Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns is a unique creative venue offering an inspiring range of art, craft and heritage 'Quirky Workshops' from our C17th  listed farmhouse in the village of Greystoke. We're placed 5 miles equidistantly from Penrith, Eden Valley and Ullswater, on the northern fringes of the Lake District, in beautiful Cumbria, north west England. We have been running courses since 2005.

 During May 2020, we renovated an old hay loft and are now delighted to be able to host our indoor courses and workshops in this wonderful, new, light, airy and spacious ‘Swallow Barn’. Single and double tables are available and well distanced with tutor demonstrations live streamed onto a large screen at the front, allowing students to stay safe in their seats over the workshop day. Tables for 2 to 4 are available for bubbles. Fresh coffees, teas and a tasty 2 course lunch are delivered carefully and safely to your workshop table, or taken in the garden during summer months. We look forward to welcoming you here and hope you can find something that appeals.  

See our website https://www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/quirky-workshops-cumbria for full details of what courses are coming soon.

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:

  • traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (relief or letter carving),  wood carving, c
  • Lino cut printing, garden willow sculptures,  garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, Sterling Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge.
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  • Many textile courses including weaving, Needle felting and Pet Portraits, Felt art, Pattern cutting, Paint Print and Stitich, Felt Slippers and Bags, Lampshade Making, Ceramic Porcelain Christmas Decorations and Pottery Green Man days
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, Art courses with John Harrison, Frances Winder, Margaret Jarvis, Simon Williams and Roy Simmons.
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making, but have been put on hold since March 2020 as they took place in our farmhouse kitchen.

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch. 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 picturesque 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 options. 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.

A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Hand Stitch a leather bag in a day with Ruth Pullan

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

Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs. 


Needle Felt a Wren' with Helen Hammond (low relief)

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Needle Felted Garden Birds  . . 'The Wren ' with Helen Hammond

Spend a lovely day being guided through how to make this beautifully detailed Wren using the needle felting process. Your Wren will have a slightly sculpted low relief appearance, subtly enhancing the natural features of this little characterful bird. 

You will be using a variety of natural wool fibres and Helen will teach you all about needle felting and how to blend your fibre colours. You will be using specialist needle felting needles (not sewing  needles) for this purpose. These specialist tools/ needles are designed to entangle, compact, control and shape the soft carded wool fibres into firm felted pieces. It is a slow and very therapeutic process.

All reference images will be provided and will form an important part of your working process.  This course is suitable for all abilities including beginners. This is a dry felted process and a 'clean' method of working. No aprons or gloves are required.  However, please bring plasters!  

9.30am – 4.30pm
 


Botanical Illustration in Watercolours/ Gouache 1 to 2 days with Simon Williams SBA

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

A masterclass with Simon Williams SBA on Botanical Illustration using Watercolours and Gouache paints.

We are delighted that Simon is visiting Greystoke for two days in early July 2022, and students are welcome to book just one, or both days, to suit. Simon specialises in Watercolour and Gouache techniques for boanical and natural history illustration. Some previous watercolour experience is recommended. Simon will provide much live plant material, and the garden at Greystoke will have plenty to offer. Otherwise, please bring along anything you particularly wish to paint.

Although the day is titled Botanical, Simon is happy to teach Wildlife illustration aswell, as long as students bring their own reference material for the day. He will only be providing resources relating to Botanical Illustration.

You will all learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference.

The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed, so through demonstration and individual tuition Simon shows how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.


Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Join Alister Neville and learn to carve a design for a decorative plaque, bowl or house sign.

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 including 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 Illustration in Watercolours/ Gouache 1 to 2 days with Simon Williams SBA

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

A masterclass with Simon Williams SBA on Botanical Illustration using Watercolours and Gouache paints.

We are delighted that Simon is visiting Greystoke for two days in early July 2022, and students are welcome to book just one, or both days, to suit. Simon specialises in Watercolour and Gouache techniques for boanical and natural history illustration. Some previous watercolour experience is recommended. Simon will provide much live plant material, and the garden at Greystoke will have plenty to offer. Otherwise, please bring along anything you particularly wish to paint.

Although the day is titled Botanical, Simon is happy to teach Wildlife illustration aswell, as long as students bring their own reference material for the day. He will only be providing resources relating to Botanical Illustration.

You will all learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference.

The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed, so through demonstration and individual tuition Simon shows how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.


Painting a Looser Botanical in Watercolour with Lyn Evans

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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, inktence 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.

At the end of the day everyone should have at lease one lovely piece of work to take home.


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!


