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A Handmade Christmas: Temari Bauble-making

With Nicola Davis

5 December

Temari is an ancient and beautiful Japanese craft that involves embroidering the surface of a handmade ball with stunning designs. Join Nicola Davis, a member of the Japanese Temari Association and the UK Embroiderers’ Guild for this unique Christmas bauble making workshop, using traditional Japanese craft skills. 

You will be blending mathematics and symmetry with unexpected twists of colour to create your own handmade bauble. As well as learning a new craft, participants will leave with their own Christmas design to treasure for years to come.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Acquire knowledge of the basic techniques used to create a Temari ball
  • Learn about the history of this fascinating and little-known craft
  • Create your own Temari bauble to take home for your Christmas tree or to give as a gift

All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening.

If you choose to stay with us, homemade festive meals using locally sourced ingredients will also be included.


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A Handmade Christmas: Temari Bauble-making [11am - 4pm]
£ 100.00
6 available
A Handmade Christmas: Temari Bauble-making + accommodation [11am - 4pm]
£ 180.00
6 available


An experienced embroiderer, Nicola Davis enjoys stitching that blends mathematics and symmetry with unexpected twists of colour. She believes embroidery is a unique medium through which to explore ancient traditions while expressing a modern experience of the world.

A member of the Japanese Temari Association and the UK Embroiderers’ Guild, Nicola runs Temari workshops in England and online, to introduce others to this beautiful art.



Safety is paramount here at Clayhill Arts and we have taken a number of precautions here at our venue to ensure your safety. During this course, we will be making use of camera and AV equipment to explore the intricacies of the craft to safely instruct your own work at a safe 2m distance.

For our complete guidance, click here.

Is this course catered?

Yes! We will provide festive refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked seasonal inspired lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, maintaining social distance whilst offering you a chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.

Can I stay? 

Yes! We can provide accommodation with this course in one of our on site bedrooms. All rooms are private and en-suite with all linen, towels and bathroom products provided. A continental breakfast is also included along with lunch, evening meals and refreshments throughout your stay with us.

Is there funding opportunities 

Not on this occasion

Who is this course suitable for?

This course will be aimed at those with no prior experience with Temari, but those with a genuine interest and a desire to learn a new craft and skill.

What do I need to wear?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. 

What do I need to bring with me?

All materials will be provided. 

Where are you?

Clayhill arts is situated 4 miles outside of the historic market town of Bridgwater, Somerset. Easily accessible from the motorway – it is 15 minutes from the M5 (J23/J24), 30 mins from Taunton and 2.5 hrs from London via the A303. It is also only 50 mins from both Bristol and Exeter airports. 

By train, Bridgwater station is 10 minutes away and Taunton station 30 minutes. Use local taxi firm Broadway Taxis: 01278 422442 from the station, or make your way to Bridgwater Bus station and take the number 14 service to Cannington.

The nearest stop to Clayhill Arts is at the bottom of Sandford Hill where it is a 15 minute walk, heading over the roundabout onto Charlynch Lane.

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