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.
We run regular 4-week classes in Introduction to Dressmaking and Beginners Machine Sewing. The Autumn classes were re-scheduled to the New Year and we will make new dates available as soon as we've caught up a bit!
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 16th & Sun 17th Jan 2021
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 21st January 7-9pm
Thursday 4th March 7-9pm
Hand Sewn Christmas Decorations
Join Kate Gwynne to hand-sew some delightful Christmas Creatures.
All materials provided to make a pair of cheeky Nordic gnomes or a pair of enchanting fabric robins for your tree. Ideal for beginners or those with experience. No machine sewing required!
Needle Felt Workshop - Christmas Decoration
Learn how to needle felt a cute deer, perfect for a gift or Christmas decoration .
Needle felting is a therapeutic craft, fun and relaxing, ideal for stress relief, suitable for complete beginners. On this course you will learn how to needle felt a cute robin, perfect for a gift or Christmas decoration. All materials provided. £45
Saturday 5th December 2-5pm
Make a Fabric Wreath & Poinsettia
Create your own unique festive wreath made using colourful fabrics and a fabric festive poinsettia plant, finishing up with two beautiful, reusable decorations for Christmas.
This workshop based on the principle of reusing and repurposing our everyday and cherished materials to make unique, treasured Christmas decorations. It's perfect for absolute beginners and experienced sewers. £45 All materials provided.
Sunday 13th December
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.
Saturday 12th December 9.30-4.30
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.
Saturday November 21st
Saturday 20th February
Saturday 27th March
Make clothes and time for you with Bristol Stitchery.
Join Sofia in a choice of sewing classes aimed at making time for you at the same time as learning to make clothes. Bring any project to the 6-week Sew Your Own, or make clothes for a baby or toddler at the one-off evenings aimed at mums and mums to be.
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 either a Romper or Basic T-Shirt.
No sewing experience is required.
Refreshments will be provided.
Thursdays 7-9.30pm £45
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
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 6th February 10am-1pm
Saturday 6th March 10am - 1pm
Below are additional typical classes - new dates coming soon!
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.