Greystoke Cycle Cafe and Tea Garden

Contact Details: Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984

E-mail: annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk
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Important notice :

Cycle Cafe Tea Garden Opening 2017

Due to necessary building work we regret that the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden will be unable to open

before late May Bank Holiday weekend. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The limited workshops taking place over this period will be unaffected.

The email containing the new 2017 programme can be found at this link - the dates will be transferred to each website section over the week


Textile Courses 2017

above link summarises new courses as per recent Christmas email

 

 

 Learn to spin with a drop spindle and Wheel - Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe    Make a Leather handled Tote bag in a day with Hole House & amazing Emma Redfern at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Quirky Workshop      Felt Art with our new tutor MArieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Weave a scarf  (inc leno techniques) at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Jan Beadle            

  Nuno Felt Scarves  Leno weaving Traditional Large Floor Hookie Rag Rugs Felt Slippers

Twill & Herringbone Felt Art  Batik Wonderful Winter Scarf Weaving    Needlefelt Herdwick Doorstops

Spinning Wheels & Drop Spindles   Pattern Cutting Rag Rug Hookie & Proddie Make a Tote Bag   

Lampshade printing ~ Beginners ~ Intermediates ~ Lady Anne Crewel Work Classes

The email containing the new 2017 programme can be found at this link - the dates will be transferred to each website section over the week

Textile Courses 2017

         Leather Handled Tote, Messenger & Slouch bags, Box clutch, Clasp and appliqué purses

with Emma Redfern of  'Hole House Bags'

 

Emma is a self taught seamstress who started sewing a few years ago when her children were very young.  She quickly became interested in sewing bags, an item which showcases beautiful fabric

whilst being very practical.  Anyone who loves textiles, handbags and facebook will surely already know Emma Redfern's very popular 'Hole House' facebook page

from where she sells her wonderfully original, unique and quirky bags.

 

Living just a few miles away from the Cycle Cafe in Cumbria's lovely northern fells we were delighted when she agreed to take some courses here in Greystoke during 2015.

With a background in art history and an interest in the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, she believes that anyone can produce something beautiful and useful given a little instruction and some inspiring fabric.

During these workshops you will learn how to make a professional looking bag or purse, unique to you in your chosen fabric using  your own working domestic sewing machine.

 

 

 

Make a Leather handled Tote bag in a day with Hole House & amazing Emma Redfern at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Quirky Workshop

 

Emma will provide any zips and interfacing  plus extra

fabric  for pockets. If you choose the leather handles

  (12.00 per set) and a magnetic snap (£2.50)

these material cost are payable directly to

Emma on the day. 

Please also bring matching thread, fabric scissors, pins

ruler and a hand sewing needle also helpful.

You should also have

a zipper for for your machine in addition to a regular foot.

Emma can show you how to change the feet

if you are not sure!

 

 

Leather Handled Tote bag workshop

 

A large, spacious bag with leather handles and an open top

with a magnetic snap closure

Our 2017 NEW Course Programme is out early November 2016.

If you wish to be among the first to receive this, please click 'HERE' to join our database.

Many of our early courses get booked early as Christmas presents.

 

Sun 30 April 2017

Sun 16 July 2017

Sun 19 Nov 2017

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc 9.30 -4pm

 

Participants will need to bring half a metre of both an outer fabric (heavy weight,

curtain fabric is good or perhaps heavy linen)  and a lining fabric (quilt weight otton or cotton lawn) If the outer fabric has a large pattern, a metre would be better to allow for pattern matching.

 

Bag making days with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

How to Book

 

 

 

 

Slouch Bag Workshop

Sun 3 September 2017

 

 

  9.30 - 4.30pm  £75 inc

A new pattern design from Emma in 2016

 Another very useful shape that would look great

either in a heavier tweed or a lighter fabric such as

twill cotton or linen.

There will be an additional charge of straps

and hardware / buckles of £7.50 per bag payable

directly to Emma on the day.      

 

Beach Bag Workshop new 2017

  

 

 

 

Make your own roomy beach bag with special pockets both in and out for bottles and all those bits and bobs. The easy way to pack for the beach.

