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Sewing Course for Beginners starting in the New Year.

Want to learn new Skills?  Come and join this course.

Sewing Course for Beginners: Learn practical Skills and Creative Techniques

Starting Thursday evening 16th January.

The knowledge and expertise you gain will be:
- Getting total control of the sewing machine.
- Mastering a variety of seams, stitches and finishings.
- Experiment with colours, pattern and fabric properties.
- How to sew zips, buttonholes, corners, curves and darts.
- Have a go at applique or patchwork.
- Mastering hems on all sorts of garments.
- Making your own samples useful for future references.
 
For bookings and more information follow the link
 

Presents and Vouchers

Looking for a Christmas Present? 

The Sewing Shed Stroud offers Vouchers for all workshops, courses and classes as well as vouchers for private sewing sessions.

Sewing Course for Improvers starting in the New Year

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Want to brush up on your Sewing Skills? Come and join the

Sewing for Improvers Course starting on Thursday evenings 16th January.

At this 10 week course we'll be making several projects, such as an apron with bias binding and pocket, a lined bag with pleats, pockets, straps and using interfacings and much more....Improve your skills and enjoy the process of making.  For more information or to book your self a place on the course please follow this link.

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Vouchers

Looking for a Christmas Present?

The Sewing Shed Stroud offers Vouchers for all workshops, courses and classes as well as vouchers for private sessions available.

Happy Sewing Everyone!

Martha.

Want to learn how to make your own Clothes?

Dressmaking, sewing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, Classes, Learning, Courses

Dressmaking for Beginners

Always wanted to make your own clothes? Then here is your change. We will offer a Dressmaking Course for Beginners on Wednesday evenings starting 15 January. This course is suitable for anyone who is familiar with the sewing machine and has basic sewing skills. You will learn how to:

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

For more info go to the website.

Dressmaking, sewing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, Classes, Learning, Courses
Dressmaking, sewing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, Classes, Learning, Courses

Inspired by Dior?

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Start making your own clothes at the Dressmaking for Beginners starting 25 April

Always wanted to make your own clothes? Then this is your change .We will offer a Dressmaking course for Beginners on Thursday evenings starting 25 April. which is suitable for anyone who is familiar with the sewing machine and has basic sewing skills. You will learn how to:

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

For more info go to the website.

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Sewing for Improvers course starting 24 April

Wanting to brush up on your sewing skills? Then the Sewing Course for Improvers might be just the thing for you. Starting Wednesday evening 24 April you will enjoy making and learning new skills in a lovely environment with like minded people.

Skills that we are covering will be:
  • Application of an invisible zip
  • Mastering pleats, folds and tucks.
  • Making and applying your own bias binding 
  • Experimenting with colours and pattern and fabric properties
  • Practising and sampling gathers, darts and a seams.
  • Making a lined bag and practise how to make handles.
  • How to sew an inside pocket in a bag.
  • Making an apron with pocket detail.

For more info go to the website.

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DIOR 

Photos of this fantastic Dior exhibition which is on at the moment at the V & A in London.

If you are interested in clothes, fashion or textiles than this is a real treat. You can see much more images on our Instagram and face book page.

 

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For lots more workshops from Patterncutting to Creative Textile courses and more please go to the website.

In the meantime happy sewing everyone and hope to see you soon.

Here are some photos of my moon series...Enjoy

 

Martha at the Sewing Shed Stroud.

Courses this Spring and Summer

Sewing for Improvers course 

Wanting to brush up on your sewing skills? Then the Sewing Course for Improvers might be just the thing for you. Starting 24 April for 10 Wednesday evenings we will enjoy making and learning new skills at the same time. For more info follow this link.

Sewing Day for Beginners

Really wanting to sew but not sure where to start? Then the Sewing Day for Beginners is just right for you. The next workshop is Saturday 6 April and Saturday 15 June. Go here for more info.

"Thanks again, for the wonderful Beginners Workshop, I really enjoyed it and learnt so much. I took the cover off the sewing machine that had been sat at the back of my work table for 3 years untouched and discovered I can use it now!  Repaired something that had been waiting a year for me to do.  So really pleased."

Get to know your Sewing Machine

Afraid of your sewing machine? At this workshop you will find out all about your machine. This workshop is Saturday 8 June. Go here to find out more.

Pattern cutting 

Interested in Pattern cutting? Wanting to make your own patterns? A good start to learn this skill is this day workshop on Saturday 27 April: How to make your own skirt pattern. For more info visit here.

Dressmaking for Beginners

Wanting to make your own clothes? After easter on Thursday evening 25 April we run a 10 week Dressmaking for Beginners course suitable for anyone who is familiar with the sewing machine and has basic sewing skills. For more info go to the website. 

Overlocker for Beginners

Sewing and edging like a pro? come to the Overlocker course and find out about how to give your work that professional look and great finish. On Saturday 4 May and Saturday 12 October is the workshop Overlock for BeginnersFor more details follow the link.

 I just wanted to say a "Big" Thank you for everything you have taught me. Having attended the classes I now feel I have the confidence to continue my sewing and try new things. Your patience and skill are fantastic and I really appreciate everything you have taught me.  I look forward to many happy sewing years ahead!'

Creative Textiles: stitched surfaces.  

An exploration of stitch, texture and surface relief involving stitch and layering inspired by mark making, to build up a collection of experimental samples. A day of creative delights on Saturday 18 May. For more info go to the website.

The art of making!

The pleasure and satisfaction that making gives is hugely beneficial for the human mind and overall well being. I can't imagine a world without making!

This leads me on the workshop last Saturday when we did the Cloth Collage workshop which gave me huge pleasure. It was an exploration of colours, textures and learning new skills. We had some great results and I am save to say that it was a day enjoyed by all. And for me there are always new things to learn no matter how long one has been practising. So thanks everyone to your contribution.

There are a few more creative workshops coming up for anyone who is interested. 

Due to the snow and ice the Freehand Machine Embroidery has been postponed to 23 March. There are a few places available so if you're interested in using the machine creatively this is your chance. Go here to book your place.

Another creative workshop is on 18 May: Stitched Surfaces. This is an exciting opportunity to explore with a variety of stitches and mark-making in textiles. For more info look here.

Anyone interested in overlocking and giving your work that professional look. The workshop Overlocking for beginners is for you. We will cover the basics, the threading and much more. There are still spaces at the extra added workshop but if your interested in this sign up as places are limited. For more info follow this link.

if you would like to have a go with the sewing machine, make a few things and have a play than this is the right place for you. We have got a new beginners workshop on Saturday 9th March. Book your place here.

If you are wanting to learn how to make your own patterns, get a garment that fits well and suits your shapes than start making your own blocks. This is the first one in the series Make your own skirt block to start you off and tech you the beginnings of pattern-cutting. For more information go here.

For anymore workshops and courses please have a look at the website.

Happy Sewing Everyone and dont' forget to enjoy the Sewing Bee. 

A WORKSHOP FOR CHRISTMAS

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2019 WORKSHOP AND COURSES
 
A spring course could be an ideal gift for a partner, sister, friend or anyone you care for that loves being creative. I still have a few places left on the following courses so why not give it a thought.......or perhaps you could quite simply treat yourself. You could of course just leave this page open on your computer for your partner to see when he passes it by!!!
 
Do take a look at the great courses below.

 

Cloth Collage Saturday 9 February 

Exploring colours, textures and tones. We will be experimenting with colour ranges and creating areas of light and dark. An exciting day in which you can totally focus and explore your own sense of colour. 
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Freehand Machine Embroidery Saturday 2 February

At this workshop you have the opportunity to explore and develop freehand machine embroidery in combination with other techniques.

We will be experimenting with layering fabrics, drawing with thread, and using appliqué techniques. This workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone with more experience. No prior sewing knowlegde needed.

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Sewing course for beginners: 10 weeks of delightful sewing starting Tuesday 15 January 

In this course you will cover a wide range of techniques and methods that are usable for dressmaking, interior design and more creative handmade projects. These skills are taught through a variety of hands-on projects and demonstrations. You work in small groups which means plenty of individual guidance and time for your questions. This course is starting Tuesday 15 January 2019 - 26 March.

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Sewing course for improvers/ Beginners 2: 10 weeks of sewing galore...

Building on your existing skills we will go more in depth and cover exposed and invisible zips, linings, pockets, patchwork and crazy quilt techniques and much more. In this 10 week course we offer a fantastic combination of creative and technical skills usable for dressmaking, interior and all your craft projects. This course is starting Thursday 17 January 2019 - 4 April.

Bookings

For bookings and more information about these workshops please follow this link

 

Vouchers

Not sure what workshop to choose? No problem. Buy a voucher which is usable for any of the classes and courses on offer by the Sewing Shed Stroud.

 

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TEXTILE WORKSHOP FOR CHRISTMAS!

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2019 WORKSHOP AND COURSES
 
A spring course could be an ideal gift for a partner, sister, friend or anyone you care for that loves being creative. I still have a few places left on the following courses so why not give it a thought.......or perhaps you could quite simply treat yourself. You could of course just leave this page open on your computer for your partner to see when he passes it by!!!
 
Do take a look at the great courses below.

 

Cloth Collage Saturday 9 February 

Exploring colours, textures and tones. We will be experimenting with colour ranges and creating areas of light and dark. An exciting day in which you can totally focus and explore your own sense of colour. 
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freehand machine embroidery art and learn to 'draw' with the machine., Stroud, Gloucestershire, creative, textiles, courses, workshop. Stroud international Textiles Festival, SIT. Sewing courses, Pattern drafting, Sewing Bee, Sewing Shed Stroud, making clothes, kids sewing, teen sewing, creative sewing, sewing classes Stroud, sewing in Gloucestershire, weekly classes, ongoing group, private sewing classes, textiles, making clothes, pattern cutting,

Freehand Machine Embroidery Saturday 2 February

At this workshop you have the opportunity to explore and develop freehand machine embroidery in combination with other techniques.

We will be experimenting with layering fabrics, drawing with thread, and using appliqué techniques. This workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone with more experience. No prior sewing knowlegde needed.

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Sewing course for beginners: 10 weeks of delightful sewing starting Tuesday 15 January 

In this course you will cover a wide range of techniques and methods that are usable for dressmaking, interior design and more creative handmade projects. These skills are taught through a variety of hands-on projects and demonstrations. You work in small groups which means plenty of individual guidance and time for your questions. This course is starting Tuesday 15 January 2019 - 26 March.

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Sewing course for improvers/ Beginners 2: 10 weeks of sewing galore...

Building on your existing skills we will go more in depth and cover exposed and invisible zips, linings, pockets, patchwork and crazy quilt techniques and much more. In this 10 week course we offer a fantastic combination of creative and technical skills usable for dressmaking, interior and all your craft projects. This course is starting Thursday 17 January 2019 - 4 April.

 

Bookings

For bookings and more information about these workshops please follow this link

 

Vouchers

Not sure what workshop to choose? No problem. Buy a voucher which is usable for any of the classes and courses on offer by the Sewing Shed Stroud.

