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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 Papercrafts Knitting/Crochet Felting & Textiles Seasonal Other Children's Courses

Sewing

Beginners Patchwork - 1 day

Learn all the basic processes required in patchwork and make a mini quilt! On this one day course you will learn to cut squares with a rotary cutter, piece them together and iron accurately, add backing and wadding,  do some basic quilting and finish with a border.

All materials are provided 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.

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

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £68.00
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Friday
23/11/2018
10.00-16.00

available places: 2



Christmas Patchwork (4 weeks)

A four week course where we will piece and applique a Christmas table runner.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £60.00
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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
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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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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
Cost: £30.00
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Tuesday
11/12/2018
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



Hand Embroidery

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

Suitable for all levels

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £28.00
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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
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Invisible Zips

Come and perfect putting in an invisible zip - once you know how to do it, you'll never use ordinary zips again! You'll be shown how to put in an invisible zip in garments and practise doing your own. We'll also look at using them in cushions and bags and you'll go away with the knowledge and confidence to tackle any project!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £18.00
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Jelly Roll Quilt - 2 Day Course

Find out all the fun you can have with a Jelly Roll!

On Day 1 you will piece and sew the top of a lap quilt, learning how to work speedily with strips to create deceptively complex patterns!

On Day 2 we will quilt our patchwork and stitch the border.

You will need to bring 1 Jelly Roll and backing fabric in colours of your choice to the class.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £120.00
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Make a Crossback Apron

Perfect for wearing to garden, sew, craft or simply as a pinafore; crossback-style aprons are fashionable and versatile.

Come and make your own on this short course and you'll be making them for all your friends!

Suitable for any level. You will need 2 metres of fabric for this course: we recommend a linen, heavyweight cotton or cotton canvas or drill. 

You will have the pattern to take away at the end of the course.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £45.00
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Make a Patchwork Quilt - 10 week course

Always wanted to tackle a larger quilt but been afraid to try? 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.

We will ask you to bring fabric of your choice but will provide wadding.

Fabric requirements:

Main colour: 2.5 metres

 

Patterns: 12 Fat Quarters (6 different patterns)

Backing: 1.7 x 2 metres

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £180.00
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Make Your Own Water Bottle Carrier

In a bid to cut down on single-use plastic, come and sew your own fabric bottle carrier, designed to make carrying a personal bottle around much easier - and attractive!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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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.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £22.00
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Friday
21/12/2018
13.30-15.30

available places: 7



Sashiko Embroidery

Learn the beautiful art of Japanese Sashiko Embroidery. This is an ancient technique traditionally used to repair tears and worn fabrics - it is closely linked with Boro quilting. Today it is often used for decoration encompassing beautiful designs.

Come and try your hand at this relaxing craft- no previos embroidery experience is necessary.

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: £55.00
Available Dates
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Friday
08/02/2019
10.00-14.00

available places: 8



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 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 materials 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
Available Dates
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Friday
18/01/2019
10.00-14.00

available places: 8



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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Sew an Advent Calendar

It's never too early to craft for Christmas! In this day session, you will make a beautiful quilted advent calandar, perfect to hide mini surprises for your children or grandchildren in the run-up to Christmas.

There are two Advent calendar designs to choose from: a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas tree or a traditional house design. You can select your choice of design when you book.

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £60.00
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Sewing Class

Join our regular sewing class and learn a host of new skills, while making friends and having fun!

You can bring any sewing projects you like: dressmaking, patchwork & quilting, homemaking - or whatever you are working on! Our tutor will guide you through the process and help with any tricky bits!

 Don't know what to make? Give us a call and we can advise you on projects and the right fabric to buy.

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER; the sewing sessions will run for a block of 4 weeks, costing just £25 per session. Book all 4 sessions and the cost is £90! Please pop in to see us or phone to benefit from this saving.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £25.00
Available Dates
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Friday
07/12/2018
12.30-15.00

available places: 8



Travelling Nine Patch Cushion

A quick patchworking session where you will learn all about the versatility of nine patch squares and make a pretty cushion cover.

Ideal for those relatively new to patchwork.

 

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £30.00
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Tweed Bag

Make a beautiful tweed handbag, lined with fabric and finished off with leather straps. 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
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