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Sewing for Beginners a 10 week course at New Brewery Arts - Gloucestershire

Duration: 10 weeks

Price: £180

Run by: Clare Walsh
at New Brewery Arts


New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court

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About the Course

Ever wanted to make or alter your own clothes or home soft furnishings? All abilities are welcome on this course, which offers all aspects of sewing:- designing, choosing fabrics and styles, mending and altering, understanding commercial patterns, measuring for pattern size, cutting out and garment construction.

Find inspiration while learning basic principles and professional finishing techniques to create great fitting original clothes, no matter your shape, size, style or experience. A group makes the experience enjoyable while ensuring that you get the individual guidance and advice you need to produce garments of your choice.

This course runs on either a Monday evening 6:30pm - 9:00pm or a Friday morning 10am - 1pm.

About the tutor Run by course tutor Martha Van der Laan:
Martha runs sewing classes and textile workshops in Stroud and Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, at the edge of the Cotswold in a beautiful wooden Sewing Shed.

An experienced teacher and workshop leader, Martha moved to England in 1996 to do a degree in textile design at Bristol. Martha was 36 when she finished her studies and made textiles, scarfs and other gifts for shops and galleries around Bristol.

"What I love about textiles is that it is flexible, fluid. It's easy to work with and therefore you can combine it with different things, work in 2D or 3D – it just has endless possibilities. At the moment I am exploring by mixing textiles with wood, rubber and metal. I love the tension between the softness of the textiles and the hardness of the metal or wood," she explains.

About New Brewery Arts:
New Brewery Arts in Cirencester offers the opportunity to watch working artists and craft workers, as well as see regular arts and crafts exhibitions, and take part in classes and workshops.
The creative hub is home to two galleries which showcase an impressive range of work by artists, makers, craftsmen and designers, with the free exhibitions taking place in both the Main and Pop-Up Gallery.
To learn more about local designers visit the Makers’ Studios, where visitors can meet the talented people behind the work, buy beautifully crafted pieces directly from independent artists, or commission bespoke work.The specialist education studios at New Brewery Arts provide space for a diverse calendar of workshops and courses with the choice of subjects spanning millinery, creative writing, ceramics, stained glass, printmaking, watercolour painting, and much more.

You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

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?

The tutor will advise you in the first session what to bring, it depends on what you decide to make. Tea, Coffee and biscuits are available in the room

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Martha is a very encouraging and patient teacher who welcomes individual thoughts and ideas. As well as learning a new skill, the course has also been great fun!

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An excellent course

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