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

An abstract Batik made on a full day workshop with Crafts in the Valley in Hebden Bridge.


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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Melanie Louise at Crafts in the Valley

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Crafts in the Valley - Unit 4C Topland Country Buisness Park
Cragg Vale
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Vision impaired


5 hours (10:30am to 4:00am)

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Katie Costigan - - #37421

An absolutely excellent workshop - I totally recommend it. Melanie was a fantastic teacher, so relaxed, friendly, knowledgeable and endlessly patient. She showed us a variety of techniques and supported us whilst we experimented with them to make a practice piece and a larger piece. I loved it and look forward to returning to doing more Batik in the future.

Andrea - - #37315

Really enjoyed learning batik and having the time and space away from real life to play. Would recommend.

Maureen Brooks - - #36662

Melanie is a lovely, supportive, encouraging teacher. We really enjoyed the day. Very clear demonstrations and explanations of the Batik process. We all achieved a lot in this workshop, learning new skills and creating 2 pieces. Great coffee, tea and cakes too! Thoroughly recommend.

Nicki - - #36647

This course was fantastic! I learnt a range of new skills in a relaxed and friendly environment with a small group of lovely people. Melanie was so kind and welcoming and was always on hand with support or a drink! The plate of goodies to munch on while we worked was very much appreciated too!
Thoroughly worth the price of the course - I would recommend it highly!

Miriam - - #34152

I have done this workshop twice now (first time as a complete beginner) and am booking again it’s so good! Melanie is a lovely, relaxed, patient teacher who has a great way of explaining techniques to make it clear and interesting. The class sizes are small and the venue beautifully peaceful with an outlook onto gorgeous countyside and a chilled, creative vibe. All attendees had so much fun on the day and everyone was so happy with their completed art works. I can’t recommend Crafts in the Valley highly enough and have booked on several different courses here - all equally fab. Covid safety has been considered here so everyone can just relax and enjoy a creative escape😊

karen white - - #33535

Melanie was an amazing a very friendly bubbly and attentive host , tea, coffee and cake was offered continuously we had a three tier snack stack filled with delicious nibbles chocolates and biscuits. The course was fabulous her teaching and explanations was easy to listen to and learn...we really enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended

Response from Crafts in the Valley:

Ahhh, thank you Karen! What a lovely review. I hope you all had a fantastic afternoon in Hebden Bridge. Best wishes, Melanie xx

Pam - - #31335

Lovely day out on this workshop. Melanie is an excellent teacher and very talented. She was always on hand to answer any questions and very patient. Plenty of ideas and examples for inspiration. Wide range of equipment and materials too. This is my 3rd workshop with melanie and have booked a christmas one as well. It was also good to see how much effort had gone into making the workshops covid safe.

Rosemary Gray - - #30404

I attended this course recently and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Melanie Louise is an excellent tutor and made the techniques very accessible and fun to try. I am by no stretch of the imagination any good at drawing but I was stunned at the way my designs turned out. I had a great experience in a COVID safe environment and can't wait to book again.

Miriam - - #30363

Just spent one of the best days ever at the batik workshop! Melanie is a fantastic teacher, learning the technique was fascinating and really satisfying to create colourful pieces to take home. A lot of thought and care has gone into making these workshops safe and I felt absolutely comfortable after being quite worried about attending any workshops at the moment. Just a perfect day from start to end - I’ll definitely be booking again - can’t recommend highly enough! Thank you 😊

Helen - - #26746

Lovely day spent with Melanie learning the basics of batik. She shared her knowledge well and was very patient with us! Great advice as we went along regarding pattern and colour. Delicious treats on offer too. Very enjoyable day.

Wendy - - #25991

A great day out. I really enjoyed doing batik. Melanie explained the processes well and was helpful with advice on colours and design. It was a very enjoyable experience with a lovely memento to take home. Lunch was delicious and helped make the whole event feel very indulgent. Would recommend very highly.

Lesley S - - #24779

I attended Melanie's batik workshop last Sunday and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Melanie and her friend/colleague Linda both were great and really helpful with all aspects of the process. It was laid back, friendly and a relaxing way to spend the day and I learnt loads. Everyone came out with a beautiful piece, the process is very forgiving so you don't have to be in any way an expert. Going out for lunch was an extra treat. I would thoroughly recommend the workshop and would love to come again if I'm ever up in the North in the future.

