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[W] Weekly courses     [S] Saturday workshops

[8+] or [13+] means courses are suitable for ages 8 or 13 upwards when accompanied by a paying, participating adult.

[16+] means courses are suitable for ages 16 upwards, with written parental consent. All other courses are for adults over the age of eighteen.

Our sewing workshops with Sue Hazell are extremely popular and have just 10 places so you get individual attention. You need to know how to use a sewing machine if you are attending anything other than ‘Love your Sewing Machine’. If you don’t own a sewing machine, you can hire one for £8. If you are thinking of buying one, we recommend Brother or Janome. Make sure the stitch length and width can be altered independently.


Love your Sewing Machine [S] [13+]
Saturday 12 October
09:30-16:30, £46 + materials
Tutor: Sue Hazell
www.sewing-tuition.co.uk

“A great course for beginners and people who are scared of their sewing machine!”

This is an introduction to using a sewing machine. By the end of the day, you will have the confidence to use a machine so you can produce beautiful projects and save money by making and mending things. Learn the controls, how to select and use various stitches and feet, change the thread, adjust tensions, sew in a straight line and turn corners.

You will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment;
  • Half a metre of patterned and half a metre of plain cotton fabric, both a width wide
  • Matching threads;
  • Sewing machine (bring yours or hire ours for £8 per day);
  • Foot control, plug and instruction manual;
  • All ‘bits and bobs’ that came with your machine;
  • Any measuring/rulers/grids you have (or borrow ours);
  • Spectacles if you need them!

A pack of materials will be available for £20 to purchase on the day if needed.


Bags Galore! [S] [13+]
Saturday 16 November
09:30-16:30, £46 + materials
Tutor: Sue Hazell
www.sewing-tuition.co.uk

Once you’ve learnt the basic techniques of sewing fabric bags on this workshop, the opportunities for making Christmas or birthday gifts and household accessories are endless (make-up bag, shopping bag, beach bag, lunch bag…) and it reduces your reliance on plastic ones. Using a sewing machine (either yours or ours), you will learn how to decide on the size, make pockets, insert zips, add contrasting colours and colourful linings and create different handles.

You will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment;
  • A selection of cotton fabric;
  • Magnet fasteners, zippers;
  • Matching threads;
  • Sewing machine (bring yours or hire ours for £8 per day – please contact the office to book);
  • Foot control, plug and instruction manual;
  • All ‘bits and bobs’ that came with your machine;
  • Any measuring/rulers/grids you have (or borrow ours);
  • Spectacles if you need them!

Alternatively, a pack of materials will be available for £17 to purchase on the day if needed.


Dressmaking in a weekend [S] [13+]
Saturday/Sunday 8-9 Feb
09:30-16:30, £92 + materials
Tutor: Sue Hazell
www.sewing-tuition.co.uk

Making clothes for yourself or your family is a fun and rewarding life skill and means you can create garments to suit your own style and shape, regardless of what the shops think you should be wearing! This 2-day workshop will give you the skills and confidence to get started. Working on a small garment from our pattern, you will learn how to read a basic pattern; insert a zip; make buttonholes; mark pattern pieces; cut out accurately; work with pattern direction; and use an overlocker.

You will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment;
  • A metre of cotton dress fabric, at least 122cms (44”) wide
  • Matching threads;
  • Sewing machine (bring yours or hire ours for £8 per day – please contact the office to book);
  • Foot control, plug and instruction manual;
  • All ‘bits and bobs’ that came with your machine;
  • Any measuring/rulers/grids you have (or borrow ours);
  • Spectacles if you need them!

Alternatively, a pack of materials will be available for £15 to purchase on the day if needed.


Sewing Crafts and Gifts [S] [13+]
Saturday 14 March
09:30-16:30, £46 + materials
Tutor: Sue Hazell
www.sewing-tuition.co.uk

In a world of ‘mass-produced’, handmade crafts and gifts are such a pleasure to make, use and receive. You might be decorating your child’s room (notice boards, cushions, book covers), accessorising your wedding (favours, garters, bunting), or wanting to create things to sell for a fundraising event. Let Sue inspire you, and show you the tricks to creating professional looking items with fabric.

You will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment;
  • Variety of fabric pieces, trimmings, ribbons, buttons etc;
  • Matching threads;
  • Sewing machine (bring yours or hire ours for £8 per day – please contact the office to book);
  • Foot control, plug and instruction manual;
  • All ‘bits and bobs’ that came with your machine;
  • Any measuring/rulers/grids you have (or borrow ours);
  • Spectacles if you need them!

Alternatively, various materials will be available to purchase on the day if needed.


Roman Blinds and Curtains [S] [13+]
Saturday 16 May
09:30-16:30, £46 + materials
Tutor: Sue Hazell
www.sewing-tuition.co.uk

Made-to-measure blinds or curtains can prove expensive. Join our one-day introductory workshop to learn how to make smart looking Roman blinds or regular lined curtains. By the end of the day you will be able to calculate fabric quantities, allow for seams and turnings, cut out with accuracy, assemble pieces, use basic linings, and apply headings. You will take home a sample working Roman blind or sample regular lined curtain.

You will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment;
  • A metre of cotton curtain weight fabric, at least 137cms (54”) wide;
  • A metre of cotton curtain weight lining fabric, at least 137cms (54”) wide;
  • Plus 1.5 metres of pencil heading table if making curtain sample;
  • Plus 0.50cms of 2cms (3/4”) Velcro loop and 4 x 1cms plastic rings if making blind sample;
  • Matching threads;
  • Sewing machine (bring yours or hire ours for £8 per day – please contact the office to book);
  • Foot control, plug and instruction manual;
  • All ‘bits and bobs’ that came with your machine;
  • Any measuring/rulers/grids you have (or borrow ours);
  • Spectacles if you need them!

Alternatively, a pack of materials will be available for £15 to purchase on the day if needed.


Get Knitting [S] [13+]
Saturday 16 November
10:30-15:00, £30 + £10 materials
Tutor: Steph Radda
www.knittingforall.co.uk

Knitting is a mindful, relaxing life-skill, and this workshop is a great introduction for beginners or those who haven’t knitted for a long time. Steph will show you the basics of how to knit and purl, cast on and off, increase and decrease stitches to create a beautiful and unusual Autumn leaves bunting. The materials provided include needles, quality Rowan wool, and accessories to give your bunting that finishing touch. You’ll learn how to resolve common problems like picking up dropped stitches and go away with the confidence to knit more bunting at home to reinforce your new skills.   


Knitting: From Beginner to Confident Knitter [W] [13+]
Wednesdays 19:00-21:00
15 Jan (10 wks), £105 + £25 materials
Tutor: Steph Radda
www.knittingforall.co.uk

If you’re a beginner or you haven’t knitted for a long time, by the end of this course, you will be able to follow a pattern, cast on and off, increase and decrease, sew up and block your knitting, and solve things like picking up stitches. You will learn a variety of different stitches over the 10 weeks, including more advanced ones like cable and bobbles, by stitching and combining knitted squares to create a small throw or cushion. You can choose from one of our two seasonal colourways using quality Rowan wool or bring your own. You have the option to purchase extra wool to create more squares between classes or afterwards, to make a larger heirloom blanket.