Patchwork and Needlecraft Quilting

Patchwork Quilting and other Needlecraft courses
Summer Sale
Saturday 21st
June to Tuesday
24th June
Save the date!
CRACKERS with Jane Bothamley
with Isobel Hall
Tracey Pitcher
Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8QU
01603 781665
Trips Events
Regular workshops Jane Bothamley
Jane Bothamley
A day to indulge in patchwork and quilting. We are leaving
bright and early to pack in a full day of delights. First stop
is Lucy Boston’s Manor House at Hemingford Grey near
Huntingdon. Lucy Boston was an author in the 1930’s who
also made exquisite patchworks many of which are displayed
in the Manor House, which is reputedly the oldest inhabited
house in England. She also laid out the beautiful gardens
which you will also have a chance to see. We shall then take
lunch specially prepared for us by the coffee shop of the
‘Church by the River’ which is a short walk (about a quarter
of a mile) from the house. The coach will then take us to the
Free Church in St. Ives to visit the Cromwell Quilters Annual
Exhibition. £5 deposit required to secure your place; balance
by the end of August.
Make new friends while learning a new
skill! The project for this course is to make
a quilt approximately 32” x 46” by working
on a new technique each week. During the
course the basic techniques of patchwork
including quilt terminology, template
making and other patchwork orientated
topics will be taught. Hand sewing.
Tuesday pm 1:00 – 3:30
Sept 2, 16, 23, Oct 21,
Nov 4,18,25, Dec 9
Friday Sept 19 | 7:30am to approx 7.00pm
Make new friends while learning a new
skill! The projects for this course are two
cushions. During the course the basic
techniques of patchwork including quilt
terminology, template making and other
patchwork orientated topics will be taught.
Hand sewing.
Saturday pm 1:00 – 3:30
Sept 13, Oct 18, Nov 8, Dec 13
Look out for our new tutor Isobell Hall. She
started as a traditional hand embroiderer
and over the years gradually made the
move to being an experimental mixed
media textile artist who uses machine
embroidery but also maintains a love for
traditional stitching.
Her personal obsession is embroidering and
working with fabrics that have been made
from scratch. She creates items that are
fit for purpose so her bags, books, vessels,
boxes and jewellery all have to be robust
and useable.
Sewing Machine Service
We are a service collection and delivery
point for Sewing machine world.
Collection and delivery every Thursday
Barbara and the Sew Creative
team invite you to a Christmas
Party to share what you have
been doing in our workshops
with all your friends. Festive
treats and refreshments will
be provided and there will be
a lucky draw for a patchwork
present from Santa.
Saturday Dec 6 | 10am to 12am
Are you perplexed and bewildered
by the choice of sewing machines
available today? Steve Broomhall of
Sewing Machine World will demonstrate
a range of current machines and
explain the myriad of choices available.
Come along to see the latest in sewing
machines and accessories.
Saturday Oct 4 & Sunday Oct 5 | 10am to 4pm
Jane Bothamley
Jane Bothamley
Jane Bothamley
A Saturday class similar to our Regular
Patchworkers’ Workshops but on four half
days rather than eight.
Saturday am 10:00 – 12:30
Sept 13, Oct 18, Nov 8, Dec 13
Jane Bothamley
Quirky Quilters is for the more experienced
patchworker and you should consult Jane
if you would like to join this group. A range
of techniques will be taught both by hand
and machine using traditional and modern
methods. You will be able to complete a
project of your choice from the items
you produce.
Wednesday am
10:00 to 12:30
Sept 3, 17, 24, Oct 22, Nov 5, 19, 26, Dec 10
On our Regular Patchworkers’ Workshops
a range of techniques will be taught both
by hand and machine using traditional and
modern methods. The blocks that you will
make during the eight weeks can be used to
complete a project of your choice ranging
from cushions to a wall-hanging or quilt.
Tuesday am 10:00 – 12:30
Sept 2, 16, 23, Oct 21,
Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 9
Wednesday pm 1:00 – 3:30
Sept 3, 17, 24, Oct 22, Nov 5, 19, 26, Dec 10
Thursday am 10:00 – 12:30
Sept 4, 18, 25, Oct 23, Nov 6, 20, 27, Dec 11
Jane Bothamley
An evening class similar to our Regular
Patchworkers’ Workshops but spread over
four evenings.
Wednesday pm 7:00 – 9:00
Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 10
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Tracey Pitcher
Once a fortnight gathering for ladies to
carry on with their own existing projects in
a convivial atmosphere with Tracey on hand
to provide guidance if required.
Fridays Sept 5, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5
10:00am to 4:00pm
Jane Bothamley
Take the mystique out of using a walking
foot - step by step explanations of which
needles, threads etc. to use with instructions
for quilting on your machine with samples to
practice the techniques. Machine sewing.
