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Workshops May 2017



A 3 hour workshop ideal for absolute beginners and to build confidence using a sewing machine


You will learn to wind a bobbin, change a needle and thread up sewing machine. Understand how to change the machine settings, find out what all the knobs and dials are for, and troubleshoot common problems. Find out how to sew straight lines and turn corners and then use your newfound skills to make some beautiful bunting to take home!


No previous experience or skills necessary


3 hrs-  £31 per person




Introduction to Sewing Machines -  Wednesday 17th May 2017

9.00am - 12.30pm


Workshop Price

31.00

An ideal workshop for new sewists and patchwork beginners. You will create an adorable needle book to keep during this 4.5 hour workshop.


You will learn to create a simple patchworked panel, use wadding, bag out to create a lining and applique both by machine and by hand.


To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently in a straight line

- Confidently topstitch

- Confidently control sewing speed using the foot pedal


4.5 hrs - £34 per person


Patchwork Needle Book - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

9.30am - 2.00pm


Workshop Price

34.00

A slightly different patchwork project! In this 5 hour workshop you will create your own, unique version of Doug the Patchwork Dog - a cute and quirky companion or gift!


Learn to use basic patchworking techniques, applique with a sewing machine, and construct a 3D form.


To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently sew curves

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


5  hrs - £41 per person


Patchwork Teddy - Saturday 3rd June 2017

10.30am - 3.30pm


Workshop Price

41.00

Workshops June 2017


Heart Coasters - Wednesday 14th June 2017

9.15am - 12.15pm


Brighten your home with a little bit of love. In this 3 hour workshop you will create a set of 6 charming fabric heart coasters to protect your surfaces and cheer up any room. A perfect workshop for beginner sewists. You will learn to Use a facing to create neat edges, clip and turn curves, apply top-stitching, use wadding and bag out to create a lined panel.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently sew a curve

3 hrs - £25 per person


Workshop Price

25.00

Clutch Purse - Monday 19th June 2017

6.00pm - 9.30pm


Accessorise  your outfits in style with a fashionable, faux-leather clutch purse which you will make in this 3.5 hour workshop.

You will learn tips and tricks for working with leather, vinyl and rubberised fabrics, how to secure materials without pins, how to fully line the purse and how to insert a zip.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


3.5 hrs - £40 per person

Workshop Price

40.00

Stretch Leggings - Saturday 24th June 2017

10.00am - 2.30pm


Get to grips with stretch fabric and step out in a stylish pair of ladies’ leggings.

In this 4 hour workshop you will learn to: measure your body to select a pattern for best fit, work with stretch fabric, sew using a stretch stitch, hem using a twin needle and try out an overlocker.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently in a straight line

- Sew curves


4 hrs - £42 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

42.00

Sewing Machine Cover - Tuesday 27th June 2017

9.30am - 2.00pm


Create a stylish and useful cover for your sewing machine to protect it from dust and keep your accessories together.

A 4.5 hour workshop will teach you to sew a 3D box shape, use iron on interfacing, sew integrated pockets and apply bias binding.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


4.5hrs - £52 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

52.00

Workshops July 2017


Piped Reading Cushion - Saturday 15th July 2017

10.00am - 3.00pm


Create a cozy reading nook with this gorgeous piped, removable cushion cover with integrated book pocket.

In a 4.5 hour workshop you will learn to create your own piping, use piping in a seam, create a lined, integrated pocket and use the automatic buttonhole function.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


4.5hrs - £41 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

41.00

Free Machine Embroidery - Beach Huts - Tuesday 18th July 2017

6.15pm - 9.15pm


Transfer drawings and doodles onto fabric to create a charming beach hut wall hanging to take home.

In this 3 hour workshop you will learn to use an embroidery hoop to support woven fabric, use a darning foot, alter the machine settings to enable free fabric motion and control fabric movement without the use of feed dogs.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently control sewing speed using the foot pedal


3hrs - £25 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

25.00

Owl Cushion - Saturday 22nd July 2017

10.00am - 3.00pm


A 4.5 hour workshop in which you will create this cheerful owl cushion to keep or gift.

You will learn to use machine applique techniques, use decorative stitching, use bondaweb, use interfacing and hand close using herringbone stitch.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently sew a curve


4.5hrs - £33 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

33.00

Copy Your Clothes - Tuesday 1st August 2017

6.15pm - 9.15pm


Duplicate your favourite outfits by learning to create a pattern from existing garments. Bring along an item of clothing, be it a pair of much loved jeans, a worn out skirt or a particularly flattering top and we will show you the basics to enable you to make a pattern to use time and time again During a 3 hour workshop you will learn to understand basic garment construction, begin to visualise 3D objects as a 2D pattern, trace a pattern from a garment and measure your pattern to ensure a perfect copy.

To complete this workshop you should:

- Have good manual dexterity

- Be able to work standing up and leaning over a table


3hrs - £25 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

25.00


A 3 hour workshop ideal for absolute beginners and to build confidence using a sewing machine


You will learn to wind a bobbin, change a needle and thread up sewing machine. Understand how to change the machine settings, find out what all the knobs and dials are for, and troubleshoot common problems. Find out how to sew straight lines and turn corners and then use your newfound skills to make some beautiful bunting to take home!


