Chedham’s Yard Workshop

Chedham’s Yard in Wellesboure, Warwickshire,  is holding a workshop entitled Spinning, Dying, Weaving and Quilting on Saturday 15th September. Read the full press release below, or click here, for more information.

Visitors are invited to try their hand at all things fabric on Saturday 15 September at ‘Chedham’s Yard’, the BBC Restoration winning heritage attraction in Wellesbourne. The popular heritage site is hosting a special workshop entitled “Spinning, Dying, Weaving & Quilting”.

Visitors will be able to watch textile artist Julia O’Connell start to create a bespoke quilt for the Yard plus stitch and contribute a hexagon patch for the quilt. In addition Julia, who will be assisted by Coventry textile artist Julie Joannides, will introduce the English Paper Piecing method of quilting which everyone is welcome to join in with this easy to do hand sewing activity. Visitors will also be able to watch a spinning and dying demonstration from the Stratford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Emma Banks, Heritage Project Officer said: “We are delighted to be hosting this special workshop which looks to be a fascinating hands-on activity and a great day out for all the family”.

Julia O’Connell graduated from Coventry University in 2008 with a First Class Honours degree in Surface Decoration. In 2006, she was the overall winner in the UK Volvo Art and Design Awards. Current commissions include artist-in-residence on the new Engineering and Computing Building for Coventry University. Julia was also the lead textile artist for ‘Godiva Awakes’ by Imagineer Productions, a Cultural Olympiad project for London 2012.

Visitors can bring along their own favourite scrap of fabric for inclusion but must make sure it is pre-cut to a rough 6” square. Julia will also bring fabrics and materials on the day. Tickets must be pre-booked via the website at or call 01789 842770 on Tuesday(1pm – 4pm) & Friday (10am – 1pm). Tickets for the event cost £5.00 for an adult, £4.00 for concessions, £3.00 for a child and £12.00 for a family.



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