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Sewing Machine Basics with Naomi Whan

When: 9.30am-12.30pm 05/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £25 (Advance booking required)

 

A workshop specifically made for those who are completely new to sewing, or who would like a refresher course on modern machines. You will learn how to thread a machine, wind the bobbin and how to sew basic stitches. The workshop teaches you various methods of finishing seams and simple, yet effective, styles of decorating fabric. We will also talk about stitch width, length and tension. Participants should bring along a sewing machine (in good working order) with a spare needle. If you don’t have a sewing machine, enquire at time of booking and one maybe available to use.

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 
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Sew onto Soluble Fabrics with Naomi Whan

When: 1.30pm-4.20pm 05/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £20 (Advance booking required)

 

Ever wanted to know more about dissolvable fabric? In this workshop Naomi will demystify a few of the many brands of dissolvable fabrics and talk about her preferred uses for them. So why not come along to this ‘play afternoon’ and create a wonderful array of samples, motifs and small panels using free motion embroidery? Please bring along your own sewing machine and spare needle.

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 

Silver Metal Clay In A Day with Pat Wilson

When: 10am-4pm 05/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £70 (Advance booking required)

 

This six-hour workshop will introduce you to silver metal clay and basic techniques you will need to produce a beautiful piece of jewellery. You will learn how to condition the clay, rolling, cutting & texturing, drying, sanding, firing, burnishing and polishing. After adding a jump ring you will make a pendant or pair of earring in fine (.999_ silver).

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 

Crochet Granny Squares with Naomi Whan

When: 10am-2.30pm 12/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £30 (Advance booking required)

 

Using beautiful yarn, and with a hook and patterns provided too, come and learn how to crochet in a relaxed and friendly environment. In this workshop you will learn how to hold your hook and yarn, how to crochet chain stitches and how to form the basic stitches needed to crochet a granny square. Granny squares are the classic foundation for many crocheted items, but they are now hip, modern and gorgeous too. This class gives you the opportunity to explore several different techniques with lots of inspiration for finished items. So why not come and enjoy learning with others and go home with a stash of squares and inspiration? 

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 

Getting to Grips with Zips with Naomi Whan

When: 10am-4pm 19/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £40 (Advance booking required)

 

Struggling with zips? This is the class for you! We start with a standard zip, moving onto a lapped zip, then progressing onto a centred zip and finish off the day with an invisible zip which can be tricky but trust me - once you’ve learnt how to do it you’ll never look back. Please bring along a sewing machine. If you don’t have one please inquire at time of booking and one maybe available for you to use.

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 
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Creative Feltmaking with Naomi Whan

When: 9.30am-1pm 26/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £30 (Advance booking required)

 

Discover the joys of ‘painting’ with merino wool. Learn about the tools, materials and techniques required for this type of craft. We’ll start with a demo to help you decide what you want to make. There will be a large range of colours of wool for you to choose from and the design is up to you however if you are unsure there will be some samples for inspiration to help you out! Needle felting will also be taught as it is a great way to embellish and add detail to your design. Previously workshop participants have made felted pictures and brooches. 

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.

 

Decorative Hand Stitching with Naomi Whan

When: 2pm-4.30pm 26/08/2017

Where: Down Arts Centre

Price: £20 (Advance booking required)

 

Discover how to create some basic hand stitching techniques and bring your work alive with texture and decorative detail. Step by step instructions and guidance notes will be provided on the day. You will produce a small piece of work that can be used as a sample of ideas to take away and explore further in your own work. We will also discover many different threads and yarns to explore the beauty and versatility of hand needlework. You don’t need to be an embroidery expert to attend this workshop, just a passion for textiles and creativity!

Connect with Down Arts Centre here. Bookings can be made by phoning 028 4461 0747 and enquiries can be made via downartscentre@downdc.gov.uk.