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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 23rd May 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...
Cumbria - Next course on 26th May 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...
West Midlands - Next course on 27th April 2019
Come on this fabulous 1 day doll making workshop and take home a beautiful handmade doll. You will learn hand sewing, attaching body parts, making clothes and attaching hair. All materials used are vegan freindly. No previous experience required as full tuition will be provided on the day. 50% deposit required on booking, the remainder payable on the day.
Cumbria - Next course on 24th May 2019
This unique style of cloth doll is formed using cotton knit fabric and other natural materials such as sheepswool to create a shaped head which can be as minimalistic as the creator wishes. Waldorf dolls are designed to be played with and cuddled, and their simple charm appeals to children and adults of all ages. In this 2-day optional residential workshop we are going to construct a Waldorf-style baby doll, complete with optional magnetic dummy,...
Cumbria - Next course on 12th October 2019
Come join Lyn of Boo Bears Cumbria, on a fun two day workshop to hand stitch your own collectable bear. Lyn has taught over 70 people to make many Mohair creations. The bears are approximately 5", you will have the choice from Beautiful materials including mohair, ultra suede and cashmere in an array of colours, lengths and textures. During the weekend you will Cut out your pattern, draw around it, then cut and pin out...
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...
Northamptonshire - Next course on 23rd April 2019
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...
Yorkshire - Next course on 25th April 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...
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.