DIY Crafting

Everyone starts somewhere…so why not learn a craft of your own?

You never know, it might change your life…

Why not learn pottery? Leeds College of Art

You can try ‘3D design’ courses in sculptural ceramics, jewellery and glass, which probably sounds daunting, but all are offered from complete beginner level. Why not play around with fusing, slumping or casting projects. No, we’re not sure what ‘slumping’ is either. But the beautiful results speak for themselves. 

Why not learn…To make clothes? Materialise in Edinburgh

The brilliantly named Materialise in Edinburgh is the ideal place to get to grips with the basics of sewing. Running workshops and courses, this ‘sewing café’ is enormously popular. Not only can you learn from qualified fashion designers in an informal environment, there’s also great artisan roast coffee and Brewhaha tea available, as well as an assortment of sweet treats and loads of bubbly conversation. So for a grand project, or just pimping-up some plimsolls, Materialise is a great place to start. 

Why not learn…To paint? @ the Bluecoat in Liverpool

The painting classes, run by experienced teacher Richard Meaghan, are an opportunity for total beginners to get their palettes out. You’ll get the chance to explore and investigate a broad range of traditional and contemporary painting processes and draw upon your own experiences. 

Why not learn… Photography? @ Sheffield College

Totally suitable for the beginner, the photography courses at Sheffield College will introduce anyone to a bit of the techy stuff, while focusing on looking, seeing and being creative. You don’t need fancy equipment either – you can use a DSLR, a compact digital, an iPad, or a camera phone. You’ll be amazed how quickly your shots will improve. 

Why not learn…To cook? @ A Supercooks session in Hull

Fancy polishing up your basics, or taking your knowledge up a level? Why not put yourself in the skilled hands of Hull-based Christine Patchett and sample one of her Supercooks sessions. It’s all about learning skills, new techniques and building confidence. Previous students say that Christine is a dab hand at putting students at ease, so even if you don’t know your pancetta from your pancakes, what have you got to lose?

Why not learn… Upholstery? @ Rogues Atelier in York 

Learn to revamp that dodgy chair quick as a flash with a visit to Rogues Atelier in York. You’ll be taught how to upholster using the traditional method of hand-built stuffing and stitching, and get a grasp of the correct tension of the fabric and the feel of the furniture. You’ll achieve a professional appearance and for only £7 per hour session. 


How creative are you? 

We asked our customers and you can see all the results on our Facebook page. We particularly like Nicole Robinson’s shaggy dog. Thanks for sharing.

Inspiration Station 

Edinburgh lass Marissa McGarry has turned her passion for craft into a thriving business

What have you got from crafting?

I’ve taken a couple of sewing classes, customising clothes, making homeware for my new flat and starting a small business with my friend – Parlour & Co.
We hand-make 
fabric-covered, quilted noticeboards and sell them at local markets and online.

What inspires you?

I’ve always loved the idea of possessions telling a story, hand-made rather than mass-produced.

What would you say to someone thinking about having a go?

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and everyday routine is so refreshing. Doing something different really wakes you up to all the possibilities that are out there.

What would you like to try in the future?

There is so much I want to try – pottery, woodwork, screen printing, crochet, upholstery. I want to add as many strings to my bow as possible and pass these skills down to my children one day.


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