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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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Quilting

Have you always wanted to make an heirloom quilt? Do you have patchwork blocks that have been hanging around, waiting for the perfect project? Or do you prefer to use solid colours to for your project. This course will help you assemble and finish a quilt. By the end of the course you will have a small finished quilt top and have learnt techniques for machine or hand quilting. Materials required for the first night To be advised. Learning Outcomes By the end of the course... [More]
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Corset Making

Create what is arguably the most controversial garment in the history of fashion, the corset. Learn about the history of the corset as you are lead through the basic steps in corset making, including; taking measurements, pattern alteration, fitting and finishing of your individually tailored corset. Eyelets will be inserted in the final two sessions, your course fee all eyelets for your corset. Materials Please bring the following to the first lesson (where you will choose from a... [More]
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Lace Making (Tatting)

Lace-making is an ancient craft that has never gone out of fashion. In this hands-on workshop, learn the ancient lace making method of ‘punto ad ago’, or needle tatting, to make your own textiles that can become family heirlooms. Perfect for absolute beginners the course covers materials, tools, basic stitch formations, history and contemporary applications. At the end of the course you will be able to confidently produce 3 different stitch combination to form lace edging. Your... [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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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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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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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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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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Shibori Fabric Dyeing

Using the oldest traditional Japanese fabric dying technique, Shibori (that translates roughly as pole wrapping), create your own work of art. This is a type of tie dyeing in which certain areas on the cloth are reserved from dying by binding dots or stitching, allowing one to create intricate patterning in fabric surface. Learn how to successfully dye your fabric using natural plant materials, including indigo; a traditional blue dye commonly used with this technique. Finished... [More]

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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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