Skill Levels explained

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A = anyone and includes patchwork virgins

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

C = someone with good patchwork skills

 

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)

Sewing machines 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 classroom. If your sewing machine is too heavy for you to take upstairs, we strongly recommend hiring one of ours (Janome DXL603) which costs just £4.00 per session.

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

Cutting mat, rulers and cutters can be borrowed on a first come, first served basis.

Terms and Conditions

Please note, if you would like to book a place on a class…

 

1)       Please ring the shop to check there are spaces.

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

3)       Should YOU wish to cancel - providing you give us 7 days notice before the class, we will issue a CREDIT NOTE. It can be used against goods or classes and there is no time limit on it. However, if you do not give us a 7 days notice we will NOT BE ABLE to offer a credit note as we would have confirmed the tutor and committed to pay their fee. We will be happy for you to find someone to take your place, but we cannot take responsibility to find someone for you.

4)       Should WE cancel a class, a full refund will be given via original payment method.

 

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

 

Flutterby Modern Sampler with Sue Thornborough - Level B

Wednesday 1st April 10.30am to 13.30pm £22.00

Wednesday 6th May 10.30am to 13.30pm £22.00

Wednesday 3rd June 10.30am to 13.30pm £22.00

Have you thought about making a sampler quilt but not known where to start? Sue has made it easier for you! This sampler quilt is inspired by the extremely popular Tula Pink Butterfly quilt pattern.

Each week you will work on a different block or blocks that makes up this beautiful sampler quilt. You will need to finish some work at home between sessions.

 

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Emmaline Bag with Cathy Bonner - Level B

Thursday 21st May 10.30am to 16.30pm £44.00

Saturday 18th July 10.30am to 16.30pm £44.00

These pretty bags are fun to sew and make fantastic gifts, perfect for friends of either sexes and children. The pattern and metal stays needed are available in the shop.

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine with Cathy Bonner - Level A

Saturday 23rd May 10.30am to 13.00pm £20.00 Janome Machines

Saturday 23rd May 13.30pm to 16.00pm £20.00 Bernina Machines

Tuesday 9th June 13.30pm to 16.00pm £20.00 Any Machine

Tuesday 14th July 10.30am to 13.00pm £20.00 Any Machine

Tuesday 4th August 10.30am to 13.00pm £20.00 Any Machine

This is an ideal opportunity to get to know your sewing machine, its functions, accessories and capabilities. Understanding your sewing machine will enhance your sewing experience and build your confidence as you learn how to get the most from your sewing machine.

Pieced Landscape Wallhanging with Sue Thornborough - Level B

Friday 29th May 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

Choose the colour saturation and scale of your prints carefully to achieve depth and perspective in this pieced landscape.  Larger, brighter prints at the bottom and for the closer trees.  Smaller prints in more ‘greyed’ tones for more distant features.  A full description of requirements will be available well before the class.  It looks great in natural greens and browns or, for a more avante garde look, go wild and create a fantasy landscape. The curves are kept gentle, so the piecing is easy.

Counted Blackwork Sampler with Kate Barlow - Level A

Saturday 30th May 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

This class will teach you traditional counted blackwork patterns worked in stranded cotton thread. Students will have a choice of patterns and thread colours and can work the piece as a band sampler or in squares as pictured.

 

You will need to buy a kit on the day which will include the material and threads needed for the class (£20 payable direct to tutor). You will also need to bring an 8” embroidery hoop, scissors and a magnifier and light if you have/need one.

Jelly Roll Bonanza with Val Nesbitt and Emma Randall - Level A

Saturday 30th May 10.30am to 16.30pm  £46.00

Do you love Jelly Rolls? How many do you have in your stash? Do you keep looking at them and wonder what you can do with them? If you have answered YES (or lots!) to any of these questions, then why not join Val and Emma for a Jelly Roll class and choose one of six lovely quilt patterns? Book your place and then we will be in touch to talk about which you want to do and any additional fabric requirements.

*This class is at Our Lady of Lourdes, Hampton Court Way Surrey KT7 0LP and the class fee includes vegetarian lunch and light refreshments during the day. Please advise us/remind us of any special dietary needs when you book.

Thread Play with Val Nesbitt and Nicola Whayman - Level A

Tuesday 2nd June 10.30am to 13.00pm  £20.00

Tuesday 2nd June 13.30pm to 16.00pm  £20.00

Wednesday 22nd July 10.30am to 13.00pm  £20.00

Wednesday 22nd July 13.30pm to 16.00pm  £20.00

Come along and join us to look at and play with different types and weights of threads for the sewing machine. We will look at threads from metallic to different cotton weights and why and how they can be used. We will also look at what needles work best for which threads, and other top tips. You will have a play with some different threads and different stitches on the sewing machine and take home a piece of fabric (or a couple) which will have interesting threads and stitches on it that can then be made into something. There will be samples to give you ideas and inspirations. It will be a fun and interesting session, that we hope will leave you wanting to play more and use different threads in your projects.

Rotary Cutting for Beginners with Cathy Bonner - Level A

Tuesday 9th June 10.30am to 13.00pm  £20.00

Are you new to quilting and patchwork? Do you still cut out blocks by hand? If so, this class is for you! Come along and learn how to cut using rotary cutter and ruler to get accurate pieces and all in a fraction of the time it takes to draw round templates. Cathy will guide you through the process and hopefully help you avoid the pitfalls.

Celebration Redwork with Kate Barlow - Level A

Saturday 13th June 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

This class uses counted redwork patterns combined with goldwork techniques to create a striking design with a touch of sparkle. Stitches and techniques include 6 counted patterns, couched pearl purl and chipping.

