Workshops

All workshops are run in my studio – in Ash, England, GU12 6RJ.

Feel free to bring your slippers! Places are limited to six people to ensure that everyone gets personal attention from me! Tea, coffee, biscuits/homemade cakes will be provided. For all day workshops, please bring a packed lunch.

If you have a group of friends and would like your own personalised course run for you, then please feel free to contact me to discuss.

COVID 19: Please note that all workshops will be limited to a maximum of 4 students to ensure we comply with the current social distancing requirements.

Monthly Workshops

The Seaside Quilt

Monthly on a Tuesday or Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-4pm
£25 per month.

I’m so excited to teach this gorgeous pattern called The Seaside Quilt, having got permission from Kathryn Whittingham who designed it. This is a lovely feel good quilt which includes some simple patchwork, lots of applique skills and embroidery techniques. Suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience of patchwork and embroidery. Each month we will work on different aspects of the quilt, focusing mainly on the applique in class and getting the patchwork blocks ready to assemble. You will be required to buy Kathryn’s book but she has agreed to provide these to us at a reduced price. Books will be provided to you at the January workshop. All requirements will be provided on receipt of your booking. Sessions are £25 per month.

Please note that when you sign up for this workshop, you are committing to attend for the full 12 months.

Tuesday Dates

25th January, 22nd February, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 28th June, 26th July, 23rd August, 27th September, 25th October, 22nd November, 13th December

Saturday Dates

29th January, 26th February, 26th March, 23rd April, 28th May, 25th June, 23rd July, 27th August, 24th September, 29th October, 26th November, 17th December

Aurifil Thread Colour Builder

Monthly on a Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm
£30 per month
or £27 per month (postal)

For this monthly workshop, you will receive an Aurifil Colour Builder box featuring 3 large spools of Aurifil 50 weight in an attractive presentation box (1300m spools). Each colour builder set is based around a colour theme allowing you to build up your Aurifil thread colour palette over the year. Each set features two Aurifil Variegated threads and one complementary plain thread. The threads will then be used to applique an exclusive pattern for that month. The inspiration for the threads and the patterns comes from 12 breathtaking rainforest plants from the Amazon Water Lily and the Bird of Paradise to the Jade Vine and the Spider Lily. These plants are a representation of our earth’s most threatened tropical forests, largely affected by deforestation and climate change.

This workshop will be held on a Saturday morning OR you can sign up for a monthly postal subscription which will provide you with the threads and the exclusive pattern and assistance from myself. Suitable for all abilities. Face to face workshop is £30. Monthly postal subscription is £25 including postage. (RRP of each colour builder box is £27).

Please note that when you sign up for this workshop or the postal subscription, you are committing to attend for the full 12 months.

Saturday Dates

22nd January, 19th February, 19th March, 16th April, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 13th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November, 10th December

Sophie’s Sampler

Monthly on a Wednesday
6.30pm–9.30pm
£30 per month

This sampler quilt consists of 16 blocks and are designed to take you through a variety of skills throughout the year – applique, circles, embroidery, English paper piecing and many more techniques. There will be some homework during the year, but because we will be utilising a ‘quilt on the go’ method, you are guaranteed to have it finished in time for Christmas! These workshops are suitable for those that have some experience of patchwork. Sessions are £30 and are held on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Saturday Dates

19th January, 16th February, 16th March, 13th April, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 24th August, 14th September, 19th October, 16th November, 7th December

Illusion Quilt

MONTHLY ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING
6.30PM-9.30PM
£30 PER MONTH

With a clever placement of colour, these blocks can really create a wild illusion. A huge amount of skill is included in the creation of this quilt – foundation piecing, piecing in columns, piecing triangles, accurate cutting and piecing of multiple squares – and perfect nesting of course! This course will also is suitable for those that have some experience of patchwork. Sessions are £30 and are held on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Wednesday Dates

26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March, 20th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 20th July, 31st August, 21st September, 26th October, 23rd November, 14th December

Weekly Workshops

Beginner’s Sample Quilt 1 – 8 week course

Weekly on a Tuesday evening 6.30pm-9.30pm
£120 per course

If you are a complete beginner to patchwork, then this is the ideal workshop for you.  This will take you on a complete journey, from learning how to cut your fabric, iron ‘to the dark side’, nesting, piecing, applique, EPP, foundation piecing.  You will cover a whole variety of skills culminating in quilting and binding to finish your quilt.

Sessions run weekly on a Tuesday evening from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Cost is £120 for the full eight weeks and is paid in advance of the class starting. When signing up for this course, you are committing to attend for the full eight weeks. Where possible, I will accommodate holidays and sickness by offering you the ability to attend a different class.

Tuesday Dates

25th January, 1st February, 8th February, 15th February, 22 February, 1st March, 8th March, 15th March

Beginner’s Sample Quilt 2 – 8 week course

Weekly on a Tuesday evening 6.30pm-9.30pm
£120 per course

Following on from the Beginner’s Sample Quilt 1 course, this continues your quilting journey by stretching your skills further. Blocks have more component parts, it introduces paper piecing, hand sewing and more. The course will also include sashing, quilting and binding so again ensuring that you have a finished quilt by the end of the course.