Material charges will be approx £15 payable to Emma on the day

 

Clasp Purse and Appliqué Purse day

Sun 3 Dec 2017

 

As Christmas 2017 approaches spend a day with Emma

making both a clasp purse and an applique purse. Perfect for presents, even if only for yourself :)  There will be an additional charge for the 2 purses of £10

payable directly to Emma on the day.

 

 

Boxed Clutch Day

Sun 5 Nov 2017

Make a smart box clutch to co-ordiate with that special

outfit, featuring several compartments

 

 

 

 

There will be an additional charge for the 2 purses of £10

payable directly to Emma on the day.  

 

 

 

 

 

Bag making days with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Messenger Bag workshop

Our 2017 NEW Course Programme is out early November 2016. If you wish to be among the first to receive this, please click 'HERE' to join our database. Many of our early courses get booked early as Christmas presents.

  

 

Bag making days with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

A large, fully lined cross body bag

with a piped flap closure.

 

Tue 22 Nov  2016  ltd spaces 

Sat 17 June 2017

  £75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc  

9.30 -4.30pm

 

How to Book

 

Bag making days with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

                                         

You will need a metre of both outer fabric (heavy weight, curtain fabric is good, heavy linen) and lining fabric

(quilt weight cotton or cotton lawn) For contrasting piping a fat quarter of a contrasting fabric is needed, otherwise

we can use the outer fabric.          

 

 

Also bring Matching thread, fabric scissors, pins, ruler and a hand sewing needle also useful. You should also have a zipper foot for your sewing machine

in addition to a regular foot.

Students will each need to bring a sewing machine that is in good working order.

 

Emma uses her own patterns, which you will be able to take away with you along with full instructions after the course. They must also be able to sew a straight line forwards and reverse. For this course we can allow parking or drop off in the Cycle Cafe driveway Emma will provide the interfacing, interlining and piping cord. The strap hardware and magnetic strap will cost an additional £7.50 per person

payable directly to Emma on the day.

 

 

 

Three Needle felting days with Annis McGowan

Herdwick doorstops ~ Hare doorstops ~ Herdwick cushions

 

 

 

Making Herdwick Doorstops with Herdwick Wool

2017 Monday 20 March, Thur 20 April,

Sun 25 June and  Wed 15 Nov 2017

9.30 -4.15pm ish

£68 inc a lovely lunch

Annis will arrive with everything you need to create and learn to

carefully needlefelt the soft blended Herdwick wool mix into a soft but heavy door stop

approx 8 inches long . She is a highly accomplished needlefelter and her work is for

sale in local galleries in Cumbria . She also sells needlefelt kits online.

 

Following Annis's careful instruction you will by the end of the day with your

very own unique Hand made heavy real Herdwick door stop!

 

      

 

           

 

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way

Materials Charge 2017

 

There will be an additional charge of £15 payable on the day to Annis for the materials used

. This covers not only the costs of materials but also the many hours Annis spends preparing each doorstop

inner so that it is ready to be neede felted meaning a doorstop can be achieved in just one day.

Each item takes quite a while.

 

 

 

A Needlefelted Hare doorstop in a day

Sat 20th May for Hares doorstop

Extra new dates

Sat 10th June and 24th Sept (from cushions)

£75 inc a lovely lunch

One of Annis's latest wonderful creation this lovely Hare doorstop is a

wonderful new workshop day for 2017.

Make a lovely 14" high 'doorstop' Hare in a choice, of either soft brown fibres or blended Herdwick greys,

with a clever 'sand filled inside' so making a proper working doorstop. 

We are really looking forward to this workshop.

 

Materials

There will be an additional charge of £15 payable on the day to Annis for the

materials used. This covers not only the costs of materials but also the many hours that Annis spends preparing

each doorstop inner so that it is ready to be neede felted meaning a doorstop can be achieved in just one day.

Each item takes quite a while.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Make a

Needlefelted Herdwick Cushion

Please contact us if you would like to add your name to

the waiting list for this course

Another lovely day of needle felting with Annis McGowan

This time make a unique removable cushion cover.  Annis comes with the cover

made up and ready to use and will show you over the day how to create this lovely Cumbrian Herdwick design.

Material costs are approx £12 for this day -

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lampshade Making short courses

a short course with Georgia Wilkinson

2017

Friday 21st April Morning 10am - 12.30pm

Friday 21st April afternoon 1.30pm - 4pm

Sunday 13 August 6pm to 8.30pm

Quirky Workshops studio is on the edge of Greystoke village

 

£35 inc welcome drinks plus a cream tea half way through

 

 

Georgia will arrive with all equipment needed and during this evening you will have fun learning how to put together a

lovely drum lampshade to take home.

