Workshops

Nordic Reindeer

Date:  4th November 2021

Tutor: Gary Mills

Cost: £40.00 materials are not included

 

 

Introduction/Back Story: –

You will just love these Scandinavian inspired Christmas decorations. In this workshop, experienced teacher, and designer Gary Mills, will carefully guide you through the processes of making these adorable reindeer. Once Gary has shown you the construction process you will soon be making your very own to add to your festive theme.

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space, this is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

This workshop takes you through selecting combinations of fabrics that work and give a simple yet sophisticated style. Keeping the combinations simple yet stylish. Gary has chosen oatmeal-coloured linens mixed with Nordic printed cottons in red and white.

You will learn cutting out from the supplied pattern and then constructing through simple machine stitch with stage-by-stage instruction. Then turning through and stuffing your reindeer; finally adding the details to give him or her character through stitch and decoration. Collected twigs and sticks to compliment and finish the reindeer keeps in synergy with the ethos of Scandinavian life; that of experiencing nature and bringing the natural environment into your home.

This finished reindeer is 12” (30cm) high

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Beginner / Intermediate / advanced: –

The skill level for this project would suit all, from the beginner who would like to learn with simple, clear, achievable instruction, to those who are more experienced who will quickly grasp the construction process and will probably not just make one reindeer, but probably a whole herd by the end of the session.

Fabric & Haberdashery requirements for this Online Workshop: –

As mentioned above, select your fabric to create the ‘Scandinavian style’

Consider natural linens and cottons, washed calico in creams and oatmeal colours.  Printed cottons in red and white Nordic or even Christmas themed patterns can be used.

Consider any found or treasured vintage embroidered and old lace fabrics which you would not mind cutting up and incorporating into your design. Such as old and worn table linen and interior fabrics. These make for great little interesting personal touches within the body of the reindeer.

For each reindeer you will need:

  • Total fabric for body, ears, and tail 24” x 16” (60cm x 40cm) (additional sections such as printed fabrics and vintage fabrics can measure 6” x 7” (15cm x 18cm)
  • Polyester toy stuffing 2.5 oz or 75g
  • Good quality neutral coloured sew-all machine thread
  • For eyes and nose embroidery thread in black and red
  • For legs 4x found and cut from the hedgerow straight sticks / twigs 6” (15cm) long by ¼” (5mm) in diameter
  • For antlers 2x exceptionally fine forked twigs up to 7” (18cm) total length and 2/8” (2mm) in dimeter  
  • Optional: fine red ribbon ¼” (5mm) wide 10” (25cm) long
  • Optional: small bell for tying around the neck as an additional decoration to the reindeer

Note: you will probably have time within the session to start or fully make a second reindeer so have additional fabrics and materials to use.

Equipment requirements for this Workshop: –

  • Good quality sew-all machine thread: in cream or beige
  • Sewing machine (please do check your machine is in good working order before the class)
  • Fabric, paper, and embroidery scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Tape measure
  • Useful: fabric marker pen
  • Useful; chop stick or similar blunt stick for aiding the stuffing
  • Fabric and embroidery scissors
  • Sharp kitchen scissors or garden secateurs for trimming twigs and sticks 

Sampler Quilt

Your sampler quilt could be a throw or a wall hanging. Learn an amazing amount of patterns and techniques each quilt turns out so so differently showing how individual quilting can be.

Tutor: Kate Ranson

Date : Please contact us for our next workshop starting TUESDAY 22nd Feb 2022  every second Tuesday.

Time: 10am -3pm

21 sessions   ( £25.00 per session)

Tea/coffee,biscuits cake available all day.

Please bring a packed lunch.

 

 

 

Frosty the Snowman Christmas Decoration

 

Date: 1st December 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm

 Cost: £40.00  materials not supplied

 

 

 

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Introduction/Back Story: –

You will just love these Christmas decorations of a snowman character. In this workshop, experienced teacher, and designer Gary Mills, will carefully guide you through the processes of making these adorable figures. Once Gary has shown you the construction process you will soon be making your very own to add to your festive theme.