 

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Christmas Workshop 2018

Make your own Advent Calendar

Enjoy a day of making your own advent calendar that you can use year after year. These little houses have pockets to hold your christmas treats and are an ideal way of using up small pieces of scraps of fabric.

When: Saturday 24 November
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud
Time: 10am - 4pm

For more information and booking a place on this workshop please visit the website

 

Advanced Overlocker Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more advanced overlocking techniques and to improve their knowledge and understanding of how overlockers work. 

The techniques we are covering are flat locking, rolled hems, gathering, pin-tucks. You will also find out about the differential feed mechanism and you will have a go at overlocking using a wide variety of fabrics.

When: Saturday 17 November
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud
Time: 10am - 1pm

For more information and booking a place on this workshop please visit the website

Make your own Advent Calendar

Enjoy a day of making your own advent calender that you can use year after year. These little houses have pockets to hold your christmas treats and are an ideal way of using up small pieces of scraps of fabric.

When: Saturday 24 November
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time: 10 pm - 4 pm

For more information and booking a place on this workshop please visit the website

 

Make your own Advent Calendar

Enjoy a day of making your own advent calender that you can use year after year. These little houses have pockets to hold your christmas treats and are an ideal way of using up small pieces of scraps of fabric.

When: Saturday 24 November
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time: 10 pm - 4 pm

For more information and booking a place on this workshop please visit the website

 

Creative Meditation

Do you ever feel a sense of achievement when you make something with your own hands?

Do you sometimes notice a sense of fulfilment and pride looking at you work?

Maybe even a sense of triumph?  

I do (ok, I'll be honest, not always but often though) and I know many others do too that come here to spend time making and working with fabrics.

I call it "Creative Meditation' as it gives you space and time to zone out and get totally absorbed in what you do right at that moment. Which means you are in the here and now, and at the same time you are learning a new skill!

If this appeals to you come to the

Sewing Workshop for Beginners on the Saturday 3 November 

as this is an ideal introduction. You will be going home with your own made projects.

In this workshop you will learn how to sew in a fun and enjoyable way. You will be shown how to set up the sewing machine and how to use a variety of stitches.
You will learn how to create button holes or put in zips plus lots of tips and tricks! Then practice these skills and gain confidence whilst making a beautiful looking product such as a bag, cushion cover, or purse, etc.
Suitable for beginners or those looking to improve their skills.

"Having attended your classes I now feel I have the confidence to continue my sewing and try new things. Your patience and skill are fantastic and I really appreciate everything you have taught me."

At the Sewing Shed we work in small groups so there is plenty of time to ask questions, receive hands on guidance and tuition.
Sewing machines and other sewing tools are available at the Sewing Shed. 

When: Saturday 3 November,
Where: at the Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: 10 pm - 4 pm
Fee: 60 including all materials. 

For more information and booking a place on the above please visit the website

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Line drawing studies 9 & 6

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Hi Everyone,

 

Please ignore if you've done this already but if not then...

Please reply with a yes if you would like to be kept informed of up and coming workshops and masterclasses and special offers for the Sewing Shed Stroud.

 
 
I will and have never shared your email address with 3rd parties and you can unsubscribe anytime by using the button on the bottom of each newsletter.
 
With the new legislations coming in re your contact details, please do let us know. After 25th May we won't be able to keep you on our mailing list unless you let us know otherwise...
 
 
Warmest,
 
Martha van der Laan
 
 
 
 
 

Line Drawing Study 6 & 9

Teen Sewing in the Summer Hols

Fancy doing a few days making and designing your own clothes?

You can make a T-shirt type Top/tunic. Learn how to copy a simple top and get to grips with some pattern cutting skills. Experience a sense of design freedom in understanding to copy clothes you like. We will be using sewing machines and you can have a go at the overlocker machines.

Making this top, you will learn about seams, hems, finishings, necklines, working from 2D pattern into 3D and gaining an understanding of how to construct clothes.

When: Monday and Tuesday 23 and 24 July
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time 10 am - 3.30pm.

For more info please follow the link or get in contact 07846 853016

From Cloth to Collage

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An exciting day workshop which is part of the Stroud Textile Festival. There will be an introduction into freehand machine embroidery and an exploration of colour and texture using a variety of fabrics and examen its qualities. We will be using imagery and photos as inspiration for your fabric creations which will be composed and layered before being stitched over using machine embroidery, hand stitch and collage. Suitable for any level. 

When: Saturday 26th May
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 10 am - 4 pm.

Cost £60

For more information or questions follow the link.

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Want to learn how to shorten trousers and other skills?

At our New Sewing Course for Beginners you will learn lots of practical skills through a variety of hands-on projects, demonstrations and guided supervision. We will cover techniques and methods that are usable for dressmaking, interior design and more creative handmade projects.

From mastering total control of the sewing machine to completing button holes and sewing in zips.

For more information or questions follow the link.

When: Friday afternoon starting 4 May until the 29 June (no session Friday 1 June due to half term).
Where: at the Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 1pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £159

New course coming this spring!

Sewing course for beginners:

Learn practical skills and creative techniques

A Sewing course suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to brush up on their existing skills. We will cover a wide range of techniques and methods that are usable for dressmaking, interior design and more creative handmade projects. These skills are taught through a variety of hands-on projects, demonstrations and guided supervision. 
 
 The knowledge and expertise you gain will be:
- Getting total controle of the sewing machine.
- Mastering a variety of seams, stitches and finishings.
- Experiment with colours, pattern and fabric properties.
- How to sew zips, buttonholes, corners, curves and darts.
 
When: Friday afternoon Starting 4th May - 29th June 
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 1 pm - 3.30 pm
Cost: £159

Make your own new reusable bag....

...and learn lots of new skills on the way at the 

Sewing day for beginners.

We cover a broad base of sewing skills such as top stitching, hemming, seam finishings, construction, appliqué, etc with the aim of gaining confidence and getting enjoyment out of making your own products whilst making a beautiful looking bag. 
 

When: Saturday 3rd March, Workshop A
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: 10 pm - 4 pm
Costs £65.

For more information please follow the link.

 

What others have said about Sewing Shed Stroud:

Thoroughly enjoyed the beginners session, learnt some great skills which I can't wait to put into practice. 

Very pleased with what we managed to make, thank you very much!

To read more reviews or find out the latest news just press this link.

 

Sewing Day for Improvers

We will be expanding on your existing skills and go into more detail. Make your own cushion cover using piping and sewing in a covered zip. Our aim is to increase your confidence whilst giving you a fun and enjoyable experience to feel sure when tackling more advanced sewing projects.

When: Saturday 10th March.
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £65.
 
For more information please follow the link.
 
 
 

Sewing course for beginners: Learn practical skills and creative techniques

An 8 week sewing course full of hands projects thought in a fun and engaging way.

Some of the area's we will cover are:
- Mastering a variety of seams, stitches and finishings.
- Experiment with colours, pattern and fabric properties.
- How to sew zips, buttonholes, corners, curves and darts.
- Try appliqué or patchwork to give projects a whole different twist.
- Mastering hems so shortening or lengthening becomes a doddle.
- and much more...
 
When: Friday afternoon Starting 20th April until the 15th June (no session Friday 1st June is half term).
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 1 pm - 3.30 pm
Cost: £159
 
For more information or booking please follow the link.
 
 

Want a professional finish? Learn how to use an overlocker!

 

Follow-on Overlocker Workshop: Friday 23 February

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more advanced overlocking techniques and to improve thier knowledge and understanding of how overlockers work. You will need to have experience using an overlocker and know how to adjust tension and threading the machine. To gain these skills please attend the "Get to know your Overlocker' workshop to get up to speed

The techniques we are covering are things like flat locking, rolled hems, gathering, pintucks, differential feed mechanism and we will be covering overlocking using a wide variety of fabrics.

When : Friday 23rd February
Time:  1.30 pm -4.30 pm.
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.

When : Saturday 30th June
Time:  1.30 pm -4.30 pm.
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.

For more information and to book a place go here.

Overlocker for Beginners: Saturday 24th March.

This workshop is for beginners who want to learn how to use the overlocker.
Find out how to give your work a professional finish, learn how to thread the machine, understand tension settings and much more.  

Find out what it can do for you.

- thread the machine and rethread the easy way.
- adjust stitch length and blade position.
- adjust tension.
- sew corners, round edges and seams.
- replacing needles.
 

When : Saturday 24th March 
Time:  10 am -4 pm.
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.

 
To book your self a place or to find out more just follow the link.

Creative Workshop: Learn to Machine embroider with your machine.

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Layered and Stitched: Freehand Machine Embroidery

When: Saturday 10th February.

At this workshop you have the opportunity to explore and develop freehand machine embroidery in combination with other techniques.
We will be experimenting with layering fabrics, drawing with thread, and appliqué. It is this use of a combination of different materials and techniques that can often inspire our work to develop in a new way.
After this experimental phase you have the opportunity to move on to make a bag using one or more techniques or to continue to focus on the experimental development. 

All the techniques on offer are adaptable for all levels.

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Want to work on your own project but need help? Than the Sew-In is ideal for you.

A group of like minded makers are meeting regularly to make their own clothes, curtains, bags, customise second hand garments and much more. Receive help where needed and personal tuition tailored to your project. The Sew-In is every Friday morning and Tuesday evening. Go here for bookings or to find more info. 

 

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New: Sewing Course for Beginners Starting on Friday 9th March:

Learn practical skills and creative techniques. Every Friday afternoon for 8 week. 

What to do this weekend?

A day to get to know your overlocker: Friday 15th December.

This workshop is for beginners who want to learn how to use the overlocker.

Find out how to give your work a professional finish, learn how to thread the machine, understand tension settings and much more.  

For more information and to book a place go here.

Creative Christmas Workshop for Kids@ the Sewing Shed 

Two days of sewing in a fun and easy going manner and at the same time teach the kids some important skills for life. 

On Monday we will be making a hot water bottle cover inspired by an animal, scenery or an all over pattern. This can be as elaborate or as simple in design as you like.

On Tuesday we will continue and make a 3-D shape using fabrics, trimmings, buttons, lace, ribbons and all sorts embellishments. The idea is to make your design come to life in the 'real world'. 

Monday 18th December and Tuesday 19th December 10 - 3.30.

You can book separate days or both and receive 10% discount. For info or booking please go here. 

 

Vouchers available for all the workshops, courses and individual sessions.

Finally:

Thanks to everyone for your support and a Happy Christmas and see you in the New Year.

Martha.

15% Discount when booking a workshop this weekend.

The Sewing Shed Stroud is offering a special pre-Christmas offer:

Make a workshop booking this weekend and receive 15% discount. This offer applies to bookings made on Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November for any workshop in 2017, paid in full at time of booking.

If you want to book a place or would like more info please follow the link.

Workshop for Beginners: Learn to sew and at the same time make 2 lovely christmas presents. 

