Printmaking workshops at the Hatton

Over four Saturdays form late November to early February a number of eager printmakers took part in workshops run by Caroline Coode and myself (Vhairi Cardinal). Some had brought work in progress to print from, others were complete beginners and came in some trepidation. All produced beautiful work along the way and can be rightfully proud of their achievements. This time we introduced screen printing for the first time and some participants found the process rather challenging, but persevered to produce prints on paper and on fabric.

Silkscreen print on a tote bag
Screen print on fabric by a more expereinced printmaker
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Tri-coloured screenprint by a
novice printmaker

Other techniques explored were collagraph (tutored by collagraph queen Caroline), lino cut and engraving on acetate. Some participants brought engraved plates they had made at other workshops.

Different techniques produce different effects.

We are planning to have more workshops in the not too distant future. If you would like to have a go as a beginner, or to develop your practice as an experienced printmaker, we’d love to welcome you to our workshops. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for early announcements.

The cost is not great – currently £20 per day – much less than a day at any other print studio. Come along and spend an enjoyable day with friends and learn, produce and achieve super prints.

The Northumberland Milliner reviewed… twice

On 19th November, local milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright came in to talk to the Friends about her work. The following responses to her talk are from two of our fellow members:

A talk by Margaret Woodliff WrightHat and photo © Margaret Woodliff Wright

Margaret introduced her talk by showing a video about the large variety of hats that were available.  Margaret then went on to describe her journey of becoming a Milliner, her training, her exhibitions, her workshop themes and the materials she uses to make her hats. Everyone was very interested in the talk and numerous questions were asked. Margaret brought with her an extensive collection of her hats which were amazing – each one completely different.  It was a very enjoyable evening talk.

Jo Cousin


Hatton’s for Hats

During her talk, Margaret Woodliff Wright led us through her professional and academic career from her position as a Buyer at Fenwick, as a mature graduate in Couture Millinery at Leeds University, to being an exhibitor at London Hat Week.

IMG_9152She explained the inspiration and background to her numerous collections and how she sourced materials to construct her head pieces.

Margaret frequently uses recycled and repurposed materials in her work. It was amazing to see an unwanted jumper donated by a friend designed and created into a unique, couture masterpiece.

Another one of the wonderful exhibition pieces was made from recycled metal formerly part of a weaving loom.

My personal favourite was the carefully researched and inspirational WW1 Collection. In particular the Sweetheart Pincushions, with their most beautiful linings.

Not only does Margaret design hats and fascinators she also has a new range of headbands which are also proving to be very desirable.

As well as her internationally featured millinery business, Margaret accepts commissions and holds teaching workshops and masterclasses to share her expertise.

She is truly an Artist Maker.

Doug Howell MBE.

Report on Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton – 22 June 2019

The Workshop was well attended.  Janis very kindly and patiently led us through the process of weaving.  She had prepared the looms for us and had brought a wonderful selection of yarns and threads.  Some participants had had no experience of weaving but produced some amazing and unique pieces of work based on a beach theme.

Have a read through the participants’ reviews:

 I haven’t visited the Hatton Gallery for a while but when I saw the weaving workshop advertised I was tempted to sign up. Welcome drinks were offered by the ‘Friends of the Hatton’ and there was opportunity to chat before the session started. Small looms were already set up for us thanks to our experienced tutor, Janis Embleton, who also provided a lovely range of textured yarns. Our seascapes evolved with her kind support throughout the session which went by so quickly as we were so absorbed in the process and in experimenting with what was on offer. I loved integrating some of my finds from Roker Beach: rope and driftwood. Janis was very encouraging to us all and I will definitely come back to other sessions at the Hatton. Oh! And there were strawberries and cream at the end, to reward our efforts! A wonderful escape on a Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

        Kath Price


I attended the above workshop on Saturday and have to say Thank You for putting on such an event.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was very informative and great fun.  It was also an opportunity to meet other ladies with similar interests.  Just wish it had been on for a little longer. Thank you also to Josephine for organising.

Angela Kirby


This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Extremely well organised with all materials provided and a set task taught. It was amazing how different each participant’s work was!

Janis, the tutor, was approachable and very well organised, keeping us on track so that we could complete our weaving in  the limited time available. A lovely relaxing but productive afternoon. I’d happily do the same workshop again but maybe with an extra hour in length to ensure no-one needed to rush to finish.

Many thanks to Janis and also to Josephine for organising attendees and delicious refreshments.

Alison Ainslie


 We had a fantastic time at the weaving workshop. The workshop was well organised and really well taught. Janis was very attentive and always there with an extra tip or piece of advice. Company was excellent and the lovely strawberries and drink really topped off an excellent afternoon. Looking forward to the next craft afternoon, thank you! 

Sophie Cousin