Decorative Shawl Pins with Polymer Clay

Make beautiful pins to fasten a shawl or snuggly wrap for the winter

This workshop will teach students how to make 2 decorative pins using polymer clay. The pins make gorgeous and unusual gifts with which to fasten a woolly wrap, decorate a knitted hat or scarf, or embellish a chunky knit. 

Polymer clay is an ideal material with which to make a decorative pin as it is lightweight and therefore won't pull the garment out of shape. It can also be moulded, shaped, textured and blended to produce fabulous colours and design details, creating beautiful, wearable pieces of art!

Working with an infinite selection of colours and decorative surface finishes, I will show you how to design your pins and how to work with the materials to achieve strong, durable and completely unique pieces. There will be demonstrations throughout the day and lots of advice and tips on good practice. Finishing and polishing techniques will also be covered.

Materials for the course

All the tools, materials and refreshments for the course are included but you may like to bring

  • A camera/phone to record your progress
  • A notebook and pen
  • Any interesting textures (lace, doillies, card stamps) that you would like to use in your pins
  • Any shawl or wrap for which you would like to make a pin
  • A pack lunch

Course dates for 2017

  • Tuesday 26 September
  • Sunday 29 October
  • Wednesday 22 November

Course dates for 2018

  • Tuesday 6 February
  • Wednesday 2 May

If you would like to arrange an alternative date for a class (no extra charge!), please don't hesitate to get in touch...

Some examples of students' pins...

Debbie's turquoise pin   Alex's pin   Alex's olive pin   Lorraine's lime pin   Julieanne's pin



"Loved the relaxed atmosphere where we learnt fantastic skills with lovely people. " JSB, Holsworthy, Devon

"Fantastic day! Thank you so much for sharing your skills. Can't wait to do more of this." AB, St Newlyn East, Cornwall

"Brilliant! I feel very creative and relaxed, can't wait to have a go myself at home." LP, Beaminster, Dorset

"Informative, interesting and inspiring! I'm going to use polymer clay everyday now! :)" MJ, Bridport, Dorset

"An excellent day. Jo made us feel very comfortable & welcome. The pieces of jewellery are beautiful & this is something that hopefully I will carry on doing. Thank you." AM, Truro, Cornwall




Class starts at 10:00 am
Class ends at 4.00pm