Make a skirt in a day
- One day
- Sunday 22nd October
We are all made in different shapes and sizes so why not make a skirt that fits just you perfectly? In this day long course, you will learn to take your measurements to make your own skirt pattern. Taking this block, you will make a calico toile to fit. After a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon creating the “real thing” in your own fabric.
The course is designed for those with some previous dressmaking experience.
You will need to bring 1.5-2m of pre washed fabric (depending on fabric width and skirt length – we can advise), lining if required and a 7″ zip.
All other equipment and materials are provided.
Please bring a packed lunch
- one session
- Friday 24th November 6.30-9pm
Turn scraps of fabric into a stunning wreath for your door or your wall. All materials and equipment are provided but people have also enjoyed bringing old, loved clothes and transforming them into a gorgeous decoration.
No stitching required. Suitable for ages 7 to 107!
- One Day
- Sunday 17th September
In the morning you will be taught the Itajime clamped resist technique, learning the three basic folding techniques for preparing fabric for clamp resist dyeing, known as “Kikko” – equilateral triangles, right angle triangles and squares. These can be varied in many ways to achieve different effects. You will then learn how to bind, stitch and clamp these prepared fabrics to product a variety of intricate patterns. A large choice of clamps are available to use singly or in combination. The traditional Japanese technique of “Sekka” or “Snowflake” pattern will also be demonstrated.
Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat at home will be provided.
You will be taught you how to unpick your finished work and reveal your designs. You will also learn how to dye with indigo using a pre-prepared vat using high quality Mayan indigo.
After lunch you will learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using indigo, the most magical blue in the world. Learn the basic binding and stitched techniques and then design your own pattern before dyeing your piece in the indigo vat. You’ll walk away not only with a stylish bag, but also the knowledge and skills to dye other fabrics at home. Imagine all the other things you can dye!
During the workshop you’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo:
– The basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work
– How to make the kumo (spiderweb) and tesugi (stripes) patterns using binding
– The three basic stitches – running stitch, ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (chevrons)
– How to create filled shapes (maki-age) using stitching and binding
Suitable for complete beginners. A good quality strong 5oz cotton tote bag is included in the price of the workshop. All other materials and tools are provided.
Please bring a packed lunch. Other refreshments will be provided
Adult beginners sewing
- 5 sessions
- September 12th for 5 weeks.
- Tuesdays 9.30-12
Learn to love the sewing machine and master a whole range of new skills in this project based course. Some homework will be required!
The course will include:
- a tote bag – lay, pin, cut a pattern and construct a really useful bag
- a zipped, lined pouch – overcome the fear of the zip
- a techniques lesson – covering darts, seams, finishing
- an apron- master pockets and gathers
- a zipped, piped cushion
* price includes everything you will need plus refreshments
- September 12th for 5 weeks
- Tuesdays 9.30-12
Need motivation? These sessions offer the perfect opportunity to work on your own dressmaking projects under the guidance of an experienced tutor. Bring your own patterns, fabrics and questions! The course is a mixed ability group so you can choose from the complete beginners package above or this intermediate level
‘Good class size allowing focus on each persons questions. Clear detailed instruction, a nice progression through the skills to more complicated techniques.’
‘Small class size so the tutor had plenty of time to give individual attention.’
‘I really enjoyed how practical the course was - guiding us to be able to make something, following a pattern, after just a few weeks.’