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TAKE a nostalgic and relaxing trip in time with an old-fashioned craft lesson.

The Cupola Gallery in Hillsborough is hosting artist and crafter Gemma Nemer, from the Button Tin vintage workshop Imperial Building, Rotherham.

In a one-off class at the gallery, Gemma will show the nimble-fingered how to use vintage fabrics, lace, linen and buttons to create a mini wall sampler.

Words and images can be hand-embroidered on to the sampler to create an intensely personal piece of art.

“Bring along any sentimental scraps of fabrics you have, your button tins and even your journals and diaries as inspiration,” says Gemma.

“You will leave this session with lots of new hand-embroidering techniques.”

The session next Sunday, April 15, is £10 (£5 unwaged).

The day before, Gemma will at her kitch Imperial Buildings kiosk leading a class on how to make vintage fabric book covers. The 11am-4pm session costs £25.

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