Special days out

Workshops at Jane Austen House Chawton Hampshire

These special days are a lovely treat in the lovely Austen Family home and grounds 

Garden Obelisks

 Saturday 30 JulyTime: 9.30am – 5pm, £130

Details: You will be guided through the techniques needed to create a natural willow obelisk from willow grown on the Somerset levels.

We will be creating two items for the garden: a small obelisk which is ideal for a medium-sized pot and a large version that will be great for your climbing plants in the garden.

These willow obelisks will be a lovely addition to your garden and home or the perfect treat for a green-fingered friend!

All materials and tools will be provided. As part of the day you’ll also enjoy a private guided tour of Jane Austen’s House, and learn about the Austen family’s rural life.

Willow work can be tiring so we’ll also keep you going throughout the day with endless cups of tea, plenty of cake and a delicious lunch.

This workshop is suitable for beginners. To book a place https://janeaustens.house/event/willow-workshop-garden-obelisks/

pheasant willow sculptureWillow Pheasant Workshop 

£130  Saturday 24 September
9:30am — 5:00pm

Details We will be creating our pheasant sculptures from willow grown in the Somerset levels; the pheasant will have stainless steel legs which you can fix into the ground or into a wooden base.

The birds are suitable for keeping indoors or outdoors.

All materials and tools will be provided. As part of the day, you’ll also enjoy a private guided tour of Jane Austen’s House, and learn about the Austen family’s rural life.

Willow work can be tiring so we’ll also keep you going throughout the day with endless cups of tea, plenty of cake, and a delicious lunch.

This workshop is suitable for beginners. To book a place 

 

Rag Rug workshop

Saturday 15 October
9:30am — 5:00pm  £130

Traditionally rag rugs were made from old clothing or fabric that was cut into strips and hooked or prodded through an open-weaved hessian, such as a burlap sack. The result was a colorful jumble of fabric pieces that formed a thick, warm mat.

Prodders were often hand-made from anything that came to hand, such as old clothes pegs; they could be carved into a new shape with one pointed end and the other more rounded, to fit snuggly into the palm of the hand.

Nowadays many crafters use American rag rug hooks as well, which look like a large crochet hook with a handle that again fits snuggly in the palm of the hand, for easy prodding! We’ll provide you with both – a hand-made prodder and an American one, so you can see which suits you best. (And you can take them home for more crafting!)

We’ll provide refreshments throughout the day, including a delicious light lunch, afternoon cake, and of course plenty of tea throughout the day! If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know after booking.

? We’ll provide everything you need for this project, including scraps and prodders, however of course you’re welcome to bring your own tools if you wish! To book a place