Events & Workshops
Each season we bring together like-minded, creative individuals through a series of virtual events, talks and workshops.
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.
Please register using the links below to confirm your place.
The Body in Movement: Rhythm & Line with Stephanie Forrest from The Royal Drawing School
Join practicing artist and Royal Drawing School tutor Stephanie Forrest for an ink painting workshop exploring the body, movement, rhythm and line. The session will begin with a range of warm-up exercises designed to connect you with your materials and expand your mark-making vocabulary. Combining ancient Chinese principles of calligraphy with Laban’s taxonomy of movements, Stephanie will encourage you to respond to the dancer in movement to create a series of layered, gestural drawings full of rhythmic vitality and dynamic brushwork. This workshop is open to all levels. Tickets cost £10 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 29 April, 7pm BST (8pm CEST / 2pm EDT), 2 hours.
TOAST & TATTER | Stitched Shibori with Aaron Sanders Head
Shibori is a traditional dye technique, originating in Japan, of patterning cloth by folding, stitching or tying fabric. Join practicing artist and Tatter tutor Aaron Sanders Head in an intimate workshop exploring the diversity of shibori. Using a range of resist and stitch techniques, Aaron will demonstrate the varied response of pattern and texture that shibori methods can create. Following the stitch element of the workshop, Aaron will demonstrate how to overdye cloth using indigo and share tips on a range of simple natural dyes to use at home, revealing how natural fibres react to certain dyes. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools and framework to develop your shibori project further at home, as well as a deeper understanding of the craft. Tickets cost £15 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 6 May, 7pm BST (8pm CEST / 2pm EDT), 1 hour 30 mins.
Hand Embroidery with Richard Mcvetis
Join artist Richard McVetis to learn a range of hand embroidery techniques.During this workshop you will be guided through the process of creating a traditionally stitched piece using running stitch, couching, and laced running stitch. After using these techniques as a method for drawing and mark making, you will be invited to apply them to any cherished textile that you would like to revive, whether for the home or for a garment. Using these slow and almost ritualistic processes, we hope to encourage you to give your used textiles a second life. Following this you will have the opportunity to ask questions about hand embroidery processes. This workshop is open to all levels. Tickets cost £15 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Sat 15 May, 9am BST (10am CEST / 6pm AEST), 2 hours.
Wed 19 May, 6pm BST (7pm CEST / 1pm EDT), 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 18 May, 7pm BST (8pm CEST / 2pm EDT), 1 hour 15 mins.
Wed 2 June, 8am BST (9am CEST / 5pm AEST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Cotton & Linen Repairs with Molly Martin
Join textile repairer Molly Martin to discover the art of visible mending. In this workshop, Molly will show you how to repair and restore your beloved homeware textiles - whether it be a fraying pillow case, a torn tea towel or simply a linen garment that needs some care. Using patches made from reclaimed materials, Molly will demonstrate how to repair both small and large holes and tears using traditional techniques that have been inspired by Indian Kantha stitching and Japanese sashiko repair. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation*.
Tue 25 May, 8am BST (9am CEST / 5pm AEST), 1 hour 15 mins.
Tue 8 June, 7pm BST (6pm CEST / 12pm EDT), 1 hour 15 mins.
A Traditional Italian Picnic with Olivia Cavalli
Join chef and food stylist Olivia Cavalli to learn how to make some of Italy’s most popular picnic treats for outdoor dining. From a traditional torta and farro salad, to sweet and crunchy taralli, Olivia will demonstrate the art of using simple ingredients and repurposing leftovers, emphasising the importance of a home-cooked meal. Through her step-by-step guide on each recipe, you will come away with the perfect accompaniments for your next picnic. Tickets cost £10 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Thu 27 May, 2pm BST (3pm CEST / 9am EDT), 2 hours.
TOAST & TATTER | An Introduction to Crochet with Taryn Urushido
Join practicing artist and Tatter tutor Taryn Urushido in an intimate workshop exploring the rhythmic process of crochet. Using natural twine and recycled textiles, Taryn will guide you through the craft, starting with understanding how to hold your crochet hook, through to controlling the tension of your material. Taryn will use her visual language to demonstrate how a single crochet stitch can be used to create a heavy hemp coaster. She will also show how the traditional stitch technique can be developed for personal projects and larger objects for the home such as a seat cushion. Tickets cost £15 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Mon 7 June, 6pm BST (7pm CEST / 1pm EDT), 2 hours.
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Summer Silhouettes | Styling Conversations with TOAST
Join us for our latest conversation, as we share key pieces from our Summer collection and discuss how to wear and layer each look. Considering colour and texture, and using a range of garments we will present versatile outfits, working to a range of proportions and silhouettes. From pairing separates and bold pops of colour, to summer trousers and versatile dresses, our latest Styling Conversations aims to provide interactive guidance and tips, giving viewers the confidence to invent unique, comfortable and creative combinations for everyday wear.
