New adventures in teaching

I’m so excited to let you all know that I am going to be teaching sewing classes at my local fabric shop, the excellent Hollies Haberdashery, here in my home town, Newcastle-under-Lyme (near Stoke-on-Trent) in Staffordshire. I’ve been busy making samples, writing class step-by-steps and generally getting everything into place for what I hope will be some really fun classes.

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Simple cushion class sample. How cute is this sweet dachshund fabric by Jillian Phillips for Dashwood Studios?

The first class is going to focus on learning how to make a simple cushions, with lots of tips and tricks on how to get a really nice finish by selecting great fabrics, using interfacing, and adding trims, cute details and top-stitching.

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Hopefully we will get time to include some cute little details like this.
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Same pattern – different style. I really wanted these cushions to show what a difference using different fabrics can make. These are from the Guess How Much I Love You collection by Clothworks.

I’m also going to teach an Absolute Beginner’s Sewing Machine class – keeping the class-size very small (only 4 people), and focusing on my strong belief that students do best when they are learning by doing, we will make a really simple ring binder cover. I really want people to go home with something to show for their hard work as well as becoming confident about using their sewing machine.

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Although there are more classes in the pipeline (and coming very soon, check back next week), for lots of fun makes like tote bags, zippy pouches, clip-frame purses, English Paper Piecing, and hopefully a weekly evening patchwork class, the only other course available for booking right now is Beginning Patchwork: Nine-Patch Cushion class.

My aim here is to provide a really fun introduction to basics of patchwork, whilst giving people the chance to actually finish something on the day. Here’s the cushion I made using the pattern I’ve created for the class:

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I loved fussy cutting these adorable animals for this nine-patch block. The fabric collection is called Foxtail Forest and it is designed by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabric.

I am really looking forward to sharing the fun that you can have with very straightforward patchwork designs and simple straight line quilting.

If you’re interested in coming along to a class (which run on Tuesday mornings and on Saturdays at the moment – do let me have any feedback about times because we are super-flexible and can put on more classes to suit), here’s where you can read more and make bookings. I really look forward to meeting some of my blog friends in real life!

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6 thoughts on “New adventures in teaching

  1. Hi, I’d like to come along to the ‘Absolute beginners’ class, but on a Saturday. I’d also be interested in anything on simple clothing alteration and making small items like pencil cases / pouches.
    Good luck with the first classes – hope they go brilliantly!

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