Workshops

Better Dressmaking Course

Better Dressmaking Course

Thursday 13 January
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Better Dressmaking summer school course is packed with tips and techniques to help you improve the fit and finish of your home-sewn clothes.

Teens Dressmaking course

Teens Dressmaking course

Thursday 13 January
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

teens dressmaking course – teaches 12-15 year olds learn how to make their own clothes

Free-Motion Embroidery

Free-Motion Embroidery

Friday 14 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Find out why Free-Motion Embroidery is the new must-do craft craze.

Untutored Life Drawing

Untutored Life Drawing

Monday 17 January
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Drawing the figure with a mix of short, long and some sustained poses.

For those with some experience who are looking to practice and experiment.

Bring your own materials, easels are provided.

Drop in classes but booking is essential: makinggathering@gmail.com

Nudity (suitable for 16+)

Zero Waste Home - Beeswax Food Wraps

Zero Waste Home - Beeswax Food Wraps

Tuesday 18 January
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zero Waste Home series.
Learn a new sustainable living skill. Make & take home 3 food wraps.
An in-person class delivered in a sanitized environment.

This class runs regularly. We’re happy to run a personalized class for you in-person, at your location or online.

What are beeswax food wraps?
They’re a natural eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil for wrapping food, cheese, bread, covering bowls and jars. Perfect for school lunch boxes and food on the go. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused, refreshed and composted at end of life.

Why take a beeswax wrap workshop?
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste to landfill, reduce chemical-laden plastic food packaging or looking for ways to become more zero waste then this is for you.

What will you do at the workshop?
We have done all the hard work so you don’t have to. Rose will guide you step-by-step through choosing fabric, the ingredients, applying the wax mixture, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro.

Please book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ecoart-27913191099
or contact Rose on rose@ecoartcharity.org

Know Your Overlocker

Know Your Overlocker

Friday 21 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many overlocker owners are frightened to take them out the box, or only use them for neatening edges. Yet they can do so much more…

Untutored Life Drawing

Untutored Life Drawing

Monday 24 January
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Drawing the figure with a mix of short, long and some sustained poses.

For those with some experience who are looking to practice and experiment.

Bring your own materials, easels are provided.

Drop in classes but booking is essential: makinggathering@gmail.com

Nudity (suitable for 16+)

Beginners Sewing Course XL - 2 days

Beginners Sewing Course XL - 2 days

Friday 28 January - Saturday 29 January
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Beginners sewing course XL is an extended version of the classic Beginners sewing course. It is a 2-day course, so there’s two extra projects to make. This extra sewing practice makes a huge difference to your sewing skill and confidence.

It is a good starting point to learn expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

Untutored Life Drawing

Untutored Life Drawing

Monday 31 January
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Drawing the figure with a mix of short, long and some sustained poses.

For those with some experience who are looking to practice and experiment.

Bring your own materials, easels are provided.

Drop in classes but booking is essential: makinggathering@gmail.com

Nudity (suitable for 16+)

Rags to Riches- a creative fabric upcycling workshop

Rags to Riches- a creative fabric upcycling workshop

Friday 4 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches  – creative textile upcycling is its most glamorous. Learn two easy ways to make your own unique fabrics from scraps. This is a real stash-busting workshop. Bring any pieces of fabrics and trims you have; the glitzier, the better.

What’s included:
• how to repurpose old clothing, household textiles, and scraps of trimmings,
• use the utility stitches of a basic sewing machine for decorative effects
• learn how to use metallic transfer foils to add a bit of bling.
• use free-motion embroidery to make a gorgeous quilted fabric
• gain ideas how you can use your new fabrics as cushion panels, evening bags or notebook covers.

Rags to Riches is a ‘techniques’-based workshop. You will learn two different ways to make new fabrics using some simple textile design methods. I’ll show you examples of items I’ve made using these fabrics so you can get some ideas how to use your fabrics.

Uses for your embroidered fabrics:
The fabrics also make lovely cards, jewellery , to cover gift boxes or as ‘wearable art’. If you have any scraps of fabrics, ribbons, trims, or old clothes you’d like to use, then please bring them along. Small colourful print patterns work well, as do satins, velvets, lace and brocade to add a touch of luxury. These techniques are perfect for creating a ‘memory quilt’ or a ‘memory cushion’. So you could bring along old clothing from your children or another family member. Why not use Gran’s blouse or silk scarves, or Dad’s favourite tie?

Sewing machines and materials are provided. If you bring your own machine, you’ll also need a darning/free-motion embroidery foot.

This workshop is run by Jen Skedd of Artisan Stitch.  Jen is a lifelong sewist and trained Textile Designer/Artist. She has been sewing for over 40 years and has held teaching and mentoring roles for 25 years.

Level: Improvers onwards (Basic sewing machine experience required)
Duration: 10am-4pm

Book here. Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk

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