Latest reviews

15 Jun 24'

Rachel Grace reviewed: Silver Stacking Rings Workshop; with Lindsay Forbes - Sedgefield

"My fiancé and I attended this course and had the best afternoon. We visited as a day date for our anniversary. We genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. We made beautiful rings to take away and Lindsey was so accommodating. We had a great laugh, and everything was explained in detail. Would 💯 recommend anyone wanting to do this course. "

15 Jun 24'

Victoria reviewed: Glass Suncatcher Copper Foiling Workshop

"This was our first try at any sort or craft course and throughly enjoyed it. We came away with some beautiful glass birds to display at home. Everything was well planned and organised. Great size group we so all got the help we needed. Would highly recommend it. "

15 Jun 24'

Don Baker reviewed: Stonecarving Weekend, Gloucestershire Cotswolds

"As I stand in my workshop 2 weeks after my training weekend with Sebastian Rasch, I'm looking at my next piece in a different frame of mind to that before the course. Sebastian has inspired me to see that after 9 years of cutting small stone stone with hand tools, I can be confident in my ability to move on to real and larger pieces. I never knew that I could cut into stone, and see that is as good a piece as any other. Now I can. My sincere thanks go to Sebastian for giving me the confidence to continue with larger and more interesting work. From the fantastic pieces that the other people on course produced, I'm sure that they have confidence too. Especially as they were 1st time stone cutters aged 16 upwards. If you're uncertain, don't be. Sebastian will guide you."

15 Jun 24'

Cindy reviewed: Beginner's Quilting Day with Sew Forest of Dean

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. As a complete beginner I achieved much more than I thought I could and I can't wait to finish my first quilt, which is a saying that I never thought I would utter. Jen is an excellent tutor and the environment is perfect, with inspirational quilts and crafts all round the log cabin. The lemon cake was an added bonus as well as meeting like minded people. "

Sew Forest of Dean responded:

"Hi Cindy, thank you so much for your review. It was a really lovely day with you all yesterday and I loved seeing your quilts coming together. I'm glad the lemon drizzle cake lived up to your expectations from previous reviews 😊. Have fun finishing your beautiful quilt and don't hesitate to come back to me if you need any more help or advice. Best wishes, Jennifer "

15 Jun 24'

Janet MacPhee reviewed: Free Motion Embroidery - An Introduction to Machine Embroidery

"This was a very enjoyable course. Michelle was very knowledgeable , extremely patient and well prepared. The venue is easy to get to( for me anyway!) and restricting the class to six people was just right."

From Loft to Loved Workshops CIC responded:

"Thank you for your lovely review Janet, we hope to see you back with us in the future. Sarah & Kim "

15 Jun 24'

Stephen reviewed: Hardwood table furniture making course with Finbarr Lucas

"This was a great course to be on! I learned a lot, especially having had no experience with any of the tools or machinery being used, but Finbarr was an excellent teacher and very patient with the group as we worked on all the bits to assemble our tables. I now have a table to put things on! And most importantly, knowledge on building a table like this, that I can hopefully expand upon in the future. Thank you Finbarr! "

Finbarr Lucas responded:

"Thank you Stephen, for coming along and applying yourself with great effort to the many tasks involved on this 3-day course. I'm amazed that you say you had no previous making experience, as you made each joint with great care and skill, and you set about each part of the process with determination and with great attention to detail. Your final table was as good as any I've seen. Well done!"

15 Jun 24'

Jayne reviewed: Identifying Trees in Summer

"A very enjoyable and informative course. Ryan was really knowledgeable and it was great to learn more about trees whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings "

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre responded:

"Thank you Jayne, looking forward to seeing you again for wildflower identification this coming week. Best wishes. Mara "

15 Jun 24'

Clare Selley reviewed: Woodcarving weekend with experienced teacher, all levels of experience welcome

"A friend and I attended the 2-day course with Almut and thoroughly enjoyed it. She patiently guided us through the techniques required to transform a plank of wood into beautiful carved wooden bowls. I would definitely recommend this course and this tutor."

14 Jun 24'

Ann Kennedy reviewed: Hare Sculpture workshop with Jo Garden Art in beautiful Norfolk/Suffolk

"My second visit to create a hare sculpture and I loved it just as much the second time. Jo and Andy are such wonderful hosts. I left with Hattie, a mate for Huck who I made in January and who is already loving life in my little garden. Can’t wait to return for a two day workshop when Jo has availability. "

14 Jun 24'

Karen Garland reviewed: Couples Wedding Jewellery Workshop

"I have been buying jewellery from Jolene for a number of years, so when I was looking for a special and memorable present to celebrate my 50th birthday, I booked a days ring making workshop with her. From booking the workshop, to the minute I left, jolene was supportive, knowledgeable and most importantly Patient! Jolenes support and guidance meant I can honestly say I made my ring completely myself, which makes it so special, and feels like a real achievement that i can cherish. l learnt so many processes and techniques, and now I am planning to sign up for the BAngle making workshop. An affordable, but priceless day of pure joy! I am so grateful "

14 Jun 24'

Jenny Hainsworth reviewed: Raku - learn the exciting art of rapid Japanese glaze firing

"The Raku course was really enjoyable. We were involved with the whole process all the way through and it was so interesting to learn more about this. We were able to glaze and fire 4 pots in total using different Raku techniques - the exciting part being when the pots were revealed! It was a wonderful day and would definitely recommend to others who want to have this Raku experience. Thank you Richard."

Potterydayz responded:

"Thank you for the recommendation and taking time out to post a review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your Raku experience. Hope to see you both again soon. "

14 Jun 24'

Tracey reviewed: Willow Heart Kit

"Not made as yet, but quick delivery."

