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Courses for Adults

From 16 + (or 13 if accompanied by an adult)

Basic Sewing

NEW!

This basic sewing course will teach you all you need to know about how to sew. From learning about your sewing machine, to creating your own constructed outcome, we will guide you through all stages. This course is suitable for absolute beginners or those with very little prior experience using a machine.

 

Within this course you will learn the health and safety aspects of using a sewing machine, how to thread and maintain your machine and how to adjust tensions. We will show you how to sew on a variety of fabrics and how to construct basic seams, darts and folds.

 

For the first stage of the project, we can provide a structured project for a fashion outcome, such as a simple top, all patterns and basic materials are included (but we can guide you if you wish to purchase your own special fabrics). Our tutor will guide you through the stages of constructing your outcome, with the option of learning about embelishments or adding finishing touches. You will have access to a range of threads, yarns, buttons, ribbons and trimmings.
For those on the 7 week course, we can guide you in which fabric to purchase for another second project. 

In--person courses:

We provide sewing machines. You are welcome to bring your own, this must be in good working order and you should let us know at the time of booking.

ONLINE COURSE COMING SOON! 

You will need a sewing machine and scissors. We provide basic fabrics but can guide in what to buy if you wish to provide your own. 

Please contact us for more detailed information.

 

This is an adult course for students aged 16 +

(or aged 13 if accompanied by an adult).

Maximum of 10 places available.

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Locations: In-person

IN-PERSON: Monday 17th May 2021 at Allerthorpe, near Pocklington  

Monday evenings 6 - 8pm 

Cost: £120 for 6 weeks or £75 for 3 weeks

Booking reference: BASIC SEWING

Comprehensive Sewing

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Now running online and in-person*. Within this comprehensive course learners are taught many aspects of dressmaking and pattern cutting. Whether you are a recent beginner or have some previous sewing experience, this session will introduce you to basic and advanced pattern drafting, making your own patterns from your body measurements and altering commercial patterns to get the right fit.

Within this course you will be working on making your own top to your own measurements, covering the basic skills needed to draft a made-to-measure pattern. You will be guided through the sewing machine skills needed to produce a wearable and effective final garment. During the course you will learn how to measure yourself and make a made-to-measure bodice block, learn how to use the block, how to draft a pattern, how to draft a sleeve, add style lines, flare, dart manipulation.. all in a few sessions!  

Class size is capped to a maximum of 8 students, allowing for a fun and social session yet giving you the one-to-one guidance required to be successful, whatever your ability. By the end of this course you will feel more confident in your sewing ability and ready to tackle many more creative sewing projects. 


Some basic experience of using a sewing machine is desirable for this course. Great for those looking to take the next step from bought patterns or looking to amend patterns.

In-person course: We provide sewing machines (or you can bring your own) and we provide equipment and basic material for toiles. 

Online course: You will need to provide your own sewing machine. Once you have booked we can send you a kit of materials and resources (except scissors). We will also provide details of how access your zoom sessions.

You will get:

Live/in-person tuition
One-to-one support if required
Pattern paper
Toile calico fabric
Flexible ruler 
Pins
Dress-making chalk

 

For Online courses, you will need:

Sewing machine 
Your own dress-making fabrics for final garment

Fabric scissors (we can show you which to buy)

Paper scissors (normal scissors)
Matching thread reels and spools
A flat, smooth workspace
Internet access on laptop or phone with camera 

 

Please contact us for more detailed information. 

 

This is an adult course for students aged 16 +

(or aged 13 if accompanied by an adult). Maximum of 10 places available. 

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Locations:

ONLINE course via Zoom MONDAY MORNINGS

COMPREHENSIVE SEWING - LADIESWEAR

Cost: £140 for 6 weeks for £100 for 4 weeks

Next sessions start Monday 12th April 2021

9.30am - 12 noon

ONLINE course via Zoom MONDAY AFTERNOONS

COMPREHENSIVE SEWING - CHILDRENSWEAR

Cost: £140 for 6 weeks for £100 for 4 weeks

Next sessions start Monday 12th April 2021

1pm -3.30pm

IN-PERSON course at Darby and Joan Hall, Cottingham

Cost: £160 for 6 weeks or £120 for 4 weeks

Tuesday mornings

Starts Tuesday 18th May 2021*

9.30am - 12.15pm

IN-PERSON course at Yapham Village Hall, nr Pocklington

Cost: £120 for 6 weeks or £90 for 4 weeks

Wednesday evenings

Starts Wednesday 19th May 2021*

6 - 8pm

*subject to current government guidance. Please note, we offer a full refund for any classes that cannot run due to Covid-19. 

