Class Supplies 2017

General supplies list – Useful things to bring:

A small cutting mat, ruler and cutter if you have them *.
A travel iron (plus cloth for ironing on) if you have one.
A good pair of fabric scissors, small embroidery scissors, and paper scissors.
seam ripper, pins, thread, needles, etc.
If you are bringing your sewing machine don’t forget your power cord and foot pedal!
Other sewing machine essentials: spare bobbins, machine needles and 1/4” guide foot.
* These items are essential for some workshops, please see individual class lists. However we will bring along a good supply of everything in the list above from our studio for attendees to share, so if you don't have something, or can't bring it then don't worry.

If you have been allocated a class that requires a sewing machine and you have told us that you are not bringing one then we will be providing a machine for you.

It would also be useful if you could label your equipment especially things like cutters/mats/rulers to stop them getting mixed up with similar items!

Morning Classes

1. Abstract Free Form Cutting – Mandy Munroe

Cutting without a ruler to create bold, modern, abstract waves and shapes. Break out of the block! You’ll learn to cut and sew gentle curves creating positive/negative strips. A machine sewing class which is ideal for intermediates and improvers wanting to try a new style of piecing.

Supplies List

Pre starch fabric before cutting to improve handling.
We will work from contrasting pairs of 6in wide strips x WOF.
I suggest bringing two strips of two colours and four strips of background (8 strips total) to play with and learn the technique. This will be enough to make up into a mini quilt.
(The original quilt needed twelve fat 1/8ths Oakshott cotton – (9 1/2in x 23 1/2in)
and 1 1/2m white background (inc. Binding) in total.)
Neutral thread for piecing
Sewing machine, lead, extension cable, spare needle, ¼” foot or machine manual to move needle across.
Basic sewing kit
Rotary cutter, board, ruler
Sharp pencil

2. Improv Flowers – Jo Avery

Enjoy a morning of pure patchwork play in this improv based course. Jo will be showing you how to make patchwork flowers and leaves from fabric with a 'no ruler' technique. Plus we'll be looking at bias tape stems and a way to applique by machine without raw edges! You can also follow this with my needle turn applique class in the afternoon and add hand sewn leaves and circles to your piece. This is a great scrap buster and your finished panel would make a lovely cushion or the start of a wall hanging or quilt! This is a machine sewing class for intermediate students (must be using a rotary cutter).

Supplies List

Bring along a few fat quarters of suitable background fabric (I used low-volume but solids would work fine too) and a lot of scraps for the flowers and leaves, or a selection of different coloured fabric from your stash, both printed and plain. You will need a slightly bigger piece of fabric for the green stems, approx 15in square. I will have scraps to share too. You will also need your basic sewing kit and rotary cutting equipment (small mat, ruler and cutter) if possible.

3. Hand Piecing Masterclass – Lucy Brennan

Lucy will be sharing her favourite method of piecing during a morning hand sewing session.  This traditional technique is great for small pieces of patchwork, perfect for 'on the go' sewing or 'relaxing on the sofa' sewing! Get started with the basics and also try some trickier curves while you make an exclusive pattern which can be adapted to different sized projects (to be advised soon!).

Supplies List

A variety of fabrics, including neutrals and rainbow colours. Sizes vary between 9.5 x 5" and 1.5" squares. 
Fabric pen or pencil - I recommend a simple normal mechanical pencil or a water erasable pen.  
Quilting ruler 
Fabric scissors
Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
A long thin needle - I recommend straw/milliners needles, size 10 or 11. 
Thread - I recommend Aurifil 50wt thread in a neutral colour. 

Please look at the image of the block/quilt to see what sort of fabrics they need. The largest piece is the red for the rainbow.

4. Scrappy Spool Bunting – Fiona Calvert

Put your scrappy strings and strips to use to create fun and colourful spool bunting to decorate your sewing or crafting space.
This is a machine sewing class where you will learn a quick and simple technique to make spool shapes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The class is suitable for confident beginners.

