We’ve a variety of sewing workshops coming up this Spring/Summer


Introducing Bridget, our New Sewing Tutor

“My name is Bridget Goodhead and I’m a retired teacher. For many years I taught Design Technology and for 15 years, also taught nightschool, where the ladies did a variety of needlecrafts from dressmaking to machine knitting, embroidery and macrame (to name a few!). Since retiring I’ve been able to indulge my lifelong hobby of sewing. I have three machines – an overlocker, an embroidery/sewing machine and a small, portable basic sewing machine. I particularly enjoy crafts at the moment, from machine embroidery to quilting. I produce a variety of things – bags, machine lace items, personalised cards, Christmas stockings, gift bags, small quilts – the list goes on!  My embroidery machine is very technical and I enjoy the challenge of developing designs and exploring its potential! I’m really looking forward to meeting people with an interest in sewing and hopefully, increasing their knowledge and confidence when using their machines.”

Sewing Social

We had a great ‘Sewing Social’ Morning; some lovely ladies popped in to chat with Bridget and find out about the courses we were running. There was much interest in the overlocker workshop … Ooooo.. a rolled hem! I for one would love to learn more about how I can use this machine more!

Using a Commercial Pattern

Saturday 18th February, 10am – 4pm, £60

Baffled by what to do with a pattern and how to lay it out on your fabric; this course will give you a good start on learning to do basic dressmaking. You will learn more about what equipment you need, how to prepare your pattern and make basic adjustments; about fabric and how to work with fabric grain, nap and patterned fabrics; how to lay on a pattern, what pattern markings mean and then transferring them. During the day there will be demonstrations and the opportunity to prepare, layout, cut out and mark your pattern ready for sewing!There will be a folder with information sheets and some sample making – all included in price.

Find out more and book  here

Basic Dressmaking

Saturday 18th March 10 – 4, £70

So you’ve cut out your pattern, but not sure what to do next! Or perhaps you’re a little rusty and not confident with using your machine for more complicated things. This course is perfect to help you build up your sewing skills and confidence.

On the day you’ll learn about stay stitching and different seams, (open; flat/double stitched and French). Disposal of fullness, ie. darts; pleats; tucks and gathering and reducing bulk in curves and corners . How to put in a zips, both concealed and semi-concealed and how to create buttonholes. Finishing stitches such as top stitching and understitching.

That’s a lot to learn in a day!! Bring along your own (ready cut) project to work on; don’t be too ambitious, something like a skirt would be perfect.

There will be a folder with information sheets and sample making fabrics/accessories – all included in price. You will need to bring your sewing machine; cut out pattern and basic sewing equipment.

Find out more and Book here

Advanced Overlocking

Saturday 8th April 10am – 4pm, £70

Are you afraid of your overlocker? There’s so much more that you can do with these great machines; join Bridget to find out more about. For more information or to book, click the link here

Machine Embroidery with Lynda Kinnard

Lynda Kinnard of Rebellious Rags has extensive experience of working in textiles; her first love was Machine Embroidery and she will be delivering a machine embroidery course this summer. Like us, she also loves upcycling and uses elements of this in her weaving and rag rug making workshops.

Saturday June 17th 2017

10am-4pm, £60 including all materials, lunch and refreshments.

Free machine Embroidery with Applique. Learn the art of “drawing” free hand with your sewing machine needle! Simple to learn and easy to achieve wonderful effects of colour and texture with threads. Combined with applique, you can create beautiful pictures to stand alone or make into a book-cover, a cushion, a pocket on a bag or a needle-case.

Find out more and Book here

This year we’ve lots of exciting workshops coming up, including silversmithing, felting, recycling, sewing ….. and new this year,  we have Eco Printing with Joelle Harris and Raku Firing with Andy Mason

For more details on our courses go to our workshops tab

Thanks for your interest in our workshops!

Please get in touch if you’re interested but can’t make the dates shown or tell me what sort of things you’d like to do. It’s good to know what people are interested in doing so that we can put on more of what you like! Anna


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