Gifted Crafts Company reviews

18 May 24'

Jane Benbow reviewed: Silver Clay Jewellery - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"We had the most amazing day yesterday learning how to use silver clay. Everything was brilliant from start to finish! Rachel is a fabulous teacher…clear, patient, helpful, knowledgeable, inspiring, relaxed, friendly and fun…as well as highly skilled! It won’t be long until we’re back to try something else and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a thoroughly brilliant experience! 😊"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so so much. It was an absolute pleasure. Such a lovely morning. And I LOVE the necklace and earrings that you made. Beautiful quality. Well done. Thanks so much for the review too. So kind of you. Look forward to seeing you again! All the very best. Rach. "

15 May 24'

Steve Astley reviewed: Laser Engraving & Signage - Beginner - 1 day - One to One

"Rachel was amazing. Really enjoyed the day, learnt so much in a short space of time. Can't wait to get going on my own. I so recommend this course"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Steve. So kind of you. You achieved so much in the day and I'm really looking forward to seeing you get set up with your own. Thanks again and all the very best. Rach"

13 May 24'

Alex Belford reviewed: Bookbinding - Sketchbooks, Journals, Books - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"I purchased the 3hour starter book binding course as a birthday present to myself and l can honestly say l enjoyed myself thoroughly, Rachel was a brilliant patient teacher and the sketch book that l made turned out looking really professional thanks to her input and knowledge. I would recommend this course to anyone that is looking to get into bookbinding or just wanting to make their own personal item. Oh fantastic tea and coffee making skills too after clarifying how l like my tipple l could stand my spoon up in my brew, excellent!!😁"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Alex. So thoughtful of you to take the time to review and so kind! It was a pleasure to work with you and I was so impressed with your skills and the book you made. But we both know it’s all about the tea! 😉 Thanks again and all the very best. Rach "

30 Apr 24'

Christine reviewed: Artist Retreat in the Shropshire Hills - 5 Days & 5 Nights - One to One

"If you like your Crafting this is the place to go. Excellent tutor and a lovely location. Rachel thinks of everything and is so helpful and talented. I can't praise it enough."

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Christine. You are so lovely and thoughtful. It was a fantastic week. An absolute pleasure to get to know you. I can't wait to keep in touch and see what other lovely crafts you produce! All the very best. Rach "

11 Apr 24'

Jan Baker reviewed: Bookbinding - Sketchbooks, Journals, Books - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"Thank you Rachel, for an absolutely splendid workshop in your lovely art studio in Shropshire! You generously shared you knowledge and skills with me and made me feel very welcome. Your enthusiasm for your subject and teaching is evident in all you do. You were happy to shape the progression of the workshop to meet my individual needs and I am keen to develop the techniques you showed me further. Thank you once again for such a lovely day! and of cause all the tea and chat! Wishing you all the best x "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Jan. So kind of you. It was an absolute pleasure and a delight to meet you. You made beautiful books and it was lovely to get to know you. I look forward to hearing how your projects and all your art and craft continues. All the very very best and many thanks, Rach x"

7 Mar 24'

Ian Carter reviewed: Laser Craft - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"I attended the one day laser course having no previous knowledge and very limited computer skills. Rachel was fantastically easy going making me feel so welcome. Within no time I hade made a basic coaster, shortly after I had completed making my first wall clock. We then moved onto a number of little projects which interested me. Using the computer was explained very well, and I was very soon moving around the program tentatively by myself. I only wish I had a better memory as there was a lot of information to get my head around. I really enjoyed the day, Rachel you are a star, thank you so much. 5/5 XXXXX"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for your lovely comments Ian and for taking the time to review. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and you picked the skills up so well. Your clock was especially brilliant! I've emailed the help sheets as promised but please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again. All the very best. Rach "

4 Feb 24'

Annika reviewed: Silver Clay Jewellery - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"Fantastic experience, it’s like magic watching a grey clay turn into solid silver jewellery. Rachel’s workshop is a treasure trove of amazing things. She was a great teacher, very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. My friend and I, who did the course as part of a ‘mums on the run weekend’, were so pleased with the things we made. We’ll definitely be recommending it to others. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for the lovely comments, so kind of you to take the time to review. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and I was so impressed by the quality of your silver pieces. Well done! I've already told Stu about 'Mums on the run!'. Love it. All the very best. Rach "

7 Jan 24'

Emma reviewed: Crocheting - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"This was the second course I have done with Rach, and she was just as lovely, kind and patient as last time. Rach explains everything very clearly, even for beginners, and is flexible with her approaches. I can't wait to do some more crafting with her! "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for your lovely review Emma. So kind of you. It was really lovely to see you again and to meet your Mum. You both picked up the skills so quickly. It would be so lovely to see you again for more crafting! Look forward to it! All the very best. Rach "

