Chats in the garden with Catherine Chenery: how to create environments and living spaces in your garden
Jun
25
12:00 pm12:00

Chats in the garden with Catherine Chenery: how to create environments and living spaces in your garden

  • &hobbs

I am so excited for this! I love gardening, another passion my mother has taught me! 

And this Sunday to celebrate Shere Open Gardens we have local garden designer Catherine having a chat in our garden. We will be covering how to create living environments, moments of calm and inspirations in your green spaces what ever the style or size.

Catherine will also be doing a Q&A at the end so you leave full to the brim with ideas and inspiration! 

And to top it off we have the lovely Tom from Tattams mixing up lovely botanical cocktails from Seedlip

A bit about Catherine, 

Catherine Chenery is an award winning garden designer and botanical stylist with a background in History of Art and a life-long love of plants and the outdoors. Catherine refined her knowledge of plants and eye for design when she studied at the London College of Garden Design, graduating with a distinction.

Catherine’s garden design style is characterised by soft planting contrasted with contemporary landscaping. Designing with a holistic approach allows Catherine to focus on balancing strong design with the demands on the space and the needs of the client. The core of Catherine’s approach is a desire to understand the client’s style and the way in which they want to use the garden, aiming to create a space that is not only beautiful but becomes an intrinsic part of their life and home.

A glance through Catherine’s portfolio will show you projects ranging from urban roof terraces to large country gardens. Catherine adapts her approach to suit the individual client, surroundings of the garden and history of the location. 

A highlight of Catherine’s career to date was being awarded the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015. Collaborating with horticulturalist Barbara Harfleet, Catherine created ‘Unique’, a show garden for the Rare Chromosome Disorder Society which featured soft, textural planting around curving gravel paths.

A love of natural, informal planting is reflected in botanical styling projects. These include wedding posies of meadow flowers and wild flower bouquets for a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed bridal party. This summer, Catherine will be exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in collaboration with Riot Balloons. The ‘Chelsea Jungle’ will be an immersive jungle dreamscape of exotic foliage and vibrant balloons.

Plant your own veg: a workshop for little ones
Jun
25
10:00 am10:00

Plant your own veg: a workshop for little ones

  • &hobbs

Join us for a free drop in session with your little ones. 

Making biodegradable newspaper pots to then plant locally grown veg. Teaching little ones the verity of produce we can grow at home and to simple enjoy time in the garden! 

Free Drop in 10 till 11.30am. 


Natural dyes& macramé
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Natural dyes& macramé

I have a great passion for the out doors and exploring our wonderful surroundings. I love to make and teach others how to make beautiful things using natural materials and items found on our doorsteps.

Using natural, Eco friendly and fair trade items are hugely important to me when creating. It's not just about design, it's about materials, textures, colours and where things come from. It's so easy to go into a shop and pick up something pretty, but to make your own or to buy from a maker who takes care when sourcing and making is far more precious.

During this workshop you will make a Macrame wall hanging using a hazel stick (cut from my back garden) and unbleached cotton. Macrame is an amazing art, not only does it look beautiful but getting lost in the knotting is very therapeutic. I will then show you how to create natural dyes from items found in kitchen waste and flora from most people's gardens or public areas. You will then use natural dyes to dip dye your wall hanging. Whilst they are soaking we will have lunch and wait to see the results! (Lunch will be provided... Vegan, veggie and wheat free options.)

It's amazing how much waste we produce from our kitchens yet we could do so much more with it. Experimenting with natural dyes is very exciting and the colours that can be made are truly spectacular. The wall hanging you make will not only be eye catching but also a great talking point. There is so much to explore in things that are discarded or simply over looked.

June 17th 

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad
Jun
3
1:30 pm13:30

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad

  • &hobbs
lolaws.jpg

Brushlettering Workshop at &Hobbs, Shere, Surrey // Saturday 3rd June

Come join us  with Lola Hoad for one of her brushlettering workshops.

