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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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