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Classes at Fabrications

We first piloted our classes back in 2006 on the shop floor, much to the fascination of passers by! The classes became so popular that an extension was built on the back of the shop in 2011. Our new fully equipped craft space aka 'The Imaginerium' is now up and running with a richer and diverse workshop and events programme - hope you can join us!

All our customers leave happy from
our workshops, however here are
some really happy ones!

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating in
the Beginners Knitting at Fabrications,
being a total beginner I was inspired
by how much I learnt in a short space
of time. Testament to the brilliant
teaching by Barley. Thankyou!"

"It's a wonderful informal environment
to learn many techniques. The small
classes means that you get a lot of individual attention"

"Katherine May is an accomplished
teacher. She is patient and very clued
up in her field. nice relaxed atmosphere, light, bright and worth a second visit!"

"I will never discard another sock. Great workshop. Many Thanks"

"I've gained a lot of confidence in one
afternoon...I feel I can actually sit down
in front of a machine and sew now"

"What a friendly, informative and 
creative place. Fab courses and great 
price. Thankyou again"

"Rosie Martin has an infectious passion
for making beautiful crafted garments.
It was a pleasure to learn from her"

"It was a thoroughly enjoyable way to
spend the afternoon! I learned a lot of
new skills, which will come in very useful
and will allow me to re juvinate loads of
my clothes"

"A miniature masterclass in reuse of
pieces long forgotten"

" Creative cushion making is a great, 
fun, learning class wherby I came
knowing nothing and left with a cushion
and the desire to definately continue
doing more classes. Thank You!"

"I often have the ideas but not the
skill and with Laura Lees guidance, I
did it!!"

"Out of the Dark's workshop was
inspiring and informative. It's given me
the confidence to start refurbishing
furniture on my own!"  

- Getting Started

Commissioning / Design Service

Beginners Knitting (part 1, 2 & 3)
part 1 focusses on getting started, part 2 introduces the purl stitch, combination stitches and increasing & decreasing and part 3 helps to unravel knitting patterns. Attend individual classes but we offer a discount when you block book!

KNITTING - Progressing

Commissioning / Design Service

Want to move on from knitting scarves and squares?
Our Practical Projects classes focuss on certain objects and techniques, such as knitting socks on 2 needles, working on the round or knitting your first sweater! This year we have introduced a series of classes enabling you to Knit a babies layette

MACRO knitting

Commissioning / Design Service

Enter the creative world of chunky knitting! Get your hands around some of Wool-n-Boat's GIANT knitting needles + French knitting wheels (also on sale in the shop) Also learn how to create your own designer yarns from salvaged yarns or your odd balls and how to make yarn from an old plastic bag or t-shirt. 


Commissioning / Design Service



Beginners Crochet (part 1 & 2) Part 1 helps you hold the hook and yarn with ease, then chaining, slip  stitch and hopefully a double stitch. Part 2 progresses your skills, introducing trebles and colour work (experiment in making a 'granny square')


Commissioning / Design Service

We offer a few different classes using hand sewing techniques including Taste of Patchwork with follow up class Project Patchwork which is tailored to your own ideas. An introduction to garment alterations gives a good foundation before tackling actual garments. Learning the art of Darning, patching, mending and Embroidery will help you look at your old clothes in a new way too! 


Commissioning / Design Service

Sewing is a great life skill! If you have never used a sewing machine before or are feeling a bit rusty our Provisional Driving - introduction to using a sewing machine and Learner driver - progressing your sewing machine skills will get you on the road to making things using a sewing machine. Guest teacher Rosie Martin, author of DIY Couture teaches her straighforward approach to garment making.


What we are famous for!! Barley Massey shares techniques and approaches to textile upcycling that she has developped in - Refresh your Wardrobe, Creative Cushion & Creative Bag Making for beginners. Guest teachers also come in to pass on their tricks too. Lift those 'tired' items of clothing with Applique or Free Machine embroidery


Commissioning / Design Service

On special occasions we also offer one off classes in Feltmaking, teaching wet and needle felting (flat & 3d forms) Weaving - introducing different low tech ways of weaving including on boards and using peg looms and Spinning - initially on a drop spindle and then progressing on to having a go on the spinning wheel. 


Our Craft Club takes place every fortnight on a Thursday evening 6 - 9pm. Bring along your own projects for guidance, use the workshop facilities or just enjoy a crafty social with like minded people. We also host regular FREE events and activities such as our Fabrications & Brother Sewing days - if you're considering investing in a sewing machine, get professional advise and test drive the Brother machines!

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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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