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Want to share your skill or craft?

Do you have any skills you would like to share in an informal session? It's an opportunity to meet other locals and share your enthusiasm. Theres no need to be experienced. It might be knitting, old style preserving, growing veg, bread making, making new things from old, card making, etc: 01773 827485

Our thanks go to Belper Town Council who kindly agreed we could hold the workshops at St John’s.

Here are examples of past workshops

Knit a Christmas Cracker - Christmas preparations finished off with a decoration or gift cracker that you have made yourself! Attendees learnt basic knitting skills such as casting on, knit/purl, casting off, to make a fab christmas cracker to hang on the tree or fill with a special small gift (chocolates/jewellery...). The workshop used a variety of recycled or reclaimed 'yarns' such as fabric made into ribbon, pulled out jumpers, wire etc.

Hand-spinning of Yarns - how to make a simple drop spindle with a potato, looked at different types of fibre (wool, cotton, linen, animal hair etc.) learnt to spin wool with your spindle, and moved on to having a go with a spinning wheel with Ali Clark.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance - lead by David Price of the Cycle Service. The workshop learned about making bicycles safer and more efficient to ride as well as how to adjust and maintain them. It was a practical morning with lots of dirty hands-on experience and a question and answer session.

Sewing skills - workshop was held on Saturday 19th May - we'll add photos below when available.

Basketry Workshop - basic techniques that are used in basketry and about sourcing and preparing willow. Many thanks to Emma Carr of Junky Monkey for running this workshop.

Tool Sharpening - Adrian Rochford led the tool-sharpening informative workshop.

Bread making in terracotta pots - with Rob Lindop. You may have seen Rob at the Belper Farmers market!

Eco Art - workshop with Julie Marshall, fun with rainbows materials bioplastic made from ingredients in your kitchen.






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