The Waterways Festival Launches Vibrant Craft Workshops

news_craftworkshops150pxIssue date: 25 May 2011

From painting traditional roses and castles or making your own fenders, rag rug or decorative rope work, The Waterways Festival 2011 has launched a vibrant mix of fourteen heritage and modern day crafts for people to try.

The creative workshops, which will run throughout the festival, have been specially designed to appeal to those who wish to learn more about the traditional crafts of the inland waterways or update their skills with new modern crafts such as big knitting.

Activities range from button and side fender making, traditional canal boat painting, willow weaving, rope splicing and new crafts such as big knitting and folk art.   All the workshops are professionally tutored, so booking a place in advance is advised.

Jose Maynard, IWA Craft Workshop organiser said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a wide variety of crafts at the festival this year, for people who enjoy learning traditional and new crafts.

“We have excellent tutors holding the workshops, amongst which we have a Guinness World Record holder, Ingrid Wagner – who knits textiles on a very large scale – she has a unique 21st century approach to knitting!   A good number of our tutors also belong to professional associations such as the International Guild of Knot Tyers and the Waterways Craft Guild.

“Traditional waterways crafts are becoming increasingly popular across the UK and we hope that festival visitors will join in the fun!”

Craft Workshops can be booked now and the courses on offer are:

  • Button Fenders (Tutor: Dave Walker)
  • Side Fenders (Tutors: Dave Walker and Bob Myall)
  • Rope Splicing and Maintenance (Tutor: Colin Grundy)
  • Decorative Rope Work (Tutor: Bob Myall)
  • Beginner’s introduction to hand painted lettering (Tutor: Dave Moore)
  • Painting Traditional Roses and Castles (Tutor: Julie Tonkin)
  • Bold and beautiful jewellery (Tutor: Phil Stone)
  • Big Knitting (Tutor: Ingrid Wagner)
  • Rag Rugs (Tutor: Kath Evans)
  • Victorian Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations (Tutor: Eileen Garner)
  • Willow weaving (Tutor: Eddie Glew)


  • Appliquéd patchwork (Tutor: Rosemary Wiffen)
  • Folk Art (Tutor: Julie Tonkin)
  • Crochet  (Tutor: Pat Walker)

To find out more about The Waterways Festival Craft Workshops, please visit or to book a place please call 01494 783 453 ext 603 and ask for festival workshops or book online.