Learn to Sew in France/ Learn to sew and relax...

Duration: One week, residential.

Price: £600

Run by: Bronwen Shepherd
at Textile Holidays France


Le Maine Neuf
16300 Challignac

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About the Course

Holiday costs £600 or £550 each if you bring one friend, £450 each if you bring two… Dates are offered throughout the year - please contact me for details.
Spend a week in France and learn to sew! If you have always wanted to learn to sew, or have had unsatisfactory experiences in the past, come to France for a week and get to grips with the basics – learning to use a sewing machine and skills that will get you started with this very useful, highly enjoyable skill. Sewing can be so much fun and is a great way to relax and unwind – if you’re feeling stressed, sewing can soothe your mind… You focus on the task in hand and forget about what’s worrying you! It is, in fact, an excellent form of mindfulness… I genuinely love teaching the skills I know; I have a passion for it, and enjoy passing this on to others. So, if you want a holiday where you take home a new hobby instead of just a few photographs and souvenirs, this might be the holiday for you.
(This holiday is 7 nights/6 days long, with approximately 4.5 days in the Studio, but contact me if you'd prefer fewer days in the studio - a more relaxing sewing holiday costs £500)

* To thread and use a domestic sewing machine
* About the different basic stitches and the tension
* How to sew straight and accurately
* How to prevent frayed edges
* The importance of pressing during manufacture
* The importance of accurate cutting
* Stitching a seam and a hem
* Appliqué
* Couching with ribbon
* Making and attaching a patch pocket
* Using bias binding
* Darts, pleats and gathers
* Attaching a lining
* Creating a strap/handle
* Inserting a zip
* Simple piping
* Making a tassel

* Tea towel
* Tote bag
* Apron
* Lined shoulder bag
* Zipped make-up bag/pencil case

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Transport to and from Bordeaux airport meeting the Stansted and Bristol afternoon flights – see below*. Please travel with one small suitcase and a (hand)bag only.
Studio times – please see the detailed description for an explanation. The supervised studio times are usually 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm, but some days may finish a little earlier. Obviously, you can have tea/coffee breaks when you wish! You’re very welcome to use the studio yourself out of these times.
Days/ half days out – on certain holidays full or half day trips out are included – please contact me for a more detailed explanation. These are of course optional – you can stay “home” and relax or use the studio instead if you prefer.
Some fabrics/threads etc will be provided, others you will need to bring with you – please email me for further information.
Accommodation - will be single occupancy of a double room with private/en-suite shower room/wc*. Please contact me for further information but we have two ground floor rooms and one first floor room. If you take up the special offer and bring two friends, you will each have single occupancy of a double room but will share 2 shower rooms/toilets.
Meals – The holiday is self-catering – there is a large, open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room and full cooking facilities. We will take you to the supermarket and/or local markets (depending on the availability) when you arrive/ at your convenience during your stay so you can enjoy buying exactly what you like.
Numbers – We can accommodate 3 residential guests in single occupancy double rooms. However, if you are travelling with a friend or partner – participating or not – we can of course accommodate them too. Please contact me directly to discuss your requirements. Non-residential “students” may also join the group, but the max. numbers on this course is 6.

Flights to and from the UK.
Holiday insurance.

* Arriving at Bordeaux Airport: We will meet the Saturday Ryanair flight from Stansted, arriving at 15:20 and the Easyjet Bristol flight arriving at 16:05.

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