Stag & Bow in Forest Hill – go forth and make lovely things

I love Stag & Bow and I was thrilled when they were at my fair, and I love their shop and the whole idea of such a lovely creative space for mooching, acquiring, buying and discovering, as well as dreaming, creating, imagining and achieving. If you South East of Mother Thames then I encourage you to walk through the door of this special place in a new fangled world…

In March their courses are:

Book binding part 2 – Saturday 2nd 9 -12 (3 hours) £36

Focusing on the ‘Coptic’ method of book binding, Sew several sections together and add a basic printed element to the cover if you wish. A step up from the Introduction workshop but experience is not essential.

Leatherwork an introduction – Thursday 7th & 14th 7 – 9 (4 hours) £50

Over 2 weeks you will learn to design, cut, tool and stitch together a leather purse or wallet under the expert guidance of our Tutor Colin the Cowboy. This class may be carried on further to make your own bespoke piece if you get lassoed!

Introduction to your sewing machine – Saturday 9th & 16th March 9-12pm (6 hours) £70

Over two weeks this class will cover the basics needed to get your head and hands around your sewing machine confidently (including those fancy computerised ones….). Making a shopping bag with appliquéd detail, bring your own sewing machine and with ring mistress Pascale, free the creative beast within!

Invasion of the Bodice Snatchers! – Tuesday 12th March 6.30 – 8pm £5

Conservator  Catlin is here to save the day! Imparting her wisdom and wealth of experience with all you need to know about spotting, swatting, and keeping those beastly Moths, Beetles & bodice munching buggers at bay!

Experimental stitch & collage – Tuesday 19th 6.30 – 9.30 (3hours) £38

Playing with different fabric embellishing techniques including foil blocking, machine embroidery, layering, dissolvable fabric and free hand embroidery, you will create a beautiful collage.

Buttonology textile talk – Thursday 21st 7 – 9pm (2hours) £24

A talk with a ‘hands on’ twist, exploring their history whilst making a traditional stuffed fabric button and a Dorset button, made on a curtain ring with thread. Surprisingly not invented until the 14th c. delving into a bit of child exploitation as Dorset buttons were crucial in the evolution of working clothes and smocks.

Spring Baskets! – Saturday 23rd & 30th 9-12 (6 hours) £70

Willow & hedgerow basket-weaving; with artist & author Stella Harding, making a simple basket from a mix of willow and garden prunings/foraged material, you will take a basket to be carried home in (if you’re lucky…).

Feltmaking part 2 – Tuesday 26th 6.30 – 9.30 (3hours) £36

Building upon the basics learnt in the introduction to feltmaking, Skip sister Pia will guide your creativity and feltmaking to new unexplored heights! Go on surprise yourself……

Lino printing an introduction – Thursday 28th 6.30 – 9.30 (3 hours) £36

Be seduced by the strong images you can create with a two colour reduction lino print whilst getting a firm grip on the basics to take away and play.

Friday night social – Friday 29th  6-9 pm

Blimey! What a lovely way to start your weekend! Come and have a social crafty good time with us, a knit, stitch, prick, draw, glass of wine/tea, early to bed or a pre cursor to a night on the tiles/Wetherspoons (?!), whatever tickles your fancy… Don’t be shy, it’s the weekend!!

To see more from the Stag & Bow website, including updates and lovely useful bits, please see their webhome:


About Anita in Mrs Antil's Apartment

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