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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 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...
Northamptonshire - Next course on 5th March 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...
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 21st March 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 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...
London - Next course on 9th June 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...
Dorset - Next course on 23rd March 2019
Do you have a treasured item of clothing that you're just not sure what to do with but for sentimental reasons you've just never been able to throw it away or pass it on. It might be something that reminds you of a special occasion or something that belonged to a loved one you've lost Why not join us from our day long Memory Bear making workshop and create something truly lovely for yourself or...
Derbyshire - Next course on 17th September 2019
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...