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2017 Workshop Schedule

Please either email us or telephone 01227 457723 to book a place on one or our workshops. We do ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking to secure your place. We can take payment over the phone. 

If you are unable to attend a course booking, please notify us as soon as possible. We regret that cancellations less than two weeks’ notice are non-refundable. 

Our 'Learn to Sew' workshop is very popular and we've added some additional workshops which you will find at the bottom of the page!

 

1-1 SESSIONS WITH ANNETTE

Annette is available for 1 to 1 sessions for anyone who would like individual dressmaking tuition. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced dressmaker looking to advance your dressmaking skills, as a fully qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience, a bespoke dressmaker, and a degree in Fashion and Textiles, Annette’s professional guidance will ensure you are expertly guided through your dressmaking projects.

Price: £30.00 per hour
Dates: Days and timings for these sessions are flexible to suit individual requirements. Please contact us to arrange.

JANOME DAY EVENT

Join Jane from Janome on this complimentary workshop for a great sewing techniques day. Get to grips and have fun with piping, zips, button-holes, circular and free-motion embroidery sewing.  

Times: AM 10.30 to 12.30 / PM 1.30 to 3.30
Dates: to be announced

EXCLUSIVE BROTHER EVENT

Brother visits The Sewing Shop again with complimentary open day in March and October. Come along to explore and have fun with their new range of sewing machines and accessories. 

Times: AM 10.30 to 4.00
Dates: Wednesday 14th June, Wednesday 18th October 

CAROLE'S CRAFTY COFFEE MORNING & 1:1 SESSIONS

A morning of help or advice when starting a new project or finishing a troublesome one. Carole will have the answer and a cuppa. Group workshops; hand-sewing, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, tapestry or embroidery. All abilities welcome. Please book to ensure your place. Carole is also available for 1-1 sessions for anyone who would like to learn any of the above crafts at £15.00 per hour. Please contact us to arrange.

Price: £12.50 
Times: 10.15am to 12.15pm
Dates:  Every other Monday with some exceptions. 9th, 23rd January, 6th ,20th February, 6th, 20th March, 3rd, 24th April, 8th, 22nd May, 5th, 26th June, 10th, 24th July, 21st August, 4th, 18th September, 2nd, 16th, 30th October, 13th, 27th November, 11th December

LEARN TO SEW - ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS 6 WEEK COURSE WITH ANNETTE

If you would like to learn to sew but have no idea where to start then this 6 week course for absolute beginners is for you. The course is designed to teach you how to use a sewing machine, building your confidence through two carefully designed projects which will develop your sewing skills.  You will start by making a simple fully-lined tote bag which will include a tab with button and buttonhole and a very useful internal zippered pocket. You will then produce a simple skirt learning how to choose the right fabric for your pattern and how to adjust it to ensure a perfect fit whilst learning how to read a paper pattern and the basics of garment construction. Patterns will be provided for you but you will need to bring along your own fabric and thread.  We have a great selection in store.

Price: £125.00
Times: 10.15am to 12.45pm
Dates: Tuesday Mornings: 17th, 24th, 31st January & 7th 21st & 28th February, 26th September, 3rd 10th 17th 31st October & 7th November

KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE WITH BARBARA

An invaluable workshop for anyone who has a sewing machine. Barbara will guide you through threading tensions, the various sewing stitches, fabrics, buttonholes and even how to insert a concealed zip. Please bring your sewing machine (tested before class), all attachments, concealed zip foot, all general feet, foot pedal, thread and an 8” concealed zip. 

Price: £45.00
Time: 10am - 3pm
Dates:  Saturday 21st January, Saturday 29th April, Saturday 1st July, Saturday 7th October 

KNOW YOUR OVERLOCKER WITH ANNETTE

Understand troublesome threading, tensions, cutting widths and differential feed. Learn how to make your finishes neat and tidy.  Learn how to change the settings on your machine to produce a variety of stitches including 4 and 3 thread overlocking stitch and beautiful roll hemming. Perfect for those who are wary of their overlocker or for more confident sewers. Please bring along your own overlocking machine (tested before class), foot pedal, feet and 4 different coloured reels of gutermann all-purpose sewing thread.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10am - 3pm
Dates: Saturday's - 28th January, 8th July, 28th October 

SEWING WITH STRETCH FABRICS WITH ANNETTE

Learn to sew with stretch fabrics. Under Annette’s expert guidance you will be taught how to handle stretch fabrics from pinning on and cutting out accurately, how to create perfect seams and mock coverlock hems.  Choose from one of the fabulous stretch patterns in store such as the Renfrew top by Sewaholic, the Lark Tee by Grainline or the wonderfully quick to sew Agnes top or Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons. You will also need to bring along your own (pre-washed) stretch fabric suitable for your pattern and matching threads. 