On Friday 17th November from 10am - 4pm we will run a Workshop Day for Sewing for Beginners and at this very popular workshop are still a few spaces availble. 

What others have said about this workshop:

'I attended beginners workshop B- and loved it. The craft space is excellent, and quality materials and tools are supplied. Martha is incredibly patient and spent time with everyone who needed her. I now have a new found confidence to improve my basic skills. Would highly recommend.' Hayley Woods.

Make your own Back-Pack.

On Friday 8th December we offer a special workshop. You will be making your own back pack in a day! A lovely light weight shoulder bag with an extra pocket and zips. This shoulder bag is a perfect Christmas present. We will cover lots of skills and techniques such as zips, curves and corners, shoulder straps, different finishings and top stitchings.

All materials included Cost £65.

For more information or bookings go here.

Creative Kids @ Sewing Shed Stroud.

Christmas workshops for kids on Monday 18th December and Tuesday 19th December.

This sewing workshop is a great and fun way to introduce your kids to sewing. The idea is to make  simple and fun project learning lots of skilss and different techniques and playing with colour, fabric and textures. For more information and to book a place go here.

Get to know your Overlocker on 15th December

This workshop is for beginners who can bring their own overlocker and experinece the many possibilities that such machine can offer.

For more information and to book a place go here.

To see what other workshops or courses are on offer please go to the website

Creative Kids Workshop @ Half Term.

Two days of sewing in a fun and easy going manner and at the same time teach the kids some important skills for life. 

On Monday we will be making a hot water bottle cover inspired by an animal, scenery or an all over pattern. This can be as elaborate or as simple in design as you like.

On Tuesday we will continue with this theme and make an actual creature or a different animal in a 3-D form using fabrics and all sorts embellishments. The idea is to make your design come to life in the 'real world'. 

Monday 23rd October and Tuesday 24th October 10 - 3.30.

You can book separate days or both and receive 10% discount. For info or booking please go here.

Embroidery workshop using a sewing machine.

Learn how to 'draw' with your sewing machine. You will be shown how to use a basic domestic sewing machine to create exciting surface textures and unique imagery.  You can make your own scenery of summer's best moments or autumns most dramatic colours, etc. We will have a look at colour, design and composition. All equipment is available at the Sewing Shed. Suitable for any level.

Whole day workshop on Friday 20th October 10 - 4pm.

For bookings and more information click here.

Learn how to make your own clothes

Set your self a new challenge for autumn:

Learn how to make your own clothes.

The Sewing Shed is offering 3 different courses to suit everyone needs.

Fancy a short and intense blast of Sewing than the Dressmaking Weekend Workshop is for you! Make a garment in 2 days on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. For more info click here.

Or if 1 evening a week suits you better than the Monday Evening Course is perfect. 6 Weeks of uninterrupted sewing with other like minded sewers! Every session is 2.5 hours and we will cover many skills. To sign up please follow the link. 

Maybe you prefer a once a month commitment.  A dedicated Sewing day one Saturday a month is what you get when you sign up for the Triple Saturday Stitch. Learn many techniques and make several garments. To book or for more info see here.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Sewing Shed Stroud. 

 Martha.

Find Inspiration: Monday Morning Sew-In

 
Start your week with a creative session at the Monday Morning Sew-In. 

Find inspiration while learning basic principles and professional finishing techniques.  Make and create great fitting original clothes, no matter your shape, size, style or experience

Meet like minded people and enjoy the experience, still ensuring that you get the individual guidance and advice you need to produce projects of your choice.

When: Monday mornings from 11th September
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time : 10 am - 12.30 pm.

When: Tuesday evenings (3 evenings per month) from 5th September
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time : 7 pm - 9.30 pm.

For more info or bookings follow the link.

 

Making and Sewing in halfterm

Sewing for Kids in Half Term.

This sewing workshop is a great and fun way to introduce your child to sewing. The idea is to make a simple and fun project. This time we will be making a pencil case using recycled fabrics, buttons, ribbons and stitch.  After making the basic shape there will be time to put your own mark on it and get creative. You can embellish it to your harts content.

You will be learning how to sew with the sewing machine and how to sew by hand. How to cut fabric, using a simple pattern and all in a fun and easy going manner so you will enjoy the making process.

When: Tuesday  30 May 
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 3.30 pm.
Costs £45

Making with your Child/Grandchild.

Enjoy the pleasure of making and creating together with your child or grand child. Taking time out to make and enjoy each others company whilst creating something with your hands. All materials are included and everything will be setup ready to get stuck in.

You wil be making your own little creatures and characters based on once own pictures and/or drawings or inspired by characters that we have got here at the Sewing Shed. We will be experimenting with machine stitch and different hand stitches, combining colour, textures and fabric to create all the quirkiness your creature needs. A morning of making and creating and spending time together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

When: Wednesday 31 May 
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 1 pm.
Costs £30

Nip and Tuck: Fabric Manipulation

As part of the Stroud International Textile Festival we are offering this workshop, an introduction into fabric manipulation. 

We will be using a combination of structural and organic patterns to pleat, stitch, fold, cut and gather creating a variety of exciting textures and interesting 3 dimensional shapes. After a structured start you will have time to experiment and create your own fabric. These samples can be used as the focus for a cushion cover or mounted up for greeting cards.

All the techniques on offer are adaptable for all levels.

When: Saturday 29th April.
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.

Costs £55. 

Follow on from Beginners: Piped Cushion cover and more

Intermediate Sewing Day

A workshop designed for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine and has basic sewing skills wanting to take the next step forward. Ideal if you have done the Sewing Day for Beginners. Come and make a piped cushion with hidden zip and detailed panel on the front. You will learn lots of skills and tricks on the way.

This will increase your confidence whilst giving you a fun and enjoyable day. The perfect workshop to teach you how to tackle more advanced sewing projects.

Sewing machines and other sewing tools are available at the Sewing Shed. All materials included.

When: Saturday 10 June
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time: 10 am - 4/4.30 pm.
Costs: £60

Kids Sewing Workshop in Easter Break. Sewing Shed Stroud.

 

Easter Break: Lets sew! Make your own project for Kids/Teens

This sewing workshop is a great and fun way to introduce you to sewing. The idea is to make a simple and fun project. This time we will be making a pencil case using recycled fabrics and buttons.  After making the basic shape there will be time to put your own mark on it and get creative. You can embellish it with fabric, ribbons, stitch, handmade flowers, etc. 

You will be learning how to sew with the sewing machine and how to sew by hand. All in a fun and easy going manner so you will enjoy the learning and making process.

When: Tuesday 11th October
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £45.

New workshop coming up :

Sewing with your Child/Grandchild on Wednesday 12th April.

Enjoy the plaesure of making and creating together with your spouse.

More information to follow soon...

Get to know your overlocker

Find out all about your overlocker and what it can do for you.

thread the machine and rethread the easy way.
- adjust stitch length and blade position.
- adjust tension.
- sew corners, round edges and seams.
- replacing needles.
 
Come and find out this Saturday 1st April 9.30 - 12.30 £30.
 
This is what others have said about workshops
 
'Thanks again, for this morning I really enjoyed it and learnt so much'.
 
 
To book your self a place or to find out more just follow the link.

Our Quick Gift Making for Beginners!

Our last Sewing Day for Beginners this year.

Learn new skills in a fun way and enjoy the process of making at this Sewing Day for Beginners. Indulge your self in a whole day of sewing THIS Saturday 10th December and there is also one on the 28th January. It is still in time to make some lovely last minute presents. Both workshops are ideaal for beginners.

 

This is what others said about the Sewing Shed Stroud courses:

Thanks again, for the wonderful Beginners workshop. I really enjoyed it and learnt so much.  I took the cover off the sewing machine that had been sat at the back of my work table for 3 years untouched and discovered I can use it now!  Repaired something that had been waiting a year for me to do.  So really pleased.

You will be taught all the ins and outs of how to use the sewing machine to how to make a last minute gift.

One is sheduled for THIS Saturday 10th December, 9.30 - 4.30; and the other is on Saturday 28th January, 9.30 - 4pm.

Sign up for the one THIS Saturday here and for the one in January here. 

Half Term Sewing for Kids/ Teens.

Half Term: Lets sew! Make your own apron for Kids/Teens

This sewing workshop is a great and fun way to introduce you to sewing. The idea is to make a simple and fun project. At this workshop you will be making an apron for yourself with straps and a pocket. After making the basic shape there will be time to personalise your work. Think of embellishing it with fabric, ribbons, stitch, handmade flowers, etc. 

You will be learning sewing skills, machine as wel as hand sewing and gain confidence in using the sewing machine. All in a fun and easy going manner so you will enjoy the making process.

When: Tuesday 25th October
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £45.

Half Term: Lets sew! Make your own clothes for Kids/ Teens

Come and make your own clothes. Learn all the skills you need to make a simple short sleeve top for your self, made from your own chosen fabric. We will be using a pattern so you get the hang of how to use these.

The skills you will learn are sewing and finishing seams, top-stitching, how to use a pattern, cutting fabric, transfer pattern notches and more. All equipment and sewing machines are available here at the Sewing Shed. 

You don't have to be an expert at sewing but it is good to know your way around the sewing machine and to stitch a straight-ish line.

When: Thursday 27th October
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £45.

Monthly Autumn Sewing Course for Beginners

Fancy a day of making and creating without any interruptions totally focused on what you want to do. 

At our monthly sewing course you will give your self one day each month just that. We will be making different items each session and learning new skills and gaining more confidence.

We will cover facings and necklines, sleeves and sleeve finishes, hems and edges, collars and pockets, zips and buttonholes and more.

The Triple Saturday Sewing Course will start on 15th October, 12th November and 10th December. For booking and more information visit the website. 

Come and join us.

 

Get to grips with stretch fabric!!

Love wearing comfortable but flattering clothes? Than this is the workshop for you. We will be making a long sleeved garment that will fit your shape using jersey material. This workshop is all about getting to grips with stretchy fabrics and finding out ow to work with it.

4 Tuesday evenings from 20th September at 6.30 - 9 pm.

Capture all that is good about summer...

 

The sun maybe setting on summer, but with our Freehand Embroidery Day you can capture all that is good about the summer!

Make your own scenery of summer's best moments and of all the things left of it at this workshop on your own bag.

Experiment with a variety of techniques and learn all the skills needed to create your own design.

Saturday 10th September from 9.30. 

Utilising all the skills you have gained in de morning we will follow on and create your own image or scenery and make a one off bag. Book for the whole day and receive 15% discount. For bookings and more information click here.

For more information about other sewing workshops and dressmaking classes please follow this link.

Schools out: Lets Sew! Kids/Teens Sewing Workshops

Make your own clothes

Come and make your own clothes. Learn all the skills you need to make a simple short sleeve top for your self, made from your own chosen fabric. We will be using a pattern so you get the hang of how to use these.

The skills you will learn are sewing and finishing seams, top-stitching, how to use a pattern, cutting fabric, transfer pattern notches and more. All equipment and sewing machines are available here at the Sewing Shed. 

