What People Say About Our Workshops

“These courses are great fun and excellent value. They can open doors for you stimulating interests in different crafts. You spend time with like-minded people, enjoying learning something new, what could be better?!” – Nicky

Intermediate Sewing

“Anyone who missed this course missed a treat (and that includes the banana cake every week!). Suzi is a wonderful teacher with the patience of a saint and with a whole heap of fabulous fabrics and threads which she shares very generously. I learned so much and am now motivated to get on with using different methods of embroidery and stitching. I would repeat this course another time because there is still so much to learn. The group was amazing, the venue ideal, and I wish I could go there every week and do some more sewing with Suzi. Thank you Make it in Wales for another brilliant course.” – Michelle

“Suzi is an exceptional teacher with the patience of a saint (I was a teacher for many years and know the challenges of teaching art and craft, involving equipment, machines, multi-skills, etc. and constant demands for help.) I learned a lot and came away feeling enthusiastic, with new skills, and with much more confidence in using my machine. Suzi also had an awareness of the ‘group’, as well as each individual, and brought us all together. Let us not forget the CAKE. It is because of Suzi’s enthusiasm and vision that we are able to enjoy courses like this, which fulfil so many various needs other than practical ones. I shall return. Thank you.” – Carole

“Suzi was a great teacher who understood every students needs and abilities. She never got frustrated when someone couldn’t achieve the task and was very one on one with each learner. It was very lovely to hear about her past experiences in sewing and that she too started out as an amateur. It was inspiring to see her previous work and her exciting plans for the future. Being a part of the class which was very welcoming and fun made me want to take part in the other courses available and keep learning. Thank you Suzi, you have inspired and lit a fire within!” – Lili

“What another fab sewing day today. I LEARNED SO MUCH! Thanks Suzi and the sewing gangsters xxx.” – Sue

Primitive Pit Firing and Vessel Making

“Fantastic tutor! – So much knowledge of the subject and a great teacher. I loved this weekend and have learnt lots. Pete is a great tutor. The course was very well organised. I loved the beach bit where we got clay from the cliffs. It added to the experience in that I felt like we saw the process from start to finish. Pete’s knowledge of clays and the area made the experience really special and not run of the mill. A fantastic course all round! – Thank you!” – Esther

“Excellent tuition! I achieved what I wanted and can progress from here. Food and venue really good too.” – Caroline

“A great opportunity for creativity in a rural setting bringing recognition to makers within the area.” – Emily

“Really enjoyable weekend!” – Annie

Carve a Silver Ring 

“I’m lucky enough to have attended two of Maggie Cross’s ‘Make a Silver Ring’ workshops – and planning on a third – well taught – interesting and satisfying – thoroughly recommend.” – Jen

“I have just received my ring! Thank you sooooo much. It’s really lovely and shows up every facet of the original carving. I only wish that I had more spare fingers to have an excuse to do it all again.” – Katherine

“I had an excellent time. Thoroughly enjoyed it!” – Anne

Decorating Ceramics 

“Peter was terrific – the amount of preparation he put in and the work he had to do afterwards was enormous, and the supplies he provided were wonderful, not to mention the source books and pre-workshop presentation. A lovely man who was generous with his time and knowledge. Considering how much work Peter had to put in and the wonderful eats and drink provided it was exceptional value for money. The courses I have done have been very well organised and have been of an extremely high standard. It is always very satisfying to come away with something I have made!” – Michelle

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day, learning new skills and socialising with like minded individuals.” – Jane

“I had an excellent time. Thoroughly enjoyed it!” – Anne

Make a Textured Felt Bag

“Loved every minute – so well organised, beautiful location, fantastic tutor, delicious food and a hand-made bag to take home – perfect two days! Loved it so much I may even book to come again!”  – Jan

Upholstery 

“Really enjoyed the day, learned a lot and thrilled with my finished stool.” – Vanessa

“This was a fabulous course, with the opportunity to walk away with a fully completed item at the end of the day. I am in love with this stool!” – Cheryl

“Fantastic course, tutor, venue and food. I dont think there’s much more to say. I will definitely be back.” – Lynn

“One of the most enjoyable courses I’ve been on. A completely new craft for me, we were able to experience a number of traditional upholstery processes, and our finished stools will be treasured forever I’m sure. Beautiful little items. The location at Cardigan Pizza Tipi was perfect for me. Close to home and a beautiful setting to enjoy a delicious lunch with new friends on the riverbank.” – Janet

