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Introduction day to the art of Traditional Lampshade making

This one day workshop will give you a good start and insight into traditional Stretch Lampshade making. Unlike the laminated drum Lampshades that are stuck and wrapped onto a frame, traditionaly Lampshades were covered using a stretching method giving a lighter less plastic finish. In this class you will be provided with a small 20cm frame and with the guidance of Jenny your tutor you will learn the first basic steps to creating bespoke Lampshades and finishing with a ready made trim

Skill level- Confident Beginner with strong hands and fingers

The topics we aim to cover

Binding a Frame

Preparing your fabric

Stretching methods

Applying  a ready made trim

Jenny will also explain  about other Lampshades and finishes

What to bring to the class

50cm of your chosen fabric Cotton Linen and silk work well avoid embroidered , stiff and loosely woven fabrics

A Metal Thimble

Thread to match your fabric

Ready  made trim – for the top edge 40cm for the base 70cm

Included in the cost of the class are a 20cm frame and binding tape

We have sewing machines and equipment for you to use

Maximum number on class -5

Tutor

Jenny Fraser

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
19/03/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Introduction Day Lampshades
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£85.00 5

 

Traditional Stretch Lampshade

Properly Tailored Lampshades are a true art, in this two day course you will get to learn skills in creating your own fabulous tailored lined lampshades using traditional methods. Following the lead of Jenny your tutor you will create your very own unique beautiful lampshade in your own choice of fabric including your own hand made or ready made trim.

Skill level- Confident Beginner with strong hands and fingers

The course runs for two consecutive Mondays

The topics we aim to cover

Binding a Frame

Preparing your fabric and lining

Stretching methods

Inserting a Balloon lining

Making and applying a self trim

What to bring to the class

1 metre of your chosen fabric Cotton Linen and silk work well avoid embroidered , stiff and loosely woven fabrics

A Metal Thimble

Thread to match your fabric

Included in the cost of the class are a frame, binding tape  and lining fabric

We have sewing machines and equipment for you to use

Maximum number on class -4

Tutor

Jenny Fraser

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
23/04/2018 - 30/04/2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Traditional Stretch Lampshade
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£165.00 4

Jolly Deer Wall hanging

Fabric deer wall hanging

This cheery Deer is bound to make you smile, make one for your home in your own chosen fabric, use a lightweight furnishing, craft cotton corduroy or light wool he could look great in tweed. Make him with a red nose for the festive season. This is the perfect class if you enjoy or want to have ago at toy making. We provide a pattern and instructions for you to use again and again.

 

Skill level- Confident Beginner

The topics we aim to cover

Shaping and sewing in 3D

Hand finishing

What to bring to the class

50cm of your chosen fabric at least 115cm wide, thread to match

40cm x 40cm of contrast fabric for the antlers or twigs as an alternative (we have cream and grey fake fur available)

Two buttons approx size of 20p for eyes and two for nose (we have jars of buttons you can look through)

We supply stuffing and felt for noses

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class -4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Coco Dress or Top

Never sewn Knits before? then this is the perfect starter – Make your own Coco, the perfect Breton top or knit dress with multiple variations. Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine, We supply you with the pattern which includes user-friendly instructions so you can go away and make lots more

A year-round staple that’s so easy to wear, Coco makes a great spring marinière top, summer tunic, autumn funnel neck or cosy winter dress. Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, the classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets.

Skill level- Confident Beginner /Intermediate

The topics we aim to cover

  • To teach you the skills you need when dealing with stretch knit and Jersey Fabrics
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Cut out a commercial pattern
  • Read a pattern
  • Understand terms used
  • Cut your fabric correctly
  • Methods of putting your garment together
  • Tips on which seams to use and where
  • Correct pressing techniques
  • Professional finishing hints and tips

What to bring to the class

Fabric:
– Dress with funnel neck + cuffs – 2.3m x 150cm wide (2 1/2 yards x 60in) OR 3m x 115cm wide (3 1/4 yards x 45in)
– Plain dress – 2m (2¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.7m (3 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
– Top with funnel neck + cuffs – 1.8m (2 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.7m (3 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
– Plain top – 1.5m (1¾in yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 2.2m (2½ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide

If you prefer your Dress knee length please add 20cm to the total for wide fabric and 50cm for narrower fabric

  • Matching thread
  • Ribbon (30cm x 6-8mm wide) or stay tape
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

 

  • Matching thread
  • Ribbon (30cm x 6-8mm wide) or stay tape
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

 

  • Matching thread
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine

 

 

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class -4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
08/04/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Coco Dress or Top
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£75.00 4
24/06/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Coco Dress or Top
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£75.00 4

Pattern Cutting Skirt Block and Skirt Design

one blue and one peach skirt

Having an idea for a design can be very exciting but its important to know how to take that idea and transfer into something wearable. All garment designs initially are worked from Blocks. In this course you will learn how to create your own personal skirt block on paper, make up a toile and check for fit adapting as necessary, then using your block learn some basic skills to add design and detail turning your own design into a skirt.

Skill level- Beginner @ pattern cutting, Intermediate in Sewing

The topics we aim to cover

  • Flat Pattern Cutting
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Drawing up your own Skirt Block
  • Adding seam allowances
  • Making a skirt block toile
  • Method of skirt Construction
  • Determining pattern alterations for a good fit
  • Design and fabric grain and drape
  • Using your Skirt Block in design and how to adapt for your own creations
  • Estimating fabric amounts
  • Making up a toile in your own design.

