My sister and I spent a wonderful day at Ria's new studio adjacent to the canal. Lovely studio with so much space. We were kept topped up with tea and coffees and Ria's relaxed and friendly coaching helped us both design and make our lampshades. We were both very pleased with what we achieved and this was our second visit. No doubt we will be back to make something else. We highly recommend her workshops
Janette Page - - #25594
My sister and I took my mum to Ria's lampshade making course recently for her 60th birthday. What can I say, we had the loveliest day end to end and that was entirely down to the enthusiasm, loveliness and talent of Ria. She was so patient and really got our creative juices flowing, supporting our crazy ideas and providing lots of inspiration. The setting of Ria's studio really adds to the experience, a beautiful building alongside the canal in rural Northamptonshire. Definitely go down the canal to have lunch in the canal boat! I would definitely recommend Ria's lampshade making course, a really fun and interesting day with a lovely lampshade to take away at the end.
Hannah - - #25405
All I can say is, if you have never, ever done screen printing before in your life and you really want to do it but you lack self-confidence - then this is course is for you.
Ria is absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable and easy-going. We did have a bit of banter and it was great fun which made the course even more enjoyable and I did meet some really lovely people.
The course itself was easy, very detailed and covered inexpensive ways of making a print you could do at home. The materials are free - you can choose from tote bags, tea towels, cushion covers etc. You literally just draw your design, cut a stencil, choose your colours, screen print then stand back and admire your own work!
Don’t worry, you’re not left on your own, Ria is with you all the way. I had problems with the squeegee thingy to start with. You’re supposed to make one or two smooth movements down the screen to push the paint through. I just couldn’t get it right but with Ria’s help and me doing a few practice runs I soon got the knack of it.
At the end of the day, I had learned something new – a new skill that I didn’t have a few hours before and I was able to take my handiwork home with me.
I’m so glad I went on this course.
Thanks for a fantastic day Ria and I do hope to see you soon!
Eileen F - - #24610
I enjoyed a really good day with Ria. A real bonus having limited numbers on the course. I'd never attempted screen printing and did have difficulty pushing my fine art to one side to enjoy the freedom of printing. Ria is very friendly and a good tutor, it was a day of friendly chat and banter.
Penelope Land - - #24254
Ria is such a patient and generous teacher! Her studio is an oasis of calm creativity, with a array of her work for inspiration.
She guided our designs so that we could take home a finished piece that we were proud of. Her knowledge of what works and how to get to where we wanted our work to be was ace!
We are looking forward to going back for another session to make something else. But first, I’ve got my eye on some of her table runners for Christmas presents....
Thank you for a lovely, creative day, Ria!
Gemma Kettle - - #23772
My daughter and I spent a lovely day enjoying learning to screen print with Ria.
Ria is a lovely lady, keen to share her knowledge and ideas and very generous with her time and supplies.
Her teaching approach is open and relaxed and no matter what your skill level, you will not only have a lovely day if you attend this course, but will definitely go home with an accomplished piece of work, which you can choose to complete on the day or finish off at home.
The location is good for parking and lunch in the café can be recommended too.
I would recommended this course and if like myself you have never done screen printing before and are unsure at to whether to go or not..........
just go............what have you got to lose???
Keep your mind open and enjoy your day !!
Sonia - - #23020
Thank you Ria for a most enjoyable day screen printing in your lovely studio.
Ria is a super teacher who is friendly, informative (without overwhelming us!) and supportive throughout the day. The course was perfect for those new to screen printing and I was very pleased with my final result and went away feeling very happy and exhausted.
If you want to try a screen printing technique that you can replicate at home, this is the course for you.
Thank you again, Ria.
Rachel - - #23026
I thoroughly enjoyed the screen printing day, it was definitely worth the hour and a half journey both ways. Ria is a very patient teacher and I learnt a lot, and I have a lovely cushion cover sitting on my sofa now! I now have lots of ideas for future printing projects thanks to Ria.
Linda Hardingham - - #22192
My partner and I spent a day learning to screen print with Ria and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were made to feel very welcome and instantly put at ease which made for a fun, creative day. The quality of the teaching was excellent; throughout the day Ria encouraged us to develop our own ideas, offering advice and plenty of tea. Instructions were clear and she provided as much support as needed to build confidence and ensure our prints were successful. I will be recommending this course to friends and family - this is a brilliant day for anyone who fancies giving screen printing a go. Thanks Ria!
Katie Richmond - - #21920
I so enjoyed the day screen printing workshop I did with Ria. She is a brilliant teacher and I learnt a lot. Ria went above and beyond to make things work for me.
It was a fun relaxing day and I came away with 2 cushions that I am very pleased with. I have already been recommending her to my friends. It’s a great day out!
Briony Pillman - - #21526
I took my Mum to Ria's course for her birthday. We had the best day! We really enjoyed learning how to print and Ria was very patient and accommodating of our slightly over ambitious printing ideas! Amongst lots of laughs she managed to guide us to achieve our prints. Also yummy lunch from the cafe . What a fab day!
Alex - - #21473
My friend and I spent the day with Ria learning how to do screen printing. We both had an idea of what design we wanted to print onto a cushion cover and with Ria's relaxed, comprehensive and informative instructions, we also managed to print some additional tote bags. With Ria's enthusiasm and inspiration, we have now discovered a passion for a new hobby. We had a fabulous day with her in the studio and thoroughly enjoyed every moment and would recommend to anyone. Parking was easy and the on-site café was well worth a visit. A day out to remember, thank you!
Caroline - - #21238
Ria is an excellent teacher, however it didn't feel like I was being taught. She encouraged and supported me and my sister throughout the day. Her constant attention, positivity and interaction never wavered. Ria was very patient and made us feel very welcome. She has inspired me and given me the confidence to try something else creative.
Susan Stevens - - #21057
We joined Ria for an introduction to screen printing on Saturday 23 March. Ria was an excellent teacher and showed us new techniques for creating our screen prints. Relaxed, enjoyable day in a lovely colourful workshop. Would definitely recommend giving it a go.
Amanda Shakespear - - #20839