Quirky Workshops

Covid Update - Re-opening Tuesday 13th April

We offer an extensive range of art, craft and heritage skills  'Quirky Workshops'  between March and December  taking place in our converted barn studio or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen.

See our website www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk for full details of courses taking place in various weeks and months.

Workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal. They are delivered by hand picked professional and  or expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by   . . .Keswick, Ullswater, Penrith and the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance. 

One, two or three day courses in:

  • those skills once traditionally crafted by men and are now enjoyed by all  - such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day',  clay life head sculpture,wood block  engraving, relief wood carving, cane chair restoration.
  • Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, papermaking with Jonathan Korejeko, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge  . . . and mosaics
  • Many textile courses including weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags, needle felting- making door stops.
  • Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, typically served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden,  Workshops usually close with a freshly made Aga cream tea.

Our workshop days are popular as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular. 

A full list of our courses can be found at  www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk  or please phone 017684 83984

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our workshop days. 

Location

We are in the lovely village of Greystoke, just 5 miles west of Penrith/Junction 40 of the M6 and a few miles north of the A66 and Ullswater. Keswick is approx 15 minutes further west

Greystoke boasts several B B's, as well as self catering (several are dog friendly). We have  a playing field, an outdoor heated swimming pool open from June through to August, a Castle,  a church, a shop and post office and a pub serving evening meals.

Discovering Stained Glass ~ 2 days with Sarah Walkley

Quirky Workshops

Working with coloured, clear and textured glass all provided by Sarah, you will learn how to handle, cut safely and to 'lead up' a small square panel (approx 200mm or 8" ) All glass, tools and equipment are provided. Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

The panel you make could be for a place in your house or could be built into a window or frame as a hanging panel. Please bring any ideas you may have!


Creating Reflections ~ Water in the Landscape with Frances Winder

Quirky Workshops

Join this gently encouraging tutor, Frances, for the day and learn some of the techniques she employs in capturing water on paper.

'My work is based upon the abstracts around me ~ rivers, fells and coast. I use a free and partly abstracted approach, sometime more abstract, sometimes more representational. Colour mood and atmosphere inspire me to play with texture and paint surfaces. I have recently exhibited 'Waterways' a theme exploring coasts and rivers'.

As an artist, the fleeting qualities of light and colour excite me. I am trying to grasp the internal qualities, the essential mood and spirit of place. Sometimes I use a straightforward, representational approach, but increasingly I am exploring the abstract. I love to experiment with texture and colour and follow themes and ideas of work, large and small.”


Felt Art - Beaches or Flower Borders

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Marian will bring a variety of coloured merino wools, dyed silks, threads and other fibres used to create a richly textured wool picture. You will learn how to lay out the fibres, blend colours, create shapes and then use the wet felting technique which involves warm soapy water, and some rockin’ and rollin’. You can choose between a beach scene or a floral scene, and you may wish to bring a photo to work from for inspiration. There will be some shells and sea glass which you could include either by stitching or adding into the wool layers. A machine embroidery demonstration will be available on request (if there is time) but your piece will need to be embroidered at home on your own machine when your felt is dry.


Funky Felt Slippers with Marieke Tomlin

Quirky Workshops

Design and create your very own bespoke, warm and funky felt slippers from 100% merino wool, with Marieke Tomlin.

Make yourself a pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, moulded cleverly to your feet, unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like! Feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example. 


Lampshade Making short course with Sonja Tilleard

Quirky Workshops

Sonja Tilleard lampshade courses A 30cm lampshade kit is supplied and included in the price. You bring your choice of fabric OR you may select one of Sonja's fabulous fabric designs for a few £ extra. If you require a different size shade please let us know well before hand so Sonja is prepared. 


Make a Nuno Felt Wool & Silk Bag

Quirky Workshops

n this workshop you will be able to make a handbag-sized bag using merino wool roving and sections of sari silk for embellishment. This technique is known as Nuno felting. You will be working with a foam form as a resist, either cut to your own shape or you can use one that is provided on the day. You will then learn how to build up several layers of wool around this form to create a bag that is created seamlessly in one piece and needs no stitching. Marian will bring all the wool and a bag of colourful sari silks for you to work with. She will show you how to attach metal magnetic fasteners and various ways of attaching straps (the leather straps can be purchased separately after the course or we can send you details beforehand, there are many colours/styles to choose from online).

A felted wool bag offers a natural quite water resistance that can be used either as a shopping or hand bag. The finished size is around 12 inches square; if preferred your bag could be slightly smaller bag or rectangular. 


Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Introduction To Fused Glass with Karen Redmayne

Quirky Workshops

9.30 - 4pm

Make your own unique festive decorations and ornamental pieces in beautiful coloured glass.

We are delighted that International Glass Artist Karen Redmayne will be taking our Fused Glass workshops this year. You will learn about different types of glass used in fusing work, dichroic and iridescent and also about the all important COE (Coefficient of expansion) – vital to understand in glass fusing as it makes sure the right types of glass are used together.

You will learn how to cut, and what can be done with glass in a kiln in terms of fusing, stacking, tack fusing and slumping. You will also learn about various inclusions and their different applications, using frits, stringers, stamps and foils and other fragments. You will be able to make jewellery, coasters, plaques, waved sheets or Christmas decorations, the choice is yours depending on the amount of glass you wish to use.

Karen's July course will be focusing on Lakeland Flora and her November course will focus more on Christmas decorations. However these are only loose suggestions and of course, you are free to choose your own theme whatever the month.


Introduction to Artists' Oil Pastels with Roy Simmons

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Oil pastel may be one of the most underrated mediums for artists. This may be due to the fact that there are many cheaper varieties available, but they're harder than the artist types, and don't blend as well.

Proper Artist quality Oil Pastels contain more pigment and wax/oil content. Sennelier are one of the most well known brands, but are expensive by comparison. However Mungyo make a version quite comparable, We will use Mungyo for colour and Sennelier for white as it is exceptionally good. Also the Mungyo pastels are larger which helps when creating broad areas of tone and colour. See below for details

We will look at the various materials and tools we will be using, the main 'tools' though are your fingers! Warm fingers soften the pastel and aid blending. We will begin by doing some simple exercises, to familiarise ourselves with how oil pastels behave. Concentrating on blending techniques and ways of drawing into the pastel. Layering the pastel can produce fascinating results, especially combined with scratching through the layers to colours beneath. We will also discuss using other materials and solvents with oil pastel. You can use different coloured papers to work on, smooth surfaces are best.

For our first painting I will demonstrate step by step for you to follow along. We will always keep in mind 'Start with unity, then add variety'. Using one or 2 colours to start with really helps with initial unity. This first painting will be a landscape with good lighting to exploit. After lunch I will demonstrate a painting with trees and more elements to really push the various techniques that are possible with this exiting medium. Then you will do your version.

There is a nice story from the Sennelier website regarding Picasso... “In 1949, Parisian painter Henri Goetz approached Henri Sennelier the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax colour stick for his friend Pablo Picasso. Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre Museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking. Their collaboration produced the incomparable SENNELIER oil pastels.