You don't have to be an expert at sewing but it is good to know your way around the sewing machine and to stitch a straight-ish line.

When: Tuesday 26th July
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £45.

Go here to book your place.

Make your own Bag and have a go at embellishing

This sewing workshop is a great and fun way to introduce you to sewing. The idea is to make a simple and fun project. At this workshop you will be making a bag for yourself with handles and a pocket. After making the basic shape there will be time to personalise your work. Think of embellishing it with fabric, ribbons, stitch, handmade flowers, etc. 

You will be learning sewing skills, machine as wel as hand sewing and gain confidence in using the sewing machine. All in a fun and easy going manner so you will enjoy the making process..

When you sign up I will sent you the details of what to bring. 

When: Tuesday 28th July
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 10 am - 4 pm.
Costs £45.

Go here to book your place.

 

Summer stitching

First Saturday of the month.. time for Saturday Stitch.

It's time for our Saturday Stitch this weekend 2nd July at 1.30 pm.  An afternoon of sewing dedicated to your own project of your choice.  Get inspired and supported and meet like minded souls. Suitable for beginners and more experienced sewers. To book your place go here.

 

'The shed is a warm and lovely environment, which enables complete focus on being creative'. Ruth B.

 

Get to know your Sewing Machine

Learn all the possibilities your machine can offer you. We cover different sewing stitches and their use, thread tension, the purpose of different sewing feet and the most common problems that occur using your sewing machine. Suitable for all abilities. Next workshop: 2nd July at 9.30 am. You can sign up here.

 

See you at the Sewing Shed, Martha.

Hand-Made with Pride

New Course starting this Monday evening.

 
Make your own Tunic Top and learn lots of new skills on the way.
 
A fun and hands-on evening course starting on Monday 13th June.
You will be making a tunic with a simple collar and a neckline with a front placket, a pleated detail at the front and a box-pleat at the back. We will cover all the basics and more. You are welcome to customise the garment to your own style and taste. At the Sewing Shed we work in small groups so there is enough opportunity to ask questions and get lots of hints and tips.
For more information look here.
 
 
 

Want to learn to sew? A sewing workshop for beginners.

Join our morning workshop for beginners on  Saturday 11th June and find your way around the machine. You will learn anything you need to get you going. At the end you will go home with your first hand made project.

Saturday Stitch

Suitable for anyone who wants to work on their own project. The Saturday Stitch on Saturday 11th June. 
Make anything you like and get help, guidance and advise along the way whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea or coffee.
For more information go here.

 

Creative Meditation!

Do you ever feel a sense of achiement when you make something with your own 2 hands? Do you sometimes notice a sense of fulfillment and pride looking at you work? Maybe even a sense of triumph?  I do!( I'll be honest not always but often) and I know many others do that come here to spend time making and working with fabrics. I call it "Creative Meditation' as it gives you space to zone out and get totally absorbed in what you do right here. You are in the here and now! and a thte same time you are Learning a new skill'! If this appeals to you come to our 

workshop for beginners on the Saturday 3 November

as this is an ideal introduction. You will be going home with your own made projects.

In this workshop you will learn how to sew in a fun and enjoyable way. You will be shown how to set up the sewing machine and how to use a variety of stitches.
You will learn how to create button holes or put in zips plus lots of tips and tricks! Then practice these skills and gain confidence whilst making a beautiful looking product such as a bag, cushion cover, or purse, etc.
Suitable for beginners or those looking to improve their skills.

At the Sewing Shed we work in small groups so there is plenty of time to ask questions, receive hands on guidance and tuition.
Sewing machines and other sewing tools are available at the Sewing Shed. 

When: Saturday 3 November,
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time: 10 pm - 4 pm
Fee: 60 including all materials. 

For more information and booking a place on the above please visit the website

Half term Kids/Teen sewing workshop.

Kids/ Teen sewing workshop

Enjoy sewing and make your own piece of clothing. At this day workshop we will be making a simple short sleeve top. All you need to bring is some fabric and some matching sewing thread. all other things are here like seing machines, scissors and other tools

Summer Holiday Sewing: Tuesday 26th July 10 am - 4 pm at the Sewing Shed. £45.

Please bring your lunch and if you think you mught be a bit peckish in between just bring in a snack to keep you going.

A favour to ask...

Hi,

I just wanted to ask you a favour. At the moment I am working on a project to create and recreate collars and necklines. Therefore I am in need of any old blazer or jacket that has got a neckline shape like a lapel or shawl collar for me to reshape, manipulate, cut into etc.

Man or woman's jackets fine. Any suit jacket is perfect. It doesn't matter if the garments has holes or is old and knackered. 

Please have a look in your cupboard and see if you have any jackets, blazer, suit jackets that you don't need anymore.  I happily take it of you. Let me know if you want me to collect it. 

Thank you very much for reading this and happy sewing.

Martha.

Freehand Embroidery Workshop 23rd April

 

Be inspired and give yourself an afternoon of undivided time and space to experiment and play with vorm, colour and imagery.

 

What people have said about this workshop:

'thanks for a really great day. I now feel full of creativity and new ideas.'

 

This Saturday 23rd april at 1.30 - 4.30 pm at the Sewing Shed in Stroud. 

All materials, machinery and coffee and tea are ready for you. Here are some ideas to get you going.

Martha.

 

 

Back from our travels

 

After several months we are back from our travels in Australasia and the Sewing Shed has opened its doors again.

Whilst away one of the many things we have visited is this weaving village in northern Laos. Here nearly every house has a big loom underneath their house on which the women make the most fantastic hand-woven textiles. Here are a few photo's to show you but more on that at a later stage.

Workshops in April 

For now we have got some exciting workshops and the first ones are starting this weekend.

If you have got a sewing machine and you want to know al the tricks your machine can do come to the workshop Get to know your sewing machine on 16th April. Go here to book your space. 

Drop Inn Sessions. 

The Saturday Stitch is 16th April and this is where you can enjoy working on your own project with help, guidance and advice along the way. These sessions are for anyone who has sewn before. You can make anything from garments to cushions to copying your favourite trousers. For more info look here.

For anyone who would like to learn to sew there is the very popular Sewing workshop for beginners on Saturday 23rd April. At this sewing session you will go home proudly with your finished first project! For more information go here.

Freehand Machine Embroidery 23rd April.

A morning of doodling on the sewing machine. A fun way of drawing and creating your own designs. Making pictures using fabric scraps, colour, texture and line. This Freehand Machine Embroidery class is a great way to draw with your sewing machine and to feel free and creative. It is a wonderful technique which has endless possibilities. For more information click here.

Spaces on the popular Sewing Bee available

There are a few spaces on the ongoing Wednesday morning Sewing Bee. Also known as the Make-whatever-you-like-group. If you are interested please let me know as this group fills up very quickly and spaces are limited. To book or for more info you can ring 0784 685 3016.

Interested in sewing your own clothes?

Evening course for beginners:

Come and make your own garment, and learn some great dressmaking skills.  6 Monday evenings from 6.30 - 9 pm, starting on the 13th June. Suitable for beginners. Sewing machines available at the Sewing Shed. For more info look here.

Weekend workshop:

If you want to make your favourite garment in 2 days you can sign up for the weekend workshop on 14th & 15th May. For more info have a look here.

 

Exciting new Saturday Sewing Course starting. 

At this 3 day course we will be making one garment per month. You will get introduced to different many skills and techniques. Starting on 21st May. Click here for more info.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Sewing Shed.

Martha.

 

 

 

 

Last workshop of the year

Have fun on the Sewing Machine

Enjoy making a simple first project and learn a new skills at the same time. Even if you have done this workshop I recommend this as you will acquire new skills because the projects are always changing. The last one is Saturday 21st November. For more info look here.

 

Teresa said about the courses :

"I just wanted to say a "Big" Thank you for everything you have taught me. Having attended 3 sets of classes I now feel I have the confidence to continue my sewing and try new things. Your patience and skill are fantastic and I really appreciate everything you have taught me."

 

 

Packing my bags!

As you might have heard, me and my family are going travelling. Yes, it is true! The Sewing Shed is going to be closed for the winter.

We will be back after easter with refreshed energy for new courses and workshops.

Look out for the new Monthly Sewing Course coming in the new year. One Saturday per month.

Wishing everyone many hours of Happy Sewing and hope to see you all in the New Year.

 

Martha.

 

The Love of Making

Saturday 7th November last Saturday Stitch of the Year.

The Sewing Shed will be closed for a winter break so take your opportunity to create and make whatever you like at our monthly Saturday Stitch session this Saturday 7th November. The next Saturday Stitch will be in spring 2016.

 

Want to learn to sew?

Come along this Friday morning 6th November and Saturday 21st November and get taught the delights of sewing and making. For more information on the workshops and for bookings look here.

Get ride of all your Sewing Machine fears and discover all its secrets! 

Get to know your Sewing Machine Workshop: We cover threading, tension, different stitches, different sewing feet and the most common problems that occur using your sewing machine. Next workshop is this Saturday 7th November. You can sign up here.

 

14th November: All stitched up.

A day workshop to explore the use of the machine together with experimental stitch and techniques of freehand embroidery, hand stitch and multi media to create textures and form. This is an opportunity to encourage and explore.

Trough simple and quick drawing techniques we will move on to create our imagery. This will lead on to hands-on techniques such as collage, layering, reversed appliqué, machine embroidery, etc. to get you inspired.

For booking and more details go here.

Want your work to look professional and with a good finish?

Then this is the workshop for you!

Saturday 21st November.

You will be learning lots of new sewing skills such as how to sew in a zip, make some fine buttonholes, sew pockets and much more. Saturday afternoon 21st November. For bookings and more details go to the website or click here. 

For the lastest up to date photos of all our courses visit our facebook page here. 

Kids that love to sew.

Saturday morning Sewing For Kids:

An enjoyable way to get your kids to learn the love for sewing. We will be making simple and fun little projects that are relevant to the children. You will be learning new skills and gain confidence in using the sewing machine and in the making process. All materials included.

Saturday 31st October, from 10 - 11.30. Fee £8. For bookings and information go here.

October Kids Half Term Sewing Workshop 

Learn how to make your own clothes. Come and make some cosy pyjama bottoms for your self or for one of your friends. A lovely day of sewing and learning new skills with other kids. The skills you’ll learn are sewing and finishing seams, top-stitching, how to read a pattern, cutting fabric and more. 

You don't have to be an expert at sewing but it is good to know your way around the sewing machine and to stitch a straight-ish line.

Wednesday 28th October, from 10 am - 4 pm. Fee £45. Go here to book your self a space.

Sewing this Saturday 3rd October

Beginners sewing Workshop

For anyone who would like to learn to sew there is the very popular Sewing workshop for beginners on Saturday 3rd October 9.30 am.

 

Saturday Stitch

And for all the others that know how to sew but like the encouragement, guidance, inspiration and some fine company. 

