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25 February 2017

* MORNING CLASS * Constructive Textiles : Weaving

Date: 25 February 2017 10:00 to 12:30

The 'Constructive Textiles'  Weaving workshop will provide an inspiring overview of simple, low tech weaving methods including weaving on a simple frame loom and peg loom weaving. All levels of maker are welcome including children age 8yrs +

On completion of the workshop, participants will confidently be able to:

- Understand the difference between 'warp' and 'weft'
- Understand how to 'thread up' a frame loom and peg loom and how to weave your own fabrics
- Play with colour and design - 'paint' with threads
- Apply textured areas including knotting, tuffted areas, fringing & tassles
- Realise ideas into completed woven piece which can be an artwork or turned into something else!

10am - 12.30pm

PRICE: £30 / £25 Concessions OR £55 / £45 2 x 'Constructive Textiles' sessions OR £75 / £60 3 x 'Constructive Textiles' sessions.

Saturday 25th February : Weaving
Saturday 4th March : Macrame
Saturday 11th March : MACRO knitting

All materials included and use of equipment



* MORNING CLASS * Provisional Driving - intro to using a sewing machine

Date: 25 February 2017 11:00 to 13:30
The ‘Provisional Driving’ Introduction To Using a Sewing Machine class has been developed to address the needs of those who have little or no experience of using a sewing machine. Through this class participants will learn not only basic sewing machine skills, but will develop the confidence to progress onto making things for themselves using a sewing machine.
In the afternoon, put your new found skills into practise to create a practical item (a creative cushion or bag) in the "Creative Making on the Machine" class.

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

- thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin.

- feed fabric through, sew in a straight line and turn corners.

- explore the range of features and stitches on the machine.

- sew different types of seams.

- Understand how to hem the edge of the cloth.

- apply a pocket and patches.


TIME: 11am - 1.30pm

PRICE: £35 or  £60 when you book for the FULL DAY. (Morning: introduction to using a sewing machine. Lunch Break, followed by creative making on the machine - cushion or bag)

Includes our 'Learn to Sew' textile handout (T-Towel) , other materials, use of sewing machines and refreshments.





Suggested follow on workshop:

'Creative Making on the machine' (applique cushion or bag)

'Improvers sewing' (making more of a sewing machine  & 'Sew your own simple & stylish skirt'

'Introduction to garment alterations'  &  'Refresh your Wardrobe'

* AFTERNOON CLASS * Beginners KNITTING (part 1, 2 & 3)

Date: 25 February 2017

Beginners Knitting Part 1, 2 & 3 have been specifically developed to meet the needs of those wishing to take the first step into the world of knitting. These classes will not only introduce the participants to the fundamentals of knitting but also offer practical advice on yarns, needles and pattern reading. The class is taught by Barley Massey (part 1 & 2) and Jill Bulgan (part 3) who will watch over your learning with care, offer feedback/observations and answer your questions as they arise!

If you are already have basic knitting skills but wish to progress some aspects of your knitting you may want to join part 2 or 3.

Beginners Knitting Part 1: Saturday 25th February
On completion of this workshop, participants should confidently be able to:

- Understand the relationship between wool and needle sizes.
- Make a Slip knot, use ‘thumb’ and ‘knitting on’ methods of casting on.
- Complete a plain stitch.
- Introduce a new ball of wool or new colour.
- Cast off and sew in loose ends.

Beginners Knitting Part 2: Saturday 4th March

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

- Complete a purl stitch.
- Understand how to combine plain & purl stitch to create new stitches, eg: stocking stitch, ribbing and moss stitch.
- Create shaping through increasing and decreasing stitches.

Beginners Knitting Part 3: Saturday 11th March

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

- Decode relevant knitting pattern terms and abbreviations
- Understand the importance of tension squares.
- Follow individual patterns.
- Recognise and rectify any mistakes made while following the pattern.
- Utilise finishing techniques including sewing and blocking.

TIME: 2  - 4.30pm

PRICE: £30 / £25 conc individual session or £75 / £60 when you block book part 1, 2 & 3 ( includes a starter pack and refreshments)



Suggested follow on workshop:

- Learn to knit socks on 2 needles

- Learn to knit a 'Top Down' cardigan or sweater

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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