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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.

We also have a wide range of upholstery courses for all levels. Pick from One-Day Workshops to Intensive or Longer Weekly Courses. There is bound to be one that suits you. Sign up, bring your own furniture and join us at Stoke Lodge, Bristol. You can find out everything there is to know about our Upholstery Courses currently on offer in Bristol over at our information page.

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NEW Curtain Making-Intermediates

A 2-day workshop where you will learn all you need to know to make beautiful lined handmade curtains. At the end of workshop, you will take home your own sample curtains to keep and use as a reference point for future projects. Fee includes all the fabric needed to produce a sample curtain – all you need to bring is lunch. For confident sewers. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Mondays 10am to 3pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

2 sessions from 8 May £130/£98  T21A   Stoke Lodge

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Dressmaking And Textiles-Mixed Ability

The tutor will guide learners through all the necessary steps to make a garment(s) 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 beginners and those with previous experience of sewing. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Lorraine Joseph

11 sessions from 10 January   £193/£119  T16B    Stoke Lodge  

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Lorraine Joseph

12 sessions from 18 April   £213/£129  T16C    Stoke Lodge

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Everything You Need To Know About Sewing For The Beginner

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. Material for cushion cover and zipped bag are included in the fee- the tutor will advise you on material you need to purchase for the pyjama shorts. 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 15 September  £145/£94   T20A    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Freemotion Machine Embroidery With Shimmer And Shine

Learn how to sew ‘freestyle’ – drawing with a sewing machine. Create some decorative images of leaves and seasonal shapes using your sewing machine to draw onto foiled and shimmery surfaces. You will be shown how to use leaves as a template; however, you can make any shapes you wish. Fee includes some specialist materials. This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. You need to bring your own sewing machine and a special embroidery/darning foot for your machine.

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Debby Bird

1 session on 15 October  £55/£40   T15D    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Freemotion Machine Embroidery With Felt And Fibres

Wool and fibres have been created into felt over thousands of years. We take a modern look into how to make a flat piece of felt using wet and dry needle felting methods. You will experience a demonstration with a dry-felting embellishing machine and be shown a simple way of creating a felt and fibre bowl with dissolvable fabric and freemachine stitch. Fee includes some specialist materials. This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. You need to bring your own sewing machine and a special embroidery/darning foot for your machine.

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Debby Bird

1 session on 12 November  £55/£40   T15E    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Batik Painting And Stitch With Freemotion Machine Embroidery

Learn to create simple back grounds for stitching using fabric paints and batik wax techniques. Batik is found in many cultures as a method of creating pattern and design onto fabric. Debby will give a taster demonstration and encourage you to create a flowing design with colourful silk paints. You will dry the paint and learn how to remove the wax then get stitching in the afternoon. Fee includes some specialist materials. This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. You need to bring your own sewing machine and a special embroidery/darning foot for your machine.

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Debby Bird

1 session on 4 February  £55/£40   T15F    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Freemotion Machine Embroidery Garden Vessel With Dissolvable Fabrics

Learn how to use dissolvable fabric, fibres and freemotion stitch to create a delicate and unusual bowl or vessel inspired by the garden. Fee includes some specialist materials. This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge. You need to bring your own sewing machine and a special embroidery/darning foot for your machine.

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Debby Bird

1 session on 4 March £55/£40   T15G    Stoke Lodge

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NEW How To Use 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 9.30am to 3.30pm   Ann Huntley

1 session on 20 January   £48/£32   T19A    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 4 November   £108/£66   T22B     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 10am to 12.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

5 sessions from 13 January  £91/£66   T22C   Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 10am to 12.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 24 February  £108/£56   T22D     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 10am to 12.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 21 April   £108/£66   T22E     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 10am to 12.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

5 sessions from 9 June  £91/£66   T22F   Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 4 November   £108/£66   T17B     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

5 sessions from 13 January  £91/£66   T17C   Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 24 February  £108/£56   T17D     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

6 sessions from 21 April   £108/£66   T17E     Stoke Lodge

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Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm   Marilyn Mitchelmore

5 sessions from 9 June  £91/£66   T17F   Stoke Lodge

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NEW Reuse And Recycle Fabric

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.

