From printmaking to knitting, you can have a go at something you’ve never tried before at one of these craft workshops.
Want a brand new hobby? There’s no shortage of craft courses in Leeds. From creating your own clay pots to making one-of-a-kind jewellery, your next crafting adventure is just around the corner. You can dip your toe into something new and watch your skills improve week on week. It’s never too late to discover something you love, so why not give one of these courses a whirl?
Nail your sewing skills
If you want to refine your sewing expertise, the School of Sew is a great place to start. After completing their three-hour introductory session, you can start their six-week Grade I course. You’ll make everything from bunting to cushion covers, tote bags and aprons, which makes it one of the most varied sewing workshops in Leeds. Soon, you’ll be ready to move up to their Grade II class, where you can have a go at trickier projects like dress-making.
School of Sew, No 1 The Spinning Mill, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. The Essential Sewing Skills Workshop is £40 and their six-week courses start from £25 per lesson.
Design and make your own jewellery
Amy Stringer is a contemporary jeweller who makes wearable art for you and your home, but she also runs fabulous workshops. You can make your own silver ring or bangle from scratch in just one four-hour session – you don’t need any prior experience. Set in her workshop, she’ll guide you through sizing, shaping, soldering and polishing your own creation, and then you get to wear it home!
Amy Stringer, Fabrication2, Hereford House, 6 Edward Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NT. Workshops are £70 per person for rings, £80 per person for bangles.
Get to grips with crochet
Want to crochet like a pro? Swarthmore Education Centre offers one of the best craft workshops in Leeds. Their 11-week course will introduce you to basic stitches and help you become competent enough to work on projects at home. Beginners are welcome and you can choose your own project, whether it’s a scarf or a shopping bag. Although it’s a laid-back and sociable class, you’ll also get weekly reviews from your tutor to help you track your progress.
Swarthmore, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1AD. Courses start from £66 for 11 weeks.
Learn the art of glass fusing
Glass fusing is an intricate craft where you arrange different coloured glass before merging it together using a kiln. You can have a go at Twice Fired, a specialist glassware studio. In their five-hour workshop, you’ll create a unique wall hanging by cutting and arranging different coloured glass, adding bubbles and wire to create texture. Places are limited to four people, and because their tranquil rural studio has countryside views, you won’t be stuck for design inspiration.
Twice Fired, 21 Summerville Road, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6EL. Workshops are £200 for 4 to 6 hours.
Try your hand at pottery throwing
Want to channel your inner Patrick Swayze? Sunken Studio runs one of the best pottery throwing workshops in Leeds. This type of pottery-making takes place at the wheel, where you’ll get to grips with turning the clay at just the right speed. Then it’s a case of shaping the clay to create your own pots with the help of your tutor. The course takes place over four weeks and at the end, they’ll glaze your creations for you to take home.
Sunken Studio, Carlisle Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LB. Courses start from £192 for 4 weeks.
Create your own unique prints
You can have a go at printmaking with a five-week course at Leeds Print Workshop. Led by a practising printmaker, this evening course will introduce you to monoprint, collograph, drypoint and linocut techniques, so expect to get hands-on as you create a variety of unique prints. You’ll make around 40 in A5 and A4 sizes, as well as a printing plate made from soft cut lino. When it comes to covering the basics, it’s one of the best craft workshops in Leeds for printmaking.
Leeds Print Workshop, 130 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL. Courses are £110 for five weeks.