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Heirloom doll workshop by Wilderstitch

How to survive running your first craft workshop

by Clare

Follow our five-step plan to be the perfect host at your craft workshop

So far in this series, we’ve looked at how running workshops can help bring in extra income, build connections and shared tips for planning your first workshop. Now you’ve organised it all, people have booked their tickets and your first ever craft workshop is just around the corner. Eek! To help it all go smoothly and get you through the day without panicking, this post is going to focus on you and what you can do to get yourself ready for the event.

It’s all going to be fine! Just follow these five steps and enjoy your very first stress-free workshop…

How to survive your first craft workshop

1. Be prepared

Do as much as you can in advance of the day.  Put together kits or goody bags, print out instruction sheets and make samples that your workshop participants can look at for inspiration. Gather all of your workshop materials in one place so that you’re not racing around on the day trying to find everything.

2. Practice makes perfect

Find a willing friend or family member and have a run-through of your workshop. By practising what you’re going to say and how you are going to demonstrate your craft, you can refine your script and maybe change things up if they need tweaking.

mouse making workshop instructions
Put together kits and instruction sheets for your workshop participants to follow and take home, like these mouse making kits by Wilderstitch – and make samples that they can look at for inspiration. 

3. Be comfortable

Forget about looking your most stylish, being a workshop host is all about comfort! The last thing you want is to feel self-conscious or uncomfortable in your clothes, so opt for your favourite dungarees, cosy cardigan and trainers.  The more pockets the better, as you will probably need to have your phone handy to capture your participants having fun.

4. Get there early

On the day of your workshop make sure you arrive at the venue in plenty of time to lay out your materials and make it a welcoming space for your participants. Give yourself enough time to get comfortable in the venue and pop to the loo if you need to!

Table laid out for workshop
Get the venue early so you can lay out all the materials and make it a welcoming space for your workshop participants without feeling rushed.

5. Keep breathing

And finally don’t forget to breathe! It can be very easy to have a last-minute panic that you’re not good enough or that the workshop will go wrong somehow, but try to brush aside those niggles of self-doubt. You have a valuable skill to pass on to others and you’ve done all you can to prepare. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you too!  Most of all, have fun.

All photos by Erica Jane Waters from Wilderstitch, who runs heirloom doll and mouse-making workshops in the UK and in France. Learn more about Erica in our Meet the Maker interview – https://blog.folksy.com/2019/06/11/wilderstitch-heirloom-dolls


More craft workshop tips:

Want to know more about running your own craft workshop? Learn why running your own workshop can be great for you, your local community and your craft business in this article https://blog.folksy.com/2018/10/10/how-to-run-craft-workshops

Read our top 7 tips to running a successful workshop here https://blog.folksy.com/2019/02/11/running-your-own-workshop-tips

Look out for more posts and advice in our Craft Workshop category – https://blog.folksy.com/category/seller-tips/craft-workshop-tips

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