Friday, 4 October 2013

Brand New Workshops!

You may have seen from our schedule of workshops for October that we have a couple of brand new classes coming up. There are quite a few new classes on offer through November and December too. The rest of the year is looking pretty exciting on the workshop front!

Our new website allows you to view all our classes on a month-by-month calendar, so you can skip ahead to the coming months to see what we have planned and book in advance!

New Culinary Craft Classes:

Dessert Demonstration

17th October, 7.30 - 9.30pm
25th November, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Come and watch a master dessert maker at work and learn some tricks of the trade!

Led by: Jamie Prouting, The Cake Eating Company

In this two hour demonstration session, Jamie will show you how she makes two of our scrumptious Cafe desserts from scratch!

You will see how to make:
  • Our Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Cake
  • The Opera Cake from our special order menu

As well as watching the process involved in making these beautiful sweet delights from start to finish, you will also receive a sample of each cake to take home with you, along with the recipe for the Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Cake. Yum!

Truffle Making

22nd October, 7.30 - 9.30pm
18th November, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Come and learn the art of truffle making and take home a box of your own handmade delicacies. 

Led by: Jamie Prouting, The Cake Eating Company

In this two hour workshop, you will learn toflavour ganache, temper, dip and roll your very own truffles.

At the end of the class, you will have a delicious box of your own hand made delicacies to take home with you!

Chocolate Appreciation Evening

7th November, 7.30  -9.30pm

Love chocolate? Want to learn more about it whilst sampling lots of delicious examples? Read on!

Led by: Jamie Prouting, The Cake Eating Company

Ever wondered what the difference is between cooking chocolate and coverture?

Come on our two hour appreciation session and learn about the different chocolates available to you, how they differ and what makes a good chocolate.

Come with a fresh palate and prepared to sample lots and LOTS of chocolate!

New Quilting Classes:

Stack and Slash Quilt

23rd October, 7-9pm
28th November, 7-9pm

Learn the basic quilting techniques needed to make this beautiful stack & slashed quilt in your choice of fabrics!

Skill level: Beginner Quilter

Tutor: Juliet van der Heijden, Tartankiwi

In this two hour session, you will learn the skills required to make this lovely quilt top.

Learn a very easy way to quilt – the stack and slash method! If you’re new to quilting or want to learn a fast new technique, come and join us for a taster class.

If you would like further help with quilting and binding, come along to our Layer, Quilt & Bind class!

Materials not included. You will need:
  • 3 Fat Quarters of plain fabric
  • 3 Fat Quarters of patterned fabric

Fabric Advent Calendar

24th and 31st October, 7-9pm

Come along and learn how to make a unique hand-crafted advent calendar, using some basic quilting and embroidery techniques! 

Skill level: Intermediate - experienced with sewing machine & rotary cutter use

Tutor: Melanie Edgar

We all look forward to starting our advent calendar on the 1st December, both young and old! So why not learn how to make a unique calendar to last a life-time? 

In this two part session you will learn several basic quilting and embroidery techniques, which are essential for many different projects.

In the first session, you will:
  • Cut out all your fabric pieces
  • Prepare your pieces for the embroidery stage
  • Learn how to embroider your first number
During the week between sessions, you will need to complete as many numbers as you can for the next stage of the class.

In the second session, you will:
  • Make all the pockets
  • Start sewing the calendar together
A hand-out will be provided with full instructions, including how to quilt and bind your calendar which will be completed at home. If you need help with this, our Layer, Quilt & Bind workshop is a great summary of basic quilting techniques!

You will need:
  • 2 FQ patterned fabric for the pockets - or 30 x 5" squares
  • 1.5m white or cream homespun for the embroidered numbers
  • 75cm quilt batting
  • 75cm plain backing fabric
  • 1/2m plain fabric for binding

Choose from our range of beautiful winter and Christmas themed fabrics to create little pockets for your chosen treats. You will receive 15% off any fabric purchased in store.

We will provide:
  • Use of The Make Cafe sewing machines
  • Quilting/sewing tools-including an air erasble marker, pins, rulers, embroidery thread - for use during the class
  • 1m ribbon
  • Fusible Interfacing

New Accessory Making Class:

Fabric Flower Fascinator

30th October, 7.30 - 9.30pm 

Work with a professional Bridal Jewellery Maker and learn how to make gorgeous fabric flower hair fascinators - just in time for Cup Week or a Christmas office party! 

Tutor: Helena Dinnissen - Charis Jewellery & Hair Accessories

In this two hour workshop, Helena will show you how to work with beautiful fabrics, beads and feathers to create a gorgeous hair fascinator, at a fraction of the cost you could buy one for on the high street! 

You will learn how to:
  • Treat and stiffen fabric
  • Some basic sewing
  • Bias cutting and manipulation
  • Basic beading, wire and feather work

All materials will be provided, along with a hot drink and something sweet to indulge in while you work!

If you have any natural fibre fabrics at home - such as cotton, linen or silk - that you would like to incorporate into your hair piece or jewellery components such as brooches and beads, bring them along and we will work those into your design! Perfect if you would like to match with your outfit!

By the end of the class, you will have a lovely fabric flower hair accessory, perfect to wear to Cup Week or a work party!

This class is also available for private group bookings, so please enquire for more details if you're interested in coming along with a group of girl friends!

New Fabric Printing & Dyeing:

Shibori Dyeing

Saturday 23rd November, 1.30 - 4pm

Discover how to create your own dyed fabrics using the ancient Japanese art of Shibori!

Skill level: Absolute Beginner 

Tutor: Rebekah Harman

In this 2 ½ hour class you will learn three Shibori techniques where you will stitch, clamp and bind fabric before dyeing it to create unique patterns.

You will be shown step-by-step how to mix your own colours, enabling you to dye your fabric any colour you like! There are no right or wrong ways to create Shibori fabrics and every piece you create will be a beautiful one-off piece of art.

This is the perfect introductory class for those wishing to learn how to add colour and pattern to their own craft fabrics.

New Christmas Classes: 

Christmas Cupcake Decorating

27th November, 7.30 - 9.30pm
11th December, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Learn to master the basics of cupcake decorating and make four scrumptious looking (and tasting!) culinary delights for the festive period!

Skill level: Beginner 

Tutor: Adrienne Horne, Cakes Galore

In this two hour workshop, you will learn how to work with icing to create edible christmas themed cupcake decorations and how to accurately apply piped decorative finishes to your cupcakes!

All other materials will be provided, including:
  • 4 cupcakes to decorate
  • Icing, colouring and sprinkles
  • Piping bags and nozzles

A hot/cold beverage and something sweet to indulge in will also be provided.

You will need to bring:
  • An apron
  • A rolling pin

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