Saturday 25th November Flying Butterfly Workshop


Create your very own butterfly automaton in this one day workshop

Date & Time: 9.45am – 4.30pm, Saturday 25th November 2023

Venue: Eling Tide Mill Experience, 24 Lexby Road, Totton, Hampshire SO40 9HD

Note: Price includes all materials

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Workshop Details

In this one day workshop artist Mary-Ann will guide you in the specialist techniques she has developed to create your own hand painted fabric butterfly automaton on a vintage wooden cotton reel base.

You will learn how to paint fabric,  create wire armature,  form your butterfly’s body and wings, create the precision stainless steel wire pieces for the mechanism and use a miniature drill. Finally Mary-Ann will help you to assemble all the pieces you have created.

It will only be in this final assembly stage that the magic will begin to happen – much like watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis and trying out its wings for the first time – that the personality of your butterfly will emerge.

Your finished automaton will be approximately 13cm tall x 8cm wing span x 7cm long in size.

Although no previous experience is required it is recommended that you are used to being creative and comfortable with working in detail particularly with a paint brush and with needle and thread.

All tools and materials will be provided but you may like to bring along your own scissors and sewing kit.

Please note that due to the nature of the stainless steel wirework you will be creating, you must be capable of using pliers and wire cutters. This workshop is not suitable for those with weak hands and/or wrists.

Terms and Conditions
*Class size is limited to five students.
*Under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating, paying adult.
*Cancellations can be made up to six weeks before the date of the workshop.
Please email me directly at to give written notice of cancellation; you will then be issued a full refund. If you need to cancel within the six-week window before the workshop, a refund can only be offered if I am able to fill your space on the workshop.
*If for any reason I (the host) need to cancel the workshop, you will be informed as soon as is possible. An alternative date will be offered, in the event an alternative date cannot be arranged or agreed a full refund will be offered.
*Bookings are not automatically transferable to another workshop.
*Please note that I retain the intellectual property rights to the creative concepts taught in my workshops – you cannot go into business making, selling or exhibiting copies of my work. You cannot go on to run similar workshops using the techniques I have taught you or facilitating the production of work that is similar to my own. You may only utilise the techniques and concepts I teach for your personal use. Any infringement of these rights will be taken seriously and legal action will be implemented.


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