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space, this is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

Gary has chosen bright bold blocks of colour to work in contrast to the white of the snowman.

You will learn cutting out from the supplied pattern and then constructing through simple machine stitch with stage-by-stage instruction. Then turning through and stuffing your snowman and making his accessories. Finally adding the details to give him or her character through stitch and decoration. Collected twigs and sticks to compliment and finish the arm.

This finished snowman is approx. is 12” (30cm) high

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced: –

The skill level for this project would suit all, from the beginner who would like to learn with simple, clear, achievable instruction.

Fabric & Material requirements for this Workshop: –

  • For the body 24” x 20” (60cm x 50cm) good quality white cotton sheeting or fine linen
  • Hat & Present Sack 12” x 16” (30cm x 40cm) Red polyester or pure cotton
  • Scarf and applique heart motif 30” x 3” (75cm x 8cm) in a red & white themed print polyester or pure cotton
  • For applique 3”x 3” (8cm x 8cm) small square of fusible adhesive such as bonda web or you can use fabric glue
  • 3 x ½” (15mm) red decorative buttons
  • 1x ½” (15mm) white pompom or similar for the end of his hat
  • For a carrot noise you need 1” x 1” (2cm x 2cm) orange felt or similar type of fabric
  • 2x thin twigs for arms 5” x 1/8th thick (12cm x 5mm)
  • Polyester toy stuffing 4oz or 110g
  • Red, Cream & Black decorative sewing thread such as cotton Perle or DMC thread
  • White & Red machine thread

Equipment requirements for this Workshop: –

  • Sewing machine (please do check your machine is in good working order before the class)
  • Fabric, paper, and embroidery scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Chop stick for aiding stuffing
  • Tape measure
  • Useful: fabric marker pen
  • Useful; chop stick or similar blunt stick for aiding the stuffing

Draw with Free Motion Embroidery ‘I Love Chickens!’

Date: 2nd September 2021

Tutor: Gary Mills

Time: 10am -4pm

Cost: £40.00 materials not included

Course reference: initials /CQ /Chick

Introduction/Back Story:

This adorable, themed workshop with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, is an ideal way to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.

The theme for this workshop is Chickens, always a firm favourite as a cheerful motif design. In this workshop Gary will show you how to transfer the images supplied with a simple tracing process and free motion stitch and then develop with hand painting and collaged fabrics into a beautiful, stitched piece of work. With your outcome you can make a simple cushion cover or just keep it to be framed later. This is an ideal project to practice the skill of free-motion embroidery using a simple sewing machine.

This is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

Gary has developed a simple yet effective way to practice your accuracy and a steady hand for free motion embroidery. You will be tracing, collaging with fabric scraps, and stitching using a sewing machine to create chicken images on fabric.

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Beginner/ intermediate

The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate with some machine sewing experience. Even if you are experienced with free motion embroidery join us if you just like the theme Gary has chosen.

Fabric & Material requirements for this Workshop: –

Use pure cotton or linen.

  • To make a cushion cover measuring 18” you need 3 X pure white or light cream cotton or linen measure 20” x 20” each.
  • A few small scraps of fabric for the collage

Equipment requirements for this Workshop: –

  • Sewing Machine (needle size 12-14) and a darning / embroidery foot (spares available to borrow if you need one)
  • Pins
  • A pencil
  • Small embroidery scissors, fabric shears or rotary cutter
  • Good quality machine thread Black and White

 

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Rudolph Wall Hanging

Date: 18th November 2021

Tutor: Gary Mills

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost : £40.00 plus £10.00 material per Rudolph

Introduction/Back Story: –

Join in a festive themed online class to embroider this adorable ‘Rudolph’ appliqué reindeer in a 3-hour workshop. 

This workshop shop with tutor Gary Mills is a ‘skills bomb’ of processes for you to learn, he will demonstrate and guide you through this Christmas version of his popular, “Draw, Stitch and Paint” workshop.

