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Sewing course for beginners in association with Stroud Textile Trust.

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A 4 week Sewing course, open for anyone who is new to sewing or want to brush up on their sewing skills. This course will run on Friday mornings during school term time and is subsidised by the Stroud Textile Trust which means you will get 4 sewing classes for the price of 3.

Information about the course:
You will be starting the course with an introduction in how to use a sewing machine. this means different stitches and getting control over your machine will be covered. From there on you will be improving and building your skills set by making 2 different projects. To finish off you will be making a button and buttonhole sample. If you prefer you can bring your own sewing machine as long as it is in good working order. Alternatively, you can use one of our bernina sewing machines.
 
The knowledge and expertise you gain will be:
- Getting control of the sewing machine.
- Mastering a variety of seams, stitches and finishings.
- Learn how to cut fabric and make measure.
- Get an understanding about grain lines and selvedges.
- Experiment with colours, pattern and fabric properties.
- How to sew on a button and make a buttonhole.
 
Time and date:
When:    Friday 21 & 28 June and 5 & 12 July. 
Where:   Sewing Shed Stroud
Time:     10am - 12 noon 
Fee:        67.50 pounds only. The full course is £90 but you only need to pay for 3 classes thanks to the subsidie from Stroud Textile Trust. 
Spaces:  SOLD OUT.
 
Interested?...for more details please email.
 

Martha is such a wonderful teacher. I had no idea how to use a sewing machine when I first started, and now am comfortable working on a variety of projects on my own. If you want to learn to sew, don't hestitate to join these classes!

Many thanks Martha for your help on the beginners course. It has given me the confidence to buy my own machine and embark on home projects.
Your lessons were relaxed and friendly and I would happily recommend them to anyone. I soon realised it was not about what we made in the lessons but about the skills involved in making the items. I will most certainly come to one of your future classes.
Thank you also for the practical advice you gave me concerning my hand tremor, by looking at ways I can work around this.

2-Day Dressmaking Retreat

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Information about the Retreat: You will be starting this 2-Day retreat with an introduction in how to use and follow a paper pattern. You will then go on to cut out your fabric and construct your garment. You will be shown and learn al the skills needed through making samples and through demonstrations.
 

This re-treat is designed for anyone that wants to start making clothes with little or no dressmaking experience, or simply want to enjoy the art of sewing and creating! We do ask that you have used a sewing machine before and have basic sewing skills. If you haven't got basic sewing skills yet please sign up for our 10 week sewing for beginners course as it is not suitable for complete beginners in sewing.

All of this will be taught in a fun and relaxed way whilst being nurtured and fed by the wonderful food of Hawkwood College. During the re-treat you can enjoy the beautiful views and surroundings of this magical place.

We will cover the following :

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding clothes making terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.
  • We will be using a pattern with sizing 6 - 28
 
Time and date:
When: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September
Where: Hawkwood College, Stroud
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30/5 pm.
Fee: 255 pounds.
Included: 2-Course organic lunch, coffees, teas and homemade cake.

Part 2 Overlocking Workshop

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This workshop is the follow-up from the overlocker for beginners workshop and for anyone who wants to learn more advanced overlocking techniques and to improve their knowledge and understanding.

To get the most out of this workshop you will need to have basic knowledge and have experience using an overlocker, 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 knowledge and expertise you gain will be:
- Exploring how to work with stretch fabrics, shiffons and other fabrics.
- Understanding differential feed.
- How to make a rolled hem.
- Have a go at a flat lock seam.
- Exploring how to make pin tucks.
- How to gather and finish in one go.
- Using elastic for waistband and finishing at the same time.
- How to apply lace and have a professional finish in your work.
- Making your own samples useful for future references.
 
Time and Date
When: Saturday 11 May.
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Fee: 55 pounds.
SOLD OUT.
 
For more details please email...

Sewing course for beginners: Learn practical skills and creative techniques

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A 10 week 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 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 to give projects a whole different twist.
- Mastering hems on all sorts of garments so shortening or lengthening becomes a doddle.
- Making your own samples useful for future references.
 
 
Dates: 
When: Wednesday 25 September till 4 December (no sewing at half term break on 30 October)
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm 
Fee: 245 pounds.
SOLD OUT. If interested please email.
 
Interested...for any questions please get in touch by email.
'Many thanks Martha for your help on the beginners course. It has given me the confidence to buy my own machine and embark on home projects.
Your lessons were relaxed and friendly and I would happily recommend them to anyone. I soon realised it was not about what we made in the lessons but about the skills involved in making the items. I will most certainly come to one of your future classes.
Thank you also for the practical advice you gave me concerning my hand tremor, by looking at ways I can work around this.'
 
