Upcoming Events

Basic Couching Embroidery Workshop with Lora Avedian


In this online workshop with mixed media textile artist Lora Avedian you will learn a traditional hand embroidery technique called Couching, which is a technique she uses a lot in her work. A basic kit can be bought for this workshop on Lora's shop.

Katazome Printing Workshop with Sarah Desmarais


Japanese katazome (or stencil dyeing) is a centuries-old method of printing on cloth using paper stencils and a rice paste resist in combination with indigo or, more recently, synthetic dyes. It was often used in the past to produce fabric for kimonos. In this virtual workshop we’ll look briefly at the history of this art, and consider ... Read more


Introduction to Goldwork: Balloons


During this Introduction to Goldwork class with QEST Scholar Auburn Claire Lucas, students will learn a number of metal thread embroidery techniques in order to create this fun and colourful design.  First you will learn how to apply the felt padding in preparation for the metal threads to be worked on top. You will then ... Read more


Drawing to Print (Cyanotype) with Theadora Ballantyne-Way

Bristol Print Atelier Bristol Print Atelier, Unit 5, Decco Building, Vale Lane, Bristol

Bring your own imagery or draw from still life and resources at the Bristol Print Atelier. The beginning of this workshop will be spent preparing a drawing which we will expose to the distinctive photographic print of cyanotype, the original Victorian indigo print.


Basketry Skills Week 2021 with Eddie Glew

Admaston Village Hall Staffordshire

This course is designed to sharpen up your basketmaking skills with QEST Scholar Eddie Glew of Blithfield Willowcrafts. The week will revolve around a square cornered basket & either a fishing creel, a fitched basket or a basket of your choosing. You will select two baskets to make during the week, incorporating key techniques to ... Read more


Cheese-making Workshop with Andy Swinscoe

The Courtyard Dairy Crows Nest Barn, Austwick

The course is detailed and covers all the basics of cheese-making, combining a hands-on approach with some theory classroom work. The subjects covered include: milk composition; use of rennet; selecting and using ripening cultures and starter bacteria; setting the curd; cutting, draining and stirring the curd; moulding, milling and pressing the curd; and cheese ageing. ... Read more


Hand Pleated Flower Making Workshop with Lora Avedian


This online workshop is for people who would like to learn how to create a pleated fabric flower. You will learn how to hand pleat your fabric, and how to manipulate the material to turn it into a three-dimensional flower.


How To Apply for QEST Funding

Live Presentation via Zoom

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL. This "How To" presentation will give you advice about how to complete your QEST Scholarship or Apprenticeship application form; including helpful hints and tips about what we support, how the assessment process works and more. Before attending, we recommend that you look at the application guidance on our website here ... Read more

Introduction to Embroidery: ‘Chinese Dragon’


This two session online class with QEST Broderers' Company Scholar Matthew Cayton is suitable for beginners who would like to try embroidery for the first time, those who have not picked up a needle since childhood or those who are looking for a new, exciting and rewarding hobby. The dragon design was inspired by the ... Read more


Independent Shoemakers’ Conference


Hosted by QEST Trustee & Scholar Deborah Carré's company, Carreducker, the event features film screenings and live chat from the world of shoemaking with speakers from the UK, USA, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and Singapore. These include QEST Cordwainer's Company Apprentice Oluwamuyiwa Fadairo and QEST Ernest Cook Trust Scholar Jojo Wood.


Katazome Workshop with Sarah Desmarais


The Japan Society is delighted to present an online katazome workshop with Sarah Desmarais. Japanese katazome (or stencil dyeing) is a centuries-old method of printing on cloth using paper stencils and a rice paste resist in combination with indigo or other dyes. Traditionally, it was often used to produce fabric for kimono. In this workshop, participants ... Read more


Appliqué & Ribbonwork Floral Wellington Boot Workshop


Get ready for spring with this vibrant Appliqué Floral Wellington led by QEST Scholar Auburn Claire Lucas. The workshop will teach you the basics of Appliqué, in the form of the leatherette wellington boot. This is then beautifully embellished with various Ribbonwork flowers such as Woven Wheel roses, Ribbon Work leaves and Lazy Daisy irises, ... Read more


Folding for Design with Kate Colin


This course is for anyone wishing to learn how to transform a sheet of paper into a range of three dimensional forms. It is advisable that participants have taken the ‘Introduction to Paper Folding’ class first, but not essential. We won’t be making products in this class but you will learn a variety of techniques ... Read more