” We should though mention the fact that Oil Pastels were invented in Japan, by the Cray-pas company. This is from Wikipedia... Teachers Rinzo Satake and his brother-in-law Shuku Sasaki read Yamamoto's work and became fanatical supporters. They became keen to implement his ideas by replacing the many hours Japanese children had to spend drawing ideograms with black Indian ink with free drawing hours, filled with as much color as possible. For this, they decided to produce an improved wax crayon and in 1921 founded the Sakura Cray-Pas Company and began production.


Pewter Bangles with Ella Mackintosh

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A day of textures and patterns using traditional rolling mills on sheet pewter; create your own unique pewter Bangles, Brooches & more to your own unique designs, with Ella McIntosh.

Under Ella's expert guidance, design and create a beautifully textured bangle out of sheet pewter. During the first part of your day you will learn how to apply textures and patterns to the sheet metal using traditional machinery called 'rolling mills' , followed by using various techniques to create your jewellery.

You might wish to bring along some of your own patterns / textures to work with such as lace, stencils or foliage, particularly if they hold a special meaning to you.

This class covers a broad range of skills and is suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience. There should also be time to make other items such as brooches,


Pewter Bangles with Ella Mackintosh

Quirky Workshops

A day of textures and patterns using traditional rolling mills on sheet pewter; create your own unique pewter Bangles, Brooches & more to your own unique designs, with Ella McIntosh.

Under Ella's expert guidance, design and create a beautifully textured bangle out of sheet pewter. During the first part of your day you will learn how to apply textures and patterns to the sheet metal using traditional machinery called 'rolling mills' , followed by using various techniques to create your jewellery.

You might wish to bring along some of your own patterns / textures to work with such as lace, stencils or foliage, particularly if they hold a special meaning to you.

This class covers a broad range of skills and is suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience. There should also be time to make other items such as brooches,


Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt

Quirky Workshops

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Quirky Workshops

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.


Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury

Quirky Workshops

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

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Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.


'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

Quirky Workshops

Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.


Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech

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A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one of the ones provided for inspiration.

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks that you have created. Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish with beads and buttons.

The finished piece will be 30cmx30cm which will fit into a standard 40cmx40cm frame. Kay's work centres on textured pieces using paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroidery with stitch on textiles.


Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

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A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Sterling Silver Jewellery - 3 Silver Rings in a day - with Melinda Scarbrough

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4pm

Design & make 'three Silver rings' with Sterling Silver and Semi-Precious Stones with Melinda Scarborough

Your experienced professional tutor, Melinda, will guide you through the process of designing your rings and show you how to use the workshop toolswith systematic demonstrations. The new camera and screen system will be used these demos, whilst students remain safely at their desks. Once ready to start you will cut out your silver using a saw frame (each student has their own) and then shape the pieces to add texture and interest.

You will learn the basic techniques of soldering, surface textures and how to get a nice professional finish to ensure that your three rings will sit together well if required. This is quite an intensive day, but by the end of it you will be able to leave with a set of 3 different rings that you yourself have designed and made. The material cost is £15 and the tutor will have more materials to buy if necessary.

This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate. Each student will sit at their own desk spaced well apart. 


Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4.30pm

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance.

The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. his popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. s popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.


Blacksmith for a day

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.


Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Observational Drawing Day with David Cemmick

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Wildlife artist David Cemmick has drawn from life all over the world. Be it animals on the move or an animal skull in the studio, but we must all learn to see our subjects before we can draw them.

Over this Observational Drawing day, David will guide students of all experience levels through the process of learning to see what we want to draw and how to render this in an accurate and lively way.

Working from natural forms in the studio observing animal skulls, taxidermy and objects from nature, students will explore techniques using pencil, charcoal, conte and biro.

Learning to draw well brings confidence, accuracy and strength to everything that follows.


Loose Botanical Watercolours with Lyn Evans

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Lyn likes to paint her watercolours largely from life, choosing blooms which will stay open for a couple of days. She likes interesting shapes so Iris, Lilies and Tulips feature largely in her work. Of course sometimes she uses a photograph, as flowers like peonies have a habit of exploding into life when you least expect it and its better to capture a required image in such cases.

Lyn will teach you how to employ loose watercolour techniques, allowing the pigment and water combination to work their own magic without to much interference being necessary and also using other tools, such as pens, inktense pencils, watercolour pencils, salt and twigs to be used along side your paints can also be used to obtain the beautiful effects from the watercolour.

Lyn will provide the watercolour paper and source material for students and ask that they bring paints, brushes (one no. 6, one no. 12 ) and any other mark making tools they are interested in using. We will send out a list nearer the time. At the end of the day everyone should have at lease one lovely work to take home.


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Quirky Workshops

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.


Beginners' Calligraphy Day with Gillian Hazeldine

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Come and spend a day beginning to learn art of calligraphy, literally ‘beautiful writing’. Contemporary calligraphy is based on the writing of scribes working from the 5th century AD right up to the Renaissance. In this workshop we will study the writing of a 10th century scribe, learning a script called The Foundational Hand. You will learn the forms of the letters, how to space them and how to use the broad-edged pen.


Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Quirky Workshops

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.


Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Quirky Workshops

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!


Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners


'Buildings in the Landscape' using Line and Wash - with John Harrison

Quirky Workshops

Try your hand at “line and wash” – the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour – with landscape artist John Harrison. You will start the day with an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash, and the importance he places on drawing and sketching.

John's favoured subject matter features built structures in the wider landscape, exploring the contrast between the man-made and the natural.Largely self-taught, he doesn’t consider himself a painter, but uses the unpredictable yet exciting medium of watercolour to high lght his drawings. He is an active Urban Sketcher, and runs many workshops and classes, details of which are posted on his website. His work is in many private collections both in the UK and internationally, he undertakes commissions both private and corporate and has just come to the end of a year-long monthly feature in the Dalesman.

This course is most suitable for those with some experience in Pen/ Line and Wash , even if only a few hours . If you have already taken Margaret Jarvis' 'Discovering Pen and Wash' course you'd be ideally placed. .


Buildings in the Landscape using Line & Wash with John Harrison

Quirky Workshops

Buildings in the Landscape using Line and Wash - with John Harrison

Try your hand at “line and wash” – the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour – with landscape artist John Harrison. You will start the day with an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash, and the importance he places on drawing and sketching.

John's favoured subject matter features built structures in the wider landscape, exploring the contrast between the man-made and the natural.Largely self-taught, he doesn’t consider himself a painter, but uses the unpredictable yet exciting medium of watercolour to high lght his drawings. He is an active Urban Sketcher, and runs many workshops and classes, details of which are posted on his website. His work is in many private collections both in the UK and internationally, he undertakes commissions both private and corporate and has just come to the end of a year-long monthly feature in the Dalesman.

This course is most suitable for those with some experience in Pen/ Line and Wash , even if only a few hours . If you have already taken Margaret Jarvis' 'Discovering Pen and Wash' course you'd be ideally placed. 


Weave yourself a Rush Bag

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4pm

Weave your very own bespoke rush bag with Rachel Frost

This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). working on wooden blocks, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure.


