Sewing, Dressmaking & Yarn Crafts
Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting
Whether you're a beginner who just wants to get some use out of a neglected sewing machine or an experienced dressmaker wanting to make your own patterns we have classes for you. We run both structured, taught courses and social sewing evenings where you can bring along your own project.
Make a Pinafore in a Day
Dressmaking for Beginners
An ideal introduction to dressmaking. Taught by Jessica Charleston. We will provide the pattern, clip fastenings and expert tuition. You will need to bring your sewing machine, 1.5 - 2 metres of fabric, matching thread and your sewing kit.
This project is suitable for those new to dressmaking but some experience of using a sewing machine is required.
Sunday 23rd May 2021 9.30-4.30
Saturday 19th June 2021 9.30-4.30
Come and learn a new skill or build on one you already have. This relaxing and therapeutic craft is suitable for all levels and all equipment and materials are provided. £45
Friday May 28th
Introduction to Weaving on a Frame Loom
This two-hour workshop will give you an understanding of different weaving techniques such as rya, looping and pattern making, and you will have a chance to experiment with a wide range of vintage and natural yarns to create texture and colour. By the end of the class you will not only have picked up the techniques and styles needed to create a wall hanging, but will also be on your way to finding your own unique weaving voice.
Taught by Mary Maddocks, this is ideal for beginners and those wishing to develop their weaving style and meet other weaving enthusiasts.
Thursday 17th June 2021 7-9pm
Beginners Machine Knitting
A one-day workshop with Ria Burns Knitwear in machine knitting for complete beginners. You'll learn the basics of using a knitting machine, including punch cards for pattern, and you'll go home with plenty of swatches and a scarf made using the techniques you've learnt on the day. £100
The workshop will be using Brother knitting machines and all equipment and yarns are provided. Max 3 participants.
Sunday 20th June 2021 SOLD OUT
Sunday 5th September
Sew Your Own Baby/Toddler Clothes
Come and join The Bristol Stitchery for an evening of sewing. You’ll learn the basics of how to sew with jersey following a simple pattern, and be provided with all 1 metre of beautifully soft organic cotton jersey fabric as part of the workshop. We’ll teach you how to read and cut a pattern, insert poppers and attach cuffs as applicable. Choose to make Leggings, a Romper or Basic T-Shirt/T-Shirt Dress. All classes are a single evening 7-9.30pm. £45
No sewing experience is required.
T-Shirt/Dress: Thursday 20th May, Tuesday 15th June & Thursday 8th July
Leggings: Tuesday 29th June & Thursday 15th July
Romper: Tuesday 18th May, Tuesday 8th June & Thursday 1st July
Natural Yarn Dyeing with Local Wool
An introduction to the techniques and methods of natural yarn dyeing, and the vibrant colours that can be achieved through dyeing with responsibly foraged, home grown plants and food waste. You will leave with a variety of mini skeins of yarn naturally coloured with a range of hues, suitable for knitting, crochet, weaving or any other fibre craft. Yarn, materials and handouts are provided but please bring an apron, rubber gloves and a notebook. £50. Max 6 students per class.
Saturday 26th June 2021
10am - 1pm
Pattern Drafting Weekend
How to draft a trouser block
In this weekend class you’ll learn how to draft a trouser block based on your own unique measurements. You’ll also learn how to fit and amend the pattern too. It’s a weekend packed full of knowledge, tips and tricks and you’ll leave one step closer to having the perfect trouser block for your body. Ideal for novice & intermediate pattern cutters | confident & intermediate sewers. Paper, calico and tools all provided. Taught by Kathryn from Project Patterns.
Sat 24th & Sun 25th July 2021
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Make a Macrame Plant Hanger
or Macrame Hoop
Come and join MAKE Creative Workshops in the studio for a morning of macramé. In this 2.5 hour session, you’ll learn a variety of macramé knots giving you the skills to be able to make your own unique plant hanger or a hanging macramé hoop. £30 all materials provided
Saturday 23rd January 10.30-1pm
Weaving with Waste
In this 4hr course, you will learn how to weave using recycled materials, such as plastic packaging, baler twine, electric cables, old clothes - things which are about to be thrown away, but can be turned into a small bag, a table mat or an attractive wall hanging. The emphasis is on experimenting and having fun using unconventional materials. Suitable for complete beginners and experienced weavers. All equipment and materials included with an option to buy the weaving frame, shuttle and pickup stick for £15 at the end of the session. £35.
'Sew Your Own' - 6-week Social
Bring your own sewing project and hone your skills on this 6-week Sewcial.
The aim is to give you 2 hrs per week dedicated sewing time with like-minded people. Expert dressmaker Sofia will be on hand with help and guidance (and an overlocker!) to make the best of your project. Classes limited to 5 students. £105
Beginners Needle Punch Embroidery
Needle punch or punch needle, is a modern take on a traditional craft now used to make a whole range of different modern textile items including wall hangings, cushion covers and bags. You will be taught how to use the needle and create different textures. Attendees will create their own punch needle hoop wall hanging from one of Sara’s designs or come with an idea of your own.
£50 all materials included.