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Sewing Courses

Masterclass Calendar of Events 2017


Are you thinking about taking a creative class? Whether it’s to learn a new skill, meet
like-minded people or you just want a fun day learning, we hope you will find something of interest in the new selection of classes available at Janome
this year.



  • The Sewing Shed

    Location: Ilkley,
    Contact: Leonie Pratt

    Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to develop your skills, The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, offers a warm welcome. You’ll get expert sewing tuition from a patient teacher, and lots of personal attention. You’ll be part of a small, friendly group of no more than 5 students. People come from all over the North to benefit from Leonie‘s professional training, patience and enthusiasm.

    Choose a small group or private tuition
    Learn to sew in a class setting or choose one-to-one private sewing tuition. You’ll learn at your own pace, build your confidence, and sew whatever you want.

    Beautiful award-winning studio
    The Sewing Shed is exactly that: a purpose-built studio dedicated to sewing lessons. Modern, bright and airy, it’s a great place to learn to sew.

    Wide range of classes
    You can learn anything from dressmaking (including fitting, and adapting patterns) to how to make soft furnishings. Our sewing classes will teach you to make interior items such as curtains, Roman blinds, cushions and loose covers. You’ll cover techniques such as patchwork, quilting, appliqué, concealed zips, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, and lots more.

    Brand-new Janome sewing machines
    There’s no need to bring your own sewing machine (although you’d be welcome to do so). There’s a fully computerised Janome sewing machine for every student. You can even use an overlocker in class.

    Please contact Leonie on:
    T: 07525 029986




  • All About the Sew

    Location: Solihull,
    Contact: Lorna Hulme

    All About the Sew sewing workshops set up by Lorna Hulme are up and running in the Solihull area. Maybe you have never sewn before and the thought of sewing a button on brings you out in a cold sweat, you sewed 20 years ago at school and would like to have another go or you enjoy general crafts and would like to try something new – there will be a class to suit you, just come along and have a go. You will be hooked in no time!

    Lorna wants to share her passion of sewing with others by encouraging people to come together, learn a new skill, make something they are proud of and most importantly enjoy themselves. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 5 people to allow lots of guidance and support from Lorna. Classes include the use of Janome sewing machines, basic sewing tools and fabric in a lot of the workshops. Lorna has achieved the Level 1 NCFE in Dressmaking and Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

    Example classes:
    • Beginner’s workshop – sew a simple cushion cover
    • Beginner’s workshop – sew a simple tote bag
    • Christmas bunting
    • Zipped pouches
    • Lined tote bag
    • Learn how to appliqué

    Telephone: 07963 734756
    Instagram: @allaboutthesew
    Twitter: @allaboutthesew



    Location: The Gaddens Sewing School, Charles’s Lane, Crow Hill, Ringwood, BH24 3FB,
    Contact: Jayne Edwards

    I ran my first UK sewing course last year in collaboration with Jayne Edwards at her beautiful country home, Gaddens Manor in The New Forest, England; it proved to be a huge success! For the past 10 years I have been teaching Residential Couture Sewing Courses in Palm Springs, California with Claire Shaeffer and in North Bay, Ontario with Kathryn Brenne, so now it is wonderful to be able to do this much closer to home! In 2017 Jayne and I plan to offer two courses. Come and enjoy a five-day sewing holiday with like-minded sewers. You will have the unique opportunity to study with me, a Couturier with over 35 years experience, in a class of no more than 10 students, in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. The workshop will begin with a traditional English afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on the Sunday followed by a light supper that evening. You will have the opportunity to meet me, Jayne and all the other students. Classes will then run from 9am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

    June 4th – 9th 2017 
    The Perfect Body Double and Draping a Tailored Jacket

    Sewing-ManequinOver the many years I have been making Couture clothes for private clients, I have developed a method of padding a stand to create the perfect replica of the client’s body from which to work. On this course we will work from a display mannequin, as shown and learn how to pad and cover it to replicate exactly your own body! I will show you how to take accurate body measurements using my measurement chart and then pad the stand to build up an exact body double. Finally, a calico cover is created to give your stand that professional finish. Having made your body double, I will then show you how to drape a tailored jacket on your bespoke stand, creating your unique couture pattern. All the techniques you will need to make this padded stand and drape a tailored jacket will be shown and all the processes are described and photographed in the book that is provided with the course. You go home with a perfect replica of you and a unique jacket pattern for next time!






    June 18th – 23rd 2017
    The Couture Lace Jacket Project. Lace from Solstiss

    BlouseI have designed and draped this jacket pattern for this project using a French lace from Calais, trimmed with pure silk duchess satin and lined with pure silk organza. Students will have the opportunity to try on a muslin toile before receiving their own copy of the pattern. The project will include many hand skills used in the Couture: trace tacking a pattern; learning to hand appliqué lace; working with lace and silk organza; making a pad stitched Couture collar. You will be shown all the hand stiches and techniques you will need to make this lace jacket and all the processes are described and photographed in the book that is provided with the course.






    The Gaddens Sewing School is a newly built, fully equipped studio space where students will enjoy the use of Janome sewing machines as well as Kai scissors. All sewing tools are provided in individual sewing kits. We will create the atmosphere of a Couture Workroom with large covered tables. Students will learn hand-sewing skills as they sit together in the workroom and sew.

    All supplies required to make the project are included in the cost of the workshop:

    Body Double Course
    • Mannequin display stand
    • Polyester wadding
    • Calico to cover stand and make toile
    • Sewing thread
    • Basting cotton
    • Needles
    • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

    Lace Jacket Course
    • Lace in choice of colour from Solstiss, Calais, France.
    • Pure silk duchess satin and pure silk organza to match.
    • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes.
    • Sewing thread
    • Basting cotton
    • Needles
    • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

    We can offer a shared room, some en-suite, with breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a sit down lunch each day. A welcome tea and light supper will take place on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant.
    We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food. Students will be free Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to explore the local pubs and restaurants or have a snack at Gaddens in the studio kitchen.