“Lovely – good timing – well organized – perfect!” – Lisa

“A lovely day. Clear and friendly instruction, beautiful location, and by the end of the day – a beautiful little stool to be proud to take home. I was quite surprised, and pleased, that there was such a large variety of high end fabrics to choose from – we were spoiled for choice.” – Fay

“Had a great day feeling fully immersed and learning a completely new skill. Covering the stool was straightforward enough to be doable, but still a really satisfying process explained very clearly. I’m very proud of what I achieved. The location was beautiful and refreshments flowed freely all day: fresh pizza for lunch was delicious. A really well-organised, well-run course which has inspired me to try a bit more upholstering!” – Alison

“Very enjoyable day. Great to meet lovely, like minded people. Great creative energy!!” – Inge

“A thoroughly enjoyable day spent learning a new skill. A lovely relaxed setting added to the overall enjoyment. Clear instructions with plenty of time for questions resulted in a really impressive upholstered stool which I love!” – Jo

“Had a fantastic day at a wonderful location.” – Julia

“Great course with a lovely stool to take home. Thank you very much to everyone concerned.”

“Didn’t we do well! Fantastic day with Make it in Wales and Mick Sheridan. Cant wait to have a go at something else!” – Ruth

“Just wanted to say thank you for such a great day, Mick’s teaching was so patient and easy to follow and he has really given me the confidence and inspiration to tackle upholstering an item for my graduate show, thank you I hope there will be lots more to follow!” – Kathryn

Traditional Welsh Quilting 

“Had a fabulous 3 days on this course. Our tutor was really knowledgeable and more importantly for me, very patient. A fabulous two days, a lovely tutor and lovely venue. Will definitly come again.” – Liz

“I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 day course. Lesley was amazing…I have come away with so much more and can go forward in quilting. Would recommend to everybody.” – Helen

“Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Lovely centre, food good. Nice small group. I was really pleased with what we achieved. The tutor was excellent. Not to mention the numerous tea and coffees which just kept coming.” – Chris

“Had a great two days, learnt a lot and had fun, class size great, venue good and food tasty as well as constant coffee.” – Pauline and Philip

“Really enjoyed the course. The venue was good and the lunch very tasty! Suzi and Lesley were friendly and the class size was just right.” – Claire

“Really enjoyed my day. Friendly, helpful tutor and I learnt to do what I have wanted to do for years!” – Helen

Indigo Dyeing & Shibori 

“Enjoyed this course so much! Cath, the tutor, was amazing, patient, generous and knowledgeable. There was plenty of room (and a wood fire, which was greatly appreciated as it poured with rain for two of the three days). We were made very welcome, with lovely and interesting food in abundance, and interesting people from many different backgrounds. The course was suitable for people completely new to dyeing, and those with experience. I’d do it all again in a second.” – Chris

“This was a very good course and lived up to all my expectations. The tutor was knowledgeable and very patient. It was great to get our hands into the dye and not worry about the mess. The venue was in lovely countryside and a perfect place to explore indigo dying. The food was excellent with everyone’s needs catered for. Altogether three unforgettable days with lovely people and plenty of inspiration to continue with indigo and shibori.” – Jude

“Really great upbeat three days – relaxed but very industrious! Great to put time aside to dedicate to working with indigo alongside like minded people. Tutor was really helpful and informative. Catering really good. An all round thoroughly enjoyable few days.” – Carole

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well run, everything we needed was supplied and our course tutor, Cath Lewis was an inspiring teacher. I had purchased some silk for dyeing but Suzi had brought silk, linen, cotton and wool and we tried them all. Cath actually taught us how to make an Indigo vat, not just how to use one and, after she had demonstrated lots of different tying techniques, allowed us to develop our own special interests. We all ended up with favourite materials and tried inventing our own patterns.
The food was lovely, and our hostess even very kindly made gluten-free meals for me. All in all, it was brilliant. I thought it was a bit pricey at first, but looking back I got very good value for my money and I am very glad I did it. I would definitely encourage others to have a go. I am still dyeing, with indigo and now with Procion dyes as well, Cath opened a door for me and I am immensely grateful.” – Veronica