Perfect for complete beginners, or for those who want to hone in on the craft, you'll learn the basics that you need to know in order to create beautiful brushlettering. You'll learn about strokes and links through easy, simple worksheets, as well as creating letters and words, how to hold the brush, different pressures as well as textures and ink coverage. By the end of the session, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful handlettering, and will leave with your tool kit to allow at-home practice!

Ticket cost include all tools such as; indian ink, brush pen, pencil and paper for you to take home.

At: &Hobbs, The Forge, Middle Street, Shere GU5 9HF

When: Saturday 3rd June, 1.30-3pm 

Please wear clothes you wouldn't mind getting mucky, just in case! 

Image courtesy of Girls gotta script

May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Photography with Carolyn Carter

Photo 27-02-2017, 13 26 24 (2).jpg

We are so thrilled and excited to have one of our lovely stockists teach in the studio! 

Join Carolyn Carter in our beginners photography workshop and get all those photography basics covered! 

Photography workshop for beginners. 

How to get the most out of your digital camera with Carolyn Carter

The workshop will include:

- The basics of photography.

- Understanding your camera better;
Apertures, Shutter Speed, ISO and other camera modes.

- How to use natural light for better pictures

- Composition and how to best frame your subject

- How to take better portraits

- A chance to practice your new found skills. 
 

After the workshop you will be able to join the private Facebook group for continued support, inspiration and networking.


Some basic terms with regard to the workshop:

An email will be sent out within 24hrs of booking your place with further, detailed information regarding the workshop.

Please be aware that refunds can only be carried out up until 3 days before the workshop is due to take place.

There must be a minimum of 2 bookings for the workshop to take place. In the unfortunate event that there is not enough interest, the workshop will be cancelled 2 days before and you will receive a full refund.

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad
Apr
8
1:30 pm13:30

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad

  • &hobbs

We are so looking forward to our next brush lettering workshop with the ever inspiring Lola Hoad!

Perfect for complete beginners, or for those who want to hone in on the craft, you'll learn the basics that you need to know in order to create beautiful brushlettering. You'll learn about strokes and links through easy, simple worksheets, as well as creating letters and words, how to hold the brush, different pressures as well as textures and ink coverage. By the end of the session, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful handlettering, and will leave with your tool kit to allow at-home practice!

Ticket cost include all tools such as; indian ink, brush pen, pencil and paper for you to take home.

At: &Hobbs, The Forge, Middle Street, Shere GU5 9HF

When: Saturday 8th April, 1.30-3pm 

Please wear clothes you wouldn't mind getting mucky, just in case! 

Apr
1
2:30 pm14:30

beginners knitting

In my mind knitting is one of those skills that we all wish we could partake in at one point in our lives. 

Join local maker and knitter Annette Ohlson who will be teaching you the basic technique of this versatile craft. Take home with you a little knitting kit including a set of needles, wool and bundles of tips from Annette. 

Once your in your groove, you will be creating the first knitted square which you then can continue with making a patch quilt, or accessory. 

Our beginners class runs for two hours allowing you to get hooked to this lovely craft and continue at home, on the train and in front of many books, films and events! 

All courses include a cheeky brew, coffee and cake! 

Lino print workshop
Mar
25
2:30 pm14:30

Lino print workshop

  • &hobbs

Linocut is becoming increasingly popular as a printmaking technique and can take on many pictorial forms from bold dynamic imagery to subtle delicate hues.
Set in a friendly atmosphere, this workshop will take a close look at the technique and offer participants the opportunity to create their own linocut. The course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists.

Working on on A5 piece of lino each participant will:

  • make a single colour linocut

  • learn how to mix up inks

  •  work with linocut tools and equipment to create their own original design to take home.

    As well as the workshop Richenda will also give an insight into her printmaking practice and how her recently published book, ‘Ocean Swell’, was created. The book ,with nearly 100 of her original line drawings, has inspired her to make large linocut prints from the drawings which will soon be exhibited in the UK.
    Signed copies of the book will be available on the day.

    For the workshop please bring along an apron, all tools and materials will be provided. 

