Sewing and Dressmaking Courses


  • Parent and child machine sewing

    • One session
    • 24th February 2-4.30 pm
    • As above
    • £60.00

    A number of you have asked whether we could offer a parent and child session where you can learn how to use a sewing machine with your child to help them when things go wrong at home.

    On this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to thread and use a sewing machine by making a tote bag. All materials and machines included. If you are bringing your own machine, please ensure that it has been serviced in the last 2 years and that you bring the operating manual.

    Suitable for complete beginners

  • Sewing for Home Educated kids

    • 5 weeks
    • Starts 21st Feb
    • 1.15-2.45 pm
    • £70.00

    Price includes all equipment plus refreshments. Fabric for dressmaking projects not included

    If you are aged 7-13 and would like to learn to sew, then this course is for you. Suitable for both beginners and those with a little more experience.
    The course is project based and will include a mixture of hand sewing and machine sewing to improve your skills.

  • Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones

    • One day
    • Sunday 25th February
    • 10-4.30
    • £90.00

    This full day of learning about natural dyes is split into two 3 hour sessions under the expert tutelage of Rob Jones of Romor Designs.

    In the morning session you will learn about natural dyes (plant fibres and extracts), alum and iron mordants and modifiers/assistants and the equipment you need to set up your own natural dyeing experiments. You will also learn shibori binding techniques. You will be working with silk, cotton and wool.

    In the afternoon session you will use natural plant dyes over-dyed with indigo, mordants and modifiers to produce a sample book containing a range of colours on silk and cotton. (Sample book included). Some samples of wool will also be dyed to take away.

    The dyes used will be tansy, madder, myrobalan and indigo.

    We will also use an additional *mystery* dye to achieve another colour!

    Having achieved a rainbow of colours you will be given a silk scarf to dye in a colourway of your choice. (Silk scarf included).

  • Afternoon Tea and rust dyeing with Rob Jones

    • One afternoon
    • Sunday 25th March
    • 3-6.30pm
    • £75.00

    What could be better than a nice cup of tea, some elegant sandwiches and a slice of delicious cake?

    How about all of the above and the fun of using the tea and some rusty iron to make beautiful patterns on cloth and then dyeing a white cotton tote bag to take away with you!

    This 3.5-hour session will cover some basic Shibori binding and clamping techniques, which can be used to make marks on cotton samples. These will be dyed in three different types of tea with an assortment of unusual rusty objects to create interesting patterns.

    You will learn about shibori, iron and tea as mordants and dye a white cotton tote bag (included in the price) to take away with you.

    Workshop includes as much tea as you can drink, a selection of sandwiches and cake.

  • Adult beginners sewing

    • 5 sessions
    • January 11th for 5 weeks.
    • Thursdays 9.30-12
    • £225.00

    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


  • Adult Sewing

    • January 11th for 5 weeks
    • Thursdays 9.30-12
    • £145.00

    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

  • Teens Pattern Cutting

    • 5 sessions
    • Wednesdays from 21st February
    • 5.15-6.45 pm
    • £70.00

    Price includes all equipment plus refreshments. Fabric for dressmaking projects not included

    This course is designed for secondary school aged children and will teach you the skills needed for making your own pattern blocks – the basis for making patterns in exactly your size. A fantastic course for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills and those studying for textiles GCSE

‘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.’