Inspire learning

There are going to be some tricky times ahead. With the current government guidance regarding social gatherings, Inspire Learning are cancelling all course from 17th March and will not opening summer courses till the current situation with covid 19

With other courses and events please contact as things are changing with daily updates!

Main thing stay safe and carryon crafting

But carry on crafting!!!

What try something new for 2020

Well it will be soon a new decade and have you decided on any resolutions or challenges?

I will taking part in the Instagram lace challenge– so look out for daily postings!!

If you want try or develop your lacemaking skills I have set up dates below; these are small classes so please get it contact to book a space

All Class are 10-12.30 at Giltbrook NG16 2GW

06/01/2020 27/01/2020

03/02/2020 24/02/2020

02/03/2020 30/03/2020

06/04/2020 27/04/2020

04/05/2020 25/05/2020

01/06/2020 29/06/2020

06/07/2020 27/07/2020

Evening sessions are 7-9:30 at Giltbrook NG16 2GW

06/01/2020 27/01/2020

03/02/2020 24/02/2020

02/03/2020 30/03/2020

06/04/2020 27/04/2020

04/05/2020 25/05/2020

01/06/2020 29/06/2020

06/07/2020 27/07/2020

please book your space – either by email, phone (spaces are limited, this means to can ask questions and develop at your own speed)


Christmas 🎄 workshops

Over the last few weeks I have several sessions with Inspire Learning at Mansfield Woodhouse.

We have had Bobbin Lace – but also Family Learning – Christmas Crafts, Creative Christmas, Design and print your own wrapping paper and Christmas Felt Decorations.

Over the course we have made pom-poms, fabric pine cones, EPP decorations, winter landscape lanterns, Polar bear, Poinsettia and other felt decorations

More courses with Inspire Learning can be found on their website or via Eventbrite

Getting spooky here. .

Well it October and Goose Fair (a Nottingham Fair) has finished and thoughts go on to Halloween.

Last week I was given a box of dolls – well what to do, after meeting there previous own. I was given permission to set spooky with them.

Using several mix media techniques and products I have created some creepy dolls. And some I have used Art Deco Glow in the dark paint on them, or elements of them. If interested in having one please get it touch.

Some of dolls before – now need take the dolls out to get some more after photos

Results are in

Today was GCSE results and last week was A Levels – congratulations to all those that got results they need for next step in life; but if they aren’t want to expected – there is something out there for you!!

If you looking for a creative break from things or looking to try something new, I have a selection of courses starting this Autumn with Inspire Learning.

I have listed the courses below; but there lots others available including maths and English skills etc


12th September – 24th October ( 6 weeks)

Button Jewellery – Mansfield Woodhouse

12th September – 24th October ( 6 weeks)

Indian Block Printing – Mansfield Woodhouse

16th September – 14th September (5 weeks) 6-8pm

Taste of Traditional Crafts – Newark Library-

Within this Course you will be have a taste of Traditional Crafts such as Patchwork, Quilting, Embroidery, Weaving & Bobbin Lace. Looking at the history and the development of the craft and how it was developed over time. You will get time to have a go at the difference crafts and see how these can be added to your creative skills.

20th September – 18th October (5 weeks) 13:00-15:00

Bag Making – Southwell Library

28th September – 12th October (3 Weeks) 9:30-12

Introduction to Felt – Arnold Library

1st October

Needlefelt Poppy Brooch – Workshop Library

22nd October –

Buttons at Retford Library

2nd November

Needle-Felt Poppy – West Bridgford Library

4th November – 9th December (6 weeks) 6-8pm

Making a Creative Christmas – Newark Library

21st November

introduction to Lacemaking


  • 8th November –13th December (6 weeks)
  • Making a Creative Christmas – Newark Library

  • 9th November
  • Historic Buttons workshop – Arnold Library

    22nd November – 6th December

    Introduction to Bobbin Lace – Christmas theme

    Saturday 14th December – Mansfield library

    AM – Designing your own Wrapping Paper

    PM – Christmas Felt Decorations


    – book these via Inspire or Eventbrite

    You can also call them to book on 01623 677 200

    Getting started with Bobbin Lace

    I have had the pleasure of introducing or re-introduction Bobbin Lace at Nottinghamshire Inspire Learning at West Bridgford Library. The class were introduced to the rich heritage of the lace and the links to Nottingham Industry Of Lace.

    The emphasis of the class was learning and getting grip of the traditional Bobbin Lace Tools and the two stitches.

    Some of the class have continue in one way or another- here are some of the fantastic work they have achieved.

    Spring Notes

    Well spring sunshine is shining today; isn’t it lovely 😊

    With several spring fairs coming up including Nottingham Makers Market at the Golden Fleece and Spring Festival at Hilltop (Eastwood – 23rd March) decided to make some note books great for gifts and making new plans.

    I have used my Indian Printing Block to decorate these lovely books – A5 and A6

    The Blocks are all hand craved in Jaipur, providing work for the community and keeping the heritage skills alive.

    These are available from me at my Spring Fairs or contact me directly.

    Cyber Week

    Last week we had lots of deals on the tv and the net for Black Friday – so I decided to let you know that I have included a discount code of 20% of any purchases on my Etsy Shop – SP Creative Crafts for purchases totally over £15 (cyberlace)

    I will also adding new items all week Of still time to get something purchased and posted for Christmas. I will aim to post everything same day or next day. 😀

    If looking for something special which had been individually made with a touch of Heritage – then you be in the right place