Online Interactive Workshops
SEWING, QUILTING
& FIBRE CRAFTS

Welcome to our SEWING, QUILTING & FIBRE CRAFTS Online Interactive Workshops section. Now, from the comfort of your own home and by utilising the amazing Zoom website interface, you can craft along with our expert tutors via a series of online courses/tutorials!

Below you will find details for our upcoming Online Interactive Workshops in MAY, JUNE, JULY - and beyond! Simply click on the square Workshop Info-Graphics below, to read more about each class - on a desktop PC/Mac you can also 'jump' to classes by simply clicking on the small buttons on the right-hand side of your browser window! 

 

And in an another exciting development, don't forget our upcoming live, in-person Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall Hotel, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, which takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September 2022 - click the relevant graphic in the slideshow below to read more about this!:-

Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!
Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!

Create stunning quilts via Traditional Curved Piecing & Stripes with top craft expert and tutor, Heather Black!

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Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!
Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!

Join Charisma Horton for her 4-part Block of the Month series throughout 2022!

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Join our Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall, Leeds between 02-04 September 2022!
Join our Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall, Leeds between 02-04 September 2022!

Join Janet Clare. Sarah Payne, Chris English & Nicholas Ball for a weekend of fun, luxury and crafting! Book today...

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Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!
Join a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom!

Create stunning quilts via Traditional Curved Piecing & Stripes with top craft expert and tutor, Heather Black!

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Click on each Workshop Info-Graphic (below) for more details about confirmed Sewing, Quilting & Fibre Craft Online Interactive Workshops confirmed so far in

MAY and JUNE 2022.

PS: We'll be adding more dates for July, August, September and beyond just as soon as we have all class content & tutor availability confirmed!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

IMPORTANT: Class Times!

All CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshops are broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); this will change to British Summer Time (BST) from 02.00am on Sunday 27 March 2022. 

We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Please note that all ticket prices for our Online Interactive Workshops are based on ONE PERSON attending each workshop.

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CraftyMonkies Charisma Horton Online Interactive Workshop Possibilities Quilt Blocks x 12!
CraftyMonkies Trudi Wood Online Interactive Workshop Koi Carp FMQ
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop Sashiko Stitching!
CraftyMonkies Jennie Pickett of Clover and Violet Zoom Class Iris Handbag Organiser
CraftyMonkies Heather Black Online Interactive Workshop Traditional Curved Piecing!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Triangles
CraftyMonkies Ingrid Alteneder Online Interactive Workshop FPP: Dog & Cat!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Abstract Landscapes
CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Workshop Norfolk Pouch!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Riot Of Colour Mixed-Media Textiles!
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop Cathedral Windows Block!
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Gift Vouchers are redeemable against all our Online Interactive Workshops.

Ticket prices for our  Online Interactive Workshops  are based on ONE PERSON attending each workshop.

Every month we aim to donate a small percentage of our profits to charity.

If you are unable to attend any of our upcoming Online Interactive Workshops due to living in a different time-zone

or because you’re otherwise engaged...

EXCITING NEWS!!!

For all who are unable to attend our live classes, earlier this year we launched our CraftyMonkies YouTube Channel which, as well as containing a host of 60-second Trailers of upcoming workshops & classes, is also where you will be able to view edited highlights of past Online Interactive Workshops (after you purchase via our Online Shop) via a dedicated private-access link to the content on YouTube)!

Approx 5 working days after each class has been broadcast via Zoom, we will be offering an edited version of the three/four-hour class for sale via our Online Shop. This edited version of the class is FREE of charge for all who have previously paid to join the ‘live' Online Interactive Workshop/Class and is usually charged at £25.00 to all who are unable to attend the live class.

Watch Recording of past Online Interactive Workshops via links bought in our Online Shop!

Please note: Not all workshops/classes will appear as edited videos due to Licensing Restrictions imposed (wholly acceptably, we hasten to add) by some of our tutors; that said, the vast majority will be available!

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23.04.22

17.00-20.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshops (BoM) x 4

in April, June, September & October!

Charisma

HORTON

NEW Block

of the Month!

Sewing & Quilting:

Make 12 x Quilt Blocks

Mini-Series of 4 x three-hour Workshops!

Join Charisma Horton for 4 x three-hour classes, making 12 x Quilt Blocks!
CraftyMonkies Charisma Horton Online Interactive Workshop Possibilities Quilt Blocks x 12!

