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.



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.



Get to Know your Sewing Machine with Collette


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. You will be making samples using all the stitches available on your machine, as well as learning how to clean and oil it.

Friday 12th April 1.45-2.45pm

Friday 12th April 2.45-3.45pm

£40.00 one to one session

Drunkard’s Path with Sue Thornborough (Curved piecing - not for Patchwork virgins!)


Drunkard's Path is a highly versatile block that can be arranged in hundreds of different ways.  Take your skills to the next level by mastering the art of curved piecing.  And then have more fun arranging your blocks in a unique way!

Friday 1st February 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Repeat: Friday 8th March – 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements

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 30th March

Saturday 27th April

10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00 per session

Click here to download the class requirements

Back to Basics with Collette – All level

This is the perfect class for complete beginner wanting to learn how to use all the tools correctly. This is ALSO the perfect class for anyone who has been quilting for some time and wants to improve their technique. Every quilter will benefit from attending this class.

Saturday 16th February – 10.30am -1.30pm, £23.00

Click here to download the requirements

Fun with Triangles with Gail – All level

Not sure how to use those fabrics with bold stripes? Then come along and enjoy a day working with striped fabric. We will be making a table topper on the day, along with instructions for a table runner and place mats, and even suggestions for quilts.

Wednesday 20th February - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Please click here to download the requirements

Free Demo with Collette – How to use the T-sheets to make Half Square Triangles

Friday 22nd February – 2-3pm. Free to attend, please let us know you are coming

Beginner’s Hand Embroidery Project with Kate Barlow – Beginner/Rusty Stitchers

Whether you are a new stitcher or just a bit rusty, this lovely hand embroidered toadstool is the perfect project to improve your hand sewing skills. You will learn some simple embroidery stitching including chain stitch, French knots, seeding, stem stitch and fly stitch. The design would make a lovely cushion or addition to a quilt block. Regardless of your level, you will always learn something from RSN trained Kate!

Saturday 23rd Feb - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements

Luna Lapin (by hand) and Luna’s Accessories (machine required) with Collette – Level A

Collette has fallen in love with this adorable rabbit toy and wants to share it with you!! During the class you will work on making the toy (by hand). The book includes a lot of clothes and accessories as well. I think we might end up with a Luna Lapin fan club and carry on having fun with this gorgeous critter!!

OR… if you have already made Luna and want to make one of the clothes or accessories from the book, then this is the class for you!


Friday 1st March – 1.45-4.45pm

£23.00 if customer already owns book

£35.00 to include book (we insist on each student owning a copy to respect Sarah Peel’s copyright)


Saturday 6th April – 10.30am til 4.30pm

£44.00 if customer already owns book

£56.00 to include book (we insist on each student owning a copy to respect Sarah Peel’s copyright)

If you are making Luna - click here for the requirements

If you are making one of the accessories, please refer to the book for what you need as well as your sewing machine and basic sewing kit.

Antique Tile Quilt with Sue Thornborough

A traditional block made in a non-traditional manner.  This easy block can be achieved by using the 'disappearing' method.  Intrigued?  Come along and find out for yourself.  A quick and easy block that should leave you with a finished quilt top in a day.

Friday 8th March – 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements

Absolute Beginner Patchwork Quilt 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. The quilt is called 4 Patch and Friends and can of course be made in completely different colours from ours!

Saturday 16th March -10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements

Free Demo with Collette – Get Squared - How to use our special rulers!

Friday 22nd March – 1.45-2.45pm. Free to attend, please let us know you are coming

Hand Embroidery with Kate (Easter Theme but not compulsory!) – Level A

Kate will be showing you how to use ribbons, felt, beads, and embellishments to create a lovely Spring/Easter hoop decoration. This is a great class for complete embroidery beginner as well as anyone who falls in love with this gorgeous project. Regardless of your level, you will always learn something from RSN trained Kate!

Saturday 23rd March - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Twist and Turn Bargello with Sue Thornborough (not for beginners)

Not as hard as it looks, twist and turn bargello gives you a fabulous result from a technique that involves strip piecing and cross cutting the strips to create a pattern that flows and twists across your quilt.  You will be asked to complete your strip piecing before coming to class to enable you to begin work on the cross cutting.  During the class you will learn how to work from a chart and will complete several of the columns, gaining enough knowledge and experience to finish the quilt top at home

Friday 5th April 10.30am til 4.30pm, £47.00 (max 5 students in class)

Click here to download the class requirements

Japanese fabric folded bag 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. You will receive a full pattern to enable you to make the item again and finish what you’ve started at home, suitable for all skill levels.

Saturday 13th April - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements


Folded star Cushion with Gail – Level A

Come and discover what all the fuss is about by spending a relaxing day discovering the art of folded stars. During the class we will make the stars for the cushion; a full instruction sheet will be given to finish the cushion at home. You will also discuss and explore other uses for the star learning how versatile this technique is. Suitable for all levels. Sewing machine required.

Wednesday 24th April - 10.30am til 4.30pm, £44.00

Click here to download the class requirements

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:

January 11th

February 8th and 22nd

March 1st and 22nd

April 12th

£23.00 per session

“Me Sewing Time” at the shop

We know that life (and the rest!) can sometimes get in the way of sewing! So we are offering you to come and spend some time in our class room, where you will get either 3 or 6 hours of uninterrupted sewing (and we will do tea and coffee and biscuits too!!). If you just want to get on with a project or start something new, without needing a teacher just some space and time, this is the spot for you!!

You have a choice of times: 10.30am til 1.30 or 1.30pm til 4.30 pm (or both!!)

£15.00 for 3 hours or £25.00 for 6

Thursday 31st January

Thursday 21st February

Thursday 21st March

Thursday 18



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

Do you want some “me-sewing-time”? Want to finish a project and never find the time to do it at home? Can’t commit to an all-day class? Then these evening sessions are perfect for you!  

Val will be on hand to guide you through your project and the shop remains open during that time!

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.

£23.00 per session


Run from 6pm til 9pm

February 20th

March 20th

April 17th

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

Open to all – especially patchwork virgins

Val has been teaching patchwork for many years and what she doesn’t know about that subject isn’t worth knowing! She will be on hand to guide through your own project or help you choose your new one!

Please let us know what you will be working on at the time of booking. All levels welcome, relaxed and friendly atmosphere!

Sewing machines are available to rent for £4.00 per class; (they are Janome DXL603). Cutting mat, rulers and cutters can be borrowed on a first come, first served basis.


February 27th

March 13th and 27th

April 10th

£44.00 per session

10.30am til 4.30pm

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

Open Patchwork dates with Val – level: anyone

Same concept as the Wednesday Open Format at the shop this Val, with more room to spread and lunch and refreshments taken care of for you! Free parking and no steps.

If you find something in a magazine that you would like to work on, please discuss with Val before the class.


February 23rd – 10am til 5pm

March 23rd – 10am til 5pm

April 27th – 10am til 4pm

£51.00 per session, the class fee includes vegetarian lunch and light refreshments during the day. Please advise us/remind us of any special dietary needs.