Artists will lead creative workshops from the historic building in Cockermouth

TWO artists combine their talents and set up a creative studio space in a historic building in Cockermouth.

Designers/makers Sarah Ames and Maggi Toner-Edgar will host a series of textile classes from The Printing House on Main Street.

“We aim to inspire everyone to embroider and get creative with art textile ideas,” said Maggi, from Cockermouth.

“We will teach people to personalize their own clothes, to make better sustainable future choices – reusing fabrics and being creative with the stitch.”

They will launch this weekend with an open day where people can sign up for a range of courses.

Maggi said: “We will be hosting a soft launch of the ‘Recreate & Make’ workshops which will be held at the recently restored and refurbished print shop.

“This is a beautiful historic building, closed since 2009. It has been painstakingly journeyed beyond its former splendor as a significant building in the city.”

Sarah, from Dearham, trained as a textile designer and Maggi trained as a fashion designer. They both taught at universities and schools.

“We’re really into the design, but we especially like people reusing, using old fabrics and recreating,” Maggi said.

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“We invite people of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. This includes those who would simply like to learn how to sew by hand or use a sewing machine to those who have many years of experience and want to learn a new skill. textiles, such as cutting out patterns or improving a previous skill with new machine embroidery techniques.”

They will offer one-day classes and also weekly classes.

The new workshops will also be open to children for specialist textile lessons after school and summer school.

“We will teach children to be independent DIYers, in our ‘Sewing Bees’ session for 8-12 year olds and our ‘Young Designers’ group for 13-16 year olds,” said Maggi.

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