She will bring a selection of her wonderful fresh fabrics from her Yorkshire studio - you can choose from this or bring your own fabric.

Course price includes everything required to make a smaller shade if you bring your own fabric

. If you choose larger options or select some of Georgia's fabric,

these will be charged a few £'s extra, the material for Georgia's fabric is from £5 per shade

 

             

 

 

Hot drinks and scones will be served mid way

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Rag Rug Making Days with Heather Ritchie

 

 

Wallace enjoying Heather's pure wool story rug of her

grandfather's allottment with cabbages & lettuces in foreground

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Heather uses both Hookie and Proddie methods in her rugs Include lovely flowers in your rug design - especially suitable for  wall hangings or cushion covers

 

                     Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Wed 15 March 2017

 & Thu 12 October

10am -4pm

£75 inc lunch

One of Britain's most experienced maker  and teachers of

rug-making, Heather travels widely running workshops and

is internationally recognised for her skills:  She often tutors

in the States and Africa where she is a founder of Rug aid

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

How to Book

 

 

  Heather's rugs are fondly termed

'Paintings in Fabric' ~

they tell many stories from her

own childhood

When Heather moved into a house in North Yorkshire with cold flagstone floors, a neighbour showed her how to make a rug using hessian sacking and old lisle stockings .Immediately she was inspired by the idea and over the last 25 years has developed and refined her Rag Rug making skills to the highest standard.

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Heather Ritchie @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

What to bring

Some large sharp scissors and a couple of bags of material of the colour scheme you may want - though often the materials are pooled. Woollens wear best if hoping to make a floor rug (see Emma Tennant what to bring)

Round frames are available for use and purchase at the end from Heather or  we have a number of square frames to borrow and possibly buy at the end of the day- these will be joiner made and will cost around £15 and are 2'6" square ish and are for sale for £16 please ask Hookies and Proddiies - again - are available to borrow - and buy at the end if you want -hookies are £17

Read below this fascinating recent article in the Womens Institute magazine about Heather and her Rug Aid Charity

Heather Ritchie travels far and wide sharing her crafts and enabling villagers to make a livig throug Rag Rug making    

 

 

Student pieces below & left

starting off on

Heather's recent course

 

 

 

 

Making Small Hand Stitched Leather goods with Ruth Pullan .. (this course description has been copied from the MORE Quirky Workshops page )

 

 

Hand Stitched Leather Goods Day

with Ruth Pullan

Sat 1st July belts and purses

Wed 20 September  bag making

£75inc

a lovely Aga lunch

9.30 -4.30pm ish

Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and

accessories using high quality British materials.

 

Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed

for leatherwork. Using these skills you will make a belt and a simple coin

purse or a small leather bag

 

 

You will learn how to:
 
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather .......... - stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish ..........................     - fit buckles and fastenings

 

Make a small leather bag in a day

£75inc a lovely lunch

Wed 20 Sept 2017

      

Material costs will be £25 payable to Ruth for this day

 

Make a leather belt and coin purse

£75inc a lovely lunch

Sat 1st July - new date

                         

Material costs will be £15 for this day


FELT making Workshops with Marieke Tomlin

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

'Felt Art'

with Marieke

Sat 24 June 2017

Sun 8 October

£68 inc a lovely lunch 9.30 -4pm

Create your very own felt masterpiece

Marieke will bring all the materials necessary

for the day,including a lovely choice of of vibrant colours in

various fleeces and silks.

See pics of the July felt art day with Marieke

https://flic.kr/s/aHskE8QTja or just click on any of these pics

 

 

Felt Artwork by Marieke Tomlin ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Felt Art Quirky Workshop with Debra Esterhuizen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Marieke is a very talented and largely self-taught felt artist who happened upon the history of felt and felting whilst examining the use of wool in sustainable  living and her environment workshops. She loves the fact that many fleeces now sadly discarded by farmers can be reworked through felting into something equally beautiful and useful that will last for many years, so creating a further postive impact locally.

