Newcastle charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice, has launched a series of interactive workshops, where you can learn to craft like a pro while raising funds for the Gosforth-based Hospice.
On top of teaching new skills to upcycling enthusiasts, the workshops – which start from £25 per person – are a creative way of fundraising for the local charity that needs to raise more than £7.5m a year.
Free events will be held regularly throughout the year, including ‘Beginners Painting’, where people can learn the basics of using chalk paint to bring new life into old pieces.
There’ll also be expert advice from shop manager, Sophie Adamson. Alongside assistant shop manager, Sarah Finnemore, the duo have combined to develop basic, intermediate, and advanced classes. In addition to discovering new crafts such as rag wreath making, embellishment, and decoupage, attendees can perfect techniques to transform furniture at upholstery and painting workshops.
All workshops are based in Eldon Garden Shopping Centre in Newcastle and will provide the necessary tools to master each skill, and participants will receive a special discount voucher to use in-store across the range of unique upcycled furniture.
Sophie said: “The aim of our workshops 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.
“We hope that people will enjoy the relaxed and creative atmosphere, and whether you don’t know where to start or have already got 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.”
To secure a place and for more information, please telephone 0191 230 3184, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Unit 19, Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 7RA. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘Restyled St Oswald’s’, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #northeastupcyclers.