Macramé class at Workshop, a sewing café

Workshop in Headingly offers a combination of food, drinks and a space for a variety of crafts workshops for all levels of skill.  Gemma Bridge gave it a try.

Workshop is located in central Headingly. The café offers a range of locally sourced, organic food and drink, including homemade seasonal cakes and unique home-spiced hot beverages. Beyond the fab food and drink, Workshop is a great place for craft enthusiasts, with sewing machines available to hire, patterns for clothes and fabric galore. In addition, Workshop offers a range of creative workshops, from leather journal making to knitting. 

Macramé workshop  

I went to Workshop for an evening macramé session. I had seen macramé on the internet and had wanted to give it a go but had never known where to start. So, when I saw that Workshop was hosting a macramé session, I jumped at the chance of trying my hand at the popular textile craft. 

When I first arrived at the café, I ordered a hot drink to warm up after the cold cycle ride, and chatted to the others attending the session. Then, shortly after 6pm, the macramé workshop (which was targeted at complete beginners) began. The workshop started out with an explanation of the knotting techniques needed for the macramé hanging plant pot that we were going to make during the class. 

Next, we each chose the coloured cord that we wanted to use to create our plant pot holder. I opted for a deep blue chord, which I thought would work really well with the décor in my house. We were then guided through the steps to make the plant pot holder. It took us all a while to get to grips with the special knots needed to make the pot design, and I certainly struggled to get the knots in the right order and at the right tension. 

Shaping up

However, eventually, we all got to grips with the techniques and within 2 hours we had each created a beautiful macramé plant pot holder. Just before leaving we were each given a little plant friend to sit in our pot holders – a great way to finish the session off. 

Doing nicely

I had a great time at the macramé workshop. For me, it was 2 hours of escapism from my busy life, in addition to a great way to learn something new. The plant pot holder that I made during the workshop is not perfect, but like any handmade item, it is so beautiful and has made me smile every day since I made it and hung it up in my home. 

Not bad for a beginner

I would 100% recommend attending a craft session at Workshop. If you’re not crafty, don’t be put off from trying out a workshop with friendly and supportive people – you will be guided through all the steps and given all the guidance you might need. There are so many workshops to choose from – so why not check them out on the Workshop website and see which takes your fancy.  This may be the solution to some gift-buying dilemmas – perfect for a creative friend or relative.

All photographs by Gemma Bridge.  Feature photograph is the finished article.

You can see what more Workshop has to offer here


Dr Gemma Bridge

Gemma, is a freelance writer and independent researcher. She has been writing for over 10 years and loves to share what's going on in and around Leeds. She is also an international athlete, the Running Mayor of Leeds and the creator of Leeds Food Guide. You can find her on Instagram at @GLB_racewalk or @Leeds_FoodGuide, or on Twitter at @glbridge1 or @RunMayor_Leeds

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