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am to 5pm
Dates: Saturday's 4th February, 10th June, 21st October

LEARN TO CROCHET WITH CAROLE (1)

Learn how to make a Granny Square and in the process you will learn how to do Chain, Treble and Slip stitch. We will make a circle change into a square. Please bring some light coloured double knit yarn and a 4mm hook.

Price: £30.00
Time: 10am - 1pm
Dates: Saturday 4th February, Saturday 6th May, Saturday 29th July, Saturday 4th November

HAND SEWN ENGLISH HAND PIECING PATCHWORK WITH TRACY

Spend a lovely day with Tracy learning how to sew patchwork by hand using paper templates and accurate seam allowances.  Please bring along 3 fat quarters (50cms x 50cms) of cotton fabric, a thimble, thread and hand sewing needles.  Some gorgeous fabric scraps supplied.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10.15am to 3.15pm
Dates: Saturday 11th February 

CRAFTY KIDS CLUB (7 to 11 Years)

Great fun kids hand-sewing morning or afternoon making all sorts of crafty goodies from badges and key fobs to cute gifts for friends.  We use loads of our fab fabrics, felts and trimmings.  All materials included. 

Price: £14.95
Time: AM session 10.30am to 12.30pm / PM session 2pm to 4pm
Dates: 15th February, 5th & 12th April, 26th July, 25th October

LEARN TO SEW - BEGINNERS DRESSMAKING - COMFY PJ BOTTOMS / LOUNGEPANTS WITH ANNETTE

Using the fabulous Tofino Pants pattern by Sewaholic learn to sew and make yourself these super comfy PJ bottoms / loungepants. You will learn how to read a pattern, accurately cut out your fabric, how to sew buttonholes; insert elastic and a make a waist tie. This course is perfect for beginners.  Please bring along your own copy of the pattern, fabric and matching threads, all available in store.

Price: £59.00
Time: 10am to 5pm
Dates:  Saturday 18th February, Thursday 26th October

FREE-MACHINE EMBROIDERY WITH ANNETTE

Unlock the potential of your sewing machine through this introductory workshop on free-machine embroidery.  You will be taught the basic free-machine embroidery techniques and will explore ways of creating interesting backgrounds on which to build your free-machine embroidery by using bondaweb and dissolvable fabrics.  This will be a sample-filled workshop. All materials supplied.

Price: £55.00
Time: 10am to 3pm
Dates:  Saturday 25th February, Saturday 30th September

 

CLOTHES MAKING 3 DAY WORKSHOP - YOU CHOOSE THE GARMENT -WITH BARBARA

If you have done a little sewing before and would like to develop your clothes-making skills further then why not join Barbara on this 3 day workshop run over 3 consecutive Saturdays.  You will learn about sizing and how to achieve a great fit along with furthering your knowledge and understanding of paper patterns and garment construction.  You are free to choose your pattern from our Vogue, Simplicity or New Look ranges and you will complete a toile (mock-up) before finishing your garment.  You will need to bring along your fabric together with all sewing notions as indicated on your chosen pattern. We have a great selection in store.

Price: £195.00
Time: 10am to 4pm
Dates: Saturday 4th, 11th & 18th March,  Saturday 11th 18th 25th November

ROMAN BLIND WORKSHOP WITH PAM

Take home a sample roman blind to use as a model for your ‘homemade home’.  Everything you need to know about construction, measuring, calculating how much fabric you need and hanging Roman blinds.  All materials included.

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am - 3pm
Dates: Saturday 4th March, Saturday 28th October

LEARN TO CROCHET WITH CAROLE (2)

If you have already been on Carole’s Learn to Crochet- 1 workshop then this workshop is a perfect follow-on in which you can iron out any problems you may have come across with your Granny Squares. You will also learn the various ways of joining your squares and some new crochet stitches. Please bring some completed squares, a hook and yarn, the same thickness as used for your completed squares.