The outcome could be a Christmas decorate wall hanging, would make a great panel for a festive quilt, or even a cushion centre, Gary will discuss with you any ideas that come up through this workshop.

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space, this is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

Tailored for everyone, from the beginner to those more experienced. You will learn the skilful art of firstly transferring the image, then how to use heat transfer bonded adhesive for appliqué of fabrics.  Using free motion machine embroidery, it is a great start to get to grips with these addictive skilled processes; you will even learn some hand tinting with colour watercolour paints to finish off your outcome.  This class is full of little cheats and how-to tips to get the best results from both yourself and your sewing machine.

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Beginner / Intermediate /: –

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of textiles; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great project to learn and understand the processes of bonded applique with addition of free motion stitching for decoration. For those more experienced and advanced you can further hone your skills by working on improved accuracy and artistic ability to achieve a first-class professional finish.

Fabric & Material requirements for this Workshop: –

Fabrics supplied in materials charge

Please bring good quality machine thread in colours: black and mid brown

Equipment requirements for this Workshop:

  • Sewing machine with an embroidery or darning foot attachment with a new needle size 12-14 (Gary does have spare darning feet if you require)
  • Small sharp embroidery, fabric scissors and small paper scissors
  • Pins
  • A soluble fabric marker pen is useful.

Further Julia dates

 

 Julia Langley of SewingBox Somerset

Time: 10am – 3pm

Dates:

AUGUST

21st   Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

Do you feel your sewing machine doesn’t really understand you?

In a day I will take you through the fett and stitches – what they arwe for and how to use them. We will learn about threads and needles and how to get the most out of your machine.You will also make a couple of itmes too for your sewing space.

Cost: £40.00 including fabric.

27th

28th August Dressmaking Workshop – Skirts and Sleeves

This is to follow on to Julia’s Bodice fitting workshop which will add skirts and sleeves to your final bodice pattern. How to alter shapes for different sleeve types,mixing and matching pattern pieces, how to make a shift dress pattern…. lots of ideas to take you on th making a whole dress.

Cost £36.00 Basic skirt and sleeve patterns supplied.please bring ols sheeting/duvet for toile making or fabric if you are confident to crack on!

SEPTEMBER

3rd

4th Bodice Fitting Do you struggle to get a decent fit when using commercial patterns?

Do you find darts and measuring confusing?

We will go through reading a pattern, looking at grainlines, how to lay out, bust adjustments and work on a basic fitted bodice toile that you can use as a guide to get a better fit with future patterns.

Cost: £36.00 Pattern supplied , please bring old sheeting/duvet for toile making. 

11th Sewing Bee -Bring your own project/pattern or Julia can suggest one aimed at your level or lokk at a speciifc technique for you.This class is mixed patchwork and dressmaking, very soicable and aimed at those who want to spend a day sewing with help to hand. Mixed ability group.

10th Cocktail Hour Cushion/Mini Quilt Workshop – A one day workshop to make these fun appliqued cushions. Pattern and cutting prep guide will be sent beforehand and then during the class we will look at various techniques for machine stitching and hand embroidery. Therre are three versions to choose from .. Gin Fizz , Mojito or Aperol Spritz. Perfect for beginners or seasoned stitchers!

£30.00 ( includes pattern with full instructions so you can make again … and again! Perfect gift for Christmas!)

Please book directly with Julia

facebook: Sewing Box Somerset

web: sewingboxsomerset.co.uk

Time: 10am -3pm

OCTOBER

1st

15th

20th Wonky Houses Christmas Runner

16th Sewing Bee

20th Christmas Wonky House

23rd Get to Know Your Overlocker

NOVEMBER

5th Stitched Christmas Cards

13th Sewing Bee

19th Sit and Sew

November

20th Whale Tale Mini Quilt

  • October 1st
  • 15th
  • 16th Sewing Bee
  • 20th Christmas Wonky House Table Runner
  • 23rd Overlocker
  • November 5th Christmas Cards
  • 13th Sewing Bee
  • 19th Sit and Sew
  • to book on please contact Julia directly [email protected]
  • If you have any problems call us 01823 240041and we will pass your query on.

