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 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...
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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Learn the thrifty technique of creating fabric cuffs which can be as pretty or flamboyant as you wish them to be. The world is your oyster within the Aladdin's cave of The Making boutique as students will have access to beads, buttons bows and fabrics in order to create the stunning design of your choice. Students will be taught how to foam and strengthen the thrifty cuff base and once the top has been applied,...
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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 creative 3 hour Fascinator workshop will introduce students to the basic skills involved in creating their very own floral head-dress. We will begin the session by learning how to make a basic fascinator base and then students will be shown various fabric flower and trimming techniques after which they will have the opportunity to embellish their very own design. All materials are provided although please do bring along with you any fabrics that you...
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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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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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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...