The group will meets once per month at TunedIn, Majuba Beach Redcar
- The first Thursday of the month between 7-9pm
4th January – Felted Landscapes Workshop – Everytime we do any kind of wool felting our members are amazed by the fantastic results they can achieve during the session and many have taken felting up as a hobby afterwards. We think this felted landscape session with local felting artist Fiona Marston will be the same, we can’t wait to see what you all make!
1st February – Fimo Jewellery Session – We’re delighted to welcome Sarah from Moon and Jewel to our groups, Sarah is a designer maker specialising in working with fimo clay. During the session you’ll be getting hands on and making a piece of jewellery which Sarah will then bake at the group so you’ll be able to take it home!
7th March – Grease Sing-a-Long – Ladies, you have been asking us for a singing session for quite some time and we are really excited to let you know that we have found Chris, from The Rise Up Project . Chris is passionate about creating a safe space for people to come and enjoy all the emotional and physical benefits of singing without fear or judgement, no matter what your vocal ability is. The themes of the session is going to be ‘Grease’ with a ‘Pink Lady’ dress code so dig out your pink t.shirts or you might even have a Sandra D outfit at the back of your wardrobe. We will also be fundraising with a tombola and raffle with the proceeds going to the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ charity as it’s an amazing cause that fits in with our pink evening perfectly. It’s going to be a fun session!
4th April – Fabric Flower Door Garland – We know that you’re going to love these fabric flower door garlands! We’ll take you through the sewing process, showing you how to make a range of different types of flowers using felt and fabric. Your garlands can also be accessorised with pompoms, recycled bit of old jewellery, interesting trimmings, buttons or faux flowers. We can’t wait to see what you create, no two garlands are ever the same! There is a lot to fit into the two-hour session, so you might like to pre-make some small pompoms or bring some additional things ahead of the workshop to add on and make your wreath look fuller on the night, alternatively you could finish it off at home.
2nd May – Eco Session – We have had several requests over the years to offer a session on sustainability and how to be thriftier. We are very excited for you to meet Ruth, from Ecologico, who managed to not buy anything new for a whole year! Ruth will be inspiring you with her story and will also bringing along her shop van, where she sells environmentally friendly items for the home. In addition, you will be taking part in a clothes swish, this is where everyone brings up to 6 items of pre-loved clean clothes, shoes or accessories. You will be given a ticket for every item you bring along and these tickets can then be placed on your desired items. It’s a super fun way to swap clothes and a great way to try something new! We’re sure you will enjoy this thrifty themed session!
6th June – Zentangle – We’re excited to have the Teesside Tangler joining us to inspire and teach us the art of Zentangle. Joanne the Teesside Tangler, has been sharing her love of Zentangle with us at other groups and it is one of the session’s that’s had everyone talking many members have even taken it up as a hobby! We always giggle at the thought of Amazon having a spike in sales after one of our session. Zentangle is a way to create beautiful images, similar to doodling, by drawing “tangles” using lines, dots, curves and orbs. Zentangle helps increase focus, creativity and self-confidence as well as being a super mindful activity, just don’t blame us if you get addicted!
4th July – Driftwood Houses – You may have seen the adorable wooden miniature houses that have been springing up in giftshops. We are going to be making our own little homes with with Lynne from Forget me not art. Lynne is a super forager, she brings a huge assortment of wood in many shapes and sizes along with fabric, card, rusty nails and pieces of metal that most people wouldn’t look twice at. Lynne knows that all of these items look fabulous with a little bit of paint when incorporated into the design of your mini house scene. Our groups that did this activity in the last block absolutely loved it!
1st August – Glass Painting – During this sessions we’ll be painting some beautiful gin glasses (or wine, hey we don’t judge what you’ll fill it with!) with glass paints. We have had some beautiful florals, mandalas, words or just block colours, the results from these sessions never fail to make us smile! When you get home after 24 hours you can put your glass in the oven at a low temperature to cure the paint, making them dishwasher proof. Equally they look lovely with a tealight or purely decorative. We can’t wait to see what you create!
1. How long have you been a member of Pimm’s & Needles and why did you want to host a group? I’ve been coming to Pimm’s and Needles since February this year, I came to a workshop in Guisborough and was asked to do workshops! I wanted to host a group as I’d so enjoyed doing workshops and had loved the amazing team. I’m just so fortunate to be able to call myself a host!
2. What do you like best about the groups? I love how friendly, inclusive and fun the groups are, the range of activities and the willingness all the members have to give everything a go!
3. What do you generally dislike? I don’t like sport! Luckily I live with and have brought up a little gang of people who prefer music to sport. I do, though absolutely love synchronised swimming and can’t wait until that comes on during the Olympics.
4. What would be your perfect day? My perfect day has to include lashings of delish tea, probably by the seaside or at a picnic by some water. We once spent and idyllic day by a river in Farndale, with my two as little ones having a paddle, my husband and parents, and my kids forever referred to it as ‘the perfect day’.
5. What sweet treat do you love? My fave sweet treat is a really decent homemade shortbread biscuit!
6. Your favourite Pimm’s & Needles activity that you have done before? My favourite activity was Life Drawing. I did loads as a young person when I studied fashion design, but it was great to see how the Guisborough group would get to grips with drawing a naked man!
7. Interesting or little known fact about you? Ooh interesting fact – I have a few! I’ve flown a plane, was in a Mum’s cheerleading team and play the trumpet!