Price: £30.00
Time: 10am - 1pm
Dates: Saturday 11th March, Saturday 23rd September

STITCH & FLIP BAG WITH TRACY

Learn a method of ‘Flip and Stitch’ to create a stripy bag.  A fun bite size way to learn quilting, patchwork and zip insertion.  Once mastered you can apply these techniques to larger projects such as laptop and shoulder bags.  These cute quilted zipped purses make great gifts.  Please bring along a 12” zip, 1 fat quarter (cotton fabric 50cms x 50cms) for the lining, loads of cotton scrap fabric you would like to use for your patchwork, wadding the size of your fat quarter and matching threads. We have a great selection in store.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10.15am - 3.15pm
Dates: Saturday 18th March, Saturday 9th December

TEXTILE DESIGN AND DIGITAL PRINTING WITH ANNETTE

Learn how to print your own fabrics at home using an inkjet printer! This action-packed day will have you designing and printing your own fabric and even making a simple cotton tote bag with your own original print on the front.  In the morning, starting with an exploration of colour and paint on paper, simple glass-plate printing techniques will be taught – no drawing skills necessary, so no excuses that you can’t draw!  During the afternoon after scanning your designs into a computer, Annette will show you how to adjust your designs ready for printing them straight onto fabric using an ordinary inkjet printer.  You will also be shown more conventional heat-transfer printing techniques.  We will use your heat-transfer printed fabric to construct a cotton tote bag. As well as your tote bag, you will also take home your fully washable digitally-printed fabric sample which can be incorporated into a project of your choice at home. All materials provided.  Please bring along a protective apron.

Price: £75.00
Time: 10am to 5pm
Dates: Saturday 25th March

MAKING CHLDREN'S CLOTHES - FULLY REVERSIBLE A LINE DRESS OR PLAYSUIT WITH ANNETTE

The classic A-line dress and playsuit are functional and practical additions to your child’s wardrobe. Learn how to follow and read a simple pattern, understand cutting out and pattern markings and how to produce the perfect covered buttons and buttonholes.  In addition, Annette will show you how you can make both these garments completely reversible!  Pattern included. Please bring along your own fabric and threads, all available in store.

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am to 5pm
Dates: Saturday 1st April

LEARN TO SEW - A CUSHION COVER - WITH ANGELA

What better way to get to grips with your sewing machine than making yourself a fabulous cushion to brighten up your home.  This workshop is aimed at beginners or those wanting a refresher. You will learn how to cut out accurately; sew in a straight line and insert a zip.  All materials are included in this workshop with a choice of fabric from one of our selected ranges.

Price: £40.00
Time: 10.15am to 1.15pm
Dates: Saturday 8th April, Saturday 2nd September

CROCHET CUSHIONS WITH CAROLE

Use your basic crochet skills to make either a circular or chunky cushion. The circular cushion will show you how to increase evenly. The chunky cushion will teach you how to work in rows. They make great gifts for friends or simply make them for yourself to brighten up your home. Please bring along double knit yarn and 4mm hook or chunky yarn and 6mm hook. 

Price: £30.00
Time: 10am to 1pm
Dates: Saturday 22nd April, Saturday 9th September

BEGINNERS PATCHWORK 2 DAY WORKSHOP WITH TRACY

Tracy will guide you through fabric selection, rotary cutting, blocks, machine piecing, basting, how to sandwich your patchwork together, binding and final finishes.  Not to mention all the patchwork jargon you need to know.  Bring along a charm pack or layer cake and matching threads for day 1.  You will also need wadding and backing for day 2. We have a great selection in store.

Price: £115.00
Time: 10.15am to 4.15pm
Dates: Friday 28th & Saturday 29th April, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November

LEARN TO SEW - BEGINNERS DRESSMAKING - SUMMER TOP - WITH ANNETTE

Get yourself ready for summer and sew yourself a quick and easy top. Choose from one of the fabulous Indie patterns we have in stock such as the Belcarra by Sewaholic, the Camber by Merchant & Mills or the Laurel by Collette. All make great wardrobe staples which look fabulous when worn alone or layered up in cooler weather. You will learn how to read a pattern, cut out accurately and the basics of garment construction. This course is perfect for beginners. You will need to bring along your chosen pattern, fabric and matching thread, all available in store.

