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Knit and Natter Group

The Knit and Natter Group is a fun and friendly group for those who enjoy knitting and crochet, or for those who would simply love to learn how it’s done!

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It is held every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm, at our Yeovil shop. The group is for absolutely anyone, whether you have been knitting or crocheting (maybe even both) for years, or whether you would like to begin learning these crafts. Here you can gather together with other crafty people to share tips and ideas, whilst having a good chat and working on your latest knitting or crochet projects. To keep you all knitting and nattering, refreshments; including tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.

The group only costs £1 and is a walk-in group, so there is no need to book a place, you can just turn up on the day and join in.

This is a great place to learn more about knitting or crochet from the other members and build on your current skills, it is also an opportunity to share your knowledge with others and exchange tips. A few members have started the group as beginners and worked on smaller projects such as clothes or accessories for babies, by doing this and building up the basics, with help from the other members, they are now able to begin larger projects.

At Livingstones Textiles, Yeovil we stock a variety of yarns in many colours and compositions. We also stock needles, crochet hooks and other knitting and crochet supplies, along with many pattern books so there is lots to choose from and lots to inspire you for your next project, however big or small!

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Elephant Patchwork Quilting Classes

Our newest patchwork course is well under way in our Yeovil shop.  Having a dedicated teaching space enables us to offer you our sewing expertise in a small group where you can learn new skills and make new friends.elephant workshop wk 1 img3wk2 elephant workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that all our ladies are happy and relaxed and busy creating some beautiful patchwork, all skillfully lead by our tutor.

 

 

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If you would like more information about our next course dates, please contact us on 01935 422631 or email us here https://www.livingstonetextiles.com/contact/

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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show.  Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you.  It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill.  Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. IMG_0094We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops.  We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. IMG_0099 (002)We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend.  And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.

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Yeovil Workshops

Our workshops at Yeovil got underway on Saturday, with great success, in the morning we ran a beginners patchworking workshop where the students got the opportunity to make some beautiful patchwork pincushions. We had a small group so everyone got the personal help they needed. Everyone left with either completed pin cushions or with the knowledge on how to complete them.

Out workshops are run by members of our team, we are not qualified teachers but have years of knowledge and experience that we would love to share with you. Our workshops are held at our stores, either our Yeovil store or our Bridport store, and classes in each store are dependant on our team members expertise.

This workshop costs £10.00 per person to attend and with that, you are supplied with your materials. Our patchwork for beginners workshop runs every other Saturday 10.30-12.30.

If you would like further information about our Yeovil workshops please contact them on 01935 422631

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Yeovils Patchwork Group

Alternative Saturday Afternoons 2.00-4.00. Coffee and biscuits included.

Pop in for a chat we would love to see you and your beautiful work. Come and sew with some like-minded people, share your knowledge or get some advice.

This is a drop-in group so feel free to just pop along.

£3.00 per person.

If you are traveling please do contact the store on 01935 422631 to confirm the group is still on.

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Valentines Day Fabrics

Valentines Day (14th February)… a day to celebrate love is fast approaching.

Miss Haversham is ready to be wined and dined in her lovely red dress that has been decorated with mother of pearl heart buttons.  We have a great range of Poly Satins suitable for wedding attire and evening wear in many colours.  Come in to the shop and see our great collection of red fabrics suitable for both dress making, curtains and blinds.

 

 

We also have a number of fabrics that feature pretty hearts suitable for dressmaking and cushions.  This fleece is supersoft and would make a really warm fleece top….or you could easily turn it into an envelope cushion by following the simple instructions available in our Envelope Cushion Kit.  If you don’t fancy tackling it alone, you can come along to our class where we will teach you, step by step how to make one and have it ready to take home.  Follow the link and go to the bottom of the page to find details on how to book on to our next course.

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Or why not make that special present really original and use this “Hand made with love” ribbon to wrap around the packaging?  Show them just how special they are and choose from our vast selection of Buttons, Ribbons and Trims to add that personal touch to your gifts.

DSC_2313We are always buying new designs of fabric and haberdashery for you to choose from so why not sign up for our Free monthly Newsletter and be the first to receive news of discounts, sales and new stock.  Just follow the link and send us your details and we’ll do the rest!