Just come to the Sewing Shed in Stroud for Saturday Stitch on Saturday 3rd October 1.30 pm.

Coffee and tea will be ready... 

For booking your place go here

Sewing for kids.

Two Saturdays mornings in October. The 10th and 31st from 10 - 11.30 am. Only £8 all materials included

A fun and great way to have ago on the sewing machine and make something you like. 

For more info or to book your place go here.

Workshops in November: Zips, buttonholes and other tricks of the trade, Creative Stitch and more...

Kids Sewing

Afterschool Sewing club

A fun way to get your kids to learn the love for sewing. Each session we make a new simple and fun project that they can take home after wards.

The projects are relevant to the kids and they can have input in the choice of what we make. 

A new 6 weeks program will be starting on the 15th September from around 3.30 - 4.45 Go here for more information and booking.

 

Sewing for Home educated Kids

Make your own clothes, bags and other things for kids age 9 and up.
Come and explore all that you want to know about sewing, making clothes, making soft toys, making bags, etc.
We will be working with what interests you and together find a project that inspires you.

An ongoing group that meets fortnightly starting Tuesday 8th September. For more info visit the website.

Sewing day for Kids at October Halfterm.

Make your own top in a day workshop. Learn all the skills you need to make a tunic top for your self, made from your own chosen fabric.

You don't have to be an expert at sewing but it is good to know your way around the sewing machine and to stitch a straight-ish line.

For more information look here.

What to do in September...

Many courses, workshops and projects on offer in the autumn.

 

For anyone who would like to learn to sew there is the very popular Sewing workshop for beginners on Sunday 6th September. And if you have got a sewing machine and need some guidance beforehand come to the workshop get to know your sewing machine on 5th September. Go here to book your space.

 

Fancy making your own clothes come and join the Sewing Course for Beginners starting on Monday evening 7th September. Look here for more details.

 

If you don't like to be tied down you can come and join the Drop Inn Sessions.

Every first weekend of the month its the Saturday Stitch where you can enjoy working on your own project in your own pace with help, guidance and advice along the way. These sessions are for anyone who has sewn before but needs help with a project or advice on how to go about things. This could be anything from garments to cushions to copying your favourite trousers. For more info look here.

 

A short course to make a Simple Kimono Top starts on Thursday evening 10th September. Very suitable for beginners and to keep your skills updated. Go here for more details.

 

Freehand Machine Embroidery and follow up workshop.

A morning of doodling on the sewing machine. A fun way of drawing and creating your own designs. Making pictures using fabric scraps, colour, texture and line. This Freehand Machine Embroidery class is a great way to draw with your sewing machine and to feel free and creative. It is a wonderful technique which has endless possibilities. 

Saturday 12th September

In the afternoon is a follow up workshop: Design your own bag using your skills gained at this workshop. Make this into a day of making and creating and get 15% Discount if you sign up for both workshops. To book a place go her.

 

Interested in working with Stretchy Fabrics than this is the workshop for you. Make your own Long Sleeved Garment using cotton jersey fabrics. An easy going garment that will fit you comfortably and is easy to wear. A four week evening course starting 22nd September.


For any more courses go to the website and find out about Kids Sewing Classes and After school Sewing Club. And do have a look at the Teen Sewing which is on every other Tuesday. 

 

 

Hi there...

Last Sewing session before the summer break-up

Saturday Stitch 1 August.

Enjoy working on your own project in your own pace with help, guidance and advice along the way. These sessions are for anyone who has sewn before but needs help with a project or advice on how to go about things. This could be anything from garments to cushions to copying your favourite trousers. For more info look here.

Also have a look at our facebook page for up to date photo's from projects.

Have a lovely summer.

Sewing in the Holidays

Kids Summer Holiday Sewing 28th July

Learn how to make your own clothes. Come and make a tunic top for your self or for one of your friends. A lovely day of sewing and learning new skills with other kids. 

You don’t need to have your own sewing machine, as we have all the equipment and sewing machines here available at the Sewing Shed. 

We will be working from a commercial pattern so you get the hang of how to use these. The skills you will learn are sewing and finishing seams, top-stitching, how to read a pattern, cutting fabric, transfer pattern and more. 

You don't have to be an expert at sewing but it is good to know your way around the sewing machine and to stitch a straight-ish line. For more info look here. Please email for questions as I am happy to adapt to individual needs.

Stitching in the Holiday Time.

Saturday Stitch: 1st august, 5th September.

Come and enjoy working on your own project in your own pace with help, guidance and advice along the way. These sessions are for anyone who has sewn before but needs help with a project or advice on how to go about things. This could be anything from garments to cushions to copying your favourite trousers. For more info look here.

 

 

 

Dressmaking courses on offer in September:

7th September: Dressmaking for Beginners: 7 week course

15th September: Stretchy Course; Make a top using stretch material in 4 weeks. 

17th September: make a simple top in 3 evenings in Nailsworth.

17th & 18th October: dress making weekend

2nd November: Fancy a long sleeve smock top? Make it in 4 evenings.

Go here for more info. More information in the next Newsletter. 

Get ride of all your Sewing Machine fears and discover all its secrets! 

Get to know your Sewing Machine Workshop: We cover threading, tension, different stitches, different sewing feet and the most common problems that ocur using your sewing machine. Next workshop: 5th September and 7th November. You can sign up here.

Creative workshops after the summer:

12th September: Freehand Machine Embroidery

14th November: All stitched up 

These very popular workshops tend to book up quickly. Learn how to draw with the sewing machine inspired by your own design or the invironement around you and create your own individual pieces. Under guidance we will cover several different techniques, look at colour design and texture. For more info look here.

 

Have a lovely summer and hope to see you in September.

Martha.

 

Kids sewing and other courses in July

Kids learning to sew in a playful way..

The photo's show some of the projects made by the afterschool kids sewing club that has been happening here every Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Teenagers making their own clothes..

A group of home educated kids meet every fortnight to make clothes, bags, cushions, tunics for there mum (oh yes) and much more. For more information look here.

Kids Summer Holiday Sewing 21st July. 

Learn how to make your own clothes. Come and make a tunic top for your self or for one of your friends. A lovely day of sewing and learning new skills with other kids. You dont need to have your own Sewing Machines, we have got some here that you can use. For more info see here.

Want to learn to sew?

Last sewing workshop for beginners before the summer break. Only 2 places left! So if you are interested please sign up to avoid disappointment.

 

First Saturday of the month.. time for Saturday Stitch.

It's time for our Saturday Stitch this weekend on 4th July. Bring any project you would like to work on and get inspired and supported from like minded souls. There is also a Saturday Stitch on the 7th August.

Well earned Tea and Cake..

One of the sewing courses was finished with a fantastic yummy home made Victoria sponge, ever so soft and fluffy, which we all enjoyed very much. Everyone completed an A-line skirt with zip, darts and waistband and a sleeveless top, just right for this sunny weather. So a well earned piece of cake i would say. Below is one of the skirts made at this course for beginners and for more photo's have a peep here.

 

Happy sewing and hope to see you in the Sewing shed.

Martha.

New June and July courses and workshops.

Want to see the latest that's been happening at the Sewing Shed? Visit our Facebook page.

 

New 6 weeks Dress making course.

Come and make your own tunic top, and learn to sew in sleeves. The dressmaking skills that we will be covering are: seams, seam finishings, hems, darts, sleeves. We will be working with facings and stiffener. We will also explore things like sewing on buttons and button holes, discussing fabrics, their qualities and different usages and tips on how to cut fabric and layout patterns and more.

6 Monday evenings from 6.30 - 9 pm, starting on the 15th June. Sewing machines available at the Sewing Shed. For more info look here.

'Thank you so much for a beautiful two and a half hours!  I always go away feeling proud and happy.'

Make a lined make-up or wash bag.

Spend a Saturday morning making and sewing. You will learn lots of new sewing skills such as how to sew in a zip, how to make darts, seams, hems, top stitchings, etc. Learn how to give your work a professional look and go home with a useful little zip bag. £30 and all materials included in this workshop. 

Saturday 13th June. 9.30 - 12.30. For more info and bookings look here.

 

Baskets and Bags: Organising the Home.

Tripping over scattered little toys that don't seem to have a home?
Come and make fabric toy baskets to go on shelves or drawstring toy bags to hang on hooks...A fabric container to keep anything and everything in its place!.
 
Suitable for complete beginners. Saturday 13th june 1.30 - 16.30. 
For more information look here.
 

'What a gift you give us - with your calm and generous capabilities.'

Make a personal Book Cover. 

Personalise a standard notebook as you can customise it and make it into a very individual and one off present for your self or a dear friend!. We will be working with pattern, colour, texture and how to embellish. Saturday 27th June 9.30 - 12.30. For more info see here.

 

Freehand Machine Embroidery

A morning of doodling on the sewing machine. A fun way of drawing and creating your own designs. Making pictures using fabric scraps, colour and texture. This Freehand Machine Embroidery class is a great way to draw with your sewing machine and to feel free and creative. It is a wonderful technique which has endless possibilities. Saturday 27th june 13.30 - 16.30. No sewing experience needed. For more information see here.

'All Stitched Up'.  

We had a very productive, enjoyable and creative day. At this day workshop we used and blended a variety of techniques, skills and materials to create interesting experiments. The work produced will inspire and lead on to new avenues or could be admired as finished pieces. For more photos go to our Facebook page and admire and get inspired your self...

 

Happy sewing, Martha.

New courses and Workshops

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Textiles, gloucestershire, Stroud, sewing, creative, kids sewing, dressmaking

The Sewing Shed and Stroud Intenational Textiles Festival.

As part of Stroud International Textiles Festival The Sewing Shed offers 'All Stitched Up', a workshop to explore the use of the machine. Experimental stitch and techniques of freehand embroidery, hand stitch and multi media will be used to create textures and form. This is an opportunity to encourage and explore.

Trough simple and quick drawing techniques we will move on to create our imagery. This will lead on to hands-on techniques such as collage, layering, reversed appliqué, machine embroidery, etc. to get you inspired.

When: Saturday 23rd May
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time : 10 am - 3.30 pm.

For booking and more details go here.

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Textiles, gloucestershire, Stroud, sewing, creative, kids sewing, dressmaking

Happy Sewing For kids continues in June.

We will be making simple and fun little projects that are relevant to the kids. They will be learning new skills and gain confidence in using the sewing machine, mix and match fabrics, make lots of different projects.

Every Tuesday at 3.30 - 4.30.

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Textiles, gloucestershire, Stroud, sewing, creative, kids sewing, dressmaking

Courses and Workshop to come:

 

Get to know your own sewing machine. Saturday 6th June, 5th September.

Happy sewing for kids: After-school club.  Tuesday afternoons starting 2nd June.

 

Saturday Stitch. Drop in: 6th June, 4th July, 5th Sept.  

Once a month opportunity to work on your own projects with help and support. 

 

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Textiles, gloucestershire, Stroud, sewing, creative, kids sewing, dressmaking
Textiles, gloucestershire, Stroud, sewing, creative, kids sewing, dressmaking

Journal Cover 27th June.