I have just completed the 10 week introductory course and it has been fantastic. I started with no idea how to use my sewing machine and after 10 weeks I'm able to carry out simple projects using the techniques I've learned. Martha is a great teacher and the classes are fun and engaging.  Highly recommended.
 

Absolutely loved this course. I'd never touched a sewing machine and I was really nervous about not being able to keep up with other people on the course but Martha was absolutely amazing at making sure we all had the right level of help so no one got left behind bit we could all work at our own pace. Would definitely recommend this course, it's the best thing I've done for myself in years.

Sewing for beginners Part 2: 10 week course

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This 10 week course is designed for anyone who has previous sewing experience or has completed the sewing course for beginners. All the skills taught on this course are interchangeable between making clothes and interior.

The knowledge and expertise you gain will be:
- How to sew and application of a concealed zip.
- Making and applying bias binding.
- Mastering a variety of seams, stitches and finishings.
- How to repurpose old fabrics into new projects.
- How to restore, repair and look after textile products.
- Experiment with colours, pattern and fabric properties.
- How to sew zips, corners, curves and darts.
- Making your own samples useful for future references.
 
The aim is to expand your skills, having a fun and enjoyable learning experience, make products you like,  and increase your confidence. 
 
Some of the skills that we cover are invisible zips, making and applying your own bindings, mastering pleats, folds and tucks whilst creating several projects on the way.
We work in small groups with plenty of time to ask questions, receive guidance and tuition with a great deal of demonstrations.
 
Daytime course:
When: Starting Wednesday 17 April till 3 July (no sewing at half term break on 29 May and 5 June).
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time:  evenings 10am - 12 noon.
Fee: 245 pounds. 
 
Evening course:
When: Starting Wednesday 17 April till 3 July (no sewing at half term break on 29 May and 5 June).
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time:  evenings 7pm - 9pm
Fee: 245 pounds.
2 Spaces left.
 
For any questions please email.
 

The Sewing for Improvers Course was enjoyable, really useful and very good value. I'm delighted with my bag, apron and cushion cover and know I've acquired new skills I'll use again: making bias binding, inserting an invisible zip and using fusible fleece.  Martha gives clear instructions and is very patient and encouraging.  The two hours went by incredibly quickly each time.   I shall miss the Wednesday evening lessons in friendly company.

 
I met Martha after I was given a 20+ year old Singer overlocker. Sixty-something, male, and barely capable of bodging the task of sewing on a button, it was time to face down the demons of fabric and thread.
The ten-week Sewing for Beginners course was great fun. Martha was comfortable working with a range of sewing machines, some provided by those attending the course and others others available in her well-equipped Sewing Shed. We made items that were attractive and useful. We achieved. We created a network of friends who still swap ideas and solve problems.
It is telling that the Beginners class signed up en masse for the follow on course, and now that has ended, for yet more sewing. The tentative sounds of sewing machines operating at their slowest have been replaced by the confident sounds of machines operating swiftly, all against a background of cheerful chatter.

Thursdays Sewing Sessions.

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Ever wanted to make or alter your own clothes or home soft furnishings? This is a friendly group at which you get individual tuition, help and guidance along the way. Having basic sewing skills all abilities are welcome on this course, which offers all aspects of sewing:- designing, choosing fabrics and styles, mending and altering, understanding commercial patterns, measuring for pattern size, cutting out and garment construction.

Find inspiration while learning basic principles and professional finishing techniques to create great fitting original clothes, no matter your shape, size, style or experience. A group makes the experience enjoyable while ensuring that you get the individual guidance and advice you need. This is a group of like minded people that is meeting ones a week, enjoying the process of making and being creative with fabrics.

These classes are generally run in term time with closure in half terms, summer and winter breaks and bank holidays.

When: Thursdays mornings and afternoons
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud
Mornings : 9.30 am - 12 noon
Afternoons: 1.30 pm - 4 pm
Fee: paid termly see below.

Term 6: 13 June - 11 July: morning sessions. 5 Weeks, fee 110. 1 Space.
Term 6: 13 June - 11 July: afternoon sessions. 5 Weeks, fee 110. 2 Spaces.

Interested...? email or phone on 0784 685 3016.

Such a lovely time spent with Martha and my fellow beginners. Lots of new skills learned in a stress-free environment. I was sorry when the 10 weeks came to an end. If you reading this review, wondering whether learning to sew is your thing, I would say just do it, you will surprise yourself.