No previous experience or skills necessary


3 hrs-  £31 per person




Introduction to Sewing Machines -  Friday 28th July 2017

6.15pm - 9.15pm


Workshop Price

31.00

Workshops August 2017

Beginners’ Patchwork - Wednesday 9th August 2017

6.15pm - 9.15pm


A first  taste of patchwork and quilting. This workshop is aimed at those who have never patchworked before.

In a 3 hour workshop you will create a quilted, patchwork coin tray . You will learn to assemble a basic patchworked panel,  use wadding, use interfacing and quilt using the 'stitch in the ditch' method - all skills which are easy to up-scale to larger projects..

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching

3 hrs - £23 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

23.00

Clutch Purse - Saturday 19th August 2017

10.00am - 2.00pm

Accessorise  your outfits in style with a fashionable, faux-leather clutch purse which you will make in this 3.5 hour workshop.

You will learn tips and tricks for working with leather, vinyl and rubberised fabrics, how to secure materials without pins, how to fully line the purse and how to insert a zip.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


3.5 hrs - £40 per person

Workshop Price

40.00

Stretch Leggings - Saturday 26th August 2017

10.00am - 2.00pm


Get to grips with stretch fabric and step out in a stylish pair of ladies’ leggings.

In this 4 hour workshop you will learn to: measure your body to select a pattern for best fit, work with stretch fabric, sew using a stretch stitch, hem using a twin needle and try out an overlocker.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently in a straight line

- Sew curves


4 hrs - £42 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

42.00

Beginners’ Patchwork - Wednesday 23rd August 2017

9.30am - 12.30pm


A first  taste of patchwork and quilting. This workshop is aimed at those who have never patchworked before.

In a 3 hour workshop you will create a quilted, patchwork coin tray . You will learn to assemble a basic patchworked panel,  use wadding, use interfacing and quilt using the 'stitch in the ditch' method - all skills which are easy to up-scale to larger projects..

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching

3 hrs - £23 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

23.00

Workshops September 2017

Free Machine Embroidery - Beach Huts - Friday 8th September 2017

6.15pm -9.15pm


Transfer drawings and doodles onto fabric to create a charming beach hut wall hanging to take home.

In this 3 hour workshop you will learn to use an embroidery hoop to support woven fabric, use a darning foot, alter the machine settings to enable free fabric motion and control fabric movement without the use of feed dogs.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently control sewing speed using the foot pedal


3hrs - £25 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

25.00

Applique Hare Cushion - Saturday 9th September 2017

10.00am - 2.30pm

Learn to use your sewing machine to create professional applique designs and make a hare cushion cover to take home.

In this 5 hour workshop you will learn to sew an envelope cushion cover, work with bondaweb, adjust your sewing machine settings to achieve different stitch effects, machine applique and reverse applique woven fabrics.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew in a straight line

- Confidently sew curves

5hrs - £43 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

43.00

Getting to Grips with Zips - Monday 18th September 2017

6.15pm - 9.15pm

Banish your fear of zips in this workshop where you will practice a variety of techniques and create a zipped pouch to carry home your sewing samples.

During a 3 hour workshop you will learn to insert a skirt zip, insert a skirt zip with lining, insert an invisible zip and insert a fly opening zip.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- Wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Align and sew top stitching


3hrs - £33 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

33.00

Heart Coasters - Wednesday 13th September 2017

9.30am - 12.30pm


Brighten your home with a little bit of love. In this 3 hour workshop you will create a set of 6 charming fabric heart coasters to protect your surfaces and cheer up any room. A perfect workshop for beginner sewists. You will learn to Use a facing to create neat edges, clip and turn curves, apply top-stitching, use wadding and bag out to create a lined panel.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently sew a curve

3 hrs - £25 per person


Workshop Price

25.00

Patchwork Scarf - Saturday 30th September 2017

10.00am - 2.30pm

In this 4 hour workshop you will use basic patchwork techniques to create a stylish fashion accessory for all seasons.

You will learn to assemble a panel using basic patchwork techniques, insert a pom pom or ric rac trim and bag out to line a panel.

To complete this workshop you should be able to:

- wind a bobbin and thread a sewing machine

- Confidently sew a straight line

- Confidently align and sew top stitching


4hrs - £43 per person

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Workshop Price

43.00

Patchwork Princess Quilt - Bi-Monthly

Wednesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Makower chicken and egg collection dandelion red

Create this incredible Patchwork Princess quilt in our new bi-monthy class suitable for beginners.

During each 3 hour session you will complete one of the central blocks with all design templates and fabric provided. You will also be given the templates and fabric to complete the border blocks at home in your own time between classes.


Classes run on Wednesdays from 6:30PM - 9:30PM


May - 17th & 31st

June 14th & 28th

July - 12th & 26th

August - 2nd & 30th

September - 6th & 20th

October -  11th & 25th

November - 8th & 22nd


Each 3 hour class costs £30* per person including all fabric, bondaweb, wadding, backing and binding and use of sewing machines and equipment plus tea, coffee and biscuits.


*Payment will be required in two instalments of 50% of the total cost to be paid at the start of the course, and at the midway point (before 30th August)


Please call in or contact the shop on 01455 556287 for booking your place and to arrange payment for this course.