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 Fabulous Felt - 2 day workshop
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...
Image for Machine Embroidery City & Guilds Level 1
City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Design and Craft - Machine Embroidery. 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 of samples and a folder of notes. The course is divided into 6 lessons of 5 hours and some individual work...
Image for Needle Felted Animals with Susie Walker
Due to popular demand Susie is returning to run another needle felting day for us. Don’t miss out this time! Susie Walker is an artist, designer and maker living and working in 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 re-cycled materials. Along with her photographer daughter Becky, Susie runs a company called...
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Come and learn the basics of machine sewing on this workshop at Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the beautiful North Pennines. All materials and patterns are provided - you will learn how to use your machine whilst making a pretty little drawstring bag. This is a great introduction, on a manageable project, to learning what a sewing machine can do! You will need to bring your own sewing machine, as well as a basic sewing...
Image for AMUSF Stage 2 Soft Furnishings qualification course
Quality and Excellence in Teaching is at the heart of our training. We are a multi awards winning training centre and recognised by Ofsted as deliverying good practice in upholstery and soft furnishings. Accredited by the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, these courses can lead to a professional qualification that have been designed for those wishing to work within the Furniuture, Furnishings and Interiors industry or who may wish to start their own...
Image for Bag Making - 23rd August (10:00-16:00)
When is the course? Bag Making – 23rd August (10:00-16:00) What will I learn? Learn all the basics you will need to make a simple tote bag and a handbag using lots of different fabric crafting techniques to create unique bags. Who will be teaching? Sue is the tutor for this course; she has been making clothes, accessories and soft furnishings including cushions and curtains for over 30 years and has made more sets of...
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Aimed at students who are 19 years and over, as beginners would like to learn the basic skills involved in dressmaking. Students would be required to bring a commercial pattern (easy to medium ability), with the required fabric and thread, also if you would like to bring your own sewing machine along to get more hands-on experience in using it, you may do so. Our tutor would guide you through the making process, from laying...
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This course is for complete beginners, or for those wishing to refresh their sewing skills. You will learn all the basics including how to thread up a machine, wind on a bobbin, sew straight turn corners, sew a variety of stitches, finishing seams, machine tension, maintenance and care. All materials and equipment provided but you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine just let us know when you book your session. All equipment provided...