Weave yourself a Rush Bag

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4pm

Weave your very own bespoke rush bag with Rachel Frost

This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). working on wooden blocks, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure.


Introduction to Pattern Cutting

Quirky Workshops

10.00am – 4.00pm

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure, choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern (June) or Trousers (August) - styled uniquely to you.

Make a simple tunic shape or trouser pattern to suit your figure type. This is a one day course for a small number of people where you get step by step instructions to create a very basic simple tunic or trouser pattern, from the trouser pattern one can adapt for shorts. cut offs and from the tunic pattern use it as the basis for other tops and dresses in any fabric, no button holes, no zips - just simple creative fun, with lots of suggestions and advice on further adaptions Pattern Cutting specifics, any rolls of brown paper or lining wallpaper and paper scissors will be useful but some paper will be provided.

We also provide pattern masters, tapes, rulers and pencils. Don't worry about lack of experience this is the first and most simple of basic shapes. If you enjoy the process - we can work on more complex projects later.

Maggi is particularly interested in helping people understand their body shape and learn to modify dressmaking patterns accordingly. She will encourage you to work with your own figure type to create stylish looks and perhaps act as a catalyst for change and allow you to re-frame the way you view yourself and your body. The second session will help you to begin simple pattern cutting, using a fabric of your choice in a very simple tunic shape.


Traditional Longbow Making 2 Day Courses

Quirky Workshops

9.30am – 4.30pm each day

Make your own Traditional English Longbow with Tony Saunders

During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shave horse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be 'trained' to bend with great care - also known as 'tiller' the bow - under Tony's watchful eye to ensure

Once the draw length of the bow is achieved we can estimate the draw weight and start making the specially calculated double bow string. At the end we will be able to shoot the bows in some open farmland, hopefully looking across to Greystoke Castle and put your longbow through its paces. This is the traditional method for creating a longbow - no laminates or short cuts. The tree was cut down and the bow created - just as in this workshop.

The English longbow is a powerful type of medieval weapon used both in hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. The English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, particularly and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.


A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan

Quirky Workshops

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags


Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt

Quirky Workshops

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan

Quirky Workshops

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags


A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan

Quirky Workshops

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags


Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville

Quirky Workshops

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.


Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville

Quirky Workshops

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.


Lino Cut Print - Botanical & Natural forms with Laura Sowerby

Quirky Workshops

Laura's evocative designs on cushions, lampshades and giftware have recently been widely featured in Country Living, Gardens Illustrated and several Interior design magazine. ‘Discovering that I am a direct descendant of James Sowerby, famous 18th-century botanical illustrator is a delight.’ she smiles.

We are delighted that Laura has agreed to take a ‘Botanical and Natural forms’ Lino Cut workshop here in Greystoke. Students are encouraged to bring any inspiration they can, be it fresh/ pressed leaves or flowers, prints, pictures and any other references that may inspire you. Laura too will bring plenty of material ideas.

Over the day you will learn how to plan your original design, the principles of lino cut and master various cutting techniques with the goal of producing your own multi-coloured linocut print by the end of the day. (up to A4 in size) All abilities are welcome. The print blocks you create can be taken home and used to print onto fabrics and soft furnishings such as cushion covers etc.


Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury

Quirky Workshops

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot

Quirky Workshops

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Silk is a protein, like all the animal-based yarns such as cashmere, angora, mohair and wool and Silk painting is hundreds of years old (like felt-making) and has been practised extensively in Europe as well as Asia.

The silk is pinned out evenly on a frame. The colours are diluted to give the desired shade and painted onto the silk with a brush. The dyes soak into and spread throughout the fabric so as to produce a design. Hot wax, applied with a brush, is painted on and used as a resist Once dry, the dye can then be painted within or around the shape. . Successive layers of wax and dye can be built up to give depth and contrast.

All stages will be demonstrated first by Margaret and Students will work at their own pace. We will begin by experimenting with the colours so as to become familiar with the `feel` of painting with a brush and how the dyes move through the silk. We will then move on to using the hot wax and building up patterns and designs. Students will create 4-5 pieces of finished silk. Margaret will take the finished pieces away to steam-fix the dyes. (The silk must be prepared and steamed for approximately 2 hours). She will then return them to you within about 10 days and they cane be framed or used in other textile art. 


'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

Quirky Workshops

Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.


Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville

Quirky Workshops

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.


Botanical Printing on Textiles & Paper

Quirky Workshops

A fascinating day with Deborah learning how to create your own botanical contact prints with real leaves on fabric and paper and make your own unique silk scarf.

In this workshop, suitable for all abilities, freshly collected leaves will be wrapped in pure silk, cotton and paper before being steamed to release their natural dyes and tannins in an eco friendly process.

Deborah will lead you step by step from the preparation of the fabric, the choosing and placement of suitable leaves through to the techniques needed to produce clear and lasting natural leaf prints.


Botanical Printing on Textiles & Paper

Quirky Workshops

A fascinating day with Deborah learning how to create your own botanical contact prints with real leaves on fabric and paper and make your own unique silk scarf.

In this workshop, suitable for all abilities, freshly collected leaves will be wrapped in pure silk, cotton and paper before being steamed to release their natural dyes and tannins in an eco friendly process.

Deborah will lead you step by step from the preparation of the fabric, the choosing and placement of suitable leaves through to the techniques needed to produce clear and lasting natural leaf prints.


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Quirky Workshops

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Needle Felt a Hare

Quirky Workshops

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners


Make a Stained Glass Mirror

Quirky Workshops

An opportunity to dip your toe into and try this intensive one day Stained Glass taster day with Lizzy making a leaded stained glass mirror. All glass, tools, equipment, expertise and enthusiasm is provided by Lizzy, who is highly skilled in preserving these jewels of our heritage and has spent many years advising on and restoring original stained glass windows in our cathedrals and churches countrywide

Lizzy will have some prepared design templates ready for you and there will be a choice of coloured glass along with some pre cut panels mirror as needed. Firstly she will explain the various aspects of creating a stained glass panel, and will then let you have a go at learning the safe glass cutting technique. Once practised, you can then choose your template from a selection supplied, depending on your cutting abilities and at this stage you can decide whether you wish to incorporate a mirrored panel within this or alternatively keep the whole panel as glass. If mirror is required Lizzy can cut this for you.

Once all the pieces are cut , the panel is carefully leading up the mirror according to the design. You will then finish by soldering everything together in your panel and finally cleaning and polishing using demonstrated techniques.

You will leave with your own bespoke stained glass (mirrored) panel. 


Discovering Stained Glass ~ 2 days with Sarah Walkley

Quirky Workshops

Working with coloured, clear and textured glass all provided by Sarah, you will learn how to handle, cut safely and to 'lead up' a small square panel (approx 200mm or 8" ) All glass, tools and equipment are provided. Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

The panel you make could be for a place in your house or could be built into a window or frame as a hanging panel. Please bring any ideas you may have!


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Quirky Workshops

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.


Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners


Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one of the ones provided for inspiration.

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks that you have created. Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish with beads and buttons.

The finished piece will be 30cmx30cm which will fit into a standard 40cmx40cm frame. Kay's work centres on textured pieces using paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroidery with stitch on textiles.