 

Great course, lots of 1:1 time, lovely sociable atmosphere - highlight to my week! Martha is brilliant at what she does, is patient and encouraging and supports a relaxed but productive atmosphere. Mimi

Get to know your overlocker for beginners.

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Get as much benefit out of using your overlocker as possible. We will cover things like: how to rethread the EASY way, adjust stitch length and blade position. Understanding and adjusting the tension. How to sew corners and round edges. How to look after your machine such as replacing the needles and how to clean your machine. You will go home having gained a better understanding of how to neaten raw edges professionally and being able to change the settings with confidence. 

This workshop is for beginners who can bring their own overlocker.

When: Saturday 
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : Saturday morning from 10 pm - 12.30 
Fee : 55 pounds
 
 
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Once you have got the hang of the basics and you want to learn more techniques you are welcome to sign up for the part 2 Overlocking workshop.

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.

I recently attended the beginners overlocker course at the Sewing Shed and can thoroughly recommend it. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed with Martha being a great teacher imparting her knowledge clearly. Time was managed really well and we got through a lot in the afternoon. I am looking forward to the follow on overlocker course. Marie

Clothes making for Beginners

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A new 10 week evening course at the Sewing Shed Stroud focusing on clothes making.

This course is designed for anyone that wants to start making clothes with little or no dressmaking experience, or simply want to enjoy the art of sewing and creating! We do ask that you have used a sewing machine before and have basic sewing skills. If you haven't got basic sewing skills yet please sign up for our 10 week sewing for beginners course as it is not suitable for compleet beginners in sewing.

At this 10 week course you will be making a pair of trousers with a simple side zip, a waistband, button and button hole, front and back darts and two back pockets. Front dart can be pleats and turn-ups are optional.

We will cover the following :

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding clothes making terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.
  • We will be using a pattern with sizing 6 - 28

At the Sewing Shed Stroud we work in small groups so there is plenty of time to ask questions, receive hands on guidance and tuition.

When: Monday 15 April till 8 July (no sewing: May Bank Holidays: Monday 6 May and 27 May & 3 June is half term)
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud
Time: 7pm - 9pm 
Fee: 245 pounds.

Sold out. There is another Dressmaking course in September. See below:

 

2-Day Dressmaking  Re-treat.

Information about the Retreat: You will be starting this 2-Day retreat with an introduction in how to use and follow a paper pattern. You will then go on to cut out your fabric and construct your garment. You will be shown and learn al the skills needed through making samples and through demonstrations.
 
This re-treat is designed for anyone that wants to start making clothes with little or no dressmaking experience, or simply want to enjoy the art of sewing and creating! We do ask that you have used a sewing machine before and have basic sewing skills. If you haven't got basic sewing skills yet please sign up for our 10 week sewing for beginners course as it is not suitable for complete beginners in sewing.

All of this will be taught in a fun and relaxed way whilst being nurtured and fed by Hawkwood College. During the re-treat you can enjoy the beautiful views and surroundings of this magical place.

We will cover the following :

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding clothes making terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.
  • We will be using a pattern with sizing 6 - 28
 
Time and date:
When: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September
Where: Hawkwood College, Stroud
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30/5 pm.
Fee: 255 pounds.
Included: 2-course lunch, coffees and teas.

Interested?...For any questions please get in touch by email.

Re-Make, Re-Treat, Re-Sew.

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Two days of total immersion into transforming some of your much-loved clothes into items that you can wear again. We will be giving favourite items a new lease of life. 

At this workshop, we will look at clothes, their shapes and styles and how to improve them. What can we add and what to eliminate? Finding interesting ways of creating something new out of something old and making it into something you can use again. The aim is that you don’t have to get rid of your favourite items. You can 'mix them up' with other garments. Think of combining several different textures or shapes together (see photos below). Maybe through adding lines, contrasts or elements where you don’t expect it. It is about exploring possibilities and looking at your clothes in a new way. We will also be looking at how to emphasise areas exploring a wide variety of surface design techniques to transform garments.

You will be working with individual design elements, depending on your own style and preference. This is a fun and playful way of transforming existing textiles and giving them a personal, fun and quirky element. And all of this whilst being nurtured and fed by Hawkwood's delicious organic 2-course lunch, cakes and drinks.

When: tbc
Where: 
Time: tbc
 
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Freehand Machine Embroidery:

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Explore freehand machine embroidery and learn to 'draw' with the machine.
We will be experimenting with a variety of techniques and different materials that can be used for your own design.
We will be starting the process using pieces of calico, as an initial experimenting phase in order to move on to more complicated and intricate designs. It is a wonderful creative technique which has endless possibilities.
 