Sea Scape in a Box

Date: 14th October 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm

Tutor: Gary Mills

Cost: £40.00 materials charge extra £5.00 thias does not include box frame these can be sourced locally.

 

 

 

Introduction/Back Story: –

A seascape of balmy summer days on the beach captured in textiles by experienced tutor Gary Mills. The outcome can easily be adapted in your own future projects to personalise your own memory of this summer. Once completed, learn how to mount, and frame your work in a simple supplied box frame. Gary has also added in some found beach shells and sea glass which loosely tumble within the frame for an added playful finish.

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space,

this is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

Techniques covered in this workshop are using masked off hand painted sections on canvas, applique strips of found and dyed fabrics, free machine, and hand embroidery to add details and then finished with bead embellishments.

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced: –

Workshop would suit someone with some sewing machine experience although a beginner in free motion machine embroidery.

Fabric & Material requirements for this Workshop: –

Supplied in material cost

Equipment requirements for this Workshop: –

Those attending need to bring a general needlework / sewing box to include:

Needles

Scissors

Pins

A fabric marker / pen may be useful.

A selection of good quality machine threads in white, dark grey, and two colours of blue.

A sewing machine with a darning/ embroidery foot (Gary has spare feet if required) Please have spare machine needles size 12-14. Please check that your sewing machine is working well; therefore, do run off some stitches on a scrap of fabric prior to the start of the session

Contemporary Dress Making

Title: Contemporary Dress Making

Tutor: Gary Mills

Date: 27th October 2021
Time: 10am -4pm
Cost: £40.00 materials not included

 

Introduction/Back Story: –

Learn how to use a subtraction cutting method to produce a very contemporary and yet stylish draped top to suit any figure.

This method of using the negative space for cutting, is a taster workshop which has been inspired by the creative works by fashion designer Julian Roberts and his hollow construction approach to garment design which can be later applied to make men’s and women’s fashion garments.

As an introduction to this skill, this one-day workshop is appropriate for anyone who would like to have a go at making a contemporary and stylish garment using an alternative approach to pattern making.

During the class you will be given the opportunity to create your very own draped long top, which could be worn over simple t-shirt and trousers

In the beautiful setting at Come to Quilt, you have the large airy studio space, this is such a great opportunity to enjoy the company of others while you sit and sew in a covid safe environment. Group size limited to 6 at present, and your temperature checked on arrival.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop: –

With an initial demonstration of the basic principles of subtraction cutting.

Those attending this workshop will then develop their own sized toile (mock-up in calico) from a simple basic body block and then working through pattern development to achieve a fully finished unique garment (dress).

Further consideration will include detailing and fastenings.

Throughout the workshop you will be using a sewing machine for construction.

Skill Level for this Online Workshop:

e.g., Intermediate

This one-day workshop is appropriate for those with some experience in garment construction.

Fabric & Material requirements for this Workshop: –

Each attendee must bring along:

  • 1 metre of medium weight calico to make their toile and for adjustment of pattern
  • 2 meters of no less than 120cm wide suitable fabric such as a good weight wool or linen or cotton drill (we won’t be working in jersey or any stretch fabrics at this time) any questions on suitability of fabrics you can email Gary prior to the workshop
  • You will need either extra dress fabric or contrast fabric approx. 25cm -50cm wide to make bias binding for binding arm holes and neckline.

Equipment requirements for this Workshop: –

  • You will need sharp fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Dress making pins
  • Snips or similar small scissors for trimming threads
  • Suitable good quality dress making machine sewing thread (not quilting thread)
  • A tape
  • A sewing machine needle size 12-14 (bring spare needles and please make sure your machine is working order prior to the workshop)

Important: consider what you are going to wear on the day? As you will need fitting and putting toiles and garments over your head for adjusting, therefore consider a close-fitting t shirt or similar