december 2013


Carol's 50th Birthday

During November I celebrated my 50th birthday with a bonfire party. It was relaxing to sit around a bonfire chatting with friends and it was just what I wanted. We enjoyed chilli (a bit hot) and baked spuds from the fire (a bit burnt) and a tasty cake.

Thank you for your continued encouragement and support for our workshops it is always good to get feedback. Please continue to let us know how we can improve and what other workshops you would like to see on offer.

My camera nearly melted taking this photo!

Cobweb Scarf Workshop

with Carol Mowl

We enjoyed a lovely morning of creativity at the recent workshop and if you fancy a beautiful handmade scarf entirely designed and made by youself, then book onto our next Cobweb Scarf Workshop on Sunday 2nd February 10m-1pm, £32.


Photos from the November Cobweb Scarf workshop

Rag Rug Workshop

with Maggie Holland

A lovely way to spend a morning at Beetlefelt Studio. Students enjoyed choosing suitable coloured fabrics and then cutting and ripping them up. The fabrics were then transformed into wonderful rug samples using the hooky and proggy techniques.

We are now taking bookings for our next Rag Rugging Workshop which is on Saturday 18th January 10am-1pm, £30.

Rag Rugging

Photos from the November Rag Rugging Workshop

Drawing and Mixed Media Workshops

with Maggie Holland

Within a short space of time and due to Maggie’s excellent guidance, help and encouragement students soon felt confident to tackle drawing metal tools and complex images.

We are running a series of Mixed Media Workshops during the year. You can book onto the next series of four workshops starting on Tuesday 21st January 10am-12pm, £64.

Mixed Media

Photos from a recent Drawing Workshop

Willow Decorations Workshop

with Juliette Hamilton

Our first festive willow decoration workshop was a great success with everyone going away satisfied with their handmade sculptured work.

You may like to join us in the new year to make wonderful Willow Baskets on Saturday 25th January 2014 10am-4pm, £64.

Willow Basket Workshop

Willow workshop

Photos of Juliette with festive decorations and willow baskets.

“I really enjoyed the willow weaving with Juliette on Saturday and I have just booked the basket weaving. Looking forward to it” Caroline

Dates for your Diary 

Whalley Range Peace and Justice Group invite you to:

Amnesty International UK Card Signing Day St Margaret's Church, Rufford Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16. Saturday 7th December 2013, 1.30-4.30pm. Send cards with messages of hope and solidarity to victims of human rights violations and those who defend them. Stalls to purchase fair trade prezzies, food from the fabulous Tibetan Kitchen, mince pies, cakes, music and singing.

Christmas Craft Fayre at Wythenshaw Park Saturday 7th December, 10am-4pm.

Little Shop of Horrors 3rd – 22nd December, at the Kings Arms Theatre, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 26th January. We are meeting up on the last Sunday of the month every month at the ‘Nip and Tipple’ pub to continue rag rugging projects and try out different techniques to recycle rags into beautiful things. If you would like to be kept informed about this get together, then email Rag Bags in the subject line to .

“...thank you for the varied programme of affordable workshops you organise and for the warm and relaxed atmosphere you create. And the cake!” Sarah



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