workshops at sidmouth fabrics

At Sidmouth Fabrics we love putting on workshops and classes to help people learn new skills. It doesn't matter if you're new to sewing or a dab hand, we're sure we have something that will take your fancy.

Our workshops range from childrens classes running on weekends and holidays to adult courses such as Introduction to Patchwork or Create a Block for a Sampler Quilt.

All our workshops and classes are fun and relaxed and are open to all levels.

 

 
 
 

 

Available Workshops

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// 2019 workshops //

November 2019

+ Carry Craft Bag (Novemebr 8th '19)

Learn how to make a carft bag using bag waddings. These bags are great to store your craft bits in pieces in and for when you going to workshops.

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Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: Novemeber 8th '19

Session time 10.00-4.00pm

Price £35.00- Material and waddings not included but can be brought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics.


// 2020 workshops //

January 2020

+ Doodle, Draw, Write with Jan Tillett (17th Jan '20)

An ideal workshop for quilters and embroiderers. The day will include: using ‘stitch and tear’, small and large drawings, working on different fabrics, and writing with the sewing machine.

You will also be shown how to can join quilted blocks using a ‘Quilt as you go’ technique.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 17th Jan 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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February 2020

+ Free Machine Embroidery – applying fabrics and threads with Jan Tillett (21st Feb'20)

Explore ways of creating texture and pattern by applying fabrics and threads, which are then embellished with machine embroidery. Also, how to create cords to embellish your work.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 21st Feb 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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March 2020

+ Jelly Roll sampler quilt with Karen (9th March '20)

This is a 12 /18 month course learning techniques and producing a different block each month then putting it together to make a double quilt or you can do 9 blocks for a single.

This is great start to patchwork. The cost is £35.00 per session but it will have to be paid in blocks of four.

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 9th March 2020

Session Time: 10.30-4.00pm

Price: £35 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

To book please pop into the shop or call us on 01395 513209

+ Pinwheels Workshop with Jan Tillett (19th March '20)

At this workshop you will learn how to make pinwheels different ways. You will make some basic pinwheels to learn the basic technique then we will experiment with some interesting variations.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 19th March 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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April 2020

+ Slouchy Knot Bag Workshop with Jan Tillett (26th April '20)

Create a knot bag which can be used as a formal or everyday bag depending on the fabric and decoration used. Full instructions will be given as well as advice on appropriate interlining.

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Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 26th April 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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May 2020

+ Shadow Appliqué Pond/Sea Life or Flower Garden.(22nd May '20)

Shadow Appliqué is a traditional technique, but we'll be playing and extending the technique with my designs. Everyone will develop their own life to become a unique work of art. The panels can be made to the size you wish (within reason, we've only a day!!!) it can then be quilted or framed, your artwork, your choice of finish! We will be using rotary cutters in a more 'free' style, but please don't be worrying, I'll be there to guide you!!

Requirements:

  • Calico or pale background fabric, 2" bigger than your planned size. (at least a fat quarter though)
  • organza 2" bigger than your calico
  • wadding/batting 2" bigger than your background fabric
  • border fabric long quarter or 1/2m
  • backing/binding fabric at least 10" bigger than your background fabric
  • a variety of scraps of fabrics at least 10" long for your weeds/grasses
  • scraps of fishy fabric / flowery fabric
  • beads for fish eyes / 6"-8" lengths of lace for making flowers
  • selection of threads to tone with your fabrics (I use variegated)
  • rotary cutter /mat
  • sewing machine in good working order with a new needle
  • general sewing kit
  • silk pins if you have them

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 22nd May 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £45 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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+ Quilt as you go quilt part One & Two with Karen (29th May '20)

In this 2 day workshop you will learn the technique of quilt as you go. The workshop is perfect for beginners too. You will learn how to assemble a block quilting as you go!

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 29th May 2020

Session Time: 10.30-4.00pm

Price: £70 (2 sessions) - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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June 2020

+ Twillight Silhouette with Gail Lawther (5th June '20)

As the light of the sun fades, the silhouettes of different birds appear against the twilight landscapes.

All the dark motifs are fused onto backgrounds pieced from strips of fabric; your background can be quite detailed (eg using Jelly Roll strips), or created from three or four much deeper pieces. You can even use a single piece of dramatically-shaded fabric. (On the day, I’ll bring a few different pieces of shaded fabric with me that would make good backgrounds, either for the design you’re doing that day or others you might want to do in the future!)

You can copy one of the five designs I’ve created, or design your own version on the day by mixing and matching the bird and plant motifs I’ll supply. And during the workshop we’ll explore lots of different methods of simple machine-quilting.

Equipment List – PLEASE DOWNLOAD BEFORE PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 5th June 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £45 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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+ Bugs and Ammonites with Jan Tillett (26th June '20)

Use metallic fabric paint and wooden printing blocks embellished with free motion stitching to create a small embroidered textile which can be applied to a book cover. Instructions will be given to make a book cover.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 26th June 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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July 2020

+ Layered Textures with Shrink Polyester Workshop with Jan Tillett (17th July'20)

At this one day workshop you will explore the amazing textural effects that you can create by layering fabrics with shrink polyester.

