Workshops

Rags to Riches - creative textile upcycling

Friday 25 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rags to riches is a real stash-busting workshop. Find out how to use up all those fabric scraps and make them into unique new fabrics. Bring any pieces of fabrics and trims you have; the glitzier, the better.

We will:
• 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, book covers or even for clothing.

The fabrics also make lovely cards, jewellery or to cover gift boxes. 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. Or Grandma’s old household linens?

Who is this aimed at?
Improvers. Anyone who can use a sewing machine. No previous embroidery or art experience is required

Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369.

to book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/rags-to-riches/

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 29 January
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 29 January
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw

I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.

Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!

Applique Workshop

Thursday 31 January
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This Applique cushion class will let you try out three different methods of applique. The methods are traditional raw edge (or zig-zag), free-motion embroidery, then reverse applique, sometimes known as ‘Cut through’.

Then choose your favourite method to create a unique picture panel, and make it into a lovely new cushion. Use your own design or one of mine, it’s up to you.

An applique cushion is an ideal upcycling project as you can use up pieces of old clothes. It’s also one way of using treasured family heirlooms.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who can already use a sewing machine and would like to explore its use for creative projects. Applique is a traditional textile art and is easy and fun to do to decorate clothes, bags, cushions, children’s bedding etc.

What will I learn?
how to plan a design for applique
how to prepare your fabric pieces
using bondaweb to secure your design before stitching
using zig-zag (satin stitch), free-motion embroidery and cut-through methods
making a cushion: envelope style or how to sew in a zip. You can make your applique design into a tote bag if you prefer.

Course arrangements

Fabric scraps for the applique pieces are available in the studio but you will need to bring enough fabric for the cushion panels (about 0.6cm of midweight cotton-type fabric 150cm wide is ideal for a 40cm cushion*) If you’d like to add a zip, then we can do that too. Bring one that’s around 6-8 cm shorter than the measurement of your cushion. (*Please ask for help with fabric quantities if you’re unsure). If you have a specific design and colours in mind, then you may wish to bring all your own fabric as I can’t guarantee I’ll specific quantities and colours of fabric in the studio.

Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369.

To book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/applique-cushion/

Scrappy Cushion - creative textile upcycling workshop

Friday 1 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

My scrappy cushion workshop will show you how to make your own unique fabric from scraps. Then you will turn it into a lovely and totally unique new cushion for your home.

This workshop is an offshoot from the popular ‘Rags to Ritches’. It borrows one of the techniques used in that class to create a stunning, embroidered textile piece. Then you have the opportunity to make your gorgeous embellished panel into a cushion, using either the ‘envelope’ method, or to add a zip closure.

Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

to book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/scrappy-cushion-2/

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 5 February
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 5 February
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw

I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.

Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!

Needlefelting - Birds Picture

Friday 8 February
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Needlefelted birds is a relaxed craft class to teach you the art of needlefelting. This is also known as dry felting or painting with wool. The best wool for needlefelting is merino wool tops which is soft and lustrous, and comes in beautiful glowing colours. Special barbed needles are used to push the fibres through into the backing cloth, like painting by numbers but with wool.

Who is this aimed at?
This textile workshop is suitable for everybody. It’s extremely relaxing. So if you’ve tried wet-felting and found it tiring and physical, then needlefelting, or dry-felting, is a more gentle alternative.

What will I learn?
how to transfer your chosen design or drawing to the backing fabric
the correct technique of holding the barbed needles
how to use the wool fibres to build up areas of colour
how to prick the fibres through the backing
blending the colours and building up layers of colour
adding further texture and interest using yarns and hand or machine embroidery

Course arrangements
All equipment and materials are provided. I also have a selection of images you can use, or you can bring your own picture to work from. You’ll need a clear image to fit in an A5 sized area. If you prefer, you can bring a photo of a favourite pet, or flower to recreate in needlefelt.

There will be a break for lunch during the day.

Enquiries: jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call: 0773 939 7369

to book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/needlefelted-birds/

Stained Glass Skill classes. Advanced and intermediate

Tuesday 12 February
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.

You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.

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Pilates Classes

Tuesday 12 February
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw

I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.

Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!

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