Freehand Machine Embroidery 27th June.

 

Sewing for beginners Workshop: Saturday 2nd May, 4th July.

Zippered Pouch: Saturday 13th June.

 

Basket making Workshop: Saturday 13th June

Dressmaking for beginners 7 week course. 7th September.

 

New Dressmaking 6 weeks course Monday evenings 15th June.

Working with Stretchy fabrics Make your own T-shirt /Tunic Top 16th june.

 

For bookings and more information please go to the website.

 

Every Monday Open Studio. Come and use The Sewing Shed and all its facilities. Open from 10 - 3.

After school sewing club

Happy Sewing for Kids

This 6 week course is a great and fun way to get your kids to learn the love for sewing. We will be making simple and fun little projects that are relevant to the kids. Let your child enjoy a trial sessions first. Starting 14th April from 3.30 - 4.30 for more information look here.

 

Interested in Re-using your old woolly Jumpers?

Then come along on Tuesday evening 14th April from 7-9 at the Seing shed.

Hang out and get inspired by like minded souls and see your items being transformed. 

Coffee and tea readily available.

Some of the workshops that are happening this week:

'Getting to know your sewing machine and Saturday Stitch coming up. 

Also a dressmaking course starting on the 21st April.

And don't forget: Enjoy the Sunshine!

Happy sewing and hope to see you in the Sewing Shed. Martha.

 

Spring fever: learn new skills.

After school Sewing for Kids.

This 6 week course is a great and fun way to get your kids to learn the love for sewing. We will be making simple and fun little projects that are relevant to the kids. They will be learning new skills and gain confidence in using the sewing machine, mix and match fabrics, make lots of different projects. All materials included. 

Starting Tuesday 14th April. For more info look here.

 

Fun with Wool: Free gathering.

Come along to this creative and fun gathering, bring any unused and unwanted woollen items like jumpers and cardigans etc. 
Learn and inspire each other whilst transforming them into something new and wearable. 
Pick up some new ideas along the way, share skills, be part of a lovely group and hang out with like minded creative minds.

This cafetière warmer is made of one of my old sparkly jumpers.

Tuesday 14th April. For more info look here

Dressmaking for Beginners

On this exiting new beginners course you learn skills in a way that is inspiring and fun. There are seven classes in total, with each one lasting two and a half hours.
You will be gaining the basic skills and create simple and nice pieces. We work in small groups so there is enough opportunity for support, guidance and questions.

Starting Tuesday 21st April at 6.30 - 9pm. For more info and booking look here.

Saturday Stitch.

At this once a month stitch and sewing session you will be able to work on projects of your own individual choice and your own level. This can be a quilt, clothes, adjusting a pattern or making a bag or any other thing you like to work on. Basically, you can pretty much work on anything you like.

Next Saturday Stitch is 18th april at 1.30. For more information look here.

 

Getting to know your sewing machine.

Bring in your own sewing machine and get to know how the tension works and what to do when it goes wrong. What all those feet are for, the purpose of the different stitches, etc. We will cover all this and more.

Next workshop is 18th April at 9.30. For more information and bookings go here. 

 

What has been happening at the Sewing Shed lately.

Sewing Shed offers exciting workshop as part of the International Textile Festival.

'All Stitched Up' is a new and exiting workshop specially designed for the Festival. An exploration with machine and hand stitch, texture, colour, pattern to create an experimental peace inspired by childhood memories. This workshop is on 23rd May at 10 am. More information to follow soon or for booking go here.

Designing her own bag..

Kate has been coming in to enjoy her individual sessions to work on her bag. Her own creations slowly taking shape and so far it looks very good with pockets and zips on the inside and out. Here are the sketches and soon I will be able to show you the finished article. Watch this space.

Sew-whatever-you-like-group.

At the this weekly group some things seem to have changed a bit. There appears to be a creative and experimental flow in the air lately. A combination of different techniques are used and here are some of the exiting fruits of our labour.

Spring fever: Extra courses Added

Tunic Top in only 4 evenings!

At this 4 week dress making course we will be making a stylish and flattering tunic. It features front and back pleats, 3/4-length sleeves. You can wear this garment as a dress or over jeans or wear it as a shirt.

We will be working with a commercial pattern, and you will learn how to sew pleats, setting in sleeves and working with facings and interfacing to create a professional looking garment. This pattern comes in a range of different sizes from 6 till 24 and can be made in a tunic as well as a top.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who knows their way around the sewing machine.

Starting Tuesday evening 10th March at 7 pm. For more info look here.

Happy sewing for kids: after-school club.

This 6 week course is a great and fun way to get your kids to learn the love for sewing. We will be making simple and fun little projects that are relevant to the kids.

Check out if it is the right thing for your child by signing up for the TRIAL before committing.

Trial date Tuesday 14th April 3.30 - 4.30 pm. For more information have a look here.

Baskets and Bags: Organising the Home.

Tripping over scattered little toys that don't seem to have a home?
Come and make fabric toy baskets to go on shelves or drawstring toy bags to hang on hooks...A fabric container to keep anything and everything in its place!.
 
Suitable for complete beginners. Saturday 28th February 1.30 - 16.30. 
For more information look here.
 

Zippered Pouch: Learn new skills.

You will learn lots of new sewing skills such as how to sew in a zip, how to make darts, seams, hems, top stitchings, etc. Learn how to give your work a profesional look and go home with a useful little zip bag. All materials included in this workshop.

Saturday 28th February 9.30 - 12.30. For more info and bookings look here.

 

Loads more workshop, courses and don't forget the free gathering: Fun with Wool. All the information is here.

 

Time on my own...

My 12 year old daughter spend all day yesterday in the Sewing Shed on her own. I noticed she was in her own world, listening to her music and totally absorbed in what  she was doing. Early evening she came out and presented this.... Not bad I should think so... She might have the sewing bug...

BBC radio Gloucestershire came to visit the Sewing Shed.

Jess who works at the BBC radio Gloucestershire came along to find out what is going on at the Sewing Shed.

Last Wednesday she popt in, had a look around, chatted with some of the people that come to the weekly class and got very exicted about what she saw.

 

Listen to the whole interview this Friday 6th February at 12 noon at the Claire Carter lunch time show.

 

The BBC is  launching a series about different hobbies and hobby groups around Gloucestershire and came to speak to us about why sewing is such a great hobby to have, what benefits it has, why others should take part, etc. 

 

So don't forget, Friday at 12 Noon! We'll be listening!

February courses at the Sewing Shed.

One of the items that have been made at the Sewing Shed is this beautiful bowl like shape. I love the feeling of fragility that it resembles... It is actually a toil! believe it or not, but what a nice one. Has anyone got any idea what it actually is? If so just let me know here.

 

Fun with Wool

Come along to this creative and fun gathering. Bring any unused and unwanted woollen items like jumpers, cardigans etc. Learn and inspire each other whilst transforming them into something new and wearable or a decorative piece. Pick up some new ideas, share skills, be part of a lovely group and hang out with like minded minds.

A no-tuition gathering. Please bring some money to cover costs like heat, electricity use of machines/equipment and drinks. Recommended amount is 5 pounds but let this not be the thing that stops you. Monday evening 2nd February 7 till 9 pm. Just send an email here to confirm you are coming.

 

'Thank you so much for a beautiful two and a half hours!  I always arrive feeling nervous and go away feeling proud and happy. What a gift you give us - with your calm and generous capabilities.'

 

Freehand Machine Embroidery

A morning of doodling on the sewing machine. A fun way of drawing and creating your own designs. Making pictures using fabric scraps, colour and texture. This Freehand Machine Embroidery class is a great way to draw with your sewing machine and feel free and creative. It is a wonderful technique which has endless possibilities. Saturday 31st January 9.30 - 12.30. No sewing experience needed. For more information see here. 

Get to know your sewing machine

Find out what your machine actually can do, what the different stitches are for, why your machine has got all those different feet, etc. And probably one of the most frequently asked questions 'How does the tension work and why have I got all these loops on the back of my sewing".

To find out more look here. Saturday 7th February 9.30 - 12.30.

 

Saturday Stitch 7th February.

A once a month opportunity to come in with your own project and get help, direction, advice where and when you need it. Projects are extremely varied and you can make what ever you like. Make use of all the equipment and tools that are available at the Sewing Shed. Saturday 7th February from 1.30 till 4.30 pm. For more information and bookings please go here. Booking recommended as places are limited.
 
 

Zippered Pouch: Learn new skills 28th February


At this Saturday morning workshop you will learn lots of new sewing skills such as how to sew in a zip, how to make darts, seams, hems, top stitchings, etc. Learn how to give your work a profesional looking and other tricks. Go home with a useful little zip bag. All materials included in this workshop. Saturday 28th February 9.30 - 12.30. For more info and bookings look here.

 

Organising your home.

Tripping over scattered little toys that don't seem to have a home?
Come and make fabric toy baskets to go on shelves or drawstring toy bags to hang on hooks...A fabric container to keep anything and everything in its place!.
Suitable for complete beginners. Saturday 28th February 1.30 - 16.30.
For more information look here.
 
 

 

New year, new skills with the Sewing Shed!

Sewing creating fabric textiles dressmaking

First of all a Happy New Year.

A big thank you to everyone for your continues support during last year. We had a wonderful year with many new people discovering the Sewing Shed and the pleasure of making and creating your own things.

This year there will be some new workshops, some old favourites and some different courses which will be covering a theme, on offer. Keep an eye on the news letter as it will all be revealed at due course. 

 

Free Machine Embroidery.

Learn this new skill and discover the endless possibilities of making unique pieces. This can be very simple or very intricate, its up to you. Give your work your own style, own design and own look. No previous sewing skills needed. Just come and have a good time experimenting with the sewing machine. Saturday 31st January.  For more info go here.

Make a funky top with pockets and long sleeves.  A 4 week course starting on the 20th January.

It tells you all you need to know of how to make this garment. Have a look here. Only a few places left.

 

'Brilliant course I really loved it. Martha has a lot of patience and a lovely way of explaining'.

 

 

Make-whatever-you-like Sewing bee.

We offer weekly ongoing groups during the daytime. This is where a whole variety of wonderful things are being made. From making patterns of favourite tops to reshaping existing garments to making hats. Anything you like is possible. If you are interested please get in touch here.

 

Learn to sew. Teen Sewing for home-educated kids.

We meet every other Tuesday. You can make your own clothes, learn how to use the sewing machine, make a pin cushion, design your own bag, etc. If you would like to join us please get in touch.

Last Saturday Stitch of the Year.

At this once a month stich and sewing session you will be able to work on projects of your own individual choice and your own level. This can be a quilt, clothes, adjusting a pattern or making a bag or any other thing you like to work on. Basically, you can pretty much work on anything you like.

Guidance, advice and support will be readily available when and at what stage you need it.

You can make full usage of the equipment and machinery that is available here.

Maximum of 6.