Using a variety of fabrics and your sewing machine you will make four main samples using free motion stitching and straight stitching. Use your samples for bags, cushions or to incorporate into a larger piece of work. Depending on the size of your samples you may have time to develop further the techniques taught.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 17th July 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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September 2020

+ Leafy Lampshade Workshop with Jan Tillett (20th Sep '20)

At the workshop you will create a unique piece of embroidery using sheer fabrics and skeleton leaves which will then be used to make a 20cm diameter drum lampshade.

Equipment List - PLEASE DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 20th Sep 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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+ Applique Beach huts with Karen (28th September '20)

Learn how to applique on the machine. You will learn all the techniques you need and finish with a cushion/wall hanging to talk home.

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 28th Sep 2020

Session Time: 10.30-4.00pm

Price: £35 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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October 2020

+ Wobbly Christmas Treets with Jan Tillett (2nd Oct '20)

A day to create a set of quirky Christmas trees using strips of fabric applied using the stitch and flip method, free motion stitching (optional), lace and other embellishments. You will also learn how to make ribbon piping to apply to your trees. Full instructions will be given to complete at least one tree at the workshop but you will have enough fabric to make five trees..

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 2nd Oct 2020

Session Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Price: £40 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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+ Pouch bag with Karen (23rd Oct '20)

This is a handy bag to have for all your sewing needs when out and about. It has a clear front so you can see whats in it!

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 23rd Oct 2020

Session Time: 10.30-4.00pm

Price: £35 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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November 2020

+ CHRISTMAS GARLANDS with Gail Lawther (6th Nov '20)

CHRISTMAS GARLANDS

Deck the halls, ready for Christmas! Garlands of leaves and berries have always been popular seasonal decorations, and these fun stitched designs will become instant favourites. The technique is very easy, and you’ll find it straightforward even if you’re new to quilting; the shapes are cut out and fused onto the background, then you can use any simple method of machine-quilting your designs.

Use a traditional Christmassy colour-scheme of red, green and gold, or try a snowy colour-scheme of blue, silvers and white. Blue and gold look good, too – or how about purple, pink and gold?! You will need a copy of my Garlands booklet, which Julie will supply; then you can choose your own combination of motifs to create a unique garland or heart shape.

As well as the things below, you’ll need your usual sewing kit of small and large scissors, pins etc. For the quilting, you will need your sewing machine; if you’re new to your machine, or not quite sure of all the things it can do, bring the manual too. And don’t forget to bring everything that goes with your machine – foot pedal, leads, knee lift if you have one, and all the feet and other bits that go with it – then we can choose the best foot etc to use on the day! Also, if you have your own travel iron and ironing pad you might find it useful to bring it along, but don’t buy one specially.

Finished size; my designs are roughly 25in (64cm) square, and the dimensions I’ve given below relate to that size. However, you can make your design any shape and size that you like: just cut your background piece, borders, backing and wadding to suit.

You will need:

  • cotton fabrics as follows:
  • background, 20in (50cm) square (note that a fat quarter may not be quite large enough for this piece)
  • large scraps of lots of different cotton fabrics – plains, prints and marbled – in a wide mixture of your chosen colours
  • for the border: two strips 20 x 3in (50 x 8cm) and two strips 26 x 3in (66 x 8cm)
  • backing fabric, 27in (70cm) square
  • flat wadding, 27in (70cm) square
  • 3yd (3m) binding strip (I used a single binding cut 2in/5cm wide)
  • Bondaweb or steam-a-Seam (don’t use Heat ‘n’ Bond or Fuse-a-Web); if you bring 1m of the 18in-wide web from a roll, you’ll have more than enough
  • sewing thread to match the binding, plus your choice of machine-quilting threads
  • pencil
  • non-stick ironing sheet or greaseproof paper/baking parchment; use this to protect the iron and ironing board whenever you’re working with the bonding web
  • small, sharp-pointed scissors. These are important; if yours are a bit blunt, now’s the time to invest in some new ones!
  • rotary cutter, board and ruler (if you don’t have your own, I’m sure you’ll be able to borrow one on the day …)
  • Frixion pen or chalk marker

Notes: Teas/Coffees/Cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Dates: 6th Nov 2020

Session Time: 10.30-4.00pm

Price: £45 - Material not included but can be bought prior to the workshop at Sidmouth Fabrics

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Hello crafty sewers ! Have a look at some of our wonderful workshops. I hope to see you at one or two !

Julie x


Some of our happy crafters

"Love the sewing classes, Julie gives a basic through to complex teaching. Completely accepts that you might not have a clue about most of it and supports you to develop confidence and skills from choosing patterns and fabrics through to the finished product" - Caroline

 

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