Are you nervous about attending a workshop?
Since we opened our doors of The Makery in Bath in 2009 we've taught over 80,000 people a new skill.
WOW! We can't quite believe it either!
When we set up in our first workshop space on Walcot Street we didn't even know if we'd get 10 people let alone thousands. It was scary!
Ahhh the memories!
One of the most rewarding parts of what we do is empowering people by teaching them new skills. There's nothing like seeing a fledgling workshopper come to class and then leaving a few hours later with a big smile on their face eager to get practicing at home.
If you've never been to The Makery before or even a practical workshop it's natural to feel a bit apprehensive beforehand. Perhaps you've been given the workshop as a present or been promising yourself for years to make time for yourself. You're probably feeling a mixture of excitement and fear of the unknown. You might even be reading this before you book to come, anxious to take the plunge, we totally get it, we've been there too.
To help you prepare and to alleviate any concerns we've picked out some of the most common (and believe us they really are) worries people have before attending a workshop.
1. I get a bit anxious about going to new places
Going somewhere new can be nerve-wracking right? If you're coming to The Makery (Bath or John Lewis, Oxford St.) from afar you'll need to plan your trip and leave PLENTY of time to arrive and find a parking space if you're driving.
We advise arriving to all workshops at least 15 mins earlier to avoid any last minute stress. If you're coming to a workshop where you need to bring fabric you can choose some in our shop beforehand or in the glorious John Lewis haberdashery if you're in London.
As soon as you arrive our workshop assistant will make you feel welcome by showing you where to go and offering you a cup of tea or whatever you fancy. Our classes are pretty small so there will only be on average 6 - 8 people.
2. I'm coming by myself, will everyone else be with a friend?
It's about 50/50 on the amount of people that come to class come by themselves or with a friend/partner/relative. Don't let coming by yourself to a workshop put you off as many many people do! (We all need some me time right?!) Our tutors and assistants are super friendly and the other workshoppers are always so lovely. It's such a great vibe! You might even make a friend! Or bump into an old one!
3. Everyone else will know what they're doing and I will look silly
At the start of every workshop our brilliant and experienced tutors will run through what you are going to be making and the skills needed. She won't expect you to remember it all in one go and will break down the steps as you go along - as well as being on hand with an assistant or two!
People come to our workshops to learn a new skill they have not done before so you're all in the same crafty boat. You will see on our website that all workshops have info about skill level on them but most presume no previous knowledge such as Hand Lettering, Learn to Sew Cushions and Needle Felting.
It's important to remember you come to a workshop to learn the skills not become perfect at them! There's plenty of time for that when you get home.
4. I have never used a sewing machine
Many people that come to a sewing workshop have never used a sewing machine or certainly not since they were at school. For some people that can be over 40 years ago! If the class says no prior sewing experience necessary we really mean it, we can show you how to thread up and use the machine in class.
Did you know if you buy a sewing machine from The Makery we give you a free learn to sew class!
5. I am a slow learner will I fall behind?
Nope! We won't let you! As mentioned before our classes are small which means you get lots of attention (if you need and want it!) from our tutors and assistants. If you are struggling with something we will absolutely help you nail it and will make sure you are at the same level of the class as the others. It's not a race! We will all cross the finish line together.
Your fellow workshoppers are lovely humans and will help out when needed, a bit like the Great British Sewing Bee. But sadly without Patrick and Claudia.
We hope this helps with some of your worries about attending a workshop for the first time. If you have any specific concern please do give us a call or drop us an email and we will only be too happy to help.
See you soon we hope!