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Mohair Bear Sewing Workshop at Hanwell Wine Estate



Join us on this creative one-day workshop and make Phoebe, a lovable 5.5″ mohair collector's bear. Located in our 100sqm craft barn you will find a relaxing space to work while taking in the beautiful surrounding views of Hanwell Wine Estate. Expert tutor Gaye she will take you step by step to make Phoebe who is fully jointed made in a traditional way. You then have an option to knit her a dress and pants at home or buy one ready-made from Gaye. What you will make – A 5.5″ bear with traditional fabrics, joints and eyes, using a a combination of machine and hand sewing. Learning lots of tricks of the trade to help you make your lovely traditional style cuddly companion. Who is the workshop suitable for -Suitable for anyone confident with a sewing machine to sew using a normal straight stitch. A small amount of hand stitching is required. This workshop is not suitable for people with dexterity or shoulder problems as stuffing is involved. Due to Phoebes size you will be working with very small parts. What you will need to bring – Ideally, you will need your own sewing machine. (There are 2 machines onsite available on a first-come-first-served basis, note in the comments box when booking). General sewing equipment. Glass headed pins (coloured tops) Small sharpe scissors ( recommended Fiskars embroidery scissors or 13cm needlework scissors) Beige or mid grey sewing cotton for your sewing machine Approximately 6 to 8”flat ended screwdriver Small needle nosed pliers Awl ( ball point blue handled one by clover) Thimble if you use one. Glasses if you wear them Phone/camera Please note – The tutor will have some items for sale or to borrow in case you are unable to source the above things yourself. Needles will be available to buy but not borrow. This bear is not suitable for children under the age of 14 due to the components used in it. About your tutor Gaye I am a textile artist working mainly in textile construction but I love making all sorts of things using sewing. I have learnt from many sources throughout my life starting with my mother. Now that I am retired from the NHS I can draw on my experiences. I produce my own patterns combining old and new techniques. I love to work with beautiful natural fabrics like Harris Tweed and Abraham Moon tweed, silk, mohair and Viscose fur, 100%cotton in particular Liberty. I enjoy teaching and like to share some of my wealth of knowledge with my students so you can enjoy producing lovely works of art too. I have an adult teaching certificate, I am a qualified NHS professional (retired) and a qualified Aromatherapist. To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8. (Please note: a minimum number of 4 bookings is required in order for the session to go ahead)

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided. you will need to bring a sewing machine and some tools. Refreshments and a two-course vegetarian homemade lunch served with a glass of wine.


6¾ hours (9:45am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Romantic
  • Hen dos
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG