Very busy here at Westhope as we prepare for our Open Day on Friday, 
8th July.  We do hope that you will be able to join us.  The wildflower meadow is particularly spectacular this year.

If you are interested in our City & Guilds Basketry or Printmaking courses that start in October, this will be an opportunity to meet the tutors and students and to see the wonderful pieces that they have made during the year of their course.  In the meantime, if you would like to receive details of City & Guilds Basketry (Level 2 or 3) or Printmaking (Level 2) courses, please email
What a pleasure it was last week to host another British Violin Making Association course, this time a residential retouch week with restorer of fine violins, Iris Carr.  To quote Iris, “Having a wonderful week at Westhope College in Shropshire organised by the BVMA.  Working hard during the day and trying out different pubs every night in great company – what’s not to like!”.  We thought you might be interested to see these images (some courtesy of Iris) from this fabulous course.  We are looking forward to seeing BVMA members for their next residential course at Westhope in March 2023.
We continue to add more exciting new workshops to our programme and have featured the latest of these below.  Alternatively, browse the full programme here.

Please call us on 01584 861293 if you would like to a book a place on any of our workshops or City & Guilds courses. We are open throughout this week and at the weekend for bookings and enquiries.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team
We unexpectedly have three places available on Wednesday’s half-day “Intro to Polymer Clay” workshop with Clare McKnight.  For more details click here.

Freeform painted flowers on silk

Tuesday 16th August 10am - 4pm

Celebrate summer by making a luxurious pure silk scarf scattered with beautiful free-form painted flowers.
Design the layout and paint your scarf, then sit back and watch the dye move through the fabric to create fantastic effects within your flowers.

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Modern calligraphy - using a dip pen

Wednesday 17th August 10am - 12.30pm

Are you interested in learning how to use a dip pen to create lovely hand lettering? This workshop introduces you to the art of modern calligraphy where you will learn basic calligraphy techniques and then have fun experimenting with your new skill.

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Starting silver clay

Thursday 18th August 10am - 4pm

An introduction to the amazing qualities of silver clay.  An exciting one day workshop to create your own unique piece of silver jewellery. Discover the versatility of this medium through rolling, texturing and cutting techniques.

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Silver chain bracelet

Tuesday 13th September 10am - 4pm

Learn the beautiful and ancient technique of Etruscan silver chain making and make a simple bracelet complete with a silver hand made or ready made toggle clasp. Start by learning how to make links with copper wire to practise your weave and then move on to silver wire to make your bracelet.

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Drypoint printing with paper plates

Wednesday 14th September 10am - 4pm

The soft feathery lines of drypoint lend themselves to playful illustrations or expressive sketches. Learn how to make a drypoint plate using inexpensive laminated paper plates.

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Bath and body products

Thursday 15th September 10am - 4pm

A day to indulge in making luscious bath and body products.  You will go home with examples of a lip balm, a herbal salve, a solid perfume or a solid lotion bar, a whipped hand balm/body butter, a sugar scrub and a salt based bath soak.

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Treasure boxes

Tuesday 20th September 10am - 4pm

Create a beautifully stitched lid for your treasure box using free machine embroidery and fabric collage. Find your inspiration in the garden and choose between flowers or a small bird for the focus of your design.

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Textile printing using natural dyes and foliage

Tuesday 11th October 10am - 4pm

An exciting workshop experimenting with natural dyeing techniques.

Spend the day producing both fabric and paper samples created by using a dyeing technique incorporating dye blankets and vegetation.

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Willow asymmetric basket

Wednesday 12th October 9.30am - 4.30pm

Come and make a small simple stake and strand basket to use for collecting berries, eggs or whatever you fancy! Use various willow varieties and foraged materials to make it unique. 

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Silver jewellery in a day

Saturday 12th November 10am - 4pm

Spend a day learning simple techniques to produce your own metal jewellery.  Create one or two beautiful pieces of simple jewellery to take home.

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