Category Archives: Workshops classes and activities

Autumn activities coming soon

I have lots of willow making activities arranged for the autumn including making mushrooms, owls, deer and crafts fro Christmas. I am also going to provide demonstrations and activities at the Blue Cross Animal Rescue fun dayon the 2nd September and the Stay Wild Festival at Itchen Valley Country Park on the 9th and 10th September

Other activities planned include making wire owl decorations , a tree of life weaving activity at the New Forest Art Centre . more planned including some printmaking activities


Willow crafts in Southampton

I’m really l0oking forward to this weekends Art of Heritage event at St Church Southampton the 9th 10th 11th September Art-of-heritage-st-denys-urban-art-festival-12598

As well as exhibiting some of my artwork,I am going to be providing willow making activities for people to have a go  as well as selling a small selection of work ,

You will also find me at this years Pumpkin Festival at Netley Country Park on the edge of Southampton on the 10th of  October Pumpkin-festival-and-scarecrow-avenue-at-royal-victoria-country-park-in-southampton-p692751

Christmas crafts, new workshops

Lots planned with the run up to Christmas with much more in the New Year,

Ive been very busy organizing and running my craft workshops , its been great fun and a joy to meet so many interesting students.

Its been a interesting time . Ashcroft Centre at Fareham  asked me to run some regular 6 week courses for them and I cant deny I was quite nervous especially because of the additional paperwork . However the  benefits of spending time with a group of students getting to know them and supporting them along the way has been well worth the effort and has helped me to focus my energies.

It has led me to believe that there is a real need to offer activities where people can regularly come together so I  am planning to offer a selection of themed workshops over a period of time . students will able to leave their creations at my studio which means that they will be able to work at a pace that suits them and they wont need to rush to finish .


Autumn Crochet Classes Hobbycraft Southampton

Have you always fancied having a go at learning how to crochet? Have you tried but got all tangles well if you have this is your opportunity to learn the basics

I am providing 4 x 3hr sessions at  Hobbycaft Southampton starting on Monday October 19th  until Monday 9th November  for more details visit my current workshop page

Taking on new challenges- teaching arts and crafts

Taking on new challenges . I know that it can be scary but its always worth doing .
A while ago I was asked to run several 6 week courses for a local art center, this would involved lots pf paperwork , student assessing etc. not really my way of working as I like to adapt as I go along but I decided that it was worth the challenge to see if i could work this way, after all I did get the teaching adult certificates a few years ago so I might as well have a go.

Anyway the first week or two definitely challenged me , the classes were aimed at beginners so I had planned accordingly, where as the reality was that several of the students were quite experienced but didnt know how to read patterns and wanted to check that what they were doing was the right way.
I also discovered that I was dyslexic an odd thing to discover and strange that It hasnt been identified before now, but anyway it made sense of why so many things were tricky for me and why I approach things in unconventional all be it creative ways

Remembering names has always been a tricky one and the need to write up detailed notes straight after the session just wasnt going to work for me. Its very odd how you find so many of the things that you take for granted because there normal to you but are deemed as being different rather than just an alternative approach.

Anyway after some more thoughts and more adapting ive now just completed including finding different ways to help me to deal with the course paperwork Ive now just completed the fourth week.
I can happily say that everyone has achieved what they set out to do, and have gained lots of new skills and confidence , two more weeks to go now.
I am going to miss the class , mind you Im already planning for the next 6 week crafts course starting at the beginning of November , another new challenge.

Changes to my lantern making workshop for adults

Hi Just to let you know that I have needed to cancel this workshop which is a a real pity. however I will be offering Christmas Cane Flowers and Stars workshop at Totton College in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for more information.

A great couple of days creating willow lanterns

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I have just spent a great couple of days  running lantern building workshops at the Brooks Center in Winchester. Because of space limitations I decided to spend day 1 making the structures and day 2 doing the decorating. this worked really well when your creating 40 lanterns in a day it is very tiring and changing over the materials mid way would have just been to difficult so a plan that worked well.

The next couple of workshops are on the weekend of the 16th and 17th November I am not sure if there are are any spaces left its been so popular this year, we’ve made up packs to make at home and they are going fast.

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Great fun training my new lantern parade workshop volunteers

I spent a lovely day on Saturday training up my lantern parade workshops volunteers, such a lovely group of people all happy to give up their spare time to help me to support the participants who will attending out lantern making workshops starting this week.

We attracted a large audience of passing spectators curious as to what we were doing, we were still awaiting our posters to arrive from the printers so I decided to write some details on a couple of sheets of paper so that people knew what we were up to.


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Winchester Lantern Parade , getting ready for this years event

Ive been so busy with the planning for this years Lantern Parade (November 28th) all of  the necessary legal requirements are in place and I have been busy recruiting volunteer helpers to assist with preparing the lantern packs for sale at the Cathedral as well as volunteers to assist me during the workshops…

This years parade is different to past years , as it is a stand alone event with a 5o’s style band the Cadillacs playing in the Cathedral grounds as well as a variety of other entertainment with of course the parade were planning a celebration feel to our event

Its going to be great fun .

Ive also put together a information sheet for anyone wanting to make their own lanterns which you can find on my ….Free hints, tips and resources page

If you want to join in with this years parade either as a participant or as a a volunter please contact the Cathedral for more details



Making Dragon Puppets at the D@rt

IMG_1912I spent a lovely day teaching children aged 8+ how to make a dragon puppet out of recycled materials such as milk bottles and old ribbon tape. at the D@rt Centre in Hedge End.    I have been running regular Thursday Big Art days during the school holidays for several years now it is always interesting coming up with different ideas , sometimes I provide structured activities such as making mosaics or making a willow lantern , on other days I provide a much relaxed activity enabling the children to develop an idea themselves.