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Learn to Love your Sewing Machine Part One

With the new year comes a fresh term of sewing classes, and as usual we have started with “Learn to Love Your Sewing Machine Part 1”. This was on Tuesday 19th January 2016 between 6.30-8.30. We always start our new year term with the class as we hope that people with new sewing machine for Christmas or the people who have made their new years resolution to start using the sewing machine collecting dust in the corner will have heard of us and what great sewing classes we run.

This class was and is always taught by Lynn Horniblow who is a well established sewing teacher and has been teaching our sewing classes since we started running them at our shop in Bridport Dorset. We try to keep our numbers small so that each person can get as much one to one teaching as time allows, generally we have 4 -6 people in each class. On this particular evening we had 5 pupils each at generally the same stage of learning. Learn to love your sewing machine is aimed at beginners or people with new machines that need a little bit of tutoring, and it is not set to one sewing machine type.

The evening starts with Lynn introducing herself and explaining what she hope you will all get out of the evening. She will then help anyone who needs help with setting up their machines. Some people may know how to do some basics of sewing while others might not even know how to thread the machine, this is why during the class it start with threading the machine, and learning how to do it correctly. This is so important, not having the thread going though all the loops can really effect the tension of your stitching. The class then gets moved onto needles and how important they are to your sewing, the different types and how having a blunt needle can dramatically effect the finished result of your sewing.

The class will then move onto tensions, stitch lengths and things that are more personal to your sewing machine, as all machines are different and each one has dials in different places.

Each “Learn to love your Sewing Machine” sewing class moves at a different pace and speed depending on the class and what each person wants to know. Everyone that did Tuesdays sewing class thoroughly enjoyed it and most will be continuing onto “learn to love your sewing machine part 2” which is the following week. Doing both classes is not always needed and some people come back to part 2 later when they have had more practice at sewing.

If you would like more information about the sewing classes we run at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport, Dorset please contact us for more information and we will be happy to help.

 

 

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2016 Sewing Classes

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New Sewing machine for Christmas? Not really sure how to use it? New to sewing or just out of practice?

If you answered yes to any of the above then you might be interested in attending one of our sewing classes. We run a range of evening sewing classes the are suited for the new sewer or for the sewer who wants to brush up on their skills. Generally  our sewing classes start at 6.30 in the evening and running to either 8.30 or 9.00 depending on the class. These classes have in the past been very popular and well attended. We are starting our new classes on Tuesday 19th January 2016 with “Learn to love your sewing machine part 1” then with “Learn to love your sewing machine part 2” the week after. These classes are ideal for new sewer or someone with a new sewing machine. Learn to love your sewing machine runs over the basics of sewing with a machine, and brushes over things like threading your machine, filling a bobbing, machine tension and much more. For full details contact us or follow the link here.

This term we are also running a couple of our dressmaking techniques sewing classes, zips and then button holes. These are classes were you learn how to do one technique in detail.

For all dates in the Spring Term classes have a look at our classes booklet, and we also have dates for year 2016 where you can register your interest for upcoming sewing classes.

If you would like further information on our sewing classes please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Make Your Own Cushion Pack

DSC_4038 Do you want to make your own cushion but are not sure where to start? Not sure how much fabric, or how much piping you might need? Or do you know someone who loves making things and want to give them a present they will love? We have produced a “cushion pack” to take out the stress of making your cushion, all you have to do is sew it together, and we have helped there too, by production a step by step guide on how to  make your cushion with one of our packs. Doing on of our packs will give you the skills and abilities to make you want to sew more and more. Materials cropped

Within each pack you will receive, one 18″x18″ cushion pad, half a metre of your chosen fabric, 2 metres of piping in your chosen colour and a instruction booklet. All of this for a bargain price of £10.00. If you’re passing through Bridport, pop in and see us then you can pick your cushion materials from our full range of fabrics

DSC_4365On our web shop you will have a ability to choose from 7 different fabric panels that will make up your cushion with designs including dogs, sea, spots, tape measures, birds, wellies and Egyptian. you will also be able to choose from 17 different colours of piping.

If you would like a sample of any of the materials mentioned on this page please contact us with your details and information on the material or fabric you require and we will be happy to help.

If your still interested in making a cushion but think the pack might be too much for you why not have a look into our sewing classes. We run a full range of dressmaking classes or soft furnishing classes including, “How to make a simple envelope cushion”, “How to make a piped cushion, and “How to make a boxed cushion”.