Sessions run weekly on a Tuesday evening from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Cost is £120 for the full eight weeks and is paid in advance of the class starting. When signing up for this course, you are committing to attend for the full eight weeks. Where possible, I will accommodate holidays and sickness by offering you the ability to attend a different class.

Tuesday Dates

3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May, 31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 21st June

One Day Workshops

Bargello Canvas Work

Saturday 5th February
10am-3pm
£40

Create stunning works of art on canvas. Using your own colourway, create your own unique Bargello picture. Make it as big as you want and frame it for your wall, or make a smaller sample and use it as a book cover, or needle case.

Create your own Lampshade

Saturday 12th February
10am-3pm
£40

Create your very own lampshade using free machining. This workshop will take you through planning your design, adding fabric or just machining with different colour threads. At the end of the workshop, you will have a lampshade you can use when you get home.

Children’s Class – Learn Embroidery

Wednesday 23rd February
10am-1pm
£25

A lovely workshop to enable your child to start learning the basics of embroidery. During the morning we will explore lots of different stitches to create a lovely sample piece. The embroidery hoop used during class means that the picture can be hung in pride of place once you get home!

Suitable for children 8+

Children’s Class – Lavender Hearts for Mum

Friday 25th February
1.30pm-4.30pm
£25

Using felt, buttons, lace, beads and some simple embroidery stitches, your child can design their own unique felt heart full of colour and creativity. The hearts can be filled with lavender, finishing with a ribbon to allow them to be hung anywhere you want (and ready for Mother’s Day!).

Suitable for children 8+

Needle Punching

Saturday 5th March
10am-4pm
£45

Once you start needle punching, you will find it very hard to stop! This course will show you how to create your pattern and work with wool to fill it. Once finished, we should have time to turn it into a cushion or, if you prefer you can take it home to hang on the wall. All materials are provided, however if you would like to create something in your own colourway, then please bring your own double knit wool with you.

Children’s Class – Needle Punching

Wednesday 6th April
10am-1pm
£25

For aged 8 upwards, this workshop is great for children to learn needle punching. They can choose to create a hedgehog or a lion to take home with them ready to hang on the wall. Frame and materials all provided.

Spring Flower Cushion

Saturday 9th April
10am-4pm
£45

Spring is coming! As the flowers start to wake from their winter slumber, learn how to applique this fabulous Spring flower cushion. You will cut out your flower shapes, learn how to applique them onto your background, and finally add a zip into your cushion cover ready for it to be put in pride of place when you get home. We will endeavour to get your cushion finished, but this is a packed workshop so be prepared to finish off your cushion at home.

Jubilee Quilt

Saturday 7th May
10am-4pm
£45 per person

Make a unique quilt for a unique celebration. Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in style by creating your own quilt. This workshop will be suitable for beginners and more experienced patchworkers.

Jubilee Bunting

Saturday 21st May
1.30pm-4pm
£25 per person

Let’s start the Platinum Jubilee celebrations early by making our bunting ready for the big day! Special fabric will be arriving for you to use in this workshop. Suitable for children aged 8 upwards, so why not make it a family affair.

Explore Embroidery

Saturday 4th June
10am-3pm
£35

The day is spent exploring a variety of different embroidery stitches to give you the confidence to create your own picture. Working with different thread thicknesses, colour and variety, we will create your own unique sampler.

Puff Quilts

Saturday 11th June
10am-4pm
£45

A ‘puff quilt’ is a quilt in which each block is filled with toy stuffing before the quilt is finished, giving it a puffy effect. Puff quilts are also sometimes known as biscuit quilts or bubble quilts. These are great fun to make and lovely to snuggle under.

Non-Residential Sewing Retreats

Stained Glass Window

Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd April
£150
Elstead

Explore the uniqueness of a stained glass window hanging. You will be able to select your pattern prior to the workshop to enable you to select your colour palette prior to the weekend. During the full two days of sewing, you will transfer your pattern onto your fabric, learn the skill you need to add the stained glass effect and hopefully have time to quilt and bind ready to hang when you get home. For complete beginners through to those with experience, everyone is welcome! Two full days of tuition, breakfast and lunch, tea, coffee and cake all included for both days £150. Contact me for full details and a materials list.

Attic Window

Saturday 2nd/3rd July
£150
Elstead

Using a panel and a very clever placement of fabric colour, you can create your own unique attic window. During the weekend you will learn how to cut your panel, how to sew your frames and finally quilt and bind. For complete beginners through to those with experience, everyone is welcome. Two full days of tuition, breakfast and lunch, tea, coffee and cake all included for both days. Contact me for full details and a material list.

Log Cabin Quilt

Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd October
£150
Elstead

Traditionally, Log Cabin quilt blocks are designed with a light half and a dark half, with the division running along each block’s diagonal. The difference in colour means that there are endless designs uou can create by changing the layout of the blocks. During the weekend we will compile our blocks, quilt and bind. For complete beginners through to those with experience, everyone is welcome. Two full days of tuition, breakfast and lunch, tea, coffee and cake included for both days. Contact me for full details and a material list.