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Enter the colourful world of fashion. From design and pattern cutting to sewing and knitting skills let your imagination inspire you to create a new and exiting wardrobe.

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Sewing Machine Skills

Get the most efficient use out of your sewing machine in this one day workshop. Starting with the basics of sewing a straight line you will progress to make a simple bodice top, which includes straight seams, darts, inserting a zipper, sleeves and facing to finish the work. Bring your sewing machine, calico fabric and a few simple notions - by the end of the day you will have made a simple bodice top with a sleeve, centre back zipper and neck facing, which will give you the... [More]
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Patchwork Blocks

Colourful, vibrant, creative – patchwork blocks are the beginning of a heirloom quilt, or can be used on their own in clothing or other accessories. Discover how to make patchwork blocks as you learn about colour and design, piecing, applique and drafting. Materials required for the first night Please bring a pen and notepad. Your tutor will discuss materials needed for subsequent weeks on the first night. From week 2 you will need to bring fabric, basic sewing kit and sewing... [More]
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Stretch Sewing

Get the most out of your overlocker as you learn how easy it is to make t-shirts, yoga pants and more. Learn how to adjust for tension and tricks of the trade to make stretch sewing easy and enjoyable. Materials Overlocker Machine (optional) - it is preferable to learn on your own machine. College machines are available to use; however, you will need to share with other students. manual for your overlocker machine (optional -see above) Other materials to to be determined. Please... [More]

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Dress in a Day

On trend and comfortable, shift dresses are an easy to make wardrobe staple. Make a simple sleeveless shift or trapeze dress in a day in a fabric of your choice. Along the way you will learn how to measure yourself, trace your pattern, make simple changes to the pattern, prepare and cut fabric, use interfacing, finish edges using an overlocker, assemble and more. Materials Sewing Machine (optional) - it is preferable to learn on your own machine. College machines are available to... [More]
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Sewing Workshop

A hands-on sewing course to help you make cutting edge adults' or children garments. Work at your own speed and ability to produce a garment using a commercial pattern. Learn how to read and understand patterns and sewing instruction sheets, tips and tricks for good garmet construction and fitting, gain or improve your cutting and sewing techniques (including straight, zig zag and stretch stiches) and have fun as you experiment with fabric layout and design. You just need... [More]
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Screen Printing

Make vibrant, on-trend clothing or items for your home. Under the guidance of a graphic designer and screenprinter, you will learn the entire process of print using stencils and screen: from initial design to final setting for a professional finish. Over three nights you will learn how to make your stencils, get colour and design tips, select fabric ink, print your items and set with heat so they are ready for wear or sale. Course fee includes use of screens, stencil materials and... [More]

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Colour Theory

An understanding of colour is vital to any undertaking in visual, graphic or decorative arts. This course will immerse you in the dimensions of colour to help gain a deeper knowledge of colour theory that goes well beyond basic colour mixing. Be inspired by the latest colour trends as you participate in varied practical activities to learn how colour can be creatively manipulated to enhance expression, mood and environment. Whether your chosen art form is painting, graphics,... [More]
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Fabric Cushions

Decorator cushions are the instant makeover of interior decorating. If you’ve been too scared to go near a sewing machine or need to reacquaint yourself with one, this course will ease you into it, and with it you will take home your very own cushion cover. Update your room, save your wallet and satisfy your inner craft geek by gaining skills to design and make your own quality decorator cushions, complete with piping and zipper, in the fabric of your choice. If time premits you... [More]
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Make Your Own Pants

Perfectly fitting pants are very hard to find. Use your own measurements to make fitted pants you will love to wear. Materials Amounts of material needed to be advised. Sewing Machine (optional) - it is preferable to learn on your own machine. College machines are available to use; however, you may need to share with other students. manual for your sewing machine (optional -see above) 1 reel of thread to match fabric Dressmakers pins (long) & hand sewing needles Scissors, large and... [More]

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Crochet

Come and join in the crochet crafting craze. Learn how to make retro granny squares and circles that will become the building blocks of your project. Get inspired by images and examples of crochet from retro classics to contemporary works. How many times during our busy lives, do we yearn for something to help us slow down? What if you could and be creative at the same time. Enjoy a mindful, stress-free activity in the company of other likeminded people. Unlock your inner designer... [More]

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