What to bring to the class

We will provide Pattern cutting Paper

Notebook

Pencils

Ruler

Sharpener

Erasers

Extra Large Set square if you have one

1 Metre Calico to make up your initial toile

Fabric for your final skirt

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class – 3

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
08/03/2018 - 15/03/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Skirt Block and Skirt Design
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£140.00 2

Beginners 3 day Get into Sewing Course

A photo of some fabric and threadThis complete beginners sewing course will set you of on new crafting adventures

Day 1- We will complete the How to Use a sewing machine class and make a tote bag to keep our sewing projects in along with a cute pin cushion.

Day 2 – We will create some useful samples that can be referred to in the future, these will include seams hems and hand and machine sewing techniques.

Day 3 – We will start the day finding out about pattern terms and then cut out and make up a pair of pj bottoms

Skill level- Complete beginner

AIMS OF THE COURSE

To teach you the skills you need to become confident with using a sewing machine and following simple patterns and make some simple projects

What to Bring to the class-

You may wish to bring your own Sewing Machine if you have one

All materials are provided for this course

Classes start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

How to Use your Overlocker

The ever scary overlocker, if you own one and feel its missing its potential, bring it along to this class and we will spend some time discussing and practicing the different stitches and techniques available on your machine and then we will put them into practice and make a simple T shirt.

Class level – Intermediate, you will have sewn other easy to make garments and have good basic sewing knowledge. Have access to and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class along with the manual for the machine.

The topics we aim to cover are:

We aim to cover the points on the list below. Depending on how many questions you have, we may not get a chance to cover everything – please let us know if there is something specific you really want help with before you leave if we don’t cover it in the class.

We aim to teach you the skills you will need to improve your overlocker use. You will make an easy to wear Tshirt using your overlocker and samples that can be referred to in the future  All fabrics are included for the class

Specifically you will learn;

  • Overlocker techniques
  • Stitches and how to change them
  • Using stitch and tear interfacing
  • Attaching a continuous neck band
  • Working with different fabrics
  • The Overlocker rolled hem

What you need to bring to the class:

  • An Overlocker and any accessories you have
  • Your overlocker manual (important)

Maximum class size 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
26/02/2018
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
How To Use an Overlocker
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£0.00 0
26/04/2018
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
How To Use an Overlocker
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£70.00 4
30/05/2018
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
How To Use an Overlocker
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£70.00 4

Soft Tailoring Jacket Making

CHECK JACKET ON MANEQUINMake yourself something to be proud of and a timeless classic. I love soft tailoring its my favourite pastime. You are welcome to make a jacket of your choice from a commercial pattern or the jacket jacket pictured for which I will draft a pattern for you. I have made this design repeatedly over the past 6 years for many people in many fabrics from wool to linens. If you would like to move on in your skill set then this is your class

Skill level-Intermediate +/ Advanced.

The topics we aim to cover

  • To teach you all the skills you need to become confident with soft tailoring
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Cut out a commercial pattern and make adjustments if necessary
  • Read an advanced pattern
  • Understand terms used
  • Cut your fabric correctly
  • Methods of putting your garment together
  • Tips on which seams to use and where
  • Correct pressing techniques
  • Professional finishing hints and tips

What to bring to the class

Should you wish to make one of My Jackets (as pictured and displayed in our workshop) please email us at the time of booking so that we can prepare a pattern for you otherwise  you are welcome to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabric amounts for my jacket will be advised when I receive your measurements but they are approximately 2m of main fabric 150cm wide and 1.5 m of lining

Thread

Interfacing which I can provide at £6 metre if requested

For your own pattern please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size, please bring everything listed on the pattern envelope.

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class – 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
21/04/2018 - 05/05/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Soft Tailoring Jacket Making
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£200.00 4

2 day Dressmaking

A photo of a dress on a taylor's dummyTwo days of dressmaking suitable for anyone that can use a sewing machine and wants to add to their wardrobe. Many commercial patterns have tricky to follow instructions and the best way to improve is to keep adding to and practising your sewing techniques. The class is small and allows your tutor plenty of time to give advice and show techniques that will help you gain a successful result. Choose a pattern according to your previous abilities, bare in mind this is a short course of only 12 hours so simple dresses, tops and bottoms would be best  .

Skill level- If you know how to use a sewing machine and have completed small craft projects and simple dressmaking you will be at a skill level to partake in this course. Please bare in mind your ability when choosing your pattern. As with all projects some take longer than others so you may wish to finish off at home.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Read a pattern

Learn how alter a commercial pattern to your requirements

Understand terms used

Methods of putting your garment together

Tips on which seams to use and where

Correct pressing techniques

Professional finishing hints and tips

What to Bring to the class

You will need to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than dress sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabrics – Please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size

All notions requested on your pattern

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
03/03/2018 - 04/03/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Day Dressmaking
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£0.00 0
19/05/2018 - 20/05/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Day Dressmaking
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£125.00 4

 

 

Beginners Handbag

soft handbag with birdcage design on frontIdeal for newcomers to bag making! Learn basic handbag construction methods and leave with a well finished, lined handbag and skills that you can apply to many different sewing projects.

Level -Basic knowledge of using a sewing machine is needed for this class.

The topics we aim to cover are:

  • Basic bag making techniques
  • The importance of interfacing/wadding in bag making
  • Creating a bag base
  • Adding metal feet to the base of the bag
  • Ideas for embellishing your bag
  • Adding a magnetic popper closure to a handbag

Materials needed:

You will need to bring along

  • 2 x 40cm x 45cm main fabric
  • 2 x 40cm x 45cm lining fabric
  • Matching thread

Wadding, Bag feet, a magnetic popper & handles will be provided.

Tutor -Aly Warner

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