Needle Felt a Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Paint with Wool' and Needle Felt your own Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Over the course of the day, with Jane's expertise and guidance, you'll see your beloved pet (or chosen animal) slowly appear beneath your fingertips as a 2D needle felted and 'painted with wool' picture. You will be using the soft wool fibres, special needles and other equipment all provided by Jane; just bring along a favourite image of your pet and she will show you what to do. (see What to Bring)

You will begin by transferring your chosen image from a photograph onto a lightweight hessian or pre felted background to get an accurate outline of your image, you will then be guided through the tools & techniques needed from different breeds of sheep’s wool to which fibres work well and why. Which needles to use for different effects and how to correct mistakes (yes, everyone makes them!) You will build your picture through the manipulation and layout of fibres, using colour choices and shade blending and learn how to create the beautiful intricate expressive eyes, with warmth and realism, to bring your pet to life!

Jane will bring along a selection of 100% real Wool fibres, a foam mat as a working surface, Hessian or pre-felt fabric for your background and 2 felting needles and all these materials will be yours to take home at the end of the day - just in case you feel the need for a final tweaking of your piece. There will be £15 materials charge payable to Jane on the day. 


Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

A botanically themed canvas of 'Paint, Print and Stitch' with Kay Leech

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process of 'creating' using paint, then print, and then stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers or trees. 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.


Introduction to Pattern Cutting - the Tunic Block with Maggi Toner Edgar

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

10.00am – 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £0

 

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure,  choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern  or Trousers  or alterations to Collars and Sleeves  - styled uniquely to you. 

TUNIC workshop -Tues 26th July 2022    Make a simple tunic shape 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 pattern, from which you can use 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. 


Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Join Alister Neville and learn to carve a design for a decorative plaque, bowl or house sign.

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 including 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.


'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


'Impressionist sketching - light effects in oil pastels' with Roy Simmons

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Impressionist sketching; light effects in oil pastel with Roy Simmons ... Beginners and intermediates.

The French impressionists changed art, just about everyone agrees on that. What interests me is how they worked in colour to create those memorable paintings. In your resource pack will be a number of reproductions of impressionist paintings. We will discuss them, and find ways to use the effects and colour designs in our own work. A little Colour theory, a lot of fun! Our first oil pastel painting will be a copy of a Claude Monet painting, I will demonstrate and you will follow along, step by step. We will try to think like Monet! Then we will make paintings based on these techniques, bringing impressionist ideas into our work, initially ‘borrowing’ their light and colour effects. Then using our own design ideas, to make colourful and dramatic paintings.

We will start with a 'loosening up' sketch, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)!
All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Painting on Silk' with Margaret Wilmot

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 can be framed or used in other textile art. 


Make a Stained Glass Mirror

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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. 


Introduction to Pattern Cutting - Collars and Sleeves with Maggi Toner Edgar

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

10.00am – 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £0

 

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure,  choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern  or Trousers  or alterations to Collars and Sleeves  - styled uniquely to you. 

Collars and Sleeves  (Tunic adaption)  Tue 2nd August 2022  - this is a follow on session to the basic TUNIC workshop...

‘Join in a session to create a perfectly fitting sleeve. With tips on perfect insertion and time for at least one adaption.’Please bring along blocks or patterns, you may have made or enjoy working with previously. We will be drafting and developing a couple of very simple collar styles to fit your patterns. Contact tutor in advance if there are particular needs. If you have any draphting equipment bring it along. Also a tailor’s dummy is useful for this workshop although there will be a couple in the studio to use on the day.    Please make sure you bring your existing block pattern with you. 


Rediscovering Pencils in Art with Margaret Jarvis

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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! 


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.


Wire Sculptures 'Geese' with Sue Nichols

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Sculpt your own life size 'Goose' in wire for your Garden with Sue Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW for all possibly interested students, using the Green ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded galvanised silver colour.

The course takes place in the first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE 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 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.


Wire Sculptures ~ 'Hens or Ducks' with Sue Nichols

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Sculpt a life size chicken wire Hen or Duck for your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded galvanised silver colour.

The course takes place in the first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.


Wire Sculptures 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.


Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


New Needle Felt a Hare with Annis McGowan

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Make a lovely hare of sitting height approx 34 cm plus the ears. You can decide your own pose, either with ears up, or "moongazing" with the ears back. We will be using natural brown and grey blended wool, all materials and tools are provided.

To create such an impressively detailed and large hare in just one day is quite a task! A lot of carefully prepared and detailed instructions are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in managed stages by Annis. Please be aware this course runs until 5.30pm and can sometimes run over to 6pm. Due to the nature of this class it is sadly not possible to accommodate people needing to leave early or for a deadline as the class is methodically taught as a whole group, step by step, so it’s just not fair on the rest of the class to ask for finishing instructions before she is ready to give them to everyone. Please do bear this in mind if you have other engagements that evening or a lift organised.