Rediscovering Pencils in Art with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

Although considered by many as simply grey and prosaic, the once humble pencil is re-inventing itself into a much more diverse offering than times past. On this course we will explore the considerable versatility of pencils, a medium which includes an increasingly exciting blend of colours and effects.

We will spend time learning how to use graphite, watercolour, Inktense as well as the vast range of coloured pencils. A wonderful opportunity to try this very versatile media There will be a large selection available for you to try.


This is an ideal course for beginners and improvers - especially those terrified of holding a brush and preferring something more biddable and predictable! 


Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols

Quirky Workshops

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.


Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols

Quirky Workshops

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Quirky Workshops

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.


Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols

Quirky Workshops

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.


Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Quirky Workshops

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!


Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Quirky Workshops

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.


Needlefelt a Bunny with Annis McGowan

Quirky Workshops

9.30am – 4.30pm

Create your own endearing bunny from needle felt.

Spend a relaxing day creating this irresistible little character. Each bunny is approx 30cm long x 15cm high and will bring a smile to everyone's face. Needle felting sounds complicated (it's the locking of wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles) but it isn't - it can be easily learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way. During the day we will also learn about sculpting, using shading to highlight features, and optional colours to create your own individual bunny.

We will be working with mohair and blending wools to create your bunny. Although some sewing is required, this day is ideal for beginners or those with experience of learning this inspiring needle felting technique.


Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter

Quirky Workshops

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.


Stone Letter & Relief Carving 3 days with Pip Hall

Quirky Workshops

Design and Carve your own words, symbols or Relief carving with Pip Hall, a 3 day course.

Pip Hall is a nationally renowned professional Stone Carver of many years experience. Her work can be ween widely throughout the north of England as letter carving, poetry walks and beautiful additions to many of our city centres, including the Stanza Stones on the NorthYorks. Moors - commissioned by national poet for Simon Armiitage for Ilkley Literature Festival.

Not only a wonderful craftsman, Pip's also a great tutor and has a creative eye for layout. She will help you set out your words and pictures so they look really professional - as well as teaching you how to carve them. She comes with stone carving equipment and easels for a whole class.


Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot

Quirky Workshops

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Silk is a protein, like all the animal-based yarns such as cashmere, angora, mohair and wool and Silk painting is hundreds of years old (like felt-making) and has been practised extensively in Europe as well as Asia.

The silk is pinned out evenly on a frame. The colours are diluted to give the desired shade and painted onto the silk with a brush. The dyes soak into and spread throughout the fabric so as to produce a design. Hot wax, applied with a brush, is painted on and used as a resist Once dry, the dye can then be painted within or around the shape. . Successive layers of wax and dye can be built up to give depth and contrast.

All stages will be demonstrated first by Margaret and Students will work at their own pace. We will begin by experimenting with the colours so as to become familiar with the `feel` of painting with a brush and how the dyes move through the silk. We will then move on to using the hot wax and building up patterns and designs. Students will create 4-5 pieces of finished silk. Margaret will take the finished pieces away to steam-fix the dyes. (The silk must be prepared and steamed for approximately 2 hours). She will then return them to you within about 10 days and they cane be framed or used in other textile art. 


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt

Quirky Workshops

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter

Quirky Workshops

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.


Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury

Quirky Workshops

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

Blacksmith for a day

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.


Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Quirky Workshops

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!


Discovering Felt Art & Hand stitch ~ with Marieke Tomlin

Quirky Workshops

Learn how to create your own Felt masterpiece inc stitch with Marieke Tomlin

Perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience, discover the joys of working with various wool fibres and warm soapy water to create your own unique piece of wetted felt ....and through various techniques, additions and inclusions, and thinking about the stitch you might incorporate for accent once your piece has dried, create your own unique piece of Felt art.

Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day, including a lovely choice of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks. If you have any special fine fibres you would like to bring along, or any sentimental inclusions for your piece -perhaps some fine ribbon or some silk scraps from a favourite but worn out scarf - just bring them along.


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh

Quirky Workshops

This time served technique using this unusual material produces fantastic tactile results and is a great way to experience pewter in both a molten and solid form.Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

Please feel free to bring along any inspiration or designs you may have or Ella will have lots to work from on the day. Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Quirky Workshops

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished


Needle Felt a Hare

Quirky Workshops

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Willow Weaving - Angels

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating a small Willow Angel

We are so happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke, he has been teaching here since 2005 - his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation. This course is one of the easiest of the Willow weaving courses often yielding the best and most effective results.

Angels are frequently kept in homes all year round nowadays and then for the festive season decorated with fine fairy lights and tinsel to make a wonderful additions to any Christmas room - especially in a fireplace. Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day and by the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to take home and last for many many years to come.


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Covid Update - Re-opening Tuesday 13th April

We offer an extensive range of art, craft and heritage skills  'Quirky Workshops'  between March and December  taking place in our converted barn studio or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen.

See our website www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk for full details of courses taking place in various weeks and months.

Workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal. They are delivered by hand picked professional and  or expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by   . . .Keswick, Ullswater, Penrith and the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance. 

One, two or three day courses in:

  • those skills once traditionally crafted by men and are now enjoyed by all  - such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day',  clay life head sculpture,wood block  engraving, relief wood carving, cane chair restoration.
  • Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, papermaking with Jonathan Korejeko, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge  . . . and mosaics
  • Many textile courses including weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags, needle felting- making door stops.
  • Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, typically served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden,  Workshops usually close with a freshly made Aga cream tea.

Our workshop days are popular as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular. 

A full list of our courses can be found at  www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk  or please phone 017684 83984

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our workshop days. 

Location

We are in the lovely village of Greystoke, just 5 miles west of Penrith/Junction 40 of the M6 and a few miles north of the A66 and Ullswater. Keswick is approx 15 minutes further west

Greystoke boasts several B B's, as well as self catering (several are dog friendly). We have  a playing field, an outdoor heated swimming pool open from June through to August, a Castle,  a church, a shop and post office and a pub serving evening meals.

Discovering Stained Glass ~ 2 days with Sarah Walkley


Quirky Workshops
10 - 11 April 2021

Working with coloured, clear and textured glass all provided by Sarah, you will learn how to handle, cut safely and to 'lead up' a small square panel (approx 200mm or 8" ) All glass, tools and equipment are provided. Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

The panel you make could be for a place in your house or could be built into a window or frame as a hanging panel. Please bring any ideas you may have!

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Creating Reflections ~ Water in the Landscape with Frances Winder


Quirky Workshops
13 April 2021

Join this gently encouraging tutor, Frances, for the day and learn some of the techniques she employs in capturing water on paper.

'My work is based upon the abstracts around me ~ rivers, fells and coast. I use a free and partly abstracted approach, sometime more abstract, sometimes more representational. Colour mood and atmosphere inspire me to play with texture and paint surfaces. I have recently exhibited 'Waterways' a theme exploring coasts and rivers'.

As an artist, the fleeting qualities of light and colour excite me. I am trying to grasp the internal qualities, the essential mood and spirit of place. Sometimes I use a straightforward, representational approach, but increasingly I am exploring the abstract. I love to experiment with texture and colour and follow themes and ideas of work, large and small.”

