General information on the workshops is listed below
For further information or to book a workshop, please click Book a Workshop on the top menu bar where you can select from the Dates Available and pay online.
NEW for Spring 2021: Improvers 6-week Sewing Course,
Box Cushions with or without Piping (for garden furniture, bench seats, bay window seats, etc)
NEW for Autumn 2021: Set Yourself Up in Soft Furnishings Business Course
If you would rather have a chat first, please do by calling me on 07735 503824!
Please find information on all the workshops listed below.
To book onto a workshop please click on Book a Workshop on the main menu bar at the top of the Home screen where you can see full information on your workshop, choose a date and book securely online.
Venue: The Garden Room, 136 Banbury Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 7HU Dates and Times: Please click on Book a Workshop in the top menu bar for dates and secure booking online. Course content Each Beginners' Course consists of 6 weeks of lessons with each lesson...
Dates: Fri 11 September (Contact Sarah to book as PayPal not quite up and running yet) Suggested Level: Elementary + Times: 9.15am – 1pm Cost: £40 For any other days, dates or times which would suit you better, do get in touch as I am more than happy to sort...
This workshop is currently unavailable due to Covid as it's too complicated to run in online format. Venue: The Garden Room at 136 Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7HU Dates: Suggested Level: Complete beginners with enthusiasm for this wonderful hobby! Times: ...
Venue: The Garden Room at 136 Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7HU Dates: Please see drop-down menu. Suggested Level: Elementary + Times: 9.15am - 4pm. This workshop can also be arranged over two half-days to suit. Cost: £85 (this is for a full day and...
Venue: The Garden Room at 136 Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7HUSuggested Level: Elementary +Dates: For latest new dates in 2021 and online booking, please click above on Book A Workshop on the top menu bar.Cost: £85 (this is for a full day and includes...
Venue: The Garden Room at 136 Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7HU Dates: Please click on Book A Workshop in the top menu for dates for this workshop and secure online booking. Suggested Level: Elementary + Cost: £85 In this workshop you will learn how to:...
Skills Needed For Each Level
Beginner Level – this is for complete beginners and those who feel so rusty they are not sure where to start. You may have been given a sewing machine or have one in the loft which you keep meaning to get down and start using. Or you would like to learn sewing but have no sewing machine as yet.
Improver Level – you have done some sewing in the past or even now and feel inspired to take your confidence to a higher level – you think you could tackle making the furnishings in your home (thus saving a fortune!) – how difficult can it be?!
Intermediate Level – you have used a sewing machine before and may have made your own clothes or similar projects. You now fancy learning the skills to make soft furnishings to take your skills to the next level.
Advanced Level – your have done a lot of sewing and crafting and love learning new skills. You may have already made soft furnishings but you would like to know exactly how to make them properly and well-finished. You may be considering setting up your own business making soft furnishings for others.
What Is Provided At Each Workshop
Currently I supply each student with the use of a brand new Janome DC320 Digital Sewing Machine and a variety of different feet.
You will also be provided with all the Sewing Kit Tools for the duration of the workshop or course which include: Quilter’s ruler, large set square, small metal gauge, marking pens, metal tape measure, large glass-headed pins, darner’s needles, unpickers, sewing scissors.
What You Need To Bring
Some fabric for your project and thread to match your fabric.
This will need to be enough for either your cushion and piping, your curtain sample or roman blind sample.
Beginners Course or Improvers Course – you will discuss fabric and thread requirements once on the course. I can recommend local places to get fabric from or online fabric stores.
With Covid-19, you will need to wear a well-fitting face mask and bring your own refreshments in a flask or water-bottle. Also your own packed lunch if coming for the day.
Sewing Tool Kit
Cutting: Scissors – spring-loaded, right-handed and left-handed. Scissors sharpener.
Rulers – Quilter’s ruler in metric, metal measuring gauge, large set square, metal tape measure, 1m metal ruler.
Marking: Frixion pens – best-kept secret!
Pins and needles: Large glass-headed pins, long darner’s needles, needle-threader.
Sewing Machines I Use
I rent Janome 230DC Digital Sewing Machines for use in the workshops simply because I was sold a similar Janome machine whilst on my soft furnishings course and liked it. They are simple to use, simple to thread and positively purr along. If you are interested in buying your own sewing machine it is important to think about what exactly you think you will want your sewing machine to be able to do and how much you would like to invest; for example, for the soft furnishings I make, the stitches I use are forwards, backwards and zigzag! Sometimes a buttonhole. That's pretty much it, so any embroidery stitches just don't get used. Decide what you are interested in making and go along to a shop like Frank Nutt in King's Heath, Birmingham which is a fantastic family-run business stocking all types of sewing machines and offering a repair service too. Obviously check by phone before going as they will probably have a booking system still in place still due to Covid. Their contact details are: Frank Nutt Sewing Machines, 17-23 Poplar Rd, King's Heath, B14 7AA. Tel 0121 4443978.
The Garden Room
136 Banbury Road
Terms and Conditions
I do not tend to offer refunds except in exceptional circumstances. I will always try to rearrange attendance if there is any difficulty in attending. Do get in touch if you are unsure about attending… I don’t bite!!
I have implemented various safety precautions in view of Covid-19 in order to make my workshops be as safe as possible for all of us. If you feel unwell before your workshop or have been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms, please do not attend and we will reschedule. Whilst every effort has been made to create a safe teaching environment, please be aware that it is ultimately your choice to attend, having weighed up the pros and cons. If you are unsure, please contact me to arrange online tuition.
As and when the Covid-19 situation requires any urgent changes, I will inform you and make those changes with immediate effect.