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Upcycle your crafting skills from drab to fab with Re-styled by St Oswald's

Following a surge in popularity, specialist St Oswald's charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice, which specialises in transforming donated stock into unique upcycled furniture and homewares, is expanding their current workshop programme with a selection of new dates and additional courses.


The popular charity shop first launched a series of workshops in 2017 with the courses proving popular. The interactive workshops give art lovers the chance to craft like a pro whilst offering a unique way to raise money for a North East charity.


The workshops, which start from £10 per person, teach new skills to upcycling enthusiasts with workshops available for all ages, abilities and budgets. Attendees will have the chance to perfect existing techniques such as painting and upholstery, whilst learning new crafts including; embellishment, decoupage and rag wreath making.


Each workshop will be held at St Oswald’s Re-styled store, based in Eldon Garden Shopping Centre in Newcastle. The shop’s manager, Sophie Adamson – who will be leading the sessions, is no stranger to offering live demonstrations having twice appeared on the international TV shopping channel, Hochanda dispensing creative hints and tips to viewers from across the globe. 


The Re-styled team has combined their artistic talents to develop the varied programme of basic, intermediate and advanced classes for aspiring #northeastupcyclers.

Sophie said:

We’ve received a fantastic response to the workshops we’ve held so far, so much so, that we’re delighted to be extending our workshops throughout 2018 and based on feedback we’ve received, have even created some new bespoke workshops. The aim of our sessions is to show just how easy and fun it is to turn something a bit worn out into something to be proud of, just like we do with our ‘pre-loved to re-loved’ pieces we sell at Re-styled.

Sophie added:


We hope that people will enjoy the relaxed and creative atmosphere, and whether you’re a complete novice or already have some knowledge, there’s something for all abilities to get involved in. The groups are quite small, so all of our workshops allow for one-on-one time, meaning people can really make the most of the experience and make some new friends along the way.

With their shabby-chic upcycled furniture growing in popularity, the Re-styled team is also on the lookout for other upcycling gurus to host guest workshops.

Sophie added:

The workshops have helped us build a community of #northeastupcyclers and those who’ve attended our workshops have been amazed by witnessing how upcycling can transform a pre-loved item into a re-loved item. The skills developed on our workshops give people the life-long skills to realise the potential of their previously unwanted items. We’d love for local crafters and artists who have an interest in this area to get in touch with us so we can work together to raise crucial funds for St Oswald’s. As St Oswald’s needs to raise over £7.5 million each year in order to continue to provide high quality care to patients and their families, Re-styled workshops offer people the chance to learn a new skill, have fun and get creative whilst giving back to an incredible cause.

For a full list of all of the upcoming events and to keep up to date with news from the Re-styled team, follow the shop on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘Restyled St Oswald’s’, and join the conversation using #northeastupcyclers.


To secure a place and for more information, please call: 0191 230 3184, email: re-styled@stoswaldsuk.org, or pop in at Unit 19 Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, NE1 7RA.
 
Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice Workshops* 2018:


Friday 23rd March, 4-7pm – Rag Wreaths and Embellishments (£30 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Create your very own rag wreath to take home and enjoy, and find out how to make various fabric flowers for projects including wreaths, headbands, corsages and jewellery. All tools and materials provided.


Saturday 7th April, 11am-3pm - Advanced Upholstery (£65 per person, recommended age is 16+):
In our advanced upholstery class you’ll be shown how to master the dreaded Louis chair and others like it. Bring your pre-stripped and painted chair, any replacement foam, your chosen fabric and trim (plus any buttons you may need, pronged back are best) and the rest will be provided.


Tuesday 10th April, 5-7pm - Fantastic Folders (£10 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Become an origami master with these short sessions, focusing on a different theme each month. Great for all ages and abilities with topics covered including; birds, flowers, animals, mythical creatures, geometric decorations, gift boxes and more!


Tuesday 10th April, 5-7pm – Noticeboard (£30 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Keep all of your important paperwork in one handy place by making your very own fabric noticeboard. Over the two hours you’ll be provided with all of the materials to kick-start your organisation station and make sure you never miss an important appointment again.


Saturday 14th April, 10am-2:30pm – Decorative Effects (£55 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Are you stuck in a painting rut and want to expand your skills to give your furniture the “wow” factor? Covering wet distressing, layering, stencilling, crackle glazes and a PVA alternative, gilding and waxing, Re-styled can help you add a little something extra to your furniture. All tools and materials provided.


Tuesday 17th April, 5-7pm – Weaving Warriors (£20 per person, recommended age is 8+):
Come and explore your inner boho god or goddess and create some woven wonders, including wall hangings, coasters and bookmarks. All materials will be provided and no prior experience of weaving is required. If you would like to weave some special keepsake or material into your pieces please bring it along on the day.


Thursday 19th April, 10am-12pm – Painting 101 (£10 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Painting 101 takes you through the basics using Sarah Jayne Signature Chalk Paint, including how to distress and drybrush your piece. Simply bring along a small item such as a picture frame, mason jar, lamp base or small box and the rest will be provided for you including all of the equipment and know-how to take your piece from drab to fab.


