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Learn a traditional skill at Preston Park

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Budding craftspeople can learn a traditional skill at Preston Park Museum and Grounds this autumn as the popular visitor attraction hosts a series of ParkMade traditional taster days.

Preston Park will be running a range of sessions over the coming months to offer adults the chance to try different skills and pastimes such as blacksmithing, quilting, stained glass or proggy rag rug making. This September the Museum is also running a mosaic making course for the first time.

Mosaic making – Saturday 6 September from 10am to 4pm. Come along and have a go at this new course which costs £60.

Quilting – Saturday 18 October from 10am to 4pm. Learn how to make beautiful patchwork and quilting using traditional techniques and natural fabrics. Course costs £40 per person.

Stained glass – Saturday 22 November from 10am to 4pm. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a professional glass worker to produce a beautiful glass panel. This course costs £60 per person.

Blacksmithing – Learn about the history of the craft and make something beautiful to take away with you on the day. These courses, which cost £80 per person, are available in September, October and November.

Rag Rug making – Design and make your own mini rag rug to take away with you on the day. Learn about recycling old fabrics and the history of this sociable and versatile craft. These courses will run during September, October and November, costing £25 per person.

Those who take part in the Proggy Rag Rug course or have taken part in the course already can come along to the Preston Park’s Chatty Mats sessions which run one Friday morning a month from 10am to 12noon. These sessions give crafters the chance to catch up with like-minded people while working on a current mat of their own or on the group’s project mat.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "ParkMade taster days are very popular and provide the perfect opportunity for people to learn a traditional skill or forgotten pastime. Come along and try your hand at something new and take away your beautiful hand crafted item on the day. Taster days also make the perfect gift for someone so treat a loved one to a special experience.”

Beginners are welcome on all the ParkMade taster days as no experience is necessary. Booking is essential as places are limited. For more information and to book visit or telephone (01642) 527820. 

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