All the techniques on offer are adaptable for all levels.
 

When: tbc
Where: at the Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: 10 am - 12.30

For more info please get in touch.

T-Shirt Overlocking Workshop

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At this workshop you will be making a Basic T-Shirt using your overlocker. As we know T-shirts are extremely versatile garments and a staple in anyone's wardrobe. 

This classic T-shirt can be, depending upon fabric choice and sleeve length, be worn as a lightweight summer garment or as a cozy sweater to keep you warm in the winter. You will be going home with a finished T-shirt that can be the base for a variety of garments. 
 
At this workshop you will learn:
- Understanding the different properties of stretch fabrics.
- How to use a paper pattern, learning about pattern markings and what they mean.
- Understanding about pattern sizing.
- How to measure yourself and selecting the correct size.
- Tips and hints about cutting stretch fabric
- How to set in sleeves
- How to construct and sew in a neckband
- Finishing the hems in different ways.
- How to adapt your pattern for multi purpose usage.
 
Included in the workshop:
- Paper Pattern sizing 6 till 24.
 

When: tbc
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time: 1pm - 4.30pm
Fee: 

For more info or questions please email...
 

Pattern Cutting Workshop: Make your own skirt pattern

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Learn how to draw your own skirt pattern to fit your own shape and size.

This will then be used to make a toile to put these pattern cutting skills into practice, with an emphasis on how to customise your basic block using dart manipulation, gathers, pleats, redrawing seams, altering shapes and creating a yoke.

Please bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea on offer.

When: Saturday tbc
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: 
  
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Sew-Fest: An expression of your own creativity.

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A 3-day mini Sewing Festival: We will be experimenting with fabric manipulation, try out a variety of techniques, have go changing patterns and shapes to create 3D effects.

Starting off with some exercises to loosen up and get going you will be making several samples. You will also be using a base pattern as a vehicle to work from so that this can be the starting point for your own design placement. During these 3 days you will be working on your own garment. A workshop in which you will tap into your own creative energy, feel inspired by fellow students and other designers work. Get inspired and create something unique, something different, something that feels truly yours. 

At the Sewing Shed we work in small groups so enough time and space for questions, guidance and support for your work.

Suitable for anyone with clothes making experience. Not suitable for beginners.

When: tbc
Where: Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 10 am- 4 pm
Fee :  
sold out
 
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From Cloth to Collage

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An introduction into freehand machine embroidery exploring a variety of materials.

Using imagery and photos as inspiration, your fabric creations will be composed and layered before being stitched over using machine embroidery, hand stitch, collaging and applique. Suitable for any level. 

There will be limited places due to the covid 19 distancing rules and regulations.  If the situation changes with regards to covid and we won't be able to teach in the Sewing Shed we will post pone to another date.

When: tbc
Where:  Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 10 am- 12.30/1pm
Fee : 

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Creative Kids @ Sewing Shed Stroud: kids and teens workshops

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Unfortunalty there won't be any kids sewing workshops during the may or summer holidays 2023.

Over 2 mornings you will complete a project, learn a variety of skills and techniques, having a go at using a sewing machine, try basic stitches and play with fabrics and colours. You will be doing a bit of sewing both by hand and machine.

More specific techniques will also be taught through projects, such as; sewing on buttons, embellishments, simple applique, and more. 

All these workshops will be taught in a relaxed and fun environment, with a flexible programme allowing each child to work at their own level. Suitable for the age of 7 and up. 

 
Fantastic kids workshop , both 8yr old and 12 year old loved it and were very proud of their creations. Definitely booking again. Nicki C.
 
When: 
Where:  Sewing Shed Stroud.
Time : 10 am- 12.30
 
Feel free to email if you have questions... 

Private 1-2-1 session.

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Here at the Sewing Shed we offer private lessons covering all the that we offer on our courses and workshops.

Please get in contact to ask for more details.

We also offer vouchers for courses, workshops and individual sessions.

A Beautiful space to learn and Martha is a knowledgeable and patient teacher. The lesson was fun! I hope to return. Sally W.

If you LOVE to sew. You will love to visit the Sewing Shed in Stroud. I have just had a one to one session, to learn how to use an over locker with Martha, an experienced seamstress/needle women/crafter. It was a great two hours to get to know my machine, share sewing interests, obtain new ideas, network about local suppliers of materials/treads etc. and relax in a peaceful shed (more like a cabin) surrounded by nature. I highly recommend this experience. Best to find a session which suits your needs. I plan to return to the shed and join one of Martha's project classes. Susan A.