Rachel Harwood Willow responded:

"Thank you Tracey, I hope you enjoy making it 😁"

14 Jun 24'

Elaine reviewed: Circular Sock machine one to one lessons

"I had a great time and made a pair of socks by the end of the day. Lunch was delicious and the teaching was very informative and delivered with warmth and patience. I am feeling confident to buy the CSM I had my eye on today . First time I’ve done a craft course on here and really enjoyed the ease of booking, and responsiveness . Of course there’s lots of online help BUT you cannot trump a real one to one with learning a new skill. Thankyou very much! "

Circular Sock Machine school responded:

"Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to teach you. Good luck with you new machine. "

14 Jun 24'

Abi reviewed: Glass Bead Making Workshop - One to One

"I had a one-to-one bead making session with Julia and enjoyed it greatly. All the processes were clearly and patiently explained and Julia struck just the right balance between offering tips for improvement and leaving me space to experiment and learn creatively. Despite the presence of molten glass and hot blue flames, the session felt safe and well organised, allowing for a relaxing afternoon. The time flew by but I managed to make enough beads for a bracelet and will enjoy looking at them and remembering the session."

14 Jun 24'

Linda Peters reviewed: Portrait Paintings in Oils

"I thoroughly enjoyed Lee’s oil painting course and learned so much! The canvas Lee provided was luxurious, (he makes them himself) a pleasure to paint on. Lee is a brilliant teacher, has a natural ability in explaining techniques etc. I never thought I could learn so much about painting a portrait in oils in such a short time space. Another important thing for me is confidence; I arrived with no confidence in my ability as a portrait painter at all. Because of Lee’s teaching skills, I now feel confident in my ability moving forward. I found it exciting learning to paint using traditional methods. The academy itself is a lovely place to be. Seeing Lee & Lucy’s paintings on the wall was inspirational. The atmosphere was relaxed and our modals were amazing, thank you Dave and Bev. My fellow students were lovely too and I had a great week altogether. Will definitely attend courses in the future. Thank you Lee, thank you Academy, I highly recommend you. "

14 Jun 24'

Lyn Mossop reviewed: Watercolour Journeys: Boat on Tranquil Waters

"Thank you for kickstarting my dormant love for creating with a special and challenging medium. I look forward to years more. I remember you always with this wonderful input Qv 2020"

14 Jun 24'

Marc Sh0rrock reviewed: Watercolour Journeys: Boat on Tranquil Waters

"I had previous experience with acrylics. Purnima was excellent in showing all the class techniques to use. Watercolour is far more demanding requiring a more strategic plan to create lighter tone washes, blending wet and dry wet and wet use of candle and salt. Great effects QV 2024."

14 Jun 24'

Maryilyn Dreyer-Pigott reviewed: Watercolour Journeys: Boat on Tranquil Waters

"I have really enjoyed each daily class thank you Purnima. Hope to follow up with you. I'm an intuitive musician who gave you the CD into the light. Hope you enjoy it to paint too. Qv 2024."

14 Jun 24'

Colin and Helen Kerrigan reviewed: Watercolour Journeys: Boat on Tranquil Waters

"My husband and I were complete novices, we discovered that we loved painting and learning. The different techniques have been very rewarding. Purnima was very encouraging and patient. Lots of fun and a great teacher. Qv 2024."

14 Jun 24'

Julie Wiseman reviewed: Watercolour Journeys: Boat on Tranquil Waters

"Friendly, knowledgeable non-judgemental teaching learning basics techniques which will enhance our our art skills in the future. I thoroughly. enjoyed the classes at similar minded people"

14 Jun 24'

Bridget reviewed: Birds on a wire - creating small sculptures in Derbyshire

"A light and beautifully curated studio space displaying many of Liz’s creations, and looking out on a pretty, mature garden. All tools and a generous amount of material supplied. Simple processes and achievable projects. A fun day, thanks. "

Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker responded:

"Hi Bridget, Thanks for letting me know about your day at The Slipper Studio - it’s much appreciated. It was lovely meeting and working with you and sharing your day at the studio. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in the UK and have time for lots more creative activities. Best wishes Liz Wellby"

13 Jun 24'

Bec Q reviewed: "Find Your Inner Potter" ceramics and pottery day with Geraldine Francis

"I had a great day with Geraldine in her studio - she has a friendly, relaxed approach and is happy to share her experience & knowledge of all things clay, practical & technical. I wanted to learn some new techniques that I could bring into the classroom and this course was perfect. I came away, having made four different items, with lots of ideas and a renewed confidence and enthusiasm for clay! "

Geraldine Francis Ceramics responded:

"Hi, Thank you for your review, I am so pleased you found the course useful and now feel more confident to deliver clay projects to your classes. Don't forget to pick up your finished work. Geri"

13 Jun 24'

Katie B reviewed: Lampwork Beadmaking Full Day Introduction For One

"This course was fantastic. I had a great time, and would highly recommend it. Thank you so much Ruth."

13 Jun 24'

Colin reviewed: Stone heart

"Another surprise birthday gift. Yesterday was the Dragon Book Box and today it was the Stone Heart. The course built on my new found skills from yesterday, the stone work was quite amazing. Jan was as welcoming as ever, even though she knew it was me returning... although she did lock me out to begin with🤭. Thanks again for a very enjoyable day."

Feline Fixins Powertex Fun responded:

"🤣🤣🤣 it really was a pleasure to see you again. It has been such a good two days I'm not sure which of us enjoyed it more. Your stone art heart was amazing, and thank you for your help with the wood working. "

13 Jun 24'

Megan reviewed: Make your own memory bear / teddy bear (2 days)

"Very friendly welcoming host with loads of patience for beginners like me and tricks of the trade for the more advanced student. Lovely location. Would highly recommend. "

JM Bespoke Needlework responded:

"Much appreciated, Megan!"

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