Workshops

September 2021

Dressmaking

with Karen Fanzo

Grab your sewing kit and join us for this relaxed and friendly class.

Take your learning at your own pace with your choice of project. For beginners we recommend a basic skirt, simple trousers or simple children’s wear to help you gain confidence in your skills in a practical and encouraging way.

If you already have experience but feel slightly rusty then choose a pattern to reflect your level of skill. Or the more experienced could push themselves with their project.

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2 September 2021 for 4 weeks

Class times:

afternoon class from 1.00 – 3.00, evening class from 7.00 – 9.00

Price £60

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Quilt made in beginners patchwork class

Beginner’s Patchwork

with Helen Coverley

Sew a Row is a beginner’s course where you will learn one or two different machined patchwork techniques each month to take home and practice.

All the rows build into a single bed quilt over 12 months and then 3 more months to finish the quilt using different techniques.

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8 September 2021

10.00 – 12.30

£18

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Sew Together

with Zoë Hughes

Sew, what would you like to do next? An opportunity to overcome the ‘brick wall’ or problem you might be having with a piece of work, learn new skills, or just to get a day dedicated sewing done and meet like-minded Thimblestitchers. Zoë’s class is for those wanting to work on their own individual projects and have a tutor on hand to guide and encourage them. Please let me know if you would like more information about this monthly group.

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10, 17 & 19 September 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£30

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A Garden Full of Remnants

with Karen Fanzo

Create this wonderful Garden Remnant made by using (recycling) curtain samples that we all have – if you have not got any curtain samples do not despair as I have some spare!  Machine embroidery and free machine embroidery are involved.

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11 September 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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Jeans Beach Bag

with Gail Hatfield

Lovely Big Useful Beach Bag

Use 2 pairs of your old jeans to create this huge, lovely, big, useful, beach bag. Use layering, applique, and free-machining to customize as much or as little as you like – each bag is truly a statement piece, a work of art, and an object of envy and admiration! A full day, lots of work, lots of inspiration, and lots of fun.

More suited to those with some sewing experience or confidence, as it’s an intensive day sewing, and you will be completing the project at home or in an optional follow up day.

There will be a kit to purchase containing the wadding for this bag at a cost of £8.

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18 September 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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Embroidered Year

with Karen Fanzo

Join us one evening a month to learn over 60 embroidery stitches over the year. More detail and dates to follow.

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21 September 2021

Class times:

afternoon class from 1.00 – 3.00, evening class from 7.00 – 9.00

£180

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Dressmaking

with Karen Fanzo

Grab your sewing kit and join us for this relaxed and friendly class.

Take your learning at your own pace with your choice of project. For beginners we recommend a basic skirt, simple trousers or simple children’s wear to help you gain confidence in your skills in a practical and encouraging way.

If you already have experience but feel slightly rusty then choose a pattern to reflect your level of skill. Or the more experienced could push themselves with their project.

Essential details

30 September 2021 for 6 weeks

Class times:

afternoon class from 1.00 – 3.00, evening class from 7.00 – 9.00

Price:

£90

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October 2021

Embroidered Year

with Karen Fanzo

Join us one evening a month to learn over 60 embroidery stitches over the year. More detail and dates to follow.

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19 October 2021

Class times:

afternoon class from 1.00 – 3.00, evening class from 7.00 – 9.00

£180

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Sew Together

with Zoë Hughes

Sew, what would you like to do next? An opportunity to overcome the ‘brick wall’ or problem you might be having with a piece of work, learn new skills, or just to get a day dedicated sewing done and meet like-minded Thimblestitchers. Zoë’s class is for those wanting to work on their own individual projects and have a tutor on hand to guide and encourage them. Please let me know if you would like more information about this monthly group.

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22, 24 & 29 October 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£30

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Jeans Beach Bag

with Gail Hatfield

Lovely Big Useful Beach Bag

Use 2 pairs of your old jeans to create this huge, lovely, big, useful, beach bag. Use layering, applique, and free-machining to customize as much or as little as you like – each bag is truly a statement piece, a work of art, and an object of envy and admiration! A full day, lots of work, lots of inspiration, and lots of fun.

More suited to those with some sewing experience or confidence, as it’s an intensive day sewing, and you will be completing the project at home or in an optional follow up day.

There will be a kit to purchase containing the wadding for this bag at a cost of £8.

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30 October 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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November 2021

A Vase Full of Remnants

with Karen Fanzo

Create this wonderful Garden Remnant made by using (recycling) curtain samples that we all have – if you have not got any curtain samples do not despair as I have some spare!  Machine embroidery and free machine embroidery are involved.

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6 November 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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Sew Together

with Zoë Hughes

Sew, what would you like to do next? An opportunity to overcome the ‘brick wall’ or problem you might be having with a piece of work, learn new skills, or just to get a day dedicated sewing done and meet like-minded Thimblestitchers. Zoë’s class is for those wanting to work on their own individual projects and have a tutor on hand to guide and encourage them. Please let me know if you would like more information about this monthly group.

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12, 14 & 19 November 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£30

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Father Christmas Doorstop

with Helen Coverley

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13 November 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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Make a Jersey Top

with Vanessa Borrell

Scared of sewing stretchy fabric? This course will give you the skills and confidence to work with jersey. It will include cutting tips, how and where to stabilise, stitching techniques, how to attach sleeves, and how to sew a neckband. It can all be done on an ordinary sewing machine (though if you have an overlocker please feel free to bring that too!).

You will need to bring with you a pattern of your choice – the only requirements being that it should be a top pattern (preferably with sleeves) and it must be designed for jersey fabric. Suggested patterns – New Look 6556, Burda 6428, or Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top.

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20 November 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£50

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Swim Little Fishes

with Louise Nichols

The ‘Swim Little Fish’ hanging consists of a printed sea background & a selection of individually printed fish that have been embellished & then mounted onto the sea. In the workshop, there will be a variety of different coloured backgrounds & fish for you to choose from. You’ll spend the day embellishing & adding detail to both the sea & the fish using a selection of threads, felt, beads, sequins, etc. before adding the wording, constructing the hanging & mounting the fish on top. There’ll be written instructions to take away if you don’t manage to finish the hanging on the day.

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27 November 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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December 2021

Dressmaking

with Karen Fanzo

Grab your sewing kit and join us for this relaxed and friendly class.

Take your learning at your own pace with your choice of project. For beginners we recommend a basic skirt, simple trousers or simple children’s wear to help you gain confidence in your skills in a practical and encouraging way.

If you already have experience but feel slightly rusty then choose a pattern to reflect your level of skill. Or the more experienced could push themselves with their project.

Essential details

2 December 2021 for 6 weeks

Class times:

afternoon class from 1.00 – 3.00, evening class from 7.00 – 9.00

Price: £90

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Countryside Collection

with Karen Fanzo

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4 December 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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Sew Together

with Zoë Hughes

Sew, what would you like to do next? An opportunity to overcome the ‘brick wall’ or problem you might be having with a piece of work, learn new skills, or just to get a day dedicated sewing done and meet like-minded Thimblestitchers. Zoë’s class is for those wanting to work on their own individual projects and have a tutor on hand to guide and encourage them. Please let me know if you would like more information about this monthly group.

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10, 12 & 17 December 2021

10.00 – 4.00

£30

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January 2022

Beach Bonanza

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15 January 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£40

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February 2022

Get to Know Your Overlooker

with Vanessa Borrell

Do you have an overlocker that you are not quite sure how to use? Overlockers can be a bit daunting but this course is designed to give you the confidence to use your overlocker and show you what a wonderful piece of kit it really is! The course will include:

  • Threading your machine and the easy way to re-thread!
  • How the tension works and how to adjust it correctly
  • How to adjust your stitch width and length
  • Learning about differential feed and how it affects the fabric
  • How to create a three and four-thread stitch and the appropriate uses of each
  • How to overlock in a circle and the correct way to finish off your overlocking
  • How to do a rolled hem
  • How to use decorative threads.

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12 February 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£50

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Pouches & Sail Away

with Louise Nichols

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19 February 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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March 2022

Dressmaking Techniques

with Vanessa Borrell

Want to take your dressmaking to the next level? This workshop will teach you a range of techniques to give your makes a more professional finish.

You will learn how to:

  • Insert a lapped zip
  • Insert piping into seams
  • Create beautiful bound buttonholes
  • Stitch narrow hems on delicate fabrics
  • Stitch a shirt placket
  • Get a crisp sharp corner on your cuffs

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19 March 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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April 2022

Bee Hive

Description coming soon

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30 April 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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October 2022

Christmas Wreath

with Louise Nichols

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8 October 2022

10.00 – 4.00

£45

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