Creative Summer Holiday Workshops with Wessex School of Needlework

This Summer the Wessex School of Needlework will be running many creative and artistic workshops for children and young people.

The Summer workshops will take place at Torwood School in Redland, all with the aim of helping people develop practical skills in the creative industry.

There will be textiles workshops teaching you how to create Cloth Dolls, Festival-inspired Headbands and Crowns, Floral Flower Garlands and Fashion Jewellery.

There will also be fashion workshops such as Selfie Like The Stars, How to Move like a Movie Star, Teens and Tweenies Dressmaking Basics, Style Like Celebrities and Couture Embroidery for Teens.

Other workshops include cooking, nutrition, yoga, creative writing and Aromatherapy!

Please find the full list of Summer workshops below with times, dates and details.  You can also find out more on the Wessex School of Needlework’s facebook page.Creating Gripping Stories with Author, Kate Frost
This creative writing workshop is led by award-winning teen author, Kate Frost.

Using her latest books Time Shifters, an award winning time travel adventure trilogy as a starting point, this creative writing session will focus on fuelling the imagination and creating characters and stories through fun, engaging and inspiring activities.

  • Dates: Tues 13th August, Wed 14th Aug, Tues 20th August, Wed 21st August
  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Cost: £32.57
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Make Your Own… Craft Workshop
A craft workshop with Gaynor Page, a Professional Wedding Stationer and Crafter.

Bring your creativity to life with these Card-making or box-making workshops where you will learn some basic skills to produce items that will make you look like an expert!

You will learn a minimum of 2 techniques with which, you can:

– Create a Card or Gift Box that you can keep for your own portfolio, or pass on to someone special
– Use the techniques within your Art GCSE or A-level
– Explore the techniques further, for yourself and your own creativity
– Use these and more for your own relaxation or business

  • Date: Wed 24th July, Wed 31st July, Thurs 8th Aug, Fri 30th August
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Cost: £39.40
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Festival-inspired Headband or Crown
Create your very own ‘festival inspired headband or crown’ using a variety of materials, ranging from feathers and flowers to poms & ribbon

Create your very own ‘festival inspired headband or crown’ using a variety of materials, ranging from feathers and flowers to poms and sequins. You will learn a variety of techniques to enable you to produce something as individual as you are!

This workshop is led by professional Milliner Nicola Jayne Didcott of Nicola Jayne Didcott Millinery.

  • Dates: Thurs 25th July, Fri 26th July, Mon 29th July, Thurs 1st August
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Cost: £45.36
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Floral Flower Crowns
Have you always fancied making your own floral headress? Come and spend a few hours having fun while you make your own flower crown with fresh seasonal flowers. You don’t need to be arty or crafty to come along because it’s a simple technique that is quick and easy to master. Your floral head dress will make the perfect summer party or festival accessory.

This workshop is led by the award-winning florist, Louise Barstow. Tea, Coffee and cake will be included, as will all the materials to make this stunning head dress.

Yoga Chill
A Yoga workshop for kids which is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced, and will assist with children’s relaxation and well-being.

Yoga improves concentration and energy levels, reduces stress and anxiety, encourages a positive relationship with the body, releases anxiety and feelings of negativity, improves memory retention, maintains flexibility and joint mobility, encourages healthy sleep patterns, improves co-ordination and balance, encourages creativity, self-expression and confidence – and much more.

  • Dates: Thurs 25th July, Thurs 1st August, Thurs 8th August
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Cost:
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Nutrition with Nadia: learn what to eat and why
Learn what to eat and why, including a healthy treat making workshop.

Venture into the world of food! You’ll be learning how to make a range of healthy, balanced foods entirely from scratch that you can enjoy during the session. All food is made entirely from natural ingredients and can also be made allergen free.

We will be making savoury dishes – Moroccan Hummus, traditional pitta breads served with delicious side dips. And sweet treats – Nutritious ice creams, chocolate truffles and dark chocolate mousse. *Foods do not contain dairy (milk), nuts or shellfish.

  • Date: Tues 23rd July, Tues 30th July, Tues 6th August, Tues 13th August, Tues 20th August, Tues 27th August
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Cost: £37.24
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Naturally Chilled Aromatherapy Make & Take Workshop
This fun and creative workshop will start with a quick look at how essential oils are made and how to use them safely.

You’ll discover which essential oils can help to:

-Cope with exam stress
-Reduce anxiety
-Improve concentration & focus whilst studying
-Boost confidence & balance moods
-Get a good nights’ sleep

You’ll choose your favourite oils and create your own individual blends. Then you’ll use these blends to make products such as bath salts, body scrubs, shower melts, and inhaler sticks.

Finally, you’ll package your products and create labels for your very own brand to keep for yourself or to give as gifts.

  • Dates: Mon 22nd July, Tues 23rd July, Mon 12th August, Tues 13th August, Mon 19th August, Tues 20th August
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Cost: £37.24
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Cooking Like the Pros
Cook like the Pros is a workshop for teens with celebrity chef, Anupreet Attridge. Learn to create wonderful simple impressive meals from around the world for your friends and family.

Learn to create wonderful simple impressive meals from around the world for your friends and family. In each morning workshop we will prepare and cook a delicious meal all together before we set the table to eat together.

