Hands-on professional know-how for your handmade product business!

Learn effectively and gather ideas you can put to practical use: In 2018, h+h cologne will once again offer trade visitors a unique range of workshops. Visitors can not only rediscover the traditional technique of embroidery in small groups, but also try out innovations and the latest trends. Our expert instructors will of course be at your side to offer advice and support.

Workshops HobbyArt

This year we are pleased to once again offer you a special highlight: the Finnish designer and “Queen of Crochet”, Molla Mills, will present crochet designs in an “ice cream” pattern! She’ll be showing how to use thread to create a modern style of crochet work, as detailed in her latest book, Virkkuri4.

The creative courses will be held in two workshop rooms in the special show area called “my lovely livingroom” (Passage 2/3). You can book the course(s) you want here for the price of EUR 25.00 per workshop.

Please Note: The workshops (except for Courses 2, 5 and 7) will only be offered in German! Please keep in mind that visitors may participate in the courses only if they have a valid admission ticket for the trade fair.

This handy travel companion holds all the important things you’ll need for your next trip. Sewn from oilcloth and washable paper/cork, it’s robust and resistant to soiling. In this workshop you will deal with various materials, bias binding and an endless zipper. If there’s enough time, you’ll have an opportunity to create a bias binding.
Steffi Falk (Berliner Stück)

When: 23.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

Small geometrical works of art are created from cardboard rings embroidered with thread. By repeating embroidery sequences consisting of satin stitches you can develop colourful patterns. In this workshop we will focus on learning the stitch.
Tanja Boukal (artist)
(The course will be taught in German and English!)

When: 23.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

In this workshop we will show you ideas and tips for creating window displays. Create your individual decoration with the help of collages you have visualized.
Gabriela Kaiser (TRENDagentur)



When: 23.03.2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

In this workshop we will teach you, in a few short steps, how to make a lovely eyelet buttonhole. This is exactly like the work you can find on high-quality jackets, coats, lounge jackets and trousers.
Sebastian Hoofs (bespoke tailor)

When: 23.03.2018 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

This workshop is for everyone who would like to knot stylish accessories for indoors and outdoors. Step by step, a selected macramé project from the book Macramé nieuwe stijl will be explained. Various materials and techniques will be tried out.
Stefanie van Wendel de Joode (Colours of life)
(The course will be taught in German and English!)

When: 23.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy to difficult | 10 participants max.

If you’re tired of complicated sewing and want to learn an easy and — above all — long-term alternative to the traditional sewing technique, this basic workshop is exactly right for you!
Anna Albers (albers Artwork)


When: 23.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

In this workshop we will make a small pouch with an ice-cream crochet pattern. This delicious pattern is from Molla's new book Virkkuri4. The stitches we use are simple chains and double crochet, but we also learn how to make a three-colour tapestry work.
Molla Mills (designer + author)
(The course will be taught in English!)

When: 23.03.2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy to middling | 10 participants max.

In this workshop we will practice using watercolours and brushes and create beautiful floral motifs. In the last step, we’ll show you the basics of hand lettering with a brush pen and a fineliner.
Sue Hiepler and Yasmin Reddig (may & berry)

When: 24.03.2018 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

You’re working with a megacool material: chalkboard fabric! This is a cotton fabric that is coated with a chalkboard surface on one side and can be very easily cut to size, stamped, perforated and, most importantly, sewn. In this workshop we will create a beautiful wall organizer together.
Jutta Nowak (photo stylist + freelance editor)

When: 24.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

An introduction to the historical and cultural background of the traditional embroidery techniques, combined with practical exercises.
Nanna Aspholm-Flik (Diploma in Textile Design)


When: 23.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

Photo: © nannatextiles

Wonderful jewellery can be made in no time using wool and buttons. We’ll show you techniques you can use to make jewellery, boost income from your business by selling buttons as a sideline, and profitably market your unsold inventory.
Karin Berger (Woll-Fühlen)

When: 24.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

Knitting and crocheting are the new yoga — and according to scientific studies, they even reduce stress and actively help to promote health! You will be shown a number of stretching and relaxing exercises and given some background information.
Dr. Edda Jaleel (consultant for brain research and neurobiology)

When: 24.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

Ironing is one of the most important work steps in sewing. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of perfect ironing. Clear explanations and many small ironing tips and tricks from a tailor’s studio will make your sewing work much easier.
Inge Szoltysik-Sparrer (master tailor)

When: 25.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

In this workshop, Inge will familiarize you with the various basic stitches. A master tailor, she will teach you how to optimize your sewing, stitch by stitch, from blind stitching and buttonhole stitching to the right choice of thread.
Inge Szoltysik-Sparrer (master tailor)

When: 25.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: easy | 10 participants max.

Tapestry crochet is a crocheting technique that combines several colours for a beautiful jacquard effect. It enables you to weave with one thread while one (or several) additional threads tag along. These threads are alternated in order to obtain the desired pattern in the desired colours.
Gaby Funke (Fil Katia S.A.)

When: 25.03.2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 1
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

Oh no……..the sleeve! What should you do if you’ve changed the details of an armhole and don’t know how to adjust the sleeve to fit it? What should you do if your upper-arm circumference doesn’t match the dimensions of the pattern? In this course you will learn how to adapt sleeves to any armhole and how to alter a design.
Peggy Morgenstern (Atelier Morgenstern)

When: 25.03.2018 | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

What should you do if you have a beautiful pattern but you’d like to have different collar on it? In this workshop you’ll learn how to match a collar or a hood to any given neckline and how to adjust its shape as needed. You’ll have an advantage if you’ve already sewn a collar or a hood before.
Peggy Morgenstern (Atelier Morgenstern)

When: 25.03.2018 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: middling | 10 participants max.

In this workshop you’ll learn the basic principles of textile design. At the “Around the world” event, you can give your creativity free rein. By the end of the workshop we’ll have created gorgeous textile designs made of paper, cardboard, watercolours, lead pencils and coloured pencils, which will later be printed on fabric.
Claudia Böhm (primus pattern/SPOONFLOWER)

When: 25.03.2018 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Workshop Room 2
Level of difficulty: easy to middling | 10 participants max.