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Details of all our courses are available below. Prices include all materials needed (unless otherwise stated).Courses can be booked online, over the telephone on 01858 466692, by post or in person at Leicestershire Craft Centre, 10a High Street, Market Harborough (above Monsoon).

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Please note we can only offer refunds in the event of a course being cancelled due to insufficient numbers of applicants or unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, you will be notified, and full payment will be refunded, or a different course date offered.

No refunds will be given for sessions missed due to illness (including Covid), holidays or any other personal reasons.



Taster Courses Art & Sculpture Jewellery Sewing Dressmaking Homemaking Wellbeing Knitting/Crochet Felting & Textiles Seasonal Other Children's Courses

Sewing

1 day Beginners Patchwork

If you have ever wondered about the difference between patchwork and quilts, or how quilts are made and fancied having a go, then this introductory course is for you! We will take you through each step of patchwork and quilt making. You will learn how to cut squares of fabric with a rotary cutter, how to fit and sew them together to make a patchwork top (and how important an iron is in quilt making!). You will then add wadding and backing fabric to your patchwork top, and use a sewing machine to learn some basic quilting. You will then finish your mini quilt with a border. 

All materials, equipment and sewing machines are provided for your use as well as plentiful tea and coffee.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £75.00
Available Dates
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10 Week Patchwork Course

Our friendly and fun patchwork group meets every Wednesday afternoon in 10 week blocks. 
We try out lots of different patchwork styles and techniques, usually to make a quilt.

Quilts made in the past include: Bargello, Scrappy, Medallion, Applique and Foundation Paper Pieced. Our focus is the patchwork, rather than quilting but the price of the course includes wadding and thread. We ask you to choose your own fabrics for your project, and will send you a list in advance of what you need.

Beginners are very welcome, you'll get lots of cutting and piecing practise and plenty of help and tuition. 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £200.00
Available Dates
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Wednesday
07/09/2022
COURSE FULL



2022 Hand Stitch & Embroidery Club

For 2022 Katharine has designed an exclusive stitching project with 12 sections to complete throughout the year.

 If you would like to purchase this kit, which includes a pre-printed panel, 40 skeins of embroidery thread and instructions, it costs £60. You can then either complete it at home, or come to the 'stitch-along' sessions detailed below. It doesn't matter when you join in - you can come to one session, or all of them. Call us to purchase a kit on 01858 466692.

Alternatively, if you would like to just bring your own hand stitching project to join us at the 'stitch along' session for a sociable afternoon of stitching you are very welcome. Simply book the date below that you would like to attend. Tea & Coffee are included in the price.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £11.00
Available Dates
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Monday
15/08/2022
13.30-15.30

available places: 8
Monday
19/09/2022
13.30-15.30

available places: 6
Monday
24/10/2022
13.30-15.30

available places: 8
Monday
21/11/2022
13.30-15.30

available places: 8



Applique Hares

Come and learn all about Applique and stitch one of our exclusive hare designs - daytime or nightime hare (nightime is pictured below)

Try different stitches and techniques to create textural effects.

All materials are included in the cost of this course.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £55.00
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Autumn Wreath

n this workshop, join Caroline to hand sew and form pretty and realistic felt flowers and leaves, in autumn colourways. We will include a sunflower, chrysanthemum and kinmokusei. Using wire and beads to add texture and a ribbon for impact. Discover a little about the symbolism of seasonal flowers, fruits and foods in Japanese culture. Take home and display proudly or even gift to a friend. Enjoy the welcoming and friendly atmosphere at Leicestershire Craft Centre, a great place for meeting new friends and learning from experienced creative people. Enjoy tea and coffee while working and either bring your own packed lunch or take a stroll in beautiful Market Harborough during our lunch break.

 

Photos by Caroline Barley. Design (C) Caroline Barley

 

Tutor: Caroline Barley
Cost: £60.00
Available Dates
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Sunday
18/09/2022
10.00-16.00

available places: 8



Beginners Sewing Bee (4 weeks)

A four week course for anyone who wants to learn to sew! We'll complete a project a week, developing and building your skills as you go.

You don't need your own sewing machine a we have 8 modern Brother machines, but you can bring your own if you want to get to grips with it a little more.

All materials are included in the price of the course.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £115.00
Available Dates
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Crazy Patchwork & Applique

Not keen on precise cutting and pieceing in your patchwork? Come and have a go at crazy patchwork where anything goes with stunning results! We'll use your new crazy fabric in an easy applique project. Suitable for all levels.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Faux Leather Zipped Pouch

Machine sew yourself a wonderful, multifuctional, lined zipped pouch from faux leather. You will learn how to cut, handle and sew faux leather and which sewing aids can help to achieve a perfect finish. Add applique and tassels if you wish!

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £38.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
06/09/2022
10.00-13.00

available places: 8



Free Machine Embroidery Workshop

On this creative course, you will learn free machine embroidery techniques and get to explore texture and pattern to create a piece of artwork to take home. The free motion technique can be used in your quilting as well as your textile art.

Suitable for all levels of sewist. All materials are provided on this course.

Tutor: Katharine Wright/ Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
Available Dates
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Friday
16/09/2022
10.00-13.00

available places: 8



Hannah's Bag Club

Hannah loves making bags, and she wants to pass her skills and knowledge on to you!

Our brilliant bi-monthly club features a different bag style and techniques each session so you are always learning and improving in a fun and social environment.

