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13 May 2017

* MORNING CLASS * Learn hand Applique Embroidery & stitch an 'Arpilleras' of Peru with Bella Lane

Date: 13 May 2017 10:00 to 13:00


Join Bella Lane in making your own delightful Peruvian scene using up-recycled and new fabrics. A fun project with applique and hand embroidery stitches for the beginner. Participants will learn technical stitches, design composition and execution of their own Arpillera design. A great opportunity to join us and start your amazing journey of creating scenes from Peru or your own locale with cloth and threads with the concept of using pieces of unwanted garments, recycled and upcycled textiles. After completion students can apply the same techniques to their own small or large projects. All levels welcomed. Finished piece is no bigger than A4; bring anything extra you would like to add to your own picture to make it your own design. Bring your sewing box, a notebook and pencil.

Bella Lane is from Iquitos Peru,  Master Peruvian embroiderer, trained at the Royal School of Needlework and a world embroidery stitch collector.  We are very honoured to have Bella as a guest teacher at Fabrications!

Read more about Bella and  about the history and culture of the 'Arpilleras' on my Blog HERE

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

- Understand how to create step by step landscapes of fabric scenarios, using unwanted, recycled or new fabrics

- Learn as much as possible the basic and more advanced appliqué embroidery techniques

- Have the opportunity to stitch something very special with little resources, as do many Arpilleras makers working in Peru and beyond

- Participants can apply the same technique for their own projects

- Students will have picked up some 'insider' tips and tricks from a master craft person

10am - 1pm

PRICE: £55 or £95 if you book the FULL DAY (2 sessions)

Includes a special embroidery kit pre prepared by Bella containing instruction sheet, good quality embroidery needle, threads, fabrics and a complimentary glass of Prosecco at the end of the session!

LEVEL: Beginners & Improvers

Suggested follow on classes with Bella Lane:

- Learn hand embroidery & stitch an 'Andean' Rose  (Saturday 1st April, 2 - 5pm)

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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Online workshop + events BOOKING



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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