A full day workshop learning new methods which will inspire you to make more felted creations in future! Annis is highly accomplished in needle felting and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria . She also sells needle felt kits online.

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Traditional Spoon Carving with David Alty

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

From a variety of timbers you will learn how to choose, prepare and split timber and the various methods and styles of carving you could incorporate into your piece. This will entail using a variety of specialist tools which are all provided.

The course will take place on the lawn of the original Tea Garden at the venue, if it is raining we will work under gazebos or use the Squirrel Barn

The use of sharp knives etc in this class means it is only suitable for sensible 16 to 18's when accompanied by responsible paying adults.


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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


Relief & Letter Stone Carving 3 days with Pip Hall

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

Pip Hall is a nationally renowned professional Stone Carver of many years experience. Her work can be seen widely throughout the north of England in poetry walks and other beautiful additions to many of our city centres. These include the Stanza Stones near Ilkley (Simon Armitage) and the more recently completed Bronte Stones between Howarth and Thornton on the York Moors.

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 or blocks for a whole class. Pictures show student work.


Breaking the 'Rules of Painting' with Roy Simmons ... Beginners and intermediates.

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

This one day course is for anyone who wants to discover their own natural way of painting. We will be using acrylics.

I tend to paint in a very intuitive way, and believe that with guidance you can learn to 'let go' of the limiting beliefs that prevent your own way of painting coming through. If you are completely new to painting – Great! You have the advantage of the 'beginners mind' without trying! If you do paint already, be prepared to adopt that beginners mind to liberate your own style. Forget any 'rules' you may have picked up even without realising. Some rules to break.

'Start by painting the background' ~ 'Carefully draw your subject' ~ 'Only use the best materials' ~ 'Work from a sketch' ~ 'Paint slowly' ~ 'Don't try to paint until you can draw accurately'


We will start with a 'loosening up' painting, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)!
All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day


Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 


Needle Felt a Herdwick doorstop with Annis McGowan

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Create your own gorgeous needle felted sheep using soft Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan.

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.

Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs. 


Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Discover this age-old technique of casting in Pewter, create your own unique designs using a cuttlefish cast with Ella MacIntosh.

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.


Pewter Bangles, Brooches & more with Ella McIntosh

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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, pendants or ear-rings on the day.


Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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 Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 


Herdwick Hooked Mat' making

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Join Susan Denham -Smith from 'Wild Wool Workshops' and craft your own stunning Herdwick Hooked Mat ....or Wall hanging!

You will learn the little known craft of Locker Hooking to create a stunning place mat (approx 10inch x 10inch) with Herdwick sheep design and, fittingly, using Herdwick wool from the oldest flocks in the country. The method is similar to that used to make traditional hooked rugs, but with a specially designed, crochet hook-style needle, threaded with linen to fix the design in place.

Rag rugging originated in the UK as a way to recycle fabric scraps into rugs. The slightly different method we will use is called Australian locker hooking, which was developed in the 1970s and rather than using materials strips, it uses raw fleece pulled through a rug canvas. This slight difference then allows more scope for the blending of colours and effects etc.

We will begin the day with an introduction to the types of wool fibres being used in this technique, and the various methods used to process the wool and different types of carding. You will have a chance to choose your design and colours, and then process the wool with a drum carder. Using the special lockerhooking needle you'll learn how best to draft and hook the fibres through the canvas to start creating your piece. There will be a choice of colours and wool blends to choose from, from recently hand-dyed batches by Susan. Several colours will be available, though choice from a complete colour range cannot be guaranteed. 


Blacksmith for a day - Two Sculptural Garden Flowers

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


Lino Cut Print - Botanical & Natural forms with Laura Sowerby

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Printing in Lino Cut ' Botanical and Natural Forms' with Laura Sowerby.

Laura's evocative designs on cushions, lampshades and gift-ware 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.


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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'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. .


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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'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. .


Needle Felt a Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Paint with Wool' and Needle Felt your own Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Over the course of the day, with Jane's expertise and guidance, you'll see your beloved pet (or chosen animal) slowly appear beneath your fingertips as a 2D needle felted and 'painted with wool' picture. You will be using the soft wool fibres, special needles and other equipment all provided by Jane; just bring along a favourite image of your pet and she will show you what to do. (see What to Bring)

You will begin by transferring your chosen image from a photograph onto a lightweight hessian or pre felted background to get an accurate outline of your image, you will then be guided through the tools & techniques needed from different breeds of sheep’s wool to which fibres work well and why. Which needles to use for different effects and how to correct mistakes (yes, everyone makes them!) You will build your picture through the manipulation and layout of fibres, using colour choices and shade blending and learn how to create the beautiful intricate expressive eyes, with warmth and realism, to bring your pet to life!

