Workshops and classes

Here’s a list of all of our upcoming workshops and classes. Select each one to read more about it, including when it’s on, what it involves and whether it’s aimed at beginners or people with more experience. To find out more or book a class, contact us online or call 01738 717009. Thank you!

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April 2018

Fidget Blanket drop-in workshop

April 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Photo of a Fidget Blanket which you can help to make in our workshops at The Peacock and the Tortoise

Fidget Blankets: our Charity Project for 2018 The idea of the Fidget Blanket is simple.  It is a busy quilt or blanket with a variety of attachments (zips, buttons, buckles, tassels etc) to fidget with.  People with dementia can experience anxiety and periods of feeling unsettled.  Something to occupy their hands and minds (like fidget blankets or twiddle muffs) will reduce these feelings.  When a person is more settled and less distressed they are more likely to engage with family…

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Introduction to Sashiko, a Japanese Quilting technique

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Suitable for: Beginners. All hand-stitching. Tutor: Susan Briscoe Materials: Not included. You will need one skein of sashiko thread, 4x 10 cm square pieces of sashiko fabric (both available in the shop on the day with 10% discount), needles, marking pens. Snips and ruler are available. Shonai Sashiko is a traditional stitch technique from the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture, north west Japan. Intricate patterns are formed by straight lines of running stitch crossing and intersecting. During the workshop, four basic…

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May 2018

Get to Know YOUR OWN Sewing Machine

May 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
sewing machine

Suitable for: Beginners and advanced Full day class: 10.30am – 4.30pm Tutor: Gill McBride Materials: Bring scraps and threads. Back by popular demand… our course designed to give you the very best out of your own machine. Stuck in a rut? Using the same stitches and feet all the time? Not sure what all the buttons do and scared of some of the features? Then come along to one of our 8 places on this popular course which enables you…

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NEW: Boro Bag

May 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Suitable for: Beginners Tutor: Susan Briscoe Materials: a variety of shot or plain cottons, stripes or checks. Denims are possible. Other patterns are best avoided. Larger scraps will do. One 100m skein of Sashiko thread, needles, marker pen. The term ‘boro’ is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. In this class you will create a piece of Boro and make it into a practical and unique tote bag. Contact us to book this class or find out more…

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Crash Course Quilting

May 12 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
quilting and patchwork

Suitable for: Beginners Tutor: Zoe Kemp Materials: 4 fat quarters (recommend you buy on the day at start of class), matching sewing thread and pins, sharp small scissors. Ever wondered what the fuss is about? In this course you will learn some of the basics of quilting: rotary cutting, piecing a block and sandwiching it with wadding and backing.  You will make a (mini) quilt, going through the whole process. This course should come with a health warning: quilting is…

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