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Toys and automata courses

18 toys and automata workshops found

Learn to craft handmade toys, dolls, puppets and teddy bears at creative workshops around the UK or find automata making workshops. Toys can be unique and beautiful collectors' items or child's play things... or even both, like a traditional rocking horse!

Yorkshire - Next course on 19th September 2019
These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a traditional wooden carved rocking horse. We will show you the traditional approach to rocking horse carving using hand tools. Previous carving experience is not necessary - all skill levels are accommodated and each student will successfully complete the carving of a rocking horse's head during the course! Three days individual tuition. Carve-a-Head courses run 10am till 4pm on the first two days, 10am to 3pm...
Cumbria - Next course on 12th October 2019
Come join Lyn of Boo Bears, on a fun two day workshop to hand stitch your own collectable bear. 9.30am - Coffee and choose Mohair, cut out and start sewing midday day - buffet lunch (included) 4pm - finish (may have some homework to finish off) Same timings Sunday, we will be stuffing, jointing, pulling eyes in, constructing and sewing up the bears to take home at 4pm. Lyn has taught over 70 people to...
Derbyshire - Next course on 27th March 2020
A tactile 1-day workshop exploring 3D needle felting techniques. Von will introduce you to the basic methods of dry felting natural wool fibre. By forming simple shapes and joining them together you will begin to build your soft animal structure. Different shades can be mixed or overlapped to produce markings. The addition of ears and eyes, a tail and nose will complete your creature and bring him/her life. Mad March hares or Easter Bunnies, your...
This one-day course will teach you everything you know to make your very first teddy bear: Laying out your pattern Cutting out Sewing the pieces together Stuffing Closing seams Jointing Creating your bears face- eyes nose smile Attaching ears They are run by Sally Thomas, award-winning international teddy bear artist and former proprietor of Bear with Me, a teddy bear shop in Northamptonshire. These day courses, from 9-4 will be held at my home. From...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 17th August 2019
This is a really fun course for beginners to create your own special child's toy. We will be exploring ways of making soft toys and puppets, both by using both wet and dry methods of felt making. You will be shown ways of making birds and animals ,and of ways of sculpting them using needle felting. I will be covering a range of ideas and techniques for making a variety of soft toys in time...
London - Next course on 13th October 2019
On this two day course you will create a handmade waldorf doll in a choice of patterns and skin colours, using all natural materials including organic stuffing wool. We will shape the head with tubular bandage and binding string, sew on the face fabric with no wrinkles, embroider the simple features and sew the hair into a crocheted cap. You will be well supported in a small group led by an experienced doll maker and...
Cumbria - Next course on 7th September 2019
Calling all Arctophiles! This residential weekend workshop teaches all aspects of traditional teddy-bear making, using only the finest quality materials. The workshop runs from 10.00-4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, during which you will learn how to create Cornelius, who is a deep-thinker and a rather pensive bear. (Of course you can make your own with a completely different expression). He stands 16" high and is a constructed of golden sparse mohair with light brown ultra-suede...
Yorkshire - Next course on 1st August 2019
Carve a half size laminated rocking horse with instruction from a member of The Rocking Horse Shop team. Make this appealing Half-Size Traditional Style Rocking Horse carved in Plywood. Finished size approx. 36” long x 21” high x 8” wide (900 x 540 x 195mm) These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a laminated mini Rocking Horse. We will show you how, using traditional hand tools and the latest electric carving tools which...
Kent - Next course on 10th November 2019
Spend a day making your very own Christmas Fairy / Angel to adorn your Christmas tree or as a stand-alone Christmas decoration. Choose from a selection of beautiful fabrics, laces, ribbons, beads…or bring something personal to you to incorporate - a favourite handkerchief, beads from a broken necklace etc. Create a beautiful new addition to your home at Christmas.
One day course to learn how to make a basic fabric/rag doll, that include body, hair, face and dress. All materials included, i.e: fabric for doll body, fabrics for dress and underwear, ribbons, buttons, paper flowers and bids, elastic, especial pens for face and patterns, yarns for hair, filling, and the pattern will be provided. You must have some experience with a sewing machine 🧵and preferably bring along your own sewing machine, however if you...

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