The Fold Workshops
As a group of artisans, ‘The Fold Workshops’ offer a wide range of opportunities for you to come and spend some quality ‘you’ time learning new skills, immersing yourself in crafts that you love or just taking some time out from the busy pace of life.
We run classes and workshops in the following areas: sewing, needle felting, millinery, machine embroidery, decoupage, furniture painting, dress making, jewellery, and stained glass amongst many others. We are situated around the fabulous Fold Cafe so why not make a day of it?
Looking for a Creative Retreat?
The Fold has teamed up with The Bank House Hotel Spa & Golf to offer exclusive bespoke Creative Days and Retreats in Worcestershire. From millinery, sewing and machine embroidery to furniture painting, dress and jewellery making, there’s something for everyone. Coupled with a relaxed spa experience and the optional overnight accommodation, you’ll be able to get creative and feel relaxed at the same time.
Kerry Kernan Millinery
Kerry has studied and taught a wide range of textiles skills for over twenty years, being a qualified Textiles teacher. In this time, she discovered her love for millinery and accessories and created many bespoke creations for clients before deciding to establish her business, ‘Kerry Kernan Millinery & Textiles’.
Kerry likes to create her own style of ‘quirky meets classic’ and brings in many of her textiles skills to create unique pieces. In addition to her ready to wear range available in the studio, Kerry also offers a bespoke design service.
Kerry offers a range of millinery workshops from introductory fascinators through to more complex designs and creations. Kerry also offers one to one millinery tuition if any student wishes to work on a personal hat making project.
In addition to her millinery classes, Kerry also offers machine embroidery workshops, silk painting workshops, and jewellery workshops.
Workshops are held in Kerry’s studio in the rear courtyard of The Fold.
Tel: 07584 352152
Blueberry Button is the creative venture of Lorraine Powell. Lorraine has always loved to create things from a young child and her education in School, College and University always took a creative path, graduating with a BA(hons) in Design Crafts.
Lorraine has made & exhibited her textile creations regularly at Gift & Craft events for many years and has now opened her own studio/shop at The Fold in Worcestershire.
Blueberry Button’s products are a range of original textile gifts and home decor made for all ages, who love a bit a colour and humour in their life. Those who appreciate quirky imagery and handcrafted quality products.
Lorraine brings in many of her acquired sewing skills in providing a range of sewing & craft workshops for adults & children. Ranging from introducing children to a sewing machine, pattern cutting, hand stitching & finishing in making items such as – a roll up pencil case, monster making and a watercolour inspired cushion. Adult workshops ranging from creating bunting, introduction to needle felting and animal doorstop making.
A workshop program is regularly updated with new crafting opportunities , these can often be seasonal.
In addition to booking individual workshop places, Lorraine also caters for small group bookings, such as a retirement, hen or birthday party, where Lorraine can teach a craft workshop program to suit its groups’ needs.
Workshops are held in Lorraine’s Blueberry Button studio in the rear courtyard of The Fold.
Tel: 07828 671496
The Sewing Room
At The Sewing Room there’s help for anyone interested in learning to sew or improving their skills. From ‘Sewing Machine Basics’ for those just starting out and ‘Sewing for the Terrified’ which offers a thorough grounding in sewing know-how, through to more specialised workshops such as the ‘Zip Intensive’ and ‘Fabulous Fitting’.
After many years working freelance in the couture industry in London and running her own a business designing and making wedding dresses and evening wear, Catherine has an enthusiasm for passing on her skills and knowledge to others. Her workshops are suitable for all abilities; designed to build student’s confidence in a logical, guided, step-by-step approach.
Workshops are run regularly throughout the year and can also be ‘run to order’ with a minimum of three people. One-to-one tuition is also available, arranged at a time to suit the student.
Classes and workshops are held in The Sewing Room, Studio 7 at The Fold in Bransford.
Tel: 07854 486869
Jan has been ‘upcycling’ her own furniture for more than 20 years. Her passion for crafting something unique and beautiful, whilst ‘rescuing’ quality furniture took her from a managament career to a studio at The Fold 3 years ago.
Since then, she has completed courses using various brands of chalk paint and effects, including distressing, ageing, embellishing, decoupage, as well as a sleeker contemporary style. Having kept herself updated on what various companies have to offer, she has a unique wider view and experience on what products are best for the look you want to achieve. She can give a candid view on each product because she isn’t tied into a brand by selling their paint.
Most of all she wants you to have fun and give it a go!
Jan holds regular half-day furniture painting workshops at The Fold, and you can hire a bespoke class at a time to suit you where 3 or more people book together. Having booked on her course you have free access to her help and advice forever!
In addition, Jan offers shorter classes on decoupage crafting on glass and other household objects.
For example, you can make a unique tea-light holder, coaster, bottles, trays, hanging decorations. These classes are usually about 2 hours long, and can also be held at a time to suit a small group of 3 or more. They make a great focus for a birthday or social gathering – how about a Paint and Prosecco get together?!
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