Join in our 'Place of Making' workshops with established artists to learn new skills, creative techniques, and make your own art.

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? If the answer is yes then please join us for this 6 week beginners crochet course where Nicola from Tea Cake + Make will have you hooking in no time!

In this course the tutor will not only teach you the basic crochet stitches but will also give you the confidence to source and buy the correct yarn and hooks for future projects, read text and charted patterns and even get you having a go at amigurumi!

Materials for the first 2 weeks of the course are included and used to make your first item - a chunky crochet cowl.

Running Time: 150 minutes
£85 for all 6 sessions: 16th, 23th & 30th Sep, 7th, 14th & 21st October

To see our full programme of 'A Place of Making' workshops please click here.


  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

Other Workshop Events

Art Therapy
Thu 27th Jan 2022

Art Therapy

Come paint, draw and be creative in your own special way.

The Hat Factory


Vegan food fest
28th Jan - 29th Jan 2022

Vegan food fest

Join us on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 January for our Vegan Food Festival!


Workshop Family Friendly

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