London Craft Week Workshops

London Craft Week runs from 9–13 May 2018 and looks set to be as good as ever. The varied and diverse program features hundreds of events, exhibitions, demonstrations, classes and talks that celebrate British craftsmanship. It can be confusing to know where to start so we’ve picked out the highlights; a handful of workshops to book ahead now:

Fine Cell Work Cushion Making Class

Fine Cell Work produce the most beautiful needlepoint cushions all hand made by prisoners serving sentences in the UK. In this one-off London Craft Week workshop two experienced prison teachers will guide you through the process of making a piped, zipped cushion. You will need basic sewing skills to attend, but expect to build on  your knowledge and learn to use appliqué or machine piecing patchwork techniques. Fabrics and one feather cushion pad is provided, as well as threads, zips and haberdashery but you can take along any fabrics or trims of your own if you like.

Workshop £80 (includes a donation of £50 towards Fine Cell Work). Saturday 12 May 2018, 10am – 4pm, Fine Works Hub, 190-192 Queenstown Road, London SW8 3NR.

Pressed Flower Workshop with Jam Jar and a Talk and Demo by designer and printmaker Pia Östlund at Daylesford

Especially for London Craft Week and in celebration of nature, Daylesford on Pimlico Road are hosting a three-part exhibition exploring the art of botanical craft:

  1. Botanical Workshop: Melissa, the founder of Jam Jar Flowers, will guide you through the techniques required to press flowers, before working with pre-pressed stems and leaves to create cards, keepsakes and designs for framing. All flowers, materials and refreshments provided – each guest gets their own personalised flower press to take home at the end of the class. £125, Thursday 10 May 6.30-8.30pm.
  2. Talk and Demonstration: Designer and printmaker Pia Östlund will be talking about the lost art of nature printing, an art developed by physicians in the 15th century to aid the study of medicinal plants. Learn about the printing technique, and try your hand at using fresh plants and oil based inks on paper to record specimens. £35, Friday 11 May, 6.30-8.30pm
  3. Installation: Every day during Craft Week visit the Pimlico farmshop and see an installation of beautiful vintage herbiers. Free, 9–12 May 2018, 10am–4pm.

Daylesford Organic, 44B Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP

Basket Making with Annemarie O’Sullivan at Colefax & Fowler

To celebrate their upcoming collaboration, Colefax & Fowler will be hosting a special demonstration with expert basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan for Craft Week. A specialist in baskets and woven objects, Annemarie has an half-acre plot in East Sussex where she cultivates over 20 varieties of willow to make into baskets and woven objects in her garden studio. As well as running a series of courses, the maker is soon to launch a range of baskets and cachepots exclusively with Colefax & Fowler.

Drop-in demonstrations on 9 May 9.30am–5.30pm, 11 May 9.30am–5.30pm and 12 May 10am–3.30pm. 89-91 Pimlico Rd, SW1W 8PH.

1920’s-Inspired Fragrance Workshop at Floris

In business since 1730, Floris is the oldest family-run independent perfumer in the world, and the only appointed perfumer to Her Majesty the Queen. In this workshop with perfumers Edward Bodenham and Nicola Pozzani, visit the private Floris perfumery and learn about fragrance inspired by their latest ‘1927’ Eau de Parfum launch.

£30 including a glass of champagne and redeemable against all purchases over £50 on the evening. Thursday 10 May, 6.30pm, 89 Jermyn St SW1H 6JH.

Painting Porcelain with Meissen at Thomas Goode

Paint your own piece of Meissen porcelain with the journalist Emma Crichton Miller at this evening workshop. A Meissen master painter will be present to demonstrate and guide you with creating your design. Once fired the piece is yours to keep.

£50, Wednesday 9 May, 6-9pm. 9 South Audley St W1K 2BN.

Stencilling with Nature: A Natural Dyeing Workshop with La Serra MK Textile Atelier at Petersham Nurseries

Italian textile atelier, La Serra MK design and produce beautiful limited-edition textiles for the home and garden that are all inspired by their greenhouse (la serra in Italian) in Florence. Throughout the week their textiles will be showcased at Petersham Nurseries, but in this workshop you can learn the traditional techniques yourself. Create your own apron with a combination of British and Italian techniques including flower printing, painting by hand and stencil printing using plants and flowers from the nursery.

£70, Sunday 12 May, 10.30am–12.30pm. Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane TW10 7AB.



London Craft Week
9-13 May 2018
Venues across London
— Daisy Allsup
30th March 2018