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New crafting destination to open in Ilkley

Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops on Church Street

Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops, the all-new destination for needle and textile crafting in the centre of Ilkley, opens its doors on Thursday 22 July 2021.

Duttons for Buttons has turned its former haberdashery shop at 3 Church Street into a vibrant space for beginners and experienced crafters to make and meet. It reflects their belief that communal crafting will help us all move on from the impact of Covid-19 and help place well-being at the top of the Ilkley community agenda.

Workshops are booking now online at

July classes take off with a two-part workshop to make traditional jointed mohair teddy bears in the Steiff tradition (10am-1pm, Thurs 22 July & 29 July), closely followed by seasonal Macramé Plant Hangers (10am-1pm, 24 July); Crafternoon Tea with braided jewellery making over a cuppa, scones, jam and clotted cream (3-5pm, Sat 24 July) and Beginner’s Knitting with local knitwear designer Fiona Drake of HndNit (10-1pm, Sat 31 July).

The crafting menu is wide ranging and adventurous, geared to beginners and those who want to hone existing skills. It will be a constantly evolving and changing feast. Crafts already include knitting (the regular kind and giant arm knitting!), embroidery (Dales and world traditions), crochet, quilting, macramé, rag-rugging, braiding and appliqué with more to come.

Ilkley locals, including those working from home, retired or living alone, can look forward to mid-week tutor-led workshops, crafting socials, Learning Lunches and evening talks, while out of town visitors can combine the joys of the Dales and Moors by joining weekend workshops and overnight retreats. Hen dos and baby showers will also available on request, with holiday classes in the pipeline.

Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops is actively building bridges with other local businesses and organisations so that the enterprise contributes to Ilkley’s recovery after Covid. The delicious Crafternoon Teas will be provided by Moin Moin Backerei on Upper Brook Street and later this year we will have overnight retreats in association with The Crescent Inn and a series of Learner’s Lunches with the New Brook Street Deli.

Owner Deborah Richardson explains, “We want Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops to be a community hub and resource, providing for Ilkley residents but also acting as a draw to the town centre so that the many beautiful independent shops in the town will benefit too."

Those attending Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops will have access to exclusive after-class selections and special online discounts from Duttons for Buttons. The full Duttons for Buttons retail experience, with thousands of buttons, haberdashery and crafting materials, can still be found at their shops in York and Harrogate as well as online at


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