Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Craft Club: Easter: ‘Felted Stories’

with Ticky Lowe Thursday 25 April 10.30am – 12.30pm £5 please call to book a place

Bookable Craft Club for children aged 5–11

Inspired by the Exhibition of Primmy Chorley’s work create your own Primmy style colourful and textured tale of your home, family and pets using felted wool and stitch.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Messy Play

A brand new season of CRAFT inspired Messy Play – FREE bookable sessions with Ticky Lowe and Donna Jones.

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our exhibitions followed by a Messy Play session in the education room.

10.00am – 11.30am

Wednesday 13 March – ‘Play with Clay’ – EXPIRED
Wednesday 3 April – ‘Paint Kitchen’ – EXPIRED
Wednesday 8 May – ‘Under Your Feet’
Wednesday 5 June – ‘Cosy Spaces’
Wednesday 3 July – ‘Paint Angels’

Please call to book as spaces are limited.


Workshop 1: Stitching Stories

with Primmy Chorley and Jessie Chorley Saturday 11 May 10.30am – 4.30pm £125 Lunch included


Using words or a poem as your inspiration to make a stitched keepsake or memento. Please bring your own fabric scraps that you are emotionally attached to. A piece of an old dress or cloth with its own history special to you, any special tucked away treasure that you would like to sew on – old lace, an old button. Bring suitable sewing threads needles and sharp scissors and old wool or rag for stuffing if you want to make your piece three dimensional.



Workshop 2: Appliqué and Simple Stitch

with Primmy Chorley and Jessie Chorley Sunday 12 May 10.30am – 4.30pm £125 Lunch included


Using simple stitches and working directly onto the cloth to create a story picture. Please bring a piece of old woollen blanket or suitable cloth for the background, or an old piece of linen sheet, and your own personal fabric scraps that have special memories or meaning for you. A piece of an old quilt or your mums old wartime dress or a baby gown. Also bring suitable sewing threads, needles and sharp scissors.

Please note the majority of materials are available for free in the Education Room but please bring your own treasured fabric, buttons or threads to make your work a personal memento.


Hey Clay! Weekend Primmy Chorley

inspired Ceramics workshop with Ceri Wright Saturday 18 May 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE – but limited spaces, places must be booked in advance

Taking inspiration from the Primmy Chorley Another World exhibition in the galleries we will explore in clay, using hand building techniques. Reinterpret everyday familiar household objects – such as cups, jugs and plates, experimenting with surface texture, colour and size.

Suitable for ALL ages


May Half Term: Mark your place!

with Mai Thomas Thursday 30 May 10.30am – 12.30pm £5 please call to book a place

Bookable Craft Club for children aged 5–11

In this workshop we will take inspiration from the Under Your Feet exhibition of rugs and make our very own place-mats using recycled paper and coiling techniques. This is an opportunity to transform bare table tops and dull walls, roll and turn and let your ideas grow!

All children must be accompanied by an adult.


2 day workshop: Creating New Memories:

celebrating personal archives with Zoë Hillyard Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 10.30am – 4.30pm £120 to include lunch

Zoë Hillyard is a textile artist and lecturer. Working with textile and ceramic, she creates ‘ceramic patchwork’ vessels that revive the fortunes of discarded and broken objects. Many people possess precious collections that are loaded with significance – artifacts that provide tangible links to family and regional histories. Often in the absence of easy ways to show and enjoy them, they are stored in draws or in suitcases under the bed. This 2 day hand-stitched based workshop will help you explore possible ways of using and celebrating these collections, building new memories in the process. You should leave feeling confident to continue exploring ways to enjoy and celebrate your artefacts. In doing so, you will be adding to the legacy and significance of your pieces for future generations.

Basic sewing skills are essential for this workshop.


2 day workshop: Wood Carving

Masterclass with Tom Hanson Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 10.30am – 4.30pm £130 to include lunch and all materials

A two day adult masterclass learning to use the tools and materials to create a two or three dimensional wooden object inspired by nature.

Suitable for beginners


1 day workshop: Willow

Weaving with Mandy Coates Saturday 29 June 10.30am – 4.30pm £70 to include lunch and all materials

A one day adult masterclass making a small round fruit basket using different coloured home grown willow.

Suitable for beginners


Another World – Gallery

Curator’s Talk with June Hill Sunday 7 July 2.00pm £5 per person limited spaces available. Call to book your place
Booking Information

To book your place please call 01824 704774

Come and learn at Ruthin Craft Centre with wonderful, knowledgeable tutors in a relaxed learning atmosphere.
With lunches available from Café R with courtyard terrace and plenty of free on-site parking – it really is a wonderful environment to meet like-minded people and study. Courses are non-residential however excellent accommodation abounds in Ruthin and nearby. View the Visit Wales website for details.

Unless otherwise stated, all talks, events and workshops must be 
booked in advance. Fees are required to be paid in full at the time
 of booking. Cancellation of a place by a course member does not
 automatically qualify for a refund. Some courses may be altered
or cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments.