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Textiles, Sewing & Upholstery

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We have several courses in sewing and dressmaking, making the most of your sewing machine (learning how to use all the functions!). So you can make something for your home, for a gift or maybe a unique item of clothing perfectly designed, just for you!  These courses are the chance to build skills, create something really special and unique and really enjoy using and creating with textiles

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.



NEW Recycling Your Fabric Scraps

Upcycling and recycling have never been so important and fashionable. You will learn how to use every bit of fabric you have left over from your projects or even use old clothing to make sustainable and useful items. The tutor will discuss a range of items you could make for example reusable make-up remover pads, IPhone case and other small items. Sewing machines are available to use but you may wish to bring your own.  

This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. 

Friday 10am to 3.45pm Ann Huntley 

One day on 20 May £48/£32 C21C  Stoke Lodge    

And 

Saturday 10am to 4pm Ann Huntley 

One day on 18 June £48/£32 C21D   Stoke Lodge    

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NEW Dressmaking And Textiles- Intermediates 

The tutor will guide learners through all the necessary steps to make a simple garment of their choice. This includes cutting out fabrics, understanding the pattern instructions and constructing the garment. The course will include demonstration, handouts and practical exercises. This course is designed for those with previous experience of sewing.

Owing to time constraints, those with limited experience and beginners will make a simple skirt.

This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. 

Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm Lorraine Joseph 

6 sessions from 7 June £108/£66 C19F    Stoke Lodge    

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NEW Getting To Know Your Sewing Machine 

Don’t know where to start or want to get more out of your sewing machine? This is for you! This workshop aims to help you get to know your sewing machine. You will use the various stitches, sewing feet and accessories that come with your machine. Fee includes fabric for a mini project.  

This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. Bring your own sewing machine. 

Friday 10am to 3.45pm Ann Huntley 

1 session on 17 June £47/£35 C30E   Stoke Lodge    

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Learning To Sew-And More! 

You will learn basic sewing machine skills and techniques to help you make clothes and furnishings. You will also learn to read a pattern and discover some of the essential hand stitches needed to finish off your project. All abilities welcome.  

This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. 

Fridays 10am to 12.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore 

6 sessions from 10 June £108/£66 C50F     Stoke Lodge 

 OR 

Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm Marilyn Mitchelmore 

6 sessions from 10 June £108/£66  C51D     Stoke Lodge 

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Sewing for Complete Beginners

This beginners’ sewing course will give you the confidence to use a sewing machine on your own. By the end of the course, you will have learnt how to make a cushion cover, a zipped toiletry bag and a pair of pyjama shorts or pyjama bottoms.

Sewing machines are available to use but you may wish to bring your own.

This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Thursdays 6pm to 9pm Ann Huntley

6 sessions from 9 June  £145/£94 C29E Stoke Lodge

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Upholstery 

Bring a treasured heirloom back to life! You will learn traditional upholstery skills and methods using traditional materials. If your project requires it, you can also learn how to use a sewing machine. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. 

Due to limited storage, please bring smaller, lighter pieces. All pieces of furniture MUST be taken home at the end of the course unless you have enrolled on the next course.  

Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm Nicola Hamilton

6 Sessions from 6 June  £124/£75 C14F  Stoke lodge

 

Tuesday 6.30pm to 9pm Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 7 June £124/£75 C15F  Stoke Lodge

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Upholstery On Saturdays

These one-day workshops can be used as a “taster” or as an opportunity to complete an unfinished project. If you intend to finish a project in a day, please bring fabric and braid (if appropriate). Please choose a small, manageable piece. No previous experience necessary.

This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Pieces of furniture cannot be stored at Stoke Lodge due to limited storage space.

Saturday 10am to 4pm Nicola Hamilton 

One day on 7 May £55/£40 C17DD   Stoke Lodge    

And 

Saturday 10am to 4pm Nicola Hamilton 

One day on 18 June £55/£40 C17E   Stoke Lodge   

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NEW Upholstery Summer School 

Five day, hands-on workshop suitable for both beginners and more experienced learners as it is project focused; what you learn depends on the piece of furniture you bring. Friendly, informative tuition from tutor experienced in all aspects of traditional or modern upholstery required to renovate your project piece. It is advisable not to bring anything bigger than an armchair. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge 

Monday to Friday 

9.30am to 3.30pm Nicola Hamilton 

5 sessions 1 August to 5 August £245/£148 C28D  Stoke Lodge  

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