Crafts in the Valley - Batik textile workshop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire



Crafts in the Valley - Full Day Batik workshop in Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge. Batik is the art and craft of decorating cloth with wax and fabric dye. It is an ancient craft which has become a popular contemporary art form. During this workshop you will experience the colourful and creative Batik process and create two pieces of textile art. The first piece will be a circular design in an embroidery hoop, this is a practise piece to help you experiment with, applying the wax, mark-making and colour blending, mixing and layering. The second piece you create will be on a larger square piece on fabric. This can be an abstract design made up of colour, shapes and pattern or a more representative design, inspired by nature, or whatever takes your fancy! Firstly you will practise using the wax tools to create lines and marks. You will draw with hot wax using traditional Tjanting and Kiskay tools. You can come to the workshop with a design of your own or choose from a selection of images on the day. Don't feel intimidated if you aren't confident at drawing, it is perfectly fine to trace a design onto the cloth. The hot wax is used as a resist to cover areas of fabric, before fabric dye is applied to the cloth with a paintbrush. You will work with beautiful, vibrant fabric dyes, learning about colour mixing and colour theory to build up layers of colour on the fabric. A traditional crackle effect is applied to your fabric at the end of the day to give a beautiful texture to your work. The effect and process is wonderful, very relaxing and quite magical! I offer these workshops to individuals and private groups, they are designed for art and craft lovers, beginners or experienced crafters, and for those who simply want to enjoy a creative day out. The workshops have proved popular with mothers and daughters, couples and family and friends who wish to spend some quality time together. Lots of participants come on their own and enjoy meeting friendly, new people. The workshops are run from the light and airy Creative Chameleon Studio in Cragg Vale, a short drive from Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley. The Calder Valley is a great place to visit or make a weekend of it if you are travelling far. Hebden Bridge is a quirky town filled with independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It is well known for its exciting art, craft and alternative music scene. It is also a great place if you enjoy nature, walking and exploring the countryside. I am a fully qualified Art and Design teacher who has taught GCSE and A Level Art for the past 15 years. I have been running art and craft workshops for adults for 6 years. Private group workshops are all available on request, if you have a group of 3-8 people. I have studio space available for private workshops or I can travel to a venue of your choice. All materials, refreshments are included in the workshop price - £65.

What's included in the price?

Workshops include all materials, refreshments, tea, coffee and cake. Please bring a packed lunch to the class. After a day of Creative Escapism with Crafts in the Valley you will feel relaxed, inspired and a little bit spoilt! No extra costs during the workshop.


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Crafts in the Valley

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I’m Melanie, I deliver a range of creative art and craft workshops in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. As an artist and craftsperson, I enjoy playing with fused glass and textiles. I’m inspired by the array of colour and texture found in nature. I’m a fully qualified secondary school Art and Design teacher with a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textiles. A workshop with Crafts in the Valley is a special day out, learn creative skills and de-stressing! We refer to it as Creative Escapism.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Stag dos
  • Tutor can travel
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Weekends
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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Crafts in the Valley - Unit 4C Topland Country Buisness Park, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5RW