Would you like to make clothes but are baffled by commercial patterns? Do you want to learn how to use a sewing machine? Our range of sewing and textile courses will give you the skills you need to be able to create your own clothing to get the professional looking finish.
If you have basic clothesmaking skills but want to try something more ambitious, are a bit out of practise or just not able to get a good fitting, professional looking finish, join this course to improve and develop your sewing and fitting techniques.
Get creative and do more than just make clothes with your sewing machine# maybe you’re interested in a qualification or career in textile design? Explore decorative techniques, fabric manipulation and embellishments. Enhance your sewing projects and develop a portfolio of creative, experimental samples.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew but don’t know where to start, come along and find out how to thread a machine and what to do with all those dials and feet attachments. When you’ve mastered sewing a straight line you can make a selection of small textile items like a bag or cushion cover, even add a zip or piping.
Do you have a sewing machine but are not sure how to use it? Learn how to select the correct tension, practise stitch lengths and widths, blind hem, sew buttonholes and zips. Bring your own machine or use one of ours.
Pattern Cutting is the technical skill of creating paper patterns for clothing designs# interpreting a 2D idea into a 3D shape. If you have clothes making skills and would like to eventually create your own designs this is a good introduction to the basics of flat pattern cutting techniques.
Discover the fundamental elements of crochet, learn basic crochet stitches and techniques and how to understand a pattern. Designed for those who know nothing about crochet but will also benefit students who are looking to refresh and expand their knowledge.
Knitting has seen a recent increase in popularity throughout the nation. Learn the basics of knitting or a refresher your skills. You will learn how to cast on, do basic purl and plain stitches, cast off, join pieces and read patterns.
If you have some basic pattern cutting skills or have completed the introduction to pattern cutting course and want to develop these skills, move onto creating a bodice block to create your own tops and blouses.
Would you like to make clothes but are baffled by commercial patterns? This taster will help you understand how to read the envelope and use your measurements, what lines to cut, how to decipher symbols and terminology, how to and lay on fabric and even make minor adjustments. Develop the confidence to move on to one of our clothesmaking courses.
Do you want to learn how to use a sewing machine or have one and don’t know where to start? In this 2 week taster, learn the basics and how to sew a straight line. Then you can sew the simplest, origami tote bag and impress your friends!
Unfinished sewing projects? Started but don’t know how to finish, it doesn’t fit or has just gone wrong, can it be salvaged? If you need sewing advice and guidance then bring your UFOs and we’ll try and finish and fix them.
Our popular courses include clothesmaking, embroidery, pattern cutting, using your sewing machine, and sewing crafts such as patchwork and quilting. Many of our students go on to use the skills they have acquired to design and make their own clothes or make alterations at home. Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience, there is something for everyone.
"In an embroidery class, learners made rapid progress as a result of careful and technically skilled demonstrations by their teacher and the good use of technology"