I had never done anything like this before, and very little that was practical so it was a challenge.... but over two days we designed our own patterns, cut the glass, stretched the lead and leaded up the cut glass, and soldered it into an a4 size panel.
Ok, so I made it more complicated than is sensible.... and ok so it isnt perfect.. but actually that is the point. It is ALL mine! .... and i can add panels on at the side.
Lots of good experienced help, and I did it at Dillington which was a great location, ( lunches to die for....) and at the end I have a lead panel that gleams in the window :-)
Took this course at the Cycle café in Greystoke. What a great combination. I live relatively locally so know the café and will always give it a good review for its food and friendliness. Combine it with a well taught course like Jackie's and you can't go wrong. The course was a present from a friend who tends to laugh at my attempts at 'crafting'. I no longer care. I had great fun, came home with a stained glass panel that's now hanging in a conservatory window and I'm ordering the kit so that I can do more.
Those on the same course will tell you that I had a longish moment when I almost gave up. I thought I'd never get the lead to fit properly. I said rude words. My fellow stain glassers wouldn't let me. Just like the sewing bee and the bake off there seemed to be a fellowship amongst us all that was really lovely. And Jackie was great. She showed us how to do each stage and when we (I!) got into difficulty she showed us again. Her patience and encouragement seemed limitless and she refused to let me give up and take home an uncompleted piece of work. As a result, while it may never make it's way into Durham Cathedral, I've got a completed piece of stained glass I'm surprisingly pleased with - and you should see some of the lovely stuff the others produced.
Trust me. You'll really enjoy this (except perhaps for the odd minute or so!!)
I really enjoyed the course and I am enormously pleased with the end result. I had never done stained glass before and would recommend it, Jackie is a very good teacher and patient. Great location and warm and friendly people, good grub too.