Sewing courses

A stitch in time saves nine. We might not be able to teach you to make a stitch in time, but if you want to know how to sew real-life garments and items for the home you have come to the right place. Sewing is one of the oldest textiles arts; apparently the Stone Age people used to stitch using cat guts or veins. Nowadays you can simply go to your local haberdashery (or supermarket) to find a rainbow of coloured cotton (or the cheaper polyester) thread. Great enjoyment can be had by being able to adjust and create your own tailored look. Learning to sew is not limited to period-era-loving maidens and Grannies, as sewing is massively on-trend! Fashion students often need to polish up on their basic tailoring skills and anyone desiring a unique or simply made to measure wardrobe should start scouring these courses now!

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Image for Hand-stitched leather tote, satchel or messenger bag course
Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This course has been featured in 'The Guardian'. Next available course is on March 14th & 15th 2015... Come and join us, we have five places available on this course! A popular two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct...
Gold - £45.00
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Beautiful Things offers various classes and course in dressmaking. From our intensive 1 day shift dress class, a gathered skirt in an afternoon or a tea dress across 2 full saturdays or 6 weeks of evenings. Enjoy tuition suitable for complete beginners on a 121 or small group (no more than 4) class basis. Advice on choosing patterns and material, taking proper measurements and creating a garment that fits beautifully that you can be truly...
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Just bought yourself a sewing machine or dusted off the old one in the attic? Want to know how to operate it and make something simple? Claire teaches on a one to one basis as well as to groups. We have a full range of classes suitable for all levels which you can view on our website. Anything from bunting and cushions to more advance things like Roman Blinds and quilts. Classes run during the...
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City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Design and Craft - Machine Embroidery. The course starts on Thursday 5th March 2015 and is continues once a month with a summer break finishing in October This course is suitable for beginners, and those who are looking for a structured course of learning, It consists of 2 units. Unit one introducing simple design ideas using colour, line and texture. Unit 2 involves the production of a portfolio...
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This leather course taster day workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. Not restricted by the process of making a specific item, the morning of the Leather course ‘Taster’ day gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools and skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – the afternoon gives you the opportunity to put those skills into practice...
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A two-day felt-making course from 10 am - 4.00 pm Please click through to our website for dates or phone us to book! Make and embellish your own unique handmade felt jewellery and other textile art with Paula Watkins, a nationally-acclaimed textiles and mixed media specialist. You will learn to make and embellish a selection of the following, depending on your level of expertise: *A wall hanging *A felt handbag *A felt brooch and beaded...
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This is a beginners workshop, perfect for all ages. We will be making a handmade mini-bunting project using upcycled vintage fabrics and you will take home your finished item together with your sewing essentials kit (needles, pins, tape measure, needle threader). We will finish the workshop with a Vintage Devon Cream Tea beautifully presented with locally handmade scones and jam. Your tutor for this workshop is Keren Sansom, a local designer/maker of 1950's vintage inspired...
Image for Sewing Lessons - learn how to use your sewing machine and take home a zipped pocket tote bag or a pipped zipped cushion cover
A brilliant lesson for anyone wishing to learn how to sew, starting with everything you need to know about your sewing machine. Tensions, stitches, changing a needle, loading a bobbin, changing feet, button holes, using zipper foot, and trouble shooting. Then move on to making a small item such as a tote bag or cushion cover The lesson is one to one starting at 9.45am to finish at 2.45pm These times can be flexible to...
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Have you ever wanted to try free-motion embroidery on your sewing machine but didn’t know where to start? I run workshops to help get you started using your machine for free-motion embroidery. During the day we will be learning the art of free-motion machine embroidery to create a fun and contemporary appliquéd panel. Ideas will be provided but you may work on any subject you like and you will end the day with a finished...
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Susie Walker is an artist, designer and maker living on the North York Moors. Susie works in a wide variety of media, from painting to stitch and three dimensional work with a strong emphasis on sustainability and the use of recycled materials. Along with her photographer daughter, Susie runs a company called ‘Drawn By Badgers’ specialising in site decoration for events, theatre groups and festivals. This workshop will concentrate on needlefelting, a fun way to...