Jane will bring along a selection of 100% real Wool fibres, a foam mat as a working surface, Hessian or pre-felt fabric for your background and 2 felting needles and all these materials will be yours to take home at the end of the day - just in case you feel the need for a final tweaking of your piece. There will be £15 materials charge payable to Jane on the day. 


Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Introduction to Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis for Beginners and intermediates.

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.


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!


Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 


Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 


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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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. 


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

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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. 


Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Introduction to Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis for Beginners and intermediates.

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.


Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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.


New Needle Felt a Hare with Annis McGowan

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Make a lovely hare of sitting height approx 34 cm plus the ears. You can decide your own pose, either with ears up, or "moongazing" with the ears back. We will be using natural brown and grey blended wool, all materials and tools are provided.

To create such an impressively detailed and large hare in just one day is quite a task! A lot of carefully prepared and detailed instructions are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in managed stages by Annis. Please be aware this course runs until 5.30pm and can sometimes run over to 6pm. Due to the nature of this class it is sadly not possible to accommodate people needing to leave early or for a deadline as the class is methodically taught as a whole group, step by step, so it’s just not fair on the rest of the class to ask for finishing instructions before she is ready to give them to everyone. Please do bear this in mind if you have other engagements that evening or a lift organised.

A full day workshop learning new methods which will inspire you to make more felted creations in future! Annis is highly accomplished in needle felting and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria . She also sells needle felt kits online.

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Funky Felt Slippers with Debra Esterhuizen

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

Join Debra on this fun and soap-filled felting day that can't fail to leave you smiling. Make yourself a beautiful pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, using the wet felting technique, moulded cleverly to your feet. Each slipper is unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like. Do feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example or anything else you treasure that could be incorporated into the felt fibres. Due to social distancing we ask students to bring their own washing up bowls and be sure they are agile enough to spend a good time at the end of the day massaging their own bare slippered feet over the bowl - or resting your foot on your knee. For the comical effort of soapy rubbing and afternoon acrobatics, your just reward will be not only a pair of lovely slippers, but you'll also be heading home with feet scented and laundered as never before!


Funky Felt Slippers with Debra Esterhuizen

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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

Join Debra on this fun and soap-filled felting day that can't fail to leave you smiling. Make yourself a beautiful pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, using the wet felting technique, moulded cleverly to your feet. Each slipper is unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like. Do feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example or anything else you treasure that could be incorporated into the felt fibres. Due to social distancing we ask students to bring their own washing up bowls and be sure they are agile enough to spend a good time at the end of the day massaging their own bare slippered feet over the bowl - or resting your foot on your knee. For the comical effort of soapy rubbing and afternoon acrobatics, your just reward will be not only a pair of lovely slippers, but you'll also be heading home with feet scented and laundered as never before!


Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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 with Phil Bradley

Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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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Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns is a unique creative venue offering an inspiring range of art, craft and heritage 'Quirky Workshops' from our C17th  listed farmhouse in the village of Greystoke. We're placed 5 miles equidistantly from Penrith, Eden Valley and Ullswater, on the northern fringes of the Lake District, in beautiful Cumbria, north west England. We have been running courses since 2005.

 During May 2020, we renovated an old hay loft and are now delighted to be able to host our indoor courses and workshops in this wonderful, new, light, airy and spacious ‘Swallow Barn’. Single and double tables are available and well distanced with tutor demonstrations live streamed onto a large screen at the front, allowing students to stay safe in their seats over the workshop day. Tables for 2 to 4 are available for bubbles. Fresh coffees, teas and a tasty 2 course lunch are delivered carefully and safely to your workshop table, or taken in the garden during summer months. We look forward to welcoming you here and hope you can find something that appeals.  

See our website https://www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk/quirky-workshops-cumbria for full details of what courses are coming soon.

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:

  • traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (relief or letter carving),  wood carving, c
  • Lino cut printing, garden willow sculptures,  garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, Sterling Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge.
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  • Many textile courses including weaving, Needle felting and Pet Portraits, Felt art, Pattern cutting, Paint Print and Stitich, Felt Slippers and Bags, Lampshade Making, Ceramic Porcelain Christmas Decorations and Pottery Green Man days
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, Art courses with John Harrison, Frances Winder, Margaret Jarvis, Simon Williams and Roy Simmons.
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making, but have been put on hold since March 2020 as they took place in our farmhouse kitchen.

