Class List Spring 2018


Sewing machine and equipment

We kindly ask you to take your own equipment upstairs, so please make sure that you only bring items that you can carry to our 1st floor room.

If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours. The cost of this for the day is £4.00.

We do thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.



Skill Levels explained

Categories: A = anyone and includes patchwork virgins

                                    V =  someone with no patchwork experience

                        B = someone with some patchwork knowledge, including rotary cutting skills and ¼” seam allowance mastered

                        ADV B = someone with good patchwork skills


Reminder: - The class fee is due at the time of booking

Sewing Machines are available to hire


Patchwork/Needlework does require time and patience. It is unlikely you will always finish the project during the class and you will be given all the necessary instructions to complete it at home (Open Format and Follow on classes are also available).

We will assume that you have read and approved our T&C when booking you a class.

Terms and Conditions


If you would like to book a place on a class…

1)           Contact the shop (phone 0208 941 7075)

2)           We can not guarantee your space unless you pay for your place – bookings receive without payment will be put on waiting list and transferred to actual list once paid for.

3)           Should you wish to cancel and providing you give us a 7 day notice before the class, we will issue a CREDIT NOTE. It can be used against goods or class – no time limit on it.

However, if you do not give us a 7 day notice, we will NOT BE ABLE to offer a credit note as we would have confirmed the tutor and committed to pay her fee. We will be happy for you to find someone to take your place but we cannot take responsibility to find someone for you. We will of course consider any medical emergencies and serious family situations.

4)           Should WE cancel a class, a cash refund will be given

We will assume T&C have been read and agreed when you book on a class.


We have 6 Janome machines (DXL 603) for students to hire during classes.

The rental fee is only £4.00 per machine (for ½ or full day).

The machines are available on a first come, first serve basis.



Get to Know your Sewing Machine with Collette

One to one session held downstairs in our demo area. This is the opportunity to understand fully your sewing machine and what all the feet and dials are for. Collette will guide you so that you can finally get the most out of your machine and stop being scared of it! Please let us know the make and model of your machine at the time of booking and if there is anything specific you would like to learn.

Friday March 23rd – 3.30 til 4.30pm. £40.00 one to one session

Friday April 13th – 3.30 til 4.30pm. £40.00 one to one session

Friday April 27th – 3.30 til 4.30pm. £40.00 one to one session

To download the list of items to bring for your session, please click here

Open Format Patchwork with Sue Thornborough – Level A

Come along to sew with Sue. You can finish off projects already started or start a new one with Sue’s guidance- solve any problems you may have, and recap any techniques you need. Please state what you want to do when booking the class so Sue can be prepared.

Friday 1st June

Friday 27th July

£42.00 each session, 10.30am til 4.30pm

Absolute Beginner Patchwork with Collette – Level A

This class is designed for patchwork beginners to learn the skills and techniques to make a quilt top. You will learn how to accurately prepare, measure and cut fabrics for your finished projects. You have 3 options available, please let us know which one you would like to work on.

Saturday 19th May -10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00

Saturday 28th July -10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00


If you want to make the quilt above (blue/white/red), please click here to download the class requirements

If you want to make the quilt above (blue/yellow/red/green) click here to download the class requirements.

If you want to make the above quilt, please click here for the class requirements


Bargello Quilt with Sue Th – Level B (not for absolute beginner)

For those of you who made the Bargello tree skirt, or have made a 'straight' bargello, here's a chance to go one step beyond!  This is a 'twisted bargello' quilt.  With the help and ongoing support of Sue, you can achieve this magnificent quilt which will become an heirloom in your family.  It's really not a difficult as you might think, and it's all straight sewing.

Friday 11th May  - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £45.00 (limited to 5 students, 1 table per student)


To download the class requirements, click here 

Modern Quilt Improv with Sue Th – Level B (not for absolute beginner)

Improvisation means make it up as you go along!  This is a very creative, modern technique.  You begin with a plan and your favourite fabrics and colours, and then start cutting and sewing with no pattern!  It's great fun.  You can make a small piece for a cushion or table runner, or a larger throw or bed quilt.  Come and join the fun.