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Felt Art - Beaches or Flower Borders


Quirky Workshops
14 April 2021

Marian will bring a variety of coloured merino wools, dyed silks, threads and other fibres used to create a richly textured wool picture. You will learn how to lay out the fibres, blend colours, create shapes and then use the wet felting technique which involves warm soapy water, and some rockin’ and rollin’. You can choose between a beach scene or a floral scene, and you may wish to bring a photo to work from for inspiration. There will be some shells and sea glass which you could include either by stitching or adding into the wool layers. A machine embroidery demonstration will be available on request (if there is time) but your piece will need to be embroidered at home on your own machine when your felt is dry.

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Funky Felt Slippers with Marieke Tomlin


Quirky Workshops
15 April 2021

Design and create your very own bespoke, warm and funky felt slippers from 100% merino wool, with Marieke Tomlin.

Make yourself a pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, moulded cleverly to your feet, unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like! Feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example. 

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Lampshade Making short course with Sonja Tilleard


Quirky Workshops
16 April 2021

Sonja Tilleard lampshade courses A 30cm lampshade kit is supplied and included in the price. You bring your choice of fabric OR you may select one of Sonja's fabulous fabric designs for a few £ extra. If you require a different size shade please let us know well before hand so Sonja is prepared. 

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Make a Nuno Felt Wool & Silk Bag


Quirky Workshops
17 April 2021

n this workshop you will be able to make a handbag-sized bag using merino wool roving and sections of sari silk for embellishment. This technique is known as Nuno felting. You will be working with a foam form as a resist, either cut to your own shape or you can use one that is provided on the day. You will then learn how to build up several layers of wool around this form to create a bag that is created seamlessly in one piece and needs no stitching. Marian will bring all the wool and a bag of colourful sari silks for you to work with. She will show you how to attach metal magnetic fasteners and various ways of attaching straps (the leather straps can be purchased separately after the course or we can send you details beforehand, there are many colours/styles to choose from online).

A felted wool bag offers a natural quite water resistance that can be used either as a shopping or hand bag. The finished size is around 12 inches square; if preferred your bag could be slightly smaller bag or rectangular. 

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
18 April 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

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Introduction To Fused Glass with Karen Redmayne


Quirky Workshops
21 April 2021

9.30 - 4pm

Make your own unique festive decorations and ornamental pieces in beautiful coloured glass.

We are delighted that International Glass Artist Karen Redmayne will be taking our Fused Glass workshops this year. You will learn about different types of glass used in fusing work, dichroic and iridescent and also about the all important COE (Coefficient of expansion) – vital to understand in glass fusing as it makes sure the right types of glass are used together.

You will learn how to cut, and what can be done with glass in a kiln in terms of fusing, stacking, tack fusing and slumping. You will also learn about various inclusions and their different applications, using frits, stringers, stamps and foils and other fragments. You will be able to make jewellery, coasters, plaques, waved sheets or Christmas decorations, the choice is yours depending on the amount of glass you wish to use.

Karen's July course will be focusing on Lakeland Flora and her November course will focus more on Christmas decorations. However these are only loose suggestions and of course, you are free to choose your own theme whatever the month.

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Introduction to Artists' Oil Pastels with Roy Simmons


Quirky Workshops
22 April 2021

Oil pastel may be one of the most underrated mediums for artists. This may be due to the fact that there are many cheaper varieties available, but they're harder than the artist types, and don't blend as well.

Proper Artist quality Oil Pastels contain more pigment and wax/oil content. Sennelier are one of the most well known brands, but are expensive by comparison. However Mungyo make a version quite comparable, We will use Mungyo for colour and Sennelier for white as it is exceptionally good. Also the Mungyo pastels are larger which helps when creating broad areas of tone and colour. See below for details

We will look at the various materials and tools we will be using, the main 'tools' though are your fingers! Warm fingers soften the pastel and aid blending. We will begin by doing some simple exercises, to familiarise ourselves with how oil pastels behave. Concentrating on blending techniques and ways of drawing into the pastel. Layering the pastel can produce fascinating results, especially combined with scratching through the layers to colours beneath. We will also discuss using other materials and solvents with oil pastel. You can use different coloured papers to work on, smooth surfaces are best.

For our first painting I will demonstrate step by step for you to follow along. We will always keep in mind 'Start with unity, then add variety'. Using one or 2 colours to start with really helps with initial unity. This first painting will be a landscape with good lighting to exploit. After lunch I will demonstrate a painting with trees and more elements to really push the various techniques that are possible with this exiting medium. Then you will do your version.

There is a nice story from the Sennelier website regarding Picasso... “In 1949, Parisian painter Henri Goetz approached Henri Sennelier the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax colour stick for his friend Pablo Picasso. Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre Museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking. Their collaboration produced the incomparable SENNELIER oil pastels.

” We should though mention the fact that Oil Pastels were invented in Japan, by the Cray-pas company. This is from Wikipedia... Teachers Rinzo Satake and his brother-in-law Shuku Sasaki read Yamamoto's work and became fanatical supporters. They became keen to implement his ideas by replacing the many hours Japanese children had to spend drawing ideograms with black Indian ink with free drawing hours, filled with as much color as possible. For this, they decided to produce an improved wax crayon and in 1921 founded the Sakura Cray-Pas Company and began production.

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Pewter Bangles with Ella Mackintosh


Quirky Workshops
23 April 2021

A day of textures and patterns using traditional rolling mills on sheet pewter; create your own unique pewter Bangles, Brooches & more to your own unique designs, with Ella McIntosh.

Under Ella's expert guidance, design and create a beautifully textured bangle out of sheet pewter. During the first part of your day you will learn how to apply textures and patterns to the sheet metal using traditional machinery called 'rolling mills' , followed by using various techniques to create your jewellery.

You might wish to bring along some of your own patterns / textures to work with such as lace, stencils or foliage, particularly if they hold a special meaning to you.

This class covers a broad range of skills and is suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience. There should also be time to make other items such as brooches,

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Pewter Bangles with Ella Mackintosh


Quirky Workshops
24 - 25 April 2021

A day of textures and patterns using traditional rolling mills on sheet pewter; create your own unique pewter Bangles, Brooches & more to your own unique designs, with Ella McIntosh.

Under Ella's expert guidance, design and create a beautifully textured bangle out of sheet pewter. During the first part of your day you will learn how to apply textures and patterns to the sheet metal using traditional machinery called 'rolling mills' , followed by using various techniques to create your jewellery.

You might wish to bring along some of your own patterns / textures to work with such as lace, stencils or foliage, particularly if they hold a special meaning to you.

This class covers a broad range of skills and is suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience. There should also be time to make other items such as brooches,

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Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt


Quirky Workshops
25 April 2021

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland


Quirky Workshops
27 April 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.

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Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury


Quirky Workshops
28 April 2021

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

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'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames


Quirky Workshops
28 April 2021

Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.

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'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames


Quirky Workshops
30 April 2021

Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.

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Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech


Quirky Workshops
30 April 2021

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one of the ones provided for inspiration.

