Workshops at Ash Farm

In addition to the machine knitting workshops Sian will be hosting 10 new workshops in 2020/21

Due to the current uncertainty all workshops will be rearranged for the end of the year and early 2021. If anyone is interested in any of these workshops and would like to be kept up to date with the new dates please do get in touch. 

To enquire and/or book a place on these courses please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Bronwen Gwillim – Plasticsmithing Workshop

Workshop fully booked

Plasticsmithing 1: A short introduction to designing and making jewellery with waste plastics

1 day workshop 
10 – 4.30 pm
£103 plus £8 materials
minimum 4
maximum 8 participants

Plastic offers huge potential for creating exciting colours, textures, shapes, forms and finishes. This one day course will provide beginners with the basics required to experiment freely and safely and to complete a unique piece of jewellery to take away. 
During the day participants will learn about the types and characteristics of plastics readily available as waste and a range of safe techniques that can be used to create jewellery and other small objects.
By the end of the day you will have:
·         Learned about a range of plastic types and where they can be found.
·         Used a range of tools and techniques to texture, cut, carve, form and join plastic safely
·         Understood health, safety and environmental issues and precautions required for safe working
·         Considered the use of supplementary materials such as resins and silver findings in finishing
·         Designed and produced a piece of jewellery such as earrings or a brooch to take away
Participants are asked to bring with them sketchbooks and pencils and some domestic waste or beach plastics.

All other tools and materials will be provided. 

Bethan Walton – Yoga Workshop

Stretch into Summer – Create some calm

1 day workshop (followed by lunch at 1pm)
10 – 1 pm
max 10 participants

A morning of yoga in Sian O’Doherty’s beautiful light-filled studio in Pembrokeshire.

Summer is often a busy time where we lose our usual routines and the workshop will give you the opportunity to stop for a while and to focus on the body and the breath. We will work on practices to stretch and open up the body to help raise your energy levels. We will also work to balance body and mind with breath practices and a meditation to bring a sense of calm to set you up for the rest of the summer.

During the morning session there will be a tea break and snacks and after the workshop there will be a delicious vegetarian home- made lunch and the option of a short walk to meet Sian’s herd of alpacas.

Caroline Beddard – Free Machine Embroidery

2 day workshop Exploring the art of Freemotion embroidery
10 – 4.30pm

minimum participants for workshop to proceed 4
maximum of 6
Lunch included plus tea coffee and cake
£215 per person plus £10 materials

Learn the art of freemotion embroidery and enjoy the freedom of drawing with your sewing machine in this creative two day workshop producing your very own artwork. This in-depth workshop is fully adaptable to both beginners and the more experienced alike, as we will not only cover the basics but also delve into the many creative ways of adapting this technique to suit your own abilities and experience. This workshop is taught by Caroline Beddard who is a Welsh textile artist specialising in freemotion embroidery artwork. Caroline, who studied at Cardiff Metropolitan University as a mature student whilst bringing up her three children, successfully gained a first class honours degree in Textiles and has been practicing and perfecting the technique of freemotion embroidery ever since. Inspired by the natural environment and particularly the coastline Caroline will share her experience and knowledge to be able to pass on her passion for this wonderfully creative technique.

Day one focuses on everything from the basics of setting up your machine and what equipment you will need to top tips and handy advice to get the most out of this process. Throughout the day you will be taught the skills and techniques required by producing several small samples, growing in confidence as you become more skilled at the technique. Focusing on freemotion patterns we will be experimenting with dissolvable film, creating your own fabrics when combining it with variety different materials.

Day two examines the wonderfully addictive technique of raw edge applique as well as how to draw simple stitched pictures with your machine. You will be guided through each step carefully to successfully transfer prepared images on paper into wonderfully textured versions in an assortment of fabrics. It’s a great way to use up all those fabric scraps you have been putting away for a rainy day! We will also focus on freemotion text, examining two great ways of easily adding writing to your artworks. You will be taught all the skills needed to make the most out of this fantastic technique and end your day by producing a lovely piece of freemotion artwork using the raw edge applique technique. The small class size allows for plenty of one to one tuition which means you will leave the workshop with the knowledge and ability to continue with your own designs in the future .

All materials are included in the price of this workshop however please bring along your sewing machine and foot pedal as well as a suitable freemotion embroidery foot.

