Multi-day classes: felting, applique, challenges and children’s classes

More clubs and less one day classes

Again in this Autumn, we are offering more ‘clubs’ and classes spread over more than one day so that you can really get your teeth into some textile craft techniques! You can learn everything you always wanted to know but never dared ask (and a little more) about Applique with Diane!

There are now Saturday quilting classes for complete beginners with Sue Everett for those that can’t make weekdays.

An Introduction to Needle Felting

Tutor: Sarah Urie

Cost: £48

Friday 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep or:

Monday 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov. Afternoons 1.30 till 4.30

This is a relatively new craft, which replicates the dry felting industrial technique, using one barbed needle. The course will cover 2D and 3D methods, showing how easily beautifully coloured wool roving can be transformed.  It is an addictive and inexpensive hobby which can bring hours of pleasure. Each person will be supplied with their own tool kit and enough wool to work in class and practise at home.

This class is organized by the tutor, not by the Peacock and the Tortoise.  For more information and booking:;  07969 256886

Appliqué Club with Diane

Everything you always wanted to know about appliqué.

This activity runs on four Mondays: 3 and 17 September and 1 and 15 October. 10.30 -4 pm.

Cost for these four days: £140 ex. materials.

The appliqué taught this session are Stained Glass, Hawaian, Shadow and Landscape.  All could be used for wall hangings, blocks for a quilt, front for a bag or for cushions. All can be hand or machine sewn and then quilted as necessary.Use the applique to make a notebook cover, panels for a quilt, a wall hanging or cushion cover. Inspirational! Requirements and exact programme will he handed out nearer to the date.

Sewing Tasters for Children

This spring we offer two sewing tasters for children.  Both are set in the last week of the Summer Holiday and are taught by Coral Bell, who has ample experience as a teacher for this age group.


Garlands and Bunting a taster for 10 – 12 year olds:

Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August, Tuesday full day: 10.30 till 4 and Wednesday afternoon only from 1.30 till 4.30

Cost: £80 including materials.

These classes take place over two days and are a fun introduction to sewing for 10-12 year olds. There is a maximum of six in the class and both hand and machine sewing will be used. Kids can choose between traditional buttoned bunting flags and a felted Woodland Toadstool bunting. Lots of fun and skills learnt over the two sessions. If you have a bag of buttons, scraps, ribbons you would like to bring along and use you are welcome otherwise all materials and everything needed is in our workroom and ready and waiting for you!

Crazy QuiltingTaster for bigger kids:12 – 16 year olds:

Thursday 9 August (10.30-4.30) and Friday  10 August 1.30 (morning only) till 10.30 – 1.30.

Cost: £80 including basic materials*

Small class of six learning Crazy Quilting for beginners; loose, fun, imaginative way of creating interesting embellished fabrics. Traditionally Victorian, this technique is great fun with amazing results. You will make up sample pieces of Crazy Quilting and then on the second day incorporate your fabric into in a range of different ways* there might be an additional cost here if you choose to use half a metre or a FQ of fabric to make up a cushion, wall hanging, pot stand or bag etc. All other fabrics, stabilisers, threads and materials are included in the cost. Again, if you have a wee bag of scraps, buttons, ribbons you would like to bring along and use please do.