Price: £59.00
Time: 10am - 5pm
Dates: Saturday 6th May

JELLY ROLL PATCHWORK PROJECT (LOG CABIN BLOCKS) 2 DAYS - WITH TRACY

One ‘jelly roll’ of gorgeous fabrics and two day’s sewing and you will have a quilt top measuring between 50cms x 60cms to 130cms x 150cms for yourself or a special someone.  This is a fast and fun class, giving you the chance to enjoy the sewing without the cutting.  No rotary cutting skills required.  Please bring along one jelly roll and matching thread. We are also offering 20% off your chosen jelly roll when bought in store when booking this course.

Price: £100.00
Time: 10.15am - 3.15pm
Dates: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May

SEWING WITH STRETCH FABRICS - CHILDREN'S CLOTHES - TOPS AND BOTTOMS - WITH ANNETTE

Learn to sew with stretch fabrics while making some fabulous children’s clothes.  You will be taught how to handle stretch fabrics from cutting out and sewing together using either a domestic sewing machine or an Overlocker.  Using the wonderful Oliver + S unisex raglan T-shirt pattern Annette will show you how to adapt the pattern from a raglan T-shirt into a dress or tunic.  Pattern included.  Please bring along your own fabric and threads.

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am - 4pm
Dates: Saturday 27th May

RETRO CIRCULAR PATCHWORK CUSHION WITH TRACY

Using a traditional Dresden plate patchwork template, create your own ‘on trend’ home accessory. Learn accurate piecing, appliqué, hand quilting, piping and zip insertion all in one project. A next step on from beginners or intermediate sewing skills.  Please bring along ½ metre of fabric for the cushion, 5 fat quarters (50cms x50cms) cotton fabric, zip and matching thread.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10.15am - 3.15pm
Dates: Saturday 17th June

DRUM SHADE WORKSHOP WITH ANGELA

Enjoy a great fun afternoon making your own fabulous drum shade for a ceiling or feature standard lamp.  Please bring along ½ metre of fabric (cotton or linen work well) and trimmings to add your own unique touch.  Drum kit included.

Price: £45.00
Time: 2.30pm to 5pm
Dates: Saturday 24th June, Saturday 2nd December

PAM'S BASIC CURTAIN WORKSHOP

The essentials of beautiful curtains in a day.  Pam takes you through step-by-step with practical instruction on planning, measuring and estimating fabric.  You will make samples of lined and unlined curtains with various types of headings.  All material supplied.

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am - 3pm
Dates: Saturday 24th June, Saturday 25th November

FOUNDATION PIECING WITH TRACY

A fabulous patchwork workshop in which you will learn a method of piecing using a foundation to produce fantastic points and shapes such as Pineapple Block, Log Cabin or New York Beauty.  Foundation piecing can be done using hand or machine or both.  Please bring along ¼ metre of medium weight sew-in interfacing, a hand-sewing kit and a selection of fabrics.  A minimum of 2 fat quarters (50cms x 50cms) would be ideal. We have a great selection in store.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10.15am to 3.15pm
Dates: Saturday 15th July

LEARN TO SEW - DRESSMAKING - THE BETTINE DRESS BY TILLY & THE BUTTONS - WITH ANNETTE

If you already have an understanding of how to use a sewing machine and have done a little dressmaking before, this is a great dress pattern for developing your dressmaking skills further. In this workshop Annette will guide you through the construction of this fabulous go anywhere dress.  You will learn how to read a pattern, attach a neck facing and create an elasticated waist casing.  Pattern included.  Please bring along your own fabric and matching thread.

Price: £65.00
Time: 10am to 5pm
Dates: Saturday 22nd July

LEARN TO SEW - 5 DAYS - BEGINNERS DRESSMAKING - SUMMER SCHOOL WITH ANNETTE

This intensive 5 day summer school is open to anyone over the age of 14 years who would like to learn to make their own clothes.  You do need to be able to use and thread a sewing machine.  During the course you will learn how to: use a paper pattern; how to adjust the paper pattern to fit; understand and read pattern instructions and symbols; layout and cut out correctly; use tailors tacks; construct seams; use a variety of neatening methods; stitch darts; make and attach bias binding and other construction techniques such as how to insert a zip and how to set in sleeves depending on your chosen pattern(s).  You will complete at least two garments, the first of which will be a simple skirt or top after that it is your free choice.  2 New Look patterns included.  Please bring along your own fabric and thread.

Price: £225.00
Date: 10.15am to 4.15pm
Dates: Monday 31st July, Tuesday 1st , Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th August

LEARN TO SEW - DRESSMAKING - 2 DAYS - THE MORRIS BLAZER BY GRAINLINE WITH ANNETTE

A great opportunity to develop your dressmaking skills and sew yourself this fabulously easy unlined jacket in this 2 day workshop.  Learn how to work with fabrics that have some stretch, how to set in sleeves and how to produce a shawl collar.  Recommended fabrics are medium-weight woven fabrics with a bit of stretch or medium-weight stable knits.  Stretch cottons, ponte knits and terry knits are all suitable. Pattern included.  Please bring along your own fabric and matching thread. 

Price: £125.00
Time: 10am to 4.00pm
Dates: Saturday 2nd & 9th September

 

CAROLE'S LEARN TO KNIT

Take the stress out of your life by learning how to knit. Learn how to cast on, cast off, knit and purl rows to create stocking stitch and garter stitch. Learn to read a simple pattern and how you can avoid and remedy some of the pitfalls of learning to knit. Please bring some light coloured yarn and the correct size knitting needles as required for your yarn.

Price: £30.00
Time: 10am - 1pm
Dates: Saturday 14th October

WARM WOOLLEN MITTENS WITH CAROLE

Having learnt to knit / crochet, now hone your skills to make some warm woollen mittens. Learn how to rib, increase and decrease, read a pattern and create a variety of stitches.  Fingerless or full mittens, knitted or crocheted, the choice is yours. Please bring 100gm double knit yarn, and a pair 3.25mm and 4mm knitting needles or a 4mm crochet hook. 

Price: £25.00
Time: 10am to 1pm
Dates: Saturday 11th November

QUILTED ADVENT CALENDAR WITH TRACY

Great Christmas workshop using machine and hand stitching. Make an heirloom gift to cherish.  Tracy will show you how to sew, embellish and quilt your advent panel.  Please bring along your advent panel, 75cms backing fabric, wadding and matching threads.  We have lovely advent panels for you to choose from in store.  All trimmings, buttons and ribbons included.

Price: £45.00
Time: 10.15am - 3.15pm
Dates: Saturday 18th November

LEARN TO SEW DRESSMAKING - 2 DAYS - A SPARKLY TOP - SEWING WITH SEQUIN FABRIC WITH ANNETTE

Get yourself ready for the festive season and glam up your wardrobe with a fabulous sparkly top. You will learn how to cut out and sew with sequin fabric.  How to set in a sleeve correctly and how to add a lining. Scout Tee pattern by Grainline included rrp £14.  Please bring along your fabric and matching thread. All available in store. 

Price: £69.00
Time: 11am - 3pm
Dates: Sunday 19th & 26th November

 

Additional Workshop!

Learn to Sew - Improvers - 6 week course with Annette

If you have already completed the Learn to Sew – Absolute Beginners course or already have a little sewing experience then this Improvers course will help you develop your sewing skills further.  You will be free to choose your own dressmaking pattern and will be expertly guided through your project. Dressmaking skills and techniques will be taught which will be specifically suited to your chosen work and level of previous sewing experience. You will need to bring along your pattern and fabric together with all sewing notions as indicated on your chosen pattern.  We have a great selection in store.

Price: £125.00
Time: Tuesday Mornings - 10.15 - 12.45
Dates: 6th 13th 20th June & 4th 11th 18th July 2017 

Additional Workshop!

Learn to Sew - Absolute Beginners - 6 week course with Annette

If you would like to learn to sew but have no idea where to start then this 6 week course for absolute beginners is for you. The course is designed to teach you how to use a sewing machine, building your confidence through two carefully designed projects which will develop your sewing skills.  You will start by making a simple fully-lined tote bag which will include a tab with button and buttonhole and a very useful internal zippered pocket.  You will then produce a simple skirt learning how to choose the right fabric for your pattern and how to adjust it to ensure a perfect fit whilst learning how to read a paper pattern and the basics of garment construction. Patterns will be provided for you but you will need to bring along your own fabric and thread. We have a great selection in store.

Price: £125.00
Time: Tuesday Afternoons - 2
pm to 4.30pm
 6th 13th 20th June & 4th 11th 18th July 2017