Contact: Izzy Butcher
We are passionate about empowering people to make sustainable clothing choices. We teach the art of sewing garments in person and through online courses. We love to encourage people to learn to sew and host a wide variety of classes and events to cater for all abilities.
What we offer:
We offer group sewing classes, organise social sewing events, host weekend sewing retreats and design our own range of sewing patterns. We provide bespoke corporate workshops, which we travel around the country to host. We also offer private group and individual sewing classes, bespoke for you and / or your friends.
For more details, please visit our website
The Sewing Shed
Location: Ilkley, Yorkshire
Contact: Leonie Pratt
Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to develop your skills, The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, offers a warm welcome. You’ll get expert sewing tuition from professionally qualified teachers, and lots of personal attention. You’ll be part of a small, friendly group of no more than 8 students. People come from all over the North to benefit from the professional training, patience and enthusiasm.
Choose a small group or private tuition:
Learn to sew in a class setting or choose one-to-one private sewing tuition. You’ll learn at your own pace, build your confidence, and sew whatever you want.
Beautiful award-winning studio:
The Sewing Shed is situated in a beautiful converted chapel. The bespoke studio is modern, bright and airy, it’s a great place to learn to sew.
Wide range of classes:
You can learn anything from dressmaking (including fitting, and adapting patterns) to how to make soft furnishings. Our sewing classes will teach you to make interior items such as curtains, Roman blinds, cushions and loose covers. You’ll cover techniques such as patchwork, quilting, appliqué, concealed zips, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, and lots more. As well as weekly classes we offer weekend workshops.
Brand-new Janome sewing machines:
There’s no need to bring your own sewing machine (although you’d be welcome to do so). There’s a fully computerised Janome sewing machine for every student. You can even use an overlocker in class.
Please contact Leonie on:
T: 07525 029986
The Emi B Sewing School
Location: Chesham house, Chesham Road, Barnsley, S70 2NT
The Emi B Sewing School is the perfect place to come and learn to sew. Any skill level welcome on classes.
In a relaxed, friendly environment. Classes are a run as a ‘free sew’ session, meaning you can come along learn to sew from the very beginning, bring a dressmaking pattern that you may need help with or just be in an environment dedicated to sewing. Get creative and make all sorts, I am here to guide and help you.
Classes are run most days in the week, evenings and weekend classes available. We also run Classes for Children!
Come and use the latest Janome machines, we don’t charge for the hire of the machine.
If you would like to keep up to date with what we are doing see our facebook page www.facebook.com/emibdesigns
01484 687316/07547 784682
Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Contact: Becky Moore
Becky studied Fashion & Textiles at Bretton Hall College and gained a BEd degree from Leeds University in 1982. She taught Design & Technology (Textiles) for over 20 years, in secondary schools before leaving the chalk face to become a free-lance sewing tutor, delivering courses and workshops to sewing enthusiasts in community venues in Holmfirth and Marsden.
Becky has a wealth of experience in sewing, dressmaking and pattern drafting and can competently teach learners of all ages and abilities.
Courses run for 6 weeks and participants may sign up as many times as they like, to get the best possible experience.
Class sizes are small, to maintain a high quality of teaching and learning. Students may make whatever they choose.
Beginners will learn:
How to use a Janome sewing machine
Decorative detailing e.g. applique
Using the Janome Overlocker
How to use a commercial pattern to make clothes, soft furnishings or accessories.
The course is also suitable for those with some sewing experience wishing to expand their skills set and improve their expertise.
This course I suitable for both beginners and improvers as well as those who are self-taught and would like to perfect their skills and achieve a professional looking finish.
The course will cover:
Using a commercial pattern, from start to finish
How to choose appropriate fabric and buy the correct amount
Dressmaking techniques, including seams, zips, buttons & buttonholes, sleeves, collars, binding, piping, hems etc.
Accurate fitting – the tricks of the trade
Using the over-locker for finishing seams and edges
01484 687 316 / 07547 784 682
Knit & Stitch
Location: Maltby & Doncaster, Yorkshire
Contact: Liz Knight
Stitch-London provides stitchclubs and holiday workshops for children and teens as well as stitching and textile workshops for adults.
The workshops and clubs are usually held in in the inspiring dedicated Stitch! Studio in Pinner and are run by practicing artists who are passionate about making.
Location: Cherry Burton, Nr. Beverley, Yorkshire
Northbar Fabrics, A Stitch in Time and Topaz Interiors are all based at The Courtyard and offer a range of classes and workshops for all sewers. Courses cover patchwork & Quilting, Silk Painting, Soft Furnishings and Bags.
Telephone: 01964 551955
Location: Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Contact: Dionne Swift
Dionne Swift is a contemprary textile artist offering a range of inspirational workshops.
Dionne received her degree from Goldsmiths College and a masters in Textiles from Birmingham. Now, as an established Creative Practitioner, Dionne exhibits extensively and offers a range of inspirational workshops, textile kits and supplies. She continues to lecture at the University of Huddersfield and is co-founder of Radiant Works: studio group.
I work with a variety of processes: devoré, printing, stitch, embellishment, drawing, bonding, lamination, dying, discharge, fabric painting… the list goes on & on…
Drawing for Textiles – quickly translating the drawn mark into cloth, using embellishing, hand and machine stitch.
Collagraphic Printing – tactile plates create sophisticated ‘etchings’
Discovering Devore – restructuring cloth, usually velvet, developing luxurious surfaces
Structural Stitches – often overlooked, the humble straight stitch can create exciting 3D forms
Contact: Jane White
Jane is a qualified couture dressmaker with 11 years FE and City & Guilds teaching experience.
She runs a monthly dressmaking group in Yorkshire and also offers one to one tuition in dressmaking, machine skills and specialises in beginners and new owner overlocking.
Location: Leicester, Nottingham & Sheffield, Yorkshire
Contact: Jane White
Michelle trained for seven years as a bespoke tailoress and has experience of running her own dressmaking business specialising in Bridal Gowns. She is also a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. She draws on all her experience in the industry to present courses exclusive to her business. Her courses are fully researched & include all materials to complete each course.
Designer Speed Tailoring
Fit to FinishSpecial Occasion Wear
Creative Embellishing, Feltmaking & Stitch
Location: Thirsk, Yorkshire
Contact: Sheila Smith
Sheila is a textile artist and tutor with many years of teaching experience. A former tutor for City & Guilds Feltmaking and author of “Felt to Stitch” published by Batsford in 2006.Her latest book ” Embellish, Stitch, Felt” is due for release in August 2008.
Embellishing workshops for all levels of experience
Felt to stitch
Embellish, stitch, felt