Handmaker's Factory in Kensington offers individuals the opportunity to learn new handicraft skills offering an array of hands-on creative workshops to suit beginners or experienced crafters.
Such classes include sewing, knitting and crocheting, as well as a whole bunch of exciting creative workshops including learn to screen print in a day, silk painting, make your own shibori dyed linen cushions, make your own macramé plant hanger and more.
I recently took part in Handmaker's Factory's rag weaving class that took place on a Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm. All classes are held at Ink & Spindle studio in Kensington, an easy walk from Kensington train station. Following signs as directed, I found suite 206, the Ink & Spindle studio, after walking two flights of stairs to get to the second floor of 10 Elizabeth Street.
The studio space is bright and open with a huge cutting table and seating areas where you can feast your eyes over Ink & Spindle's beautiful screen printed designs on ethically sourced fabric, prepared during the working week.
Rag weaving is a handicraft that recycles unwanted clothes, fabric scraps and yarn in a technique that can be used to make rugs, pot holders, placemats or similar. It was suggested to bring along old clothes or fabric scraps if we preferred to, although there were plenty of odds and ends available from Handmaker's Factory fabric stash for us to use.
Our textile teacher for the day, Rosalind Slade, started the class with the concept of weaving, demonstrating finished crafts made using the technique we were about to learn. As Rosalind helped us get started on our wooden frame, we were shown how to create a warp, make shafts, and knot our fabric strips to begin our weaving journey. As the morning progressed, our weaving creations started to resemble a small twined rag rug as we sipped tea and devoured yummy cookies.
We weaved our way through the next few hours and soon came to the end of our friendly class as we were taught how to tie off our rag weaves, all set to go home with a brand new skill in recycle craft that we can quite easily continue with at home with our take-home weaving frames supplied by Handmaker's Factory.
Perhaps you might like to try your hand at a rag weaving class too, there are further classes available through Handmaker's Factory, otherwise you might like to consider one of the other many creative workshops on offer. All classes are taught by experts in their creative field, in a range of skills and interests to suit all crafty types.