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch. 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 picturesque 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 options. 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.

A Hand Stitched Leather Bag in a Day with Ruth Pullan


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
05 July 2022

Hand Stitch a leather bag in a day with Ruth Pullan

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

Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs. 

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Needle Felt a Wren' with Helen Hammond (low relief)


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
05 July 2022

Needle Felted Garden Birds  . . 'The Wren ' with Helen Hammond

Spend a lovely day being guided through how to make this beautifully detailed Wren using the needle felting process. Your Wren will have a slightly sculpted low relief appearance, subtly enhancing the natural features of this little characterful bird. 

You will be using a variety of natural wool fibres and Helen will teach you all about needle felting and how to blend your fibre colours. You will be using specialist needle felting needles (not sewing  needles) for this purpose. These specialist tools/ needles are designed to entangle, compact, control and shape the soft carded wool fibres into firm felted pieces. It is a slow and very therapeutic process.

All reference images will be provided and will form an important part of your working process.  This course is suitable for all abilities including beginners. This is a dry felted process and a 'clean' method of working. No aprons or gloves are required.  However, please bring plasters!  

9.30am – 4.30pm
 

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Botanical Illustration in Watercolours/ Gouache 1 to 2 days with Simon Williams SBA


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
06 July 2022

A masterclass with Simon Williams SBA on Botanical Illustration using Watercolours and Gouache paints.

We are delighted that Simon is visiting Greystoke for two days in early July 2022, and students are welcome to book just one, or both days, to suit. Simon specialises in Watercolour and Gouache techniques for boanical and natural history illustration. Some previous watercolour experience is recommended. Simon will provide much live plant material, and the garden at Greystoke will have plenty to offer. Otherwise, please bring along anything you particularly wish to paint.

Although the day is titled Botanical, Simon is happy to teach Wildlife illustration aswell, as long as students bring their own reference material for the day. He will only be providing resources relating to Botanical Illustration.

You will all learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference.

The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed, so through demonstration and individual tuition Simon shows how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.

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Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
06 July 2022

Join Alister Neville and learn to carve a design for a decorative plaque, bowl or house sign.

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 including 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 Illustration in Watercolours/ Gouache 1 to 2 days with Simon Williams SBA


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
07 July 2022

A masterclass with Simon Williams SBA on Botanical Illustration using Watercolours and Gouache paints.

We are delighted that Simon is visiting Greystoke for two days in early July 2022, and students are welcome to book just one, or both days, to suit. Simon specialises in Watercolour and Gouache techniques for boanical and natural history illustration. Some previous watercolour experience is recommended. Simon will provide much live plant material, and the garden at Greystoke will have plenty to offer. Otherwise, please bring along anything you particularly wish to paint.

Although the day is titled Botanical, Simon is happy to teach Wildlife illustration aswell, as long as students bring their own reference material for the day. He will only be providing resources relating to Botanical Illustration.

You will all learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference.

The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed, so through demonstration and individual tuition Simon shows how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.

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Painting a Looser Botanical in Watercolour with Lyn Evans


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
09 July 2022

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, inktence 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.

At the end of the day everyone should have at lease one lovely piece of work to take home.

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
10 July 2022

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!

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Needle Felt a Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
10 July 2022

'Paint with Wool' and Needle Felt your own Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Over the course of the day, with Jane's expertise and guidance, you'll see your beloved pet (or chosen animal) slowly appear beneath your fingertips as a 2D needle felted and 'painted with wool' picture. You will be using the soft wool fibres, special needles and other equipment all provided by Jane; just bring along a favourite image of your pet and she will show you what to do. (see What to Bring)

You will begin by transferring your chosen image from a photograph onto a lightweight hessian or pre felted background to get an accurate outline of your image, you will then be guided through the tools & techniques needed from different breeds of sheep’s wool to which fibres work well and why. Which needles to use for different effects and how to correct mistakes (yes, everyone makes them!) You will build your picture through the manipulation and layout of fibres, using colour choices and shade blending and learn how to create the beautiful intricate expressive eyes, with warmth and realism, to bring your pet to life!

Jane will bring along a selection of 100% real Wool fibres, a foam mat as a working surface, Hessian or pre-felt fabric for your background and 2 felting needles and all these materials will be yours to take home at the end of the day - just in case you feel the need for a final tweaking of your piece. There will be £15 materials charge payable to Jane on the day. 