Anna Lewis – Jewellery Heirloom Workshop

2 day workshop

10 – 4.30pm
£208 plus £40 material costs
max 8 participants

This 2 day workshop is designed around you and your jewellery heirlooms and collections of curios….

We will focus on creating layered chain and charm necklace which is quirky and tells a story. It might be that you have some old broken or unworn and unloved jewellery, we can reinvent it and bring it to life in a collective piece.

Please bring with you any charms, chains, pendants, old rings, beads, pearls, costume and precious jewellery, if you don’t have any maybe you could prepare for the workshop by selecting some from car boot sales, flea markets and e-bay. You do not need to spend a fortune, it would be nice to use real gold and silver but plated pieces are just as nice and elements of even plastic can excite your design. Do not be afraid to bring in an eclectic mix of objects and materials, the more you have the more options are open to you.

All tools will be provided
Added materials in silver, chain, stone beads etc will also be included in the workshop cost to enhance your designs.

You will be taught skills in jewellery design and concept, basic connecting, some chain making and soldering from silver wire. Your piece will be constructed in a range of ways over the 2 days and you will leave with a beautiful chain and charm neckpiece.

Price per person including added materials : £208 plus £40 materials for a 2 day workshop (all in)

About your tutor:

Anna Lewis is an established jewellery artist working in mixed media and experimental scale. Anna is also a lecturer on Design Crafts and Surface Pattern Design at Swansea College of Art. A passion and inspiration of Anna’s is to collect antiques and curios, over the years she has been given and collected a range of tiny treasures which she embeds into jewels for both the body and the home.
More of Annas work can be seen here:

Bronwen Gwillim – Bunting printing workshop

10 – 4.30pm
with lunch and cake included

£83 plus £8 materials per person
Maximum – 8
Minimum – 5

A lovely day spent celebrating the season, starting with a walk around the farm to collect leaves from which to make a series of fabric prints.  We will be using heat transfer dyes which offer stunning, colour fast colours and plenty of opportunities for experimentation.  Everyone will go home with a very special length of bunting to decorate their garden or to bring some of the outdoors into their home. Great for everyone, no experience required. 


Bronwen makes wearable, sculptural jewellery from repurposed and recycled industrial plastics. She imbues these soulless materials with character by working their surfaces till their colours soften and they feel natural in the hand.  

The shapes she uses reference those worn by the sea and allude to the fact that these ubiquitous and non-biodegradable materials will be sadly washing up on our beaches for many years to come.  
She originally trained as a jeweller and uses traditional hand tools and techniques. She slowly makes one-off pieces, in stark contrast to high speed mass production that we associate with modern plastics.

Aleks Byrd – Handknitting with Alpaca Yarn

Knitted Braids: Knit RHËYDR fingerless gloves

Min 5  Max 12 participants
Cost = £125 plus 100 grams Rheydr alpaca 4ply yarn @ offer price £20

Make a pair of luxurious and cosy embellished fingerless gloves at beautiful Ash Farm using their own Rhëydr alpaca yarn from the cute alpacas roaming outside the studio. These fingerless gloves designed for this workshop features two types of Estonian braids and some stranded colourwork inspired by Welsh blankets from the region. You’ll soon fall in love with how easy and effective knitted braids are and how they make any knitted piece a little more special. It is a wonderful quick knit to get introduced to modern Estonain knitting. With two days at Ash Farm you’ll leave with a pair of beautiful fingerless gloves, skills on creating knitted Estonian braids and some time meeting the alpacas who created the lovely yarn.

Participants will need to bring: 
Stitch markers
3mm/ US 2.5 and 3.25mm / US 3  needles for knitting small circumference either DPNs (double pointed needles) or 24-32″ / 60-80cm circular needles for knitting magic loop

Skill Level: advanced beginner; participants should know how to knit in the round

Aleks Byrd is a knitwear designer and illustrator. She draws upon her multifaceted background being American Estonian and Canadian as well as travels and collected experiences with the knitting community for inspiration for both her knitwear designs and illustrations. When designing her knitting patterns, Aleks uses her Estonian heritage and weaves it into new patterns for today to produce new and unique designs with a connection to the past. She passes on her knowledge in a variety of workshops about various knitting techniques, particularly surrounding Estonian knitting. Her understanding of both western and Estonian knitting cultures along with various learning styles allows her to translate and be a “knitting ambassador” for modern traditional knitting.

Claire – Felting with Mad Hatter

Details tbc

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