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Courses

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).

Please note refunds and transfers for workshops and courses can only be given in the unlikely event of a workshop or course being cancelled due to insufficient numbers or unforeseeable circumstances.



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

Sewing

Basic Sewing Alterations

Come and learn how to do basic repairs and alterations to your clothes so that you can increase their life span and reduce textile waste.

No sewing experience is required.

Bring any items of clothing that you would like to know how to alter and we will show you what to do!

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £30.00
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Beginners Patchwork - 1 day

If you have ever wondered about the difference between patchwork and quilts, or how quilts are made and fancied having a go, then this one day workshop is for you! We will take you through each step of patchwork and quilt making and you will spend the day making your own mini quilt. 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 on the day, as well as plentiful tea and coffee.

There will be a break for lunch so you can bring a packed lunch, or pop into the town for a breath of fresh air.

Click here to go to our shop where you will find patchwork tools and fat quarter fabrics.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £68.00
Available Dates
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Monday
09/12/2019
10.00-15.00

available places: 8



Beginners Sewing Bee

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, but you can bring your own if you wish. 

All materials are included in the price of the course.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £95.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
17/09/2019
19.30-21.30

available places: 7



Boho Beach Bag

A fabulous bag for using up your stash! Made up of patchwork squares on the outside and lined on the inside with leather straps for a touch of class, this is a great make for all your summer gear.

Suitable for all levels. All materials are included in the cost of the course, plus a pattern to take away with you, so you can make more!

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £45.00
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Christmas Panel Project

A 3 week course giving you the opportunity to develop your quilting skills, while making a lovely Christmas decoration too. 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £50.00
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Crazy Patchwork

Not keen on precise cutting and pieceing in your patchwork? Come and have a go at crazy patchwork where anything goes with stunning results! Perfect for making applique pieces and using up scraps.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
30/07/2019
19.30-21.30

available places: 8



Fabric Gift Bags and Envelopes

Learn how to make fabric envelopes and Japanese Bento Bags that have a multitude of uses - great for putting gifts in, or keeping jewellery safe.

A lovely quick make perfect for using up scrap fabric too!

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

Make a wonderful zipped pouch from faux leather. Add tassels if you wish!

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £38.00
Available Dates
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Friday
20/09/2019
10.00-13.00

available places: 8



Free Machine Embroidery Workshop

On this fabulously creative course, you will learn free machine embroidery techniques and get to explore texture and pattern using them on normal fabrics and water soluble fabric to create a piece of artwork to take home.

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

Tutor: Katharine Wright/ Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
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Friday
13/09/2019
11.00-14.00

available places: 8



Hand Embroidery Techniques

Learn some new embroidery stitches and put them together into a sampler or modern design. 

Suitable for all levels

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £32.00
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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 tote bag or bunting. 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: £42.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
15/10/2019
18.30-21.00

available places: 8



Leather Clutch Bag

A great introduction to working with leather and combining it with other fabrics. 

You will create a lined and zippered clutch bag made with beautiful soft leather and coordinating fabric.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
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Make a Patchwork Quilt - 10 week course

Always wanted to tackle a larger quilt but been afraid to try? Want to join a like-minded, social group stiching together.

Over 10 weeks we will make a large quilt from start to finish. You'll be guided through the whole process of cutting, piecing, quilting and finishing.

In the Summer Term, we will be tackling a pieced patchwork quilt using jelly rolls and fat quarters. 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £180.00
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Patchwork Club - Block of the Month

A once-a-month session where we will cut and piece a different patchwork block each session. Develop and build up your patchworking skills - we will try lots of different techniques and patterns that you can take away and practice further.

From September, each month we will create a different block to make a sampler quilt by the end of the year. Should you wish to use the same fabrics in each block, fabric quantities will be available shortly so you can purchase them in advance of the course. Wadding will be provided.

Alternatively, you can just the session as a 'practice' and use our fabrics here.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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Pojagi Patchwork

Pojagi Patchwork is a Korean form of patchwork that requires no wadding or backing as all seams are enclosed. Traditionally sewn to use leftover fabrics and turn into wrapping cloths, today it is often used for decorative as well as practical pieces.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Setting up Your Overlocker

Have you just bought yourself an overlocker? Not sure where to start?

Book a 1-1 session with us and we will help you get your machine threaded and set up ready to sew.