Did you miss Charisma's first live Block of the Month class?

 

Well, worry not! You can get a Recording of the first live class (aired on 23 April 2022) and still join in with the THREE remaining LIVE BoMs during the rest of this year!

Your Block of the Month ticket includes:-

A recording of the full first live class, broadcast on Saturday 23 April 2022

Access to the live Zoom Class No. 2 on Saturday 25 June 2022

Access to the live Zoom Class No. 3 on Saturday 10 September 2022

Access to the live Zoom Class No. 4 on Saturday 22 October 2022

 

Each workshop runs from 5.00pm - 8.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshops x 4

Possibilities Quilt Blocks x 12 (3 x Blocks per class)!

 

Please email hello@craftymonkies.com if you would like to Pay in 3 x instalments of £33 ($42)

We're really excited to be hosting this four-part Quilt Block of the Month series of workshops with top US-based longarm quilter, Charisma Horton! The 4 x three-hour classes are spread out between April-October 2022 (homework between classes will be required!) and you will focus on 3 x quilt blocks during EACH workshop (12 blocks in all!), the aim being to create a whole quilt by the time you complete the course. If you missed our first class in April, it doesn't matter, once you have booked your £100 ticket each class you will be sent the recording from the first live class so you can catch up, and each future class is recorded, so if you cant attend live you will automatically be sent the recording a few days after each live class, so you won't ever miss a thing!

 

The one-off price of £100.00 represents fantastic value for money for this four-part series (12 hours in total) as our regular individual workshop price is normally £30.00! - AND you get the $35 pattern included within your £100.00 fee too! Here's Charisma to tell you more:-

Introduction by Charisma:-

Hi, I'm Charisma Horton and I'm absolutely delighted to have been asked to join the CraftyMonkies talent pool of craft experts/tutors! I have been a professional longarm quilter for 12 years now, having first taken the leap into pattern design in December 2018. Since then I have been picked up in almost a hundred crafting/quilting publications, I have published no fewer than 300 of my own designs and I'm a regular contributor to major fabric companies! I created this Quilt Block of the Month, called Possibilities, so I could share my love of using traditional blocks in a different way, using new designs and lots of colour. This is a 96" x 96" (inch) quilt with a variety of blocks and fabrics and I'm absolutely convinced you're going to have so much fun making it with me - I look forward to welcoming you along 'in-class' with Rachel and myself: see you for the first date on 22nd April 2022!...

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During this Block of the Month (BOM) Series you will be with Charisma for 4 x three-hour sessions and you will learn 3 x blocks in each of the four sessions! There is a variety of techniques in this quilt from regular patchwork, templates and Paper Piecing (or Foundation Paper Piecing: FPP). Charisma will also share her different quilting designs if that is of interest to any of you!

Skill level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Charisma tells us that the skill level for the Possibilities series of workshops is Advanced Beginner. Please don't be daunted as Charisma will be there to walk you through each block and you will have plenty of time to master the technique. But - a little word of warning here! - you will have homework to do between each session of this series - after all, you can't make a stunning quilt in just 12 hours of class time and we're great believers in " you only get out what you put in"!...

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

You will need your basic sewing supplies, your pattern (created by Charisma and included when you book & pay to attend this series of workshops) and your fabric.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All of the fabric requirements are listed on the pattern that you will get following your registration. There is also a colour key included in the pattern. Feel free to change any colours, use prints, scraps, etc. The idea here is to really make this your own quilt project! Charisma used solids for her prototype and she can make kits available for purchase in her online shop. Please note that US shipping rates will apply.

Equipment required for this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • Rotary-Cutter

  • Straight-edge Ruler

  • Seam Ripper (let's be honest we all do it!)

  • Thread

  • Scissors

  • Cutting-Mat

Pattern information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The pattern (usually $35.00 USD, if bought separately) is included within the £100.00 fee to join this series of workshops and will be emailed to all those who book to join, plus you will receive a recording a few days after class.

The free pattern (and recording of the first class) and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking.

The ticket price of £100.00 is based on ONE person receiving the recording and attending this series of THREE further live workshops.

 

If you would like to spread the cost across 3 x instalments please email us via hello@craftymonkies.com and we will arrange this for you.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Zoom-links for each of these Classes/Workshops!

