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!

£99
Cumbria - Next course on 17th March 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...
£300
Yorkshire - Next course on 22nd March 2018
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...
£65
Gloucestershire
I will be covering a range of ideas and techniques for making a variety of soft toys in time for Christmas. Have fun creating your own soft toy, be it a monster ,or as cute and cuddly as you like, the choice is yours. I am showing a variety of items which we have made on similar courses run during the rest of the year, using these techniques. I will upload some more images as...
£40
Camarthenshire - Next course on 10th March 2018
We will use natural coloured wool to needle felt a hare or badger. We will explore different types of needles as we felt the various parts of the hare or badger. A selection of models and images will be available on the day but if you have an image you would like to have a try at creating then please bring them with you. This is not made using armature wire so some positions are...
£95
Northamptonshire
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 proprietor of bear with me a teddy bear shop in Northamptonshire. These day courses, from 9-4 are held on the last Sunday of...
£300
Yorkshire - Next course on 28th June 2018
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...
£105
Essex - Next course on 28th April 2018
Come and make this adorable dolly with textile designer and dressmaker Amanda Walker. Your finished doll will be complete with knitted hair, removable clothes and shoes. Amanda Walker was born in Cambridge in 1958. She attained a Diploma in Fashion and has worked in numerous fashion and design jobs; designing everything from men’s and women’s wear to handbags shoes and belts. For the past twenty-seven years Amanda’s design work has encompassed one-off wedding dresses, special...
£50
West Yorkshire - Next course on 8th March 2018
A full day workshop with Fibre and Mixed media Artist and tutor Josephine Gornall. Discover how to create an adorable 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...
£95
Derbyshire - Next course on 20th June 2018
Create your own 4-legged friend to take home! 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 canine companion and bring...
£95
Derbyshire - Next course on 23rd March 2018
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...