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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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 June 27th & 28th 2015... Come and join us, we still have 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...
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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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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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One Day Workshops Maximum of 5 students on each workshop. Shoe making workshops - £275 to include tuition and the shoes you make. What Can I Make? This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and gives all the support, tuition and materials you need to make your very own pair of simple shoes or sandals from our range. Sole For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole (either Traditional...
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NEW! A rare opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a bespoke moulded leather bag or rucksack. This three day intermediate level and exploratory course is equally suitable for men or women and teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather. During the course you will make two hand-made moulded products; the first...
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This leatherwork weekend taster workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. Perfect for beginners, the leatherwork ‘ Weekend Taster’ gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools while developing skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – you will then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by making one, or two hand-stitched leather items to take...
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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 zipped cushion cover This is a complete beginners workshop Held on Wednesdays or Saturdays 10am till 1pm Based in Weedon, Northamptonshire. Contact me via the form above to book....
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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...
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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...