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July workshops

We have all sorts of crafty treats lined up for out July workshops, from mosaics at Ben’s Canteen to saucy summer postcards at the Gorringe Park and needle felting at The Railway.  Take your pick from our crafty offerings from our talented local artists and designers and just drop me an email to book up an afternoon or evening of creative fun. These three-hour workshops costs just £20 and include tuition, examples, inspiration and lots of materials to choose from.  We go out of our way to make sure you have lots of choice so you can play and experiment with a range of materials that you may not have access to at home.  We ensure our groups don’t get to big, and always have enough tutors to provide one-to-one help as well as group demonstrations. Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint if you want to reserve a place, further details of all the workshops are below.

Monday 1st July 7pm to 10pm – Mosaic Making – Ben’s Canteen, Clapham

Lovely mosaic artist Concetta Perot will be showing us the beauty of broken glass and pottery and transforming these into tiles and wall hangings.  Concetta’s work is very much in demand and her classes are often booked up, so we are are very lucky to have her join us at Ben’s Canteen for our Monday evening workshop. Concetta will demonstrate mosaic skills and show you how to make your tiles into coasters and hanging decorations. Get some inspiration from our last workshop with Concetta.

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Ben’s Canteen, is on St John’s Hill, just a hop and skip up the road from Clapham Junction.  Ben is a big fan of Etsy and all things handmade, reflected in the decor of his very lovely cafe-bar serving delicious coffee, yummy food, and a decadent range of gin!
Ben’s Canteen

140 St John’s Hill

London SW11 1SL


Train to Clapham Junction or one of the many buses that stop on St. John’s Hill, including the 37, 39, 87, 156, 170 or 337.

Saturday 6th July 2pm-5pm – Saucy summer postcards –  Gorringe Park Pub, Tooting

Join Flaming Nora for an afternoon of saucy stitchery at our regular Tooting workshops!  We all know them, we titter at them, we all love them, now’s your chance to make  your own Saucy Seaside postcards.  Spend the afternoon mixing up collages of fabrics, trims and papers to make some old fashioned summery postcards.  They are fun to make and will have you sniggering all day long!  We will bring our collection of spots, stripes and vintage fabrics and trims as well as a selection of seaside images for you to choose from. Make one or a set! Send them to your friends or frame a cheeky pair for your wall.  Jane is an amazingly talented seam mistress, she makes costumes for west end theatre productions as well as her own fabulous creations.  She will have lots of nifty techniques and skills to share at this perfect summer workshop.

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The Gorringe Park is a beautiful, welcoming pub next to Tooting rail station and just a short walk or quick bus ride from Tooting Broadway. They serve a fab menu ranging from British tapas to yummy desserts and have lots of light, space and even a garden and a cinema. Ed and Josh have been very welcoming and are very keen to make the Gorringe Park community pub with lots of events for Tooting people to enjoy.

Gorringe Park Pub

29 London Road, Tooting SW17 9HW

Next to Tooting rail station or 44, 77, 264, 270, 280, 355 buses from Tooting Broadway.

Wednesday 10th July – Needle Felting with Carol – The Railway Pub, Streatham

Discover the delights of felting with Carol Grantham . Carol’s feltmaking workshops are fun and popular and we are very pleased that she is returning to Crafty Pint with a fabulous new needle felting workshop (you can see photos of Carol’s last workshop here). Carol will show you all you need to know to make your own needle felted garden birds, sharing her skills and knowledge of this lovely textile art. You can also make little felted brooches to wear.  We have lots of fun ideas to choose from on the summer garden theme from snails to ladybirds!

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Carol will bring natural fleeces in an array of different colours and demonstrate basic and decorative needle felting  techniques as well as how to transform your felt into a small sculptured piece or brooch.  You can see what we made at Carol’s last workshops here! Perfect for beginners, or for those who have tried wet felting before and fancy learning something new. We have lots of wonderful colours for you to choose from…


 The Railway

2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD

Opposite Streatham Common Station.

And don’t forget our special Make your own Fete for Streatham Festival at the Railway on Saturday 13th July from 11am until 3pm.


June 14, 2013 at 09:51 Leave a comment

Valentine’s workshops with Crafty Pint

Feel the love with our Valentine’s themed workshops this February.  We have a soft spot for Valentine’s at Crafty Pint, but not for candlelit dinners for two!  Instead we like to celebrate our love of making and giving handmade presents to our loved ones, friends and family.  At our Valentine’s workshops you will be able to make Valentine’s themed mosaics or textiles to give, or show yourself some love and treat yourself to something to keep!

This year we have three Valentines workshops to choose from! The return of Concetta’s popular mosaic workshop at our regular Tooting Tram and Social Crafty Pint, and new evening workshops at Ben’s Canteen in Battersea/Clapham and the first of our Streatham Crafty Pint’s with Flaming Nora at The Railway.  At our evening workshops we will bring our amazing collection of vintage Valentines cards to inspire you along with our Valentine’s themed fabrics.  We will show you some easy but effective embroidery and applique techniques so you can sew your own love tokens and decorate them with beads, sequins and buttons. STOP PRESS!!  SATURDAY’S MOSAIC WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED! But don’t worry, we still have places at our evening workshops!


Choose from mosaics or textiles, afternoon or evening and take your pick from Tooting, Battersea or Clapham.  Please email Gillian at Crafty Pint to reserve a place.  You are welcome to drop-in on the day, but please check our website for availability.  We can usually fit people in on the day/evening, but workshops sometimes sell out. These three-hour workshops cost £20 and include tutors and all materials and tools (and cakes at the Tooting ones!).  All our workshops are at informal sociable venues where you can also enjoy food, drink and music.  Details of each venue and times are listed below.


100_9693 Saturday 2nd February – 2pm to 5pm – Valentines mosaic workshop – Tram & Social, Tooting

Lovely Concetta from Glittering Shards returns to Crafty Pint with her amazing mosaic workshop.  She will demonstrate her magical mosaic skills and show you how to make beautiful mosaic hearts to turn into brooches, hangings, coasters and pendants. Perfect for sharing with a loved one or a treat for your self.
Tooting Tram & Social
46-48 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9NA.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREMonday 4th February – 7pm to 10pm – Love tokens – Ben’s Canteen, Battersea/Clapham
We will bring fabulous valentines fabrics, including kitsch vintage inspired prints and mexican milagro hearts designs and show you some easy and fancy embroidery techniques. Team these up with beads, sequins and embroidery to make textiles you can give, keep, frame or make into lavender bags or cards.
Ben’s Canteen
140 St Johns Hill, London SW11 1SL

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWednesday 13th February – 7.30 to 10.30pm – Love tokens – The Railway Pub, Streatham
We will bring fabulous valentines fabrics, including kitsch vintage inspired prints and mexican milagro hearts designs and show you some easy and fancy embroidery techniques. Team these up with beads, sequins and embroidery to make textiles you can give, keep, frame or make into lavender bags or cards.
The Railway Pub
2 Greyhound Lane SW16 5SD



January 14, 2013 at 13:15 1 comment

Workshop line-up

We are so excited about the workshops we have planned for this year’s Xmas Crafty Pint!   We will have everything from making fabric wreaths, paper stars, fused glass coasters and tea light holders to sewing mini-toys,crocheting brooches, painting pottery, felting baubles, as well as designing shrinky and upcycled jewellery and cake decorating.  And then you can make your own cards and wrapping paper to go with them!  Our workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities and  our experienced tutors have adapted versions to suit small hands and big ideas!

Here’s a taste of all the different things you can make at this year’s Xmas Crafty Pint.  And then please do follow our blog over the next week to meet all of our tutors.

Fabric Wreaths

The wonderful Flaming Nora will be making a special guest appearance at Xmas Pint with her popular fabric wreath workshop. Pick from Nora’s stash of seasonal fabrics and buttons and learn special techniques to weave and entwine them into these fabulous fabric wreaths. Price £15

Paper Stars

Mandy will share the secrets of traditional German (Froebel) star construction and show you how to make these delightful paper stars from her collection of beautiful papers.  Perfect as ornaments to hang on your tree, in your window or use to adorn your gifts. This workshop will run from 2.30pm (after the glass workshop). Prices from £1 (small star), £2 (medium) to £3 (large).

Fused Glass Coasters and Tea Light Holders

Make your very own fused glass coasters and tea light holders. Fused glass artist Mandy Treptow will demonstrate the principles of working with Bullseye glass and the different effects that can be achieved. Choose from Mandy’s collection of brightly coloured raw glass to design and make your own glass coaster or tea light holders. Pick your favourite colours to make gorgeous designs with glass pieces, stringers (for patterns and lines) and copper foil for inclusions. There is no glass cutting involved in this workshop. Mandy will take your finished designs and fire them in her glass kiln and then return them to you by post. These will make very impressive and unique gifts, or you might want to keep them for yourself! This workshop will run in sessions at 12.30 and 1.15pm. Price £10 includes all materials, firing and postage.  Pre-booking recommended – details here.

Crochet Brooches

Meet Tania, crochet superstar! She will show you some simple crochet techniques that you can use to make sweet brooches. Young children can decorate ready made crochet flowers to create their brooches. Or use them as decorations or to make cards.

Painting Pottery

Lovely Caragh returns again this year with her pottery painting workshop.  Participants can enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting and decorating from a selection of bisque using a huge selection of colours, with Caragh on hand to offer advice and guidance about painting technique using various tools, brushes and sponges. Allow one week for the firing process and participants can arrange to collet their pottery from Caragh at her studio in Tooting or arrange to have it posted. Customers who would like their pottery posted must allow extra for P&P. Prices range from £5.00 to decorate a christmas decoration to £12 for mugs, small plates and bowls, £16 for cupcakes and £20 for a teapot.

Felting Baubles

We are very excited about seeing all the lovely things you will be making with felting supremo Carol.  Choose from jewel coloured fleeces and wools to felt beautiful baubles and then embellish with embroidery and beads. Gorgeous!

Shrinky Jewellery

Vicky Stars&Scars returns with her super-duper shrinky jewellery workshop.  Design you own necklaces and pendants and then be amazed and awed as these are transformed into fantastic jewellery. Price £5 includes shrinky sheet, necklace chain and jump rings.

Upcycled Jewellery

Grab a handful of junk trinkets and turn it into cool contemporary jewellery with local artist and up-cycler Jeni. Feast your eyes on our treasure trove of jewels and with top tips from Jeni, turn them into original necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Price £8 for a necklace and pair of earrings.

Cake Decorating

Join local baker and cake decorator Claire to discover the secrets of sugar and all things nice. Claire will show you how to use sugar paste or buttercream to ice your cakes and then how to make cute seasonal decorations for your xmas cupcakes, including reindeer, holly, santa, snowman, candy cane, penguin, polar bear.  You will take home your own set of cupcakes. Price £10 to ice and decorate half a dozen cakes and take home in a box.

Printing Totes and Tea Towels

If you are still searching for that perfect handmade gift, then design and print your own tote bag or tea towel. Join Gillian on the Mezz level to design and carve your printing block and then use this to print tote bags or tea towels. Prices from £10.

Sewing Mini Toys and Key Fobs

Stitch up sweet mini-characters to give as toys or make into key fobs. These are very cute and perfect stocking fillers. Suzanne from Sew-together will set you with all the materials and instructions you need to make these lovelies.

Printing Cards and Gift Wrap

And once you’ve made all your fabulous presents, wrap them all up in gift wrap designed and printed by you! Cut out a printing block and use it to print up your own matching set of cards, gift wrap and tags. Price £15.

Drop-in on the day!

Our workshops are available as drop-in sessions from 12noon to 6pm.  Turn up on the day and take your pick. All workshops are individually priced, just pay for what you make.

November 15, 2012 at 22:12 1 comment

Win a copy of Inspired London!

If you pre-book your £5 entrance ticket, you will win a Crafty Pint lucky bag, and will be entered into our prize draw for a copy of Inspired London.  Inspired:London is the newest publication from the lovely people at We Make London, providing you with a beautiful guide to the treasure trove of London design talent.  The book even includes Crafty Pint tutor Caragh Buxton who is running our ceramic painting workshop.

This competition is now closed.  You can still turn up to Crafty Pint on the day and choose your workshops. And don’t worry if you missed out on this competition, we have another on the day to win a copy of Material World.

October 26, 2012 at 10:31 1 comment

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