Little Black Dress Residential 

“Coming away with the pattern/ pattern block is going to be invaluable – I’ve already bought some dot & cross paper and a pattern master ready to get started on my next one! I feel reinvigorated in terms of sewing. Also, hidden zips, overlocking skills, adding more pattern notches, the best way to design facings…the list is many! Nikki is professional, friendly, knowledgeable and happy to give us the individual attention to make sure that we all achieve what we came for. It was obvious that her passion came from years of experience and a love for her role. Helen was a delight to learn from. Professional, reams and reams of experience, shared lots of technical information and hugely passionate. I learnt a lot about dressmaking techniques. Helen has a very clear way of breaking the steps down and explaining what and why.” – Julia

“I didn’t come with any expectation on learning, just the idea of a holiday and coming away with a lovely frock. Having said that I feel I learnt so much and now feel confident to make more clothes and understand how a pattern works. Both tutors are excellent, know their stuff and are generous and sharing with their knowledge.” – Sharon
“A very warm welcome greeted me in the form of Suzi, and my room in the house was perfect, comfortable, clean & a nice size with sea views. I learned so much from Nikki & Helen. Both were perfect teachers, so patient and took their time to explain and re-explain as necessary. Both lovely ladies with a wonderful sense of humour. I was worried my learning style would be too slow but they really do cater to your needs & give as much hands on/off as you need. I now know how to make my own perfect little black dress & I will be making more in lots of colours & fabrics. I’ve been given the confidence & learning tools to continue & improve my sewing skills as well as having made friends that I know I’ll keep in touch with. For me this was worth a long travel from Scotland & I look forward to attending further courses in the future. If you’re hesitating over the price or location or even your own sewing skills, don’t! Go for it, worth every penny & I promise you won’t be disappointed.” – Sara

“Helen is extremely professional and has a very approachable nature. She is very patient and puts people at ease immediately. She is definitely the type of person who wants to help others and wants to bring out the best in them. Her teaching practice was second to none, very clear communicating technical terms and very clear demonstrations.” – Claire

“I enjoyed every aspect of the course, I don’t have any dislikes from the week. Fab people and amazing, talented teachers. They have so much patience.” – Michelle

“I’ve loved every minute of it! This has been a brilliant course and I would recommend it to anybody with an interest in or some background/experience in sewing. The food, hot tub, surroundings, house…Tutors were fantastic – patient, helpful, entertaining, great company and super hardworking. Cant fault them in any way. This is a perfect creative retreat by the sea – a chance to think about barely anything but sewing until you go home – with a dress you’ll wear for years.” – Claire

“I loved it all, not one aspect was dull! This is the first sewing course I had ever been on and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was excellent! I learnt so much, it was fun, I made lots of new friends. I now have a pattern perfect for me and not only do I have the LBD but have a LRedD, a LBlueD, and a white linen one for the summer, I am constantly on the look out for fabric to add to my wardrobe (in my case floordrobe) and I like to look out for accessories to attach…Lace, bronglyongly (my way of saying and spelling it)! The accommodation was first class, I bet no other sewing course in the country would have a house like Brynberwyn, with hot tub and sea views and by the beach with a waterfall, what more could one ask for? Oh yes I forgot to mention the lectures -they were brill, and lastly the food was exquisite! Thank you x” – Gilly

“Nikki is helpful, patient, kind, funny, a wealth of information, open, honest and inclusive. A ray of sunshine. Helen’s skills are exceptional and she has the patience and generosity to pass these on.” – Julia

“Thank you for renewing my interest in sewing and for a great time meeting new people in such a wonderful setting.” – Sue

“Sewing is a pleasurable pastime and it has been a great holiday, with amazing people and food”. – Donna

Bookmaking 

“Very good value course. The book I produced was really good, even though I say so myself. Lunch was really yummy.” – Julie

“Great day yet again. Many thanks to you all. I feel I have achieved and learnt a lot today.” – Sue

“Brilliant. Such a great day, thank you!”

“Every minute was relaxing and enjoyable. Brilliant tutor – very clear and thorough”

Felting

“I think I have found a new hobby with felting which is lovely, thank you. I would like to thank Ruth as she was a very relaxed and warm teacher who was very informative and supportive. Thank you all.” – Meryl

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day, learning new skills and socialising with like minded individuals.” – Jane