£5 off this workshop if you also book Tracey’s Baby
Steps in Free Motion Quilting Workshop (15th Oct)
Dilys Harvey
There are two techniques that can be used
to create shadow work. The first is a method
using fine fabric such as silk organza to
shade or shadow motifs that are appliquéd
onto a background fabric. Embroidery
stitches are used for the second method. The
transparency of the fabric gives a different
look to the areas covered. Hand sewing.
Wednesday Sept 10
10:00am to 4:00pm
CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Tracey Pitcher - £40
If there is one must have
Christmas decoration, it has
to be an Angel. (In fact I leave
them up all year round). This
little lady is a straight forward
cloth doll, with billowy dresses
and pantaloons. A halo and
tiny shoes complete her outfit,
and of course no angel would
The origins of Blackwork are believed to have
come from the Moors, who influenced the
Spanish during the 14th and 15th Centuries.
When Catherine of Aragon came to England
she brought this form of embroidery with her.
It was known then as “Spanish work”. The
stitches in Blackwork are a combination of
running stitch, back stitch and cross stitch,
arranged in different patterns to create light
and dark on the fabric. In this workshop we
will be using these simple stitches in various
patterns to depict the profile of an Egyptian
lady, which can be framed to become an
elegant little picture. Basic hand embroidery
knowledge required.
Monday Sept 15
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday Sept 9
10:00am to 4:00pm
Jane Bothamley
Workshop Details September - December 2014
be seen out without her wings!
Embellish as much or as little
as you feel. You should be able
to complete the Angel over the
two days of this workshop.
Friday Sept 12
And Friday Oct 10
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tracey Pitcher
A perfect project for all you who fancy a
hand sewn project, the main construction
is machined, but the rest requires getting
comfortable with needle and thread. Only a
few basic embroidery stitches are required,
so don’t be put off if this is new to you.
Whether you’re an experienced handworker
or a beginner, it’s suitable for all. Finished
size 80cm x 40cm.
(Please see image above)
Friday Sept 26
10:00am to 4:00pm
Ruth Jarman
Ruth is back again with her ever popular
workshop on how to get the best out of
your sewing machine. No matter what
make or model she will teach you how
to set the tension correctly and when to
adjust to get the perfect stitch. Learn
all about different needles, straight
stitches, how to seam and neaten woven
and stretch fabrics, blind and decorative
hems, buttonholes, a basic introduction
to embroidery, cleaning, oiling and lots of
problem solving.
Monday Sept 29
10:00am to 4:00pm
Ruth Jarman
Similar to the basic mastering your sewing
machine workshop but aimed at those who
have one of the latest all singing all dancing
electronic/computerised machines.
Tuesday Sept 30
10:00am to 4:00pm
Ruth Jarman
Sashiko is a very old beautiful art of machine
stitching repetitive Japanese patterns on
indigo fabric. Traditionally stitched by hand,
but cleverly translated to machine we will
embellish fabric and then make it up.
Wednesday Oct 1
10:00am to 4:00pm
Ruth Jarman
A new and very easy patchwork method
that is fast and fun. Made with beautiful
batik type fabric strips then embellish with
either braiding and couching techniques
or free-motion couching. Complete with an
Oxford edge and zip fastening!
Thursday Oct 2
10:00am to 4:00pm
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Are you perplexed and bewildered by
the choice of sewing machines available
today? Steve Broomhall of Sewing Machine
World will demonstrate a range of current
machines and explain the myriad of
choices available. Come along to see the
latest in sewing machines and accessories.
Saturday Oct 4 and Sunday Oct 5
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tracey Pitcher
Hang on!!! Don’t just dismiss this cos it
sounds scary!!! It really isn’t!!! This class is
designed to show you the basics, and will
help to build your confidence. We will start
with small samples, which will allow easy
fabric control. Give it ago, it’s fun. Promise.
£5 off this workshop if you also book Jane’s
Machine Quilting Workshop on 9th September.
Next term we will follow up this class with
a larger project, so you can put to use
the techniques you have learnt with Jane
(machine quilting with a walking foot)
and myself.
Wednesday Oct 15
10:00am to 4:00pm
Dilys Harvey
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Anja Townrow
If you like surprises then this is for you. Anja
is reworking one of her favourite designs
especially for this workshop. The sample
will be in our shop soon but if you don’t
want to miss out get your name on the list
sooner rather than later.
Friday Oct 24
10:00am to 4:00pm
Anja Townrow
On this popular workshop we will make
the fabric from cocoon strippings and
colour it with Brusho and encaustic
wax. The resulting fabric can be made
into a clutch bag or a book cover. The
pages for the book can also be made
from cocoon strippings.
A workshop for applique, machine embroidery
and foundation piecing. You will pick up useful
tips about each technique during the day.