Coffe and tea included.

When: Saturday 13th December.
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time : 1.30 - 4 pm.

Cost £20.

Experimenting with Textiles, Stitch and Lights.

Here is some of my latest work. I have been creating patterns with stitch and exploring the effect when you add lights.  And this is the result! I'd rather like the it as  it reminds me of this time of year.

For some of you who signed up see you at the Saturday Stitch.

 

Martha.

Fun with Wool. Free gathering.

Have fun with wool jumpers.

Come along to this creative and fun gathering. Bring any unused and unwanted woollen items like jumpers, cardigans etc. Learn and inspire each other whilst transforming them into something new and wearable or a decorative piece. Pick up some new ideas, share skills, be part of a lovely group and hang out with like minded minds.

A no-tuition gathering. Please bring some money to cover costs like heat, electricity use of machines/equipment and drinks. Recommended amount is 5 pounds but let this not be the thing that stops you. Tuesday evening 2nd December 7 till 9 pm. Just send an email here to confirm you are coming. 

 

Bag Making Workshop.

Make a lined shoulder bag in one afternoon. All materials, equipment, tools and drinks are provided. Practise your sewing skills and get a lovely bag at the end of it. You just need to turn up. To book yourself a place please go to this page. Saturday 6th December 13.30 - 16.30.

 

 

Sewing Workshop for beginners 6th December.

Learn how to use a sewing machine and new skills whilst making your own first cushion cover. All materials, tools and drinks are provided. You just need to turn up. To book yourself a place please go to this page. Saturday 6th December 9.30 - 12.30.

 

 

Saturday Stitch 13th December.

 
A once a month Stitch opportunity to come in with your own project and get help, direction, advice where and when you need it. You can make use of all the equipment and tools that are available at the Sewing Shed. From 1.30 till 4 pm. Please phone or email to confirm you are coming as places are limited.

 

Open studio at the Sewing Shed.

Every Monday during November and December you can come and use the Sewing Shed from 9.30 am till 3 pm. Make use of the space, machinery, tables, tools and equipment etc whilst working on your own projects. Just email or phone, either on the day or before on 0784 685 3016. 

 

Teaching at the Sewing Shed

Interested in running a workshop at the Sewing Shed, please get in touch. This is a fully equipped studio and we would like to hear from you if you are thinking of running a workshop. 

 

Creative Work

Inspired by cirkels, spirals and round shapes. Some of the latest experiments I have done are shown here below. For more photo's go to this page.

Fun with Wool. Free workshop.

Have fun with wool jumpers.

Come along to this creative and fun gathering, bring any unused and unwanted woollen items like jumpers, cardigans etc. Learn and inspire each other whilst transforming them into something new and wearable. Pick up some new ideas, share skills, be part of a lovely group and hang out with like minded minds.

A no-tuition gathering. Please bring some money to cover costs like heat, electricity use of machines/equipment and drinks. Recommended amount is 5 pounds but let this not be the thing that stops you. Tuesday evening 2nd December 7 till 9 pm. Just send an email here to confirm if you are coming. 

 

Bag Making Workshop.

Make a lined shoulder bag in one afternoon. All materials, equipment, tools and drinks are provided. Practise your sewing skills and get a lovely bag at the end of it. You just need to turn up. To book yourself a place please go to this page. Saturday 6th December 13.30 - 16.30.

 

 

Sewing Workshop for beginners 6th December.

Learn how to use a sewing machine and new skills whilst making your own first cushion cover. All materials, tools and drinks are provided. You just need to turn up. To book yourself a place please go to this page. Saturday 6th December 9.30 - 12.30.

 

 

Saturday Stitch 13th December.

 
A once a month Stitch opportunity to come in with your own project and get help, direction, advice where you need it and use all the equipment and tools that are available at the Sewing Shed. 1.30 - 4 pm

 

Open studio at the Sewing Shed.

Every Monday during November and December you can come and use the Sewing Shed from 9.30 am till 3 pm. Make use of the space, machinery, tables, tools and equipment etc whilst working on your own projects. Just email or phone, either on the day or before on 0784 685 3016. 

 

Teaching at the Sewing Shed

Interested in running a workshop at the Sewing Shed, please get in touch. This is a fully equipped studio and we would like to hear from you if you are thinking of running a workshop. 

Exiting Courses happening in November

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Dressmaking Weekend 15th and 16th November.

Learn how to make your own clothes that will fit your body shape comfortably and perfectly. For more info go here.

 

'Brilliant course I really enjoyed it.' 

'You have a lot of patience and a lovely way of explaining'.

 

For more information about all the workshops mentioned and to book a place please go here.

 

Sewing Workshop for beginners 8th November.

Learn how to use a sewing machine and new skills whilst making your own first bag.

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Upcycled Bunting 8th November.

Re-use your own or your childrens clothes and learn some new skills and have some fun at the same time.

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Two Great Christmas-Gift Workshops.

 

Journal Cover Workshop 22nd November.

Personalise a standard note book to make it into a special gift.

 

Bag Making Workshop 6th December.

Make a lined shoulder bag in an afternoon.

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Dressmaking Course at the Herringbone in Nailsworth 10th November.

At this 4 week course we will make a sleeveless dress with enough time to personalise this garment.

 

Tuesday stitch: every Tuesday in November and December

Work on your own project and make what ever you like. Get help, support and advise when and as needed. Totally aimed at your own personal needs.

 

Saturday Stitch 22nd November.

 
A once a month Stitch opportunity to come in with your own project and get help, direction, advice where you need it and use all the equipment and tools at available at the Sewing Shed.
 
 
 
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What is happening this autumn.

Sewing Shed transformed into delightful studio.

After lots of hard work the Sewing Shed is transformed into a lovely space with loads of room for sewing machines, cutting tables and plenty of natural light. We even have a few of the slad valley! Needless to say that I am a very happy and a grateful user of this beautiful space.

 

Sewing workshop for compleet beginners are on offer every first saturday of the month. Look here for more details.

 

Saturday Stitch. 22nd November.

A new group starting on Saturdays once a month to work on your own projects, get support and advice, make use of the sewing machines and workspace. You can make whatever you like such as your own clothes, christmas presents, bags, adjusting patterns, quilting, or any other creative project. We will be starting at 1.30 till 4 pm. For more info see here. 

 

 

 

Creative Bunting using Upcycled Fabrics. 

We will be playing with fabrics, colours and textures using quilting and other techniques and going home with your own individual bunting. Saturday 8th November pm. For more info go here.

 

Journal cover. Great Christmas gift. 

Personalise a standaard notebook as you can be costomise it and make it very individual. Saturday 22nd November 9.30 - 12.30. For more info see here.

 

Make a shoulder bag for Christmas. 6th December

Make this handy shoulder bag in an afternoon. for more info look here.

New dressmaking course for beginners

Another 7 week evening course starting 4th November. Come and learn how to make a skirt that fits your individual shape. Learn to adapt the pattern for future use and learn many more skills. For more info or to book go here.

Intermediate dressmaking course starting on monday 4th November.  

This is for anyone who has enjoyed the dressmaking for beginners course and likes to know more. We will be going into more detail and covering more ground. A perfect follow-up from the beginners course. For more info see here.

 

 

Dressmaking at Herringbone in Nailsworth

Interested in making a simple and versatile dress in 4 weeks. Also enough time to customise and make it individual if so desired. For more info see here.

 

Dressmaking Weekend 15th & 16th November.

Come and make your own top/tunic in a weekend. Sew in sleeves, darts, facing, etc. For more info go here.

 

 

I just tried my top on and I love it!! Loving the sewing!

Fancy making this easy-to-sew bag in an afternoon. This lined bag is a great size and has enough room for your essentials. 

All materials will be provided and sewing machines available for you to use. Sunday afternoon 22nd June from 1.30 - 4.30. Suitable for anyone who has done a beginners workshop or is a bit familiar with the sewing machine. For more information see here.

Doodling on the sewing machine.

A morning of drawing and creating your own designs and pictures using fabric scraps, colour and texture. This Freehand Machine Embroidery class is a great way to draw with your sewing machine and feel free and creative. It is a wonderful technique which has endless possibilities. Sunday 22nd June 10 - 1pm. No sewing experience needed. For more information see here.

 

"I just tried my top on and I love it!! Loving the sewing!"

 

Learn to sew your own clothes for beginners.

Two exciting short courses are coming up.

It is all about using commercial patterns, creating a good fit and learning how to give it a professional looking finish.

You will also learn about sleeves, facings, pockets, hemmings and more and go home with a finished garment.

These courses are suitable for anyone who knows their way around a sewing machine.

There are day and evening courses on offer during June and July. The first 4 week course will start on Monday morning 23rd June and will finish within school term time. Two evening courses will start on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th July. For more details look here.

 

"Thank you so much for yesterday's time, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!" (in response to workshop for beginners)

Teenagers making their own clothes.

We had a very enjoyable workshop during halfterm in which everyone made their own summer tunic.

I very much enjoyed working with these keen and enthousiastic makers. We made these tops (see photo above), learning how to use a pattern, make a yoke, how to gather your fabric, work with stiffener and lots more.  Yes, there were some very proud youngsters.

Another teenage sewing workshop coming up after the summer holidays in the next half term. Keep an eye on the website.

 

Building works at the sewing shed.

 

As some of you know already the Sewing shed is going to be enlarged! Oh yes, it will finally happen. The cosy shed is going to made bigger during the month July. I have found a very competent carpenter who is willing to take the job on and I have faith he will do a nice job too! Also no doubt I will be the labourer doing all the donkey work!!

 

That's it for now. If you have any requests for projects or skills you would like to learn please contact me.

Happy sewing and have a good summer.

 

Martha.

Book now for May and June classes

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The next months is bringing a variety of workshops. 

Some of the classes that are on offer:

Making children clothes: Girls dress
Freehand machine embroidery
Sewing for beginners workshops
Bunting making, suitable for beginners
Dressmaking courses for beginners
Upcycle your old pair of jeans

Workshops in Halfterm:

Teen dressmaking for 11 - 16 years
Kids sewing: make your own owl cushion.
 
Remember to book early if you would like to join, as places are limited. For bookings and more information go here.
 

Dressmaking for beginners: new course starting in July

Due to popular demand there will be a Dressmaking course on offer in July. It will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Monday morning daytime, each being 4 week courses. These classes will be held at the 'Herringbone', this is the new fabric shop in Nailsworth. If you haven't been there yet check it out and feel inspired by the fabrics that are on offer. The tunics that we will be making are shown below. For more information go here.

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What is happening at the Sewing Shed

I would like to show you a few things that has kept us busy at the Sewing Shed. We have been making some very interesting japanese inspired stretchy tops. Working with jersey materials and complicated cutting techniques, made it into a fantastic challenge. The outcome, a fantastic uniquely designed top that fits like a glove and not only looks good but is also very comfortable to wear. 

