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 24th September
10am - 3.30pm
Sunday 29th October
10am - 3.30pm
Woven Quilts with Ann Hibberd
Two fabrics, Bondaweb and a no ruler rotary cutting technique. The resulting new fabric can then be used as a background for applique or used as it is. The finished block can be used in a quilt, for a wall hanging, a cushion cover or a bag front.
Monday 25th September
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. Please ask for Requirements.
Saturday 30th September 10:00-3:30
Needlefelting Birds with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Create realistic life size garden birds using the needlefelting technique. Specialist felting needles are used to compact wool fibres into a sturdy little bird of your choice. Just bring along some pictures of your favourite birds, eg blue tits , robins, etc. All other materials and equipment will be supplied.
Saturday 7th October
Machine Quilting for Absolute Beginners with Ann Hibberd
Having pieced your quilt top it now needs to be layered and quilted. During the day we will discuss machine feet, needles, feed dogs and threads. Techniques you will cover will include stitching in the ditch, echo quilting and basic free machine quilting.
Monday 16th October
Needlefelted foxes with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Try this popular method of felting using wool fibres and specialist needles. Learn to shape and compact the wool into firm sturdy creatures. All materials supplied.
Saturday 21st October
Advent Calendar with Belinda Williams
Using a pre printed fabric panel, cut and stitch a lovely perpetual Advent Calendar. The calendar is lined, backed and bound ready to hang. Count the days to Christmas with pretty pockets which you can fill with small treats. All materials provided, bring your sewing machine. The Advent calendar is ideal for a parent and young stitcher (aged 12 to 16) to work on together, so we are happy for two people to book to make one calendar between them. Please ask for requirements which include a Sewing Machine
Sunday 22nd October
Stylish Storage with Pam Martin
Choose from 1 of 12 stylish storage projects to stitch in a day - details of requirements provided in advance of the workshop. An additional pattern and instruction sheet can also be chosen to stitch back at home.
Friday 27th October
Sunday 26th November
Knitting and Crochet with Shirley Downey
Suitable for beginners and improvers. In a workshop style, students will gain knowledge of basic stitches, patterns, skills, yarns, equipment and pattern reading. Students will also be able to expand their knowledge and brush up on techniques, seek individuality and maybe even get some tips on adapting patterns and finishing garments. Please bring yarn and needles/hooks (or buy them in the shop)
Saturday 28th October 10:00-3:30
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 4th November
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.
Monday 6th November
Machine Applique with Ann Hibberd
Machine sewing. Learn how to build up a picture using fabric and Bondaweb from a choice of two designs. The pieces are then machine appliqued in place.
Saturday 11th November
Japanese Folded Patchwork with Ann Hibberd
A manipulated fabric technique where one shape is folded over another to make units - for instance a circle over a square. The units are then joined together and can be used to make bags, wall hangings, cushions and quilts.
Monday 13th November
Get to know your Sewing Machine with Linda Jackson FULL
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 13th November 6:30-9:30pm
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 18th November
Christmas Tree with Belinda Williams
Use a stitch, cut and stitch again method to produce a small Christmas Tree Wallhanging which you can then have fun embellishing to your heart’s desire. You will need to bring a Sewing Machine.
Sunday 19th November
Christmas Stained Glass with Ann Hibberd
Make a Christmas 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, however please take a look at the list of other requirements.
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Saturday 25th November
Monday 4th December
Monday 27th November
Simple Needlefelted Christmas with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Try this popular method of felting using wool fibres and specialist needles. Learn to shape and compact the wool into puddings, snowmen and other decorations. All materials supplied.
Suitable for absolute beginners.
Saturday 9th December