Make one for yourself and then make many
more of these as a lovely personalized present,
it’s so addictive! Finished size 10” x 8”.
Saturday Oct 25
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday Oct 28
10:00am to 4:00pm
Tracey Pitcher
Who doesn’t love an advent calendar?
Main construction is machined, with the
addition of simple back stitched angels,
perfect as a gift for children or grownups, just don’t get conned into filling the
pockets every year!!
Friday Oct 31
10:00am to 4:00pm
A follow on from Dilys’ very popular
Goldwork workshops. In this workshop we
will be combining hand embroidery with
gold thread work to capture a moment from
nature - a dragonfly emerging from water.
Some hand embroidery knowledge required.
Goldwork today - real gold thread
embroidery was once an outward expression
of temporal power and spiritual glory used
by kings, emperors and The Church, to
convey messages of wealth and importance.
But today, “all that glisters” is hardly ever
gold - rather it is metallised rayon or gilded
man-made fibre, but there is a variety of
sparkling threads, fabrics, beads, jewels,
cords and braids to delight and inspire
today’s embroiderer and which the ancient
world could never have imagined.
Monday Oct 20 or Monday Nov 3
10:00am to 4:00pm
Isobel Hall
Isobel Hall
You will work with thin papers to create a
heavily stitched fabric that will be robust and
unique. The resulting fabric will be suitable for
bags, cushions, needle cases or book covers.
The embroidery will either be worked in a
free way or a traditional hand embroidered
way, first using paper and then thick yarns.
The whole of the base fabric, Hessian, will be
covered with an innovative use of stitch and
will make a fabric that is both tactile and fit
for purpose. This workshop will be suitable for
those with little or no experience
and also for the more
accomplished embroiderers.
Monday Oct 27
10:00am to 4:00pm
Jane Bothamley
Discover two very different techniques in
just one day! Learn the process of stacking
fabrics to give a finished product with the
look and feel of chenille. Layer, stitch and
cut to make a sample large enough to make
a bag/cushion. Machine sewing only.
Achieve a stained glass effect with a
traditional patchwork block but with no
appliqué or bias tape needed. There will
be a variety of designs to choose from.
The block can be repeated in various
colour-ways to make into a quilt or a single
block can be made into a bag/cushion.
Foundation pieced and preferably
machine sewn.
Saturday Nov 1
10:00am to 4:00pm
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Jane Bothamley
Dilys Harvey
Jelly Rolls can be bought in either batik
fabrics (Bali Pops) or the traditional fabric
of Moda. Have you seen them for sale but
can’t think what to do with all those 2.5”
strips? Bring along a Jelly Roll and you will
be amazed at the different designs that
can be created using just a Jelly Roll. The
finished size of a quilt using just a Jelly Roll
will depend on the design chosen but can
be large enough for a single bed quilt or
one that sits comfortably on top of a double
bed. Rotary cutting and machine sewing.
Tuesday Nov 11
10:00am to 4:00pm
Hardanger embroidery takes its name from
the little town of Hardanger on the fiord of that
name in western Norway. The square is the
principle upon which Harganger embroidery is
based, so it is worked on an even weave fabric,
and a Hardanger canvas is manufactured
especially for the purpose, although other
canvas fabrics and even weave linens can be
used. In this workshop we will learn to sew and
embellish the basic “kloster block” to make a
delicate panel which can be framed for display,
or used to decorate a small item such as a
needle case or small cushion. Traditionally
Hardanger is worked in one colour, usually
white or ecru, but you can choose to work your
panel in pastel or bright colours. Some hand
embroidery knowledge is required.
Monday 17 Nov
10:00am to 4:00pm
Come and join us for a fun four days.
We’ve set ourselves the challenge of
making a Baker’s dozen of quilts for
Project Linus as part of the Children in
Need activities. The finished quilts will be
donated to Project Linus and all of your
fee for the workshop will be donated to
Children in Need. Barbara, Jane, Linda
and Tracey will be on hand to help you
make the quilts, Sew Creative is supplying
all of the materials and Barbara is baking
some cakes to keep up your energy levels!
If you would also like to bring something
naughty but nice to eat that’s ok.
Wednesday 12 Nov to Saturday 15 Nov
10:00am to 4:00pm £5 per day
Jane Bothamley
Tracey Pitcher
There is a bit of a theme to my projects this
term, I suddenly remembered how much I
enjoy hand sewing!! This adorable little chap
is no exception. Using wool felt and blanket
stitch he appears in no time! He’s very straight
forward to make, even if he is only 5” tall. Not
suitable for small children, but that’s ok, as you
will want to keep him for yourself anyway!!
