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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: £65.00
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Friday
17/08/2018
10.00-16.00

available places: 6



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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English Pieced Paper Patchwork

English

Learn all about traditional pieced patchwork and begin to handstitch your own hexagons and other shapes to turn into a beautiful piece of patchwork.

All materials are provided for this course.

Click here for our Beginners Pieced Patchwork Kit.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Fabric Envelopes

Learn how to make fabric envelopes 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: £18.00
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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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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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Tuesday
28/08/2018
19.00-21.00

available places: 8



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 thread your machine, and wind your bobbin then go on to make a simple tote bag.

We have eight lovely modern sewing machines to use, but if you wish, you can bring your own sewing machine to this class - please bring your instruction book too.

Keen to do more? Why not buy one of our starter sewing kits - lots of simple projects with fabric and full instructions included. Click here to have a look at them.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £38.00
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Saturday
04/08/2018
COURSE FULL



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: £15.00
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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
Available Dates
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Friday
24/08/2018
10.00-16.00

available places: 8



Knicker Making

Make your own pair of perfect pants and learn how to work with stretch fabrics suitable for underwear, with expert Sally.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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Learn to Love Your Overlocker!

A session on using your overlocker to learn new techniques such as sewing curves and hems so you can begin to use your overlocker to its full capability.

It is recommended that you bring your overlocker with you to the session. However, we do have three machines here, and if you would like to use one, then please request it when you book.

As this is a short course, there is not time to spend on threading or setting up your overlocker. If you would like to come to the Craft Centre to do this, then please contact us on 01858466692 to arrange a 1-1 session focussing on your particular machine.

 

Tutor: Sally Timms / Katharine Wright
Cost: £20.00
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Learn to Quilt As You Go

A session in which you will learn the Quilt-As-You-Go technique, which allows you to quilt individual blocks or sections before joining them into a larger quilt.

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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Leather Clutch Bag

Come and make a beautiful leather and fabric clutch bag with zip fastening. You'll gain a wealth of skills in just one session and leave with a finished bag to take home.

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £36.00
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Leather Style Drawstring Bag

Take your bag making skills further with this on-trend drawstring bag, made with faux leather fabric. 

 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £55.00
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Make a Crossback Linen Apron

Perfect for wearing to garden, sew, craft or simply as a pinafore; linen 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: Sally Timms
Cost: £45.00
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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: £20.00
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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: £25.00
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Sew a Leather Tote Bag

A great introduction to working with leather, make a fabulous tote bag with grab handles and an interior pocket. You'll be taught how to use a sewing machine to sew leather and have a go at top sticthing on the pocket. You'll also learn how to use Rivets to attach the straps and pocket. 

 

We have some beautiful brown leather to use for this course - choose the show the smooth leather side or the soft suede side.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £48.00
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Sew a Make-up Bag

A lovely project where you will make a lined make-up bag with clasp fastening.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £35.00
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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
Available Dates
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Friday
13/07/2018
10.00-16.00

available places: 7



Sewing Class - 5 weeks

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.

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £100.00
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Slow Stitched Picture

Relaxing and therapeutic - take your sewing skills back to basics and make a beautiful, tactile piece of art.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £24.00
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Triangle Patch Cushion

A quick patchworking session where you will learn how to make triangle patches the easy way, and complete a pretty envelope cushion.

Ideal for those relatively new to patchwork.

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £28.00
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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. 

Tutor: Hannah Harrison
Cost: £80.00
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Upcycling Fabric Ideas

Loads of brilliant new ideas of things to do with scrap fabric, old clothes and the ever-growing stash!

Come and try your hand at some different makes and then go home and start creating gifts, garments and lots lots more!

 

Tutor: Katharine Wright
Cost: £25.00
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