27 Nov 23'

Amal reviewed: Artist Retreat in the Shropshire Hills - 5 Days & 5 Nights - One to One

"I had an amazing 5 days with Rachel...didn't want to come home! My intention was to explore some new crafts that I could do from home that wouldn't require large, noisy or expensive equipment, and to see if I was any good at any of them. After discussing the possibilities with Rachel, I went onto learn a load of new skills; concrete and pewter casting and letterpress printing, relearnt how to sew and had my first proper lesson on how to draw. I'd always said that I wasn't an artist, but with Rachel's genuine encouragement and patient guidance, I came away feeling confident to take more steps and develop my skills and also thinking that perhaps there was an artist inside me after all!"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for the lovely review Amal. It really was such a lovely week and you did brilliantly with all the crafts you explored. I can't wait to see what you go on to create next! All the very best. Rach "

19 Oct 23'

Julia Cunningham reviewed: Square a Day Blanket Knit with Unique Online Support

"Really helpful with good communication. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Julia. So kind of you to take the time to review. Have fun! All the best. Rach"

11 Oct 23'

Lynne crook reviewed: Macramé Workshop - 2 Day - One to One

"I have just had an amazing 2 day macrame workshop and it was amazing. Rachel was very friendly and welcoming and I felt at ease straight away. We discussed what I wanted from the course and discussed what I would like to make. I made a number of pieces which I am really pleased with and I left knowing that I can keep in touch with Rachel for support moving forward. She is truly a very talented and lovely lady "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Lynne. You’re a star. An absolute delight and you did brilliantly. Can’t wait to stay in touch and see what else you do. Send photos! All the very very best. Rach "

3 Aug 23'

HOLLY reviewed: Polymer Clay Jewellery - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"I really enjoyed this course, Rach was really lovely and so knowledgeable. It was great to practice different techniques. Rach has a great space to work in with a really good range of tools. She is a great teacher and I’d recommend her classes. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you Holly. So kind. It was such a pleasure to meet you and I was so impressed with your skills. Well done. Look forward to seeing what else you do! All the very very best, Rach "

31 Jul 23'

Julie Burke reviewed: Laser Craft For Business - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"I had a really great day with Rachel who tailored the day to the outputs I was particularly interested in. Rachel also provided good advice regarding the software and potential purchasing of laser cutters. I liked the way we got straight into producing something; this made any questions more relevant as we went along. Thoroughly great introduction to laser cutting. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Julie. So kind of you to take the time to review and such lovely comments. It was great to meet you and you did brilliantly with your lasering. All the very best. Rach "

23 Jul 23'

Kat reviewed: Silver Clay Jewellery - Bespoke Group - Kathryn E

"We took Rachel's course for our Hen do and I couldn't recommend it enough! Rachel was lovely and her demonstrations and tips were brilliant and we all came away with beautiful pieces of jewellery. I can't wait to wear my gorgeous earrings to the wedding now!"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for taking the time to review and your lovely comments. It was so lovely to meet you all and you all did so well with your silver pieces. Let’s hope the weather is better for the wedding! Congratulations to Mary and all the best to you all. Rach "

21 Jul 23'

Josie reviewed: Polymer Clay Jewellery - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"Lovely morning with Rachel learning the basic skills to work with polymer clay. Very helpful to craft the skill. Would recommend very highly! "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and you produced such fab pieces. Can’t wait to see what else you do! All the very very best. Rach "

24 Jun 23'

Laura reviewed: Knitting - Intermediate - 2 Day - One to One

"wonderful two days of one to one tuition, I learned masses and Rach was a brilliant tutor"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Laura. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Huge well done on your yarn craft skills, I was so impressed. Love to see what else you make! All the very best. Rach "

8 Jun 23'

Maidy reviewed: Sketchbooking for artists, journals, keep sake books, coursework - 2 Day - One to One

"I went on this course with my sister, who was visiting from Australia, for 2 days. Rachel welcomed us into the studio on the first day, with a cup of tea and a description of what we might like to do. There were samples of sketchbooks on the table, and the studio was incredibly well stocked. We chose to make our own individual sketchbooks on the first day, and then on the second day we asked for some pointers in sketching bodies and people. It was all very individualised, as only the 2 of us were there. Rachel was incredibly generous, both with materials and her time and knowledge. She kept us stocked up on tea and coffee throughout the day. Although the course was due to end at 3.30, she gave us the key to the studio to allow us to stay there when she left, and go back if we wanted after our dinner. We were both extremely proud of the sketchbooks we made as well as the sketchbooks she gave us to practise with. It was a really enjoyable, and intensive two days. If I get the chance I will definitely be going back. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Maidy. You are too kind. It was an absolute joy to work with you both this week. I absolutely the love the amazing journals / books that you both made and was so impressed with the drawing progress and quality of your sketches. Huge well done and thank you. I would be delighted to see you again. All the very best. Rach "

