A Hope & Elvis day is a great experience set in an large inspirational studio full of warmth, materials and great food. You will receive a friendly welcome, expert guidance from artist amd makers of the highest order and have time, materials and space to explore your creativity. If you are coming far please let me know if you need any help with local places to stay to make a relaxed weekend away.

Booking Information

Full payment is required to secure bookings. Please use the Paypal links or to pay by cheque or bank transfer please email me at bookings@hopeandelvis.com and I will save you the seat if available. Bookings will be confirmed asap by Emma who works part time hours, so please dont panic if you dont recieve an email by return. *Full booking terms can be found at the bottom of the page*

Summer School: Art Workshops for Children.

August 7th , 8th & 9th

Kate Taylor was a primary school teacher for many years and deputy head teacher in a junior school for eighteen of them. For the last six years she has been delivering CPD in art with passion and enthusiasm, to class teachers within the classroom and staff meetings in Primary schools across two Academies around Rotherham and Worksop. 

This 3 day workshop is a fantastic opportunity to explore the world of art in a fun and inspiring environment. The children will learn invaluable skills that can use going forward on their creative journey. The workshop is 10am to 3pm, refreshments and snacks will be provided but we ask if children could bring a packed lunch that weather permitting we can enjoy outside.

Day 1. In sketchbooks children will use pencil and pen and ink to develop drawing skills
Day 2. Children will explore colour theory and colour mixing and matching and develop a piece of work in colour
Day 3. Children will use experience from Days 1 and 2 of colour, tone and texture to develop a piece of work in printing, weaving or textiles.

All materials are provided £80 suitable for children age range 7+

Nature & Thread Therapy with Marna Lunt. 14th & 15th July

Marna is a renowned textile artist whose work is influenced by her fine art background and her work is akin to drawing with a needle. Using colours and textures her painstaking hand stitched pictorial artworks are full of life and personality, which is a description that perfectly matches her.  

In 2016 Marna featured in pilot for BBC3 Make! Craft Britain. The program demonstrated her work and talent for hand embroidery whilst capturing her warmth and inclusive approach to creativity. Over the past year she has been led by botanical projects and has reinstated her roots in drawing. On this exclusive two day retreat Marna will gently lead you through both her artistic and stitch processes to capture the beauty in nature.

“Starting with a walk in the grounds of the Welbeck estate we will feel the weather, listen to the landscape and discuss our experiences of the surroundings. We will explore the shapes and feelings of colours, the details often forgotten about when creating. Then back at the studio we will get the paints out to describe the landscape or foliage we have seen. You will be well supported in this and Marna will gently guide you through painting blocks, mixing colours, layering and washes to demonstrate how simple shapes can portray the landscape easily. We will then expand on our experiments with paint by stitching into the paper and paint sketches we have created. 

Interpreting and transferring our findings we will work onto fabric on day two, focusing on the technique named thread painting. Marna will demonstrate shading and painting with thread where colours, tones and textures are blended to create powerful images. Working on either a simple linen ground or on top of appliqué you will begin to translate your botanical studies into an embroidery project that will remind you of the time you made for yourself with like-minded people and hopefully revitalise your creative soul. £150.00 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

Jane Bevan. Noticing and Working with Nature 2nd September

Jane Bevan is a Derbyshire artist with a passion for English woodlands, who forages for natural materials which she ties, stitches and binds together to make her artworks. Her materials are those that might otherwise be trodden on or overlooked, such as feathers, twigs, bark, seeds and thorns reflecting the beauty and perfection in the detail of nature. Jane is the author of Craft From Natural Materials, published by Bloomsbury in 2013. 

Join us in a stroll around the local area, collecting seasonal examples of nature to use alongside materials provided by the artist. Back in the workshop we will experiment with an exhaustive range of techniques such as tying, cutting, knotting, twining, plaiting and hand stitching to assemble small sculptural artworks. We will use waxed linen thread; florist wire; natural string made from vine; grass; reeds and plant stems for a truly organic rustic experience. Prepare to be surprised by the range and quality of playful artwork that can be created from found natural materials and a desire to create. £75 inc lunch.

Modular Knitting with Nicki of Being Knitterly 8th September

Join knitwear designer Nicki Merrall at Hope & Elvis to learn modular knitting techniques. Modular knitting is a fun technique in which you knit one module (or shape) at a time. Having knitted the first module, you pick up stitches from the previous module, so that each piece is joined as it is knitted. Join Nicki to learn how to knit the simplest module: a mitred square. You’ll start by knitting a single mitred square in garter stitch, before learning how to pick up stitches and knit additional squares. Nicki will give you some helpful tips for choosing colours, as well as working in stripes. Then, you’ll experiment by knitting striped squares.

Workshop comprises:

  • A designer’s ‘show and tell’ using Nicki’s own designs, swatches and knitting books.
  • Tuition on knitting mitred squares, joining squares and working edging triangles.
  • Advice on planning projects using mitred squares.
  • Lunch and refreshments together with homemade cake in the afternoon.
  • An introduction to colour theory.
  • Time to experiment with mitred squares and stripes.

You will learn to:

  • Knit a mitred square in garter stitch.
  • Make additional mitred squares by picking up stitches.
  • Knit triangles to fill in gaps at the edges.
  • Plan a project using mitred squares.
  • Vary the basic mitred square using stripes.

You will leave with your knitted samples and instructions for the techniques covered, as well as plenty of ideas to try at home.