Each workshop is prepared so there is at least one not so commonly used ingredient included to get the youngsters used to different and exciting food and ingredients to cook with. Each meal will be fun, delicious and colourful.

Day 3 – Friday 9th August (vegan)

Red Lentil & Tomato Tarka Dhal with Fennel Roasted Cauliflower and Cumin Pillau Rice


– Please wear closed toe shoes
– Bring a apron to wear for the class
– Bring a pen to make notes
– All recipe handouts will be provided
– All ingredients will be provided

  • Dates: Fri 2nd August, Fri 9th August, Fri 16th August, Fri 23rd August, Fri 30th August
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Cost: £36.83
  • Please let organiser know if your child is vegetarian and an alternative will be available
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Couture Embroidery for Teens
A week-long course designed to teach some of the basics of Haute Couture hand Embroidery especially created for teens considering fashion careers.

Students will learn a range of different Techniques used in Haute Couture embroidery to complete a beautiful sample piece.

Techniques include Basic silk shading, Beading, Stumpwork, feather work and goldwork.

  • Dates: Mon 22nd July – Fri 26th July or Mon 12th – Fri 16th August
  • Cost: £347.04
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Fashion Jewellery Making
Learn how to make the latest trends in Fashion jewellery, making earrings, Necklace and bracelets.

Claire is a freelance designer who studied accessory design at London College of Fashion and both traditional and experimental jewellery at Central St Martins. She has worked with and produced samples for many famous fashion labels.

The workshop will cover the basics of hand making jewellery techniques such as making loops with wire, opening and closing jump rings and attaching findings. Focusing on current jewellery trends for summer you will have the opportunity to produce a coordinating set including earrings and necklace or bracelet.

  • Dates: Wed 24th July, Wed 7th August, Mon 12th August,
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Cost: £36.83
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Cloth Dolls Making
A week-long course which will teach you how to make bespoke fun cloth jointed dolls which reflect your own personality, plus learning sewing and embroidery skills also.

  • Dates: Tues 6th – Fri 9th August or Tues 27th – Fri 30th August
  • Cost: £277.75
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Style Like Celebrities
Never know what to Wear or How to Style it ! Learn tricks and tips from a professional Stylist, Becky Barnes, in this session specifically for teens.

This session will help you learn what suits your personality, your colouring and your body shape. Once you understand these elements, dressing and shopping is both exciting and rewarding; it can help build a strong sense of identity and increase your self-esteem as well as being a LOT of fun!

The workshop will cover 4 key elements:

1/ Discover your style personality – in this session we’ll really understand what matters to you. How do you want to feel in your clothing? Is it important to you to look sporty, trendy or maybe quirky? What would you like to try wearing? What makes you you?

2/ Explore your best colours – here we will use coloured swatches to uncover which colours really suit you and help give you the confidence to bring more colour into your life.

3/ Create your own style board – this is a hands on creative session where we build up a picture of what inspires you. You will be encouraged to move away from trends and more towards what’s right for YOU!

4/ Know the best places to shop for your style – we will finish with a session on the best places to shop to find the pieces that represent your style.

  • Dates: Tues 23rd July, Wed 24th July, Thurs 15th August, Thurs 22nd August
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Cost: £32.57
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Teens & Tweenies Dressmaking Basics
A week-long sewing course specifically design for teens or tweenies wanting to learn how to use a sewing machine and the basics of dressmaking.

During the week, they will learn how to use a sewing machine, make a Needlecase and Drawstring bag to hold their sewing tools, but also put together a basic garment. either a skirt or shorts.

  • Dates: Mon 29th – Fri 2nd August or Mon 19th – Fri 23rd August
  • Cost: £347.04
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Selfie Like The Stars
Selfie Like the Stars! This course will teach teens and tweenies how to get the most out of their camera phones. Learn the Techniques used by a professional photographer, Kirsty Northover in her Family and Personal Branding shoots such as :

– choosing your background
– finding the best light
– learning to see the best angle / using leading lines
– using perspective to tell a story
– flattering posing

  • Dates: Mon 22nd July, Tues 6th August, Tues 20th August
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • £32.57
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How to Move like a Movie Star
What to know how to move like a star on the red carpet, how they manage on red carpets in heels! This session will show you how!

How do stars like Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o and Victoria Beckham look SO elegant? OK, so they dress beautifully and have amazing hair, makeup and photography… But they all move with grace and lightness, because they’ve all learned about the Alexander Technique – and now you can too.

Find out how the way you think affects the way you move, and how changing both can help you improve in everything you do. And no matter how brilliant you get, the AT will keep helping you to get better.

If you’ve ever had a sore neck, shoulders or back and found it hard to let tension go, the Alexander Technique can really help you with that. But you don’t need to have any problems with to learn learn this amazing way of thinking you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life.

There’s no subject more fascinating than YOU, and you’ll be studying what you are doing in this workshop. You’ll be able to share ideas with each other as you learn and help each other as a group. Every session is as individual as you are so you’ll be on an adventure into the unknown. Are you up for the adventure?

  • Dates: Thurs 25th July, Fri 16th August, Fri 23rd August
  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Cost: £32.57
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