Top 10 Best Restoration classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

Choosing to restore or any household item can be extremely fulfilling. Breathing new life into a previously disregarded or underutilised item is so satisfying and seeing the final transformation is very rewarding. Assemble the right tools and equipment and get restoring your old belongings now.

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6. Upcycling Furniture with Expert Tuition
During this one week furniture upcycling course you will learn how to do several projects with step by step video instructions and personal guidance from expert upholsterer and author Juliette Goggin. You will learn how to use decoupage to transform anything from an old jewellery box to a chest of drawers with ordenance survey maps or botanical illustrations. You will learn to recover a drop-in seat chair to transform a piece of second hand furniture. Lastly you will learn how to create designer vintage cushions. Your tutor Juliette is an author and broadcaster and is on hand to answer all your queries and help with your own project throughout the week. If you frequent auctions, second hand shops, car boots fairs and street markets, you'll know how inexpensive good second hand furniture can be. With this in mind you will learn a few projects you can tackle to bring some upcycled furniture into your home. Juliette has a career in product design and development, where she worked with fashion designers such as Cath Kidston and Julien Macdonald, who helped Juliette to understand and appreciate both the creative and the manufacturing process. This in turn led Juliette to create her own fragranced gift and home collection, Juliette at Home, which reflected her love of all things recycled and vintage. It became a great success with independent retailers and department stores who loved the upcycled cake stands and candles in repurposed cups and vintage glassware. It also gave Juliette the excuse to spend a lot of time scouring carboot fairs and second hand shops in search of all manner of things that she could repurpose into my own quirky range. Juliette was thrilled to be asked to take part in Super Scrimpers on Channel 4 where she shared this love of crafting with the show’s participants, whilst also giving lots of money saving tips. At the same time Juliette also co wrote her first book, Junk Genius, with her talented friend Stacy Sirk. The book featured endless ideas for repurposing everyday objects and encouraged anyone with a creative flair to have a go at lots of simple, step by step crafting projects in their home.
£55
00
13. Sashiko + Boro Heart Patches | Donations to Black Visions Collective
This is a really lovely workshop - introducing you to a different type of embroidery and mending while contributing to a good cause. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Black Visions Collective - for more information please visit www.blackvisionsmn.org to find out more about the organisation. #blacklivesmatter WHAT YOU WILL LEARN... We will teach you both Sashiko + Boro embroidery - using a lovely 100% cotton sashiko thread. You will embroider two different designs onto two pieces of fabric, which you can wear as a patch on an item of clothing, or sewn onto a cushion (which we will demonstrate in class) or even displayed in an embroidery hoop. All materials will be supplied by Restoration London and sent out to you in a pack. If you are unable to finish your patches within the hour - not to worry! We will be sure to show you absolutely everything you need to know and will also provide you with a recording of the workshop so that you can refer back to it at a time that’s most convenient for you! LEVEL: Suitable for complete beginners DURATION: 1 hour WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED? We will provide you with all the materials you will need in a pack and post to your address. In the pack you will receive the following: 1.) 100% cotton Sashiko embroidery thread 2.) Sewing needle 4.) x2 pieces of fabric Please provide your own scissors Once you’ve booked on to this workshop we will email you with all the information you’ll need to access it online.
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£15
50
14. Abstract Embroidered Heart Patch Workshop | Donations to Black Visions Collective
You will be introduced to the lovely textile technique of hand embroidery. This workshop is perfect for those who want to learn different stitching techniques or even great for those who just know the basic stitches and want to broaden their embroidery knowledge. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Black Visions Collective - for more information please visit www.blackvisionsmn.org to find out more about the organisation. #blacklivesmatter WHAT YOU WILL LEARN... We will teach you 8 different embroidery stitches within the 1 hour class. You will explore different textures through the variety of stitches you will learn, as well as experimenting with yarn, and patterns to create that abstract effect within the heart shape. You will take away with you a variety of embroidery stitch knowledge that you can adapt and transfer on to other embroidery projects such as a cushion, displayed on the wall in an embroidery hoop or even your clothing! All materials will be supplied by Restoration London and sent out to you in a pack. It's likely that you won't finish the embroidered heart patch within the hour but we will be sure to show you absolutely everything you need and will also provide you with a recording of the workshop so that you can refer back to it at a time that’s most convenient for you! LEVEL: Suitable for complete beginners DURATION: 1 hour WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED? We will provide you with all the materials you will need in a pack and post to your address. In the pack you will receive the following: 1.) A selection of embroidery thread and yarn of various thicknesses 2.) Sewing needle 3.) Fabric Please provide your own scissors and a pen in case you want to make notes on the stitches Once you’ve booked on to this workshop we will email you with all the information you’ll need to access it online.
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£18
50
15. Darning | Visible Mending Heart Patch Workshop - Donations to Black Visions Collective
