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Newcastle charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice – which transforms donated furniture into unique upcycled homewares, has added an additional 15 workshops to their 2018 courses following a surge in popularity.

The interactive workshops provide an opportunity to learn to craft like a pro whilst raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Gosforth, which needs to raise over £7.5 million each year.

The workshops, which start from £25 per person, teach new skills to upcycling enthusiasts with workshops available for various ages, abilities and budgets. Attendees will have the chance to perfect existing techniques such as painting and upholstery, whilst learning new crafts including; embellishment, decoupage and rag wreath making.

Each workshop provides the necessary tools to master each skill and the sessions will be held in the Re-styled store, based in Eldon Gardens Shopping Centre in Newcastle. The shop’s manager, Sophie Adamson – who will be leading the sessions, is no stranger to offering live demonstrations having twice appeared on the international shopping channel, Hochanda offering creative hints and tips to viewers from across the globe.

Alongside assistant shop manager, Sarah Finnemore, the duo have combined their artistic talents to develop the varied programme of basic, intermediate and advanced classes for hopeful #northeastupcyclers.

Sophie said: “Last year’s workshops proved to be extremely popular and we have received some incredible feedback from those who came along. We’re so proud that people enjoyed our workshops and we’re delighted to be extending our workshops into 2018. The aim of our sessions is to show just how easy and fun it is to turn something a bit worn out into something to be proud of, just like we do with our ‘pre-loved to re-loved’ pieces we sell at Re-styled.

“We hope that people will enjoy the relaxed and creative atmosphere, and whether you’re a complete novice or already have some knowledge, there’s something for all abilities to get involved in. The groups are quite small, so all of our workshops allow for one-on-one time, meaning people can really make the most of the experience and make some new friends along the way.”

As shabby-chic upcycled furniture is fast becoming a popular and growing trend, the Re-styled team is also on the lookout for other upcycling gurus to host guest workshops.

Sophie added: “The workshops have helped us build a community of #northeastupcyclers and those who’ve attended our workshops have been amazed by witnessing how upcycling can transform a pre-loved item into a re-loved item. The skills developed on our workshops give people the life-long skills to realise the potential of their previously unwanted items. We’d love for local crafters and artists who have an interest in this area to get in touch with us so we can work together to raise crucial funds for St Oswald’s.”

For a full list of all of the upcoming events and to keep up to date with news from the Re-styled team, follow the shop on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘Restyled St Oswald’s’, and join the conversation using #northeastupcyclers.

To secure a place and for more information, please call the shop on 0191 230 3184, email                re-styled@stoswaldsuk.org, or pop in at Unit 19 Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, NE1 7RA.

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