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!"
KNITTING - Getting Started
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!
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 toKnit a babies layette
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.
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')
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!
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
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.
ADVICE & SUPPORT
Our Craft Clubtakes 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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