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Thurs 7-Sun 10 May 2020

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Workshops & Activities

There are plenty of fantastic workshops taking place from simple, fun activities to tasks that will challenge your practical ability. Formal courses can be pre-booked via this website whilst drop-in sessions can be joined at the event. We have highlighted some of these features below to whet your appetite…

Pre-Bookable Workshops

A programme of courses are being held during Living Crafts that can be booked in advance through the tickets page of this website. They have been listed by the day so choose when you would like to visit and reserve your place. They are being run be experts in the fields and will make your day extra special. Pre-bookable places may also be available on the day but subject to space. Don’t forget to buy your admission tickets too!

Papershades

Papershades

Tutor: Ros Freeborn
Discover the joys of paper collage and create an artwork which you can take home or have printed and made into a stunning paper lampshade.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £10

Crochet for Beginners

Crochet for Beginners

Tutor: Louisa Sheward
Master the basics of crocheting the iconic ‘granny square’. Suitable for beginners. Materials and tools provided.
Time: 2.5 Hrs Cost: £25

Silver Ring

Make your own Silver Ring

Tutor: Rachel Jeffrey
Using traditional tools, you will anneal your silver with a blowtorch and form it into a ring. The tricky bit is soldering the ring together – the satisfying bit is the final result! (includes materials). Protective gear is provided but clothing that covers legs and feet needed & a disclaimer must be signed on the day. Aged 16 and over.
Time: 1.75 Hrs Cost: £35

Stone Carving

Introduction to Stone Carving

Tutor: Simon Keeley
Share the passion of expert Simon Keeley and work some magic on a stone. Suitable for absolute beginners & those who have dabbled before! Includes your limestone masterpiece to take home.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £12

Introduction to Oil Painting

Introduction to Oil Painting

Tutor: Linda Peacock
Complete an oil painting in one sitting. All equipment is provided and you will be given professional step by step teaching. Just bring yourself, the desire to paint and a smile for an informative and fun hour. You can then take your masterpiece home to hang proudly on your wall. Age 12 years and over.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £10

Longbow Workshop

Make your own Longbow

Tutor: Adam Jenkins
Learn the ancient art of bow making while you craft your own English Longbow by hand using the same methods as bowyers 600 years ago.
Time: 4 Hrs Cost: £149

Silver Pendant Workshop

Silver Pendant Workshop

Tutor: Rachel Jeffrey
Using traditional tools, you will learn how to pierce out silver with a fine saw, drill holes and texture the silver with hammers and punches – noisy but fun... (includes materials). Protective gear is provided but clothing that covers legs and feet needed & a disclaimer must be signed on the day. Aged 16 and over.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £35

Crochet Basket Workshop

Crochet Basket Workshop

Tutor: Louisa Sheward
Create a sturdy crochet basket using cord. This is an intermediate class so basic crochet skills are required. Materials and tools provided.
Time: 2 Hrs Cost: £25

Textile Block Printing

Textile Block Printing

Tutor: Maggie Sheehan
Learn the traditional art of Block Printing and have fun hand printing your own tea towel or tote bag to take home.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £7.50

Willow Weaving

Willow Weaving

Tutor: Simeone Siegan
A choice of willow weaving courses to match your ambition and free time at the show! Learn a new skill and have great fun creating a lasting garden feature!
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £25- £45

Blacksmith Workshop

Blacksmith Workshop

Tutors: Doug Campbell
Fancy making your own Yakutsk bushcraft blade (over 18 only), a traditional flint striker with leather thong, pouch and charcloth tinder, a traditional fire poker or roasting fork or leaf keyring with presentation pouch? Learn to use traditional blacksmithing tools with professional guidance. Protective gear provided but clothing that covers legs and feet needed and a disclaimer must be signed on the day. Aged 16 and over.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £45

Chocolate Making

Chocolate Making

Tutor: Yvonne Everest
Come and join us today to make 15 delicious heart shaped chocolates. You will discover how to pipe ganache, use transfer sheets, handle chocolate and so much more.
Time: 25 Mins Cost: £15

