A warm welcome to Making Futures!

Exciting new opportunity for women creatives! Places available for our new Make, Sell, be Well programme - enterprise support for creative women looking to start or grow their creative business. Click for more info!

What are you interested in today?


Making Futures is a social enterprise that works with a wide range of groups to improve health, wellbeing, self-esteem and employability through creative arts. We passionately believe in the power of the arts to enhance people’s lives, reduce stress, combat loneliness and foster community cohesion. Our mission is to develop peoples’ skills, enabling them to make beautiful things. Through learning and making people can go on to create a future that works for them.

City & Guilds – (Instalment payments now available at no additional cost!)

We offer professional design programmes in handknitting – our programmes are studied by distance learning and students who complete our programmes are able to have their work formally accredited by City & Guilds.

For details for the programmes we offer, prospectus and enrolment information, please see our separate pages here.

Textile & craft workshops

We work with community groups, schools, colleges and third sector organisations to deliver a wide range of workshops, classes and learning opportunities.You can find out more about our classes, workshops and learning opportunities here.

  • Community and group workshops and projects to help build stronger communities, foster community spirit, encourage inter-generational activities and to improve social wellbeing
  • Arts Award courses to develop young people and offer opportunities for an accredited qualification in a wide range of arts-based actitivies

Creative business mentoring

An experienced retailer and designer-maker Debbie also offers business mentoring and start-up advice to new creative enterprises. In particular she works with individuals who face barriers to employment, working with them to set up home-based creative businesses that allow them to achieve their potential whilst having regard to any specific needs they may have. If you have a project in mind, you can find out more about our approach here.


‘What we learn with pleasure we never forget’

Alfred Mercier

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Beginners to advanced, design and pattern-drafting - City & Guilds

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Natural dyeing

Colours from nature with extracts, dyestuffs, indigo and woad

making futures cic - introductory creative skills knitting programme


Essentials to advanced - granny squares, amigurumi, design

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Hand and machine embroidery, mixed media textiles

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Dyeing yarn, fabric, block and screenprint

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Wet, dry and nuno felt