Courses

  • Beginner?

    If you are a complete beginner you can follow our beginner’s course to become confident in both hand and machine sewing.  Bring your own machine if you have one, or use one of ours and get advice on the sort of machine you might buy when you feel ready to take that step.

    Bit Rusty?

    If you are just a bit rusty, or in need of support to develop your skills further, you can bring your own projects to the course and receive our help and advice to create successful soft furnishings, clothing or accessories.

     

    Keep Learning

    Many of our students sign up again and again, continuing to improve their skills to take on more ambitious projects.

     

     

     

     

     

    Our 10 Week Course

    We offer an intensive 10 week course that will guide you through several projects and hone your skills.

    During your course you will make:

    1. A needle case: to become familiar with the sewing machine and develop confidence in using the different stitches including the automatic button hole.
    2. A pin cushion: to use hand stitching for mosaic patchwork and to understand the importance of the grain in woven fabrics.
    3. A cushion cover: to practice control of the machine and to show how you can produce a good looking product with basic skills.
    4. A tote bag: to continue practicing your machining skills and to learn how to use the free arm.
    5. A zip up bag: to learn appliqué using Bondaweb and to learn how to put in a zip.
    6. An apron: to learn the two most used methods of controlling fullness – darts and gathers.


    The materials will be supplied for you for 1 and 2, though you may have some fabric scraps you would like to use for the patchwork pin cushion. We hope you will find these two objects useful throughout the course and for all your future sewing projects.

    You need to supply the fabric for your cushion cover. It is to fit a 45cm (18″) cushion pad and requires a rectangle of fabric measuring 45x115cms (18×45″). This is a very easy and quick project, so you might want to get enough fabric for more than one cushion. Your fabric should be woven, not stretchy. It is best not to use anything shiny or slippery at this stage. You will also need matching thread.

    Requirements for your tote bag:

    • Decide on the size you want your finished tote bag.
    • For the main body of the bag you will need a rectangle of fabric (width + 3cm) x (twice length + 10cm).
    • For handles you will need two rectangles 6x60cm.
    • You will also need matching thread.


    Your zip bag could be a pencil case, a make-up bag, a laptop bag or anything else that would be suitable for your purposes. You will need a zip that is the same length as the bag you want to make and enough fabric for twice the dimensions of the bag plus an extra 3cms on the length and the width for seam allowances. So, if your bag needs to measure 15x20cms your fabric will need to be (15cms+3cms) x (40cms+3cms) or (30cms+3cms) x (20cms+3cms). You will also need matching thread. We will use this project to learn a simple embellishment technique, appliqué, so scraps of contrasting fabric will be needed for that (we will have a variety of scraps you can use or you can bring your own). This sounds rather complicated so please ask if you are feeling confused – it is easier to show you.

    For your apron which has a contrasting frill and ties you will need: skirt – 17×15″; bib – 11×9″; neck piece – 26×5″; frill – 140×5″; ties – 40×5″ (x2). The frill can be pieced together using shorter lengths. Use a woven dress weight cotton or cotton and polyester, nothing too shiny or slippery.

    You will see examples of all these projects on your first lesson so hopefully this will be clearer then. Also every project has an accompanying worksheet for you to keep.

    To book a place on any of our courses please go to our contact page.