Delayed by you know what, London Craft Week will take place at the end of September, and alongside exhibitions of crafty wares in shops and galleries, there are a number of pre-bookable talks and workshops.

Prices range from free to ouch, although the more expensive workshops tend to be for a small number of people and involve serious crafting.

All of the ones below have tickets released on Monday August 24th 2020, so this should give you time to decide what you like, and put a reminder in your diary to check back on the day.

The Art of Court Jewellery at Cleave

£15 per person

Thur 1st Oct

Cleave & Company are Court Jewellers and will host three talks during the day on different topics about their work.

Details here

The Sipsmith School of Smithery


Thur 1st Oct 11am-6pm

Sipsmith founders and experts from Cockpit Arts are dispensing one-on-one advice and curating inspiring group workshops and discussions. The day ends with a panel talk about the future of smithery and the chance to connect with other makers over a G&T or two.

Details here

Barbour Jacket Rewaxing Workshop

£35 (redeemable on product purchases over £100)

Thur 1st Oct – Sun 4th Oct

Barbour will be running jacket rewaxing workshops in their Duke Street store. If worn regularly, a Barbour wax jacket should be rewaxed annually to ensure that it continues to offer the best in protection and weather resistance.

Details here

Craft Matters at Cox London


Thur 1st Oct 6pm-8pm

A talk at the London workshop where they practice forged-iron, cast bronze, lead and silver soldering, mould making, wax working, plaster casting, gilding and hand patination techniques.

Details here

The Art of Repair with Wagumi at Oxo Tower

£60 per person

Fri 2nd Oct or Sun 4th Oct – 12pm, 3pm or 5pm

Workshops in kintsugi, a method of mending ceramics with lacquer and metal powder. New for 2020, will be an opportunity to make Japanese style incense.

Details here

Basketry Workshop at South London Gallery


Sat 3rd Oct 11am-1pm

Designed for beginners, basket lovers and colour enthusiasts, join Tabara N’Diaye of La Basketry for an interactive workshop on how to make a colourful basket.

Details here

Craft Workshops at Morley College

£15 per person

Sun 5th Oct – 11am-3pm

Take part in a wide range of courses in contemporary and traditional craft skills classes, from wire sculpture to print making, wood engraving or clay throwing.

Details here

MacGregor and Michael – a Leather Masterclass with Bentleys London

£50 per person

Mon 5th to Thur 8th Oct – 10am-1pm

Valerie Michael will be hosting three more this year and teaching her students to hand-stitch a vegetable-tanned leather luggage tag. Running from 10am-1pm, classes are open to people of all ages and abilities and participants will be able to keep the results of their efforts.

Details here

Discovering Cremonese Instrument Making at the Royal Academy of Music


Tues 6th Oct – 2pm-3:30pm

Barbara Meyer gives a one hour talk and demonstration introducing the history of the violin and the famous Classical instrument making community in Cremona, Italy between 1550 and 1750.

Details here

Make a bag out of GORE-Tex

£10 per person

Tues 6th & Wed 7th Oct – 11am or 1pm

Workshops where you build your own Arc’teryx bag from upcycled end-of-the-line GORE-Tex. Watch your bespoke bag being made in-store, and get the chance to add your own Arc’teryx patch.

Details here


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