Toys, Dolls and Teddy Bears courses

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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!

North Yorkshire - Next course on 11th September 2018
Make and take the teddy bear shown, and all materials will be included, full information and instructions
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....
Carve a Half Size Laminated rocking horse with instruction from Michael Wem. Make this appealing Half-Size Traditional Style Rocking Horse carved in Plywood and designed by Anthony Dew. 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...
West Yorkshire - Next course on 28th October 2018
A full day workshop with Fibre and Mixed media Artist and tutor Josephine Gornall. Discover how to create an gorgeous dog or cat by needle felting bundles of wool fibres to make different forms. Learn how to create body shaping and character to bring your mini pet to life. Finish by adding eyes and a nose. Bring along a photo of your pet if you would like to make a replica that needs no feeding...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 3rd November 2018
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...
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...
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 8th September 2018
This weekend (optional residency) course teaches all aspects of traditional teddy-bear making, using only the finest quality materials. The course runs from 10.00-4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, during which you will learn how to create a 5" fully jointed mohair teddy bear with glass eyes and filled with stuffing and steel shot. You can choose from a wide range of coloured mohairs and ultra suede ears and pads to create a completely individual bear with...
Create a handmade, individual 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 to a crocheted cap. You will be well supported in a small group led by and...
Lincolnshire - Next course on 15th September 2018
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...