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. 

Needlework and Yarn Crafts

We also have a changing series of needlecraft workshops including machine knitting, crochet and macrame.  Keep updated with new additions by signing up to our mailing list or following us on social media. 

See Upholstery or Glass & Craft courses here

  • A 3-week course to master all the basic sewing machine techniques

    Starts Jul 21

    85 British pounds
  • Learn how to decode patterns and make your pyjama bottoms.

    Starts Jul 6

    90 British pounds
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 4 participants.

10am-4.30pm

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 8th July

Leggings: Tuesday 29th June & Thursday 15th July

Romper: Thursday 1st July

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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 SOLD OUT

Saturday October 2nd & Saturday November 13th

10am - 1pm

Sew a Summer Hat

Stitch your own summer hat to be uniquely stylish!

You will be given all you need to create the hat, different size options will be available as well as a smaller brim option. All you need to bring is a basic sewing kit and your sewing machine, fabric, patterns and a worksheet for you to take home will be provided.

Friday July 16th 7-9pm

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Punch Needle Hoop Wall Hanging

Come and join Sara from Whole Punching for a creative punch needle workshop and learn how to make your own punch needle wall hanging hoop. Needle punch or punch needle is a modern take on a traditional craft which was originally centred around making rugs. Now the technique is used to make a whole range of different modern textile items including wall hangings, cushions and bags. Sara will guide attendees in creating their own punch needle hoop wall hanging using either one of her designs or their own. All materials and equipment included £50

Sunday 4th July or Sunday 1st August 10am - 12.30pm

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Introduction to the Oxford Punch Needle

Come and join Oxford Certified Instructor Sara from Whole Punching for an introduction to Oxford punch needle. Punch needle dates back to the 1880's and was traditionally used for making rugs; a much speedier alternative than it's closely linked craft of rug hooking. In it's modern application it is can be used for making cushions, wall hangings and many other textiles. All materials and equipment included £60

Sunday 4th July or Sunday 1st August 1.30 - 5pm

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

10am-5pm

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Needle Felting - Animal Brooches

Using simple materials, Amelia will help you get to grips with the techniques needed to felt 3D objects, then you’ll get crafty and create your very own animal head that you can turn into a beautiful brooch. You’ll choose from a selection of animal heads, such as a fox, rabbit or elephant, and then begin to build your basic felt structure. You’ll be able to add colour and shape, attach the most fiddly parts such as the ears, nose and eyes, and finally transform your cute creation into a brooch! 

£35 including all materials.

Thursday 22nd July 2021 or Thursday 19th August

6.30 - 9pm

Knit your own Bedsocks

Perfect for those with a basic knowledge of knitting. If you can knit and purl, you can knit these bed socks.

You'll get to grips with stretchy cast-ons, knitting in the round, turning a heel, and using kitchener stitch to close a toe; all the skills you need to knit a basic top-down sock.

The workshop gives plenty of time to knit one sock, and you'll take home everything you need to finish your second as the pattern, yarn, and needles are all included in the workshop price. £40

Saturday 26th September 10am - 12.30pm

Learn to Knit a Fair Isle Hat

This four-week course will teach you everything you need to know to knit a classic Fair Isle colourwork hat.

We'll start with the basics; how to read a pattern, pick your yarns, and choose the right colours. Then we'll work through casting on, working with floats, keeping even tension, shaping your hat, and finally blocking and finishing.

Suitable for advanced beginners, by the end of this course you'll be ready to try bigger colourwork projects like a classic yoked sweater. £90 including yarn and needles.

Tuesday evenings 28th Sept - 19th October

7pm-8.45pm

THE COURSES BELOW ARE ALSO TYPICAL OF WHAT WE DO. NEW DATES COMING SOON!

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

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. 

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'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

 
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