Join in with the Tullie Textiles craft club at Tullie House in Carlisle, England for #CraftInTheCity and learn how-to make felt flowers.
Date & time: Second Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm
Address: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TP
Where was the workshop held and what was the venue like?
We usually meet in the Community Room at Tullie House which is right next to the reception desk in the museum so it's really easy to find us! It's a nice big room with a window out into the atrium so we can see what everyone in the museum is up to. It's also just opposite the cafe so we have good access to tea and cake!
Who’s in your group?
The number of people in the group varies from month to month but usually we have between 6 and 10 people. We cross a wide age range, from students right up to people who have been retired for a while! We're a mixed bunch and everyone is welcome.
What are the main crafts your group do?
We are a textile group so our crafts focus on this area but it's a pretty broad area so you'll find a lot going on. Each month a different textile skill or craft is demonstrated so you have the opportunity to learn something new or just bring your own textile projects. So far we've had a go at needle felting, making Dorset Wheel Buttons, Suffolk Puff patchwork and various crochet techniques.
Can anyone join and how should we sign up?
Anyone can join our group, it's free to attend and all you have to do is turn up! We encourage you to bring your own projects to work on but if you haven't got anything or you're new to textiles come along anyway and we'll start you off with something!
What’s projects is everyone working on at the moment?
Everyone has their own particular interests and one of the lovely things about the group is seeing what everyone is up to. We have rag-ruggers, crocheters, knitters and embroiderers as well as those of us who like to have a bit of a go at everything.
Where else should we check out when we’re in town?
Carlisle is a great, compact city with lots of beautiful architecture, good shops, lovely café's and places of interest. As we meet in the museum this is a great place to start. The museum encompasses an art gallery with regularly changing exhibitions and a museum with lots of interesting artefacts and areas to explore.
Where are the best places to buy craft supplies to bring to your group?
In the town centre there are a couple of good craft supply shops, Fun2Do on Scotch Street has a great range of textile supplies and Superior Sewing Centre in Rosemary Lane has a great selection of yarn and everything you could possibly need for your sewing machine.
Is there anything else we should know?
As well as having a skill or craft demonstrated each month we also get to see some items from the museums collections. Each month the curator selects items from the stores connected to whatever technique we're looking at and lets us examine them. It's really exciting and inspiring to be able to get close to objects not usually seen and find out some fascinating bits of textile history.
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