Events & Workshops
Each season we bring together like-minded, creative individuals through a series of events, talks and workshops both online and in our shops. We hope you can take part.
We host live shows each week, bringing our community together through a series of styling conversations, talks with our makers and guided tutorials led by the TOAST team. Join our upcoming events or watch our past shows.
Prices for individual events vary. You will also have the opportunity to donate* to the Crafts Council UK. All you need to take part is a webcam and microphone - we suggest using a laptop or desktop computer, but you can also use your tablet or mobile phone. We recommend using a WiFi connection to avoid data charges. Virtual workshops will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days following the live event.
Please register using the links below to confirm your place.
Woven Darning with Molly Martin
Join Molly Martin, artist and textile repairer, to learn the basics of woven darning. During this workshop Molly will demonstrate how to repair a cherished item. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Crafts Council UK.*
Tue 7 February, 6pm, 1 hour 15 minutes. (7pm CET, 1pm EST, 5am AEDT Wed 8 Feb)
Swiss Darning with Ella MacGregor
Join Ella MacGregor of Raine Tailors to learn how to Swiss darn. She will demonstrate how to repair knitted fabrics in a colourful, decorative way, and share the history of the technique. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Crafts Council UK.*
Thu 16 February, 6pm, 1 hour 30 minutes. (7pm CET, 1pm EST, 5am AEDT Fri 17 Feb)
Denim Repairs with Molly Martin
Join Molly Martin, artist and textile repairer, to learn how to mend denim garments using traditional stitching methods including Japanese sashiko repair. Molly will demonstrate how to mend tears, fix pockets and tend to torn knee holes, and discuss how to wash and care for your denim. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Crafts Council UK.*
Tue 21 February, 6pm, 1 hour 15 minutes. (7pm CET, 1pm EST, 5am AEDT Wed 22 Jan)
Knitwear Repair with Bronwen Jones
Join Bronwen Jones, artist and textile repairer, to learn how to mend knitwear using woven techniques. She will share stories on pieces she has mended, then guide you through the traditional methods. This workshop is suitable for beginners and is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Crafts Council UK.*
Tue 28 February, 6pm, 1 hour 30 minutes. (7pm CET, 1pm EST, 5am AEDT Wed 29 Jan)
In Our Shops
Open Water | An Installation by Lisa Atkin at TOAST Mayfair
To celebrate the launch of our SS23 collection, Open Water, London-based artist Lisa Atkin has created sculptural installations for our windows. The pieces feature intricately braided jute, created using Neolithic weaving techniques that trace back over 7,000 years.
Lisa creates contemporary pieces from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford, London. She has won the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award 2021 at Cockpit and exhibited her work at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales.
Thu 12 January - Sun 12 February.
Abstract Compositions by Filippa Whitford at TOAST Cheltenham
Join us at TOAST Cheltenham for an exhibition of geometric abstract works by local artist Filippa Whitford, celebrating colour, shape and form.
Filippa is an Italian-born artist living and working in the Cotswolds. She trained as a ceramic artist at the Royal Worcester porcelain company before teaching herself painting.
Sat 4 - Sun 26 February.
TOAST Exchange Swapping Events
TOAST Exchange is our clothes swapping initiative that allows us to foster a more conscious, thoughtful and circular lifestyle. Formerly called TOAST Circle, it has evolved into a bi-monthly series of swapping events taking place in all TOAST Shops.
During these events, there will be an opportunity to meet with other members of our community and connect over stories of your garments. Bring up to five worn TOAST garments and exchange them for others to take home.
Thu 16 February, 12pm - 5pm.
All TOAST Shops (except Llandeilo, London Islington and London Marylebone)
Sun 12 February, 12pm - 5pm.
Fair Isle Basket Weaving with Lisa Atkin at TOAST London, Mayfair
Join artist and basket weaver Lisa Atkin at our Mayfair shop to learn one of the oldest traditional crafts of Fair Isle basket weaving, which is now on the critically endangered crafts list.
Using hemp rope, Lisa will teach the Fair Isle strawback chair knotting technique used to make her stools and baskets. You will create a small basket around a pre-cut wooden base, keeping this ancient craft alive.
Sat 11 February, 2pm - 4.30pm. Tickets cost £50 and include all materials and refreshments.
TOAST Menswear Early Spring Collection Launch | Open Water
Join us in our shops for a seasonal drink to celebrate the launch of our Early Spring Menswear collection.
Expect hardwearing trousers and workwear jackets alongside checked shirts and flecky knitwear, all inspired by our seasonal theme of Open Water.
Sat 11 and Sun 12 February at TOAST Brighton, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Oxford and a selection of our London shops (Hampstead, Islington, Mayfair, Shoreditch).
Sat 11 February at TOAST Llandeilo and Bath.
Make, Do & Mend: A Panel Discussion at Dovecot Studios
Join us at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh to explore why more of us than ever are looking to care for, repair and rewear clothing.
Panellists include Dr Lynn Wilson, award-winning academic and founder of Circular Design Scotland Ltd, and fashion campaign manager and blogger Ruth MacGilp. Dovecot Director Celia Joicey will present historical examples linking to the Dovecot exhibition Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood. Emily Mae Martin, repair specialist at TOAST Edinburgh, will share more about our free mending service, TOAST Repair.
Tickets cost £10.50 and are bookable via Dovecot Studios. Each ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design.
Sat 11 February, 11am - 12pm.
Past Events | Watch Again
Kingsley Walters | Time to Make
Above Holborn Viaduct in central London is an old office building, now an open-plan studio space for creatives including Kingsley Walters, a leather worker and canvas bag maker.
For this Time to Make, Kingsley creates one of the Medicine Pouch Bags. It’s crafted from leather which is vegetable-tanned in Northamptonshire to a simple pouch shape with a drawstring top, then suspended from an adjustable cross-body strap.
Read more about Kingsley's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Dreaming of Dinner with Ali Slagle | Time to Make
New York-based recipe developer Ali Slagle’s philosophy involves creating dishes from readily available ingredients. This is the root of her first book I Dream of Dinner (so You Don't Have To), which features hundreds of “low-effort, high-reward” recipes.
For this Time to Make, Ali shares a summer recipe for turmeric shrimp with citrus and avocado, which features on the cover of the book.
Read the full tumeric shrimp recipe and more about her process on the TOAST Magazine.
Rural Kind | Time to Make
Rural Kind founder Mike Watt creates waxed canvas bags out of an old schoolhouse he is renovating in Carmarthenshire, Wales. His pieces respond to the natural landscape surrounding the workshop, being hardwearing and robust against the Welsh weather.
For this Time to Make, Mike creates one of the waxed canvas belt pouches. It has a press-stud leather loop at the drawstring top, allowing you to attach it to a belt, making it useful for long walks or cycles.
Read more about Mike's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Seaweed Foraging and Pressing with Molesworth & Bird | Time to Make
Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird co-founded their seaweed design company, Molesworth & Bird, in 2018. The pair met over 30 years ago and began foraging and pressing seaweed after they both moved away from London – Julia to Cornwall and Melanie to Dorset.
For this Time to Make, Melanie and Julia go seaweed foraging on the Lyme Regis coastline and create pressings in their studio. They only gather seaweed that has washed up naturally on the coastline, or is floating freely in the shallows after a storm, to ensure there is no damage to the ecosystem.
Read more about the pair's seaweed design company on the TOAST Magazine.
*All donations you make will support:
Crafts Council UK, the national charity for craft. Funds raised will support the work they do to inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. We jointly believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.
Find more information about how you can support Crafts Council and their important work on their website.