July Workshops Back
With Esther Anderson
Mondays 3rd and 10th July
10am to 3pm

This is a class for beginners to get you started with
quick and easy patchwork by machine. During the
sessions you will be learning the basics of patchwork and quilting as Esther shows you how to make a Four Patch quilt. The class will cover everything you need to know to complete your first patchwork quilt including rotary cutting, accurate piecing, constructing the quilt and adding borders, how to layer up the quilt, machine quilting techniques and binding. Lots to learn at this fun class! There will be some homework between the sessions and this project is all machine sewn.

With Esther Anderson – Friday 7th July
10am to 1pm

This is a half day class for beginners where you will be shown how to cut simple shapes such as strips and squares accurately using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler. Esther will then show you how to piece accurately and quickly to make a simple Nine patch cushion with an envelope back. All machine sewn, this class is a great way to get started with quick and simple patchwork.

With Ann Campbell – Saturday 8th July
10am to 4pm

This is a strip pieced cathedral window where you
will learn to use your machine to
sew in circles without needing any fancy gadgets. You can create a lovely 3D effect with the petals and use your sewing machine to embellish. Suitable for beginners and machine sewn.

With Pat Stone
Sunday 16th July
10am to 4pm

At this class Pat will cover several techniques such
as cross hatching, free motion quilting, raw edge
appliqué, couching, cording, twin needle and reverse bobbin work. The techniques come together to allow you to create this Floral wall hanging. You will need a spare bobbin case if you would like to try the reverse bobbin work. Lots of machine techniques to learn to make this lovely wall hanging

With Ann Campbell – Saturday 22nd July
10am to 4pm

This is a simple but eye catching design with curvy lines to make a stunning quilt. You
will use long strips of fabric to make the wavy strips which will then be attached to the half square triangles. Lots to learn about curved piecing at this fun class. Machine sewn and suitable for beginners.

With Helen Cowans – Saturday 29th July
10am to 4pm

Simple method (and not at all terrifying) for those who consider themselves unable to draw, but would like to sketch with their machines. Basic experience of free machine embroidery (FME) is essential. Using directed exercises we will build confidence in your sketching capabilities throughout the day. Firstly by utilising ink and tracing paper. Learn what to put into a sketch, and perhaps most importantly, what to leave out. We will consider light and shadow and learn the 3 tone system. We will then transfer the sketch to fabric and build confidence in FME control by practising line and texture work. Adding in shading and thread painting. By the end of the day you will have the techniques to sketch with your machine and be able to enhance that sketch with thread shading. Suitable for anyone who can follow a simple line with FME. (I promise!)

With Helen Cowans – Sunday 30th July
10am to 4pm
Requirements Information

Create big and bold contemporary flowers using appliqué, stitch and beads. They can be worked by hand, machine or combining both methods. Lots of flower designs to choose from. Pop them in a vase, a jug or have them growing from the ground. Maybe include a bee or two. You can use patchwork cottons or exotic silk fabrics, leave the work in the hoop or make a larger piece. You’ll learn how to use bondaweb to fix fabrics in place, explore simple key stitches such as french knots, fern and raised rose. If you use FME you’ll think of how to represent leaves and flowers with machine stitch. Suitable for all skill levels including beginners.