 

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Christmas sewing classes

DSC_4343We ended this years sewing classes on Tuesday 26th November 2015 with our “Christmas sewing workshop” where everyone made Christmas stockings. This class went very well with everyone leaving with a finished or very nearly finished stocking. On the evening everyone brought their choice of Christmas fat quarters but had the chance to buy fancy ribbons and trimmings on the evening. By the end of the evening we had a beautiful range of fun stockings.

We will be starting next years classes on Tuesday 19th January 2016 with learn to love your sewing machine part 1, and then with part 2 following the week after. This class is really good for gaining experience and confidence with the sewing machine. This sewing class would be a great Christmas gift for anyone you might know that is starting to sew, getting back to sewing, or is getting a new machine for Christmas.

Not a new sewer but want to learn some new techniques? We have a full year’s programme of different sewing classes from dressmaking to curtain making. If you are interested in sewing and would like more information on our range of sewing classes, follow the links to more information on sewing classes or contact us and we will be happy to help.

It’s also not too late to do some of your own Christmas crafting. Don’t forget we have a massive range of Christmas fabrics in store, including our popular fat quarter bundles – which give you 6 different fabrics for £12.50. We also stock a huge range of trims, buttons, bells, ribbon and everything else you can think of to make all those festive items.

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Registering Interest Sewing Classes 2016

Register Your Interest- Classes 2016

All dates could change this is only a guide, on registering your interest you are not booking onto a class. Around 2 months before the start of the class you will be contacted to see if you still wish to attend the class, at which stage you will be asked to pay in full to book onto the class.

Learn to love your sewing machine part 1   12th April 2016
Learn to love your sewing machine part 2   19th April 2016
Dressmaking Techniques-                              26th April 2016
How to make pencil Pleat Curtains                May 2016
Boxed Cushion part 1                                      3rd May 2016
Boxed Cushion part 2                                      10th May 2016
Sewing with Stretch Legging                         17th May 2016
Machine Embroidery                                         24th May 2016
Learn to love your sewing machine part 1    31st May 2016
Learn to love your sewing machine part 2    7th June 2016
Waist coat part 1                                                14th June 2016
Waist coat part 2                                                 21st June 2016
Machine Embroidery                                         28th June 2016
How to make triple pleat curtains                    July 2016
Sew with stretch- Top                                       5th July 2016
Make a tote bag for summer                            12th July 2016
Learn to love your sewing machine part 1     20th Sept 2016
Learn to love your sewing machine part 2     27th Sept 2016
How to make a Roman Blind                            October 2016
Dressmaking Techniques                                4th Oct 2016
Dressmaking Techniques                               11th Oct 2016
Sew with stretch- Leggings                            18th Oct 2016
Sew with stretch- Top                                      25th Oct 2016
Christmas Gift Ideas- Make a cushion           1st Nov 2016
Christmas Workshop- Decorations                8th Nov 2016
Christmas Gift Idea- Make a Tote Bag          15th Nov 2016
Christmas Bunting                                           22nd Nov 2016

If you are interested in these classes please contact us and we will be happy to give you more information.

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Piped Cushion with a Zip

On Tuesday 27th October 2015 we ran our piped cushion with a zip class, on this class we had 4 students attend, we like to keep our classes small so that the tutor can make the classes as personal as possible. The class was two and half hours long and started at 6.30 and ended at 9.00. By the end of the evening each pupil should be leaving with a fully sew piped cushion with a zip or very nearly finished with the knowledge on how to finish it.

This class teaches you not only how  to sew the piping  into the cushion but you also learn how to cut the piping on the bias and sew it into piping cord.

If your interested in making piped cushions why not have a look into our piped envelope cushion packs which are avaialbe in our store in Bridport Dorset for only £10.00. Within this pack you will get everything you need to make your cushion from a range of different fabrics, cushion pads are also included within this price.

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Sewing Class- Learn to love your sewing machine part 1

DSC_4179On Thursday 15th October 2015, we ran Learn to love your sewing machine part 1, which is a sewing a class for anyone who wants to learn the basics of using their sewing machine. This class is very popular and its a sewing class that we have been running for a couple of years. This class is about people getting to know their sewing machines and what their machines are capable of so the class is taught on each individuals personal machines.

The first thing you will learn is how to thread your sewing machine, both the main thread at the top and the bobbin that goes under, the tutor will go round to everyone and see everyone machine, tailoring what she teaches to everyone’s needs. We keep our classes small, with a maximum of only 6 people in each class, this is so everyone get the one to one that they need at this early stage of sewing.