Here is another Japanese inspired project. This bag is based on the origamy folding techniques in the way it is assembled. It creates a snug fit to the side of the body when it hangs over your shoulder. Apparently great for when your cycling! Haven't tried it myself yet. We had lots of fun working out how to make it fit into each other and sew the seams so they are invisible. As ever, the most simplest looking things can be quite complicated to make. Here is a georgous tweet sample, fully lined and which is finished with a button that lays at the top of the shoulder. 

Easy Shoulder Bag making workshop

One can never have to many bags, only if you loose your keys and you can't remember which bag you've used... which can happen to me sometimes...This is a lined shoulder bag,see photo below,  made here at the Sewing Shed by Sarah. I think its a lovely bag and you can come and make your own one at the Sewing Shed. Book your place here

Upcycle your old Jeans workshop

Bring in your old Jeans and make somthing old into something new. For more information go here.

Spring into action. Learn new skills on one of the new courses this spring.

Dressmaking for beginners.

New for this spring a 10 week evening course on how to make your own clothes. We will make things that are made to measure so the fit is good and therfore make you feel good.

We will start with a simple garment and you will be guided through several garments so you feel you are able to add to your own wardrobe. For more details please go to this page.

Dressmaking Masterclass Weekend.

For anyone who want to enhance their dressmaking skills this is the course for you. Working with commercial patterns, you will go home with a long sleeve top that is made to measure for you . For more details see here.


Freehand Machine Embroidery.

Fancy having a go at drawing with the sewing machine, creating your own designs.  We have 2 exciting workshops coming up. Designing your own machine embroidered cards for birthdays anniveries and other special occasions. The other workshop is all about creating the right ambience through making your own individual machine embroidered lampshade.

For more info look here.

 

Piped cushions and more...

To make a piped cushion, develop your skills and get more confident we've got the right course for you. At this Intermediate course we will make several projects, with a professional finish building on your existing skills. For more information look here

There are many more workshops on offer...

From Bunting Making to sewing a Shopping/Beach bag with pockets to a Clasp Purse.

Kids workshops coming up in the end of May holiday: Dressmaking for Teens and making your own owl cushion for kids.

Also sewing for beginners workshops every first weekend of the month.

For bookings and more information please go here.

 

In the next newsletter more on making simple and nice looking Childrens Clothes.  Also bag making workshops on offer that are inspired by  Origami.

 

If you want to see what has been going on in the Sewing Shed look at our face book page for the latest projects.

Spring into action. Learn new skills on one of the new courses on offer.

Dressmaking for beginners.

New for this spring a 10 week evening course on how to make your own clothes. We will make things that are made to measure so the fit is good and therfore make you feel good.

We will start with a simple garment and you will be guided through several garments so you feel you are able to add to your own wardrobe. For more details please go to this page.

Dressmaking Masterclass Weekend.

For anyone who want to enhance their dressmaking skills this is the course for you. Working with commercial patterns, you will go home with a long sleeve top that is made to measure for you . For more details see here.


Freehand Machine Embroidery.

Fancy having a go at drawing with the sewing machine, creating your own designs.  We have 2 exciting workshops coming up. Designing your own machine embroidered cards for birthdays anniveries and other special occasions. The other workshop is all about creating the right ambience through making your own individual machine embroidered lampshade.

For more info look here.

 

Piped cushions and more...

To make a piped cushion, develop your skills and get more confident we've got the right course for you. At this Intermediate course we will make several projects, with a professional finish building on your existing skills. For more information look here

Dressmaking Masterclass Weekend.

For anyone who want to enhance their dressmaking skills this is the course for you. Working with commercial patterns, you will go home with a long sleeve top that is made to measure for you . For more details see here.

Come and make your own stylish messenger bag..only a few places left.

This is one of the exciting projects you get to make on the 7 week intermediate sewing course. 

This is a follow up of the beginners course but also suitable for more experienced sewers. We will be working on a variety of projects to enhance your existing skills. 

Some of the projects we will be covering are button and buttonholes, making a panelled cushion cover with piping and a zip, and more. We will also have a go at making your own bias binding which will be incorporated into a beautifull home made product. Finally we will be designing and making your own messenger bag. All of this we will aim to achieve to a near professional quality finish. For more photo's look here at our facebook page.

As always these classes are conducted in small groups and so your personal needs can be easily met and discussed.

Starting on Tuesday 25th February 6.30 - 9pm. For more details click here.

Make and create to nurture and feed your soul.

We have an amazing Spring programme of workshops for you - lots of old favourites and some really great new classes for you to try!

Click here to view our new timetable.

We have our old favorites for if you want to learn how to sew and get to know your way around the sewing machine.

The course if you want to learn to sew
For this we offer a 7 week sewing course for beginners starting on the 24th February and we also do Saturday workshops for beginners. The next one is Saturday 15th March.

If you want more after your beginners course there is a intermediate sewing course to really get your teeth into it. There is one starting on the 25th February.

For anyone who would like to know more about how to make your own clothes there is a dress making master-class on the last weekend in April. Fore more details see here.

Remember to book early if you'd like to come as places are limited.

Freehand Machine Embroidery Workshop.

We also offer Freehand Machine Embroidery classes, a great way to draw with your sewing machine and feel free and creative. It is a wonderful creative technique which has endless possibilities.

Next workshop is on Saturday 8th March and 5th April. See fore more details here.

New Creative Textiles Course.

We offer a very exciting new course which gives the opportunity to experiment with fabrics in conjunction with other materials like paper, plastics, wood, rubber, threads, etc.

We will be working through the use of pattern, colour, design & texture to create new ideas and learn new skills. Students will enjoy learning to look at and explore the creative potential of materials mentioned above. There is a possibility to print, stitch, layer, manipulate, print, slash, dissolve, paint, draw & design. 

This course is made up of 3 seperate sessions which spread out over a 6 week periode starting on saturday 8th March.

For more information please see here.

Journal Cover

If you fancy making a nice cover for a note book, journal or to give as a present we offer a workshop. See here for dates.

Also there are ongoing sewing classes on offer during the day in term time on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Also know as the make-whatever-you-want-class. So any project that you have lying around and wouls love to finish or you want to learn new techniques you welcome to join us. 

Keep an eye out for our new Japanese Origami Bag workshop. This will be happening near the end of next month. More details to follow soon or keep an eye on our website.

 

 

Do you love baking?...

Make a child or adult apron for christmas... Saturday 14th December.

If you like cooking or baking this might be the right apron for you.

It comes with a decorative ruffle on the edges and a embellishishing detail on the front.

Maybe a present for a friend or family member just in time for christmas... 

When: Saturday 14th December.
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. 

Cost £30.00.

Interested...for any questions just get in touch by email.

Sewing course for beginners.

Due to big demand there will be a new 7 week beginners course starting Tuesday evening 7th January 2014 from 6.30 - 9 pm.

Basic skills that we will be covering are: Threading up, tension, seams, seam finishing, hems, darts, lining items, using and making a simple pattern, sewing a basic zip and more.

Just look at courses for more information.

Intermediate Sewing Course.

This new Intermediate Sewing Course will be starting on Monday evening 6th January 2014 from 6.30 - 9pm and will last for 7 weeks.

Some of the skils we will be covering are making a piped cushion cover with a zip, button and buttonholes, blind hems, and more.

This will be a follow up of the beginners course.

Just look at courses for more information.

 

Creative Textiles Workshop 25th January 2014

At this Saturday Workshop we will be exploring textiles through different techniques, i.e. pouching, gathering, layering, manipulating, unraveling, slashing, stitching, hand embroidery, etc.

We will work with colour, texture and composition.

It is an exploration of combining different textiles together with beads, sequins, wool, threads, ribbons, buttons, braids etc.

For more information just look at courses.

Love baking? Make a child or adult apron for christmas...

If you like cooking or baking this might be the right apron for you.

It comes with a decorative ruffle on the edges and a embellishishing detail on the front.

Maybe a present for a friend or family member just in time for christmas... 

When: Saturday 14th December.
Where: at the Sewing Shed, Uplands, Stroud.
Time 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. 

Cost £30.00.

Interested...for any questions just get in touch by email.

 

Sewing course for beginners.

Due to big demand there will be a new beginners course starting Tuesday evening 7th January 2014 from 6.30 - 9 pm.

Basic skills that we will be covering are: Threading up, tension, seams, seam finishing, hems, darts, lining items, using and making a simple pattern, sewing a basic zip and more.

Just look at courses for more information.

New intermediate sewing course. 

This new Intermediate Sewing Course will be starting on Monday evening 6th January 2014 from 6.30 - 9pm and will last for  7 sessions.

Some of the skils we will be covering are making a piped cushion cover with a zip, button and buttonholes, blind hems, and more.

This will be a follow up of the beginners course.

Just look at courses for more information.

Creative Textiles Workshop 25th January 2014

At this Saturday Workshop we will be exploring textiles through different techniques, i.e. pouching, gathering, layering, manipulating, unraveling, slashing, stitching, hand embroidery, etc.

We will work with colour, texture and composition.

It is an exploration of combining different textiles together with beads, sequins, wool, threads, ribbons, buttons, braids etc.

For more information just look at courses.

My own page in Stroud life placed on Wednesday 16 Jan 2013.

Extracts taken from the article:

I’ve seen many sheds in my time. Some contain a collective feast of discarded objects, bits of metal, unwanted toys, while others are an inspiring hub of creative chaos where artists are free to move in playfulness and exploration.The Sewing Shed has the freedom aspect of the latter but has a soothing effect on those who enter.There’s an order to textile artist Martha van der Laan’s work space. It’s what I would describe a safe environment in which to discover, take risks, push creative boundaries and allow what is within to be expressed without risk of judgment.

It’s here in the Sewing Shed at the bottom of the family’s garden, where Martha’s inspiration gleaned from nature, geometric shapes or the material and techniques used, is allowed to develop into whatever creative form she feels inclined to produce.It’s done in a relaxed unpressured way, which I admire. And it’s this quiet confidence and calm approach which no doubt encourages individuals who perhaps have had a love/hate relationship with the needle or sewing machine, to have a go.Examples of what they can achieve are all around themas they work. Images of homely domesticity, child like drawings and nature are carefully drawn in stitch using one of her trusted sewing machines and bags comprised of recycled materials are carefully constructed so that they become a textile painting,where colour and textures are in balance and the composition considered.

Martha helps create a textile tool kit to enable others to fulfil their creative potential and she does so in such a warm, encouraging way which many leave wondering why they ever feared the sewing machine they locked away for so long.

Article reproduced with permission of Stroud Life.

Recently one Saturday morning...

..recently, there was this excitement in the air...a rush of adrenaline...an exuberance, ..a feeling of creativeness... Than there was a focus, an achievement, a quite confidence and a sense of wonder...

...Look for yourself and find out...

These are the achievements of a one day freehand embroidery workshop.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday's class. Very inspiring,
supportive and relaxed. Lovely to spend time with others with an interest
in sewing and share ideas and tips. Fabulous home made lunch. Would love to
try another one day class in future and pick your brains some more. M.R.