Genius Crafting Classes in East Sussex


Why not attend one of Juliette's courses and try your hand at making candles, skincare and cosmetics, jewellery from junk, a designer handbag and all manner of individual Christmas gifts and decorations, based around Juliette's exciting new book.


Junk Jewellery


The jewellery made from recycled elements which featured in Juliette's book Junk Genius, has attracted huge amounts of interest. Encouraged by this response Juliette has created a fascinating course in which you can learn how to refashion old, broken jewellery into stunning new designs, whilst also creating jewellery from all sorts of bits and pieces you might previously have thrown away.

Scraps of fabric can be turned into brooches embellished by rescued diamante trims, spoons become pendants and games counters are turned into charms for bracelets. Stunningly original pieces can be made for yourself or as gifts.

The course will cover simple sewing, attaching jump rings and fastenings, as well as glueing and basic soldering. Juliette and Louise will show you all the techniques you need to know to make your own unique and personalised jewellery.

Junk Jewellery Course

Price £45.00


Course duration 3 hours


All materials included in course fee, sufficient to make 3 jewellery projects

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and home made cake included in the course price


Course dates: saturday October 20th 2012.


Time: 2.15pm until 5.15pm

Class opens at 1.45 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course


Location:Oliver's Hill Barn, Ashburnham


Make Your Own Bags


I think we would all agree that no woman can have too many bags, so why not try making your own and have something totally different from everyone else you know? In this workshop Juliette and Louise offer you a choice of bags to make, from simple zipped purses for make up, to an evening clutch bag with a decorative trim and a messenger style bag capable of carrying a small laptop, as well as your usual essential bits and pieces.

Techniques will cover attaching a zip and a strap, applying a lining and fastenings.

Choose from a wide array of textiles including vintage velvet, jacquard and cottons, prints and plains, as well as some new contemporary designs.

Make Your Own Bags Course

Price £45

Course duration 3 hours

All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a bag (2 if you are a quick sewer)

Tea coffee, soft drinks and home made cake are included in the course price


Location: Olivers Hill Barn. Ashburnham


Date to be confirmed


Make Your Own Cosmetics using some Kitchen Cupboard Essentials


Simple cosmetic products are easy to make in your own kitchen, as Juliette showed on television in "Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not". Why not try making your own bath bombs, melt and pour soap, face masks, body scrubs, lip balms and creams using tried and tested recipes. Juliette and Louise will even show you how to wrap and present them in style, using dried herbs and flowers from their own gardens, combined with pretty wrap and ribbons.

Courses are available as Bodyor Face” (see course dates).

Make Your Own Soaps and Bath Bombs Course

Price £45

Course Duration 3 hours

Course Dates: Thursday November 1st 2012

Course Details Home Made Cosmetics to include making bath bombs and soaps

Time 2pm - 5pm.

Class opens at 1.45 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course

Location The Yurt at Great Park Farm Catsfield East Sussex


Course Date Sunday December 16th 2012

Course Details Home Made Cosmetics to include bath bombs and soaps

Time 10am until 1pm

Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course

Location Oliver's Hill Barn Ashburnham



All materials are included in the course sufficient to make 3 different cosmetic products. A worksheet is provided with a recipe for each project and kits are available for some items to purchase and take home .


Candle Making


Juliette gained her knowledge of candle making when she formed Juliette at Home in 2005 and started pouring teacup candles in her own kitchen. These days she still loves to make candles to decorate her Sussex home and in this course she and Louise will let you in on the trade secrets of how to make your own.

Techniques will cover melting and pouring wax, filling a container with candle wax and the right choice of wick, making floating candles, as well as choosing a scent. Top tips on recycling containers at home will give you great ideas on how to repurpose charity shop finds as well as food containers to make innovative candle containers to amaze all your friends.

Fill your home with light and scent this autumn by trying this course, or our extended Christmas event, see below

Candlemaking Courses

Price £45

Course duration 3 hours

Course Dates: Saturday October 20

Time 10am until 1pm.Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course

Location Oliver's Hill Barn Ashburnham

Course Date Thursday November 1st

Time 10 am - 1pm

Location: The Yurt Great Park Farm Catsfield


Course Date : December 8 Candles are included in Christmas Gifts and The Perfect Wrap All Day Extended Course, see below for details

Time 10am until 4pm. Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course


All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a candle in a container and floating candles. A worksheet is provided with the course to help you to make candles safely at home

Tea, coffee and home made cake are included in the course fee


Seasonal Courses


Join Juliette and Louse for 2 special seasonal courses at Oliver's Hill


Christmas Gifts and The Perfect Wrap

In this extended course you have the chance to make Christmas stocking filler gifts including lip balms, lavender bags, a mini hand made notebook and a fabulous Christmas candle formed in a vintage mould as well as learning how to make some festive alcoholic drinks. Our top tips for wrapping and decorating will make your Christmas gifts look truly amazing. Why not have a go at making many of your presents this Christmas? With our expert tuition and range of materials you have all the elements of a fun day out to make an array of individual and creative gifts to take home for your friends and family.

