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!
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...
- Next course on 3rd November 2018
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...
This one-day course will teach you everything you know to make your very first teddy bear.
Laying out your pattern
Sewing the pieces together
Creating your bears face- eyes nose smile
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...
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...
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...
This 1 day workshop is an introductory course into collector teddy bear making. The day will go through the key stages in creating an approx. 6"-7" jointed collectors teddy bear with glass eyes and stuffing. Meaning the arms, legs and head twist.
The bears are created with a mix of hand and machine sewing, but no need to bring your own machine as I have one here and no experience of machine sewing is needed....
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...
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...
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...
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...