Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to be inspired, creative and get out of your comfort zone… New hobbies lead to new passions, new talents, new friends and a new zest for life!
From candle making to pottery classes and everything in between, it’s time to sign up and get stuck in!
We have lined up some of the best classes and courses in London this Spring…
LONDON EMBROIDERY SCHOOL
The London Embroidery School is part of the embroidery company Hawthorne & Heaney. Based in Central London, they run weekly embroidery classes in various techniques, including beginners couture beading and as well as gold work. The school’s well-stocked specialist materials and equipment online shop means that you can continue to embroider at home!
Learn how to tambour using thread, beads and sequins on the ‘Beginners Couture Beading’ course starting 5th April 2017. Or sign up to the ‘Gold Work Weekend’ workshop on 18th March where you will be taught 4 gold work techniques and two raising techniques.
Courses from £142 (3 weeks)
TURNING EARTH: POTTERY CLASSES
Based in a beautiful building that will give you huge workshop envy, turning Earth E2 in Hoxton is an open-access members’ ceramics studio that is accessible to anyone – from total beginners to professional artists.
Learn how to throw on the wheel, bisque-fire, glaze and fire your pots before taking home your masterpiece and impressing friends and family.
Classes start from £190 for 8 weeks
Go To: http://e2.turningearth.uk/
CANDLE MAKING WITH RACHEL VOSPER
Rachel Vosper is a leading British candle chandler and home fragrance expert, specialising in hand-poured, pure Beeswax candles and signature home fragrances.
Rachel’s taster candle making courses teach guests the basic skills to create a candle in an etched glass container, which they will be able to take home with them at the end of the course. Upon arrival guests can choose their fragrance from the library whilst sipping on a complimentary glass of champagne and refreshments… An exclusive and enjoyable experience to share with your family and friends.
The course runs for 2 hours and bookings are available on a date and at a time of your choice at £600 for a group of up to 6 people. If it’s just you or a smaller group hoping to attend the course, on the last Saturday of the month, you are welcome to join a group course at £100 per person.
Perfect for hen parties, corporate team building, birthday celebrations or a friendly get-together.
Go To: www.rachelvosper.com
LONDON JEWELLERY WORKSHOP
London Jewellery Workshop, based in a purpose built studio in the heart of Shoreditch, offers a wide range of traditional jewellery making courses, suitable for all levels.
Courses include one day taster sessions, six to twelve week courses and specialist subjects such as sand casting and leather jewellery. With only 6 places per class, you can enjoy as much tutor time and support as needed.
You can also have individual tuition, learn to make your own wedding rings, or set up a private party. Our tutors are passionate about jewellery making and sharing their skills, allowing you to imagine, create & enjoy.
Courses from £95
E5 BAKEHOUSE: COOKERY CLASSES
E5 Bakehouse is an independent, organic bakery in a spruced up railway arch beneath London fields Station. Everything they bake, make or sell embodies their passion for artisan methods, organic local products and delicious food. The bakery is home to a small, committed group of bakers, chefs and baristas. They believe that to bake beautiful and nutritious sourdough loaves, a clear conscience and a great deal of respect and care is required.
Classes include bread making, pizza making, Middle Eastern cuisine and vegetarian cookery as well as advanced bread making.
Classes from £75 for 3 hours
Go To: www.e5bakehouse.com/classes
I CAN MAKE SHOES: SHOE MAKING
I CAN MAKE SHOES is a London shoe making school with a difference. Inspired by positivity and with a drive to do better Amanda Overs has created a unique set of workshops filled with energy, love and learning. The studio attracts local and international clients interested in mastering the mysterious craft of hand making shoes and walking away with the ability to make their own shoes from home (No heavy machinery in sight!).
From killer heels to retro brogues and beyond, the classes provide a space for people to be themselves and get immersed in the creative process, taking home a skill that will stay with them forever.
With workshops running every weekend and private tuition sessions available during the week, its not hard to find a date that suits you. All workshops and available dates are listed on the courses page of the I CAN MAKE SHOES website.
Go To: http://icanmakeshoes.com/
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Inspiration/Image Credits: Free People, I Can Make Shoes, E5 Bake House, London Jewellery Workshop, Rachel Vosper, London Embroidery School, Turning Earth