We have a minimum of two people for the course to run. All information will be sent to you two days before the workshop is due to take place. If any classes are canceled a full refund will be revived. If you are un able to make a class, please let us know two days before. Any cancelations made after this will regrettably not be refunded. Thank you so much for booking with us and we can not wait for the class to begin! 

Macramé wall hanging
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Macramé wall hanging

  • &hobbs

Join us in store on Saturday the 18th of March with Macramé artists Amy Marchment and create a beautiful wall hanging using a series of techniques and styles. 

Learn a series of knots which you can then use to explore your creativity using unbleached cotton string. Add colour with natural bamboo and organic cotton yarns. 

During this session you will be shown how to do the knots and given the freedom to create your own piece by attaching the cotton to a hazel stick or wooden hoop. You can have as much or as little help as you need. Dont worry if you are a complete macrame novice and don't think you'll be able to manage it... Trust me you will!

(Wall hangings will be approximately 20cmx50cm or smaller, dimensions not including sticks)

Basics of sewing
Mar
9
10:30 am10:30

Basics of sewing

  • &hobbs

 

"A stitch in time saves nine!" 

Join us in store on the 9th of March where local seamstress and needle crafter Robin Dabbs will teach you the basics of sewing! Getting you on the road to many projects! We aim to inspire that love of making and help you have the skills to repair items and begin projects with no stress! 

There will be a brief explanation on the importance of the hand stitch and why having a few hand sewing skills can not only save an occasion but can give that quality finish to your own hand made garments. 

You will learn 3 basic stitches and how to start and finish the stitch.

Whilst you are practicing these you will be making something of use and will have a small finished product to take home.

I'm hoping to inspire you to want to further your sewing abilities.

If you would like to learn more then you can book on to the 4 session course which will cover basic stitches, emergency repairs, invisible darning and simple alterations.

Its very satisfying mending your own clothes im hoping to empower you to feel confident to fix something or alter it for yourself or your family and friends.

Come and get busy learning and who knows where your new found skills could take you?

A bit about Robin:

I am a creative thinker with a desire to teach. I am motivated and am good at communicating with others. I have a passion for colour, style and design that has been with me since birth.

I studied art at foundation level at Wimbledon college, where I  specialised in fashion and textiles.

I then went to BA level at Ravensbourne art college and did a 3 yr course in  fashion and textiles.  I went on to do a 3 yr apprenticeship at Cosprops, a top costumers  in London, making costumes for film, theatre and TV. I  learnt many transferable skills. 

I formed a partnerships Lucy.Lucia  in the early 90's that was a success until recession struck! We designed and made hats and dance costumes. Great fun but hard work.

Children then took up my life.

For the past 3 years I have worked for madjak clothing, based in Shere as a tailor. Doing custom makes, pret a porter and skilled alterations.

I am now ready to show others my skills in the hope that they will  be used and taken on further.

Basics of Weaving
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Basics of Weaving

  • &hobbs

DESCRIPTION

This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of weaving on a lap loom. Weaving is a fast growing trend, is well known for its therapeutic tendencies and allows you to play with texture and colour culminating in the creation of your own wall hanging. Why not try a new craft for the new year!

The class will cover how to warp up a loom including how to get the tension right. You will learn how to make tassles to give your wall hanging a simple fringe finish. It will cover various weaving techniques which Lucy will talk you through step by step throughout the lesson. You will be encouraged to experiment with colours and textures using a selection of yarns and roving to create your piece. You will then be shown how to take your weave off the loom and get it ready to hang using a piece of doweling which will give your wall hanging a perfect finish.

All materials will be provided and you will get to go home with one small but wonderful weaving ready to hang on your wall. Classes are limited to 8 spaces so please be quick if you would like to book.

Lucy runs a craft and lifestyle blog that has been featured in many craft magazines including Mollie Makes which she has written tutorials for. She is a self taught weaver and crafter and is excited to pass on these skills to other makers.

For more information please contact lucy@peasandneedles.co.uk Visit Lucy's website www.peasandneedles.co.uk and follow on Instagram instagram.com/peasandneedles

FEBUARY 25th

 10am-1pm

Lucy spends her days playing with colour and texture, creating beautiful weaves and decorative wonders. When Lucy isn’t crafting, she’s teaching others to and can be found passing on her skills in workshops across the UK. You can find out more on her craft and lifestyle blog, Peas and Needles.

Needle Felting Workshop
Feb
23
10:30 am10:30

Needle Felting Workshop

This is an ideal opportunity for you to come and be with a group and explore the idea of needle felting, by the end of the workshop you'll know if you'd like to take it further. 

You will learn about:

* the inspiring diversity of working with wool using this technique.

* The tools and materials you will need.

* The basic science of working with wool.

By the end of this session you will have a basic understanding of this remarkably versatile technique and a small felted object of your choice to take home with you...to admire (of course!)

Come and unlock your creativity.

It's very satisfying and is a great way to 

de-stress, focus and be with fellow Arts & Crafters.

Sewing Clinic
Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Sewing Clinic

  • &hobbs

Sewing Clinic with Robin.

Working away on a sewing project and finding your self a little stuck? Never fear Robin is here! 

Robin is a local seamstress with years of professional sewing and needle craft experience. She will be in store answering your questions and helping with any project where your becoming unstitched...pun totally intended!! Bring in your latest project and let Robin guide you how to get back in to your groove and complete your stunning project! 

Drop in to the store on Saturday the 11th of February with any of your sewing stumbles, queries and questions for you free tutorial!

Macramé Christmas wreath
Dec
17
2:00 pm14:00

Macramé Christmas wreath

  • &hobbs

Fancy creating something a little different for this years decorations, come along on the 17th of December and create a Macramé wreath using plates, knots and a selections of hemp, cotton, and decorative cords. Decorate them further if you wish with ivy and bells or knotted decorations. 

Details: Saturday the 17th of December 2pm-4pm With Amy Marchment 

Christmas brush lettering workshop with Lola Hoad
Dec
10
1:30 pm13:30

Christmas brush lettering workshop with Lola Hoad

  • &hobbs
&hobbsworkshopXMAS-2.png

Come join us with illustrator Lola Hoad at the forge for a Christmas brushlettering workshop.

You'll learn the basics of handlettering such as strokes, letter links and formation and ink coverage, and by the end of the session you'll have created your own set of brushlettered gift tags!

All tools are included in your ticket and consist of: indian ink, brush pen, pencil, blank gift tags and paper.

 

At: &hobbs, The Forge, Middle Street, Shere, Surrey, GU5 9HF

When: Saturday 10th December, 13.30-15.00

A foraged decoration
Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

A foraged decoration

  • &hobbs

Come and spend an evening with us at the &hobbs store with Kingfisher farm shop in our foraged and found workshop. 

Use those objects that can be found when out for a walk or collected in a draw for that 'one day' and create tasteful natural Christmas decorations. 

Macramé Planters with Amy Marchment
Oct
29
11:00 am11:00

Macramé Planters with Amy Marchment

  • &hobbs
_MG_5219 (2).JPG

Come and join us in the &hobbs gallery to learn how to create hanging planters using Macramé techniques with artists Amy Merchment. Using a selection of natural cotton rope, braided hemp and wooden beads.

Pots are not included but there will a selection for you to choose from or bring along a favourite and create a new little home for it!

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad
Oct
15
1:30 pm13:30

Brush Lettering with Lola Hoad

  • &hobbs

Brushlettering Workshop with Lola Hoad at the &hobbs store, 15th October

Come join us with Lola Hoad an independent designer for a brushlettering workshop.

Perfect for complete beginners, or for those who want to hone in on the craft, you'll learn the basics that you need to know in order to create beautiful brushlettering. You'll learn about strokes and links, creating letters and words, how to hold the brush, different pressures as well as textures and ink coverage. By the end of the session, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful handlettering, and will leave with your tool kit to allow at-home practise!

