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BASIC TILING

Not quite sure where to start with a tiling project? Bit daunted by the thought of tiles falling off the wall if you do get them on? What about those half tiles at the corners… and what about drilling into tile? If the thought of tackling a tiling project yourself is terrifying, yet you yearn for the skills to have a go, then this half-day weekend workshop is just for you. In this hands-on practical workshop, an experienced tiler will guide you through choosing appropriate tiles for the job, sizing up, planning out and preparing the surface.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
LOG CABIN QUILTING WEEKEND

Welcome to off-kilter quilting – a basic sewing and introduction to quilting weekend. During this two-day weekend workshop you will learn to machine-sew and hand-stitch a small cosy quilt.

  • Study level: Not applicable
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
MAKE A LINEN TASSEL IN A DAY

We are thrilled to welcome back Anna Crutchley to teach you how to make Linen Tassels. Anna trained in woven textiles and now makes trimmings to commission for antique dealers, furniture restorers, interior decorators and heritage organisations.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Full time
HAND CANING FURNITURE

Ever seen a great chair in a junk shop but noticed that the caning that spans the seat is sadly coming away at the edges? Sometimes a chair that had been caned has had an unsightly slab of plywood tacked onto the broken seat. This is an opportunity to increase your upholstery know how and bring a ‘once pretty’ seat up to scratch.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
BASIC ELECTRICS

An evening workshop learning first principles of electrics in the home. Stay safe in your home by finding out what you legally can and can’t do yourself.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
INTRO TO SOFT FURNISHINGS

For absolute beginners who would love to make their own cushions for seats and sofas. Join us for a one day workshop learning the basics of soft furnishings.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
RUSH BASKET MAKING

A classic craft with a contemporary flair. [john-page-baskets] Basket making is often overlooked as a pleasurable hobby to develop at home.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
PLEATED LAMPSHADE MAKING

Boost the glamour of your boudoir with some fabulous hand pleated lampshades crafted with your own hands. Transform your lights into a stunning show piece of home décor using semi sheer fabrics from simple cottons to chiffon and silk.

  • Study level: Advanced
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
DIY IN A DAY - DRILLS

An enjoyable ‘hands on’ one day workshop that covers many of the common aspects of basic DIY. If you have just brought your home and have realised it didn't include a landlord to fix stuff, this day is for you.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CURTAIN MAKING

Ever wanted to make your own curtains but not wanted to risk ruining expensive fabric if you tried? Do you have some lovely vintage fabric that you have been saving to 'get made' into curtains but been put off by the expense? In this workshop,experienced curtain maker Grace Pennycooke will teach you how to produce beautiful flowing curtains for any room. Even if you are an absolute beginner and a bit frightened of a sewing machine, Grace will guide you through measuring marking and cutting out fabric to assemble an unlined curtain with a smart pencil pleat header.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
FURNITURE RESTORATION

A wonderful entry into the enchanting world of restoration. This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
DIY IN A DAY - PLUMBING

Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. Plumbing = Water in and water out.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO FURNITURE RESTORATION

Revamp your tired woodwork. Revamp your tired woodwork.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - STEP UP LOW WOOD STOOL

This new woodwork course is another charming project from our a cherished Edwardian instructional woodwork manual, ‘Carpentry for Beginners’. The projects in the book are perfect for learning basic woodwork skills and we have refined the instructions to incorporate a modern craft construction.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Weekend | Full time | Part time day
BASIC PLUMBING

You will learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. You will learn how to isolate water supply, fix a leaky tap, rescue something from a U bend and unclog a blocked sink.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Full time
TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO WOODCARVING

Have you ever marveled at the fine detail or flowing lines of a wood carving? Or perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to carve? Choose from our selection of woodcarving workshops and begin to work with wood. Join our Intro to Woodcarving workshop and let expert wood carver Stephen Scott charm and assure you that a carving to be proud of will be in your hands by the end of the course.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend
UPHOLSTERY - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR

The Goodlife Centre is proud to have secured the teaching skills of Louise Richardson, an experienced trained teacher in all aspects of re-upholstery for a longer ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ series of classes. Louise teaches the history and practice of all styles of upholstery as you learn to cover your own choice of work.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD PUZZLE

For those of you who hanker for an ability to construct in wood, we are offering a new short course in basic woodwork. You will learn how to measure and cut accurately using a traditional brass backed hand saw, how to shape wood joints using a chisel and how to use a plane to smooth and form soft woods.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
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