Art & Crafts Events

Embroidery Workshop 

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Monday June 18, 10am-4.30pm 

£175 including morning coffee, light lunch and embroidery kit. Places must be booked

Parham hosts an embroidery masterclass and workshop by Royal School of Needlework tutor Chrissie Juno Mann. Taking inspiration from the 18th century silk embroidered Hare in a Thicket on display in the House, the workshop will teach basic gold work and creative stitch. 

Phone 01903 742021 or email

Drypoint Etching with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Friday June 22, 10am-2pm

£55 including materials

Explore the printmaking technique of drypoint with an emphasis on texture and quality of line. Participants draw directly into acetate and metallic card sheets to create varied mark-making, which, when printed through an etching press, will create rich velvety lines. Participants will produce multiple prints inspired by the gardens and will experiment with different ways of inking to add subtle colour as well as chine-cole collage. This intaglio printmaking process is perfect for beginners as the transparent plates offer the option to trace from preparatory drawings or photographs. For the more confident, drypoint is ideal for artists looking to expand their practice.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Houseplants and Macrame Hangers

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton

Thursday June 28, 10.30am-4.30pm


Spend a morning learning about houseplants, then an afternoon creating a macramé plant hanger in this workshop led by designer and stylist Paula, of Brighton-based Cocoon & me, a small independent enterprise working with planet-friendly materials such as jute, rope and other recycled textile yarns.

Phone 0778 668595 or 07729 037182 or visit

Summer Brocante

Cowdray House, Midhurst

Friday and Saturday June 29 and 30

This summer show is filled with more than 100 selected exhibitors, bringing together an edit of the very best of decorative country living. There will be French antiques and furniture, traditional country antiques and exquisite textiles. Explore a rural country living area, listen to talks and join workshops.

Phone 01730 813599 or visit

Printing with Collage (Collagraph Printmaking) with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Friday June 29, 9.30am-2pm

£55 including materials

This workshop, which is suitable for beginners, explores the many exciting possibilities of collagraph printmaking by building up textures and marks with a variety of collage materials on a mount card plate. Participants will learn how to construct interesting textured printing plates using metallic card, papers and precut pattern pieces as well as tapes and found textures before cutting areas away. The collagraph plate will then be sealed and dried before being inked using intaglio etching inks and passed through a press with dampened paper. Also explored will be the wonders of black and white intaglio inking, but can also add sensitive intuitive highlights of colour. This is a flexible and inexpensive technique that results in rich, textured prints. Each time the paper is lifted the results are never the same and is always very rewarding.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Phototransfer with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Wednesday July 4, 10am-2pm

£55 including materials

This workshop will use images of the flora and fauna around the gardens (pictured) to transfer onto a different back grounds to create beautiful mixed media pieces. Participants will be introduced to techniques of transferring photographic images onto varied surfaces. They will use gesso, acrylic medium and paints, collage, monoprints, found papers and textures to build up semi-abstract experiments on paper, wood, slate and canvas.They will learn how to create aesthetic compositions, sensitive colour combinations and beautiful pieces.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Crafting with Succulents with Fiona Wemyss

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Friday July 6, 10am-2pm

£55/RHS members £44

In this workshop, Fiona Wemyss, of Blueleaf Plants, teaches how to wire succulents and turn them into bouquets, hairpieces, boutonnieres and cake decorations. Each participant will make at least 10 wired succulents in different sizes to take home. Succulents in a range of sizes and colours, floral supplies, accessories and tools are all provided.

Phone 01233 731240, email or visit

Botanical Painting at Abingworth – 4 Night Residential

Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, Pulborough

Monday July 9 (four days)


Capture the beauty and essence of all things botanical on paper during this four-day course, which will improve painting skills, use technical form, teach use of colour and tone, and use equipment.

Phone 0345 470 7558 or visit

Introduction to Basketry Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday July 10, 10am

Tickets £90-£100

Basketmaker Anne Marie Sullivan teaches this workshop, during which students will learn the craft of basketry by creating a Sciathog, a small shallow ribbed frame basket traditionally used for straining potatoes. A tour of the house and garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees and all tools and materials are included in the cost. Suitable for all levels. Picture: Anne Marie Sullivan.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Botanical Gelliprint & Mono Print with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Wednesday July 11, 10am-2pm

£55 including materials

This workshop explores the basic techniques of mono printing where one-off unique prints are made without the use of a press. Participants will use inks and rollers to create layers and simple direct drawings from nature. Leaves and plants will also be used to create effective frottage prints. Participants will then produce spontaneous Gelli prints which are made using flexible rubber-like plate that holds textures and patterns. These are perfect for building up layers with stencils and overlapping colours to create beautiful images. Participants will be producing numerous prints with atmospheric textural qualities by pressing leaves and flowers into the plates.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

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