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks that you have created. Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish with beads and buttons.

The finished piece will be 30cmx30cm which will fit into a standard 40cmx40cm frame. Kay's work centres on textured pieces using paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroidery with stitch on textiles.

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Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
23 May 2021

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
25 May 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
28 May 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

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Sterling Silver Jewellery - 3 Silver Rings in a day - with Melinda Scarbrough


Quirky Workshops
28 May 2021

10am – 4pm

Design & make 'three Silver rings' with Sterling Silver and Semi-Precious Stones with Melinda Scarborough

Your experienced professional tutor, Melinda, will guide you through the process of designing your rings and show you how to use the workshop toolswith systematic demonstrations. The new camera and screen system will be used these demos, whilst students remain safely at their desks. Once ready to start you will cut out your silver using a saw frame (each student has their own) and then shape the pieces to add texture and interest.

You will learn the basic techniques of soldering, surface textures and how to get a nice professional finish to ensure that your three rings will sit together well if required. This is quite an intensive day, but by the end of it you will be able to leave with a set of 3 different rings that you yourself have designed and made. The material cost is £15 and the tutor will have more materials to buy if necessary.

This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate. Each student will sit at their own desk spaced well apart. 

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Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course


Quirky Workshops
29 - 30 May 2021

10am – 4.30pm

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance.

The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. his popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. s popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.

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Blacksmith for a day


Quirky Workshops
30 May 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.

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Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Quirky Workshops
01 June 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
01 June 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Observational Drawing Day with David Cemmick


Quirky Workshops
02 June 2021

Wildlife artist David Cemmick has drawn from life all over the world. Be it animals on the move or an animal skull in the studio, but we must all learn to see our subjects before we can draw them.

Over this Observational Drawing day, David will guide students of all experience levels through the process of learning to see what we want to draw and how to render this in an accurate and lively way.

Working from natural forms in the studio observing animal skulls, taxidermy and objects from nature, students will explore techniques using pencil, charcoal, conte and biro.

Learning to draw well brings confidence, accuracy and strength to everything that follows.

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Loose Botanical Watercolours with Lyn Evans


Quirky Workshops
03 June 2021

Lyn likes to paint her watercolours largely from life, choosing blooms which will stay open for a couple of days. She likes interesting shapes so Iris, Lilies and Tulips feature largely in her work. Of course sometimes she uses a photograph, as flowers like peonies have a habit of exploding into life when you least expect it and its better to capture a required image in such cases.

Lyn will teach you how to employ loose watercolour techniques, allowing the pigment and water combination to work their own magic without to much interference being necessary and also using other tools, such as pens, inktense pencils, watercolour pencils, salt and twigs to be used along side your paints can also be used to obtain the beautiful effects from the watercolour.

Lyn will provide the watercolour paper and source material for students and ask that they bring paints, brushes (one no. 6, one no. 12 ) and any other mark making tools they are interested in using. We will send out a list nearer the time. At the end of the day everyone should have at lease one lovely work to take home.

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Quirky Workshops
03 June 2021

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

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Beginners' Calligraphy Day with Gillian Hazeldine


Quirky Workshops
04 June 2021

Come and spend a day beginning to learn art of calligraphy, literally ‘beautiful writing’. Contemporary calligraphy is based on the writing of scribes working from the 5th century AD right up to the Renaissance. In this workshop we will study the writing of a 10th century scribe, learning a script called The Foundational Hand. You will learn the forms of the letters, how to space them and how to use the broad-edged pen.

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Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Quirky Workshops
04 June 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Quirky Workshops
05 June 2021

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

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Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery


Quirky Workshops
06 June 2021

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!

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Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Quirky Workshops
06 June 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

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'Buildings in the Landscape' using Line and Wash - with John Harrison


Quirky Workshops
08 June 2021

Try your hand at “line and wash” – the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour – with landscape artist John Harrison. You will start the day with an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash, and the importance he places on drawing and sketching.

John's favoured subject matter features built structures in the wider landscape, exploring the contrast between the man-made and the natural.Largely self-taught, he doesn’t consider himself a painter, but uses the unpredictable yet exciting medium of watercolour to high lght his drawings. He is an active Urban Sketcher, and runs many workshops and classes, details of which are posted on his website. His work is in many private collections both in the UK and internationally, he undertakes commissions both private and corporate and has just come to the end of a year-long monthly feature in the Dalesman.

This course is most suitable for those with some experience in Pen/ Line and Wash , even if only a few hours . If you have already taken Margaret Jarvis' 'Discovering Pen and Wash' course you'd be ideally placed. .

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Buildings in the Landscape using Line & Wash with John Harrison


Quirky Workshops
08 June 2021

Buildings in the Landscape using Line and Wash - with John Harrison

Try your hand at “line and wash” – the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour – with landscape artist John Harrison. You will start the day with an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash, and the importance he places on drawing and sketching.

John's favoured subject matter features built structures in the wider landscape, exploring the contrast between the man-made and the natural.Largely self-taught, he doesn’t consider himself a painter, but uses the unpredictable yet exciting medium of watercolour to high lght his drawings. He is an active Urban Sketcher, and runs many workshops and classes, details of which are posted on his website. His work is in many private collections both in the UK and internationally, he undertakes commissions both private and corporate and has just come to the end of a year-long monthly feature in the Dalesman.

This course is most suitable for those with some experience in Pen/ Line and Wash , even if only a few hours . If you have already taken Margaret Jarvis' 'Discovering Pen and Wash' course you'd be ideally placed. 

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Weave yourself a Rush Bag


Quirky Workshops
23 June 2021

10am – 4pm

Weave your very own bespoke rush bag with Rachel Frost

This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). working on wooden blocks, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure.

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Weave yourself a Rush Bag


Quirky Workshops
24 June 2021

10am – 4pm

Weave your very own bespoke rush bag with Rachel Frost

This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). working on wooden blocks, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure.

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Introduction to Pattern Cutting


Quirky Workshops
25 June 2021

10.00am – 4.00pm

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure, choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern (June) or Trousers (August) - styled uniquely to you.

Make a simple tunic shape or trouser pattern to suit your figure type. This is a one day course for a small number of people where you get step by step instructions to create a very basic simple tunic or trouser pattern, from the trouser pattern one can adapt for shorts. cut offs and from the tunic pattern use it as the basis for other tops and dresses in any fabric, no button holes, no zips - just simple creative fun, with lots of suggestions and advice on further adaptions Pattern Cutting specifics, any rolls of brown paper or lining wallpaper and paper scissors will be useful but some paper will be provided.

We also provide pattern masters, tapes, rulers and pencils. Don't worry about lack of experience this is the first and most simple of basic shapes. If you enjoy the process - we can work on more complex projects later.

Maggi is particularly interested in helping people understand their body shape and learn to modify dressmaking patterns accordingly. She will encourage you to work with your own figure type to create stylish looks and perhaps act as a catalyst for change and allow you to re-frame the way you view yourself and your body. The second session will help you to begin simple pattern cutting, using a fabric of your choice in a very simple tunic shape.

