London Craft Week Workshops to Book Now

London Craft Week is now into its fifth year, and each time there seems to be more and more on offer. There are plenty of free events that you don’t need to book – browse the full list here and just drop in. For example Erdem is showing his personal art collection (including works by Andy Warhol, Axel Geis, Jean Cocteau and more) at his South Audley St shop, Open House 8 – 11 May. You can customise your jute espadrilles at Penelope Chilvers, there’s digital embroidery at the Apple store, Live Screen Printing at the Conran Shop in Chelsea and a John Smedley exhibition celebrating 235 of British Craftsmanship at St James’s Market Pavillion. There are also lots of ticketed events that you need to book ahead. Here’s our pick of the best:

Appliqué Bag-Making for Beginners with Fine Cell Work

We are great fans of Fine Cell Work, the charity that teaches skilled needlework to prisoners, with the aim of helping them build fulfilling and crime-free lives. This fun, interactive workshop will give you a taster of the training that the ex-prisoners receive. Taught by two of Fine Cell Work’s experienced prison teachers, learn how to make a stylish appliqué bag, yours to keep after the workshop. 11 May, 10am – 4pm, £80 finecellwork.co.uk

The Art of the Paper Flower 

Renowned paper florist, Karen Hsu will be collaborating with Italian paper-maker Cartotecnica Rossi and The London Flower School for this 4-day exhibition at Old Spitalfields Market. Sign up to a masterclass and learn how to create your own paper bouquet. 10 May 6.30 – 7.30pm and 11 – 12 May 12 – 1pm, £20 londoncraftweek.com

Craft of the Tabletop at Daylesford 

Daylesford are running a series of evening workshops dedicated to the tabletop at their Pimlico Road farmshop – top of our list is a watercolour workshop with illustrator Emma Block where you’ll learn how to paint your own wreaths to make beautiful invitations, menus and stationary for events. There’s also napkin block printing with Louisa Loakes, furniture caning with Electra Read-Dagg and ceramics with Kana London. 8 – 12 May, 6.30 – 8/30pm, £75 – £145 daylesford.com

A Journey Through Taste with Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse 

The great Parisian chocolatier opened its first UK store at Coal Drops Yard – hear a talk about how the traditional chocolates are made, and enjoy a tasting. 10 spaces, free. 9 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm. Sign up here.

Design the wedding dress of your dreams with Kate Halfpenny

Go behind-the-scenes at the Bloomsbury atelier of one of London’s top bridal designers, Kate Halfpenny. Explore the boutique, hear a talk from the makers and join a workshop session on 8 May. £35 halfpennylondon.com

UK-Japan Craft Picnic at Chelsea Physic Garden

England and Japan share a rich history of picnicking. Celebrate with a ‘craft picnic’ at Chelsea Physic Garden. Bring your own favourite craft object to use at the picnic – and Japanese food and drink will be provided. 11 May, 12 – 3pm, £40 londoncraftweek.com

Wallpaper Making with Allyson McDermott at the William Morris Society

There are scarcely more idyllic houses in London than Emery Walker House, the home of William Morris that sits right by the river in Hammersmith. At this event historian Allyson McDermott will be leading a talk and workshop inspired by the collection of William Morris wallpapers, that includes a tour of the house and a chance to see the decoration in situ. 8 & 10 May, 10am – 1pm, £30 londoncraftweek.com

Shoreditch Design Rooms: Upholstery Open Weekend 

Shoreditch Design Rooms is a busy and vibrant upholstery workshop and school in the heart of the East End – sign up to a workshop and learn how to upholster a stool. 11 May, 10.30am – 3pm, £95 londoncraftweek.com

What:
London Craft Week 2019
When:
8 - 12 May 2019
Where:
Venues across London
— Daisy Allsup
2nd April 2019