All courses are held in our workshop below the shop, with six sewing machines, tables, cutting boards and ironing boards.  Kitchen and bathroom facilities also.

 A variety of courses for a range of abilities:

  • hand quilting
  • machine quilting
  • free motion quilting
  • applique
  • paper piecing
  • dressmaking/corsetry
  • get to know your machine

After easter light lunch, cake, tea and coffee will be included, provided by the lovely aJuliets Cafe. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements.

Fabric and patterns are not included in workshop price unless specified.

Workshops won’t be refunded unless the entire class is cancelled.

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March 2020

Lone Star Quilt Workshop

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£70 Sold out

The Lone star block is a very traditional block, sewn often in just one colour tone. ie red or blue. The picture shown above displays the lone star block you will make, however Tracy will bring along her incredible Lone Star quilt as exhibited at Festival of Quilts this year. The block you create will be hand pieced, however we will discuss how alternatively you could machine piece. The piecing is all about matching the points and is easy to…

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My First Quilt

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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One event on 18th February 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 3rd March 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on 17th March 2020 at 10:00 am


Woven Throw Patchwork Quilt: Beginners course Learn to stitch a patchwork quilt on your sewing machine. Everything is covered from cutting the fabric to stitching a quilt top and how to quilt and bind it. Perfect for someone just starting out into the world of patchwork, The design looks like a woven fabric, hence the quilts name. The ‘weft’ fabric adds some coordination to the quilt, and gives it a striking woven like appearance. Quilt size: 54in x 69in Block…

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Stitching with Jenny ‘Chasing Zinnias’

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£40 3 tickets left

In this workshop Jenny from Pincushion will be teaching you Appliqué using the method of needle turn. Kit included and ready to make the block designed by Susan Smith @notjuzahuswife This workshop will be teaching 'Chasing Zinnias'. Have a look at Pincushions instagram to see what Jenny's been up to lately @pincushion_pantiles Please bring with you a basic sewing kit.

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Hexagon Kaleidoscope Workshop

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£80 6 tickets left

Get to grips with Hand Piecing, and the method of Freezer paper Appliqués on this addictive quilt. Use your scraps for the hexagons and a focus fabric for the circles to help pull the quilt together. Carolyn has lots of helpful hints to share, I'm sure she can help make scrap patchwork work for you! One block makes a coaster, seven make a table centre or cushion, and more make a quilt. Refreshments and a light lunch included. The block…

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Exploring the Art of Boro

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
£70 5 tickets left

A new class exploring the traditional Japanese mending techniques of Sashiko and Boro. ‘Boro’ means ‘rags’ or ‘tattered cloth’, referring to Japanese patched and much-mended textiles, often held together with simple running stitches (Sashiko) and so creating a new art form in itself. You will learn simple Sashiko stitching and use the easy method of raw-edged applique to create your own design from precious pieces of old Japanese textiles. You will be given a basic kit to work from, but…

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April 2020

Reverse Appliqué Workshop

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£70 4 tickets left

Reverse appliqué is a different way of producing a design with a hidden fabric. On the day we will be playing with Words, appliquéing the top fabric under to reveal a new fabric to create a letter/ word. It's a fun method of needle turning to learn, with an alternate finish to appliqué. Ideal for beginners or those wanting to try a new technique with confidence. All fabric supplies included please bring with you a basic sewing kit and selection…

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Textile Art Workshop with Sharon Blackman

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£75 6 tickets left

I am a textile artist living and working in Chelmsford. My pictures are made entirely by hand using recycled fabrics. I have a querky naive style, never using patterns or templates and cutting directly into the fabric. At my workshops, my main aim is to inspire people to discover their own individual style and creativity. I provide instructions and ideas sheets but also take you through, step by step, the process of making a folk art picture. Pictures can be…

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August 2020

House and Home Anne Kelly Workshop

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£70 5 tickets left

House and Home In this one day course with author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly you will be working from your choice of house or place (building) that holds a special memory for you. We will start by using basic but effective techniques taken from her books. Anne will show you how to create a mixed media collage using items from your collections and charity shop finds. Your piece will be embellished and richly decorated to create a special souvenir…

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