    The cost of the BODY DOUBLE COURSE will be £1,350.00
    The cost of the LACE JACKET COURSE will be £1,650.00

    Both courses will include:
    • Accommodation in a shared room for 5 nights
    • Breakfast, tea breaks and lunch
    • The Sunday tea and supper and Thursday dinner
    • All tuition and all supplies for the course

    Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor.


  • Curious?


    Contact: Sarah Sewell, Sarah Manton & Jess Kemp

    We are three Nottingham artists, Sarah, Jess & Sarah, known collectively as Curious? You can find us in the heart of Nottingham’s creative quarter in the newly refurbished Sneinton Market Avenues where we  opened our doors in July 2016 offering a wide range of workshops, courses and masterclasses in a variety of different artistic disciplines suitable for absolute beginners to the more advanced.

    We have 2 workshop spaces – one for wet/messy arts (including 2 potters wheels and a kiln) & one for paper/textiles and a shared working studio.

    Some of the classes we currently have available include:

    • Free-machine embroidery
    • Ceramics
    • Silk Painting
    • Papercutting
    • Scrapbooking
    • Felting – wet, needle & using an embellishing machine
    • Lampshade making
    • Lantern Making
    • Plus many more planned for the coming months including crochet/knitting/bath bomb making/painting/upcycling/furniture/copper embossing/dress-making/quilting etc.
    • We also cater for private parties/hen do’s/children/one-to-one teaching
    Please email or call us for more information or to be added to our mailing list. Check out our Facebook page for more information!
    Address: Units 20-22, Avenue B, Sneinton Market, Nottingham NG1 1DU 
    Tel: 07842 461926
  • StraightCurves

    Location: Chesterfield,
    Contact: Karen Rogers or Roz Vincent


    StraightCurves offers a range of award-winning art & craft workshops and courses for children and adults from our fully accessible building on Saltergate in Chesterfield. Our sessions happen at all times of day – including daytimes, after school and in the evenings – 7 days a week. We also offer children’s parties, 1-to-1 tuition, host social crafting sessions several times a week, and stock a range of original art, prints, crafty gifts and cards from a selection of local artists and craftspeople – and we have just been voted as Leisure Retailer of the Year at the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards!

    All of our sewing courses and workshops, like everything we do, are designed to suit people of all ages and abilities – there really is something for everybody! Whether you’re a complete beginner who has never touched a sewing machine before, an advanced sewer looking to use our large cutting tables at a Sew Social session, or have been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee to have a go at making your own clothes, there really is something for you at StraightCurves!

    If you would like some help picking which course or workshop to try first, our friendly staff are always on hand to offer advice – just give us a call or pop into the studio and see us!

    Courses Offered:
    Beginner’s Sewing Machine Skills (3 x 3.25hr course)
    Young Sewing Machine Skills (5 x 1.5hr course suitable for ages 8-18)
    Pattern Cutting (5 x 2.5hr course or 1 x 2.5hr workshop)
    Dressmaking (5 x 2.5hr course)
    Overlockers (2 hour workshop or 1:1 tuition)
    Inserting Zips (2 hour workshop)
    Free Machine Embroidery (full day workshop)
    Sewn Bunny or Bear (6 hour workshop or 2 x 3hr course)
    Sewn & Stuffed Owl (6 hour workshop or 2 x 3hr course)
    Sew Social (2.5 hour untutored session)
    Plus many more courses and workshops in different arts & crafts!

    Telephone: 01246 807575 or 07976 845 662 (answer phone outside office hours)
    Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 10am – 3pm; Wed  10am – 9pm;  Sat  10am-1pm – but our courses and workshops take place between 10am and 9pm 7 days a week!

  • Stitch Studio Sewing School

    Location: Wisbech St Mary, Cambridgeshire,
    Contact: Jayne Walpole

    Like to be individual? Budding to design and make creative clothes? Wish to learn or improve your sewing skills? Just got a new sewing machine?

    Learn to make beautiful original clothes and home furnishings, from complete beginners to experienced dressmakers; there are a range of Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting courses and workshops available in the day and evening.

    There are also workshops and after school classes for budding young designers,  juniors and teenagers, from 8 years upwards.

    Come and join a class and learn, with like-minded people and get creative.  Classes include group demonstrations as well as individual guidance and support. There are a maximum of six students per class, so everyone gets lots of attention.

    The classes will be led by Jayne Walpole.  Jayne has a degree in Fashion and teaching qualifications and worked as a fashion lecturer and designer in industry, so has a wealth of experience and professional knowledge to share.

    Jayne is holding an open studio on Friday 9th September 2016 between 10 – 7pm.
    Come and visit the studio and find out more.

    Just some of the courses available…..  See the website for more details.

    • Learn to sew one day workshops – Learn to sew the basics, learn to love your overlocker, Christmas stocking & bunting, advanced boned bodice, creative appliqué cushion cover – just to name a few.
    • Learn to sew – The basics
    • Beginners sewing course – The Skirt/Trousers/Dress
    • Improvers dressmaking & pattern cutting
    • Introduction to Pattern Cutting – The Skirt/Bodice/Trousers
    • Junior designers fashion school 8-11 years
    • Young designers fashion school 11-16 years
    • One to one tuition
    • Gift Vouchers available

    Call or email Jayne on 07584 341160 or email