Saturday 10am to 4pm   Ann Huntley

1 session on 26 November   £48/£32   T18A   Stoke Lodge  

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Saturday 10am to 4pm   Ann Huntley

1 session on 4 February   £48/£32   T18B   Stoke Lodge  

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NEW Wish You Were Here? Creative Stitch Postcards Inspired By Textiles Around The Globe

A chance to experiment with different techniques and be inspired. Each week you will create a postcard-sized sample that will build into a beautiful collection. Fee includes some materials. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Mondays 1pm to 4pm   Debby Bird

8 sessions from 3 October £176/£109   T15A    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Wish You Were Here? Creative Stitch Postcards Inspired By Textiles Around The Globe. Felt And Fibres

A chance to experiment with different techniques and be inspired. Each week you will create a postcard-sized sample that will build into a beautiful collection. Fee includes some materials. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Mondays 1pm to 4pm   Debby Bird

5 sessions from 9 January £113/£73 T15B    Stoke Lodge

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NEW Wish You Were Here? Creative Stitch Postcards Inspired By Textiles From Around The Globe-Batik

A chance to experiment with different techniques and be inspired. Each week you will create a postcard-sized sample that will build into a beautiful collection. Fee includes some materials. This course will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Mondays 1pm to 4pm   Debby Bird

6 sessions from 20 February £134/£84 T15C    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 9.30am to 12.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 31 October     £148/£90   T10B  Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 9 January     £124/£75   T10C  Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 20 February     £148/£90   T10D  Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 17 April     £124/£75  T10E  Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 5 June   £148/£90   T10F  Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 31 October     £124/£75   T11B    Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 9 January   £104/£63   T11C    Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 20 February   £124/£75   T11D    Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 17 April     £104/£63   T11E    Stoke Lodge

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Mondays 1pm to 3.30pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 5 June   £124/£75   T11F    Stoke Lodge

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 1 November   £124/£75   T12B    Stoke Lodge

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 10 January   £104/£63   T12C    Stoke Lodge

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 21 February   £124/£75   T12D    Stoke Lodge

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 18 April   £124/£75   T12E    Stoke Lodge

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 6 June   £124/£75   T12F    Stoke Lodge

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Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 3 November   £124/£75   T13B    Stoke Lodge

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Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

5 sessions from 12 January   £104/£63   T13C    Stoke Lodge

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Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 23 February   £124/£75   T13D    Stoke Lodge

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Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 19 April   £124/£75   T13E   Stoke Lodge

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Thursdays 6.30pm to 9pm   Nicola Hamilton

6 sessions from 8 June   £124/£75   T13F    Stoke Lodge

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NEW  Repair, Reupholster and Reuse A Dining Chair

Give an old dining chair a new life! Whether contemporary or traditional, drop seat or deep sprung you will be guided through all the steps necessary to get that professional finish! This workshop 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.

Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm   Grace Ingram

6 sessions from 4 November  £147/£97  T26A    Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from 24 February   £147/£97  T26B    Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from 21 April          £147/£97  T26C     Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from  9 June            £147/£97   T26D   Stoke Lodge

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NEW  Cushion Recovery

Do you have any cushions or soft furnishings that need a new lease of life? This course is for you! You will learn to totally remake your cushion cover from scratch to get that professional finish. This workshop will be delivered at Stoke Lodge.

Wednesday 6pm to 8.30pm  Grace Ingram

6 sessions from 2 November  £116/£74   T25A   Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from  22 February  £116/£74   T25B   Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from 19 April          £116/£74   T25C   Stoke Lodge

6 sessions from 7 June             £116/£74  T25D    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

1 session on 15 October   £55/£40   T14A   Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 10am to 4pm   Nicola Hamilton

1 session on 12 November   £55/£40   T14B   Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 10am to 4pm   Nicola Hamilton

1 session on 10 December   £55/£40   T14C   Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 10am to 4pm   Nicola Hamilton

1 session on 4 February   £55/£40   T14D   Stoke Lodge

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Saturday 10am to 4pm   Nicola Hamilton

1 session on 4 March   £55/£40   T14E   Stoke Lodge

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