With troots in both of Holland and Wales, Marieke now lives in the Eden Valley and runs workshops in textiles, the environment and sustainability, taking inspiration from her beautiful Morland village in the Eden Valley.

 

 

How to Book

 

 

There will be a material charge

payable to the tutor directly on the day of between

£6 and £10 depending on what is made

 

 

 

 

During this Felt Vessels day you will

learn how to transform a piece of wet felt

you  have created into a rounded and

seamless vessel .

Somewhere special to store treasured

jewellery or other items safely.

 

 

 

Fabulous Felt Vessels with Marieke

Sun 9th July 2017

£68 inc a lovely lunch 9.30 -4pm

Felt Vessels  Quirky Workshop with Debra Esterhuizen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Our 2017 NEW Course Programme is out early November 2016.

Many of our early courses get booked early as Christmas presents. If you wish to be among the first to receive this, please click 'HERE' to join our database.

 

 

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Make your own Felt Slippers with Marieke Tomlin

Tue 26 September 2017

£68 inc a lovely lunch 9.30 -4pm

 

Starting from scratch using various colours of soft pure wool fibre - you will learn how to lay out and combine

these soft fibres together, mix colours to create subtle hues, and then work them gently together

so creating your own your own 'felted fabric design' which you will then turn into two

perfect seamless slipper forma,  that you can then mould

to your own foot shape and so transform into a real pair of slippers.

Being 100% pure wool these slippers are very warm

How to Book

 

 

 

 

Felt Art by Marieke

 

 

Felt Slipper Quirky Workshop with Debra Esterhuizen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Make Christmas Felt Garlands

Tue 21st Nov 2017

Fri 8 Dec 2017

with Marieke £68 inc

Join Marieke and make your own lovely felt christmas garland comprising aongst others

felt hearts, Xmas puddings, christmas robins, trees and many other. Suitable for all abilities, the day costs £68 inc a lovely 2 course Aga lunch.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Design and weave your own Scarf with Jan Beadle

Perfect for Beginners and intermediates. Weave a scarf with your own 'theme' or try weaving tartans, twills and leno weaves

 

 

 

 

Twill has many variations but all are characterised

by the diagonal lines formed in the weaving.
The four shaft looms will be set up ready to go, enabling you to explore

texture and colour combinations on the day


 

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A twill scarf


Material Charges

Approximate material charges will be around £5 -£8 per scarf .

 

Weave yourself a scarf

Beginners & Tartans    Wed 8 Nov 2017

Beginners & Twills   Thur 30th Nov 2017

Your 4 shaft table looms will be set up ready to go.

There will be a huge range of beautifully textured yarns

to incorporate into your weaving.

If you are a 'beginner' to weaving you will probably make a simpler 'plain' weave scarf , if you like to be challenged  you can  try a special pattern, maybe a twill or tartan

 

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Jan graduated with a BA Hons in]

Carpet Design and Related Textiles

in the mid 80’s - she recently left the University

of Cumbria where she was their Weaving Guru

with over 25 years experience

How to Book

Add a few 'leno'  effect holes

 

Weave your own tartan

 

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe    

Another beginners scarf just off the loom

awaiting a warm wash to soften the fibres and the

ends tidying up and fringe completed.

 

 

 

 

Hand Weaving on a Loom - A Quirky Workshop with Jan Beadle at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A beautiful pallete of colours - this scarf just off the loom

awaiting a warm wash to soften the fibres and

the ends tidying up and fringe completed.

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Discovering Traditional Crewel Work  . . .with Philippa Turnbull of 'The Crewel Work Company'

 

 

Introduction to Crewel Work day - A Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Philippa Turnbull

 

What to Bring

 

Please bring a pair of embroidery scissors,

and don't forget glasses and a magnifier

if you use one.

Material Charges

There will be an additional materials charge of between £15 and £40 depending on the design you choose,

and will include all wools, design printed linen, stitch instructions, along with a CD of images for students to take away and to complete their design.

An embroidery frame will be available to borrow

 

The workshop will begin and end

with a short talk about the history

and techniques in crewel work

and embroidery in castles

in Cumbria and beyond.

