Learn, share and make!
We have a great mixture of free and low cost workshops, offering a broad range of activities to suit everyone.
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Arts for all
Sewing for beginners with RICARDO, Great British Sewing Bee 2019 FINALIST
15 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov | 11 AM-5pm |£75
This is the perfect sewing course if you are a complete beginner and you want to learn new, creative and very useful skills. In this workshop you will learn the basic sewing techniques such as threading a sewing machine and winding a bobbin, cutting and pinning fabric using a simple pattern, understanding basic sewing patterns and creating your own simple garments.
Riccardo is a multimedia producer with a passion for sewing. He grew up in Puglia, south of Italy, in a small town near Lecce. Together with his three sisters, he spent his childhood between the blue sea of Salento and the deep green of its olive trees. His mum was a keen sewer and the sewing machine has always been part of his family environment, however, he only started to learn after moving to London. He started taking sewing classes at his local community centre nearly 8 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. A keen advocate of sustainable fashion, Riccardo tries to reuse and recycle materials wherever he can to reduce waste. He loves upcycling, charity shopping and refashioning unused clothes. His curiosity, passion and, as Esme Young said, unique style and taste, led him to be one of the finalists of the Great British Sewing Bee 2019.
Black History Month | Walking in Their Footsteps
SUNDAY, 13 OCTOBER | 12:30pm – 15:30pm| FREE | Book via Eventbrite
Black History Month recognises black history and achievements and last year marked 30 years of Black History Month events in the UK.
Join us for a day of reflection and contemplation as we consider the path walked by those who came before; the first black British footballers, the first black British newsreader, the first black British model, the first black British MP, the first black British pilot. The list goes on and on and yet it’s still as important now as it ever was to acknowledge where we are and how far we have come.
Join us for an exploration into the magnificent world of you as a Black Person in the UK today! Take time out to reflect on why you are where you are and engage in visioning where you want to be heading.
What to Expect
Walking in their Footsteps workshop is a celebration event that will enable you to consider what you want for yourself on this day of recognition. You will complete some reflective writing, create a visioning board, and consider your next steps.
You may be coming to the workshop to: give thanks for your strengths and wisdom, consider your purposes, connect to your heart's desire, envision your dreams, design your future. Our hope for you is that you will have a snapshot and a sense of yourself and be able to use these insights to grow.
All materials will be provided and places are limited to 12 people.
2ND & 4TH MONDAY OF THE MONTH | 6:30PM-9:30PM | FREE
Repair, Reuse and Repurpose: A sewing workshop encouraging repair, up-cycling and remodelling of used clothes. Bring along your damaged clothes to save them from landfill, or practice new sewing techniques on the materials provided.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
every MONDAY | 10AM-1PM | FREE
This open textiles class is a group-led session, with mutual tutoring, cake and plenty of chat. Members like to sew, knit and alter clothes.
Donations gratefully accepted.
every tuesday | 4-6PM & 7-9PM | FREE
From 4-6pm, we run relaxed woodwork session for adults aged 18+, meeting weekly to learn new skills. No experience necessary - have a go at craft, model making, DIY techniques, groups and individual projects. All equipment provided.
Email email@example.com or ring Barney on 07400 451047 to sign up for for more information.
From 7-9pm, we run men only sessions.
For these sessions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Alex on 07877 550 961 to sign up or for more information.
every THURSDAY | 10AM-1PM | FREE
Come and meet Brenda, she's passionate about making her own jewellery and she will teach you, too!
Donations gratefully accepted.
DATES: Saturday 21 September / 19 october / 16 november
A collaboration between St Margaret’s House, Phytology and Herbalists Without Borders. Monthly, we harvest native London herbs from the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, before heading to the Create Place to make our big batch of herbal medicine.
We distribute our medicine to local people affected by homelessness, and from the knowledge that we gather, respond by making medicine suited to need.
DATES: 22 SEPTEMBER / 28 SEPTEMBER / 27 OCTOBER / 10 NOVEMBER / 23 NOVEMBER / 8 DECEMBER
11AM - 2PM | £80
Learn every step of making your own bespoke shoes in this unique workshop. You’ll cut your pattern, fit and pin your material, and hand-sew your own shoes!
SATURDAYS/SUNDAYs | 11AM - 2PM | FREE, DROP-IN
DATES: 29 SEPTEMBER / 26 October / 30 november / 15 december
Bring your own projects along to this free, friendly session led by Milou of Moody Bright Designs! This is a new monthly meet up for embroidery and textile lovers.
Community oriented, this project is an opportunity to spend some time embroidering and meeting like-minded people in the community.
EMBROIDERY FOR WELLBEING
WEDNESDAYS | 6.30-9.30PM | £8
dates: 2, 9, 16 October / 6, 13, 20 November
4, 11, 18 DECEMBER
These workshops offer an open and welcoming space for you to learn simple embroidery skills and discover the wellbeing potential of this calming activity. >> Book via Ticketlab!
SUNDAYS | 12-5PM | £15-£25
dates: 6 October / 3 November / 1 December
A full day workshop on contemporary approaches to weaving. You will learn how to prepare the warp for a loom and gain an understanding of different weaving techniques such as plain weave, rya knotting, looping and pattern making. >> Book via Eventbrite!
3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH | 6.30-8.30PM | FREE
Our Book Club was established in 2010 to offer space to explore the pleasure and complexity of modern and contemporary fiction free of charge as part of a group of curious readers . The Book Club welcomes those with a background in literary studies and those who read for pleasure, and is convened to make interpretations available from cutting-edge critical perspectives on literature published in scholarly journals not readily accessible outside the academy.