Most of the pupils we had on this class were all new to sewing although this isn’t always the case in the past we have had sewing that really want to get back to sewing after years and want to refresh their skills or sewers that have invested in a new machine. The class also went over how to fill the bobbin up, and what the different feet on the machine are for and how to change them, all the basic things that you need to know and how to do these things correctly.

Everyone who went on this class on DSC_4180Thursday 15th we all so pleased with what they had learnt and were looking forward to part 2 the following week. The following class will go into more depth on what was already learnt, with pupils learning how to use their zipper foot and putting in a basic zip and doing some basic piping with their piping foot.

We run a range of sewing classes at Livingstone Textiles all throughout the year, if you would like more information or would like to book on to one of our classes please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

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Sewing Classes- Sewing with Jersey

On Tuesday 29th September we had the second part of our sewing with stretch fabric class and during the class, pupils were given the chance to complete a stretchy top in 2 1/2 hours.

The class was taken by our regular tutor Lynn Horniblow, who produced a pattern for each of us to use. Our class numbers are usually small to enable a lot of personal tuition but with the garment classes we keep the numbers to 4 because there are more skills to master. The class was also attended by 2 staff members as we believe these classes are a really good way for them to brush up on their sewing skills in order to help and advise our customers.

DSC_3980 DSC_3985 DSC_3983 DSC_3987 DSC_3988 DSC_3992 DSC_3990We started by laying out and then cutting the fabric pieces and in doing this we learnt more about what the markings on the pattern pieces mean and why they are so important to the finished fit as well as how to measure and pin accurately along the grainline. Of course some of us still forgot to leave the points and happily chopped our way around the pattern!

Did you think you needed an overlocker to obtain a professional finish? So did we until Lynn showed us a clever trick on each of our different machines that does exactly the same job.  The only extra thing that you have to do is the trimming afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing with stretch isn’t as scary as you might first think, as long as you know which stitch to use on your machine it becomes a great fabric to sew with. The great thing that we all learnt on this class, was learning which stitch to use and how to move the fabric though the machine without pulling

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone left the class feeling really happy, with a garment almost complete along with instructions on how to finish off and most importantly knowledge of how to sew with a jersey fabric.

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Stretchy Sewing

On Tuesday night we had our first sewing class of the term which was a new sewing class to us,  learn to sew stretch. Within the class the pupils were to make a pair of stretchDSC_3586h leggings out of jersey or a spandex blend. Everyone was so excited about this class, as so many people struggle with sewing with stretchy fabric but everyone went away happy and with their completed garments.

Next week we will be running our second new sewing class of the term “How to sew stretch- Tank top” which will show different techniques you will need to sew stretchy fabrics. With this class the pupils will leave with a home made tank top and the knowledge to made another one in the future. If you are interested in learning how to stretchy fabrics and want to do our class why not contact us and see if we have any spaces.

We offer a wide range of sewing classes at Livingstone Textiles ranging from garment making classes to dressmaking techniques and home furnishing sewing classes, ranging from cushions to curtains.

If you are interested in doing one of our sewing classes why not contact us and we will be happy to go though the different options available to you.

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Dressmaking Techniques- Buttonholes and Fastenings

Within this 2 hour class you will learn how to put in a button hole correctly, you will be shown different ways of fitting one both with a machine and hand sewing.You will also learn how to overcome any problems that you may encounter.

Class requirements will be given on class booking.

Duration: 2 hours
Date: Tuesday 13th October 2015
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £20.00
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow

If you are interested in this class why not have a look at our other dressmaking techniques classes,

Sleeves

Hems

Zips

Pockets

Seams

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How to Make Leggings

Within this class you will have the opportunity to make a pair of stretch leggings. This is the first part of two classes but each class can work independently as different skills are learnt in both. You will learn how best to cut and sew the stretch fabrics to it fits and hangs right.
This will give you the knowledge and skill to create your own garments with stretch fabric independently.