 

  Traditional Crewel Work

We are thrilled that Philippa will be able to spend a day with us sharing her many telents and knowledge- she is one of the leading authorities in this wonderful form of heavy embroidery that once lavished the walls of our Castles and Country Houses

Sat 4 November 2017

9.30am -4.30pm

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

Philippa will bring with her ,a range of crewel work designs to choose from in order to create an embroidery suitable for a cushion, stool top or as a framed piece. You will literally learn how to 'paint' with your needle' to create beautiful pieces using

the same methods as yesteryear.

How to Book

 

Phillipa’s passion for crewel work and her talent as a designer and embroiderer

afford her the privilege of researching and recreating some of the most exquisite

historic crewel work in the world. 

She was involved in the recreation of HRH The Queen Mother’s Bedhead and

Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland and has been instrumental in

launching a textile museum at Muncaster castle in the Lake District, England,

both of which are testament to her dedication to this art form.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 Philippa's on going research among private collections allows her to bring you textile information from the historic source, including stitches and techniques long forgotten by current needlework stitch books.

As such, her kits and retreats bring to life the designs, colours and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries and are hailed as among

the best embroidery experiences available.

As well as developing their kit range, Phillipa and Laura work with castles, country houses and museums around Britain

to ensure precious private embroidery collections are understood and appreciated by fellow enthusiasts. Over the years these collaborations

 

 

 

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The Art of Spinning  . . .with Marion Woolcott

An experienced spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter and crocheter as well as being a tutor and designer. Marion has taught many individuals and groups different aspects of hand spinning, specialising in producing exciting

fancy yarns. Marion was also a founder member of The Wool Clip co-operative, and uses her hand dyeing techniques to make fine silk and merino woven scarves, yarns and clothing.

 

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Spinning Yarns, Wheels

& Drop Spindles

Wed 21 June 2017

Tue 10th October 2017

Tues 28 November 2017

9.30 -3.30pm each day

£75 inc lunch

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

How to Book

 

 

Summer courses are often held in the garden

 

Marion provides all the equipment for this class

including spinning wheels and drop spindles. 

However- if you own a spinning wheel,

you can of course bring it along!

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Marion Woolcott is a highly accomplished spinner; her courses are great fun and the studio becomes a haven of soft wool and laughter. 

The cats always enjoy it too and can be found in a sleepy ball somewhere amongst the fleeces!

During this fascinating day , Marion will teach you all about different types of sheep along with corresponding fleeces, their various merits and different uses with many samples on hand to explore. The meaning and importance of crimp and lustre , and why some fleeces are easily spun, whereas others are not. 

You will sort through some fleeces and learn how to prepare the fibres using hand carders. From this stage students will have a go at spinning on a drop spindle and see the difference

in the yarn that is produced from drop spindle compared to the wheel that you will use later in the afternoon

The rest of the day you'll be working on your own spinning wheel and also learn  how to use the Niddy Noddy and how to ply art yarns for wonderful effect.

Everyone will go home with a skein or two of handspun yarn (as in the picture left - one with drop spindle and one with a spinning wheel -
amazing- just in one day from a sheep's fleece to something you can crochet or knit straight away)

Please bring an apron All material costs are included in this class

 

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Learn to Spin - on a wheel and using a Drop Spindle-  all is provided by tutor Marion Woolcott at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

  

Design and Block Print a Lampshade & Cushion Top with Georgia Wilkinson

This day also features in the main workshops page

Having spent several years working as a repeat pattern designer with the high end textile printers she left London to return to her home county of Yorkshire to start her own

pattern design company . Since 2009 'Georgia Wilkinson Designs' has been offering innovative, fresh and unique hand printed textiles operating out of a cricket pavillion on her parents farm

and her products are sold in shops throughout the UK as well as online.  Her designs are fun, bright and uplifting with her fabric available by the metre 

or alternatively lovingly transformed into beautiful lampshades and cushions ready for your home

 

 

 

Georgia is also running some Repeat Pattern Workshops

these are currently detailed on the

Main workshops page  

How to Book      

 

 

A Design, Print and Make Lampshades

with Georgia Wilkinson

Thursday 9th November 2017

 

9.30 -4pm

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

Friday 18th Nov 2016

     

 

Georgia Wilkinson

 is a trained Surface Pattern Designer who worked

in the studio of a textile printers for such companies as

Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood –

both popular quintessentially English fabric designers

 

 

 

There will be an additional materials charge

of between £10 and £15 payable

to Georgia on the day

 

 

 

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf
    

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf

 

 

 

Over first coffees Georgia will tell you a little about her self and explain what is possible over the day,

with hints and tips for your design in mind suitable for a repeat pattern.

