Nichola Prested

Nichola Prested
Handmaker's Factory

Handmaker's Factory

Nichola Prested, paper craft and ink, textiles and pottery teacher
4.8 (80)
8k
CLASSES

Carve Your Own Rubber Stamps at Home

date_range 6 Jun, 17 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 10

label $35 - $90

4.8 (80)

Make Soy Candles at Home

date_range 4 Jun, 19 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 30

label $44 - $66

4.8 (80)

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home

date_range Sat 13 Jun, 2pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 10

label $90 - $130

4.8 (80)

Make Botanical Dyes for Fabric and Yarn at Home

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

2 to 30

label $75 - $120

4.8 (80)

Learn How to Weave at Home

date_range 6 Jun, 26 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 10

label $140

4.8 (80)

Introduction to Ceramics at Home

date_range 28 May, 13 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 20

label $90

4.8 (80)

Make Botanical Wax Tablets at Home

date_range Fri 19 Jun, 2pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 20

label $20 - $50

4.8 (80)

Make Natural Incense at Home

date_range Thu 18 Jun, 10am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 30

label $22 - $44

4.8 (80)

Learn Screen Printing at Home

date_range Fri 12 Jun, 1pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 10

label $70 - $130

4.8 (80)

Make Recycled Paper at Home

date_range Thu 28 May, 3pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 30

label $40 - $85

4.8 (80)

Slime Making for Kids

date_range 30 May, 7 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 25

label $12 - $44

4.8 (80)

Katazome Rice Paste Resist Class at Home

date_range Sun 14 Jun, 11am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft box delivered

1 to 20

label $90 - $130

4.8 (80)

Botanical Printing Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 10

label $65 - $75

8k

3k+

Photo Emulsion Screen Printing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 10

label $230

8k

3k+

Natural Dyes Printing and Painting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 10

label $155 - $185

8k

3k+

Lampshade Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 30

label $60 - $65

3k+

8k

Ceramics Surface Design Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 8

label $260

8k

3k+

Make Your Own Soap and Shampoo Bars at Home

date_range 5 Jun, 20 Jun

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LIVE STREAMING

1 to 50

label $75

4.8 (80)

8k




PROFILE

Handmaker's Factory is a studio space in West Footscray, Melbourne empowering people to confidently create in a sustainable way, share their knowledge and learn new skills through creative workshops & DIY kits.




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REVIEWS

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Katy Davies

Make Soy Candles at Home


The kit sent was beautifully presented and the class was great and informative. I'm glad that a handout was also given so that I can use for more in future- I'm definitely going to be making more now I know how!

Candle Making workshop review by Katy Davies Sydney

Gyounghee Lee

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


It was very nice class. It was the first time for me and better than I expected. Nichola was very thorough and took all the questions. Thank you .


Alicia

Textiles class


This class was run at a good, leisurely pace. Nichola was an excellent teacher giving us good instruction on the various techniques but also letting us do our own experimenting.
There were ample supplies provided plus we could use our own items.
I thoroughly recommend it.


Mina Park

Soap Making class


We had a great time at our class today. The teacher was great she answered all our questions and gave us good tips.
We had 5 students in our class. The space was intimate and great.
There were so many types of oils, herbs, clays and colours to make different kind of our own soap.
We were lucky to have less people in the class so we all can take a lot of soap home.

Soap and Shampoo Making Class review by Mina Park

Ashley Carlstein

Make Soy Candles at Home


Thanks Nichola! It was a great class and looking forward to burning my new candle :)


Lucie Rushton

Make Soy Candles at Home


Amazzzzzing! Loved it! Very easy to use and Nichola is a fantastic teacher... look forward to booking my next class!

Make Soy Candles at Home review by Lucie Rushton

Jaya Puvanenthiran

Make Soy Candles at Home


This was a fun and easy class to follow! Glad I could finally do this

Make Soy Candles at Home review by Jaya Puvanenthiran

Emma Keen

Learn How to Weave at Home


It was a very interactive class, our teacher explained things well, wonderful teacher! Made the class really enjoyable

Got halfway through a project in class

Textiles workshop review by Emma Keen Sydney

Michelle Norman

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


Nicola, gave an excellent presentation. She was very well organized, her cameras were well set up and it was a professional well executed demonstration. I also found the pace and length just right, so thank you.



Naomi Robertson

Pottery class


The class was awesome! Hands on instruction for techniques you can’t really bugger up even if you tried! Such a wide range of colours and tools to play around with and am super excited to see what my pieces come out looking like when they’re all fired up!


Bev Dahlenburg

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


Excellent online class by Natalia. The structure of class easy to follow and the different camera angles helped to fully see what was required to complete the class. I found the box of supplies were generous and well labelled so it was easy to find exactly what you needed to complete the dyeing process on your own. Thank so much. I will be happy to do other classes with you. Bev


Lisa Wilkinson

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


I loved this class, it was really informative. I can’t wait to get started dying things.


Levina Then

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


Nichola is a wonderful teacher and the workshop was so fun and insightful. I really recommend doing Handmaker's factory DIY at home indigo shibori workshop.

Textiles workshop review by Levina Then Sydney

Rachael Leitch

Make Soy Candles at Home


Thanks for a great class. I’m enjoying making my candles. Can’t wait to burn them.


Kirsten Crosby

Make Soy Candles at Home


Fun class. Enjoyed receiving the supplies in the mail and following along online. Great product

Make Soy Candles at Home review by Kirsten Crosby Sydney

Elaine Willis

Make Your Own Soap and Shampoo Bars at Home


Hi Nichola It was very interesting watching what goes on in making soap a lot more than i thought!
If i could give you 10 out of 5 I would of.
You make everything look so easy.
Will be joining you again soon.
Elaine


Emma Keen

Learn Screen Printing at Home


Great instruction, easy to follow and excellent examples - has so much fun in this class!

Textiles workshop review by Emma Keen

Tina McCarthy

Textiles class


Knowledgeable, friendly, inclusive And this class was so much fun I’m going back for more


Marie Vilchez

Soap Making class


Teacher was good and had a lot of helpful tips. We made over a kilo of soap each so its value for money.


Ann Lee

Introduction to Ceramics at Home


Thank you Nichola! Loved the class and it was more than I expected. Very happy with my little creations.

Pottery workshop review by Ann Lee

John Chana

Pottery class


She was friendly, helpful to the perfect amount which allowed us to handle the clay independently while providing guidance whenever required. Allowed for great hands on experience


Isata Kabia

Soap Making class


The class was interesting. I had no experience, the teacher makes it easy for me to understand every details and she was patiently answering to all our questions. I can say I am 100% confident to make soap and shampoo. She also give us websites to buy equipment and ingredients and that we can call her if we needed help in the future.


Robyne McGowan

Lampshade Making Workshop


Great teacher, good easy to follow instruction, thoroughly enjoyed it. Came away with a lovely lampshade.


Asami Ako

Pottery class


Nichola was amazing! She showed us all the techniques and help us make our special pots, dish, and cups. She was also telling us where we can get all the equipment for pottery so we know where to go if we want to take it further. I had so much fun with my girls for my Hens and Nichola made the day very special. It was 3 hrs workshop but time flies because we were so into it!

Pottery workshop review by Asami Ako Sydney

Jessica Taylor

Candle Making class


Had a fabulous time with Nicola from Habdmaker's Factory doing botanical printing and candle making. She was so incredibly helpful, very friendly and knowledgeable. It was great to learn new skills in a friendly and encouraging environment! The candles I made are good enough to sell and I will never look at leaves the same way again


Darcy Butterly

Skincare and Haircare class


Nichola was so friendly, knew many things about products being used and made sure it was all natural and done safely.
My friends and I came away with beautiful smelling products and happy faces.


Ko Dowd

Textiles class


Great class, lots of fun. Informative, productive and really good small group, so each person was able to benefit from direct instruction. Great teacher.


Trish Briggs

Candle Making class


What a wonderful night for our work social club.

Everything went so smoothly and everyone was very engaged.