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Paint Print Stitch - Botanics with Kay Leech


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
26 July 2022

A botanically themed canvas of 'Paint, Print and Stitch' with Kay Leech

A lovely day with Kay being guided through the process of 'creating' using paint, then print, and then stitch. Working in mixed media you will create a picture based on flowers or trees. 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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Introduction to Pattern Cutting - the Tunic Block with Maggi Toner Edgar


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
26 July 2022

10.00am – 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £0

 

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure,  choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern  or Trousers  or alterations to Collars and Sleeves  - styled uniquely to you. 

TUNIC workshop -Tues 26th July 2022    Make a simple tunic shape 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 pattern, from which you can use 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. 

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Relief Carving in Hardwood with Alister Neville


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
27 July 2022

Join Alister Neville and learn to carve a design for a decorative plaque, bowl or house sign.

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 including 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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'Applique & Stitch' Discovering Machine Embroidery with Sarah Ames


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
27 July 2022

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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'Impressionist sketching - light effects in oil pastels' with Roy Simmons


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
28 July 2022

Impressionist sketching; light effects in oil pastel with Roy Simmons ... Beginners and intermediates.

The French impressionists changed art, just about everyone agrees on that. What interests me is how they worked in colour to create those memorable paintings. In your resource pack will be a number of reproductions of impressionist paintings. We will discuss them, and find ways to use the effects and colour designs in our own work. A little Colour theory, a lot of fun! Our first oil pastel painting will be a copy of a Claude Monet painting, I will demonstrate and you will follow along, step by step. We will try to think like Monet! Then we will make paintings based on these techniques, bringing impressionist ideas into our work, initially ‘borrowing’ their light and colour effects. Then using our own design ideas, to make colourful and dramatic paintings.

We will start with a 'loosening up' sketch, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)!
All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
30 July 2022

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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Painting on Silk with Margaret Wilmot


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
30 July 2022

'Painting on Silk' with Margaret Wilmot

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 can be framed or used in other textile art. 

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Make a Stained Glass Mirror


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
31 July 2022

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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Introduction to Pattern Cutting - Collars and Sleeves with Maggi Toner Edgar


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
02 August 2022

10.00am – 4.00pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges £0

 

Make a simple, versatile pattern to flatter your figure,  choose from either a bodice/tunic pattern  or Trousers  or alterations to Collars and Sleeves  - styled uniquely to you. 

Collars and Sleeves  (Tunic adaption)  Tue 2nd August 2022  - this is a follow on session to the basic TUNIC workshop...

‘Join in a session to create a perfectly fitting sleeve. With tips on perfect insertion and time for at least one adaption.’Please bring along blocks or patterns, you may have made or enjoy working with previously. We will be drafting and developing a couple of very simple collar styles to fit your patterns. Contact tutor in advance if there are particular needs. If you have any draphting equipment bring it along. Also a tailor’s dummy is useful for this workshop although there will be a couple in the studio to use on the day.    Please make sure you bring your existing block pattern with you. 

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Rediscovering Pencils in Art with Margaret Jarvis


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
03 August 2022

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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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
03 August 2022

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 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
04 August 2022

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.

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Wire Sculptures 'Geese' with Sue Nichols


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
04 August 2022

Sculpt your own life size 'Goose' in wire for your Garden with Sue Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW for all possibly interested students, using the Green ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded galvanised silver colour.

The course takes place in the first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE 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 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
05 August 2022

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.

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Wire Sculptures ~ 'Hens or Ducks' with Sue Nichols


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
05 August 2022

Sculpt a life size chicken wire Hen or Duck for your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded galvanised silver colour.

The course takes place in the first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.

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Wire Sculptures 'Owls in Flight' with Sue Nichols


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
06 August 2022

Sculpt a life size Wire Owl.. ready for flight in your Garden with Susan Nichols.

*Susan is extremely busy at present and unable to confirm at this stage whether she can join us in Greystoke next year - usually August - for more of her excellent Wire Workshops.

We've opened a waiting list (BELOW) for all possibly interested students, using the Green icon ' Tell me When Bookable/ join waiting list to the right of where you would normally book, next to the August date. If we are able to arrange a date we will then notify all those on this list. Thank you.

Sue travels from the furthest reaches of East Yorkshire to the Lake District to teach students 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 as a lovely faded

The course takes place in the S first floor Swallow Barn Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Working with wire is tiring on the hands. Our wire courses are NOT SUITABLE for anyone suffering from tiredness, muscle fatigue or arthritis of any form.

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Build a Cob Pizza Oven Day with David Alty


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
07 August 2022

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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Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
18 - 19 August 2022

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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New Needle Felt a Hare with Annis McGowan


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
20 August 2022

Make a lovely hare of sitting height approx 34 cm plus the ears. You can decide your own pose, either with ears up, or "moongazing" with the ears back. We will be using natural brown and grey blended wool, all materials and tools are provided.

