From Liberty’s of London to Sherborne – renowned artist and designer, Dee Hardwicke, is coming to town!

Leading haberdashery shop and making workshop destination, Butterfly Bright, welcomes Monmouth’s respected artist and designer, Dee Hardwicke, to Sherborne on 3rd December where she will hold a workshop in Intarsia Design with Rowan Yarns.

Dee Hardwicke

Dee Hardwicke, whose Intarsia Design workshop received great reviews earlier this year at Liberty’s of London, is a ceramic artist with a rich and diverse portfolio inspired by her love of the British landscape. Her work is steeped in the artisan tradition of the Arts & Crafts movement; she trained in the fine arts, studying painting and sculpture before undertaking an apprenticeship with Quaker potters in the Welsh Marches. Her business now encompasses everything from creating bespoke tiles and mosaics, to working with carefully selected companies to design beautiful chinaware, stationery, rugs and flooring that bring joy and a welcome splash of colour into everyday life.

Inspired by the natural world, using sketchbooks to record everything that catches her eye throughout the seasons, from the colours and patterns of a wild flower meadow on a summer’s day to a steel grey sky accented by a sharp ray of yellow winter sun. Dee’s sketchbooks become a celebration of nature as pages are filled with drawings, watercolours and pressed leaves and flowers.

Alison Nurton, Founder of Butterfly Bright, says: “Dee is a passionate believer in creating joyful and accessible pieces that bring pleasure and beauty into everyday life and we are delighted somebody of her talent and reputation has offered to hold such a special workshop in Sherborne”.

During the Intarsia Design Workshop participants will be guided through the workings of a small Intarsia square using a tulip, spring or seedling motif as used in Dee’s ‘Little Colour Knit’, a kit designed and produced in collaboration with Rowan Yarns. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of the Intarsia technique and the inspiration, skills and confidence to create their own colour chart from things that inspire them. The cost of the workshop, which is £50, includes all materials, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea with cake as well as a 10% discount voucher to spend with Butterfly Bright.

Anyone who is interested in meeting Dee and taking part in the Intarsia Design Workshop can find details and book at Alternatively email or call 01935 817303.

Find The Intarsia Design Workshop details on Butterfly Bright’s website

Read more about Dee Hardwicke


All about Butterfly Bright:

Young mums, Alison Nurton and Caroline Bradshaw are owners of Butterfly Bright – a treasure trove of designer fabrics and yarns, buttons, ribbons and haberdashery; alongside select home accessories and gifts made by local or small British makers as well as top brands including Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Rowan, Avoca, RICE and Tweedmill. Sewing, knitting and making workshops are held in the adjacent old stable block and around a handmade farmhouse table in the shop. They believe the ability to make something by hand is a valuable gift and one that they can teach to people of all ages. Traditionally, hand-making skills would have been passed to new generations around the kitchen table and that’s the atmosphere Butterfly Bright creates with its welcoming and contemporary workshops and friendly browsing experience in the shop.

Workshops feature regular and guest tutors offering everything from patchwork quilt making, to crochet, knitting, embroidery, lampshade making, papercraft, beading, needle felting, cake decorating and much more. To find out more and to book workshops visit and

Alison and Caroline are available for interviews, lifestyle features and photo opportunities on request and journalists are welcome to attend workshops by arrangement.


For further information contact:

Alison Nurton or Caroline Bradshaw


T: 01935 817303