Classes & Workshops As from Monday 17 May up to 6 people from different households are allowed to meet indoors. This means that Sit and Sew Sessions, classes and workshops and individual tuition sessions can once again take place. While the workroom has been closed air conditioning has been installed for your comfort. The Janome sewing machines have been upgraded with brand new machine delivered in May 2021. Workshops will be Covid-19 safe, so you may find some changes to our classes and workshop to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. We have completed reorganised the workroom in line with Covid-19 guidance; worktables are separated and placed facing the walls to allow suitable distancing, and all surfaces are cleaned and sanitised between sessions. A maximum of 6 people are permitted to use the workroom at a time, so the number of students accepted onto any workshop has been reduced to comply with this regulation. Sewing machines, rotary cutters, rulers and cutting mats are provided and sanitised between uses. To minimise sharing, students are asked to bring all other equipment that they will need: scissors needles and pins, tape measures, etc. Students are requested to sanitise their hands on entering the room, and frequently throughout the session, to wear face coverings and to maintain distancing. We will be conducting temperature checks on entry and we ask that you do not attend any sessions if you feel unwell or have any symptoms. Facilities are provided for you to make your own tea or coffee; you may wish to bring your own mug. Please bring your own packed lunch, or there are cafes and take-aways nearby where lunch can be bought. You may like to use the picnic tables in the garden or the seating available in The Arcade. We hope that these arrangements enable you to feel comfortable attending classes and workshops at The Corner Patch. New dates are being added as quickly as possible, so do check back occasionally for current information. If you would like to do a workshop that is not listed, please contact us to see if something can be arranged.
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Block of the Month 2021 / 22 £35
Saturday 4 September 10am - 2pm
Saturday 9 October 10am - 2pm
Saturday 13 November 10am - 2pm
Saturday 11 December 10am - 2pm
Further dates coming.
The Block of the Month 2021 is aimed at both complete beginners and those with more experience.
Under the guidance of tutor, Jane Alcock, and over 12 monthly sessions, you will learn how to prepare and cut your fabric and then piecing to form blocks. Starting with a simple Nine-Patch block, as the months progress your blocks will become increasingly complicated.
Once all blocks have been made, you will learn to sash and border, sandwich with wadding and quilt and finally to bind and finish.
This is the perfect introduction to patchwork and quilting and also suitable as a refresher, or to extend your skills.
It is also a great next step if you have completed the Beginners' Quilt course.
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Beginners' Quilt - Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt £35
Session 1: Thursday 3 June 10am - 2pm or
Saturday 19 June 10am - 2pm
Session 2: Thursday 1 July 10am - 2pm
Saturday 17 July 10am - 2pm
Session 3: Thursday 5 August 10am - 2pm
Saturday 14 August 10am - 2pm
Session 4: Thursday 2 September 10am - 2pm
Saturday 18 September 10am - 2pm
This is the ideal introduction for those new to patchwork and quilting. Over four months you will learn all the essential techniques, practise your new skills and end with a beautiful quilt that you have made yourself.
The blocks can also be assembled in different ways - perhaps as a table runner - if you don't want to make a quilt.
The course will cover: choosing and preparing fabric, measuring and cutting, stitching into blocks, designing your layout and assembling the quilt top, adding borders and flanges, sandwiching and quilting, finishing and binding!
Dressmaking for Beginners £45
Saturday 22 May 10am - 4pm
Saturday 29 May 10am - 4pm
Saturday 5 June 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10 June 10am - 4pm
Thursday 24 June 10am - 4pm
Limited to just 4 students so you will receive plenty of individual attention. Ideal for complete beginners to make a simple garment - a top, tunic or dress. Pocket and sleeve variations, as well as your choice of fabric, will make this your own unique garment. A complete beginner should be able to make a garment in the day!
There will be new fabrics for sale in the shop that you may like to use - a selection of cotton/linen blends, corduroys and denim, as well as our extensive range of 100% cotton fabrics - or you can bring your own.
If you are interested in this workshop then please contact Janet at the shop to discuss options and arrange to have measurements taken so a pattern can be adapted for you.
Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers £45
Thursday 27 May 10am - 4pm
If you wish to improve your skills, then this is your chance to try altering a commercial pattern so that it fits your measurements, perhaps insert a zip or make buttonholes to take your skills to the next level.
Christmas Club £45
Starting from September
A series of whole-day workshops to help you to get ready for the big day - and hopefully to avoid some of the last-minute panic!
Over the weeks you can choose to make from the following: Christmas Tree Napkins, appliqued fabric gift bags or Santa sacks (I am keen on these as I am trying to reduce my own use of Christmas wrapping paper, which is so often not able to be recycled), a Tree Skirt, Wall Hanging, Advent Calendar or Stockings.
When you book a date please let me know what you wish to make.
Bag Making Workshop £45
Thursday 8 July 10am - 4pm
An opportunity to work with Anne to make a bag of your choice of colour, size and style. Anne is an experienced bag maker and under her tuition you can become one too!
This workshop is suitable for all abilities as the bag can be made simple or more complex to suit your skills.
If you have booked onto one of these bag making workshops and have not yet received detailed information, please contact the shop.
Anne encourages participants to contact her prior to the workshop to discuss what they might wish to make.
Machine Quilting £45
Saturday 26 June 10am - 4pm
An opportunity to spend the whole day working under the guidance of Jane Alcock to master the art of Machine Quilting. Learn the basics of machine quilting using the walking foot and free-motion foot. Learn stitch-in-the-ditch, outline quilting and simple designs as well as how to design a border that fits.
Zips & Piping Workshop £45
Thursday 20 May 10am - 4pm
Saturday 12 June 10am - 4pm
If you are scared by the thought of inserting a zip, then this is for you. You will practise with different varieties of zips and find that they are easy when you know how!
We will also make our own piping and use piping cord to get a professional piped finish, ideal for cushions or upholstery as well as useful in dressmaking.
All materials for practising and making samples are included in the cost of the workshop.
If you wish you can finish by making a zipped and piped cushion cover to showcase your new skills. Bring your own fabric or purchase from our extensive range of fabrics on sale in the shop.Zips, piping cord and luxury feather cushion pads will also be available to buy.
Dates coming soon!
Jane Alcock returns to The Corner Patch to guide you through making a Christmas Runner.
There are two opportunities to book onto this workshop as it is bound to be very popular.
The runner will be the centrepiece of your Christmas table, or make it in other fabrics for everyday use.