Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Taste of Craft Programme

for people aged 60+ 28 September – 26 October 2018 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Come and join us for a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon (1.00pm – 3.00pm) throughout September and October. £12.50 per session (all materials provided) or book the whole course (5 sessions in total) for £50.00

Offering a wide range of hands on craft making activities with different makers, helped along with a nice cup of tea or coffee (and some biscuits!).

This year the sessions will be inspired by our Craft Counts programme celebrating 10 years since the re-launch of Ruthin Craft Centre. Exploring the first ten traditional materials/themes associated with anniversaries – from paper, through leather and copper to sugar. These are age friendly sessions and no previous experience in the arts is necessary – just a willingness to take part!

Meet new people and learn new skills. Join us for one, or as many sessions as you like.

Week 1: Miranda Meilleur
Friday 28 September ‘Bronze’

Week 2: Simeon Jones
Friday 5 October ‘Leather’

Week 3: Mai Thomas
Friday 12 October ‘Paper: Capturing life through the seasons’

Week 4: Liz Ellis
Friday 19 October ‘Pottery’

Week 5: Alison Curtis
Friday 26 October ‘Sugar Art’

To book a place please call 01824 704774.

This season of Taste of Craft workshops is funded by Arts Council of Wales as part of our ‘Craft Counts’ programme.


Messy Play – for parents and toddlers with

artists Emma-Jayne Holmes and Donna Jones All sessions are FREE, please call to book a place as spaces are limited

New dates for the autumn season:
Wednesday 12 September – EXPIRED
Wednesday 3 October – EXPIRED
Wednesday 7 November
Wednesday 5 December
10.00am – 11.30am

Why not come along and explore, make and have some fun with your little one/s this autumn at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our current exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room. Friendly and relaxed sessions with a different theme to explore each month.

This season of Messy Play sessions is funded by Arts Council of Wales as part of our ‘Craft Counts’ programme.


Adult Master-classes: Kate Barlow –

1-day Embroidery Master-class Saturday 27 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £55 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

This embroidery master-class is suitable for those who are new to embroidery and for those whose stitching skills are a little rusty. During this workshop you will learn several crewel work stitches including satin stitch, chain stitch, whipped wheels and french knots.

All materials and equipment will be provided.


Craft Club: Forest + Found

Thursday 1 November 2018 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 per session

Bookable Craft Club for children aged 5–11 with Lisa Carter

Inspired by the work of Forest + Found, this Craft Club will playfully explore both local landscape and the handmade. Make your own drawing tools and mediums from locally found natural objects such as gorse, heather and earth. Use stones to build and create your own new imagined hiding places and landscapes and work collaboratively on the floor with movement and mark making to find and draw shapes and signs that suggest nature rather than represent it.

Why not bring your own found natural objects to use?

Children must be accompanied by an adult



‘101 Ruthin Poppies’

Saturday 3 November 2018, 1.00pm – 3.00pm Sunday 4 November 2018, 1.00pm – 3.00pm FREE, All ages welcome

Ruthin Commemorates the Centenary of the end of the Great War and says ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed and changed our World.

As part of the Cofeb ’18 Memorial come and help us make 101 poppies to remember those from Ruthin who fell in the First World War.

Cofeb ’18 Memorial Rhuthun 10.10.18 – 11.11.18

For more information about this event please visit:


Adult Master-classes: Beautifully imperfect

Boro Textiles with Zoë Hillyard 1-day Master-class Saturday 10 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £55 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

A workshop for those who love well-worn surfaces and objects with a history.

Inspired by the traditions of Boro textiles in Northern Japan you will explore creating seductive and unique surfaces by reworking materials that hold personal meaning and memories to you.

You might choose to beautifully ‘patch’ a section of a possession that has become flawed, or just combine a range of sentimental materials to make a surface that is rich with history and memories that could be framed. You may want your piece to be flat, or make it take on a form – which we can explore!

The workshop will also be an opportunity to share the stories and associations linked to the materials and objects you have brought on the day.


Adult Master-classes: Laura Thomas –

‘Threads’ 2-day Weaving Master-class Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £120 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

A workshop aimed at intermediate/experienced weavers that is designed to encourage participants to break the rules of weaving and push themselves outside of their comfort zones.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to weave as many samples as possible, many of which could then be further processed exploring finishing techniques such as devoré, foiling, melting, pleating, burning etc. Weavers will be encouraged to explore ideas and principles unencumbered by the restraint of functionality. The final evaluation will include discussion of how certain ideas could be developed further.

NB: participants will need to bring a prepared loom – please email for warp instructions.

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.