Ticket cost include all tools such as; indian ink, brush pen, pencil and paper for you to take home.

At: &hobbs, The Forge, Middle Street, Shere, Surrey, GU5 9HF

When: Saturday 15th October, 13.30-15.00

Floral Crown Workshop with Kingfisher Farm Shop!
Sep
16
7:00 pm19:00

Floral Crown Workshop with Kingfisher Farm Shop!

  • &hobbs

Come and join us for an evening of floral design with a glass of Prosecco, seasonal blooms and guidance from florist and milliner Daisy Roots from the Kingfisher Farmshop. 

Daisy will guide you when choosing your blooms, methods or fixing and arranging your beautiful buds and create a stunning floral crown to adorn your self or to display at home! 

Book online now as places are limited! 


Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

Weaving Workshop with Amy Ilic


A Little about the class and about Amy...

This is a beginner course and also for those who have played a little with weaving and would like to learn a few more techniques or just practice with other weavers and want to ask Amy any questions to develop your weaving skills.

In this workshop Amy will be teaching you how to make your own woven wall hanging. 

You will learn how to warp up and play with texture and colour through making Rya Knots (tassels), half hitch knots, twining, using roving (unspun wool) and weaving and making knots in different ways to create interesting textures, resulting in a very tactile textile wall hanging!

Amy will provide everything that you will need to have a ready to hang Wall Hanging. If you do have a favorite yarn or scissors then please bring them along!

There will be a range of colours and textured yarns to experiment with so that when you leave you will be more educated as to what yarns to buy, where and how to use them.

Weaving is a very addictive craft. The rhythm one gets into when weaving is a great way to unwind and process the day and thoughts. Woven wall hangings are also a massive trend in the interiors world bringing in textured, tactile textiles on your walls. Not only can they be elegant and bring character to an adult home, they are also a perfect decoration for a baby or child’s room, but be careful they won’t stop stroking it! 

Amy is an interior Designer and a Weaver, designing and weaving home and fashion accessories. She is very interested in wellbeing and how craft affects emotional health positively, slowing down in a fast world.

She is very passionate about weaving and loves to talk about the subject and answering any questions that will help you on your journey of becoming a weaver!


Pop-Up store with Nicola Anstey
Aug
26
Aug 28

Pop-Up store with Nicola Anstey

  • &hobbs

 

Specialising in restored vintage and antique furniture Nicola Anstey Design brings a fresh unique and modern twist to traditional design. Furniture includes a changing stock of one-off antique and retro sofas, old vintage wooden cabinets, rustic and antique tables, industrial metal chairs.  

Come on down to the &hobbs store to take a look at Nicola's work from he 26th-29th August!

The doors to our new store are opening!
Aug
6
10:00 am10:00

The doors to our new store are opening!

  • &hobbs

The opening of the new store is just around the corner and we can't wait! 

From the 6th of August the store will officially be open stocked to the (beautiful) rafters with products for your home created by wildly talented independents and family businesses. New unreleased stock will also be hitting our shelves, so watch this space! 

With workshops, tutorials, Pop up shops and galleries we have many occasions for you guys to head on down and to become apart of our creative community. 

IMG_4925.JPG
Create a floral crown at our launch party!
Aug
5
7:00 pm19:00

Create a floral crown at our launch party!

  • &hobbs

Floral Crown Workshop with Kingfisher Flower Shop. 

Come along to our launch evening on the 5th of August 7pm-9pm.

The opportunity to be carefree and adorned with florals. 

Take part in a Floral Crown workshop with Kingfisher Flower shop making stunning garlands to wear for the night and then take home with you to dry or simply enjoy whilst in bloom. 

Enjoy a glass of something sparkly, whilst being surrounded by creatives and stunning items from independent makers and designers.

Name *
Name
Fill in the form above to save your place on the Floral Crown workshop for our opening night! We cannot wait to share this evening with you all! Places on the workshop are limited so let me know how many of you would like to take part & you shall be added to the guest list! I look forward to seeing you on the night!