All materials provided.

Suitable for: All abilities
Cost: £12
Places: only 12 places available
You will need to bring: –


Then the last for the summer is our Book Binding workshop on Tuesday 12th July 2016

Tickets are here


Learn how to create your own hardback books and journals with hand stitching using recycled paper and card with Annalees Lim from Makers and Creators. Using found and collected maps and papers this workshop is a fun and creative insight into the wonderful world of bookbinding. The book will be roughly 1.5cm deep, 12cm high and 16.5cm wide.
This workshop will take you through the different stages of making a handbound book with book cover, including folding, making end papers, hand stitching, spine lining, covering and casing in. Your finished book can be used as a sketchbook, notebook or journal and can make a perfect personalised gift. You will be provided with full instructions and details and once you have made one during the workshop they you will be able to create more at home and even make larger ones for photo albums and much more.

Suitable : for all abilities
Place: limited to 15 places
Cost: £16
You will need to bring:
Everything is included in the price of the workshop. You can bring some special found papers to make your book extra special if you’d like.



All these workshops are being held at a new hall in Rehoboth Church on New Street , Horsham RH13 5DU which has a private car park at the back and is within walking distance of the town centre.

If these go well then we will hopefully be organising a Homemade Christmas programme of workshops which have been popular in the past.

Look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops soon.



We’re Back!

20 Jun

…………….. bigger and better than before!









We are starting a new monthly Craft Café where you can do your own projects at a social event with tea and cake.

The dates for these are Monday 14th July, Monday 11th August and Monday 15th September. All from 7.30-9.30pm. £3 which includes tea and cake. These will be at the hall at the back of Horsham Museum. The entrance to this is through the large black iron gates in Denne Road Car Park.

All are very welcome, for those who haven’t been before do come along, we are very friendly and don’t bite! Plenty of tea, coffee and cakes to go around and lots of experts in knitting, crochet etc who are always happy to offer advice etc. A description of the Craft Café can be found here.

Please message us if you’d like to come along and be involved. You can do this via the comments on this post or by emailing us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk

We are also going to be getting more involved with local community events offering workshops this way so watch this space for news on our first one.



The End of Make?

10 Feb


It is with great sadness that we have no choice but to cancel our next event on Monday 10th February and to close our doors for the time being. Huge thanks to those of you who have supported us over the last 2 years.






If you would like to go on a mailing list (I haven’t kept one before) to be notified if we do anything else please email me at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk



Happy Birthday to us and a quick update

7 Feb


A happy 2nd birthday to us!






The start of a new year and the start of our 3rd year………………..



A big thank you to those who responded to my post about the future of Make. I have taken all the suggestions on board and implemented a lot of your ideas. The first change is that we will now be running our workshops and craft café on just one night a month instead of two. With a full time job (and some health issues) I just can’t do the regular 20 hours plus a week Make usually takes me any more.

We have resisted increasing the prices of our workshops and kept them the same even though the basic costs of hall hire, insurance etc has risen which is good news. To help we’ll introduce a Donations Pot on the counter for contributions for tea and cake. However I would like to stress that this is entirely optional so please don’t feel you have to contribute. We would really love your help with the Cake rota, making tea rota and putting up of leaflets. Please do get in touch if you can help.

We are also really trying to promote our Craft Café and this year we will be giving lots of free lessons whilst we craft various things for charity. This kicks off on Monday 10th February with free knitting help and we will be starting a project of knitting 6” squares to make into blankets for next winter for those who need them in our local community.

As you will have seen we have some great workshops coming up but again we need full workshops to meet our basic costs so we need your support. From an immediate point of view we have lots of spaces on workshops on Monday 10th February: Patchwork Quilt, Mosiac and Hidden Heart Cupcakes. Do take a look and share with your friends that might enjoy our friendly and relaxed workshops? If you are new to us this is the perfect time to get involved.


Please, please remember if you don’t use this community project and/or support it then we will have no option but to close, I cannot stress enough that you need to vote with bookings. You can contact us via email at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you’d like to speak to us.

Many thanks for reading this.




Patchwork Quilt Workshop

27 Jan

Mondays 10th Feb, 17th March, 7th April, 19th May 2014


with Victoria Coward  from Cuddle Monster Crafts

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




This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to machine a patchwork quilt with Victoria from Cuddle Monster Crafts. We are limiting the number of places available to only 8 to ensure everyone has plenty of assistance if needed.

The size of your finished quilt will be 40” square – perfect for keeping adult laps warm, as a baby’s/ child’s quilt or as a decorative throw for the home. The colour and theme will be chosen by you.

The workshop will run over four sessions and there will be a little homework to do in between each one. Equipment will be supplied during the workshops for you to use, however please note that you may need to finish work off at home and so having a craft ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat will be very useful.

You will need to purchase the main fabric for the quilt top – Victoria will bring fabric to the first session for you to purchase if you would like or you are welcome to buy ahead of time and bring your own. A co-ordinating plain cotton for the back of the quilt and wadding for the middle will be provided. This alone makes the cost of this workshop superb value for money!

The first two sessions will cover:-

–                      Choosing fabric, colour and theme

–                      Choosing a design

–                      Sewing a sample piece of patchwork

–                      Cutting the main fabric for your design

–                      Sewing together your patchwork quilt top

The last two sessions will cover:-

–                      Basting your quilt

–                      Designing the machine quilting

–                      Quilting

–                      Making bias binding

–                      Using the bias binding to hand finish your quilt







Suitable : Beginners (who can sew a straight line on the sewing machine)

Place: limited to 8 places only

Cost:  £90 for the 4 sessions

You will need to bring: all other materials will be supplied but you need to bring:

–         Your sewing machine (in good working order)

–         A basic sewing kit (sharp fabric scissors, pins, tailors chalk, measuring tape, seam ripper)

–         If you have them please also bring a craft/ quilting ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter



Please email us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.


Hidden Hearts Cupcake Workshop

27 Jan

Monday 10th February  2014


with Nickie Milner from Cakes by Nicola

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


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Nickie Milner from Cakes by Nicola will bring along her professionally baked cupcakes complete with hidden hearts for you to use as a base for the buttercream and sugarpaste decorations. She will supply you with the recipe and run through the techniques so that you will be able to bake similar cupcakes at home. You will then finish off each cupcake with pink buttercream and edible decorations. By the end of the evening you will have a box of 4+ beautifully decorated cupcakes to take home with you. Everything is included in the price of the workshop and is a perfect workshop for total beginners.



Suitable : for all abilities

Place: limited to 10 places

Cost:  £20

You will need to bring: Just an apron and an airtight container to take your cupcakes home in.


Please email us at makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.


Learn how to Mosiac Workshop

27 Jan

Monday 10th February 2014          


with Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma


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

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Come and learn the basics of Mosiacs and create your own work of art. Bring along your own mirror frame or photo frame to work on or alternatively you can purchase a 20cm x 20cm tile with small mirror from Irma for £1.50 extra. Irma Westerdijk from Creations by Irma will show you all the basic techniques in order to choose your colours and tiles, cut them into the sizes you need for your design and then gluing them to the frame. Irma will then grout these at her studio and you can either collect the finished article from her or from the next Make evening.  Once you have mastered the basic skills you will be able to transfer this to making and transforming other items.

Some photos of those created at the same workshop before Christmas:


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Suitable for: All abilities

Cost: £18

Places: limited to 10 people

You will need to bring:

–          Apron, eye covering plus please wear old clothes

–           A mirror or photo frame with a wide surround, roughly 25cm x 25cm in size


Email us on makehorsham@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested and we can send you the booking form.