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.
Patchworking by Hand with Lauren MacDonald
Join Lauren MacDonald, founder of textiles studio Working Cloth, as she shares techniques for patchworking by hand. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a traditional log cabin patchwork section, as well as explore improvisational piecing. Following this, you will have the opportunity to ask Lauren questions to learn more about patchwork, quilting, and her work. Tickets cost £10 and 50% of the ticket price will be donated* to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 27 January, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 2 hours.
Repair Workshops with Molly Martin
Join textile repairer and artist Molly Martin during the below focused workshops to learn the basics of woven darning, knitwear darning, sashiko or silk repairs. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to ask Molly questions about mending. These workshops are suitable for beginners and free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK.
Woven Darning - Thu 3 Feb, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Knitwear Darning - Wed 9 Feb, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Sashiko Repair - Wed 16 Feb, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Silk Repair - Wed 23 Feb, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Repair Consultations with Emily Mae Martin
Each Friday in February, our TOAST Renewal repair specialist Emily Mae Martin will be available for one-to-one repair consultations. During your 30 minute Zoom discussion, Emily will suggest creative mending options to repair and renew a cherished TOAST item and guide you as you begin to mend it – be it a woven garment, sweater, blanket or another piece of textile homeware. To book a session, please register for your preferred date and time slot from those listed below. There are multiple time slots available on each date.
Fri 11 February
Fri 18 February
Fri 25 February
Fri 4 March
Ceramic Repair with Jessica Smulders-Cohen
Join our repair specialist Jessica Smulders-Cohen to learn the basics of kintsugi (translating from Japanese to “golden joinery”) – the ancient art of mending ceramics with lacquer dusted with gold. Following this, you will have the opportunity to ask Jess questions to learn more. This workshop is suitable for beginners and free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK.
Tue 22 February, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST / 10am PST), 1 hour 30 mins.
Swiss Darning with Jessica Smulders-Cohen
Join our repair specialist Jessica Smulders-Cohen to learn the basics of Swiss darning. During this workshop you will be guided through the embroidery stitch process using a darning needle and colourful wool yarns, allowing you to mend holes in knitted garments and homewares. This workshop is suitable for beginners and free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK.
Tue 1 March, 6pm GMT (7pm CET / 1pm EST / 10am PST), 1 hour 30 mins.
Past Events | Watch Again
Seaweed Foraging and Pressing with Molesworth & Bird | Time to Make
Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird co-founded their seaweed design company, Molesworth & Bird, in 2018. The pair met over 30 years ago and began foraging and pressing seaweed after they both moved away from London – Julia to Cornwall and Melanie to Dorset.
For this Time to Make, Melanie and Julia go seaweed foraging on the Lyme Regis coastline and create pressings in their studio. They only gather seaweed that has washed up naturally on the coastline, or is floating freely in the shallows after a storm, to ensure there is no damage to the ecosystem.
Read more about the pair's seaweed design company on the TOAST Magazine.
Two Seasonal Recipes from the Kitchen at Glebe House | Time to Make
Hugo Guest is the chef and owner at Glebe House, a guesthouse in the rolling hills of Devon. It was previously run by his parents, and he relaunched it this year alongside his wife Olive with a focus on local food, inspired by Italian agriturismos.
For this Time to Make, Hugo guides us through two recipes chosen because they make use of plentiful seasonal ingredients. The first is for roasted squash with a pickled walnut relish and Jersey curd, and the second is for tagliatelle with a vibrant cavolo nero sauce and confit egg yolk.
Read the full recipes and more about the pair’s first year running Glebe House on the TOAST Magazine.
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.
*All donations you make will support:
Crafts Council UK, the national charity for craft. Funds raised will support the work they do to inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. We jointly believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.
Find more information about how you can support Crafts Council and their important work on their website.