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 21st May
10am - 3.30pm
Sunday 9th April 10am - 3.30pm FULL
Sunday 16th July
10am - 3.30pm.
Curved Piecing Cushion with Belinda Williams
Using curved seams, make a hand pieced block which can then become a cushion front.
Saturday 22nd April 10:00am-3:30pm
Needlefelting Fish with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
Bring along images of colourful fish to copy. We will be working with dry felting needles to sculpt wool fibres into fabulous fish. No experience needed, and all supplies and equipment provided. A fantastic version of felting you can easily take along on your travels.
Saturday 29th April
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.
Monday 8th May 10:00–3:30
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.
Saturday 13th May 10:00-3:30.
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.
Friday 19th May
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 22nd May
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 27th May 10:00-3:30
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 3rd June
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 5th June
Monday 19th June
Stained Glass 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.
Saturday 10th June 10:00-3:30
Monday 26th June
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 June 10:00-1:00
Victorian Crazy Patchwork with Ann Hibberd
No patterns, no templates! Make a sample piece using all sorts of fabrics and embellish it with hand stitching, beads, buttons, lace, ribbon, sequins and anything else you can think of. Hand sewn.
Friday 23rd June
Wet felted Faux Sheepskin seat pads with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
These sat pad retain the long locks of wool giving the look of sheepskin, but the sheep is merely shorn leaving it to frolic another day. This will be felting from the raw fleece so it will smell of sheep and require some elbow grease. But you will have a fantastic warm place to sit at the end of it all. If you happen to have some Jacob fleece or Gotland about a quarter of a fleece is required, otherwise all fleece will be provided.
Saturday 24th June 10:00-3:30
Beautiful Bag Making with Pam Martin
Needlefelted bird pictures with Kirsten Hill-Nixon
This Dry felting method uses a special needle to attach wool fibres to the surface of a woollen background. Bring along pictures of your favourite small birds, for colour reference, as well as 2 b+w A4 copies where the bird is at least life size in the image. All needles and coloured wool fibre will be supplied. A great way to learn how to make your own images. You dont need to be able to draw! And if you are a stitcher this makes a lovely picture surface to stitch into by machine or hand.
Saturday 22nd July 10:00-3:30