Class requirements will be given nearer the time of the class.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Price: £30.00
Dates; Tuesday 22 September 2015
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow

If you are interested in this sewing class why not have a look into other garment classes we run,

Waist Coat

Tank Top

 

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How To Make A Tank Top

Within this class you will have the opportunity to make a simple tank top this is a follow on class from sewing with stretch fabrics part 1 leggings but you do not have to have completed that class to join this one. You will learn different skills from part 1. You will learn how best to cut and sew the stretch fabrics to it fits and hangs right.
This will give you the knowledge and skill to create your own garments with stretch fabric independently.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Price: £30.00
Dates; Tuesday 22 September 2015
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow
Max: 4 people

If you are interested in this sewing class why not have a look in to our other garment sewing classes,

Leggings and  Waist Coat

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Waist Coat

Learn how to make a long ladies waist coat on this two part DSC_3585evening class, where at the end you will take home a waist coat that you have have made from the very beginning from cutting out, fitting and then sewing together.
With doing this class you will learn techniques that you can use when making other garments.
This class is not for beginners and you must have some knowledge of the sewing machine and basic stitches. This would make a perfect follow on class from our dressmaking techniques series.
If you are unsure if this class is for you please ask a member of staff and we will be happy to advise you.
For the first night you will not be required to bring you sewing machine but you will need it for the second and all its feet and sewing machine book.

Class requirements,

  • 1 Meter of main fabric ( drill, heavy cotton, denim, no stretch fabrics)
  • 0.5 Meters of contrast cotton fabric (same weight or lighter eg. cotton poplin)
  • Hand sewing kit with dressmaking scissors
  • No sewing machine is required for the first night, but will be required for second evening.

Duration: 4 hours over 2 nights
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Price: £50.00
Tutor: Lynn Horniblow

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Making Garments

Once you have completed some or all of our dressmaking techniques classes why not have a look into our series of garment making classes. We run a range of classes where you make a garment over a night or a series of nights. These classes are not for beginners you must have a knowledge of your sewing machine.

Waist Coat

Stitch Stretch- Make a Pair of Leggings in a evening

Stitch Stretch- Make a Tank Top in a evening

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Textile Crafts

Textile crafts are where you can get creative with your sewing and start to have some fun. You have maybe completed our Learn to love your sewing machine class, or looked at our more technical classes such as window furnishings or dressmaking techniques – but want something that is a little bit freer and more creative?

There is a range of creative crafts where you can use  the technical skills that you have already learned on our other classes, and add something more to them, bringing in your creative side. Why not learn how to applique and applique something special onto that Cushion you learned how to make? Or learn how to machine embroider so you can add a beautiful design to the garment you learned how to make with “Dressmaking Techniques”.

Applique Workshop

Creative Machine Embroidery – Short Class

Creative Machine Embroidery Part 1 (5 week long class)

Creative Machine Embroidery Part 2 (5 week long class)

Patchwork For Beginners

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Window Furnishing

Having a well dressed window can make the difference in any room. A different window dressing can change the lighting, the atmosphere and the time period for the room. A different window dressing can make a room look modern or traditional, and it is important that you get it right for your room and your house. There are many different types of window dressings, from blinds to curtains and each bring something different to a room.

Having a pair of curtains or a blind made can be costly, so why not learn to make one yourself? We do a range of different curtain and blind classes that will give you the confidence to go away enjoy making you own window furnishings.

How to make a Roman Blind

How to make a Pencil Pleat Curtain

How to make a Triple Pleat Curtain

How to make an Interlined Curtain

 

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Cushions

Cushionscushions are a great way to decorate your home, they can add a splash of colour to a natural room, give a room character or just make it feel warm and welcoming. They can be an easy and inexpensive way to uplift a room.

 

 

We do a range of cushion classes that will teach you the basics and then some more difficult techniques so that you can go away with confidence and carry on making your own soft furnishings.

 

Envelope Cushions

Piped Cushion

Boxed Cushion

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Sewing Classes

With our summer term of classes now in full swing, we are pleased to say they are going well. All the dressmaking technique classes are still very popular and this is something we will continue into next term with new and old classes mixed in. DSC_3246

So far this term we have ran love to love your sewing machine part one and two, which is really good for both beginners and so one who wants to know what else their sewing machine can do. This class is normally really popular with students then choosing to move on to other classes. These classes are £20.00 per evening and run between 6.30- 8.30pm.

We then stared a few months ago our dressmaking techniques classes which have been very popular. These are a series of classes where you learn the different techniques of dressmaking, from hems to zips. Learning each skill on different classes so you learn them in manageableDSC_3247 steps.

We also running a series of different curtain making classes from pencil pleat, triple pleat to roman blinds. these classes give you the skills and knowledge so you can go away and create your over beautiful soft furnishings.

If you are intrested in any of these classes or would like more information on classes follow the link or contact us for more information and we will be happy to help.