Once your design is finalised pn paper you will learn to make block prints using a variety of mixed media tools

and you will practise on paper before turning and printing up the cotton panama fabric she supplies.

The material for the lampshade will be then cured and hand rolled and carefully finished into a lampshade.

A further pieces of fabric may be printed for a matching cushion cover front

to take home and make a cushion You can choose to make either a small table lamp shade or a larger pendant ceiling shade - 

Georgia wil advise on print types according to shade sizes.

 Click here for photos of one of our recent workshops about this here at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

click on pic for images of last course

 

'Tart up your Table' . . .

unique kitchen creations

with Georgia Wilkinson

Wed 9th August 2017

£75 inc lunch

Details of this course with Georgia appears

on our main workshop page amongst

the Printing Workshops

section

CLICK HERE

or click on right photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Material costs will be £15 for this day


  

Batik for Beginners. . . .with Caroline King

 

 

An introduction to the Art of BATIK

Sat 23 September 2017

9.30-4.30pm  

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

Our 2017 NEW Course Programme is out early November 2016.

If you wish to be among the first to receive this, please click 'HERE' to join our database.

Many of our early courses get booked early as Christmas presents.

 

Using cotton or calico fabrics, a vibrant range of fabric dyes and beeswax

from the Cycle Cafe's own bee hives you will create your own pictures design  under Caroline's careful guidance, which will be then coloured over in a number of stages using a wax resist.

No previous experience is necessary or drawing skills.

 Starting with a simple outline provided she will explain about creating a wax resist and build up the layers of colour. Some lovely effect can be created and once you understand the rocess to can proceed to make further designs as time allows

Materials are charged extra depending on the amount produced, usually between £5 and £10

How to Book

 

 

Introduction to Batik with Caroline King - A Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

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Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting

 

 

Basic Pattern Cutting 

Thu 22 June 2017

Fri 22 September 2017

10 - 4pm

 

with Dr Maggi Toner-Edgar

Maggi is a fashion consultant and illustrator based in Cockermouth, previously she was in charge of Creative Design for Fashion BA Hons at the University of Central Lancashire and specialised in Haute Couture, which included Pattern Cutting, and Fashion Design, she also ran the Contemporary Applied Arts BA Hons course at University of Cumbria teaching Millinery, Pattern Cutting and Textiles. 

Consequently she is more than qualified to answer your fashion and dressmaking questions.

 

Maggi is particularly interested in helping people understand their body shape and learn to

modify dressmaking patterns accordingly. 

She will encourage you to work with your own figure type to create stylish looks and perhaps act as a

catalyst for change and allow you to re-frame the way you view

yourselfand your body.

 

Which are you ?

 

PaPattern Cutting & Wardrobe Renovation Quirky Workshop with Maggie Toner Edgar at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 Understanding Basic Pattern Cutting   

Make a simple tunic shape to suit your figure type.  This is a one day course where you get step by step instructions to

create a very basic simple tunic, from which you can make other tops and dresses at a later stage in any fabric, no button holes, no zips -

just simple creative fun,with lots of suggestions and advice on further adaptions at a later stage. 

What to bring  . . . A long ruler if you have it , any rolls of brown paper or  lining wallpaper and

paper scissors will be useful but some paper will be provided.  We also provide pattern masters, tapes, rulers and pencils .

 

 


 

 

'Be Fabulous with Felt'. . .  with Linda Anne Chapman -

 

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Enjoy a Nuno Felt Scarf making Day

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Perfect for Hen Parties

for groups of up to around

15 people here at the Cycle Cafe

making corsages andnuno scarves and foibles

- please enquire

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Linda Chapman is one of the team

behind the hugely popular WOOLFEST

She is also a member of the co-operative

'The Wool Clip' in Caldbeck 

 

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Linda came to Cumbria some 5 years

ago and created her very own felt making studio overlooking Blencathra in the Lake District. 

A talented all round artist, she has a fine art degree, with an original background in painting.

www.moorendfelts.co.uk.

Linda's work is sold in galleries

throughout Cumbria and online from her web site

 

Material Charges

Approximate material charges between

£5 and £10 will be payable to Linda

on the day depending on what is made. 

