What is the Craft Room?
The Craft Room is a space in Basel where we teach classes and workshops in lots of different creative crafts. We also sometimes host coffee mornings and get togethers for creatives.
The Craft Room has two separate rooms: the creating room has a table and chairs which makes it a perfect space for our classes. The lounge room has comfy sofas and armchairs, which are great for meeting and chatting.
We have a selection of teas including proper English tea and a variety of herbal and fruit options. We also have a coffee machine using freshly ground beans, and a milk steamer. Drinks are complementary during classes.
All classes advertised on the website are run at the Craft Room in Basel. See the how to find us page for directions.
The Craft Room first opened its doors in November 2016 as a collaboration between Lisa Collins and Helen Gilroy. When Helen returned to the UK in 2018, Lisa kept on working solo at the Craft Room.
You can keep in touch with us on our Facebook page.
Who teaches the classes?
Hi there! I’m Lisa and I’m a British expat living in Basel for 20+ years. I’m a Mum of two teenage boys and owner of the Craft Room. I teach most of the classes at the Craft Room!
I have always loved to make things, ever since I was a child making things out of bits of string and card. In my teenage years my favourite craft was sewing – there was a time when I made pretty much all my own clothes, including numerous ball gowns, bridesmaids dresses and even my own wedding dress. These days my sewing is more household in nature – bags, cushions and curtains.
I also love to knit and crochet – I learned to knit with my Nana at a young age, and crochet is something I picked up not so long ago – in 2016 Helen taught me to crochet and after those first wobbly granny squares it’s become something I thoroughly enjoy and do a lot of.
It’s my belief that everyone can be creative – it’s a part of every human – and I love to help you find your creativity in my classes. There is nothing I enjoy more than taking students whose first words are “I’m not very crafty” and showing them that they can indeed make things and have fun with that process. My classes are relaxed and easy going – we will laugh and chat and create. So come and join one of my classes and create with me.
Jo has been a craft-loving friend to the Craft room since the beginning of our journey, coming to our coffee mornings and getting to know us. This inspired her to set up her own business Get Crafty with Jo, and we are very happy to have Jo teaching her classes at the Craft Room as an independent teacher. Originally from the UK, Jo has lived in the Basel region for many years. Jo is a crocheter and a trained florist and she loves to experiment with different crafts using paper and all kinds of materials.