Our Courses

We offer courses for a range of experience levels, mostly taught by Wendy who is a qualified teacher of adults as well as being a very experienced patchworker who regularly exhibits her work.

The dedicated classroom is next door but one to the shop and was converted in 2006. The interior was designed to provide a light, airy, comfortable space for up to 10 students at a time, with ample sockets at individual tables and extra space for cutting mats and ironing boards.  Quilts are hung on the walls for inspiration and ideas, and there are many other examples of Wendy's work for students to look at.

Details of courses and one-day classes for the next few months are below, please get in touch if you would like any more details or to book a place on any of the courses.

Please note: all classes need to be booked in advance, and paid for in full when booking.  Workshop fees can be transferred with a minimum of 14 days notice, but no refunds will be given unless we have to cancel a class due to lack of numbers. 

Stitchy Fingers

Alternate Thursdays

3rd, 17th and 31st August      14th and 28th September     12th and 26th October     9th and 23rd November

             

Saturdays 10.00am– 3.30pm      

19th August     16th September       21st October         18th November

 

These classes are a chance to escape from your normal life, an opportunity to bring your own project and work on it without interruption.  This is an informal, non-teaching group suitable for all abilities, with advice and guidance available if necessary.  Due to the popularity of these days bookings are only taken on the day of each class for the one immediately following.



£10.00 per day

Wednesday Morning class 10.00am – 12.30pm

13th and 27th Sept,  11th and 25th October,  8th and 22nd November

This regular class continues; each course of six half-day sessions caters to the needs of individuals within the group. A project will be offered for the term, although students have the opportunity to work on their own if they prefer. This quilt is an example of the type of projects offered.



£48 for 6 classes

Wednesday Beginners class 1.00pm – 3.30pm

13th and 27th Sept,  11th and 25th October,  8th and 22nd November

This course is designed to cater for complete beginners to those with a little experience who are not very confident. Throughout each course you will learn a variety of basic techniques which can be used to make cushions, bags or incorporated into a sampler quilt; you will also learn about quilting and finishing your items. The course will be tailored to meet the needs of those attending.



£48 for 6 classes

Thursday Morning class 10.00am – 12.30pm

21st September,  5th and 19th October,  2nd, 16th and 30th November

These classes cater for those confident in basic techniques who want to stretch themselves a little further. During each six half-day sessions techniques requested by the group will be covered for those who want them, or bring your own projects that you need help with. This wallhanging is an example of the type of projects offered.



£48 for 6 classes

Thursday Afternoon class 1.00pm – 3.30pm

21st September,  5th and 19th October,  2nd, 16th and 30th November

 

This course is designed to cater for complete beginners to those with a little experience who are not very confident. Throughout each course you will learn a variety of basic techniques which can be made up as cushion or bag panels, or incorporated into a sampler quilt; you will also learn about quilting and finishing your items. The course will be tailored to meet the needs of those attending.



£48 for 6 classes

Friday Morning Class

15th and 29th September,  13th and 27th October,  10th and 24th November

This course caters to the needs of individuals within the group, from complete beginners to those with some experience. The quilt is an example of some of the projects offered



£48 for 6 classes

Friday Afternoon Class

15th and 29th September,  13th and 27th October,  10th and 24th November

This course caters to the needs of individuals within the group, from complete beginners to those who have done some patchwork but would like to learn more.



£48 for 6 classes

Saturday Beginners Classes 10.00am-3.30pm

7th October,  4th November,  2nd December

This course is designed to cater for complete beginners to those with a little experience who are not very confident. Throughout each course you will learn a variety of basic techniques which can be used to make cushions, bags or incorporated into a sampler quilt; you will also learn about quilting and finishing your items. The course will be tailored to meet the needs of those attending.



£48 for 3 classes

Saturday Box-making class 10.00am - 3.30pm

30th September,  28th October,  25th November

During the course you will learn how to make a selection of different shaped boxes, all sewn by hand. For new students the square box with the hinged lid comes first, followed by a circular box with and overlapping lid. Those who have experience of box-making can make whatever shape they choose.



£48 for 3 classes

City and Guilds Courses

We offer City and Guilds Level 3 Design and Craft; Patchwork and Quilting, at both certificate and diploma levels.  These courses are for students who can attend classes, they are not available for distance learning. 

You may have heard that City and Guilds are discontinuing the 7716 Certificate and Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting.  The final date for registration with City and Guilds is June 30th 2017 and the course must be completed by 30th June 2020.

If you have always wondered about doing a City and Guilds Certificate, or if you have already got Certificate level and would like to progress to Diploma, this really is your last chance.

We will be taking our final students to start after Easter 2017.  Classes will be held fortnightly on alternate Wednesdays, in three terms of six sessions each, with a couple of extra “catch-up” days in July and August.  Both Certificate and Diploma take most students three years, and cost £550 per year.

Please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in taking a City and Guilds course, as we can only take a maximum of 10 students.

 

Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft, 7716-62 Patchwork and Quilting

Course Overview:

 

Unit 1 – Design for Craft

 

This provides the means to develop a body of design work looking at line, colour, shape, texture and form. You will produce one resolved piece for each of the design elements.  This unit is common to all Design for Craft qualifications at this level. 

 

Unit 2 – Patchwork and Quilting

 

This unit is subject-specific; you will build a portfolio of samples covering all aspects of patchwork, quilting, appliqué, finishing techniques and fabric colouring.  You will also create five pieces of original work based on your own design work; a quilt, a wall hanging, an item of interior decor, a box or container and an accessory such as a bag.

 

Please understand that this is a design-based course; you do not need to be able to draw or paint but you do need to be prepared to work on your own designs.  This is not as difficult as you might think, you will be given exercises to work on in class and at home, and help will always be available.  In the first year we generally do half a day of design work and half a day of sewing, whereas in the second and third years we concentrate on sewing and work on your assessed pieces. 

 

Level 3 Diploma in Design and Craft, 7716-68 Patchwork and Quilting

Course Overview:

 

Students must already have achieved Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft, Patchwork and Quilting before starting Diploma.

Unit 1 – Design for Craft

 

The aim of this unit is to produce an advanced visual design study showing detailed in-depth research and exploration into a topic for the inspiration of design work in any craft.

 

The unit will assess the candidate's ability to use a range of research methods to explore the topic.  The candidate will use a variety of materials and mediums to develop an advanced visual study using the topic as inspiration.  The work will be based on a highly personal approach, in order to continue and enhance the development of contextual studies within the design process.

 

Unit 2 – Patchwork and Quilting

 

This unit is subject-specific; you will build a portfolio of experimental patchwork and quilting techniques, make a quilt, a 3-D item and a miniature, create a collection of imaginative and innovative fabrics and materials, some sourced and some created, produce design work based on mathematical progressions and sequences, write an illustrated history of patchwork and quilting over the last 200 years, and study the work of four designer makers of their own choice using visual materials to support written notes and stitched samples which describe the design characteristics and methods of work.