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Traditional Longbow Making 2 Day Courses


Quirky Workshops
25 - 26 June 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm each day

Make your own Traditional English Longbow with Tony Saunders

During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shave horse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be 'trained' to bend with great care - also known as 'tiller' the bow - under Tony's watchful eye to ensure

Once the draw length of the bow is achieved we can estimate the draw weight and start making the specially calculated double bow string. At the end we will be able to shoot the bows in some open farmland, hopefully looking across to Greystoke Castle and put your longbow through its paces. This is the traditional method for creating a longbow - no laminates or short cuts. The tree was cut down and the bow created - just as in this workshop.

The English longbow is a powerful type of medieval weapon used both in hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. The English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years' War, particularly and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

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A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan


Quirky Workshops
26 June 2021

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags

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Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt


Quirky Workshops
27 June 2021

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan


Quirky Workshops
29 June 2021

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags

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A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan


Quirky Workshops
30 June 2021

This workshop will give you the basic skills needed for leather work and at the same time you will make yourself a lovely bag using pre cut leather panels carefully prepared by Ruth. There will also be an option to dye the panels various colours using stains provided by Ruth.

You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish
- fit buckles and fastenings

www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/stitch-and-textile-workshops/leather-bags

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Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville


Quirky Workshops
01 July 2021

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.

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Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville


Quirky Workshops
03 July 2021

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.

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Lino Cut Print - Botanical & Natural forms with Laura Sowerby


Quirky Workshops
06 July 2021

Laura's evocative designs on cushions, lampshades and giftware have recently been widely featured in Country Living, Gardens Illustrated and several Interior design magazine. ‘Discovering that I am a direct descendant of James Sowerby, famous 18th-century botanical illustrator is a delight.’ she smiles.

We are delighted that Laura has agreed to take a ‘Botanical and Natural forms’ Lino Cut workshop here in Greystoke. Students are encouraged to bring any inspiration they can, be it fresh/ pressed leaves or flowers, prints, pictures and any other references that may inspire you. Laura too will bring plenty of material ideas.

Over the day you will learn how to plan your original design, the principles of lino cut and master various cutting techniques with the goal of producing your own multi-coloured linocut print by the end of the day. (up to A4 in size) All abilities are welcome. The print blocks you create can be taken home and used to print onto fabrics and soft furnishings such as cushion covers etc.

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Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury


Quirky Workshops
06 July 2021

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

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Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot


Quirky Workshops
07 July 2021

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Silk is a protein, like all the animal-based yarns such as cashmere, angora, mohair and wool and Silk painting is hundreds of years old (like felt-making) and has been practised extensively in Europe as well as Asia.

The silk is pinned out evenly on a frame. The colours are diluted to give the desired shade and painted onto the silk with a brush. The dyes soak into and spread throughout the fabric so as to produce a design. Hot wax, applied with a brush, is painted on and used as a resist Once dry, the dye can then be painted within or around the shape. . Successive layers of wax and dye can be built up to give depth and contrast.

All stages will be demonstrated first by Margaret and Students will work at their own pace. We will begin by experimenting with the colours so as to become familiar with the `feel` of painting with a brush and how the dyes move through the silk. We will then move on to using the hot wax and building up patterns and designs. Students will create 4-5 pieces of finished silk. Margaret will take the finished pieces away to steam-fix the dyes. (The silk must be prepared and steamed for approximately 2 hours). She will then return them to you within about 10 days and they cane be framed or used in other textile art. 

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'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames


Quirky Workshops
07 July 2021

Discovering 'Appliqué & Stitch' Freehand Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Freehand machine embroidery is among the favourite of techniques in the crafting world, it's easy, quick, effective and produces a great range of results. Your day with Sarah will teach you all the basic skills you need to use freehand machining on a variety of projects.

Sarah will come with a host of ideas for you as well as some templates you can use if you feel unsure about your design. Please bring along any reference materials that inspire you, such a books or magazine pictures that can be traced etc You will need to bring a sewing machine that you are familiar with how to thread, in good working order. that you are familiar with how to thread the machine/ have the instruction booklet. We do have a couple of spare machines available- – please ask when you book. This course may be up a flight of stairs. We can help you with your machine etc. if it is.

Also bring a selection of threads and fabric scraps. Some sketch paper and pencils (nothing fancy - just for planning) Picture/photo for inspiration/ reference or a starting point. I will bring extra fabric scraps and base fabrics etc.

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Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville


Quirky Workshops
07 July 2021

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister brings a full set of wood carving tools for each student, plenty of resources and pieces of hardwood to choose from...sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day. The workbenches are placed under canopies if it looks like rain. Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.

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Botanical Printing on Textiles & Paper


Quirky Workshops
10 July 2021

A fascinating day with Deborah learning how to create your own botanical contact prints with real leaves on fabric and paper and make your own unique silk scarf.

In this workshop, suitable for all abilities, freshly collected leaves will be wrapped in pure silk, cotton and paper before being steamed to release their natural dyes and tannins in an eco friendly process.

Deborah will lead you step by step from the preparation of the fabric, the choosing and placement of suitable leaves through to the techniques needed to produce clear and lasting natural leaf prints.

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Botanical Printing on Textiles & Paper


Quirky Workshops
11 July 2021

A fascinating day with Deborah learning how to create your own botanical contact prints with real leaves on fabric and paper and make your own unique silk scarf.

In this workshop, suitable for all abilities, freshly collected leaves will be wrapped in pure silk, cotton and paper before being steamed to release their natural dyes and tannins in an eco friendly process.

Deborah will lead you step by step from the preparation of the fabric, the choosing and placement of suitable leaves through to the techniques needed to produce clear and lasting natural leaf prints.

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Quirky Workshops
11 July 2021

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
13 July 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
14 July 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Needle Felt a Hare


Quirky Workshops
27 July 2021

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Quirky Workshops
28 July 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

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Make a Stained Glass Mirror


Quirky Workshops
28 July 2021

An opportunity to dip your toe into and try this intensive one day Stained Glass taster day with Lizzy making a leaded stained glass mirror. All glass, tools, equipment, expertise and enthusiasm is provided by Lizzy, who is highly skilled in preserving these jewels of our heritage and has spent many years advising on and restoring original stained glass windows in our cathedrals and churches countrywide

Lizzy will have some prepared design templates ready for you and there will be a choice of coloured glass along with some pre cut panels mirror as needed. Firstly she will explain the various aspects of creating a stained glass panel, and will then let you have a go at learning the safe glass cutting technique. Once practised, you can then choose your template from a selection supplied, depending on your cutting abilities and at this stage you can decide whether you wish to incorporate a mirrored panel within this or alternatively keep the whole panel as glass. If mirror is required Lizzy can cut this for you.

Once all the pieces are cut , the panel is carefully leading up the mirror according to the design. You will then finish by soldering everything together in your panel and finally cleaning and polishing using demonstrated techniques.

You will leave with your own bespoke stained glass (mirrored) panel. 

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Discovering Stained Glass ~ 2 days with Sarah Walkley


Quirky Workshops
29 - 30 July 2021

Working with coloured, clear and textured glass all provided by Sarah, you will learn how to handle, cut safely and to 'lead up' a small square panel (approx 200mm or 8" ) All glass, tools and equipment are provided. Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.

