Testimonials

I have just completed making my super bag at the SEW-In run by Martha at the Sewing Shed Stroud. Due to the COVID - 19 all the classes where held via Zoom, which worked out extremely well, with Martha being able to guide us. We were still able to connect to each other and see other work in progress. This was the first time I had attempted to undertake any kind of patchwork. Despite the absence of physical face-to-face contact, all instructions from Martha via Zoom worked really well and I am delighted with my bag and have already signed-up for another set of Zoom classes. Geraldine B. 
“ LOVED my first experience of the Sewing Shed ! ( Happened to be first workshop post lockdown and all bases had been covered from social distancing , fresh air , hand sanitiser, individual equipment and a reassuring email from Martha about what to expect beforehand. ) The workshop itself was fantastic - I learned so much in the calm, friendly, confidence-building atmosphere and look forward to going back again soon ! “Hoping to treat myself to another course in not too distant future .Emma x
A great day. Relaxed atmosphere and learned loads. I started out as an Overlocker novice and now have the confidence to have a go myself and practice the skills I’ve learned. Thanks Martha and please let me know when the next stage Overlocker course is running.
This is what others had to say about this course: I have just finished the improvers course and enjoyed it very much indeed. We have continued to learn the right way to achieve great results in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Martha is a very calm and skilled teacher and has enabled all of us to come away from this course with some lovely and quite complex items – bags, aprons and cushions with the very clever invisible zips. As someone who has always struggled with getting the technical aspects of sewing right this course has been a revelation, and has enabled me to get my creative mojo back after many years. Thank you Martha.   
“I really enjoyed the Introduction to Sewing course – in six weeks we made a needle case, pencil case and a lovely bag, which I now find indispensable! The group was small, friendly and although of mixed ability, we all had something to learn and something to share, which everyone did gladly. Martha’s sense of humour and gentle patience immediately put me at ease and with her expertise I was able to learn so much more than expected. I now feel a lot more confident using my sewing machine and look forward to joining more of Martha’s fantastic courses in future.” I.H.
Martha is exactly the sort of teacher you need if you want to develop your confidence in sewing and find your creativity and adventure in the world of textiles. She is warm and encouraging. J.A.
Martha's skill, warmth and humour made this class a really enjoyable experience. As well as learning how to do the basics on my sewing machine (which had been shamefully languishing in a cupboard since its purchase), I made three lovely items, and feel inspired to continue sewing. F.D.
Thank you Martha for your wonderful sewing classes. Before I came I was frightened of sewing machines thanks to a terrible teacher at school and I was lacking in confidence in my own creative abilities. I longed to be more adventurous and knowledgeable with fabrics and sewing and your classes gave me a gentle and exciting way in. Your years of experience of dressmaking and textile art meant that you were able to help me with whichever projects I chose to embark on and I blossomed under your friendly encouragement. I love the way you are able to support your students with such a variety of projects. Your approach in empowering and reassuring. I have learned to love my (now three) sewing machines and have made clothes for my daughter, presents for friends and family, delightful art pieces for my home. More importantly, I feel that I can tackle anything now - the only limit is time and imagination! You offer such knowledge about the basics and techniques of working with fabric but so much more than that, you offer inspiration and the encouragement to explore. J.M.
I really enjoy my sewing classes with Martha in her cosy sewing cabin. With her expert tuition and gentle guidance I have made clothes for myself and my grandchildren. I have also made various dolls and a textile picture as a wedding present for my son. I am amazed and delighted that I have been able to do all these things. I also enjoy seeing what exciting projects others are doing and would thoroughly recommend her classes. A.H.
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday's Freehand Machine Embroidery 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. I am expecting my new (old) Bernina 840 to arrive today and am really hoping it will be suitable for the job! Many thanks, M.R.
Amazingly positive experience to face my fear of the sewing machine and create something beautiful and useful. Martha is so encouraging and has many suggestions to help the beginner. Cosy shed and great way to spend a Saturday morning. Debbie Hewitt. (Sewing workshop for beginners).
Hello Martha, Just wanted to say a big thank you for this morning. The time really flew by, and I can't believe that I came home with a finished cushion cover. I will be in touch soon to book another course. Julie from Gloucester. ( Sewing workshop for Beginners).
Thanks for this dressmaking weekend it was good fun and I learnt a lot! I've bought a pattern already..
Hi Martha,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. I look forward to many happy sewing years ahead! Thank you again. Take care lot's of love Teresa xx
Hi Martha, Brilliant course I really enjoyed it. You have a lot of patience and a lovely way of explaining.  Your catch phrase should be You are welcome. Best wishes Dinah, Nailsworth. (Dressmaking at the Herringbone in Nailsworth).
I have been attending Sew-in sessions at the Sewing Shed for over 2 years after completing a Introductory Course to Sewing at the New Brewery Arts Workshop run by Martha in 2016.  Over the past two years I have learnt so much and acquired a new skill which I really enjoy, especially bag making.  Martha is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and patient.  I would completely recommend her courses, I could not have gained the sewing skills I now have without her tuition. Thanks Becky