Supplies List

A variety of strips of fabric measuring at least 1 in wide and 5 in long
One half yd of linen or neutral fabric
One yd of backing fabric
Perle cotton or embroidery thread for detail
5 yd twill tape or ribbon with inch-tape markings
Fabric marking pen
Chopstick, awl or blunt pointy instrument for turning

5. Travel Sewing Mat – Julie Rutter

Join Julie to make a Travel Sewing Mat complete with pincushion and thread tidy. It all folds away for easy storage and travel - perfect for taking to events such as the Stitch Gathering! While making the mat we'll cover simple patchwork and quilting skills, including binding. We will also sew with clear vinyl and make 3D shapes for the pincushion and thread catcher. Cutting out will be required in advance of the class but, having done so, it should be possible to complete the Travel Sewing Mat during the class. This is a machine sewing class with a small amount of relaxing hand sewing at the end, to finish the binding, pincushion and thread catcher. Suitable for an adventurous beginner

Supplies List

1. Seven (7) fat quarters print fabrics for sewing mat front and back 
2. Batting 22in by 16in 
3. One (1) plain fabric for binding, WOF by 6in deep (or one (1) skinny quarter) 
4. Two (2) pieces ¾ in Velcro a) 3 ½ in b) 2 ½ in 
5. Clear vinyl 17in by 4 ½ in (I used 12 gauge) 
6. Toy stuffing 
7. Half yard firm sew-in interfacing 
8. Fabric marker 
9. Binding clips  
10. Cutting mat, ruler and cutter
11. Sewing machine
Cutting out must be done in advance of class!
If you have any queries please email Julie at [email protected]
 Cutting out 
For sewing mat front cut one of each of the following from a selection of six (6) of the print fabrics a) 20 ½ in x 10 ½ in b) 3 ½ in x 6 ½ in c) 2 ½ in x 6 ½ in d) 3 ½ in x 6 ½ in e) 8 ½ in x 6 ½ in f) 4 ½ in x 6 ½ in 
For ties and vinyl binding cut the following from the seventh (7th) print fabric a) two (2) strips 17in x 2 ½ in, leaving the selvedge intact at one end of both strips b) one (1) strip 17in x 2 ½ in with selvedges removed
For sewing mat binding cut two (2) strips WOF x 2 ½ in 
For sewing mat back, from two (2) of the print fabrics cut one (1) 21in x 9in and one (1) 21in x 7in
For thread catcher cut the following; 
choosing from six (6) of the print fabrics a) four (4) 3 ½ in x 4 ½ in for front and back, outside and lining b) four (4) 2 ½ in x 4 ½ in for sides, outside and lining c) two (2) 2 ½ in x 3 ½ in for base, outside and lining 
from the interfacing a) two (2) 3 ½ in x 4 ½ in for front and back b) two (2) 2 ½ in x 4 ½ in for sides c) one (1) 2 ½ in x 3 ½ in for base  
For pincushion cut the following from the interfacing plus a mix of six (6) of the print fabrics a) two (2) 3 ½ in x 4 ½ in for top and bottom b) two (2) 2 ½ in x 4 ½ in for sides c) two (2) 2 ½ in x 3 ½ in for ends

Afternoon Classes

1. Liquorice runner – Mandy Munroe

You’ll learn two different construction techniques inspired by those sweets! Make the blocks up into a small mat or runner to be finished at home. Ideal as a party centrepiece! A machine sewing class for intermediates - need to be able to sew a ¼” seam and use cutting equipment.

Supplies List

Scraps (1/8m) in the colours of the sweets:
Lemon, bubblegum, mango, raspberry, blue, black
(small blender prints for texture or solids)

1/4m white background
1/2m grey background and binding
Spray starch
Neutral thread for piecing
Paper scissors (can share)
Small applique needle
Black thread
Sewing machine, lead, extension cable, spare needle, ¼” foot or machine manual to move needle across.
Basic sewing kit
Rotary cutter, board, ruler with ¼”
Sharp pencil

2. Love Improv Needle Case – Sarah Ashford

Whip up this gorgeous improv needle case in an afternoon and never loose a needle again. Some experience of patchwork and embroidery will be an advantage as you will be creating an adorable 3D embroidered heart, and then have fun learning the improv technique to frame your masterpiece, before transforming it into a beautiful needle case. This project has been machine pieced but it could be pieced by hand or students can share a machine. A pattern will be provided so the project can be finished at home if necessary. For confident beginners.

Supplies List

Kits can be provided, containing 4” wooden embroidery hoop, red felt, linen for the central panel, red embroidery thread and interfacing at the cost of £4.00. You will need to provide your own fabric for this project. Email [email protected] to order a kit, orders must be made by 1st September at latest.

