Ever fancied giving painting a go, sprucing up your wardrobe with a bit of embroidery or making beautiful macrame wall hangings? Then we've got the crafting event for you!

Here at the hospices, messy play and arts and crafts are a huge part of what we do. It is educational and fun (the messier the better!) and has a huge impact on the mental health of those in our care. It allows the children and young adults to express themselves in a creative way, often creating keepsakes that their families cherish.

This Mental Health Awareness Week (10th - 16th May 2021) is all about nature and the environment, so we’re bringing you a series of introductory craft sessions, all with a nature theme.

Learn to paint powerful seascapes, embroider seasonal flowers or create delicate feathers with some great crafting experts, you’ll be a pro in no time!


  • Intro to embroidery & macrame – Tuesday 11 May, 8pm
  • Intro to painting – Wednesday 12 May, 8pm


Intro to Embroidery & Macrame

Tuesday 11th May, 8pm

Location: Live workshop led over Zoom 

You’ll learn 3 basic stitches to create a textured embroidered flower, and how to make macrame feathers and knots for wall hangings or keyrings.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to create French knots
  • How to do a running stitch
  • How to do a satin (filling) stitch
  • How to make macrame feathers using yarn and knots
  • How to make a macrame wall hanging using cord
  • Different knot techniques to create texture


What you’ll get in your craft box:

  • A 5inch embroidery hoop
  • 5 different coloured embroidery silks
  • Needles
  • 2 pieces of calico with flowers drawn on and a blank one for you to draw your own design
  • Hand out sheet with instructions, tips and tricks
  • Macrame yarn and cord
  • Wooden beads
  • Keyring
  • Knot types and tips and tricks hand out


What you’ll need:

  • Good lighting!
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Wooden stick (optional)


Intro to Painting

Wednesday 12th May, 8pm

Location: Live workshop led over Zoom 

In this masterclass, you'll learn how to create an abstract sea scape using acrylic paints. Using different household finds to drag the paint to create texture, you'll learn how to capture the energy of the waves, mix solid colours together to give depth and the best uses of white to emphasize and highlight. This evening is all about expressing yourself and having fun – you may even get a little messy!

What you’ll learn:

  • About composition, balance and depth
  • How to use acrylic paints, mix colours and create texture
  • How to use a limited palette and working with conventional and unconventional painting tools


What you’ll get in your craft box:

  • Canvas/paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Hand out sheet with tips and tricks


What you’ll need:

  • An old cereal box or other cardboard
  • Newspaper or something similar to protect your table


Take part

Cost per event: £40

Event Duration: 1 hour

The workshops are online, and will be using Zoom to deliver the sessions. Please note, you will need a computer with a microphone and camera (the ones built into your computer are fine!), so that we can see and talk to you about your creations. Please also download Zoom before the session. If you have any questions please contact Lousie Gough, event organiser on: louise.gough@naomihouse.org.uk

For each event, we'll post you a beautiful box, filled with your crafting goodies, as well as a link to our live online workshops.

You’ll get enough supplies to make 3 different variations of your chosen craft, along with a handy worksheet.

After each session we’re offing a half hour follow up session the week after, where you can show off you’re finished pieces, get advice and get inspired!

Get crafty, support your local hospices and do something for yourself this Mental Health Awareness Week with our Craft Nights In.