Call us on 01858 466692 to book your session.

 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £30.00
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Sew a 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: £65.00
Available Dates
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Friday
25/10/2019
10.00-15.00

available places: 7



Sew a Make-up Bag

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a fabric make-up bag with a clasp fastening.

This is a lovely project that is perfect for those who have never made a bag before. You will have great fun rifling through our extensive collection of fabric to choose two designs for the outside of the bag, and a third design for the bag lining. You will learn how to sew the bag on a sewing machine, how to give structure to the bag and how to attach a clasp fastening. 

All material choices, wadding, the clasp fastening and the pattern pieces are included in the price. You will leave with a finished, beautifully-made make-up bag.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £42.00
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Sew a Squiffy Sling Bag

A great one day course where you will hone your bag making skills and come away with this wonderful Squiffy Sling messenger bag, pattern by Mrs H. The price of the course includes a pattern to take away, bag hardware (magnetic fastener, handle webbing and strap pieces) all the interfacing and fusible foam required for the small Squiffy Sling. You are very welcome to tackle the large Squffy Sling, though there would be a £4 fee to add on to cover the extra interfacing and fusible foam needed (payable on the day).

You will need to bring fabric of your choice and a 7 inch zip that matches your lining fabric. The pattern uses leather (real or faux) for the base of the bag exterior: however the pettern will work equally well with a contrasting fabric if you prefer. For the bag in the photo, leather from a pair of charity shop leather trousers was used! If you do choose to use leather, it needs to be thin and supple so the sewing machine can cope with it. If you have any queries about choosing or using leather, please contact us and we will be happy to help and advise.

For the bag exterior, you will need fabric with a bit of strength - corduroy, linen, denim, thicker cotton (the bag in the photo uses corduroy). Most fabric will be suitable for the lining. 

Small Squiffy Sling: 0.5 metre needed for exterior, 0.5 m for the lining, 0.25 m for the bag base (leather or a contrasting fabric).

Large Squiffy Sling: 0.75m needed for exterior. 0.75 m for the lining, 0.5m for the bag base (leather or a contrasting fabric).

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £68.00
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Slashed Patchwork

A wonderful technique for turning all your scraps into a beautiful piece of patchwork.

This one-off class is suitable for all levels.

All materials are provided.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Stitch a Slogan

A relaxing evening 'stitching a slogan'! Embroider or cross stitch a phrase or saying - you can be as sweary as you like - and frame it in an embroidery hoop. Makes a great gift or artwork for your home.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
17/12/2019
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



Stitch Club

A once a month session for anyone who loves to sew! 

Anything goes in this class. Bring your machine or hand sewing, or simply come and use our lovely cutting out tables or overlockers. Katharine will be on hand to give you advice and assistance where needed, but this is primarily a social sewing session.

Plenty of tea, coffee and chat will be available.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Stitch Leather Baby Shoes

Make the sweetest pair of baby shoes in softest leather. Perfect for your baby, grandchild or as a very special gift.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £28.00
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Friday
15/11/2019
10.00-13.00

available places: 8



Summer Espadrilles

Come and learn how to make your own espadrilles for the perfect beach look!

All materials are provided and this class is suitable for all levels. 

Please email us your shoe size when you book.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £38.00
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Traditional Hand Pieced Patchwork

Pieced Patchwork is a relaxing and therapeutic craft - perfect for using up scrap fabrics and turning them into something lovely!

You will learn how to piece your hexagons and go away with plenty more to carry on this simple but satisfying craft.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
22/10/2019
13.30-15.30

available places: 8



Triangle Patch Cushion

A great project for those of you who are fairly new to patchwork. Come and learn this quick and easy way to stitch triangles and make a pretty cushion cover.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £28.00
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Tweed Bag

Our popular tweed handbag made across 2 evening classes.

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 will need 1 metre of tweed fabric and 1m of lining fabric. We will provide all other materials.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £80.00
Available Dates
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Tuesday
22/10/2019
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



Upcycle, Stitch and Repair

A monthly session where you can bring any garments or fabric to alter, mend or transform into something entirely new!

Did you know that 10% of landfill is textile waste? Here at Leicestershire Craft Centre, we are committed into keeping textiles out of landfill and can show you how to reuse them and give you the skills to do so.

We're full of ideas and can't wait to share them with you to help us all have a less wasteful future.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £15.00
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