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The Craft Workshop Weekend

London Craft Week is just around the corner and we have the perfect way to channel the creativity and inspiration gathered during London’s annual celebration of craft.

The end of October will welcome Ham Yard Hotel’s inaugural Craft Workshop Weekend, and we would love to welcome you too…

This one-of-a-kind weekend will be a two day event taking place over 30th and 31st October. Delve into the world and work of two of the most inspiring makers we know, Natasha Hulse and Melissa White. Both Natasha and Melissa are highly respected artists that we have worked with for many years and have commissioned for past projects and collaborations.

The weekend will begin with a personal welcome from Kit, who will lead a tour of the art in the hotel, giving an insight into her collection and the inspiration behind the design.

Following this, you will be invited into the inspiring surroundings of the Windmill Room to learn how to create a floral appliqué masterpiece. A master of bespoke appliqué design, Natasha will teach you how to use fabrics, paints and appliqué to create your own three dimensional floral design, ready to be framed the next day.

On day two, Melissa’s workshop will show you examples of her work and other painted frames for inspiration. She will then guide you on applying the base coat and demonstrate how to add texture to paint. Under Melissa’s expert tutelage, you will learn to create patterns with brushstrokes and transfer designs onto the frame.

Students will break for a delicious lunch on the first day and will experience Ham Yard Restaurant’s award-winning Afternoon Tea on day two. Those staying with us at Ham Yard Hotel overnight can make the most of the hotel’s leafy Roof Terrace, Soholistic Spa or even take a spin in The Croc Bowling Alley.

You will return home with your own framed masterpiece to treasure for forever more.

For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

Inspired by Melissa and Natasha’s aprons above and conscious of our sustainability ambitions, we have been busy making our own Kit Kemp aprons for you to use during the workshops. We have used old curtains and samples that have been cut, washed and pressed before being turned into aprons. All the fabrics are my designs for Christopher Farr Cloth.

With the scraps from the fabric after cutting the aprons, we made these handy fabric pouches to use on the workshop table containing paintbrushes, pencils, scissors and bits and bobs.

Our special storage pouches and fabulous aprons were made by a team member’s very talented mother – thank you Marilyn Crisp! This really is recycling and reusing at its best.

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