We will teach you the art of darning while making this beautiful patch. You will also be able to use the new skills you learn during this workshop to repair any damaged or old clothing you may have. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Black Visions Collective - for more information please visit www.blackvisionsmn.org to find out more about the organisation. #blacklivesmatter WHAT YOU WILL LEARN... We will teach you how to create a super nice ‘Dog’s tooth’ pattern through a weaving technique using black and white, cotton and wool yarn. You will create the warp and weft to weave in the centre of your fabric where the heart shape is cut out. Creating gorgeous fringing at the edges of your woven heart. After the 1 hour class, you will leave the workshop feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating all of your favourite pieces or you may simply want to customise your jumpers to make them a bit more exciting through the use of darning. You can attach the patch to a cushion, displayed on the wall in an embroidery hoop or even safety pinned on to your clothing! We will show you how to attach your new patch using a hand sewing technique before the class is over. All materials will be supplied by Restoration London and sent out to you in a pack. It's likely that you won't finish the darning heart patch within the hour but we will be sure to show you absolutely everything you need to know and will also provide you with a recording of the workshop so that you can refer back to it at a time that’s most convenient for you! LEVEL: Suitable for complete beginners DURATION: 1 hour WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED? We will provide you with all the materials you will need in a pack and post to your address. In the pack you will receive the following: 1.) Black and white wool 2.) Sewing needle 4.) Fabric Please provide your own scissors Once you’ve booked on to this workshop we will email you with all the information you’ll need to access it online.
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£18
50
16. DARNING - Visible Mending Workshop
Darning mending... Darning is a sewing technique, traditionally for repairing holes or worn areas in woven or knitted clothing, using needle and thread alone - repaired by hand. Come join us on the 2nd Monday and Sunday of the month for our Monthly Mending sessions, introducing you to the beautiful techniques of Visible Mending - Darning wherever you are in the world! Our workshops are inclusive and suitable for complete beginners. You will be given an introduction in to the traditional mending technique of Darning, where you can practise on knitted fabrics beforehand or perhaps darn directly on to your knitwear to fix any holes and create beautiful visible mending designs. This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home! You will leave the workshop feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating all of your favourite pieces that need a bit of TLC or even if you just want to customise your lovely jumpers to make them a bit more exciting. At the end of the workshop we will also show you how to sew your lovely patches on to an item of knitwear - so feel free to bring one of your much loved pieces along that needs repairing. Restoration London also sell Mending kits which you can use for our workshops. You can take a look at our mending kits on our profile page. Once you've booked on to the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with the google meets invite and link - please make sure you check the link prior to the workshop. We also donate 10% of proceeds to a different charity each month! You can follow us on Instagram for more updates and join our mending community! @RESTORATION_LDN You can also take a look at our website to see what other workshops we have to offer at www.restorationldn.com We look forward to seeing you there!
Book this class as a private group!
£18.5
50
17. BORO - Japanese Mending Workshop
Japanese mending... Boro is very close to Sashiko, both use white thread on indigo and both are mending techniques but boro meaning “rags” or “tattered cloth,” refers to textiles that have been patched many times, so giving a far less structured effect. This sturdy method makes both Boro and Sashiko perfect for mending denim. Come join us on the 3rd Monday and Saturday of the month for our Monthly Mending sessions, introducing you to the beautiful techniques of Japanese Mending wherever you are in the world! Our workshops are inclusive and suitable for complete beginners. You will be given an introduction in to the traditional Japanese method of mending- using Boro Stitching, you can use fabrics as patches or embroider directly on to your clothing to fix any holes and create beautiful traditional designs. This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home! You will leave the workshop feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating all of your favourite pieces that need a bit of TLC or even if you just want to customise your jeans to make them a bit more exciting. At the end of the workshop we will also show you how to sew your lovely patches on to an item of clothing - so feel free to bring one of your much loved pieces along that needs repairing. Restoration London also sell Mending kits which you can use for our workshops. You can take a look at our mending kits on our profile page. Once you've booked on to the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with the google meets invite and link - please make sure you check the link prior to the workshop. We also donate 10% of proceeds to a different charity each month! You can follow us on Instagram for more updates and join our mending community! @RESTORATION_LDN You can also take a look at our website to see what other workshops we have to offer at www.restorationldn.com We look forward to seeing you there!
Book this class as a private group!
£18.5
50
18. SASHIKO - Japanese Mending Workshop
Japanese mending... Sashiko means "little stabs" in Japanese or "little pierce" and is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868) in Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the piece ultimately stronger and warmer. Come join us on the 1st Monday and Saturday of the month for our Monthly Mending sessions, introducing you to the beautiful techniques of Japanese Mending wherever you are in the world! Our workshops are inclusive and suitable for complete beginners. You will be given an introduction in to the traditional Japanese method of mending- using Sashiko, you can use fabrics as patches or embroider directly on to your clothing to fix any holes and create beautiful traditional designs. This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home! You will leave the workshop feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating all of your favourite pieces that need a bit of TLC or even if you just want to customise your jeans to make them a bit more exciting. At the end of the workshop we will also show you how to sew your lovely patches on to an item of clothing - so feel free to bring one of your much loved pieces along that needs repairing. Restoration London also sell Mending kits which you can use for our workshops. You can take a look at our mending kits on our profile page. Once you've booked on to the workshop you will receive a confirmation email with the google meets invite and link - please make sure you check the link prior to the workshop. We also donate 10% of proceeds to a different charity each month! You can follow us on Instagram for more updates and join our mending community! @RESTORATION_LDN You can also take a look at our website to see what other workshops we have to offer at www.restorationldn.com We look forward to seeing you there!
Book this class as a private group!
£18.5
50

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