Craft-makers get ready to take over The Forum in Norwich next month

Makers Month starts on Monday, February 1 and throughout February people can have a go at spinning,

Makers Month starts on Monday, February 1 and throughout February people can have a go at spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, sketching, printing and more. Picture from left to right are: Edna Standley, from Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers; textile artist Johanne Couldrey; textile artist Kally Davidson; Joy Evitt, from Norfolk Costume and Textile Association; Helen Dawson, chairman of Norfolk Countryside Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild; and textile artist Aviva Leigh. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

From making felt from raw fleece to creating a crocheted totem pole, people can get involved in an array of activities next month when weavers, spinners and other craft-makers take over The Forum in Norwich.

Makers' Month starts on Monday and throughout February people can have a go at spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, sketching, printing and more. The event is open to everyone from curious beginners to talented enthusiasts.

Jayne Evans, The Forum's events and partnerships manager, has organised Makers' Month. She said: 'We've brought together enthusiastic people from guilds, organisations and businesses across Norfolk, all of whom are passionate about sharing knowledge, swapping ideas and inspiring people to get involved and have a go. This is a free event where visitors can watch as spinners, weavers, printers, sketchers, textile artists and many others demonstrate their skills.'

Each week has a theme - week one is yarn, week two is fabric, week three is pencil and paint, and week four is paper and print. Projects visitors can get involved in include helping create a woven banner on a Saori loom, creating felt from raw fleece, sewing part of an 'upcycled' quilt, finger knitting, building a freeform crochet totem pole, poster design, live model sketching and printing a simple book.

Among those sharing their skills are the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers, members of all five of Norfolk's Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guilds, yarn artist Kally Davidson from Kally Art, Kim Morgan from the Saori Shed in Diss, textile designer Aviva Leigh, John Lewis haberdashery department, Big Draw and the Norwich 20 art group, Print to the People and Norwich Hackspace.


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There will be films about how things used to be made, opportunities to explore Norfolk's wool, cloth and printing heritage, talks from experts and touch screen film shows. For more, visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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