The panel you make could be for a place in your house or could be built into a window or frame as a hanging panel. Please bring any ideas you may have!

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Quirky Workshops
30 July 2021

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

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Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Quirky Workshops
31 July 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

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Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech


Quirky Workshops
31 July 2021

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process pf creating using paint, then print,and stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers, you can bring your own image or use one of the ones provided for inspiration.

You will paint the background directly onto calico and then add layers with simple stencils and print blocks that you have created. Finally you will add stitch which can be machine and or hand embroidery and embellish with beads and buttons.

The finished piece will be 30cmx30cm which will fit into a standard 40cmx40cm frame. Kay's work centres on textured pieces using paint, print and collage coupled with hand and machine embroidery with stitch on textiles.

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Rediscovering Pencils in Art with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
03 August 2021

Although considered by many as simply grey and prosaic, the once humble pencil is re-inventing itself into a much more diverse offering than times past. On this course we will explore the considerable versatility of pencils, a medium which includes an increasingly exciting blend of colours and effects.

We will spend time learning how to use graphite, watercolour, Inktense as well as the vast range of coloured pencils. A wonderful opportunity to try this very versatile media There will be a large selection available for you to try.


This is an ideal course for beginners and improvers - especially those terrified of holding a brush and preferring something more biddable and predictable! 

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Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols


Quirky Workshops
05 August 2021

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.

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Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols


Quirky Workshops
06 August 2021

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Quirky Workshops
06 August 2021

9.30- 10am (depending on day) – 4pm

Learn how to build your own Cob Clay pizza or bread oven with David Alty

Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.

Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options you will then start mixing the cob with bare feet and others will create a sand forma for the actual oven shape - tasks will be shared to ensure experience of every stage is acquired. Once the cob is ready the group will prepare the loaves to cover the sand form and start creating the oven shape.

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Wire Sculptures - Geese, Hens and Owls in Flight with Sue Nichols


Quirky Workshops
07 August 2021

Wire Geese Thurs 6th August 2020
Wire Hens Friday 7th August
Wire Owls
Sat 8th Aug 2020

In August 2020 Sue will travel from her studio in East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous wire sculptures using her special pre-prepared sectioned galvanised chicken wire. Amazingly life like, solid and sturdy, these sculptures will last for years They can be sprayed with coloured car paint (ie from Halfords) or left to pale into a natural faded silver.

If the weather is fine we'll try to work in the garden, otherwise the course may take place up a flight of stairs in our new craft room.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT recommended for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form. This Goose day is a particularly long course and is the most challenging of all due to the size of the bird.

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Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery


Quirky Workshops
21 August 2021

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!

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Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland


Quirky Workshops
24 August 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.

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Needlefelt a Bunny with Annis McGowan


Quirky Workshops
25 August 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm

Create your own endearing bunny from needle felt.

Spend a relaxing day creating this irresistible little character. Each bunny is approx 30cm long x 15cm high and will bring a smile to everyone's face. Needle felting sounds complicated (it's the locking of wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles) but it isn't - it can be easily learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way. During the day we will also learn about sculpting, using shading to highlight features, and optional colours to create your own individual bunny.

We will be working with mohair and blending wools to create your bunny. Although some sewing is required, this day is ideal for beginners or those with experience of learning this inspiring needle felting technique.

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Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter


Quirky Workshops
26 - 27 August 2021

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.

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Stone Letter & Relief Carving 3 days with Pip Hall


Quirky Workshops
02 - 04 September 2021

Design and Carve your own words, symbols or Relief carving with Pip Hall, a 3 day course.

Pip Hall is a nationally renowned professional Stone Carver of many years experience. Her work can be ween widely throughout the north of England as letter carving, poetry walks and beautiful additions to many of our city centres, including the Stanza Stones on the NorthYorks. Moors - commissioned by national poet for Simon Armiitage for Ilkley Literature Festival.

Not only a wonderful craftsman, Pip's also a great tutor and has a creative eye for layout. She will help you set out your words and pictures so they look really professional - as well as teaching you how to carve them. She comes with stone carving equipment and easels for a whole class.

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Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot


Quirky Workshops
07 September 2021

Spend an exciting day with Margaret creating a design and painting this onto pure silk, using steam-fix dyes and hot wax.

Silk is a protein, like all the animal-based yarns such as cashmere, angora, mohair and wool and Silk painting is hundreds of years old (like felt-making) and has been practised extensively in Europe as well as Asia.

The silk is pinned out evenly on a frame. The colours are diluted to give the desired shade and painted onto the silk with a brush. The dyes soak into and spread throughout the fabric so as to produce a design. Hot wax, applied with a brush, is painted on and used as a resist Once dry, the dye can then be painted within or around the shape. . Successive layers of wax and dye can be built up to give depth and contrast.

All stages will be demonstrated first by Margaret and Students will work at their own pace. We will begin by experimenting with the colours so as to become familiar with the `feel` of painting with a brush and how the dyes move through the silk. We will then move on to using the hot wax and building up patterns and designs. Students will create 4-5 pieces of finished silk. Margaret will take the finished pieces away to steam-fix the dyes. (The silk must be prepared and steamed for approximately 2 hours). She will then return them to you within about 10 days and they cane be framed or used in other textile art. 

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
09 September 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
30 September 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

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Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt


Quirky Workshops
01 October 2021

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter


Quirky Workshops
05 - 06 October 2021

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.

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Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury


Quirky Workshops
07 October 2021

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

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Blacksmith for a day


Quirky Workshops
09 October 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.

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Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery


Quirky Workshops
09 October 2021

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!

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Discovering Felt Art & Hand stitch ~ with Marieke Tomlin


Quirky Workshops
10 October 2021

Learn how to create your own Felt masterpiece inc stitch with Marieke Tomlin

Perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience, discover the joys of working with various wool fibres and warm soapy water to create your own unique piece of wetted felt ....and through various techniques, additions and inclusions, and thinking about the stitch you might incorporate for accent once your piece has dried, create your own unique piece of Felt art.

Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day, including a lovely choice of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks. If you have any special fine fibres you would like to bring along, or any sentimental inclusions for your piece -perhaps some fine ribbon or some silk scraps from a favourite but worn out scarf - just bring them along.

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
12 October 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh


Quirky Workshops
12 November 2021

This time served technique using this unusual material produces fantastic tactile results and is a great way to experience pewter in both a molten and solid form.Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

Please feel free to bring along any inspiration or designs you may have or Ella will have lots to work from on the day. Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Quirky Workshops
14 November 2021

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
17 November 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
19 November 2021

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished

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Needle Felt a Hare


Quirky Workshops
23 November 2021

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
01 December 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

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Willow Weaving - Angels


Quirky Workshops
02 December 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating a small Willow Angel

We are so happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke, he has been teaching here since 2005 - his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation. This course is one of the easiest of the Willow weaving courses often yielding the best and most effective results.

Angels are frequently kept in homes all year round nowadays and then for the festive season decorated with fine fairy lights and tinsel to make a wonderful additions to any Christmas room - especially in a fireplace. Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day and by the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to take home and last for many many years to come.

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