Due to this series of 3x three-hour long workshops taking place over a period of time, everyone who books a place on the course will receive a separate Zoom-link via email, approximately five days ahead of each workshop taking place.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for until the 31st December 2022

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07.05.22

16.00-19.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Trudi

WOOD

Sewing & Quilting:

Koi Carp FMQ!

CraftyMonkies Trudi Wood Online Interactive Workshop Koi Carp FMQ
 
CraftyMonkies Trudi Wood Online Interactive Workshop Koi Carp FMQ

Trudi Wood

Saturday 07 May 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Koi Carp Sewalong: FMQ Techniques!

We're really excited to be hosting this skills-based Koi Carp FMQ Techniques workshop with the wonderful & hugely talented Trudi Wood, a long-time companion of Improv-meister Nicholas Ball! This class will see participants learn finishing techniques to complement the Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong and associated CraftyMonkies workshops, delivered by Nicholas, during February & March 2022....

Introduction by Trudi:-

I'm thrilled to be back with a new CraftyMonkies class and I absolutely love a collaboration, especially when it is with my dear friend & long-time collaborator, Nicholas Ball, so quilting his latest Koi Carp Quilt sewalong was a delight. In this workshop we will look at the quilting of Nicholas' Koi Carp, the techniques and designs used in each area of the body. We will tackle some of the challenges you might run into and how to resolve them. Even if you have not finished your Koi Carp or didn’t take part in Nicholas' Koi Carp Quilt Sewalong on Instagram, have no doubt that these designs and techniques will help you in your ongoing Free-Motion Quilting journey - I really hope you'll be free to join me & the CraftyMonkies!...

 

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Trudi will show you how to approach the quilting of your Koi Carp, to stabilise the piece and the quilting designs and how to execute them for the different areas of the body.

 

You will learn techniques and quilting designs:

  • Stitching in the Ditch

  • Matchstitck/Straight Line Quilting

  • Echo Quilting

  • Clamshells

  • McTavish Quilting

 

We will look at dealing with fullness, texture, density and scale, and how these affect the overall appearance of the quilting.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This is what Trudi would term a 'confident beginner' level class; you will have some Free-Motion Quilting experience and an understanding of how your machine works and would like to move beyond a stipple of loops. Trudi will guide you through the process to achieve each design element in a step by step process....

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing threads to match your Koi Carp body.

 

Fabricl requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Prepared Fat-Quarters, Plain Cotton Sandwich with wadding

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A4 Notebook, Pencil, Pen, Ruler

  • Scissors or Snips

  • Fine Point water-soluble Marker

  • Sewing-Machine fitted with Free-Motion or Darning Foot

  • Extension Table for your sewing-machine, if you have one

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

There is no pattern for this class!

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Preparation for you to undertake prior to the start of the class:-

  • Baste your Koi Carp to wadding and backing in your favoured method.

  • Prepare your Fabric Sandwiches in advance of the class using your favoured basting method. We will use these to practice on before doing any quilting on your actual Koi Carp piece.

  • Plain fabric  will allow you to see your work better, you may wish to have a thread a one or two shades darker than your fabrics!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

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14.05.22

10.00-13.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing & Quilting:

Sashiko Stitching!

CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop Sashiko Stitching!
 
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop Sashiko Stitching!

Sarah Payne

Saturday 14 May 2022

10.00am - 1.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sashiko Stitching!

We're delighted to have the multi-talented Sarah Payne back for another of her insightful and tantalising workshops! In this class - a very close facsimile of the one she first ran with us back in February 2021 - you get to explore the pattern possibilities that arise from mastering the Japanese art of Sashiko Stitching!

Introduction by Sarah:-

Sashiko is a beautiful and very functional embroidery technique originating in Japan. Sashiko means “little stabs,” or “little piercings” and is a folk textile method traditionally featuring white stitches on an indigo background. Sashiko began in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) with poor folk using it to mend and strengthen items of clothing made from hemp. Each item of clothing was expensive and therefore precious and so this method of decorative mending took on a life of its own. Geometric patterns, often representing animals and plants are popular and representative stitching adds to the beauty and the mindfulness of the technique.

 

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this class you will learn how to create the Sashiko stitch, how to draft the pattern and how create Sashiko designs. Sarah will talk to you about placement of your design and how you can create borders and blocks for any project. You can choose to make a cushion, a sampler, a bag or even create block for a quilt. Guidance will be offered on all these options.

 

There is no pre-cutting required for this class – just press your fabric and you are ready to go.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This hand-sewing class is suitable for all levels – including complete beginners!