Prior to the course, you'll be sent the material and hardware requirements that you need. You can choose to either purchase a prepped kit from us - you'll get a 10% discount than if you bought them separately from us - or you can bring your own. You will receive a copy of the bag pattern (either as a PDF of paper pattern) .On the day, you'll be guided through the bag-making construction process by Hannah as she passes on all her tips and tricks to create a truly professional finish.

Friday 13th May: Captivating Clutch by Mrs H Bag Patterns

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £65.00
Available Dates
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Friday
09/09/2022
10.00-16.00

available places: 6
Friday
11/11/2022
10.00-16.00

available places: 8



Hannah's Patchwork Projects

Improve your patchwork skills with our BRAND NEW Patchwork Project workshop.

Every two months, explore a different patchwork block, skill or technique, and then turn it into a finished item, for example a bag or a cushion.

All materials are included in the cost of the course.

Pictured is our February project - a travelling nine patch tote bag. 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £45.00
Available Dates
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Friday
14/10/2022
10.00-13.00

available places: 7



Introduction to Dressmaking Patterns & Know Your Fabrics

We've combined two of our great starter dressmaking sessions into one fantastic workshop to get you started on the path to successful dressmaking!

We will show you how to begin working with dressmaking patterns: measuring correctly for your body size (the sizings on dressmaking patterns differ from brand to brand, and rarely matches any high street sizing), choosing the right fabric for the pattern, and laying and cutting correctly.

We'll look at different types of fabric, when to use them and give you lots of tips to cope with some of the trickier sorts.

A great intro recommended for anyone who is new, or returning to dressmaking after some time. You'll go away dying to get started on a project!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Thursday
01/09/2022
COURSE FULL



Introduction to Sewing Machines

 For those who have never used a machine before, or have not done so for a long time – come and learn the basics to give you the confidence to get going. You will learn to wind your bobbin, thread your machine, and then use your machine to make a simple lined tote bag. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.


We have eight lovely modern Brother sewing machines for you to learn on, but if you have a sewing machine at home that you wish to get to grips with, please bring it with you for this class and we will show you how get started. Please also bring the instruction manual as each machine is different and understanding how to use your instruction manual really helps when you are sewing solo!

Thinking of buying a sewing machine? We have a range of Brother Sewing Machines in store for you to try. Click here to find out more.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £48.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
08/11/2022
18.30-21.30

available places: 8



Patchwork Bargello Bag

A two week patchwork project in which you will learn all about bargello patchwork and make a lovely tote bag using these skills.

All materials are included in the cost of this course. (Materials will differ to those shown in the picture).

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £48.00
Available Dates
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Patchwork Star Cushion

A 2 week project where we will explore the delights of star blocks - hugely popular, there are a vast range of star designs to choose made in different ways. We'll look at different ways of pieceing star blocks and try some out. You can turn your favourite into a cushion. All fabric is included in this course.

 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £48.00
Available Dates
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Setting up Your Overlocker / 1:1 Sewing Sessions

We can offer you a hour's 1:1 session to help you get started with your sewing machine, overlocker or if you're stuck on a project and need some extra help.

Think you need more time? Call us on 01858 466692 to discuss your requirements.

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison / Katharine Wright
Cost: £35.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
13/09/2022
14.00-15.00

available places: 8
Tuesday
27/09/2022
14.00-15.00

available places: 8
Tuesday
25/10/2022
14.00-15.00

available places: 8
Tuesday
22/11/2022
14.00-15.00

available places: 1



Sew a Simple Leather Tote Bag

This is a great introduction to working with leather using just a domestic sewing machine. 

In this workshop, you will learn about the quirks and joys of working with leather and will make a fabulous tote bag with grab handles and an interior pocket. You will be taught how to use a sewing machine to sew leather effectively and move on to using top stitiching on the interior pocket. You will  also learn how to attach handles to the bag using rivets.

We provide all the materials needed and have eight wonderful Brother sewing machines to work on. This workshop is ideal for those who have some sewing experience.

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £70.00
Available Dates
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Friday
30/09/2022
10.00-15.00

available places: 8



Sewing Basics & Mending

Are you a sewing novice? Would you like to learn to do more so you can maintain your clothes, increase their longevity and reduce waste?

Then this is the course for you! We'll look at hems, buttons, fixing seams and alteration basics. You'll go away with bags of confidence to tackle the mending pile!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
Available Dates
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Summer Sewing Session

A general sewing session for any ability - just bring along your project and we'll help you out.

Mums can enjoy a couple of hours escape from the children; teenagers are welcome to attend too.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Monday
22/08/2022
19.00-21.00

available places: 4
Monday
15/08/2022
10.30-12.30

available places: 4
Monday
15/08/2022
19.00-21.00

available places: 7



Tweed Bag

Learn how to make our popular tweed handbag.

You will learn how cut tweed correctly, how to add fabric lining to a bag and the neccessary additons needed to give a bag a strong structure. The bag will be  finished off with leather straps, handsewn on.

You will learn a host of bag making skills,  and make yourself a timeless classic you will just use and use. 

For this course, you can take advantage of our fantistic bag kit offer! Our kit contains 1m tweed fabric, 1m cotton lining fabric, a pair of leather bag handles, 4 bag feet, a magnetic clasp, and all the interfacing and foam needed to make the bag - all for the cost of £40. If you buy this kit from us, we will prep all the interfacing and lining fabric pieces ready for the day. Colour combinations for the fabric and leather handles will be released a little nearer to the time, or you can contact us for further details. 

Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own fabric and bag hardwear with you. We can provide you with a full list of requirements if you choose this option.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £65.00
Available Dates
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Friday
07/10/2022
10.00-16.00

available places: 8

Or order the Craft Kit to learn at home