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Creative Ties CIC

Creative Ties CIC is the non-profit arm of The Textile Studio, officially incorporated in Aug 2022. Overseen by three trustees, formulating Creative Ties CIC allows us to fundraise to run projects that bring craft & textiles, personal development and well-being together. Creative Ties CIC manages the 'Have a Go Craft' sessions. These sessions are hosted by The Textile Studio and was in the past been subsidised by the Cheshire Community Foundation. Watch this space! To support us:

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Donations on behalf of Valarie Anne Pye | 1946 - 2022

Sadly one of the founding students to the textile classes started by Maria in 2017, passed away in Dec 2022. Valarie was not only a wonderful person, she was an incredibly talented artist with an amazing career at Granda TV. Valarie truly was a real advocate of creative arts, and some prints of her floral works have had donations made against them to Creative Ties CIC. Thank you to Moira Hurst, Gillianne Adams and Diana Rosof-Williams for your donations.

'Have a Go Craft'

Theses sessions are aimed at those interested in learning various textiles & crafts and keen to be creative. No previous experience needed. Just have a go in a comfortable social space and boost your well-being and creativity. You could be learning about felt-making, easy textile print techniques or picking up tips to help you make things at home - all whilst enjoying a cuppa, having a bit of ‘me time’ and making new friends. At only £3, the sessions have been made affordable to all due to the financial support provided to Creative Ties CIC from the Cheshire Community Foundation (a declaration of employment/benefit status is required when booking)

Perhaps you care for a relative and just need a bit of 'me time' over felt making or printing with a cuppa, then this is the space for you! Each week we have a different craft/project to get immersed in; some are wet, some a little messy and some involve cutting tools.

Have a go Craft is excited to share we have funding to run a summer block from August through to September with an optional exhibition of work running through October.  


When we are up an running the block and booking looks a little like this...

How to book: 

We have tried to make these sessions flexible so you can book all or just a few, as well as cancel and rearrange easily. Sessions can be booked week by week, in bundles or as a full block of 8 weeks (full blocks are now booked out, see list below for ad hock sessions). Places are limited however. Book here on the studio website. We also have a Meet & Greet, on | Monday 7th Aug 1-3pm in the studio.

To avoid disappointment: If you are coming on the 7th to book a slot, check to see if we have already moved to a waiting list.

1. To book here - start by looking at the session plan and note the dates you fancy. (below)

2. Set yourself up a Log-in

3. Buy a pricing plan ie. 8 credits = 8 sessions or say just buy 3.

(Note: credits are valid until the last date of this spring block)

4. Using the calendar, select the right date (or search for the next free slot), book some or all of the sessions you fancy using your credits. You can only select 1 session at a time as you book, feel free to book them all ahead so you are sure you can get the sessions you want.


Meet and Greet | Monday 7th Aug 1-3pm:

Maria will be in the studio if you want to come by, chat, book and get familiar with the studio and what goes on and catch a few demos.


Have a go Craft - 'Make & Rejuvenate' this summer

Combining craft, creating with repurposing of bits, bobs and scraps where we can. 



wk 1: 10th Aug – Mini wet felting 

wk 2: 17th Aug – Cyanotype printing - printing with bits, bobs and plants.

wk 3: 24th Aug – Creative sewing - Applique

wk 4: 31st Aug – Sewing to make - scrappy clip frame purses

wk 5: 7th Sept – Clay with Debs - Brooches and buttons. Note This session can only take 8 participants slots 9 & 10 will be added to the top of the waiting list. (31/07 - FULLY BOOKED additional bookings will be moved to the waiting list). 

wk 6: 14th Sept – Silk screen printing on creative collages

wk 7: 21st Sept – Funky Image transfer and stitch/embroidery - (31/07 - FULLY BOOKED)

wk 8: 28th Sept - Lino printing for your own Christmas wrap.


We intend to look at the session with the biggest waiting list and double up with a morning session so you don't miss out!

September - We will be looking at additional 'Scrappy Happy' sessions for you to join in. 

October - This block will be followed up with an optional Have a go Craft 'Rejuvenate' class exhibition held throughout October in the Taylor gallery at the old school. 

Please note: We will try to stick to the plan but sometimes things happen that are out of our control!

Maria teaches lots of textile based process (see about me) except knit and crochet! 

Questions about 'Have a Go Craft'?

Want to know more or check the waiting list?

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