Booking reference: Comprehensive Sewing

Creative Stitch

This creative sewing course will show you how to use free-motion machine embroidery methods to 'draw' with a sewing machine. We will show you how to applique, sew with 'dropped teeth' and embellish using a sewing machine. We also show you how to combine this with other creative methods such as needle-felting, dyed fabrics and batik. A highly creative course for those who would like to create with fabrics.

This course will begin with the principles of free-motion embroidery. You will then choose and develop an image, taking inspiration from your own visual sources or using some of our supplied images. We will guide you through a series of experimental samples within which you might incorporate needle felt, hand-painting, dying and batik. We will provide excellent contemporary contextual references to show you how textiles can be used as a contemporary and cutting-edge art form. You can choose whether to develop your outcome as an artwork textile illustration, or a product such as a handmade handbag or cushion. Don't be put off if you think you can't draw, you can trace images to get fantastic results.  

Some basic sewing experience would be desirable for this course, but not essential. We are happy to teach learners of all abilities and levels of experience. 

 

Sewing machines are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own machine (if using your own machine, it must have the function to 'drop the feed dogs' and come with an appropriate darning foot. Please let us know at the time of booking if this is the case) 

 

Please contact us for more detailed information. 

This is an adult course for students aged 16 +

(or aged 13 if accompanied by an adult). Maximum of 10 places available. 

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Locations:

 

IN-PERSON Yapham, near Pocklington.

Monday evenings 6-8pm

- starts Monday 17th May

Cost: 4 weeks for £90

IN-PERSON Cherry Burton Village Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire

10am - 2pm

Wednesday 26th May 2021*

Cost: £45

NEW  IN-PERSON Eastrington Village Hall (near Howden), East Riding of Yorkshire

10am - 2pm

Friday 18th June 2021*

Cost: £45

*subject to current government guidance. Please note, we offer a full refund for any classes that cannot run due to Covid-19. 

Booking Reference: Creative Stitch

Screen Printing

NEW FORMAT, NEW VENUE

Screen printing is an exciting technique which offers a huge variety of creative possibilities. Take a drawing, illustration or photograph and print your image onto a variety of fabrics!

This new exciting blended online and in-person course allows you to print your own fabrics in one day! Attend a short online live session (or watch a recorded video if you prefer) to show you how to prepare your artwork prior to the sessions. This work is then emailed or posted to us and we will have your screen and artwork ready to use in your session and print an array of fabrics.


How it works:

Session 1: Join in a 1 hour live session to learn how to prepare images for your screen (or watch the recorded session if you prefer). Send this artwork to us by email or post within 7 days.

Session 2: Join us at the venue and we will bring your images on a screen ready to print! During the session you will be shown the principles of screen-printing, how to print a single image, dying fabrics, how to mask your screen, mixing pigments, using decolourant, layering and repeats and cleaning/maintaining your screen.

 

At the end of the session, you have the option to buy your screen, squeegee and some inks if you want to continue at home, for a small additional fee (entirely optional, you can decide on the day, bring your own jars to fill)

 

We provide fabrics, screens, inks and all equipment needed for this day session.


You will need (for drawing):

Fineliner pen (black)

Pencil

Premium tracing paper

Paper

We can supply the above in a pack for £5.


We also provide one FREE Zoom follow up session for questions or follow up advice. (Date on agreement/optional)


No prior experience is needed, just enthusiasm.


Once you have booked we will send you details of how to access the first live online session and/or the recording. Please contact us for more detailed information. 
 

This is an adult course for students aged 18 + (or aged 13 if accompanied by an adult). Maximum of 10 places available. 

