Latest reviews

10 Feb 15'

Tim Poate reviewed: Introduction to green wood furniture making - two days

"Superb course. Great workshop with plenty of tools to try out and get used. Excellent support and advice on all aspects of woodwork. Friendly and welcoming style, very relaxed. I look forward to future courses."

10 Feb 15'

Suzanne walter reviewed: Jewellery making - Beautiful stitched vintage cuffs

"I had the best time at The Making Boutique producing beautiful accessories. Amanda's teaching methods were brilliant and kept us all hooked and eager to learn even more. The tea and cakes were great and the workroom is beautiful. We would recommend this workshop, and have already booked my crafting hen party for later in the year for the fabulous fascinator creations. Cant wait !!!"

10 Feb 15'

Blue Powell reviewed: Felt Hat Making course (intermediate level)

"Making a hat is great fun - I thought we might have to do a wet Indian head massage with soap like we did for our feet to make slippers but luckily Lorraine had some formers to work on. I had a design in mind but trying on the range of felt hat examples supplied sent me off on a tangent and a new idea. After a Spike Milligan impression part way through the process, my hat magically shrunk to a perfect fit: I shall wear it with pride! Felt is a wonderful scuptable material to play with: the possibilities of colour and form explode the imagination."

10 Feb 15'

Andreas Dracocardos reviewed: Introduction to Spoon Carving

"Chris and I have been chatting for a while on a wood carving forum and he's always been unbelievably helpful, but there's only so much information that can be passed through a computer. Spending a day with Chris was not only fantastic fun but the amount of new and improved skills I now have is amazing. Everything was covered from sharpening my tools back to a forge sharpness, chopping block work and design, wood choice, axe work, knife work and many more things. As per everyone else the food was as perfect as the scenery and even the February temperatures didn't dull spirits. I've definitely noticed an improvement in my designs and finished carvings. I'm looking forward to the weekend course Chris will be running later in the year and will be booking myself in for more carving fun. For anyone who wants to begin carving all the way up to turning a hobby into a business, Chris can teach the relevant skills required."

10 Feb 15'

Paul Le Baigue reviewed: Wood turning courses

"A brilliant day well spent. I learned something new that's inspired me for the future, I started and finished something all in one day (something I find hard at the best of times) and I made something that was as perfect on the back as at the front! George is extremely knowledgeable, patient and passionate and with tea throughout the day and lunch thanks to Susan I can wholly recommend."

10 Feb 15'

Rebekah reviewed: 2 day Pottery Courses Handbuilding and Throwing Malmesbury

"I went to Roki Pottery on 7th and 8th of February 2015 for one of the weekend courses. There were three of us in total plus Kim one of the owners of Roki Pottery. We had the option to hand-make either a clay box or pig and then were shown how to throw clay on the wheel and make a bowl and vase. The lunch on both days was really lovely and the atmosphere was very relaxed with lovely gardens and views of the surrounding landscape. Kim was a really brilliant teacher, she was very fun, and her sense of humour puts you at ease. She was always on hand to help whenever you get stuck or wanted artistic expertise and I learnt so much during the two days. I will definitely be going back to do the four day course later in the year."

10 Feb 15'

Kev Collins reviewed: Blacksmithing Beginners day courses in Yorkshire and the North East

"This was a fantastic gift, the day was amazing and fun, really enjoyed myself , I would highly recommend this experience day . Good tuition, good food, good company all in all a top day, can't wait for my next visit :)"

10 Feb 15'

nicola durbridge reviewed: Intensive 2 day mosaic course with Claire Cotterill Mosaics @ Martineau Gardens, Birmingham city centre, West Midlands.

"just spent a FABULOUS day making a mosaic tile with 3 friends - under Claire's kind and skilful guidance. she is a brilliant artist of course, but somehow gave us beginners the confidence and guidance needed to design, cut tiles, stick them down and end up with something highly memorable and not that bad looking. I was delighted to find there was more arty flexibility to this craft than i expected...and the glittering colourway potential is intoxicating! the custard Factory itself is worth the entrance money. DO IT!"

9 Feb 15'

Sarah Rand reviewed: Glass fusing introductory workshop with Laura Hart of Hart Glass

"I was lucky enough to get a slot for 3 days in Laura's studio. Being a complete beginner I found Laura's teaching fantastic! Not only did she have the patience of a saint, when I made mistakes, she guided me through each step with perfection and ease. I would highly recommend her glass course and can't wait to return again. I made a beautiful candle glow and learnt alot about cutting, kiln times, fusing and design. Hart Glass, rocks!"

8 Feb 15'

Hazel Dorrington reviewed: Rag Rug Half Day Workshop - Hertfordshire

"I have just an introductory course on 7/02/2015 at Ragged Life with Elspeth Jackson. She was a great teacher and very inspirational. Can't leave rag rugging alone now as I have all the equipment and knowledge to finish the cushion cover I started at the course and have the hessian and know how to do a rug. What a lovely morning we all had."

8 Feb 15'

Tracey Maw reviewed: MON 3RD AUGUST: ‘Cutting the Curd’ Cheese Making

"I really enjoyed the whole day, was amazed that I actually made cheese that was edible! Louise was really helpful and informative and I felt confident enough to try the recipes at home. Seeing and feeling each stage of making the cheese was extremely useful. Would recommend the course to everyone."

8 Feb 15'

Pam Calvert reviewed: Rag Rug Half Day Workshop - Hertfordshire

"A helpful introductory course for complete beginners taught with great passion and enthusiasm for the subject. Too short to really get very far with individual pieces but everyone on my course went away keen to apply their learning ."