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Once you have booked your place on the workshop, our Confirmation Email will give you information which enables you to buy a Sashiko Kit directly from Sarah's online shop, should you choose. We will also give you a special Discount Code within that Confirmation Email, enabling you to receive a £5.00 Discount off the RRP price of £29.99 for the Sashiko kit!

In Sarah's Sashiko kit you will receive:-

  • 1.42m x 0.5m of cotton, dark blue fabric.

  • 4 x 4in assorted templates; Shippou (Seven Treasures), Seigaiha (Waves), Sakura (Cherry Blossom) and Fondou (Weights).

  • 40m skein white cotton Sashiko embroidery thread.

  • 1 fabric pencil.

  • 1 pack embroidery needles.

NB Kits will be dispatched within a few days of you placing your order through Sarah's website.

 

If you opt NOT TO PURCHASE Sarah's website kit, you will need:-

  • 0.5m x 0.5m, cotton, dark blue fabric;

  • 4 x 4 Sashiko design templates. We will be using Shippou (Seven Treasures), Seigaiha (Waves), Sakura (Cherry Blossom) and Fondou (Weights) but you may have others that you can explore.

  • Skein white Sashiko cotton embroidery thread (not stranded cotton embroidery thread)

  • Fabric Pencil

  • Embroidery Needles

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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14.05.22

15.00-18.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Jennie

PICKETT

from Clover & Violet

Bagmaking:

Iris Handbag Organiser!

CraftyMonkies Jennie Pickett of Clover and Violet Zoom Class Iris Handbag Organiser
 
CraftyMonkies Jennie Pickett of Clover and Violet Zoom Class Iris Handbag Organiser

Jennie Picket of Clover & Violet

Saturday 14 May 2022

3.00pm - 6.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Iris Handbag Organiser!

We're delighted to be hosting this Iris Handbag Organiser workshop with the wonderful & hugely talented American crafter, Jennie Pickett of Clover & Violet fame! A really hands-on class, we're sure you're going to love making Jennie's fabulous creation!...

Introduction by Jennie:-

If you know me at all, you know I have an absolute love for sewing & organising and especially for the two combined! Yet, somehow my bag is always a bottomless pit for things I cannot find. So, I created the Iris Purse/Handbag Organiser to help keep things tidy inside my purse and make switching bags a breeze. With lots of slip pockets (no fewer than 12!!), a zipper pocket, and a clip for my keys, the organiser makes finding things in my bag easy and swapping bags a breeze.

 

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

IIn this workshop you’ll learn to add functional and decorative pockets, install an inset zipper, make drawstring sleeves, and how to assemble the bag. The finished case measures 8” wide x 4” deep x 6 ½” high.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Beginner

Understanding of using the sewing machine, how to cut fabric with the rotary cutter, and basic sewing are required.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • One 6” (15 cm) zipper

  • One ½” (15 mm) swivel clip

  • 1 yard ⅝” Fold Over Elastic

  • ¼ yard fusible fleece such as TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus or Vilene Iron-on Fleece Medium Loft or Legacy 987F Fusible Fleece OR if using batting quilt two layers to the bag body before class

  • ⅔ yard medium woven interfacing such as Pellon SF101 or Viline Woven G700 or Legacy L101 OR use another medium weight non-woven fusible interfacing

  • 1 yard 5mm cotton cord or ribbon for drawstring, as a substitute, use soft laundry line

  • Matching thread for sewing and top stitching

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-
Scrap fabrics are suitable for this project, as the majority of the pieces are small. If using scraps, follow cutting instructions for sizes

  • 1 Fat Quarter – Optional: linen (Bag Body)

  • 1 Fat Quarter (Lining and zipper Pocket)

  • 1 Fat Quarter (Outside Pockets and drawstring Sleeves)

  • 1 Fat Quarter (Lining Pockets and Key Clip)

  • 8” x 15” Sport Mesh (Outside Pockets)

 

Fabric and Interfacing cutting for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

We will cut the fabrics for the drawstring buckets in the class. Please have your fabrics selected in advance.

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The following equipment is required for the workshop, in addition to preparing all the pieces in advance. Please note, an extra sewing machine needle is advised as a needle is occasionally broken when sewing zippers.