Friday 18th May - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00

These are EXAMPLES of Improv quilts, not actual class samples

To download the class requirements, please click here

Gail's Japanese Folded Bag

Japanese fabric folded sewing bag and accessories with Gail. Level A


Spend a fun and relaxing day hand sewing. Learn a new technique of Japanese fabric folding or just build on your previous skills. We will start to make a practical little bag, with pin cushion thread holder and needle case. You will receive a full pattern to enable you to make the items again and finish what you’ve started at home, suitable for all skill levels.

Date changed to Saturday 9th June - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00 (same date as the Folded Log Cabin class)

To download the class requirements, please click here


Folded Log Cabin (new project) with Gail – Level A

Learn a new technique of folded log cabin, which can be used in many projects. The folds give the blocks a tactile feel, and a striking look. We can have fun choosing fabrics experimenting with placement of colour, and learning to make all  the three blocks featured. We aim in the class to make the 3 blocks, and then discuss how to use them in a project. Come and join us for a fun relaxed day of sewing once you made one block you’ll never stop!!! Suitable for all levels, stitched by machine.

Saturday 9th June - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00

Click here to download the class requirements

English Paper Piecing for Beginners/Improvers with Valerie – Level A

English Paper Piecing for Beginners/Improvers with Valerie – Level A

Whether you are familiar with EPP or an absolute beginner, this class is the perfect environment to carry on an existing project or start a new one under Valerie’s guidance. She can suggest design options and will give you lots of technical hints and tips.

Saturday April 28th

 May 26th

June 16th

and July 21st - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £42.00 per session


To download the class requirements, click here

Collette’s Quilt Along

Open to all levels

Similar in format to Val’s Open Format (but with Collette!), these sessions will run for 3 hours. This is the perfect class for those of you who can’t commit to our 6 hour classes. Collette will be on hand to help you with your project, whether you started it with her or not. If you need a guiding hand to start something, please let us know!

Friday 10.30am til 1.30pm: May 25th, June 8th and July 20th. £21.00 per session

Wed Evenings with Val 6-9pm - Open to all levels

3 hours of sewing in the evening with no particular fixed agenda; simple home dec ideas such as quick quilts, aimed at those who would like to freshen up their skills. Also perfect for the mum who just needs to get away for some ‘own’ time. Each date is booked separately. You can book a series and we can then discuss your project later. For patchwork and quilting we have a shop full of inspiration, including pre-cut squares and strips, as well as simple beginner’s quilts. Again food for thought can be found in the picture page of the class list.

If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours. The cost of this for the day is £4.00. 


Run from 6pm til 9pm


May 30th

June 13th

July 25th

£21.00 per session

Open Format Patchwork classes with Val – 10.30am til 4.30pm

These classes have no fixed agenda; you can come along and work on whatever project you like (play catch-up from another one or start something new). If you have never done patchwork before, this would be a great place to start (and check out the dates at Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturdays where we have more space); not only can we point you in the right direction (we have lots of beginners quilts on display), you also get to see lots of other ideas being worked on – inspiration for the next project! Sewing machines are available to rent for £4.00 per class; (they are Janome DXL603).

Wed May  23rd

June 6th and 27th

July 18th

£42.00 per session, 10.30am til 4.30pm

Classes at Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes on Hampton Court Way, Surrey KT7 0LP

Open Patchwork dates with Val – level: anyone

No fixed agenda on these dates and we have a little more room (usually) than at the shop to work on slightly larger projects – layer up your quilt, do the quilting etc. Bring your own project along to work on or start something new with Val – some ideas are listed below. If you find something in a magazine that you would like to work on, please discuss with Val before the class.

Saturday, 10am til 4pm:  May 26th, June 9th and July 28th

£50.00 per session, the class fee includes vegetarian lunch and light refreshments during the day. Please advise us/remind us of any special dietary needs.

Free Motion Quilting For the Terrified with Paula Doyle – Level A

Too many quilt tops waiting in the “to be quilted” pile? Not sure where to begin? Come along to this class to get to grips with how to use your sewing machine to do beautiful free motion machine quilting ! In just one day you will learn all of the basics of FMQ while making a lovely calico cushion cover. Lots of tips, techniques, and tools  for stress free quilting are provided during the workshop.

You have the option of purchasing a kit for this class (£12.00). This will save you having to prepare and baste wadding and calico. Otherwise, please make sure you follow the class requirements prior to the class.

Saturday 29th September– 10am til 4pm, £50.00

Click here to download the class requirements