We look forward to do it again next year. Thanks so much

Candle Making workshop review by Trish Briggs Sydney

Blaize

Textiles class


Such a fun & informative class! Gorgeously creative & welcoming space. Everything we needed for the class was provided. The teacher (Stef) was lovely - very knowledgeable & helpful. Stef was great at explaining the overall screen printing process to us, then breaking down each step & explaining the techniques and the use of the tools. Each person could work at their own pace & Stef helped each of us to walk away from the class with our own stencils & designs printed onto calico to keep. I had brought along a canvas tote bag to print on (once Id gotten a hang of the techniques) - so satisfying having a usable item with my artwork on it ready to rock out & I have several designs on calico I can also make use of. Highly recommended this class & I feel I can confidently recommend any other class held by the wonderful people at the Handmaker’s Factory. Looking forward to booking again soon! Thanks so much!


Pamela Freeman

Candle Making class


Great class, very informative teacher & extremely helpful on how to source materials to make candles at home.


Qaisara Mohamad

Candle Making class


We made soy scented candles and it was a very welcoming and informative private class!

My first class with handmaker's factory and with classbento. It really was an amazing experience and ended up being a nice gift which mum appreciates :)

Candle Making workshop review by Qaisara Mohamad

Eva Sommers

Candle Making class


We made soy candles. Our teacher was excellent. Louis was also excellent.
Regards,
Eva Sommers


Christopher Wakefield

Perfume Making class


A welcoming space and very friendly, knowledgable teacher. Plenty of choice of ingredients and useful information on where to obtain your own supplies. We had fun making incense and also some herb bundles to take home.


Natasha Berchy

Candle Making class


A very informative class with friendly teacher!!! Definitely recommended for those interested in candle making.


Maria Fichera

Soap Making class


I really enjoyed the soap and shampoo bar making class today. Left with a good amount of soap!! The lesson was very easy to follow and fought very well.
Thank you so much!


Jason Bourne

Candle Making class


Great fun class very informative and loads of fun for the team, it was a great team building experience

Candle Making workshop review by Jason Bourne

Maribel Finnin

Make Your Own Soap and Shampoo Bars at Home


This class was great - The online platform worked well with multiple camera angles so every stage of the process could be seen clearly - it was probably better than the view in real life! Nichola is a great teacher - took us through all of the steps and was very knowledgeable about the whole process and offering handy hints, always happy to answer questions. I feel confident to have a go at this at home. Loved it and will definitely look at doing more courses!! Thanks for a great class!


Amber Mawene

Make Your Own Soap and Shampoo Bars at Home


Nic is a natural host. She was patient with participants tech problems, answered all questions quickly and offered useful tips for the future.

The class was easy to follow, easy enough for someone like me who has never been a particularly 'crafty' person. I find watching and participating a more effective learning method than reading a guide. The fact that we have this recording is great as I can go back and watch it again and again.

I am based in the UK and the class was held at a convenient time for both Australian and UK residents.

Great Class, Great host, would definitely recommend.


Edward Liew

Introduction to Ceramics at Home


Great introductory class to ceramics! Had so much fun learning the basics and so many techniques and tips. Really amazing how this could be done at home via Zoom! Highly recommended.

Introduction to Ceramics at Home review by Edward Liew

Luis Martinez

Make Soy Candles at Home


A very clear and enjoyable way to learn! I'd definitely do it again! xx


Nan Herlihen

Make Soy Candles at Home


From ordering to delivery everything was smooth sailing. The session with Nicole was excellent and the ability to ask questions along the way was very helpful. An awesome Saturday afternoon in. Thank you!

Make Soy Candles at Home review by Nan Herlihen

Andrea Bolitho

Make Soy Candles at Home


Great instructions given and different products made new hobby found to keep me busy! Thank you

Candle Making workshop review by Andrea Bolitho Sydney

Chelsea Lee

Make Soy Candles at Home


She was very patient and calm. And she had cameras on different angles so it was easy to follow instructions. I really enjoyed the class.


Rachel Devine

Make Soy Candles at Home


Nichola was super warm and welcoming. She explained each step really clearly, and gave some helpful hints along the way. I really enjoyed the session, thank you!

Candle Making workshop review by Rachel Devine

Erica Olson

Learn Screen Printing at Home


Clear, concise, great instructor and nice too! Good tips to make screen printing simple and effective.