  • Sewing Machine

  • Regular Machine Foot

  • Zipper Foot

  • Extra Sewing Machine Needle

  • Rotary Cutter

  • Cutting Mat

  • Cutting Rulers

  • Scissors

  • Iron

Optional items:-

  • Disappearing Ink Pen (for marking pocket divisions)

  • Washable Glue Stick (for inserting zipper)

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A PDF pattern is included FREE with the purchase of this course, so you can make the drawstring buckets on your own after the workshop and refer to the divider instructions. Patterns will be delivered to you via email the week before the workshop!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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21.05.22

16.00-19.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Sewing & Quilting:

Improv Triangles!

Get your creative funk on with Nicholas Ball and his marvellous Improv Triangles workshop!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Triangles

Nicholas Ball

Saturday 21 May 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Improv Triangles!

We're absolutely delighted to welcome Nicholas Ball under the CraftyMonkies spotlight once again and have no doubt that you'll absolutely love his Improv Triangles workshop, a class we last ran back in June 2021!

 

If you missed this version of Improv Triangles last year, or are new to CraftyMonkies, you're in for a treat - one thing we would stress is please don't wait to book your place on Saturday 21 May (4.00-7.00pm, BST) - any class taught by Nicholas tends to sell out rather quickly!...

Introduction by Nicholas:-

What I love most about my Triangle technique is the versatility of the units created. This simple shape has so many uses in improvised patchwork and is a great skill to add to your improv arsenal. Where some people see trees, others see gnome hats! You can use the familiarity of triangles to suggest all sorts things in your compositions. After you make a few you’ll soon find the only limit is your imagination!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

You'll learn how to throw off the dreaded 'shackles of constraint' and let your inner-creative run wild with this fabulous technique-based improv-quilting class! In the workshop you will first learn Nicholas' basic method for creating improv triangle units. We’ll then look at adding variation to these units using inserts. Finally, a quick and easy stacked triangle method will be explored, giving you three different way to use triangles. We will also discuss fabric choice and the different ways to arrange your sewn units into a finished composition.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Beginner to Intermediate - This workshop is suitable for anybody interested in learning about improv quilting. The sewing This class is suitable for all skill levels. It’s perfect for competent sewers who want to explore more liberated piecing, perhaps as a change from traditional quilting, but it’s also a perfect improv introduction for quilters who are just starting out and have little quilting experience.

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide:-

 

For the basic triangles, large scraps of solid and print fabric in square-ish and rectangle-ish pieces work well for the background, whilst smaller scraps are perfect for the triangles. Feel free to cut your pieces from yardage. The background pieces shouldn’t be smaller than approximately 4” for your first attempt at this technique.

 

For the insert triangles, the same sized background pieces as the basic triangles can be used. For the triangles, strips of approximately 1.5” - 2.5”. These need not be full width of fabric, so feel free to use what you have.

 

Finally, for the stacked triangles, an assortment of squares and triangles, anything from 5” to as large as you want! As the name suggests, we will be cutting through stacks of fabric, so as long as your prices are all roughly the same size, anything will work. A layer cake or charm pack would be perfect.

 

Please don’t stress about these requirements!!! They are simply a guide and Nicholas has yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using these techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with Nicholas. They also needn’t be perfectly square or straight, so feel free to use scissors!

 

This is very much a Technique-based workshop. We will be exploring triangles and won’t have a finished project in mind. Feel free to make as many or as few of the units as you like. You can combine them into a sampler or continue to work on the project after the workshop by adding more units to it. Don’t feel any pressure to cut up all your precious fabric!!!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • Good quality thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (Nicholas recommends Aurifil)

  • Rotary Cutter - with a new blade!

  • Cutting Mat

  • Patchwork Ruler (we can make any size work, but a small 1” x 12” is very handy, as is a 12.5” square.

  • Fabric Scissors

  • Most important of all - a willingness to explore your own creativity! It's going to be FUN!!!...

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on British Summer Time (BST). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any course dates.

IMPORTANT!

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

We are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop!

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28.05.22

13.00-18.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Mixed Media:

Abstract Landscapes!

Explore your artistic side with Gary Mills and his fabulous Abstract Landscapes class!
 
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Abstract Landscapes

Gary Mills

Saturday 28 May 2022

3.00pm - 6.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Abstract Landscapes!

We're delighted to welcome back the multi-talented Gary Mills once again! Those of you who have engaged with Gary's mini-series of mixed-media classes in the past will absolutely love his Abstract Landscapes class - and for those of you who ever wondered about dipping a toe into mixed-media... Give it a go: we promise, you'll feel wholly enriched!