Supplies List (If not purchasing the kit)

4 inch embroidery hoop
6 x 6 inches background fabric (to embroider onto)
10 x 10 inches red felt ( or colour of choice)
9 x 4 inches fusible interfacing
9 ½ x 5 inches lining fabric
Backing fabric 5 x 5 inches
A selection of scraps for improv
Anchor Pearl Cotton No. 8 red embroidery thread (or colour of choice)

Usual sewing supplies – needle, thread, embroidery scissors, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, cutting mat etc.

3. Further FMQ – Trudi Wood

Join me in a hands on class to build on your free motion quilting skills. Focusing on technique, I have designed a cushion sized piece based on a mix of traditional and modern quilting designs for you to copy and follow the lines, for those that are looking for something simple to do with elegant visual impact of feathers. You must have some experience of free-motion quilting and be bringing along a sewing machine capable of achieving this.

Supplies List

Sewing machine - clean and oiled (if appropriate for your machine) and able to drop feed dogs.

Sewing machine manual - always a useful read, and helpful to me too!

Two fabric/wadding sandwiches that are Fat Quarter size using plain cotton fabric, (patterned back is useful) ideally with cotton rich wadding (such as Warm & Natural, Warm & White, Hobbs 80/20 - desirable not essential)

Thread - please bring thread that suit your machine, colours that both compliment and match your fabrics. (

Standard sewing kit (including pins, scissors and hand sewing needles)

Marking pen/pencil of your choice (water soluble pen recommended) - whatever you are comfortable using.

Masking tape/painters tape. (not essential but helpful)

Trudi has some kits available for this class:
Oakshott kit £25 - Contains: FQ Oakshott herringbone, fq backing fabric, fq wadding, matching small spool aurifil thread, water soluble marker pen, new quilting design.
Basic Class kit £18 - Contains: FQ Art Gallery fabrics Pure Elements, fq backing fabric, fq wadding, matching small spool aurifil thread, water soluble marker pen, class pattern already provided.

To pre-order either box email [email protected] by 25 Sep 17 at latest. Pre-order essential for these kits.

4. Rope Bowls – Julie Rutter

Have you ever fancied making yourself a Rope Bowl? Be warned: it is very fun and extremely addictive! We'll have the opportunity to try making different shapes and sizes of bowls and they can be embellished with coloured thread and/or fabric scraps. This will be a relaxing machine sewing class, suited to all skill levels, where you'll take home one (or more likely several!) handy bowls.

Supplies List

Materials for Rope Bowls
Minimum 10m rope per bowl – I’d recommend bringing enough rope for 2 bowls
I have used waxed cotton sash cord with polypropylene core, solid cotton pulley line and twisted sisal rope - please avoid anything thicker than around 6mm or 1/4in any thicker is tricky to manoeuvre under your sewing machine foot
Try looking for sash window cord, clothesline, pulley line or cotton braided rope. I ordered online from B&Q but hardwear shops should have some too
Sturdy machine needles e.g. 90/12 or 100/14 (bring a couple in case of breakages although I haven’t had any problems)
Sewing machine thread and matching wound bobbins in several colours
Scraps of fabric if you’d like to add them too
With thanks to Florence,, for her excellent rope bowl tutorial and inspiration!

stitch gathering 2016
5. Appliquéing Circles and Leaves – Jo Avery

Are you a little scared of needle-turn applique? Or just want to improve your technique? Jo will be showing you clever techniques for two basic shapes - leaves and circles. Jo's methods for applique fabric preparation use a variety of materials including foil, interfacing and even leather! Make a start on this charming Ombre Flower panel (perfect for a zippy pouch!), which can be finished at home using your new found knowledge and confidence. Or if you made an Improv Flower panel in the morning you can add leaves and flower centres to finish. A hand sewing class suitable for all levels though some experience of hand sewing will be helpful.

Supplies List

A 15in square piece of fabric for the background (I used an Essex linen) and scraps of fabric for flowers and leaves. 13in square of wadding (optional). Matching fine thread (50wt or finer, I recommend Aurifil 80wt) and fine hand sewing needles. Embroidery thread, such as Perle Cotton #8 in a few colours and your basic sewing kit. I will bring along embroidery threads, fabric scraps and fine needles to share.