Classes in May 2017

January 11th, 2017

Three talented artists are holding classes in London this coming May to coincide with the London Dolls house Festival.

Here’s all the information, I would strongly suggest contacting them early as I have a feeling the classes are going to fill up fast.


3 Days of workshops before and after the May Festival.

With Penny Thomson, Jamie Carrington and Geoff Wonnacott 

Class Venue 10 Minutes from the show.

Vignola Hall

51 Carmel Lodge

SW6 1UF 

Penny Thomson 

2 day      English cottage yard

1/48 scale

Spend two days painting and texturing card,using paper mache and finishing with the painted plexiglass background that lends depth and space as it catches ambient light. You will make this traditional rural scene with a timber frame thatched cottage,stone barn and hay cart learning new techniques along the way

Box for transportation of the finished model supplied

Please bring;

Craft knife and blades

no3 watercolour brush with a good tip

Wash brush


Small cutting mat

1 day    Fairies

In this class you will make three delicate etched nickel silver fairies using your own choice of wing, colours, design and final decoration

Box for transportation when finished supplied

Please bring;

No 0 and 3 watercolour brushes with good tips

Craft knife


Small cutting mat

Jamie Carrington

2 day The Complete Millinery Workshop

In this class you’ll learn to create well fitted millinery in almost any style and period. We’ll start with the basic wide brimmed hat and learn to adapt the pattern in other styles from the classic boater to the exotic Ascot hat, trimmed to perfection.

We’ll also create crowns and brims from moulds provided for the students to take home with them.

Once learned, it’s up to each student to have an adventure in the art of millinery from classic hats to fantasy for both men and women, with instructions on feather and silk ribbon work.

All fabrics, moulds, trims and patterns will be provided but students are asked to bring two pairs of small sharp scissors for fabric and paper.

1 day The Men’s Tailoring Workshop

No longer any bulky necks,  lop sided shoulders or badly fitted sleeves. This class will teach the students to sew a perfectly fitted jacket that sits comfortably on pretty much any male doll. Plus instructions on how to alter the pattern to produce any period jacket or coat.

Even the most amateur sewer will be able to get a crisp finish using the correct fabric, pattern and notions provided by Jamie. All I ask you to bring are two pairs of small sharp scissors for fabric and paper and, if needed, magnifiers.

To finish, on the stand provided, we’ll create a shirt, tie and waistcoat and full instructions, and pattern, will be provided for the trousers.

Geoff Wonnacott

2day  George I Banded Walnut Chest C1725 

A fine example of early Georgian period furniture this dressing chest with a brushing slide and four graduated burr veneered drawers has both crossbanding and featherbanding. From a prepared cutting list of timber and veneer each person would construct the cabinet, assemble, veneer and crossband  the drawers and slide. The top will be burr veneered and featherbanded. Bracket feet will be cut mitred and attached at the base. The brass handles and keyplates will be fitted after a finish is applied to the completed chest.

Completion is likely in the allocated time however full detailed instructions accompany the class.

A reasonable ability would be an advantage.

All basic tools and materials will be provided but please feel free to bring along your own small tools, work light or optical equipment if preferred.

1 day Louis XV Style Gueridon.

This small elegant example of Louis XV style standing 60mm high x 30mm wide would look equally comfortable nestled amongst chairs or sofas in many room settings, or as a stand alone piece.

Starting with a prepared cutting list of wood, veneer and brass hardware students will mark and shape the legs/rails; cut and shape the top and (optional) lower tier, applying a brass edge banding to the burr veneered shaped top. A finish will be applied and brass mounts fitted.

All basic tools will be provided, however please feel free to bring small hand tools and any optical equipment you may require. Completion is likely in class however a detailed booklet is provided should you prefer to finish at home.

A reasonable ability would be an advantage.

Further details

Please email   to request booking form. 

01373 826 240

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