£60.00. MORE DETAILS & BOOKING @Nicki Merrell

Mending with Celia Pym. 15th & 16th September

Celia Pym is an exhibiting artist living and was shortlisted for the inaugural Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and touring and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the RCA.  She has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage, through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear. 
Mending is a 2 day workshop that explores textile repair, how you do it and why you do it. You will learn about and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning, Boro and patching. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any garments that you own and that have holes. Day 1 will cover knitted darning working on sweaters and socks and day 2 will cover fabric patching, working on sheets and shirts. Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided and will suit all abilities. So join us for either a day or a 2 day full experience. *Photo credits Michele Panzeri and Sophie Robehmed. 

Book: Knitted Darning *start time 11-5pm*


Book: Mending Fabric *start time 10-4pm*

Emily Jo Gibbs. Illustrative pictures, working with silk organza. 6th & 7th October

Emily Jo Gibbs is a British Artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. She has received significant critical acclaim and is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts and the 62 Group of Textile Artists. This workshop brings a fresh textile technique to the programme utilising sheer fabric layers to create portraits and still life representations.

Emily has given us a complete run down of the weekends activities “From your own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point, you’ll make test pieces using layers of sheer fabrics, silk paint and hand stitch, to decide how to interpret your image. Play with the colour created by combining different coloured organza’s. Look at how light and shade can be created with different shaped layers of the same colour. See how you can use different stitches including running stitch, couching and French knots to create different effects. Experiment with stitch length and density. Thinking about the composition, you will create a paper collage to work from, this may include drawings, photographs and text. Then you will learn how to transfer your images on to translucent fabrics using a variety of media including pencil, watercolour and silk paint. Putting what you’ve learnt into practice; create the backdrop for your stitched illustration by building layers and areas of coloured organza, then apply hand stitched areas to bring your work to life with texture and colour, as you work up your finished image.” So as you can see it’s going to be a full weekend! £160.00 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

Helen Hallows. Patterns From Nature

Friday 12th October

Helen Hallows is a creator, artist, tutor and mentor working and living in the Midlands. I recently spent the most beautiful day sketching the Derbyshire landscape with Helen and was able to peak a look at the wonderful way in which she uses mark making in her work, and knew I needed Helen to share this with you.
Helens mixed media work is based around memories and landscapes. “Some were family memories, some were places I had been. The landscapes I create resonate with people. They are naive and colourful. They tell stories of journeys we have made and those we are yet to embark on. They are about peace and joy, about kinship and soulful meditation; images to uplift and inspire. I hope to connect others to the simple pleasures of their daily life”
The day is about finding new ways to process ideas and experiment with mark and pattern making. There will be demonstrations in basic print techniques, inspired by mono-printing, lino cutting and stamp making. Working from your own inspiration, Helen will show you how she develops her designs from ideas, through mark making into art work. You’ll finish the day with a range of samples featuring a mix of techniques. You can work on paper or fabric, adding hand stitch to embellish your printed samples if you wish. The day would suit mixed media artists as well as textile makers looking for fresh development ideas, or anyone who enjoys using texture and mark in their creative work. £75 inc buffet lunch 10-4pm

Richard McVetis. Contemporary Embroidery 13th October *date change* 

We are delighted to welcome back Richard McVetis who is an artist-maker, known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and objects. Richard studied at Embroidery at Manchester School of Art and Textiles at The Royal College of Art.   This is an exciting opportunity to explore the enormous scope of embroidery, create fascinating textures and patterns and combine stitches to mark make. This experimental approach draws on the imagination of each participant and the aim is to develop traditional hand embroidery skills, to translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch to develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium. Richard will be on hand to guide and inspire you through the workshop drawing on his ten years of stitching experience. £75 inc lunch. 

Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels 3rd November


Designer maker Leah is every bit as wonderful as her name with a glorious sense of colour and flair for vintage.. This is a great opportunity to make a hand crafted Angel using an original pattern designed by Leah. You'll learn doll-making techniques, tips on stuffing, creating faces and hair using hand stitching techniques. Using exquisite antique and vintage fabrics, patchwork, treasured laces and other special trims collected over many years, you then get to dress her! There's a lot to achieve at this workshop so you might not get your doll completely finished but Leah will ensure you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can hand finish your angel at home. These personalised pieces would make a perfect gift for someone special or a treasured heirloom for family to enjoy in years to come. £75 inc lunch and materials. 10-4pm

Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels. 4th November

Full. Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Helaina Sharpley: Wire Work. 1st December

Helaina is a designer maker, based in West Yorkshire, creating 2D and 3D wirework. Her work is inspired for her love of tea and the rituals around tea drinking and is rooted in the elegance of the past, particularly the Edwardian era.

Using old sepia photographs she creates pen and ink drawings that are translated into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculpture. As a professional maker her practice is widely supported and David Hockney owns two of her pieces!

This is an exciting opportunity to learn how to work with wire and create a piece of work that has a personal resonance which could be inspired by a building, landscape or even a tea pot and cup. Helaina will be on hand to support you through the drawing process but she has already ok’d the use of tracing paper..phew. Your drawing would become the template for the wirework and if don’t spend too much time chattering you should be able to attach your work to a canvas ready for hanging! £80 inc lunch and materials. Photo credits John Coombes

Booking Terms

In the event of a cancellation payments are are non refundable but if the place is filled credit may be given to be used for future workshops. In the unlikely event we have to cancel or postpone a workshop due to unavoidable circumstances or if we are unable to meet the minimum number of participants needed to run the workshop, we will endeavour to give our guests as much notice as possible. We will happily refund the full booking fee or transfer your booking to another workshop of the same price, space permitting. However, we cannot accept responsibility for any other costs, expenses or disappointment.

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