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15 October 2017

Victoriana Crazy Patchwork (and make up a make-up bag!)

Date: 15 October 2017 11:00 to 17:00
Join Jill Bulgan in a creative patchwork class.  Drawing inspiration from the Victorian era learn the art of  'Crazy Patchwork' which the Victorian's developped as a means of using up scraps and offcuts to create lushious new cloths.  Jill will introduce you to their techniques but with a modern twist! Rather than embroidering by hand you will assemble your creative cloth using a sewing machine and explore the range of decorative stitches on the machine. Once you have your base cloth, add additional layers and decoration by hand, then transform into a lined make up up bag with a zip.
This is an ideal follow on class to our beginners sewing class ’Provisional Driving’ introduction to using a sewing machine class.
All levels are welcome in this class (you will go straight into the making process!)


On completion of this class, participants will confidently be able to:

- Create a 'crazy patchwork' cloth using the sewing machine

- Develop your awareness and creativity in working with colour and texture

- Explore embellishing using machine and hand stitches

- make a 3d functional object

- Add a zip and lining in 1 step!

- Realise your creative ideas into a personalised zipped make-up bag

TIME: 11am - 5pm

PRICE: £55 / £50

There will be a fun selection of fabric offcuts, lace and other fancy bits n pieces to work with!


Sew your own 'Sculpural Bucket Coat' with Tree from Stitchless TV

Date: 4 February 2018 11:00 to 04 February 2016 17:00



Fabrications is very happy to welcome back Tree from Stitchless TV for one of her one of a kind  classes. Tree has a brilliant YouTube chanel teaching how to make all of kinds of stylish items that any level of sewer can make. Her philosophy is to take high end catwalk looks and show us in easy, no fuss steps how we can make our own versions in our front rooms!

Tree has recently branched out into creating patterns from her designs and tutorials - hot off the press is her brilliant 'Sculptural Bucket Coat'. During the class, Tree will guide you through cutting the pattern, piecing together on the machine and the finishing touches.. Here is her video tutorial for a sneak preview, but there is nothing better than spending time with Tree live and direct, and being able to ask lots of questions and get feedback on your sewing.


All levels of sewer are welcome but being able to thread up a machine / have used a machine before is advisable.



On completion of this class participants will confidently be able to:

- Work with a paper pattern, layout & cut out your cloth pieces.

- Assemble fabric panels on the machine

- The coat is not lined and we will be using an overlooker to finish the inside seams.

- Apply a bias binding to embelish and finish a raw edge (more experienced sewers)

- Create your own stylish unlined scultural coat

TIME: 11am - 5pm

COST: £90 (includes your own paper pattern worth £15)

YOU WILL NEED: Bring your choice of fabric for making your bucket coat - you can pretty much use anything for this design (except stretch fabric or anything too fragile/that frays easily) or choose from our selection of suitable fabrics.
150cm: 2m 65cm
115cm: 4m

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Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
Contemporary quilt maker and teacher. Katherine has worked with Liberty, The V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum and Fabrications!

Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
Inspiring and encouraging a new generation of stitchers to make their own clothes through her book 'DIY Couture', workshops and events.

Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
Time out recently described learning machine embroidery from laura is like learning piano from Chopin!


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