Available on IGTV on Fri 30 April.
Potato and Rosemary Focaccia by Olivia Cavalli | Time to Make
Olivia Cavalli is a London-based chef, stylist and writer honing her Italian culinary skills. All of her dishes emulate her love of Italian cuisine and honour her heritage, whilst bringing people together around the table. As part of our Time to Make series, Olivia will demonstrate how to make a simple focaccia to enjoy in the sunshine on summer picnics. As is traditional in Puglia, Oliva will mix mashed potato through the dough to make the focaccia soft in texture, topping it with sweet onions, Jersey Royals and rosemary.
Available on IGTV on Thu 13 May.
Everyday Sounds with Christin & Leon | Time to Make
Christin Rauter and Leon Jean Marie together are Noizonic; a collaborative duo exploring how sound can innovatively influence our wellbeing. Combining ancient philosophies with science and technology, Christin and Leon will demonstrate how we can use the sounds we hear to positively impact our physical and mental health. From the birds in the sky to the simplicity of running water, the short session will provide an organic and accessible approach to understanding sound in a thought provoking, meditative way.
Available on IGTV on Thu 20 May.
A Live Conversation with Julius Arthur
Join us live in conversation with 2019 TOAST New Maker Julius Arthur of House of Quinn as we discuss his debut book, Modern Quilting. During the conversation we will discuss the inspiration behind the book, from traditional quilting techniques and ethical sourcing to modern textile compositions and material sustainability. Julius will share tips on textile projects that can be easily executed at home and discuss how the revival of traditional techniques can be taught, shared and used today.
Tue 1 June, 5pm BST (6pm CEST / 12pm EDT). Live on Instagram
In the Studio with Lucy Augé | Time to Make
Bath-based artist Lucy Augé creates vignettes of nature that waver between abstraction and representation. As part of our Time to Make series, we follow Lucy in her studio, shadowing the creative process behind her unique greeting card collection for TOAST. From Lucy’s original observational etchings, to the printing of each card in Somerset by Opal Print, the immersive film provides a study into the craftsmanship, time and detail behind her practice.
Available on IGTV on Thu 3 June.
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The Traditions of Tea in Spring | Time to Make
New York-based Té Company source handmade teas from generation-old tea makers in Taiwan. Join founder Elena Liao as part of our Time to Make series as she prepares some of her favourite brews for spring and summer. During the session, Elena will share tips on selecting teas for warmer months. She will also discuss the health benefits of green, low oxidized oolong and wild chrysanthemum teas through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Japanese Home Cooking with Sonoko Sakai | Time to Make
Join cookbook author and teacher Sonoko Sakai as she makes one of her favourite, staple recipes from scratch. Whilst writing her book Japanese Home Cooking, Sonoko set out to create her own straightforward curry recipes that didn't rely on time consuming methods and complicated ingredients. As part of our Time to Make series, Sonoko will demonstrate how to make a curry brick from a unique blend of spices from her kitchen in LA. Using the brick, she will then show each step to achieving a quick, wholesome home curry that is full of fresh vegetables and flavours.
Styling Conversations with TOAST
Join us for our latest conversation, as we share key pieces from our Spring collection and discuss how to wear and layer each look. Considering colour and texture, and using a range of garments we will present versatile outfits, working to a range of proportions and silhouettes. From pairing craft pieces with casual workwear for the home environment, to layering prints and patterns, we will provide interactive styling tips giving you the confidence to invent unique, comfortable and creative combinations.
Spring Wreath Making with Fox & Thorn | Time to Make
London-based floral designer Paula Ellis of Fox & Thorn creates sculptural arrangements made from carefully sourced materials; some foraged, some found. Using seasonal stems, bulbs from local growers and fresh moss from her local surroundings, Paula will demonstrate how to make a spring wreath to hang above your door this Easter. Paula will use simple bundle and binding techniques, resulting in a wild and natural wreath that can be adorned with naturally dyed ribbon.
A Live Conversation with Molly Martin
Join us in conversation with Molly Martin as we discuss her debut book, The Art of Repair. During the conversation we will discuss the inspiration behind the book, from repair stories and influential textile artists to personal items from Molly’s own wardrobe. Comprising a collection of narratives, tips and fragments of history around the art of mending, the book not only investigates useful hand techniques, but offers a potential antipode to our increasingly disposable lifestyles. The conversation will contemplate the connection we can get from the humble act of mending the things we own, and what that might mean for ourselves and the planet.
*All donations you make will support the Crafts Council UK in their Let’s Craft campaign - helping to create Craft Packs for children most in need of support. The aim is to ensure that these children do not miss out on the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of creativity.