If you’re looking to learn some basic sewing skills – or have just started stitching and want to take your needlework further – then we’ve two fantastic short courses coming up this summer, led by tutor Penny Follows.

Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine
3-week course, from Wed 8 June, 4.30pm-6pm

Do you have a sewing machine that spends more time in the cupboard or in its box than it does on your sewing table? Here’s an opportunity to learn how to get to know your sewing machine and what it can do for you. Join this short 3-week course and explore what your sewing machine can do. Learn how to thread the sewing machine correctly, how to sew a straight seam and a curved one, the functions of the stitches and make a simple tote bag and maybe more! Just bring yourself, your sewing machine, a paper copy of the machine’s manual and a basic sewing kit and start sewing!

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Visible Mending
3-week course, from Wed 30 June, 4.30pm-6pm

With environmental concerns in mind, we are all being encouraged to mend our clothes rather than throw them away. There is a growing feeling that repairs do not have to be invisible and that we could make them a more attractive statement. In this course you will be taught the art of Boro work, a Japanese form of repair which incorporates piecing, patching and stitching clothing to extend its life. Participants will also be introduced to Sashiko, which is a form of stitch and is frequently used repetitively in Boro work. We will also cover simple darning in a visible method enhanced by some hand embroidery.

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