DIY culture is perhaps one of the most creative antidotes to consumerism. Particularly in London, the "If it's already broke, why not fix it?" attitude has led to some brilliant initiatives, urging people to make, mend and build from scratch. From darning to fermenting, weaving to beekeeping, here are a handful of London's most inventive workshops.

Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

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Head & Hands are hosting a Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop just in time for spring. In this evening class you will learn the traditional rope knotting technique of macrame by making your very own macrame plant hanger. Taught by Amanda, the founder of Head & Hands, who believes in the healing power of crafting something beautiful, the workshop promises to be an absorbing experience tailored to beginners. All materials will be provided on the day. Take home your handmade plant hanger, place your potted plant within and watch it bloom. 

Where: Marmelo Kitchen, 69 Francis Rd, London, Walthamstow E10 6NT
When: 16 May, 7-9 p.m.
How: Book online

 

Darning, Mending and Sashiko Workshop

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All of us have a garment in our wardrobe that has seen better days, yet we just can’t bear to let it go. The Darning, Mending and Sashiko Workshop at Ray Stitch teaches beginners how to fix those holes in heels, elbows, pockets and knees. This two-part course explores traditional darning and mending techniques in the first half. In the second half, instructor Celia Pym will concentrate on the art of Sashiko (literally 'little stabs'), a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan. It's perfect for patch repairing and is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Participants are invited to bring their own items that need repairing, though socks will be provided for practising. That moth hole in your favourite jumper won’t fix itself.

Where: 66-68 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR
When: 9-16 June, 6:30-9 p.m.
How: Book online

 

Wood Furniture Design Workshop


Many of us have a favourite seat, a piece of furniture we have made our own somehow. Imagine if you had built that chair, stool or stoop yourself. In the two-day Wood Furniture Design Workshop with London Sculpture Workshop, you'll learn a variety of construction techniques using easily available tools, materials and processes. Suitable for beginners, artists and craftspeople, this hands-on workshop will focus on designs such as the Crate or Sedia chairs and how to adapt your skills to personal projects. The course will focus on working in planed timber and plywood, with basic tools and material provided to complete one project. Learn to make your very own piece of furniture over one productive weekend.

Where: London Sculpture Workshop CIC, unit 0, 1st flr, Thames Side Studios, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR
When: 15 & 16 July, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.
How: Book online

 

Terrarium Tuesdays


Terrariums are one of those peculiar homeware trends that have caught our eyes in recent years. Not dissimilar from a miniature greenhouse, the sealable glass container can be opened to maintain the plants inside. For plant lovers and those who understand the joy of keeping a bonsai tree, florist Grace and Thorn are now running Terrarium Tuesdays. In these monthly workshops, taking place on the first Tuesday of each month, you will learn all you need to know about designing a tiny landscaped garden. All materials are provided, and you get to pick from a lovely selection of succulents, taking home your own creation at the end of the night.

Where: 338 Hackney Rd, London E2 7AX & 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL
When: First Tues. of each month, 7 p.m.
How: Book online 

 

Beekeeping Workshop

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The Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop is a one-day event that will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping. Led by Eric Beaumont, who has been a professional beekeeper for nine years and manages 25 bee colonies, the five-hour course will begin with a classroom introduction and a practical look inside a hive. The day will cover everything from learning about the honeybee colony and beekeeping year to how and where to set up an apiary; bee behaviour and the role of the beekeeper; how to choose essential equipment and bee stock; and information about London-specific aspects of urban beekeeping and ethics. 

Where: Woodberry Wetlands (via New River Path), 226 Lordship Rd, London N16 5HQ
When: 3 June & 29 July
How: Book online

 

Fermenting Workshop


Humans have eaten fermented foods for thousands of years. It’s only recently, however, that we in the West have begun to take note of their huge health benefits. This Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kimchi and More workshop will be led by chef Charlotte Pike, author of Fermented. Recipes that will be covered include homemade yoghurt and labneh; sourdough breads; drinks like kefir and kombucha; cooking with black beans, tempeh and miso; dosa pancakes; sauerkraut and kimchi. The day will be a mixture of demonstration and hands-on cooking in small groups, with a lunch break to enjoy the fermented fruits of your labour, with natural wine. The where and when have yet to be determined, but you can check in for updates and book online.


By Zara Miller

Zara is a freelance writer who loves travelling and all kinds of storytelling. Follow her on Twitter.