The Handmade Festival: Our Favourite Hands-On Workshops for 2019!

The Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp, now in its sixth year, will take place from 13th – 15th September celebrating all things handmade!

Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on and learn a new creative pursuit, as well as rub shoulders with experts from the worlds of craft, wellbeing, food and gardening.

The full line-up of workshops has now been announced, and with just a month to go, we've hand-selected some of our favourite and most inspiring workshops taking place this year. Will we see you there?


Macrame Mirror - Handmade Festival

Macrame Mirror

Suitable for all abilities, this macrame workshop will incorporate classic techniques into the contemporary world, creating modern style home decor that you can take home with you. You'll learn the Larks Knot, Square Knot, and Josephine Knot, plus how to tie off and complete your piece.


Friday: 10am - 11am

Saturday: 10am - 11am

Sunday: 10am - 11am


Brush Lettering - Handmade FestivalBeginners Brush Lettering

Perfect for those just starting out, this hour long workshop will take you on a whistle stop tour through all the basics you need to get to grips with brush lettering. Once you’ve got the hang of the alphabet, you'll use these skills to practice addressing envelopes and experiment with colour techniques.


Friday: 1pm - 2pm

Sunday: 1pm - 2pm



Succulent Cupcakes - Handmade FestivalPiped Succulent Cupcakes

In this fun workshop, learn how to pipe on-trend succulents onto six delicious cupcakes that you'll get to take home! During the course of the session, you'll learn techniques including piping and colouring buttercream, how to create different effects with different piping tips, and use of other edible materials to create texture.


Friday: 10am - 11am

Sunday: 10am - 11am



Clay - Handmade FestivalGet Creative With Clay

Learn how to use air dry clay to create unique and personalised decorations. Clay will be rolled out before creating your own designs using different textures such as buttons, foliage and rubber stamps to create patterns and impressions. These could be used around the home, at Christmas, as glass charms or table décor – or as a fun addition to gift wrap.


Friday: 4pm - 5pm

Sunday: 4pm - 5pm


Needle Felt Flamingoes - Handmade Festival Needle Felt Flamingo

Children from the ages of 12 can enjoy this craft, along with adults! Needle Felt your very own Flamingo, whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned needle felter. Enjoy learning how to use a wire pipe cleaner to create this popular bird, which will be poseable and can either be worn as a brooch or become a colourful decoration.


Friday: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Sunday: 11.30am - 12.30pm



Sewing with Jersey - Handmade FestivalSewing With Jersey

A great introduction to cutting and sewing with jersey. Make a jersey baby hat and learn how to sew with stretch on a normal sewing machine. Learn useful tips and tricks to make any stretch garment.


Sunday: 10am - 11.30am




Annie Sloan - Handmade FestivalExplore The World Of Chalk Paint

Come along and learn Annie's no-fuss approach to working with colour, mark-making and decorative paint effects. Explore a variety of techniques and mediums, including block/string printing, stencilling and detail brushwork. You don't need to be a master painter to create simple, stunning effects in no time! You'll leave with a beautifully painted wooden box to take home.


Sunday: 10am - 11am

Sunday: 4pm - 5pm


Entry tickets for the Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp, plus tickets for additional classes and workshops are on sale now!

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This article was a collaborative effort, written together by the See Tickets Marketing team; Georgia, Sarah, Hayley, Callum and Abi.

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