To create such an impressively detailed and large hare in just one day is quite a task! A lot of carefully prepared and detailed instructions are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in managed stages by Annis. Please be aware this course runs until 5.30pm and can sometimes run over to 6pm. Due to the nature of this class it is sadly not possible to accommodate people needing to leave early or for a deadline as the class is methodically taught as a whole group, step by step, so it’s just not fair on the rest of the class to ask for finishing instructions before she is ready to give them to everyone. Please do bear this in mind if you have other engagements that evening or a lift organised.

A full day workshop learning new methods which will inspire you to make more felted creations in future! Annis is highly accomplished in needle felting and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria . She also sells needle felt kits online.

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Traditional Spoon Carving with David Alty


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
20 August 2022

From a variety of timbers you will learn how to choose, prepare and split timber and the various methods and styles of carving you could incorporate into your piece. This will entail using a variety of specialist tools which are all provided.

The course will take place on the lawn of the original Tea Garden at the venue, if it is raining we will work under gazebos or use the Squirrel Barn

The use of sharp knives etc in this class means it is only suitable for sensible 16 to 18's when accompanied by responsible paying adults.

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


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
23 August 2022

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


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
24 - 25 August 2022

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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Relief & Letter Stone Carving 3 days with Pip Hall


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
31 August - 02 September 2022

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

Pip Hall is a nationally renowned professional Stone Carver of many years experience. Her work can be seen widely throughout the north of England in poetry walks and other beautiful additions to many of our city centres. These include the Stanza Stones near Ilkley (Simon Armitage) and the more recently completed Bronte Stones between Howarth and Thornton on the York Moors.

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 or blocks for a whole class. Pictures show student work.

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Breaking the 'Rules of Painting' with Roy Simmons ... Beginners and intermediates.


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
31 August 2022

This one day course is for anyone who wants to discover their own natural way of painting. We will be using acrylics.

I tend to paint in a very intuitive way, and believe that with guidance you can learn to 'let go' of the limiting beliefs that prevent your own way of painting coming through. If you are completely new to painting – Great! You have the advantage of the 'beginners mind' without trying! If you do paint already, be prepared to adopt that beginners mind to liberate your own style. Forget any 'rules' you may have picked up even without realising. Some rules to break.

'Start by painting the background' ~ 'Carefully draw your subject' ~ 'Only use the best materials' ~ 'Work from a sketch' ~ 'Paint slowly' ~ 'Don't try to paint until you can draw accurately'


We will start with a 'loosening up' painting, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)!
All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day

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Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
01 September 2022

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 

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Needle Felt a Herdwick doorstop with Annis McGowan


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
02 September 2022

Create your own gorgeous needle felted sheep using soft Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan.

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.

Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs. 

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Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
01 October 2022

Discover this age-old technique of casting in Pewter, create your own unique designs using a cuttlefish cast with Ella MacIntosh.

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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Pewter Bangles, Brooches & more with Ella McIntosh


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
01 October 2022

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, pendants or ear-rings on the day.

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
04 October 2022

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 Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
05 October 2022

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 

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Herdwick Hooked Mat' making


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
06 October 2022

Join Susan Denham -Smith from 'Wild Wool Workshops' and craft your own stunning Herdwick Hooked Mat ....or Wall hanging!

You will learn the little known craft of Locker Hooking to create a stunning place mat (approx 10inch x 10inch) with Herdwick sheep design and, fittingly, using Herdwick wool from the oldest flocks in the country. The method is similar to that used to make traditional hooked rugs, but with a specially designed, crochet hook-style needle, threaded with linen to fix the design in place.

Rag rugging originated in the UK as a way to recycle fabric scraps into rugs. The slightly different method we will use is called Australian locker hooking, which was developed in the 1970s and rather than using materials strips, it uses raw fleece pulled through a rug canvas. This slight difference then allows more scope for the blending of colours and effects etc.

We will begin the day with an introduction to the types of wool fibres being used in this technique, and the various methods used to process the wool and different types of carding. You will have a chance to choose your design and colours, and then process the wool with a drum carder. Using the special lockerhooking needle you'll learn how best to draft and hook the fibres through the canvas to start creating your piece. There will be a choice of colours and wool blends to choose from, from recently hand-dyed batches by Susan. Several colours will be available, though choice from a complete colour range cannot be guaranteed. 

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Blacksmith for a day - Two Sculptural Garden Flowers


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
08 October 2022

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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Lino Cut Print - Botanical & Natural forms with Laura Sowerby


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
13 October 2022

Printing in Lino Cut ' Botanical and Natural Forms' with Laura Sowerby.

