Courses

Please note - due to ongoing national and local efforts to contain the coronavirus, the NSTG committee has taken the decision to reschedule or cancel all courses and meetings until the end of July 2020 Hopefully by September courses will be able to resume and it may be possible to reinstate some courses before that date. 

We will continue to review the situation and any relevant updates will be posted on our website and Facebook group.  Any course fees paid by members will be held as credit for the rescheduled course, if you would prefer a refund please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The NSTG Committee

 


A list of upcoming courses is given below.  Scroll down for further details of each course. 

Note: We often add to our courses so do revisit this page or join our Facebook group for updates.

If a course is Full please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to go on the reserve list!  Contact Suzanne to check availability before booking.

  2020
Hatching and Rearing Poultry Cancelled
Wood Whittling
Postponed
Basic Goat Husbandry Cancelled
Sheep shearing (Diss) 16 May
Intro to Bee Keeping
8 August
Natural Dyeing Taster Day Cancelled
Mysteries of Goat Showing Cancelled
Beginners Sheep Husbandry Postponed
Using Herbs Medicinally
Postponed
Intro to Pig Keeping Postponed
Jam Making 5 September
Thinking of Running a Smallholding? 12 September
Fleece to Knits 3 October
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken 3 October
Rag Rug Making 10 October
Stock Fencing 17 October
Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom 24 October
Willow Christmas Decorations 14 November
Nuno Felting 22 November
Intro to Wet Felting 20 February 2021
Working with Green Wood 8 May 2021

Courses are open to NSTG members only.

A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

For any enquiries about a course please email Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To book on a course

You may want to check availability of places by emailing Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To book:

A booking will be made once payment is received.

If the course is full you can be put on a reserve list or a list of those interested in any repeat course.  

A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

For any enquiries about a course please email Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The following is a printed version of our 2020 courses (this will be added to over the year)

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Intro to Bee Keeping

We will discuss the basics of beekeeping, covering the bee, and it's life cycle, different types of hive, benefits to smallholders of keeping bees, costs of setting up and what you may need in terms of equipment, buying bees and the pitfalls etc.

Cost £25

Location Framlingham Earl

Date 8 August

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Peter Sutherland

 

Working with Green Wood

This will be set in a woodland glade and use traditional tools.  Enjoy a day learning skills using green wood while making a stool.

Cost £25

Location Ringland Hills

Date 8 May 2021

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Tom Fox

 

Thinking of Running a Smallholding

What to consider when planning a smallholding, land, animals, costs etc.

Cost £20

Location Bergh Apton

Date 12 September

Time 10 - 3

Tutors Steve and Suzanne Whitby

 

Fleece to Knits

Covering the selection of fleece and all aspects of preparation for use in crafts such as felting, quilting and gradening.  Hands on sessions cover carding, spinning and each stage of making wool yarn for use in knitting and weaving.  We will also discuss what crafters look for when buying fleece based products.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 3 October

Time 10 - 3.30

Tutor Tracy Richards

 

Intro to Wet Felting

Using Ryeland fleece and Merino wool tops learn the basic techniques of wet felting.  Get creative making a table mat, cushion cover or coasters

Cost £25

Location Near Diss

Date 20 February 2021

Time 11 - 2

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Jam Making

Jam and preserve making, the process, recipes, kit etc.  Hands on making jam to a set recipe and then using your own ingredients.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 5 September

Time 10 - 3ish (or it has reached setting!)

Tutor Tracy Richards

 

Dispatch and Dress a Chicken

Includes dispatching a chicken correctly and humanely, plucking a chicken, evisceration and preparation for the oven

Cost £25

Location Little Barningham

Date 3 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Rag Rug Making

Have the opportunity to try three different methods of creating a rug from rage.  With an introduction to using a peg loom.  Hessian and some tools will be available to buy if needed.

Cost £25

Location Near Diss

Date 10 October

Time 100 - 3

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Stock Fencing

Introduction to fencing for livestock, no previous experience necessary.  Design and build for livestock including gates, electric fencing etc.  All equipment provided but please bring gloves.

Cost £25

Location Bergh Apton

Date 17 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Steve Whitby

 

Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom

Exploring different techniques and textures using a rigid heddle loom working with yarns, art yarns and fleeces.

Cost £30

Location Horning

Date 24 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Annie Nickerson

 

Willow Christmas Decorations

Learn how to weave a willow Christmas tree, star and reindeer using simple weaving techniques.  There will be time to decorate your work with embellishments and ribbons.  All materials supplied.

Cost £30

Location Shelfanger Village Hall

Date 14 November

Time 10 - 1 Note: change to time

Tutor Karen Lawrence

www.karenlawrencebasketry.com

 

Nuno Felting

Make a beautiful scarf, combining a length of dyed silk chiffon with areas of coloured merino fleece, and highlighted with strands of silk fibre.  After wet felting, the soft light fabric will drape and have a ruched effect.  Isabel is an experienced artist and knitwear designer who exhibits and sells nationally.

Cost £25 all materials will be provided at an additional cost of £10 paid to the tutor.

Location Bergh Apton VIllage Hall

Date 22 November

Time 10 - 3.30

Tutor Isabel Auker