16th November 2021

Christmas Workshops at Metquarter

We’re excited to announce a programme of fantastic workshops this Christmas, where you can join us to learn new skills and take home your creations either for yourself or to give as thoughtful handmade gifts for your loved ones.

Open Culture has gathered talented crafters and creators for the workshops, with GPO Liverpool, Liverpool BID and Metquarter subsidising the classes, meaning you can treat yourself to a cute trip out for even less.

Whether you’ve always wanted to try candle making, wreath making or even have a go at making jewellery, there’s something for you. Keep reading for all information.

Make a Silver Ring – Beginners Silversmith Workshop with Noctua Jewellery
Saturday 27th November, 10am—12.30pm

The famous carol may say ‘five gold rings’ are the most festive, but in this workshop, you’ll learn to create your very own from sterling silver – perfect as a Christmas gift for a loved one, or as a treat for yourself.

Guided by experts from Noctua Jewellery, you will make either two slim stacking rings with a semi-precious stone or a wider ring with added texture.

All the rings are made of sterling silver using traditional silversmithing techniques. The class is ideal for complete beginners, and you will practice a range of traditional silversmithing techniques including sizing the ring, measuring the silver needed, filing, shaping the silver, soldering, adding unique textures with our collection of hammers, polishing the ring to your desired shine and finally setting the stone.

Ticket cost: £25 + booking fee
Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-a-silver-ring-beginners-silversmith-workshop-with-noctua-jewellery-tickets-203713862647

Christmas Wreathmaking Workshop with Ewer Roberts Flowers
Sunday 5th December, 12pm – 1:30pm & 2:30pm – 4pm

Just in time to decorate your home for Christmas, Sarah and Abigail of Ewer-Roberts Flowers will show you how to create your very own natural Christmas Wreath from festive foliage, cones, fruits, and a festive ribbon, all of which are provided. Your finished wreath is yours to take home or give away as a stunning gift.

This workshop is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. You are also welcome to bring along your own additions if you’d like – the more the merrier.

Perfect for anyone with a love of flowers and the festive season – even for complete beginners.

Ticket cost: £25 + booking fee
Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-wreathmaking-workshop-with-ewer-roberts-flowers-tickets-203744855347

Christmas Candle & Melt Workshop with Willow & Blossom Botanicals
Tuesday 7th December, 6:30pm – 8:30pm & Sunday 19th December 10:30am – 12:30pm

Come and join Willow & Blossom and learn how to make beautiful, scented candles and petal melts. You will make two botanical soy wax candles and one tray of 15 Soy Wax petal melts to take home. Choose from a range of botanical scents for your candles/melts and add a sprinkle of flower petals to your melts.

The team will be bringing along some Winter scents for you to try and some Christmas ones if you’d like to make a Christmas candle on the night.

You will receive a candle guide to take away with you which details different types of wax, how to make candles at home and where you can buy the products used at the class.

Ticket cost: £10 + booking fee
Booking link:
Tuesday 7th December – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-candle-melt-workshop-with-willow-blossom-botanicals-tickets-203753581447
Sunday 19th December – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-candle-melt-workshop-with-willow-blossom-botanicals-tickets-203771655507

Fabric Fairy Lights Workshop with Bluebird Upholstery
Thursday 9th December 6:30pm – 8:30pm & Saturday 11th December 10:30am – 12:30am

Come and join Bluebird Upholstery and learn how to make a beautiful string of Fabric Fairy Lanterns. You will make a string of 10 fabric fairy lanterns with LED lights, to add some twinkle to your home or gift to a loved one.

Bluebird Upholstery will be supplying an array of gorgeous vintage and modern printed silk and cotton fabrics, including fabrics upcycled from vintage silk scarves & garments, from which you can choose your own unique fabric selections for your bespoke fairy lanterns.

Or if you would like to bring along your own fabrics then please do, this all helps to add to the personalised nature of your lights – thin cottons and silks with small to medium size patterns work best.

At the end of the session, as well as taking away your beautiful handmade string of fairy lanterns, you will receive rechargeable AA batteries and a plug-in charger, so that your lanterns can be sustainably powered for years to come!

Ticket cost: £10 + booking fee
Booking link:

Make a Silver Pendant Necklace — Beginners Silversmith Workshop with Noctua Jewellery
Saturday 18th December 10am – 12:30pm

Handcraft your very own free form necklace using 925 sterling silver in this traditional silversmithing workshop.

Your tutor will help you to make a stunning, sterling silver pendant, complete with an optional Natural Pearl. You’ll also be given a sterling silver chain at the end of the workshop to complete your necklace making it ready to wear or gift to a loved one!

This workshop is ideal for complete beginners where you will learn to shape the wire, use different files to ensure it is smooth and then use a blowtorch to solder it into the halo shape.

You have the option of using our textured hammers to give your desired effect, or you can simply polish the halos to your desired shine. This workshop will cover many traditional silversmithing techniques including shaping, filing, soldering, hammering, plus many more exciting skills.

You’ll make the necklace almost entirely yourself with a little help and guidance from your tutor.

Ticket cost: £25 + booking fee
Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-a-silver-pendant-necklace-beginners-silversmith-workshop-tickets-203765767897

All workshops will take place at GPO, located on the upper floor of the mall. GPO showcases the best up and coming independent food and drink talent with 11 independent kitchens to choose from. By booking this workshop, you’ll also receive a 10% discount to use on the day at all the GPO vendors.