4 Jun 23'

Sarah Cardus reviewed: Bookbinding - Sketchbooks, Journals, Books - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"I had a fantastic time learning how to make a journal with Rachel. She was so informative, friendly and lovely to talk to, and I came away with a notebook I am really proud to have made. I will definitely be back to build on the skills I have learned! "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you ever so much Sarah. It was so lovely to meet you. I am very proud of your book too, huge well done. Look forward to seeing you again, All the very best, Rach"

21 May 23'

Melanie Gallie reviewed: Macrame Workshop - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"Loved it!!! Rachel is extremely knowledgeable and super patient! As a complete novice to macramé it was so good to have the one on one time to explore different techniques. It was an amazing experience and I’ll definitely stay in touch with her!"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for the lovely review Mel. So kind of you to take the time. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you yesterday and I’m really looking forward to staying in touch. Well done with your fab macrame. I can’t believe how quickly you moved into more complex techniques! Message any time with macrame (or any other craft!) questions. Take care. Rach "

19 May 23'

Alan Colclough reviewed: Bookbinding Retreat - 5 Days & 5 Nights - One to One

"Absolutely THE best week! Rach is warm, friendly and welcoming as well as being wonderful teacher. She will adjust the course to suit your needs and is highly adaptable so nothing is fixed in stone. I will definitely be going back! The accommodation is lovely with some of the best on-site facilities I've seen. There are not enough superlatives to say how good this week was. If I could I'd rate the whole week 10 stars. Highly, highly recommended! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Alan. It really has been the loveliest week. You are such a star and your bookbinding skills are totally fab. Looking forward to seeing your future projects and seeing you again. Thank you so much for taking the time to review. It means a lot. Take care. Rach "

17 May 23'

K Leach reviewed: Green Wood Sculpture - Beginner - 3 Hours

"Another great course with Rachel. On arrival, everything was laid out ready to get started straight away. I couldn’t believe that I was able to weave such lovely garden sculptures - a lovely heart sculpture and a woven climbing plant support. Thanks again Rachel for a lovely afternoon in the sunshine- and the tea! "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for your kind review Kim. So thoughtful of you and it was so lovely to see you again. Well done for your gorgeous sculptures. I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on with more pieces in your garden. All the very best. Rach "

15 May 23'

Denise Shippam reviewed: Bookbinding - Sketchbooks, Journals, Books - Beginner - 3 Hours - One to One

"Perfect Sunday afternoon of crafting. Rachel couldn't have been more welcoming and her cosy studio was a treasure trove of art materials. There really is no limit to her skills, knowledge and cups of tea. Rachel is a great teacher and I love my new book binding skills. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rachel."

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much for your lovely review. So so kind and an absolute pleasure to meet you both and a huge well done to you both too! Take care. Rach"

11 May 23'

Kim Leach reviewed: Macrame Workshop - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"Thank you Rachel for a brilliant day. I could not believe the end result and quality of my macrame craftwork, all due to Rachel’s patient instruction and support. The location and ambience of the studio is just perfect, tucked away in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. As a complete beginner, I would highly recommend this course. Thank you! "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Kim. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Huge well done for the fantastic quality of your macrame pieces. Thank you so much for your kind review. All the very best. Rach "

3 May 23'

Jill Glover reviewed: Concrete Casting - 1 Day - One to One

"Absolutely brilliant. I loved this course. So much information to digest. Can’t wait to get started at home and will be able to cross it with many other craft techniques I do already. Thank you so much. "

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Jill. So kind. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. You did brilliantly and I cant wait to see what else you produce. So pleased how well the concrete casting will fit with what you already do and expand your options too. Thanks again. All the very best. Rach "

27 Mar 23'

Gail reviewed: Silver Clay Enamel Workshop - Beginner - 1 Day - One to One

"The silver clay and enamel course was brilliant Rach was very nice and very knowledgeable. Thank you for a brilliant day highly recommend this course"

Gifted Crafts Company responded:

"Thank you so much Gail. It was lovely to meet you. Can’t believe how many different things we covered! Well done with all your lovely examples. Can’t wait to see how you get on. All the very best. Rach "

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