5 Days, 4 Nights

3 x 1 Day Courses plus Bed and Breakfast from £573

28th October – 1st November 2019

17th – 21st February 2020

13th – 17th February 2020

25th – 29th May 2020


Spend 5 nights in the stunning Vale of Clwyd and learn creative techniques from a team of local crafts-persons.

Stay in award winning boutique accommodation in the stylish surroundings of Manorhaus in Ruthin where you can relax in the sauna, watch a film in the cinema or enjoy a meal in the resturant celebrating local produce.

Alternatively eat in one of the exclusive hostelries in the town (Booking early reccomended)

Your 5-night stay in Ruthin, North East Wales will include bed and breakfast and an option to add-on dinner, as well as 3 days crafting in the workshop at ‘State of Distress’,  specialising in rejuvenating furniture and vintage trends with a retail option to buy fabulous local craft pieces.

With a unique mixture of independent shops and restaurants, an internationally-acclaimed craft centre and in the shadow of the Clwydian Range AONB, Ruthin is an ideal base to spend time and experience new skills in craftsmanship to enhance your artistic and interior design creativity.

The three day courses are: 

  1. Rejuvenating techniques
  2. Lamp shade creation – an option to renovate a stand
  3. Felt art



Established in 2002, by Gavin Harris and Christopher Frost, Manorhaus  provides a unique boutique guest house, in historic and cultured Ruthin in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.  This is “A lovely Georgian townhouse which retains its period character whilst also boasting a stylish ‘of-the-moment’ feel. A cocktail bar, a basement cinema and cosy, cleverly designed bedrooms also feature” Michelin Guide 2017.  Recommended in the Michelin Guide, Welsh Rarebits, Good Hotel Guide, and many others, plus awarded TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and Certificate of Excellence.

A warm welsh welcome awaits you . www.manorhaus.com



1. Furniture Upcycling – Painting techniques

Led by Bernadette O’malley who has been upcyclying furniture for many years (even before it was
fashionable) her work can be seen www.stateofdistress.co.uk

This in-depth course covers:- Image Transfer, Gilding, Craqueleur, Frottage, Ombre and Annie’s
individual style of applying stencils.
We supply you with all the materials and you’ll leave the workshop with two beautiful boards with all
the techniques we cover.


2. Lampshade Making Workshop

Hosted by Margaret Hinds of Margaret’s Soft Furnishings.

Normally Margaret Hinds hand crafts lamps, lampshades and matching cushions from her home workshop on Anglesey North Wales.  As a member of the North Wales Craft Workers Association and Artisans Wales, she enjoys attending the Makers Markets and fairs and loves meeting customers and discussing new projects, and delights in them achieving great results.

Bring with you 1/2m of your chosen fabric and Margaret will provide the kits, you will then make a 20cm drum lamp or light-shade with your chosen fabric. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to buy further kits to take home with you to make more shades! Bases of lamps will be decorated so you will have decorated and made your whole lamp!


3. Felt Art

Hosted by Tilly Tea Dance – Maxine Smith

A textile artist and Tutor based in Shrewsbury, she takes her inspiration from the dramatic landscape, coastline, hillsides, hedgerows and gardens of Britain to create unique pieces of arts and embroidery. Produce your own piece of felted wool art, in this full day creative workshop with, Maxine Smith, she will guide you to create a beautiful piece of felted and embroidered artwork which will be framed for you to take home.