Textiles workshop review by Erica Olson Sydney

Jennifer Johns

Make Soy Candles at Home


This class was great. The teacher was concise and clear and tried to engage the class well. The recommendations on where to buy things as well as having the written instructions and the recording provided is an amazing help when attempting this after the class.
The only downside is the colour i received for my candle was a Barbie Pink which is not very nice. I do understand this is just personal taste and luck though.

Thank you.


Jacinta Dean

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


Thank You Nicola for being an amazing teacher. We had a great time learning Shibori Dyeing and we are looking forward to more dyeing and doing more classes with you. Thank you!


Claire Rowsell

Learn How to Weave at Home


Loved it, easy to follow, although a bit tricky at points. I got it as a present for mothers day and in turn for my mum for her mothers day. My mum is now obsessed, haha


Michelle Marshall

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


This was such an informative class!
I highly recommend. It moves fast, but there is alot to cover! Beautiful results Thank you very much

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home review by Michelle Marshall

Emma Goss

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home


Fantastic class- demystified something I thought was very complicated and very nicely answered all my silly questions. Highly recommend. think actually I learnt more doing it in my own home . Thank you!

Learn Indigo Shibori Dyeing at Home review by Emma Goss

Sadie Cuming

Katazome Rice Paste Resist Class at Home


I loved it - It was great to be able to do it at home and have a kit of stuff to be able to continue it in our own time.

I’ll happily share a photo once I’ve had a chance to do it.

Now I’m thinking of signing up for a few more!


Julia Lee

Make Natural Incense at Home


Nichola is so knowledgeable and shares her passion for handmade goodness in a calm and easy way. The class is well paced and there is plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions. The online element is well executed, you can see from multiple camera perspectives what she is doing. Great for adults and children alike. Thank you!


Damien Hodgkinson

Learn How to Weave at Home


It was a fantastic session and Nicola was an excellent instructor with a great multi-camera set up to show us different views of her weaving steps. Mini loom kit was great to get started and will be handy for small projects. The 1.5 hrs went very quickly and it was a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.


Parull Isharani

Learn How to Weave at Home


Was very informative and hoping to do a detailed one soon.


Joanna Moussa

Make Soy Candles at Home


Very informative and friendly. Happy to answer any questions I had and give supplier recommendations.


Johanna Hall

Learn How to Weave at Home


Really enjoyed the class, it was great fun and very well presented. Would have liked a little more time to absorb different weaving techniques and ways of starting and finishing new yarns. Some demonstrations would be easier to follow if magnified during presentation. If was a great Mother's Day gift, thank you for making it happen.
Hoped to have something worthwhile to show you soon,
Best wishes Marguerite


Emma Sweet

Learn How to Weave at Home


Really clear instructions and patient teacher. Cant wait until Aus Post deliver my kit to do my own weaving


Kelly Banek

Make Natural Incense at Home


Loved this class. Such a simple and impressive skill to have up my sleeve. Will continue to practice and explore the options with homemade incense.

Perfume Making workshop review by Kelly Banek

Elissa Smith

Make Botanical Dyes for Fabric and Yarn at Home


This would be a great class to do in a day workshop. This short class will just whet your appetite. I plan on doing a lot of experimenting!


Geoff Orton

Introduction to Ceramics at Home


Great class that covered a lot of helpful tips for beginning ceramics at home. Very clear instructions, and well set up with multiple camera views to see what was happening. Loved it!


Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

Make Recycled Paper at Home


I had a great time learning how to make paper over Zoom with Nichola. I suggest prepping your workspace with towels in advance so you can dive in to the making, and know that your hands will get wet and a bit messy so make sure your computer/device isn't too close to you. Nichola showed us how to use the things in our kit but also gave some beginner-friendly ideas for how to incorporate other dyes and add-ins to the paper. I used my kitchen blender but I enjoyed this so much and can see recycling paper becoming a regular activity, so I am planning to buy a blender just for paper-making.