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Locations:

NEW  IN-PERSON

Yapham Village Hall, near Pocklington

Friday 25th June 10am - 2.30 pm

 

Live prep session ONLINE date: Thursday 10th June

7 - 8pm

This can be accessed by a recording to watch when convenient if you prefer

Cost: £70

Locations:

NEW  IN-PERSON

Darby and Joan, Cottingham

Saturday 19th June 10am - 2.30 pm

 

Live prep session ONLINE date: Thursday 3rd June 

7 - 8pm

This can be accessed by a recording to watch when convenient if you prefer

Cost: £70

Booking reference: SCREEN PRINTING

Printmaking

LINO PRINTING

NOW RUNNING IN-PERSON*: Printmaking covers multiple techniques, including relief and intaglio printing. These processes allow you to craft your own print surface. Relief printing involves the removal of a print surface to print with the remaining area. Our BEGINNERS SESSION will focus on lino printing to create a one-colour print and a reduction print block. These techniques are a fantastic introduction to the world of printmaking. Extremely good fun and easy to replicate at home. Our INTERMEDIATE session will focus on a reduction print to create a two or three colour block print.

We provide materials to use, you keep your lino block and prints. If you wish to purchase basic equipment/inks after the session this can be arranged. 

No prior experience required for the beginners course.

Session plan (Beginners):

Creating linear imagery

Carving your lino block

Printing your first prints onto paper and fabric

*In-person session dates are provisional based on latest guidance - subject to change, In the event that we cancel the course or postpone to a date you cannot attend, we offer a full refund. 

DRY-POINT ETCHING

Dry-point etching is a wonderful intaglio printing technique that yields beautiful results. Using a special tool, you carve into a surface and then ink your block to print using a press. Great for showing wonderful linear detail. Make as many prints as you can manage in the time you have got! All materials and equipment provided. Suitable for beginners. 

 

This course is not suitable to run online and will run in-person only.  

Please contact us for more detailed information. 

This is an adult course for students aged 16 +

(or aged 13 if accompanied by an adult). Maximum of 10 places available. 

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

Locations:

IN-PERSON

LINO PRINTING - BEGINNERS - Driffield Community Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire

Saturday 22nd May 2021*, 10am - 2pm

Cost: £35*

*A take-home kit of cutter with blades, paper, clipboard and inks can be purchased for an additional £10. This can be purchased in advance or on the day, please let us know when booking if you wish to do this. 

IN-PERSON 

DRY-POINT ETCHING: Allerthorpe Village Hall, nr Pocklington

Tuesday 8th June 2021*, 10am - 1pm

Cost: £35

*subject to current government guidance. Please note, we offer a full refund for any classes that cannot run due to Covid-19. 

Booking reference: PRINTMAKING

Craft Sessions

FELT AND FLOWER BANNER

RUNNING ONLINE: Want to add some floral flair to your home? Join us for this great session producing a felt and flower banner. We guide you through everything you need to know while you relax and create. Great for booking with a friend or small groups. We provide a kit of everything you need. No experience required. BRING YOUR OWN WINE! 

Sessions will be delivered live via ZOOM

You will need:

A device with internet/Zoom access

A workspace

Scissors

Iron

 

Please contact us for more detailed information. 

This is an adult course for students aged 18 +

 Maximum of 10 places available. 

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Locations: ONLINE via ZOOM

Friday 7th May 2021 6.30pm - 9pm

Cost: £30

Booking reference: FELT FLOWER BANNER

Mixed Media Animals

NEW! This exciting art course will guide you through the wonderful world of mixed-media. Defy all drawing conventions and explore new ways of working!

During this session you will be guided in the use of some of the following: watercolour paint, pencils, acrylic paint, dyes, inks, pens, wax resist... you will be shown have to use creative combinations to create wonderful and original animal drawings. Bring your own images or use some of our provided examples.

The sessions will consist of live demonstrations and a mixed-media drawing activity that you can follow by watching the live demonstration on the screen in front of of you. You will get regular one-to-one support and encouragement, plus advice as you require it. A wide range of materials and media will be available for your use. 

All levels and abilities welcome, the only requirement is enthusiasm. 

 

Please contact us for more detailed information. 

This is an adult course for students aged 18 +

Maximum of 12 places available. 

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Locations: IN-PERSON Melbourne Village Hall,

East Riding of Yorkshire

Friday 11th June 10am - 1pm

Cost: £20

Booking reference: MIXED MEDIA ANIMALS