Friday 28 Nov
10:00am to 12:30pm
Jennie Rayment
Nine ingenious ways to create surface
texture and manipulated magic. Create all
nine ideas in class and combine to create
an amazingly marvellously nipped, tucked,
twiddled and fiddled panel with a little
added extra embellishment. See the Gallery
on Jennie’s website for the completed quilt.
Tuesday Dec 2
10:00am to 4:00pm
Jane Bothamley
This small workbag means you can have your
essentials packed and ready to go whenever
you want. The inside is fitted with pockets
and elastic loops for all your hand sewing
equipment. Rotary cutting and machine sewing.
Thursday Dec 4
10:00am to 4:00pm
Create one-of-a-kind quilts with freeform cutting and piecing. Discover how to
combine your own original units or using
traditional blocks and design as you go! With
this technique there is no such thing as a
mistake. Rotary cutting and machine sewing.
Saturday 22 Nov
10:00am to 4:00pm
Jennie Rayment
Twiddle tucks, jiggle squares and manipulate
materials in a variety of stunningly simple
and ever-so-easy manipulated techniques.
Piece these innovative and ingenious designs
together to make a 28” panel - ideal for a
quilt centre, a wall hanging or giant cushion
and add a few Fancy Fandangos for extra
textural embellishment. It’s enchantingly
stylish and cunningly creative. Great for
beginners and indeed anyone who can sew
a relatively straight line! No other
experience necessary.
Monday Dec 1
10:00am to 4:00pm
Workshop Details September - December 2014
Jane Bothamley
Jane Bothamley
Two afternoons making two very different
Christmas decorations. A three dimensional
Christmas tree which would make an ideal
table centre piece standing approximately
12” high. On the second week make some
co-ordinated Christmas crackers in which
you can put small personalised gifts for your
guests. Machine sewing.
Thursday pm Sept 25 & Oct 23
1:00 to 3:30
Our Workshops Booking Details
A different hand sewn technique will be
taught in each of these four classes. The
first will be Japanese folded patchwork
followed by clamshells, Somerset patchwork
and finally Secret Garden. Each of these
techniques can then be incorporated into
various projects such as cushions, quilts or
bags. Hand sewing.
Thursday pm Nov 6, 20, 27, Dec 11
1:00 to 3:30
For those of you who have not visited us before our workshop is directly
above the shop. It’s bright and airy and fitted with daylight lighting.
We supply complementary tea, coffee and biscuits for all workshop
participants and there is a fridge and microwave for you to keep your
packed lunch fresh and warm it up if necessary. Alternatively, for those
who prefer to buy their lunch on site, we have an arrangement with
the Wroxham Barns Restaurant for you to enjoy a takeaway lunch at a
reduced price! If you have difficulty getting your sewing machine up stairs
we can help with that and you may bring your car to the back of the shop
to offload heavy items (before 10am and after 4pm only); but please be
very careful of pedestrians, especially children. Our aim is to provide you
with the venue and facilities to learn more about your hobby and share an
enjoyable day with likeminded ladies. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Barbara and Stephen
Don’t throw away your trusty old
scissors. For just £8 they can be
made as good as new. Usually
ready for collection in two days.
Jane Bothamley
This bag has a finished size of approx. 12” high, 16” deep and 6” wide.
It has several pockets on the outside making it useful for taking to
workshops. Pockets are optional for inside the bag. Rotary cutting and
machine sewing.
Thursday pm Sept 4, 18
1:00 to 3:30
Please let us know if you want to remain
on our Workshop Mailing List; avoiding
unnecessary mail costs helps us to maintain
good value for money. We shall assume
that those booking a course want to remain
on the list; those who do not want to book
this time but want to remain on the list
should confirm this by returning the order
form with a tick in the mailing list request
box. Likewise, please let us know if you
would accept having future Workshop
Programmes sent to you by e-mail rather
than by post.
We will take further bookings in the shop
and by phone from Wednesday 25th June.
Full payment must be made at time of
booking by cheque or by cash or payment
card within a week. Cash or cheques
accompanying unsuccessful applications
will be returned.
Please use the form to make your booking
and send it or hand it in to the shop.
We will start processing the forms on
Tuesday 24th June.
If you should decide to cancel a booking a
refund will be made only if we are able to
re-sell the place.
Some of the courses are expected to be
oversubscribed and to give everyone a fair
chance of getting a place on the workshop(
) they want we will not take bookings or
reserve places before this date. On 24th
June we will only deal with the forms we
have received by that morning.
If you are booking by phone and do not
have a payment card we will reserve your
place for up to 7 days. If payment has not
been received by the end of this time the
reservation will lapse and the place may be
sold to someone else.
You may assume that your application for
a workshop has been successful unless we
contact you to the contrary.
Your requirements lists will be sent out by
e-mail or post. Thank you for your custom
and co-operation,
Barbara and Stephen