Learn to Spin with Sarah Harris
Spin and ply a ball of yarn. The day covers carding, and spinning on a spindle, great wheel and treadle-driven flyer wheel. Bring your own wheel or use one of ours. Materials provided.
Sunday 18th February
New York Beauty with Ann Hibberd
This is a block that involves curved paper piecing. A series of triangles sewn into an arc are then pieced into a quarter circle. Four blocks make a cushion cover, lots of blocks make a stunning quilt! A good stash buster. Traditionally done by machine, foundation piecing can be done by hand as well.
Cathedral Window Pincushions with Ann Hibberd
Make a pincushion using this beautiful patchwork technique. Once you have learned the basic method, you can go on to make quilts or cushions using the cathedral window block.
Little Bags with Sarah Harris
Quilted bag with zip or bound edge. Make this useful 3 dimensional patchwork bag at our one day workshop, then make others at home, in various sizes, from the basic pattern. You will find endless uses for these pretty little bags, and they make lovely gifts too.
Saturday 19th May
Fabric Boxes with Ann Hibberd
Learn all of the techniques needed to make a beautiful round fabric covered box from scratch.
NB The tutor will charge £1-50 for the mount board kit.
Patchwork Basics with Belinda Williams
Learn the basic skills needed for patchwork including the materials to use and the techniques for cutting and sewing. You will make a patchwork block which could become a cushion or a bag.
Saturday 10th March
Stained Glass Patchwork with Ann Hibberd
Make a stained glass effect picture with fusible bias binding 'leading'. Sewing machine required (this can be done as a hand-sewn project but will, obviously, take a lot longer). Price includes the bias binding, bondaweb and wadding.
Monday 12th March
Monday 19th March
Lampshades with Sarah Brown
Learn how to make a beautiful drum lampshade. You will need to bring along half a metre of fabric (nothing too heavy or embellished please) and we will supply all the other materials. You will be able to choose between making a 20cm or 30cm diameter lampshade.
Saturday 17th March
Wet felted hollow forms with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
This is an introduction to hand rolled traditional wet felted hollow forms. Use resist techniques to form hollow objects that can form the basis for hats, slippers and bags. You will cut your own templates and choose your coloured wools for your work. We will use different wools to show the different suitability of each wool for different projects: soft wool for hats, harder wools for slippers. We will work on a couple of small scale projects, e.g. an egg cosy hat, so that you can try the techniques before going home and experimenting with your own resist shapes and larger scale works. All materials supplied
Saturday 24th March
Free Machine Embroidery with Pam Martin
Learn the basics of free motion machine stitching in a day and make a striking thread bowl. This is a brilliant workshop for any one who can use the standard features of a sewing machine. It is also great fun, worries about free motion stitching are completely forgotten and you will have a fabulous creation to take home. A sewing machine with a darning foot and ability to drop the feed dogs is required for this workshop.
Friday 30th March
Get to know your Sewing Machine with Linda Jackson
Basic introduction to using your sewing machine with confidence. Please hand in your (named) instruction book one week before. Please bring scissors, thread and pins as well as your machine. If you have some spare medium weight cotton (2 pieces each approx 43x34cm) you may have time to start a simple place mat - this is optional.
Monday 23rd April
Kyrgyz traditional felt rug making weekend with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Make Kyrgyz stitched felt on this special feltmaking weekend. Choose from a range of traditional designs, then make felt and spin cordage, and cut and stitch your sample pieces together.
Kirsten travelled to Kyrgyzstan to learn traditional techniques from the local people. On Saturday evening Kirsten will show slides from her Kyrgyz travels, providing a first hand view of the lives of the villagers who make and use these beautiful rugs. We will make sure there is an opportunity to get a takeaway (possibly accompanied by wine or beer!)
Book your place on this weekend of feltmaking, spinning, cutting,stitching, history and tradition, in the company of fellow textile enthusiasts.
All materials provided.
Saturday 28th April 10:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00
Sunday 29th April 10:00-3:30