Rag Rugging Workshop

Rag Rugging Workshop

Tutor: Elspeth Jackson
Have fun turning fabric offcuts into beautiful pieces of homeware with the age-old craft of rag rugging. Learn from professional rag rugger & author, Elspeth Jackson, in this beginners’ workshop.
Time: 2 Hrs Cost: £30

Graining & Marbling Workshop

Graining & Marbling Workshop

Tutor: Dave Pullin
You will be introduced to various decorative techniques required to produce replica finishes in wood and marble. No previous experience is necessary the tutor will give full instruction throughout the session enabling you to complete an A4 sample to take away.
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £10

The Creation Station

The Creation Station - Arts & Crafts for Children

Tutors: Yat-Chen Lee & Yat-On Lo
Three fun arts and crafts activities to inspire children’s imagination. Choose to decorate a Papier Maché Box, Treasure Box or Picture Frame, all with a Creation Station bag.
Time: 30 mins Cost: £3.50 - £6.50

Felt Making Workshop

Felt Making Workshop

Tutors: Various
A range of fun, adult feltmaking courses (each day is different) with a children’s workshop on Saturday (aged 7+ accompanied by an adult).
Time: 1 Hr Cost: £10

Around the Showground

Why not try a craft skill in a workshop or watch inspiring demonstrations which are running throughout the day around the showground, further information is listed below.

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Glassblowing

Glassblowing

Spectacular blowing demonstrations every hour in the Glassblowing Theatre

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Raku Firing

Raku Firing

Glaze your own pot and watch as the colours magically appear as the vessel emerges from the kiln. A great experience!

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Marbling

Marbling

Learn the ancient craft of marbling with expert Craig Joubert with easy to use, non-toxic, water based and quick drying marbling paint.

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Potters Wheel

Potters Wheel

Try throwing your own pot - with expert guidance - protective apron provided. A real favourite!

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Art in Herts

Art in Herts

Meet local groups from across the county and find out what's going on in your area, from knitting to embroidery and spinning and sugarcraft

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Ceramic Workshop

Ceramic Workshop

A working ceramics studio where you can learn about the processes in ceramic construction from start to finish.

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Spinning & Weaving

Spinning & Weaving

Try your hand at these ancient crafts with up to six different types of wheels and looms.

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Feltmaking

Feltmaking

Drop-in ‘make and take’ feltmaking workshops each morning along with demonstrations and displays of felt.

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Papermaking

Papermaking

Fascinating workshops making paper incorporating recycled materials such as fibres from ropes and even flora from the gardens of Hatfield House.

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Screenprinting

Screenprinting

Hand print your own canvas bag in this fun and quick drop-in workshop. Great for all ages and abilities with different designs to choose from.

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Origami Workshop

Origami Workshop

An ancient Japanese skill with a contemporary twist. Adults especially will relish the challenge!

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Decopatch

Decopatch

The modern equivalent of Découpage. An addictive craft that will have you hooked!

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Textile Block Printing

Textile Block Printing

An amazing range of block stamps that can be used to create the most beautiful fabrics.

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Graining & Marbling Workshop

Graining & Marbling Workshop

Learn how to create faux wood graining and marbling and have a go yourself. A specialist from Altamira Interiors will guide you through this fascinating art form.

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Chocolate Workshops

Drop-in Chocolate Workshops

Saturday & Sunday. Love Chocolate? Then come along and have some creative fun designing your own Belgium chocolate dinosaurs, hearts, cupcakes and so much more. Then take them home to eat! (Min weight 80g).

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Noodle Doodle Workshop

Noodle Doodle Workshop

The Creation Station. Free art and craft activities for younger children using maize Noodle Doodles. Have fun creating 3D pictures, collages and models by adding a spash of water.

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Entertainment

Storytelling

Storytelling

Celebrated yarnmaster Dave Tong will keep young and old amused with his ancient tales of mystery and derring-do.

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