Introduction by Gary:-

Have you always wanted to feel more confident in being creative? Have you always wanted to be more artistic but never had the opportunity? Or perhaps the know-how on where to get started? Well, this is the workshop for you, designed by me, that can help develop creative ability in anyone.

 

This exciting and engaging workshop has been specifically designed to be accessed by everyone and all abilities; for all of you who would like to learn and have a go, and those who enjoy being creative but would like to become a little 'freer' and more open to some new ideas. If you love, colour, doodling and playing with scraps of paper and cloth then you are really going to enjoy your time on this workshop!

 

This workshop is based around creating an Abstract Landscape from imagery supplied and undertaking a series of processes to help you achieve a piece of artwork you will be proud of. This will NOT be a conventional art drawing lesson; far from it! Rather it's a fun and informative approach to 'creating art'.

 

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this three-hour workshop you will cover priming your background through masking-off and adding zones of colour with acrylic paints, you can choose to work solely on paper or cloth, or you can mix your materials for a true mixed media approach. You will collage and applique shapes which represent recognisable landscape features. You will consider a limited pallet of colour, and how each tone and contrast works together to complement each other. You will be mark making, using simple mono printing and mixings skills, such has simple hand stitches to both paper and cloth.

The outcome to this project is 6” x 6” finished piece of artwork.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art & textiles. Gary's workshops are so enjoyable, fun, and so very well organised with his clear, engaging and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for everyonel; if you are a beginner, this is a great way to find your creative ability through learning process and skills which explore the rudiments of creative art practices. For those with some confidence and experience you could add further diversify to approaches in your own artistic ability and imagination.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

​All the materials are easily accessible. Such as papers and inks and paints can be sourced from local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box or in your desk draw.

 

You will need the following for this workshop:-

  • Something to make black ink permanent marks with, such as a gel pen, ball point pen

  • A Glue Stick such as a Pritt stick or similar

  • Masking Tape

  • Sellotape or Scotch Tape if working in paper only and you wish to stitch into it

  • 1-2 pages from an old book or newspaper with text 5” x 7”

  • Important: Acrylic paints used:

  • Titanium White

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Deep Turquois

  • Black

  • For decorative stitches DCM embroidery thread or Cotton Perle thread in a deep pink and black

  • Optional: deep pink oil pastel, if working in paper only

  • Useful: a white maker pen (even a “Tipex” correction pen makes nice marks!)

 

If using FABRIC, you will need the following:-

  • 2 x 9” x 9” heavy / medium calico

  • 6” x 6” muslin or similar light weight fabric

  • 4” x 4” brown / grey linen or similar for cliff detail

  • 6 x 6 Bonda web or similar heat transfer adhesive

  • Optional: fabric glue

 

If using PAPER only, you will need the following:-

  • 1 sheet of good quality paper 9” x 9” either water colour paper or mixed media paper 250g /m2 -135lb

  • (You can use thin card, but it needs to not buckle when you apply the paint, so heavier weight paper rather than copy paper and ordinary cartridge paper. It is worth visiting an arts supplier if you have nothing like this available at home)

  • 6” x 6” old brown envelope paper (or similar) can be used

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Craft Knife

  • A container such as a Jam-Jar to hold some clean water.

  • A large plate or a palette for mixing paint (a plastic Polly-pocket will also work)

  • 3-4 small sponge paint applicators or use a good size paint brush

  • Some paper kitchen towel to hand

  • Bradawl for making holes or a compass point will work if working into paper

  • Baking Parchment / Greaseproof Paper

  • Large Needle for sewing

  • Paper Scissors and Embroidery Scissors

  • Ruler or Quilting/Crafting Square

  • Pencil and Rubber

  • Optional: Cutting mat

  • A Ruler or Grading Ruler for squaring up

  • An Iron, Ironing Mat or Board and Baking Parchment to protect your work when you press. (In the session you will be ironing paper as well as cloth)

  • Useful optional: A fabric pen / marker (I use one which disappears with heat, but any similar will do)

  • Important: A hair dryer to hand when speed drying is required

 

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s Abstract Landscape Template!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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04.06.22

17.00-18.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Heather

BLACK

Sewing & Quilting:

Traditional Curved Piecing

& Stripes!

CraftyMonkies Heather Black Online Interactive Workshop Traditional Curved Piecing!