Christmas Gifts and The Perfect Wrap All Day Extended Course

Price £75

Course duration 6 hours

Course Date December 8 2012

Location Oliver's Hill Barn

Time 10am until 4pm.Class opens at 9.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course



All materials are included in the course fee, sufficient to make a cosmetic product, a sewn item, or book and a candle. Worksheets are provided for each project, as well as a list of tips for the wrapping ideas


Tea coffee, soft drinks and cake are provided in the course price, as well as a home made lunch of soup with a sandwich and a salad. We will finish the day with mulled wine and mince pies


There will also be a range of kits to purchase for your own Genius Crafting at home as well as some individual present ideas based around Juliette's new book Junk Genius


Christmas Decorations and Wrapping

You still have time to get those last minute gifts for Christmas and make some great decorations to give your home that really welcoming Christmasy look. Join Juliette and Louise for a Christmas decorations making day and a chance to learn how to make all your presents have that wow factor, as illustrated in Juliette's book Junk Genius.

Christmas Decorations and Wrapping Course

Price £45

Course duration 3 hours with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies

Time 2.15pm until 5.15pm followed by mulled wine and shopping. Course opens at 1.30 for refreshments and a chance to view materials for the course


Location: Oliver's Hill Barn. Ashburnham


What You Can Expect on a Course


All courses are limited in number to ensure that you have expert and individual tuition. Juliette and Louise will ensure that you learn how to make each project successfully, working with you to explain techniques and offer help and tips to achieve the perfect result.


All bag sewing workshops come with a free pattern so you can take it home and create further examples in your own time.

Cosmetic and candle workshops give you the opportunity to make examples to take home and try. Full instructions are supplied on a worksheet which is free with every class. Kits and patterns are available to purchase so that you can create more projects at home from the knowledge you have gained.


Class Tutors


Juliette Goggin


Juliette Goggin has been making all manner of things since she was very young, brought up with a Blue Peter childhood of crafting items from washing up bottles and sticky back plastic. Her experience in designing homeware and cosmetic products both for herself and her designer and high street name clients gave her a real understanding of the importance of making things really work. She has combined this experience of consultancy product development with spending 3 years writing Junk Genius with trend and styling guru and friend Stacy Sirk. A book which US crafting website Homestyle Books bookstore has called.


Beautifully designed and so inspirational, Junk Genius is a treasure for anyone who loves all things bohemian and shabby chic”.


Currently climbing the UK best sellers list, Junk Genius is this season's most exciting new craft publication.


Juliette has also appeared in two series of Channel 4's “Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not”, showcasing her hints and tips on all things craft related and teaching those with no sewing or crafting experience how to make all kinds of amazing projects on a shoestring budget. She is currently filming the latest Superscrimpers project to be aired on Channel 4 in the New Year.


All these unique experiences have come together in her exciting new Genius Crafting Courses which are starting this autumn in and around her home village of Ashburnham near Battle in East Sussex


Louise Roberts


Juliette and Louise met at their local WI and immediately discovered a mutual love of making almost anything. They could have become arch rivals, fighting it out for medals at the local Ashburnham Flower Show and Fete, but instead they joined forces to start crafting sessions for the WI members, helping them create Christmas and Easter Gifts before hitting on the idea of jointly designing crafting classes.

To her friends, Louise is a constant source of admiration and astonishment in her ability to make the perfect cake, scoop many of the first prizes at the annual shows and still manage to run up a new skirt from a vintage curtain. To date she has won 3 RHS Banksian medals and has extensive experience in horticulture, having raised and sold her own plants at local farmers markets. Self sufficient in vegetables to feed her family, and a grower of a vast array of stunning flowers, expect the addition of Louise-centric classes in 2013



Oliver's Hill Barn


Recently completed by a local builder and craftsman, Oliver's Hill Barn is an oak framed building located in picturesque Ashburnham, a tiny East Sussex village more often known as the home of historic 18th century neo-palladian style Ashburnham Place, with its little known Capability Brown landscape gardens.


The barn is a vast and light filled space perfect for crafting activities. Large windows frame vistas of the fields and animals of Oliver's Hill farm, which also serves as a location for therapies and learning. A day at Oliver's Hill promises to be an opportunity to acquire many new skills and also to absorb the joys of being in such beautiful surroundings. Join us for a day to really remember.


The Yurt Great Park Farm Catsfield East Sussex


Known to all the locals as the very best Farm Shop in the Battle area, Great Park Farm boasts an excellent selection of fruit, vegetables and local produce, as well as a fine tearoom and plant nursery.

They recently added a yurt in the grounds and in so doing created a superb space for classes and events. With a wood burning stove and a lovely cosy atmosphere, the yurt is well equipped for courses throughout the year. The recently completed flower and vegetable gardens which surrounds the yurt provide inspiration and the perfect setting for a creative day out

The welcoming tearoom serves inviting snacks and lunches.


Details of a Surrey venue will be announced very soon.


How to Book


Please contact us on advising which course you would like to attend. We will then confirm the place is available and send you a payment invoice. All courses are payable in advance

You can also call us on 01323 833050

You can pay via PayPal or send a cheque.






Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 14