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Crafting

The aim at Birkhill House is to offer a varied programme of modern and traditional crafts for both children and adults.

COVID strikes again!

10.09.20 update: Due to new restrictions put in place by the government today, we will have to cancel the workshops scheduled to take place in our outdoor crafting space. I have left details below to give an idea of the sorts of things on offer here. Please do check back from time to time and follow us on Facebook (At Birkhill House), Instagram (lara_atbirkhillhouse) and Twitter (@atbirkhillhouse) for updates. Maybe we will meet again some day!

Introduction to the Art of Pewter Casting

Sunday 6th September 2020, 10am-4pm

Discover the ancient art of pewter drop casting. Melt the pewter over an open fire, in this absorbing and satisfying workshop led by artist Lara Greene. We will use lead free pewter, which looks much like silver. Pewter is an alloy of tin, which is soft and easy to work with. We will look for inspiration in the natural surroundings to create a design, then carve it into plaster block moulds. We will cast the metal & finally fettle & polish the work. Everyone can make one or more unique pieces to take home. You can create jewellery, a mini-sculpture or just a curious object! Please wear non- synthetic clothing if possible.

£50 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Needle Felted Creatures

Sunday, 13th September 2020, 1-4pm

Make your own needle felted creature! Led by Borders-based fibre artist Christie Wilson, AKA Nutmeg & Cece, this workshop is suitable for absolute beginners. All materials are provided: felting pad, two needles and wool. There will be a variety of natural fibres, including some from resident alpacas and sheep At Birkhill House as well as wool blended especially for this workshop, to choose from.

£26 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Willow Plant Supports - SOLD OUT

Saturday 19th September 2020, 10am - 2.30pm

Get ahead of the game for next year's Spring plants or brighten up your garden over Winter by weaving your very own (huge) willow plant support. This course, led by Carys Dawes, aka “The Willow Warbler”, will provide all the materials and instruction you will need. It is suitable for beginner weavers or those who have tried it before.

*There will be a break in the middle so please bring a packed lunch. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we will be unable to provide tea or other refreshments so it is best to bring your own thermos and/or snacks. Also bring a water bottle.*

£45 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Felted Strand Necklaces

Sunday 20th September 2020, 1-5pm

During this workshop, you will make a soft felted necklace using pure, reclaimed wool. Once your unique wool colour combination has been chosen, learn how to fashion them into felted strands using only olive oil soap, water - and a bit of effort! These beautiful necklaces, devised by workshop leader Lara Greene, add an eye-catching feature to any plain outfit, whether casual or more dressy. They feel light and comfy to wear. Also great for new or expecting mums.  Workshop suitable for any level of experience but you need to be happy working with your hands and arms.

£28 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Willow Bird Feeders

Sunday 27th September 2020, 1-4pm

These nifty bird feeders also double as garlic hangers - perfect hanging in the garden or as a rustic addition to a country kitchen. This course, led by Carys Dawes, aka “The Willow Warbler”, will provide all the materials and instruction you will need. It is suitable for beginner weavers or those who have tried it before.

£25 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Willow Plant Supports

Saturday 10th October 2020, 10am - 2.30pm

Second date added! After an immediate sell-out, we thought it advisable to offer another date to make these... get ahead of the game for next year's Spring plants or brighten up your garden over Winter by weaving your very own (huge) willow plant support. This course, led by Carys Dawes, aka “The Willow Warbler”, will provide all the materials and instruction you will need. It is suitable for beginner weavers or those who have tried it before.

*There will be a break in the middle so please bring a packed lunch. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we will be unable to provide tea or other refreshments so it is best to bring your own thermos and/or snacks. Also bring a water bottle.*

£45 per person, adults only, spaces limited, booking essential

Our Crafters

Lara Armitage
Lara Armitage

I am a collector. I curate the things that seem to want a second life and try to use them in innovative ways. Origami is one of my passions and I always have paper near to hand. My workshop space hosts overflowing bowls of cranes awaiting flight, files full of maps and old music sheets yearning to be rediscovered and objects in need of new lives. I am also partial to upcycled crafts, using things that would otherwise go to waste. I enjoy teaching children and have spent many years running workshops designed for kids. Having made my start in costume design during my English Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh in the 1990s, I still fly a flag for theatrical/dramatic presentation and look to use things in unique ways. I am a dreamer... but a very social one! My aim to share the dream.

Carys Dawes - AKA The Willow Warbler

Carys discovered the art of “willowing” in 2011, when she attended a plant support course at Harestanes. She quickly became addicted and began making useful and beautiful willowy objects using “recipes” from other weavers and also designing her own. However, sitting in a workshop by herself didn’t really suit Carys, which she realised when she started listening to repeats on Radio 4! She started “The Willow Warbler” in 2012, which was partly about making a range of willow objects to sell but mainly about teaching others skills in willow weaving."

She has run many courses in the Lothians and Borders and enjoyed every second, meeting new people and watching them grapple with and grow to love willow. After a bit of a break, she is excited about running some new courses on willow weaving. “I am absolutely sure that you will grow to love willow weaving as much as I do.”

Lara Greene

Lara Greene has a dynamic background in art & education. Many years creating public/corporate commissioned sculpture and interactive work for exhibition internationally have built her unique technical skill set. She teaches with enthusiasm, compassion and a sense of fun, sharing her knowledge generously. She inspires and supports every workshop participant along their creative journey. Transform Arts CIC is Lara’s new social enterprise, delivering creative workshops and events. All company profit is used to provide opportunity for children or young people who would otherwise struggle to take part in the arts.

Christie Wilson - AKA Nutmeg and Cece

Nutmeg and Cece began their creative journey in 2014. "After graduating in knitwear design in 2009, I missed being creative and discovered that I enjoyed various crafts outwith what I had studied at university. I love to learn new skills and have enjoyed learning a lot about fibre art over the last few years. Teaching is also one of my passions and I look forward to seeing you at a workshop in the near future."

Previous events

kids crafting

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Origami ornaments

Origami Christmas Tree Ornaments

papercutting

Papercutting workshop

crafting jars

Autumn Delight - Crafts for Kids

Wet felting

Wet felting

Lino cutting

Lino cutting

Origami hearts

Origami heart bunting

Bookbinding

Upcycle extravaganza!

Upcycle extravaganza!

bookbinding

Bookbinding


contact

Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

lara_armitage@hotmail.com

07779 339 653