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Toys, Dolls and Teddy Bears courses

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

Yorkshire - Next course on 24th January 2019
Carve a Half Size Laminated rocking horse with instruction from Michael Wem. 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. Michael will show you how, using traditional hand tools and the latest electric carving tools which are ideal for this beautiful laminated...
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 and 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....
Gnomes are all the rage for this season, and our “No Sew Gnomes” are no exception! Join us for some crafting fun, and go home with a couple of cute Gnomes to place on a shelf, give as a gift. These cute little guys (or girls) are fun to make, and take no experience. The photo doesn’t do these cuties justice! Grab some friends or come meet some new ones as we gather for a...
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...
Cumbria - Next course on 25th May 2019
Calling all Artophiles! 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 a 14", fully jointed traditional mohair teddy bear with glass eyes and filled with stuffing, complete with growler. You can choose from a small range of mohairs and ultra suede ears and pads to create a completely individual...
You will design and make your own automaton or puppet over four sessions. Firstly you will learn simple metal crafts; marking, drilling, shaping and joining by various means including soldering, tapping and nuts and bolts. You will be shown example mechanisms, experiment with motors and a variety of mechanical tricks that will enable you to actually make your idea and have something to be proud of the take home. I have been teaching adults for...
Yorkshire - Next course on 21st February 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...
London - Next course on 17th March 2019
Create a handmade doll for yourself or a child. You will be making a Waldorf doll in a choice of patterns and skin colours, using 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...
North Yorkshire
Make and take the teddy bear shown, and all materials will be included, full information and instructions
Come along and join us for a lovely afternoon of needle felting. If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at needle felting and not sure how to get started, this is perfect for you. You will learn new skills and become confident in a friendly relaxed, atmosphere. We will be concentrating on themes for each workshop....including Autumn, Halloween and a festive theme ready for Christmas. Suitable for beginners. Come and join us in making your...