Laura's evocative designs on cushions, lampshades and gift-ware 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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'Buildings in the Landscape' using Line and Wash - with John Harrison


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
15 October 2022

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


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
16 October 2022

'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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Needle Felt a Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
11 November 2022

'Paint with Wool' and Needle Felt your own Pet Portrait ~ with Jane Makes

Over the course of the day, with Jane's expertise and guidance, you'll see your beloved pet (or chosen animal) slowly appear beneath your fingertips as a 2D needle felted and 'painted with wool' picture. You will be using the soft wool fibres, special needles and other equipment all provided by Jane; just bring along a favourite image of your pet and she will show you what to do. (see What to Bring)

You will begin by transferring your chosen image from a photograph onto a lightweight hessian or pre felted background to get an accurate outline of your image, you will then be guided through the tools & techniques needed from different breeds of sheep’s wool to which fibres work well and why. Which needles to use for different effects and how to correct mistakes (yes, everyone makes them!) You will build your picture through the manipulation and layout of fibres, using colour choices and shade blending and learn how to create the beautiful intricate expressive eyes, with warmth and realism, to bring your pet to life!

Jane will bring along a selection of 100% real Wool fibres, a foam mat as a working surface, Hessian or pre-felt fabric for your background and 2 felting needles and all these materials will be yours to take home at the end of the day - just in case you feel the need for a final tweaking of your piece. There will be £15 materials charge payable to Jane on the day. 

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Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
12 November 2022

Introduction to Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis for Beginners and intermediates.

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.

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
13 November 2022

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
14 November 2022

'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.

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.

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:
- 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 their pice for the day, 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. 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!

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Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
16 November 2022

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 

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Willow Curlews ... hand crafted Sculptureswith Phil Bradley


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
17 November 2022

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

It's always lovely to welcome Phil to Greystoke; he runs several courses here and 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 his 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. 

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


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
18 November 2022

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


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
19 November 2022

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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Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
19 November 2022

Introduction to Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis for Beginners and intermediates.

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.

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Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
20 - 21 November 2022

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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New Needle Felt a Hare with Annis McGowan


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
23 November 2022

Make a lovely hare of sitting height approx 34 cm plus the ears. You can decide your own pose, either with ears up, or "moongazing" with the ears back. We will be using natural brown and grey blended wool, all materials and tools are provided.

To create such an impressively detailed and large hare in just one day is quite a task! A lot of carefully prepared and detailed instructions are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in managed stages by Annis. Please be aware this course runs until 5.30pm and can sometimes run over to 6pm. Due to the nature of this class it is sadly not possible to accommodate people needing to leave early or for a deadline as the class is methodically taught as a whole group, step by step, so it’s just not fair on the rest of the class to ask for finishing instructions before she is ready to give them to everyone. Please do bear this in mind if you have other engagements that evening or a lift organised.

A full day workshop learning new methods which will inspire you to make more felted creations in future! Annis is highly accomplished in needle felting and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria . She also sells needle felt kits online.

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Funky Felt Slippers with Debra Esterhuizen


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
23 November 2022

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

Join Debra on this fun and soap-filled felting day that can't fail to leave you smiling. Make yourself a beautiful pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, using the wet felting technique, moulded cleverly to your feet. Each slipper is unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like. Do feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example or anything else you treasure that could be incorporated into the felt fibres. Due to social distancing we ask students to bring their own washing up bowls and be sure they are agile enough to spend a good time at the end of the day massaging their own bare slippered feet over the bowl - or resting your foot on your knee. For the comical effort of soapy rubbing and afternoon acrobatics, your just reward will be not only a pair of lovely slippers, but you'll also be heading home with feet scented and laundered as never before!

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Funky Felt Slippers with Debra Esterhuizen


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
24 November 2022

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

Join Debra on this fun and soap-filled felting day that can't fail to leave you smiling. Make yourself a beautiful pair of bespoke, warm and seamless felt slippers, using the wet felting technique, moulded cleverly to your feet. Each slipper is unique and made to fit, as plain or as fancy as you like. Do feel free to bring any special small inclusions which it might be possible to use, very fine silk for example or anything else you treasure that could be incorporated into the felt fibres. Due to social distancing we ask students to bring their own washing up bowls and be sure they are agile enough to spend a good time at the end of the day massaging their own bare slippered feet over the bowl - or resting your foot on your knee. For the comical effort of soapy rubbing and afternoon acrobatics, your just reward will be not only a pair of lovely slippers, but you'll also be heading home with feet scented and laundered as never before!

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
30 November 2022

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 with Phil Bradley


Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
01 December 2022

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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