Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Top Five Etsy Finds - Learn a New Skill

Glass Flameworking Workshop
by FoxGlass
With less than two weeks now to go until The Big Day, I'm guessing you've probably got all your Christmas gifts wrapped up and your thoughts might even be turning towards New Year celebrations and resolutions. In that case - you unfeasibly organised person! - this post is for you.

One of the most popular ideas is to start a new year by learning a new skill. If you have admired the creativity and talent of Etsy artists, why not make 2018 the year you join them? Many artisans and craftspeople offer workshops teaching their skills. Search 'workshop' on Etsy to discover the full bewildering variety(!) or start by browsing these five opportunities which particularly caught my eye.

Borosilicate Glass Flameworking Workshop by FoxGlass

Treat yourself to a unique experience. Work with a flame at several thousand degrees Celsius and in a few hours produce a memento of your day that you’ll treasure forever. FoxGlass offer you a chance to make your very own bauble, spinning top or pendant. You’ll be fully assisted right along the way, so you can be sure you’ll want to take your creation home and show it to your friends. We also offer more focused skilled based sessions with people who have more experience of flameworking. Your course will take place in an enviroment with a proud tradition of flame and artisanship. FoxGlass are based in a former blacksmiths workshop. You'll be visiting us in an unspoilt rural location, the tiny Welsh border hamlet of Llangunllo.
A 2 hour Taster Session costs £40.

Spinning Workshop by Spindle And Skein

Spinning Workshop
by Spindle And Skein
This friendly five hour Beginners Handspinning Workshop in Exeter will take you step by step from fleece to skein in a day. Your day will include:
- Fleece selection and preparation
- Hand carding
- Drop Spindling
- Wheel set up and demonstration
- Spin using a range of prepared local wool in natural shades.
- Learn three kinds of drafting techniques and which breeds to use them on.
- Select roving from a range of hand dyed or naturally coloured British wool and spin up a skein to take home with you.
Refreshments and home cooked lunch are included as well as a Free Drop spindle kit including 150g of wool to take home. Accommodation can be arranged if required.
A 5 hour Workshop costs £64.

Paper Cutting Workshop by Clare Waterfall

Paper Cutting Workshop
by Clare Waterfall
For anyone who enjoys card craft and precision, come along and try Paper Cutting at Stitch Studio in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
The workshops are suitable for beginners and experienced cutters alike.
Beginners will learn the tips, tools and techniques to get you started paper cutting. Clare will give you a brief preface to the tradition of paper cutting and show you some contemporary artists. She will talk about basic design considerations, tool handling, using templates and cutting methods followed by practice time.
Seasonal templates are available each session.
All materials are provided plus additional basic tools and kits available to purchase during the classes at a discounted rate.
A 2 hour workshop costs £20.

Watercolour Painting Workshop by Sue Roche

Watercolour Painting Workshop
by Sue Roche
Sue Roche will personally help you to complete a watercolour painting which you will then turn into a framed 3D picture. The cost of the workshop covers everything you need to complete your project. You will take home your completed project and your new paints so that you can continue to paint at home.
During the workshop, Sue will give you simple instructions to follow and lots of help to get you painting to the best of your ability.
The session is suitable for beginners who are new to watercolours, right up to artists who would like to have a really relaxing afternoon.
The course runs for one afternoon approximately 2 and a half hours and Sue's studio is based in Rochford near Southend in Essex.
The 2.5 hour workshop costs £48 which includes tea and homemade cake.

Macrame Workshop by Oh So Hygge

Macrame Workshop
by Oh So Hygge
Join Kirsty Porter in Glasgow on Sunday 21st January for a Hygge inspired macrame workshop with warming refreshments to make a lovely textured treat to cosy up your walls! (Workshops are also held in Edinburgh.)
This class will run for 2.5 hours and is suitable for complete beginners of macrame.
Kirsty will teach you 2-3 basic knots and various techniques in which to use them to create your very own design.
You can either make a wall hanging or wall hanging planter and all materials are provided along with a reference booklet.
The class will start at 5.30pm and run until 8pm. Places are limited and book up fast. Booking is required and is non refundable.
The 2.5 hour workshop costs £35.

I hope you've been inspired by some of these suggestions! If you would like the chance to win a little help towards the cost of one of these workshops (or anything else on Etsy) make sure you enter the £10 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway over on Artisan Rainbow. There are several ways to enter and the Giveaway is open until the 7th January. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. Sue Roche Watercolour Workshops now reduced from £48 to £38.40. Time to learn a new skill!