Monday 23rd April, 5-7:30pm – Basic Upholstery (£30 per person, recommended age is 16+):
Don’t know where to begin with your drop-in seats pads? Sick of your saggy bottoms? Join the basic upholstery class and get the know-how to re-strap and reupholster your seats and stools. Simply bring your pre-stripped  item (drop in seat pad or small footstool), any replacement foam and your chosen fabric and all the tools and knowledge to bring the bounce back to your soft furnishings will be provided.


Wednesday 25th April, 5-7pm – Decoupage (£25 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to decoupage? This workshop will take you through everything from painting your item to preventing wrinkles and sealing it for a long lasting finish. Boards will be provided for you to work on and take home, various papers and designs to decoupage and all the knowledge to never have a crinkly finish ever again!


Saturday 5th May, 10am-12pm – ‘Wick’ed Works (£20 per person, recommended age is 14+):
If you’re a lover of candlelight and would love to make your own bespoke candles then come and join in and get creative. All materials for this workshop will be provided and a range of teacups, jars and quirky vessels for you to take your sweet smelling scents home will be provided.


Tuesday 8th May, 3-4:30pm – Fantastic Folders (Birds) (£10 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Become an origami master with these short sessions, focusing on a different theme each month. Great for all ages and abilities; birds, flowers, animals, mythical creatures, geometric decorations, gift boxes and more will be covered!


Saturday 12th May, 10am-12pm – Painting 101 (£10 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Painting 101 takes you through the basics using Sarah Jayne Signature Chalk Paint, including how to distress and drybrush your piece. Simply bring along a small item such as a picture frame, mason jar, lamp base or small box and the rest will be provided for you including all of the equipment and know-how to take your piece from drab to fab.


Monday 14th May, 4:30-7:30pm – Intermediate Upholstery (£45 per person, recommended age is 16+):
Mastered the basics and looking for a challenge? This intermediate upholstery workshop is for anyone who is confident with a stapler and wants to progress to bigger and better things. Covering slightly more difficult items such as balloon back chairs and buttoned footstools, all the tools you need will be provided, just bring your item (pre-stripped and painted), replacement foam, chosen fabric and trim (plus any buttons if required) to turn your piece from drab to fab!


Wednesday 16th May, 4-7pm – Rag Wreaths and Embellishments (£30 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Create your very own rag wreath to take home and enjoy, and find out how to make various fabric flowers for projects including wreaths, headbands, corsages and jewellery. All tools and materials provided.


Thursday 17th May, 10:30am-2pm – Painter’s Projects (£40 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Tried the basics but wary about painting a larger item? In this workshop you’ll be taken to the next level of upcycling and focus on perfecting your technique. Bring along an item such as a bedside table, single chair or stool and you’ll be equipped you with the tools and knowledge for getting that super smooth finish in no time.


Thursday 7th June, 5-7pm – Noticeboard (£30 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Keep all of your important paperwork in one handy place by making your very own fabric noticeboard. Over the two hours you’ll be provided with all of the materials to kick-start your organisation station and make sure you never miss an important appointment again.


Saturday 9th June, 10am-12pm – Painting 101 (£10 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Painting 101 takes you through the basics using Sarah Jayne Signature Chalk Paint, including how to distress and drybrush your piece. Simply bring along a small item such as a picture frame, mason jar, lamp base or small box and the rest will be provided for you including all of the equipment and know-how to take your piece from drab to fab.


Wednesday 13th June, 5-7:30pm – Basic Upholstery (£30 per person, recommended age is 16+):
Don’t know where to begin with your drop-in seats pads? Sick of your saggy bottoms? Join the basic upholstery class and get the know-how to re-strap and reupholster your seats and stools. Simply bring your pre-stripped  item (drop in seat pad or small footstool), any replacement foam and your chosen fabric and all the tools and knowledge to bring the bounce back to your soft furnishings will be provided.


Thursday 19th June, 2-4pm – Weaving Warriors (£20 per person, recommended age is 8+):
Come and explore your inner boho god or goddess and create some woven wonders, including wall hangings, coasters and bookmarks. All materials will be provided and no prior experience of weaving is required. If you would like to weave some special keepsake or material into your pieces please bring it along on the day.


Saturday 23rd June, 10am-12pm – ‘Wick’ed Works (£20 per person, recommended age is 14+):
If you’re a lover of candlelight and would love to make your own bespoke candles then come and join in and get creative. All materials for this workshop will be provided and a range of teacups, jars and quirky vessels for you to take your sweet smelling scents home will be provided.


Thursday 28th June, 5-7pm – Decoupage (£25 per person, recommended age is 12+):
Don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to decoupage? This workshop will take you through everything from painting your item to preventing wrinkles and sealing it for a long lasting finish. Boards will be provided for you to work on and take home, various papers and designs to decoupage and all the knowledge to never have a crinkly finish ever again!


*All workshops are subject to change. A deposit of 50% of the workshop cost must be paid in advance to secure a place – transactions can be made in person or by phone. For free sessions, no deposit is required but spaces must be booked.