Patchwork for Absolute Beginners

Duration: One week

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.
If you love the idea of creating patchwork cushions and throws/quilts, but don't know how to use a sewing machine... If you have already done some patchwork, but only by hand... If you want a new hobby which also allows you to make gifts for your friends and family, or add furnishings to your home..... Then this might just be the holiday for you... If you "Google" patchwork you will see an incredible range of patchwork quilts; there are so many possibilities, and so many different types. This holiday gives you versatile, basic skills, techniques and confidence which you can then build on in the future. You'll make three different products, and learn three different kinds of patchwork. You'll also learn a very useful "Quilt-as-you-go" method of quilting, so you don't need to manipulate bulky fabrics until you're much more experienced. The method I use to finish of the quilt edges is not only very neat, but is also beginner friendly!
(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)
This holiday assumes no knowledge of - or experience in -  using a 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
* Simple patchwork using squares
* Hand-stitching to close a gap
* Simple patchwork using trianglesto thread and use a domestic sewing machine
* Underlining
* Quilt-as-you-go Log Cabin patchwork
* Finishing off a quilt

* Patchwork pincushion
* Patchwork cushion cover
* Log cabin lap quilt/throw, approx. 1m x 1m (40" x 40")

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.

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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*. 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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