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Make It: Drop-ins + Demos


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Throughout our Make It Harewood weekends, we will have a series of free drop-in workshops and demonstrations, giving you a taster of a whole range of crafts. Watch screen printing demos with artist Ellie Way, make your own woven flowers and bees, and join textile artist Cecilia Charlton to learn all about embroidery.

Drop-ins + Demos Schedule –

Saturday 17 Aug | 11am–3pm | Suitable for all ages | Courtyard Overflow Café

Join our Engagement Team and make your very own colour wool woven flowers. Inspired by the natural world around us, learn how to craft beautiful, colour flowers using just coloured wool and card.


Sunday 18 Aug | 2–4pm | Suitable for age 9+ | Courtyard Overflow Café

Join textile artist Cecilia Charlton for a family workshop focussing on Bargello Embroidery. Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern, although it can be referred to by other names such as Florentine Work, Hungarian point or Irish Stitch. As with many heritage crafts, the origins of bargello embroidery are not well documented, and the technique has been utilized in many textile traditions across Europe. Traditional designs are very colourful, and use many hues of one colour to produce intricate shading effects. The patterns are naturally geometric, but can also resemble stylised flowers or fruits.

In this family-friendly workshop, participants of all ages will be able to engage with the materials and processes of bargello embroidery. Feel free to try the bargello technique, or explore embroidery in your own style!

No prior embroidery experience is necessary to participate in this drop-in workshop.


Drop-in Workshop with Cecilia Charlton. Credit Jess Littlewood.

Saturday 24, Sunday 25 + Monday 26 Aug | 10am–5pm | Suitable for all ages| Courtyard 

Nik Ramage, Jim Bond and Martin Smith return to Harewood this year with an exciting community project installed for ‘Make It’ Harewood. With the help of Make It festival visitors of all ages, they will create a large Do Nothing Machine over the course of the weekend, join us throughout the weekend and see how it grows!

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The Do Nothing Machine at Make It Harewood. Credit Tom Arber.

Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 Aug | 11am–3pm | Suitable for all ages| Courtyard Overflow Café

Join Wakefield-based designer and printmaker, Ellie Way as she demonstrates the process of screen-printing a Harewood inspired poster. Onlookers can try their hand at screenprinting or simply enjoy this satisfying process.

Ellie is a Wakefield-based designer and printmaker whose practice is driven by placemaking. Taking cues from early 20th century design, Ellie pairs hand-printed textures with nostalgic colour palettes and typefaces to illustrate the diverse scenic, architectural and cultural landscapes of West Yorkshire.


Ellie Way Screenprinting Demonstrations. Credit Ellie Way

Saturday 31 Aug | 11am–3pm | Suitable for all ages | Courtyard Overflow Café

Make your own wool woven birds with our Engagement Team. Inspired by the natural world around us, learn how to craft beautiful, colour bird using just coloured wool and card.

Sunday 1 Sep | 10.30am–1pm + 2–4.30pm | Suitable for age 5+ | Courtyard Overflow Café

Be inspired by one of our Harewood Biennial installations – Rebecca Chesney’s Conditions at Present windsock installation – and take part in a workshop making flags of all shapes, sizes and colours from waste tent material sourced from festivals.

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Sunday 1 Sep | 11am–3pm | Suitable for all ages | Harewood Suite, Courtyard

Join our ever popular Lego Club for our Make It Harewood special! Do you have any little builders at home? Encourage their creativity with our special Craft themed Lego Club. The Harewood Suite is located upstairs within our Courtyard.

For all workshops and demonstrations, children must be accompanied by an adult.