Laura Thomas

Make Soy Candles at Home


This class was fantastic. Nichola was so kind and was a great teacher. We had an issue with Australia Post getting the package in time, and I didn't get it before my class, but Nichola was so accommodating with changing the date at the last minute and letting me collect the package. Thanks;;


Jacqui Bourke

Learn How to Weave at Home


Great presentation. Thanks really enjoyed it which was the reason for going it. Let's see how I go


Kate Barraclough

Candle Making class


Really enjoyed the class. Nicola was friendly and well organized, which made the class very relaxing/enjoyable.
Loved that she gave you a booklet/handout with all the information you need to make eco candles again when you’re at home and where to get supplies. Loved that she’s eco conscious and that you can do everything without having to buy too much new stuff either, maybe just a thermometer for me. Would highly recommend :)


Natalie Turns

Learn How to Weave at Home


What a fantastic class! Nichola’s pace, style and teaching techniques were spot on for me and the craft box was such a nice treat for remote learning. Would highly recommend.


Maria Melevo

Learn How to Weave at Home


Great class! Very informative and was easy to follow. Was great to get everything sent to me and to do the class from the comfort of my home. Highly recommended


Sage Hay

Learn How to Weave at Home


All questions verbally answered and steps re shown to ensure questions were answered and understood which was great. I started late as I was told the wrong start time by my children lol who organised for me to join the tutorial but I was able to quickly catch up. Thank you enjoy the class


Sarah Dickson

Make Soy Candles at Home


We decided to have a candle making class as a social activity to do with our clients as we cannot visit them due to COVID-19 restrictions. Due to Australia Post delays, we needed to allow about two weeks for the craft boxes to be delivered interstate but Nichola was accommodating in moving the class time for us.

Make Soy Candles at Home review by Sarah Dickson

Jennifer Debono

Introduction to Ceramics at Home


Thoroughly enjoyed, Nicole very helpful and explained everything fully. Thanks for a great time. Time went way too quickly.


Nadine Louis

Learn How to Weave at Home


Nichola was great, class was perhaps a little fast at times but that may have been because I got in the zone

Had a great time and learnt lots.


Ella Scott

Make Soy Candles at Home


Clear instructions, helpful to have the video to refer to later
Thank you very much!


Hannah Farrow

Textiles class


A great intro into hand weaving by a knowledgeable teacher. Got to keep the loom, and learned a number of techniques.


Jordan Fisher

Make Botanical Dyes for Fabric and Yarn at Home


Informative and well structured class. Nichola knows her stuff and provides some practical tips on getting the most from the experience. It's amazing the affects we can create from things from the garden. So many colours and so many possibilities.


Elsa Glover

Katazome Rice Paste Resist Class at Home


Super interesting class, and very grateful that we could do it over zoom and keep our social distance! It is something we never would have picked up otherwise.

Only negative thing is that its a lot more complicated a process than we realised when we signed up. Will take a couple of days to get a finished product. Might be better to tell people to set aside a day, and have the class in the morning so they can spend the rest of the day working on it.


Grace Lau

Candle Making class


We made beautifully scented candles, and the teacher was very friendly and generous, as she gave extra jars/ tea light cases than what was advertised. However, the smell when burning the candles at home were very faint.


Lisa Wong

Learn How to Weave at Home


Was hard to hear at times but it was a very good class to give you tips on weaving. Thoroughly enjoy it and found it hard to stop. Nice to get the equipment and learn at home.

Textiles workshop review by Lisa Wong

Leah Karam

Make Soy Candles at Home


It was good, just unfortunate that the video kept freezing. It would have been a great class. I still managed to finish my candle and it was successful so I say, great class! The box came on time (given the circumstances) and was perfect.

Thank you!


Jodee Jackson

Candle Making class


Teacher Nicola was good
Venue was fine
Our group had fun making candles & learning the process


Sarah Griffin

Learn Screen Printing at Home


The course helped me to refresh my knowledge of how to screenprint. The information was well presented and easy to follow. I would recommend this class as a great first step in learning how to screenprint.


Marie

Learn How to Weave at Home


Thoroughly enjoyed this class
Didn't realise how much I'd love weaving. Nicola was very patient and explained how to weave so that novices could understand.



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