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“There aren’t many copper wire work classes near me so Gartmore House’s course was a great find. I’m so thankful I did.”

We make it our mission here at Gartmore House to find the most unique craft breaks for our guests and we knew that copper wire work classes would make an excellent addition to our roster.

Unleash your creativity during our copper wire work classes and learn a whole host of new jewellery making skills. 

To really get the most from our copper wire work classes, join us for a relaxing 5-night holiday on our stunning private estate.

Join professional and friendly tutor Nadja Shields for a week’s worth of copper wire weaving and jewellery making. Over the course of the week, guests will have the opportunity to complete four projects. The week begins with learning all the basics before moving on to tackle more complicated projects such as tree of life pendant, a 3D bonsai tree and a sun catcher. All of the projects are beginner friendly but certainly have enough of a challenge to stretch the skills of anyone who might have a little experience. Worried you might get stuck? Don’t be! Nadja will be on hand throughout the week to offer all the support and guidance you need.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

August 21st to 26th 2022
September 18th to 23rd 2022

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Our copper wire work holidays will be loosely themed as follows:

Beginner’s day – basic jewellery making

Beginner’s day – Learning basic weaves and how to use them in jewellery making

Intermediate wire weaving – cabochon wrapping – tree of life pendant

Intermediate wire sculpting – creating a 3D bonsai tree mounted on a base of wood

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Nadja Shields
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Guests will be provided with all the tools, wires, threading packs, cabochons, strands of gemstones, seed beads needed to complete each project as well as the wooden base for the 3D bonsai tree.

Tutor Nadja Shields

Nadja’s family has always been a very crafty lot. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of spending many blissful hours making Christmas decorations, mask sculptures and paintings with her mother and grandmother. But copper wire was not her first love! That title belongs to micro macramé which she first learned while living in Eswatini in Southern Africa for 17 years. In fact, she did not start wire weaving until late 2016!

She first began teaching classes and when she started working for JewelleryMaker as a guest designer, she had to find out more about the craft. Even from just learning the simplest weaves, a great new love was born!

Nadja is constantly on the lookout for new techniques and new ways of creating so that she can pass on the very best techniques to her students.



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