Events & Workshops
Each season we bring together like-minded, creative individuals through a series of events, talks and workshops online. We hope you can take part.
We also host live shows each week, bringing our community together through a series of styling conversations, talks with our makers and guided tutorials led by the TOAST team. Join our upcoming TOAST Live events or watch our past shows.
Prices for individual events vary. You will also have the opportunity to donate* to the Crafts Council UK. All you need to take part is a webcam and microphone - we suggest using a laptop or desktop computer, but you can also use your tablet or mobile phone. We recommend using a WiFi connection to avoid data charges. Virtual workshops will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days following the live event.
Please register using the links below to confirm your place.
Traditional Polish Paper Decorations with Karolina Merska
Join art historian, pajaki maker and founder of Folka, Karolina Merska, to learn the craft of making traditional Polish paper decorations. During this workshop Karolina will teach you how to make a kalinka and hedgehog pom-pom made of layers of hand-twisted tissue paper. Made by country women as decorations for their homes, they symbolise health and happiness. Today the tradition of making paper decorations is practised less and less, but Karolina keeps this tradition alive. Tickets cost £15 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated* to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 25 November, 7pm GMT (8pm CET / 2pm EST), 2 hours.
Knitwear Darning with Molly Martin
Join textile repairer Molly Martin to learn the basics of knitwear darning. During this workshop you will be guided through the traditional practice of repairing your knitwear through darning. After learning about this age-old technique, you will be invited to join Molly and begin a repair on your own cherished item, from knitted socks and jumpers to blankets and homewares. Following this you will have the opportunity to ask questions about mending. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation*.
Tue 30 November, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Recycled Metallic Decorations with Jess Wheeler
Join designer and artist Jess Wheeler in making festive decorations using recycled packaging, inspired by winter foliage. The metallic interior of the packaging can be upcycled to create a leaf design that reflects the light. The decorations can be hung, placed on a table or gifted. Tickets cost £10 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated* to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 2 December, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 30 mins.
Woven Darning with Molly Martin
Join textile repairer Molly Martin to learn the basics of darning. During this workshop you will be guided through the traditional practice of repairing clothing through darning. After learning about this age-old technique, you will be invited to join Molly and begin a repair on your own cherished item. Following this you will have the opportunity to ask questions about mending. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation*.
Tue 7 December, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Collaged Christmas Cards & Wrapping from Waste with Isabel Fletcher
Join textile designer Isabel Fletcher to make collaged Christmas cards and wrapping from scrap materials such as paper, fabrics and packaging. Begin saving foil sweet wrappers and colourful fabric scraps to incorporate into your pieces. Tickets cost £10 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated* to Crafts Council UK.
Wed 8 December, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 30 mins.
Past Events | Watch Again
TOAST Creative Residency
Our annual TOAST Creative Residency brings together our community of creative individuals. This year, we hosted our first blended Creative Residency at the Crafts Council Gallery in Islington.
Each event was inspired by our seasonal campaign Rewilding, connecting individuals and fostering thought. The three-day programme of talks, workshops and live demonstrations from willow weaving and needle tufting to growing your own microgreens and mindful whittling is now available to access on-demand.
In the Studio with Potter Tim Lake | Time to Make
“I make pots for use and beauty. Pots that will either feed and nourish people in the way they use them, but also visually as well."
Nestled in the Upper Tywi Valley in north-east Carmarthenshire, Wales, is a little village called Cilycwm. It’s here potter Tim Lake lives with his family, working in his studio at the end of the garden.
For this Time to Make, Tim guides us through the process of creating the beaker he has designed for TOAST.
In the Studio with Rosalind Wyatt | Time to Make
Rosalind Wyatt has worked with calligraphy and textiles for over 20 years and much of her work is informed by language, philosophy and textile provenance. As part of London Craft Week this year, Rosalind encouraged visitors to our Mayfair shop to contribute to a mixed media collage, which was showcased at the close of the week. This short film demonstrates how she explores the art of handwriting and the role of written communication.
*All donations you make will support:
Crafts Council UK's Young Craft Citizens - a programme of workshops, paid opportunities and creative and professional advice for young people from all backgrounds interested in shaping the future of craft, design and making in the UK.