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Thursday 25 March 2010

Make & Do: The Papered Parlour

Craft venues in London aren't anything new. The Make Lounge, Create Boutique and others have been around for some time running stitchy projects with gossip, giggles and a glass of something fizzy to hand. But what I like about The Papered Parlour, the latest craft venue to come under our radar, is that it's really serious about art and design. Take a workshop there and you're bound to retain some skills.

Located in Clapham, The Papered Parlour has a lot going for it. For a start all teachers are graduates of the University of the Arts London. And whilst other craft venues seem to concentrate on projects you could complete in an evening, The Papered Parlour workshops are more ambitious. Expect to set aside an afternoon - after all, you can't learn to make a silver ring in two hours.

All of the workshops are suitable for beginners (unless specified) and the projects range in complexity from screen-printing a t-shirt to mastering the art of quilting. I particularly like the look of the Make a Dress Weekend where you can design and make your own dress from scratch. Yes you could probably rinse out Primark for what it'll cost you (£147.50, including tea, cake and materials) but you get a fabby new dress made by your own fair hands. And it's always nice to take home something pretty you've made.

The Papered Parlour can be found at 7 Prescott Place, SW4. Check out and book upcoming workshops here. Ooh, and don't forget to get yourself on the mailing list!

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