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Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Linda's Nuno Felt Scarf and Corsage Day

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

how to make felt flowers and foibles and

nuno scarves which are fine silk chiffon or muslin gently rubbed

with woollen yarns to create a ruched effect when dampened

Nuno Felt and Corsages Quirky Workshop with Linda Chapman at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

How to Book

 

 


 

Large Traditional Rag Rug Making Days with Emma Tennant

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This wondeful Rrag Rug was made by beginner student Dori started in the Oct 13 class

 

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

9.30 -3.30pm each day £74 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

 

You will be shown how to design, plan out and prepare and then start making these lovely distinctive hard weating traditional large floor rugs.

 

 

Emma provides traditional frames to use of 3ft x 4ft, ideal for these stunning large floor rugs, the type for which she is so well known. (though they do reduce to smaller working size if needed)

These frames are individually 'joiner made' to Emma's own personal design - they arrive here pre-prepared by Emma with side hessian already attached to save time and can be used over and over again

You can use one of these special frames for the day and just pay Emma for the detached hessian at the end - or you may buy the frame and take it home for £40.  You can decide on the day.

Similarly with the hookie tool - these are completely hand made by the only man in the country who makes them. Both the metal hook and the handle are forged and turned by him.  They are a lovely quality to use and cost £17.  Again, you can borrow one or buy it at the end.

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafee      

 

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Emma prefers using a fairly close weave hessian that gives a denser ,longer wearing rug.  You will follow the original methods of hookie rugging done by busy wives and mothers on dark winter evenings.

 

Once booked with Emma  you could start looking out for materials to bring with you for our rug. For a floor rug woollens works best as they clean easiest, wear well and don’t attract the dirt as much – ie tweeds, coats, jumpers, trousers, jackets, anything from  charity shops as long as clean and dry – and if you know of any old fashioned tailors, they always have trimmings from wool garments they may be glad to give away

 

How to Book

 

Emma Tennant lives in Roxburghshire, Scotland .She is widely held as an authority on the history of Rag Rug making. 

Emma spends her winters making and designing rag rugs which are made by a group of neighbours and marketed under the

name Hermitage Rugs. She spends the summer painting flowers in her studio at the foot of the Cheviots Hills

and is a member of the Council of the National Trust

 

Notice the shading effect in her designs - which brings them to life.

 

 

Author of

'Rag Rugs of England

and America'

 

Quirky Workshop Textile Days - Emma Tennant @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

WHAT TO BRING?

We will provide the frame and hookie tool to borrow -

or buy at the end if you wish. 

The hessian is included in the £40 charge if you

buy a frame- if however you just take the

hessian home there may be a small

charge payable to Emma

Some large SHARP dressmaking scissors

and some bags of material as detailed above

Do give your design some thought

and remember, 'simple' often has more impact.

 

 

 

 

 

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SewSister Fantasy Birds and Fabulous Felted Dolls, Mermaids and Fairies

 

 

See pictures fom Sewsister April 2015 workshops

we had the most amazing 2 days with Sue here in April 2015

what a fabulously talented group of ladies came

on boh days- here are the pictures for you to see!!

 

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Fantasy Birds

Mermaids and Fairies

(photos coming soon)

We're thrilled that Sue is reutrning om November 2016;

her classes are alway very very popular

On separate days students under her guidance are able to make wild and wonderful fantasy birds and  fabulous felted dolls following Sue's own special style.

 

Materials will be charged extra and payable to Sue directly on the day depending on what has been used. Feel free to bring as many of your own materials as possible ,

here are Sue's 'What to bring' details

 

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How to Book

 

 Sue Allan, known to many as SewSister, is qualified in many spheres to teach design stitched textiles and embroidery.

She taught A levels students for nearly 20 years before developing SEWSISTER her own business in textiles & creative products

In 2007 she won her first design award with her uniquely textured and individual dolls and hasn't loooked back since.

Her business and products are loved by textile fans countrywide

, they are inspired,

retro quirky and in her words  . .

. 'downright different'

Sew Sister Fantasy Birds & Dolls Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Sew Sister Fantasy Birds & Dolls Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

[Poplin Dub, Greystoke, Penrith. CA11 0UT] [+44 [0] 17684 83984] [annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk]