Classes & Workshops
Classes & Workshops
We are gradually rescheduling the workshops and classes that had to be postponed due to Covid-19.
Workshops are currently being held in a more spacious room, with fewer numbers and minimal sharing of equipment. Only sewing machines and cutting mats are provided; these are sanisited between use. Attendees are asked to bring their own sewing kit, scissors, cutters and rulers etc.
Sanitiser is provided, surfaces are cleaned after use and tables are positioned separately and facing the walls. Face visors are available for you to wear.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer drinks and workshops attendees are asked to provide their own drinks and food. This can be eaten outside the workroom in The Arcade or in the garden at the rear of The Arcade. Alternatively, there are many cafes or places to buy take-away food nearby.
The list of workshops will be updated shortly. In the meantime, please get in touch by phone (01785 859360) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the latest news.
We offer a range of workshops and classes.
Unless stated otherwise, classes and workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities.
We have introduced some new topics in response to requests so you will now find bag making, felting and some general sewing and dressmaking classes as well as patchwork and quilting.
All our classes are taught in a friendly and informal atmosphere; numbers are limited to a maximum of 6 per class to ensure you will receive a lot individual attention and can progress at your own place. For dressmaking and some other classes there is a maximum of 4 people to allow space for cutting.
You will need to bring a basic sewing kit with you, e.g. thread, scissors, pins and fabric marker and you are welcome to bring your own fabric. We provide rotary cutter and cutting mat and rulers and use of one of our Janome computerised sewing machines.
Whilst we do provide sewing machines, you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
We will provide tea, coffee or cold drinks (and biscuits) throughout the day, but you will need to provide your own lunch. Lunch can be booked for you at a local cafe if you wish or there are several local sandwich bars..
For more information and to book contact us by phone: 01785 859360,
email email@example.com or call into the shop.
Would you like to learn patchworking and quilting?
Come to our series of whole-day Beginner's Quilting classes and learn the basic techniques under Tracy's expert and patient guidance while making a traditional Nine Patch Quilt. Once these are mastered you will be able to move onto different quilts with confidence.
Session 1: Saturday 1st February 10am - 4pm £35
Learn how to accurately cut fabric and the piece to form blocks. At home you will make any remaining blocks ready for the next session.
Session 2: Saturday 29th February 10am - 4pm £35
Now your blocks are complete you will cut and add the sashing and borders to form the quilt top.
Sandwich your quilt top with wadding and a backing and begin to quilt it.
Now your quilting is complete, learn how to bind the edges and finish the quilt. Now you can proudly show off your first quilt and plan the next having mastered the techniques you need.
Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers £45
Saturday 19th September 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 22nd September 10am - 4pm
More dates coming soon.
Limited to just 4 students so you will receive plenty of individual attention. Ideal for complete beginners to make a simple garment, or for those who have already attended a workshop and now want to move on - perhaps working with stretch fabrics, including zips or buttonholes, or even tackling trousers!
There will be new fabrics for sale in the shop that you may like to use, 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.
Christmas Club £45
Saturday 12th September 10am - 4pm - Napkins
Saturday 10th October 10am - 4pm - Gift bags
Saturday 7th November 10am - 4pm - Tree Skirt/Advent Calendar
Saturday 12th December 10am - 4pm - Stockings
A series of four 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 we will be making: 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), and perhaps a Tree Skirt, Wall Hanging, Advent Calendar or Stockings.
There is some flexibilty over these four weeks, so if you want to make napkins but can't attend on week 1, we can fit you in on another date.
Bag Making Workshop £45
Dates coming soon
An opportunity to work with Anne to make a bag of your choice of colour, size and style.
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
An opportunity to spend the whole day working to master the art of Machine Quilting under her expert guidance. 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 Workshops £45
Saturday 3rd October 10am - 4pm
Saturday 17th October 10am - 4pm
More dates coming soon
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. If you wish you can make 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. Feather cushion pads will also be available to buy.
Runner Workshop - Make a runner for a bed or a table £40
Spend the day with Tracy learning how to make a beautiful runner. It's your choice whether this is for your bed or your table - chose your fabrics to suit your decor.
Advanced Bag Making £45
Look out for dates to be arranged soon.
This is going to be popular with everyone who has attended one of Anne's workshops. This time she will take things to the next level, with internal and external zips, use of hardware, different styles of handles etc to really increase the variety of the bags you can make. Book soon as it is sure to fill up quickly.