 

You will need to buy a kit on the day which will include the material and threads needed for the class (£35 payable direct to tutor). You will also need to bring an 8” embroidery hoop, scissors and a magnifier and light if you have/need one.

Trip Around the World with Cathy Bonner - Level A

Tuesday 23rd June 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

A classic quilting design, this pattern is easier to make than you think, and doesn’t require you to cut lots of small pieces. It uses strip piecing so why not come along to this class to find out how to make it?

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Open Format with Sue Thornborough - Level A

Friday 26th June 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

Want to finish all those UFOs? Bring along a project you have started with Sue to finish off, or come along and get help starting a new one. Or if you missed a class that you wanted to do, just let us know when you book and Sue will be able to get you started on it.

Blossom Tree Confetti Landscape with Kate Findlay - Level A

Thursday 9th July 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

Make a small landscape in a day inspired by beechwoods and bluebells. We will collage together a fabric background, add tree trunks, then use a confetti technique, cutting tiny pieces with rotary cutters, and sprinkling these onto “mistyfuse” before ironing and stitching. Images will be provided. The composition can then be finished with hand or machine if preferred.

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Bargello Christmas Tree Skirt with Sue Thornborough - Level B

Friday 10th July 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

It may only be July, but Christmas will be here before we know it! (Apologies for mentioning the C word!) If you start this amazing Bargello Tree Skirt now you should be able to finish it in time for Christmas. Alternatively, you could make it from different fabrics and have it as a table centre all year round (so no deadline for finishing it!). Oh and it’s not as tricky as it looks, but you will need to do some prep at home before the class.

Sewing Machine Cover with Emma Randall - Level A

Monday 27th July 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

Why not treat your machine to a snug cover for when you are not using it? This super cover was made using Makower’s Stitch in Time fabrics which sadly are no longer available, but we do have plenty of alternatives in the shop or why not rummage through your stash to find some pretty fabrics to make it with?

Dresden Plate Quilt with Cathy Bonner - Level A

Wednesday 29th July 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

This lovely Dresden plate technique can be used as a stunning centre to a quilt, to enhance cornerstones in a quilt or as a cushion cover centre. Cathy will take you through step by step and hopefully you will be inspired to make a second, third or more!

Applique Designs with Sue Thornborough - Level A

Friday 7th August 10.30am to 16.30pm    £44.00

Appliqué patchwork is a fairly simple technique once you have mastered reverse images and fusing material without getting it on the iron! If that sounds scary, come along to this class to see how easy it can be. The block can be made into a wall hanging or a cushion or you could incorporate it into a quilt of similar designs.

1930's inspired Whitework with Kate Barlow - Level A

Saturday 22nd August 10.30am to 16.30pm  £44.00

Based on an original 1930s piece this pretty design will take you through the basics of whitework embroidery. Using stranded cotton and coton a broder threads you will cover buttonhole, satin stitch, stem stitch, fishbone stitch, French knots and eyelets.

You will need to buy a kit on the day which will include the material and threads needed for the class (£25 payable direct to tutor) You will also need to bring an 8” embroidery hoop, scissors and a magnifier/light if you have/need one.

Beginner and Follow On Classes with Emma Randall - Level A

Tuesday 28th April 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 9th May 10.30am to 16.30pm 

 

Wednesday 20th May 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 17th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 20th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 15th July 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 25th July 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 5th August 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 29th August 10.30am to 16.30pm 

£44.00 per session

 

Can’t commit to a full day? Same format, just half a day!

Thursday 4th June 10.30am to 13.30pm

Thursday 2nd July 10.30am to 13.30pm

Thursday 30th July 10.30am to 13.30pm

£22.00 per session

New to patchwork? Come along and learn the basics including rotary cutting, strip piecing and lots more. You can make your blocks into a quilt, table runner or cushion. You won’t finish it on the day, but you will have the instructions to continue at home and you can book onto another class to carry on working on your project. Already started a project and just need a bit of help? Bring your current project along or start a new project.
 

English Paper Piecing with Valerie Quilter - Level A

Saturday 25th April 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 16th May 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 27th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 11th July 10.30am to 16.30pm

Saturday 15th August 10.30am to 16.30pm

£44.00 per session

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.

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Open Format with Nicola Whayman - Level A

Tuesday 12th May 10.30am to 16.30pm

Tuesday 16th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Tuesday 7th July 10.30am to 16.30pm

Tuesday 11th August 10.30am to 16.30pm

£44.00 per session

Do you get distracted when sewing at home? Why not come along to Nicola’s open format classes and have a whole day sewing? Nicola will be able to guide you through your project or help you start a new one.

Classes for Young People with Emma Randall - Level A

Saturday 2nd May 10.30am to 13.30pm

Saturday 6th June 10.30am to 13.30pm

Saturday 4th July 10.30am to 13.30pm

£22.00 per session

For those aged 10 years and older: Come and learn some basic sewing skills and make a range of fun projects including bags, pencil cases, bunting, applique cushions and cards, and stuffed animals. You will learn how to use a sewing machine, some basic hand stitches, how to work from a pattern and lots more!

Patchwork Classes with Val Nesbitt - Level A

Wednesday 15th April 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 29th April 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 27th May 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 10th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 24th June 10.30am to 16.30pm

Wednesday 8th July 10.30am to 16.30pm

£44.00 per session    

 Open to all – especially patchwork virgins, relaxed and friendly atmosphere! 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 you 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.