8 Feb 15'

Sally England reviewed: Creative laser cutting

"Just back from two days learning about artistic laser cutting, been playing with fabric,slate and stone, made some wood printing blocks ! Plenty of help with the computer stuff and the more technical side in a calm ' yeah you can try that ' atmosphere; also told what I couldn't do!!! Good lunch and lots of drinks. If you want to find out what laser cutting will do this is a good place to start."

8 Feb 15'

Lynne Sephton reviewed: Beginners Hand spinning - 'From fleece to fibre’ - at All in a Spin

"I had a fantastic day..Dunja is a brilliant teacher and I now feel confident to spin on my own.She provided a lovely lunch and as much coffee and tea that one could drink !!.Nothing was too much trouble and I can guarantee anyone who books the course will have fab time. I am at this point in time, already washing a fleece ready to practise with, can't wait for it to dry !! need to be patient."

8 Feb 15'

emma vann reviewed: Ceramic moon gazing hares

"We went as a group of four yesterday to the hare course and it was excellent. We had an amazing time and I couldn't believe how good our hares turned out. I can't wait to get mine home to put him in pride of place and we are all now arguing over who made the best hare! (Mine was the best of course :) ). Linda showed each stage of the process very clearly and everyone got the instruction they needed. I would heartily recommend this course!"

7 Feb 15'

Paul Temme reviewed: Firebird Forge Blacksmithing School

"A day that transports you to a different world - one unfortunately largely hidden today. Mort skilfully guided me and my 15 year old son (beginners) through many of the blacksmith techniques to enable us to complete 3 iron "treasures" for us to take home to use and decorate our house and garden. Mort's patience and rescuing - abilities mean that the atmosphere is unhurried and relaxed but you still come away with an amazing amount of knowledge and perhaps the start of a new set of skills."

7 Feb 15'

Andy reviewed: Beginners Willow Weaving Course

"Very informative and fun, in a unique setting - would highly reccomend!"

7 Feb 15'

Kate and Kevin reviewed: Enamelling on copper

"We had a fantastic day with Dilys at her studio and could not be more pleased and encouraged. We are complete beginners and had no experience of enamelling whatsoever. We both made 3 pieces under expert guidance and were made to feel that we could do anything! Her calm approach to teaching was so encouraging. If you've had any thoughts of trying this, just do it. It's great and Dilys made us feel like professionals!"

7 Feb 15'

Steve Hadfield reviewed: Five day woodwork course - tools

"An excellent 5 days. I arrived with minimal woodworking skills and left full of enthusiasm and ambition to learn more. Richard and Mark could not be more friendly or helpful and were anxious to tailor their teaching to each students individual needs. I will be back for more sometime in the future."

7 Feb 15'

Lorraine reviewed: Stained Glass Garden Mosaic with Sue Smith

"Located in her own workshop set in stunning countryside, the lovely Sue takes you through the techniques necessary to cut glass and design and make your own mosaic. A thoroughly relaxing, friendly course with as much support given as you need. Am planning to rebook so would recommend."

6 Feb 15'

jenny rackford reviewed: Jewellery making - Beautiful stitched vintage cuffs

"We had a fabulous time on this fun and exciting workshop. I purchased this workshop as a gift for me and my mum and we both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Amanda is a wonderful teacher with lots of energy and enthusiasm which was inspiring. Tea, cakes and some great background music as well as learning a new skill.. who could ask for more... Cant wait to come back with my friends and sister. x"

6 Feb 15'

Mike reviewed: Introduction to green wood furniture making - two days

"An excellent course in a welcoming and inspiring environment. Peter and Jav were very generous with their extensive knowledge and experience. Thank you - I will be back for the Chair Making course."

6 Feb 15'

Tim Peacock reviewed: Screenprinting weekend with Liam Biswell

"I’ve done perhaps a handful of plates previously, in one hour taster sessions. Liam’s informal and encouraging approach was perfect for me, as was the level of personal attention allowed by the class size. He is experienced in many processes and took the time to find out what we were all interested in before the class convened. The processes and timing for the weekend were then adjusted accordingly. He was flexible throughout, and, for example, quite prepared to accommodate those who wanted to continue with one process instead of moving on with the rest of the class. He was also encouraging of experiment. A full two days isn’t nearly enough time, but is so much better than two-hour evening classes. To make the most of the time available I’d suggest coming well prepared with ideas and designs of the appropriate size (just ask). However, Liam came with a stack of print- and art- magazines which are a good source. The purpose built Phoenix studio is spacious and light, and Liam is very well organised with materials and equipment."

5 Feb 15'

CPY reviewed: Introduction to silver jewellery making workshop with Diane Lee

"I joined the class as an absolute beginner, and by the end of the session, I feel I have learnt the basics needed for me to work on simple projects on my own. Diane is an excellent teacher -- her explanations were clear and tailored her instruction to the ability of her students. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and am pleased to be the proud owner of my first 3 creations -- a bracelet, a neckless and a charms for another neckless. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to have a go at beading."

5 Feb 15'

Julia MacDougall reviewed: Screenprinting weekend with Liam Biswell

"I thoroughly enjoyed Liam's 2 day printmaking workshop. I was a complete beginner, but Liam guided us through the different processes and encouraged us in such a way that I had confidence to have a go and was rather pleased with my efforts! It was all very relaxed. Liam was well organised and all the equipment and materials we needed were readily to hand. The Phoenix Studio in Towersey was a pleasant and accommodating space to work in. I look forward to the next opportunity."

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