Lesley S - - #24778

I attended Melanie's batik workshop last Sunday and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Melanie and her friend/colleague Linda both were great and really helpful with all aspects of the process. It was laid back, friendly and a relaxing way to spend the day and I learnt loads. Everyone came out with a beautiful piece, the process is very forgiving so you don't have to be in any way an expert. Going out for lunch was an extra treat. I would thoroughly recommend the workshop and would love to come again if I'm ever up in the North in the future.

Ellen Morrell - - #24767

Absolutely fantastic! Myself and two friends attended Melanie's studio for the Batik workshop. We were greeted with warmth and friendliness. We were made to feel at home. I learned so much but was not overwhelmed with information. The atmosphere was very relaxed.
Throughout the day, Melanie passed on lots of techniques and skills, was very informative and helpful but at the same time, allowing us to let our own creative juices flow.
Her teaching method was superb! As a result, we have booked another course.
Great value for money. Can't recommend Crafts in the Valley highly enough!
As a bonus, fantastic surroundings!

Helen - - #24763

I had a great day doing this batik class - Mel ran the class extremely well, enabling all of us to finish beautiful pieces. She gave us all the relevant information at each stage, and there was always the opportunity for questions and help available when needed, with either technical aspects or inspiration.
I would highly recommend this class (and all her other classes too!). Mel is a great teacher and a lovely person.

Alison - - #24667

This is the second course I have undertaken at Crafts in the Valley. I have thoroughly enjoyed both. Nothing is too much trouble. All crafting tools/ materials are on hand and a excellent commentary/ instruction of what is needed to produce a piece of work to be proud of.
Food and refreshments an added bonus and delicious.
Would recommend to anyone, especially those who enjoy being “crafty”.

Charlotte Y - - #23453

l was lucky enough to do one of Melanie's batik workshops recently in the wonderful Hebden Bridge - so far it is my most favourite creative thing l have done this year! l was hoping to bring a nice creative image with me for inspiration but really didn't have the time - it didn't matter though as Melanie had a really good selection of images available, that l was easily able to find something to inspire me for my batiks.

Melanie really lnew her stuff and was not only an excellent teacher but a warm and welcoming host! With it being in such a fantastic part of the country l was able to make a weekend of it and hang around Hebden Bridge the following day, which I would highly recommend tagging onto your time if you are able to. I left with a really beautiful piece of artwork, l never thought it was possible for me to produce something so good. Looking forward to putting it on my wall so thanks Melanie! l would love to come and do another course (or two) with you again.

Ann Clough - - #23418

What a fabulous workshop! Had a wonderful day learning a new craft from a patient, knowledgeable and awesome tutor. Mel makes everything seem doable. From knowing nothing at the start of the day, to creating an end product that I am proud of is testament to her skill as a teacher. Most of all though is the sheer feeling of calm relaxation that Mel creates - her class really is a feast for the soul. Loved it!

Ruthie - - #23411

Mel is a therapeutic art extraordinarie. I’ve attended a few of her workshops and the batik one really was the most amazing day. For someone who is constantly ‘in her head’ I found myself drifting off to a place of art tranquility all at the same time as learning a new skill and creating two wonderful pieces of art. Mel works with a small group but always finds space and time for you as individuals. She is patient, matches your learning needs to how she explains things to you and her environments are always so welcome. And there is ALWAYS cake. What more could you ask for. Thank you Mel for allowing me to have a little head holiday. It really was worth its weight in gold.

Niki Taylor - - #23294

I’ve done a few batik workshops prior to Mel’s and I’d say hers comes out with top marks. As someone who is a little terrified of art I found Mel to be an excellent teacher at giving clear step by step instruction and attention to detail using various techniques. Always at hand if you make mistakes.
She made the classroom warm and cosy and provides tea and cakes.
Mel is a warm, welcoming and attentive teacher and I would highly recommend her classes to anyone. The creations produced in her classes are of a high standard because of that.

Jill - - #23094

What a fantastic batik workshop day we spent with Mel! The planning that had gone into the course for our benefit was second to none and each of us left with pieces of work we were proud of. I was a novice and loved the day and am looking forward to another batik workshop in the near future.

Sian Hughes - - #23079

Absolutely loved this batik workshop! I haven’t done batik for years since college and really enjoyed the day. The day is set out really well and really enjoyed getting stuck in to the creating! Would highly recommend this workshop!

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