We love to inspire our customers and are always organising classes
to keep the creative fire alive! All of our classes are held in our sunny studio, located steps from all three West Hampstead stations. We provide tea, biscuits and if you're lucky, the occasional Mimosa - what more could you ask for? Scroll on to see what you could learn in April & May, or check out our full list of classes here
Weaving is a wonderful! It doesn’t require lots of expensive tools and materials, it’s portable, and once you get into the rhythm of it it’s almost meditative.
In this beginner’s weaving class you will work on a small wooden lap loom. During the workshop you will learn all the basics, including how to warp your loom ready to weave, how to choose which yarns to use, basic weaving techniques including plain weave, rya knots and soumak weave, and of course how to finish and take your weaving off the loom.
Learn the slow, mindful craft of spinning your own little ball of yarn! Using a lovely wooden drop spindle and lots of colourful fibre, you'll learn how to draft your wool, spin your own yarn and understand how to ply your fibres to your desired thickness. You will learn about all the different types of fibre and breeds of sheep that you can use for this very unique craft and also how to look after your wool, once spun, to enable you to then go forward and knit/crochet/weave with your very own handspun yarn. Your class fee includes everything you need to spin your yarn in class and a drop spindle to take home!
The Paper Round Quilt is a fun and modern quilt featuring Jenny’s Triple Drunkard’s Path block. Combining curved and traditional straight piecing with a bold, large-scale design, this project is a perfect introduction to curves for the adventurous quilter. In this two-day class you'll learn all of Jenny's tips and tricks for how to sew curves with no pins while you work on the Twin or Throw sized Paper Round Quilt.
You get to play with Jenny’s Quilting Templates and get a 10% discount on all templates if you decide you ‘need’ your own set.
Macrame is a form of textile-making that uses knots rather than weaving or knitting. In this class you'll learn macrame basics, including how to get started, the three most common macrame knots that are the basis for most macrame designs, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You'll leave class with a beautiful wall-hanging and an addictive new hobby!
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. In this fun class you'll learn the amigurumi method of crochet while making a crochet cactus! This class is perfect for students who have mastered crochet basics and want to try creating three-dimensional amigurumi designs, like Ricorumi or Toft kits. Everything is included in your class fee.
In this fun two hour workshop you'll learn the principles of relief printing and create your own linocut print! You will design, cut and print a small lino block. Depending on your pace, you will also have the opportunity to experiment with adding colour through collage and/or gradient roller technique. You will get to keep your lino block and take home a print on quality art paper that is ready to frame!
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home: cushions! In this class we'll sew an envelope cushion in the fabric of your choice. It's a very simple technique and a perfect first project for learning sewing basics! You'll learn to pin and cut out a sewing pattern, place the pattern onto fabric correctly, cut out your fabric and sew accurately. Plus you'll have lots of fun picking up some great sewing tips! This class was designed as a follow up to our super popular This is a Sewing Machine class.
Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. A source of shame in Japan for many years, the fabrics are now highly prized and can fetch significant sums. Boro work follows the British wartime tradition of ‘make do and mend’ but was used out of necessity in Japan to prolong the life of clothes and bedding due to extreme poverty and the scarcity of textiles.
The practice of 'visible mending' has become increasingly popular, as part of the slow fashion movement, as a way to create a more mindful relationship with clothing, and as a form of self expression. Check out the hashtag #visiblemending for inspiration!
Be the first to learn the Loome, a new tool invented in Brooklyn! Loome is the essential tool for fibre lovers, crafters, knitters, crocheters, weavers and beyond. This patented, 5-in-1 tool can make pom poms, tassels, friendship bracelets, small weavings and cords.
Design your own posh tee shirt in our gentle introduction to pattern cutting! Make it loose, semi-fitted or figure-hugging. Add your favourite sleeve length and most flattering neckline or grow it into a dress. If you can sew a fine seam - maybe even a French one, your zip insertion is truly invisible and you’re not fazed by a facing, you’re ready to start drafting your own designs and a whole new sewing world will be yours!
In this class we will cover the processes of simple wholecloth quilting by hand, a wonderfully slow and meditative introduction to quilt making! In the first session we will begin by making a template, before drawing out the quilting design, basting together the layers of fabric and wadding and hand quilting the design. In the second session we will learn to make the binding, attach it with the sewing machine and hand finish on the reverse. You will have the choice of making your piece as a small quilt, cushion cover or wall hanging.
So you mastered the granny square, now what? Learn how to make a cute granny-square scarf! During this two-hour class you'll learn all the techniques you'll need, including clusters and picot edging, how to crochet in rows and the join-as-you-go granny square technique. You'll be given a copy of the pattern and taught how to follow it so that you can complete your scarf at home.
No rules, no rulers. In this liberating class we learn how to cut, sew and press improvised curves. We also cover other techniques, like the inset circle, that are excellent skill-builders and perfect for your improv or planned quilt.
Get those Y-seams and curves in perspective in this one-day skill-building workshop with Jenny Haynes. Whilst making Jenny’s latest design, the Floating Stairs you get to play with her custom templates and freezer paper. Intrigued?
Join experienced Free Motion Quilter Trudi Wood in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focussing on technique, this class will show you how to set yourself up for success by sharing tips and simple designs which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window!
Feeling inspired? You can find all of our classes on our website or pop in to chat about what we have to offer! We hope to see you in our studio soon.
Macrame is a form of textile-making that uses knots rather than weaving or knitting. In this class you'll learn macrame basics, including how to get started, the three most common macrame knots that are the basis for most macrame designs, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You'll leave class with a beautiful plant hanger and an addictive new hobby!
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