A craftsman passionate about encouraging others to harness their creative side has set up a studio in an unusual setting.
Jane Thompson set up Fabric Paper Scissors in Gedney Hill, using a former mushroom farm as a home for her craft and textiles workshop.
The studio, which is on the same site as Springfield Farm Campsite on North Road, opened in May but will officially begin offering classes from July.
Jane said: âI wanted to start a studio a few years ago because I really wanted to have a space where people can create, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
âThen Clare (Davies, from Springfield Farm Campsite) suggested turning the old mushroom farm into a studio. They worked all winter to get it ready and then we set up the studio in a few weeks in May. The idea came to me about three or four years ago when I took a free-motion embroidery class – I sucked but felt like I accomplished something.
“I loved how I felt when I was in the lady’s studio and I think a lot of it is the pleasure of doing something yourself and watching it too.”
Jane has already offered lessons to young people who visited the campsite during the mid-term in May but will offer lessons to adults from July 2 when the first wool weaving workshop will take place.
From that point on, different courses will be offered.
Jane said: âWe have a lot of tutors who come to us and they all cover different skills, from making mosaics from old porcelain and pottery to a goldsmith to teaching silver making and then tailoring. and sewing.
âWe offer basic courses as well as advanced courses because everyone has to start somewhere! It’s great to have people who are good at crafting to give others the confidence to try.
“There will also be days when we’re just open and people can come in, hook up and sit with others for some company.”
There is also an on-site boutique where artisans can display and sell their handmade items.
For more information, visit Fabric Paper Scissors on Facebook.