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Spotlight on October Workshops

21st October 10am to 4pm Rag Rug Cushion Making

‘Seeker of vintage treasures and maker of handmade delights’ Miss Cherry Pie Vintage brings a treasure trove of felted wools and reclaimed textiles, a box of special tools  and an experienced approach to making super cuddly rag rug cushions. With a wonderful texture on the front, an envelope opening at the back and blanket stitch all around your very own cushion can be styled from one colour or many and will be totally unique.

£60 with all materials and refreshments will be provided (Cherry loves to bake amazing cake!) but please bring your own lunch.

To book click here

23rd October 10am – 12pm Story Ship Building

Donna Drouin recently created paper ships inspired by the nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussy cat by Edward Lear having been enthralled by the idea of an owl and a pussy cat sailing away together since childhood.

For this workshop she will take you through the process of making your very own ship, inspired any tale that is personal to you. With her collection of vintage maps, letters , handwritten notes , tiny vintage buttons and postage stamps there ready for you to plunder, you will be led step by step into create a story filled ship of your very own.

£20 Suitable for age 14+ All materials are provided but please feel free to bring paper ephemera of your own if you wish to include it. 

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23rd October 2pm to 4pm Simple book binding for journals and artist books

Incorporating new and vintage materials and using a variety of simple book binding techniques Jane Millum will guide you through the process of designing and making your own, truly one of a kind journal or artist book.

All materials will be provided but please do bring fabric scraps, papers and paper ephemera that you may wish to incorporate into your journal.

£25 Suitable for age 14+ All materials are provided but please feel free to bring fabric scraps, papers and ephemera you may wish to include. 

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Wool Felt Wreath & Cushion Making Workshops

These workshops by @misscherrypievintage are perfect for getting ready for autumn. With all materials provided including access to her collection of felted reclaimed and vintage wool fabrics, buttons and baubles they are also prefect for making a special gift for a loved one (or even yourself!).

Cherry was here for a pop up last year and her Wreaths were especially popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

For Cushion workshop click HERE

For morning Wreath Workshop click HERE

For afternoon Wreath Workshop click HERE

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We bring Rutland Open Studios to the Vale

We are playing host to five professional artists for the Rutland Open Studios 2021, an established art trail that has grown to incorporate bordering villages in Leicestershire. 

Open from 11am to 4pm on 18th 19th, 25th and 26th September this will be a chance to enjoy a variety of art forms including painting, paper cut, textiles and sculpture.

Vanessa Stone has been exploring the Vale of Belvoir to create striking landscapes in drawing, paper cutting and collage. The TizzyWhistle creative partnership launches a brand new collection of embroidery patterns, stencils and fabrics inspired by Belvoir Angels, folk art and botanical dyeing.

Multidisciplinary artist, print maker and poet Donna Drouin focuses on a vibrant exploration of her relationship with nature in paintings and print. Abstract, colour and landscape feature strongly in Glenda Gibson’s lively oil paintings.

Each of these artists will be running a workshop or giving a talk. Pre booking is essential as places are limited and full details can be found via the links below:

Saturday 18th September

Paint with Glenda workshop 10am – 12pm

Saturday 25th September

Donna Drouin Drypoint Printing 10am – 12pm

Make an artist book / journal – Decorative journaling techniques with TizzyWhistle 2pm – 4pm

There will also be a chance to experience the ‘metal expressions’ of sculptor Roger Lee, who has taken over the secret gem of the Quiet Garden to create a mini sculpture park right in the heart of the village.

Entry is free and all are welcome. Current Covid guidelines for social distancing and hand sanitising are being followed. For more information on Rutland Open Studios please visit

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Kooroon Gallery Exhibition- September

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September. Open 11am to 4pm Daily

Impact the Land

Kooroon Gallery is presenting the sculpture of Roger Lee and artwork of Donna Drouin in September.

Donna Drouin is inspired by the land; the marks humanity make, the communications, repeated paths taken, these patterns we have subconsciously collectively created and archaeological traces of medieval ridge and furrow, as we inhabit, cultivate and walk the land. Her exhibition will include printmaking, abstract landscapes, drawings, workbooks and poetry.  

‘Donna, utterly mind bending works!’ Ruth M

‘Inspirational. I love your use of colour and interpretation.’ June L 

Roger Lee is an experienced artist who is enhancing the developed garden at the Old Sorting House, Bottesford, for the first time with his metal expressions of faces on spades and human connection.

“Much of the output from the Village Blacksmith could be called abstract, cranks, levers, tie bars from barn roofs, hinges and straps and one-off bolts. Reusing and making new versions brings a figurativeness to the abstraction, anything upright becomes a figure and symmetry with two dots reads as a face.  Otherwise, like my India drawings, there are forms and patterns hidden in printed text and then there is ‘just abstract’, silent sounds, and rust, rust with everything.” Roger Lee

Workshops by Donna Drouin

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Botanical Dyeing this Saturday

There is still time to book on the Simple Botanical Dyeing for papers and fabric workshop taking place this Saturday.

examples of botanical dyed papers

A day exploring what flowers, leaves, fruit teas and more can offer in terms of colour and pattern for paper and fabrics. In this course Dian Harrison and Jane Millum will take you through the processes of making small items at home using uncomplicated methods and equipment. This is an introduction to botanical dying at home for people who are new to the art and wish to make beautiful resources to use in art and craft practices from making cards, notelets, books to unique panels for patchwork, embroidery and other stitched based projects.

Saturday 21st August 10am to 4pm £50, all materials provided.

For full details and to book click here!