Our guest blog is by Diane Gilder who is one of the artists running the Art Room, Wilkin Hill, Barlow, S18 7TE. The Art Room is a unique art space on the edge of Derbyshire set in a traditional hay meadow. It is approximately 4 miles from the centre of Chesterfield and 8 miles from Chatsworth House. As well as exhibitions, a varied programme of tutor led creative workshops are run throughout the year.
Here are some of the April workshops:
Saturday 11th April Long Stitch Spine – traditional method of constructing a book. Tutor: Jo Owen
A wrap round cover, using simple or complex stitches, use as a notebook, sketchbook, journal, etc. Suitable for all abilities. £42 for the day. Contact: Jo Owen on
Tuesday 14th April A Bluebell Wood in Acrylics Tutor: Steve McLoughlin
Using photographs supplied, learn how to paint a delightful bluebell wood scene in acrylics with step by step instructions. Suitable for beginners. £49 for the day. Contact Sue Field on
Saturday, 18th April Transfer Printing Workshop Tutor: Peggy Fearne
You will paint paper with transfer dyes which will then be cut into designs that are heat transferred onto fabric. This is then decorated with stitches – machine or hand – and this fabric will be made into a removable cover for a book. £42 for the day. Contact: Peggy Fearne on
Saturday, 25th April Jumpers and Jumble Workshop Tutor: Rachael Rastrick
A simple patchwork throw/quilt made with old jumpers and shirts using simple hand sewing and basic machine sewing with zig-zag. £30 for the day. Contact Rachael on
All workshops run from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. Tea and coffee provided but bring your own lunch.
For further information about The Art Room visit www.dianegilder.co.uk, Twitter: @artroombarlow and Facebook: Diane Gilder Textile Artist for details.
For further information on adult workshops in the Peak District take a look at Visit Peaks, top 10 selection of workshops in the Peak District.