Update to local Hove classes

97-Sampling The Quilt

Sampling The Quilt , 1 © Louise Mabbs 1997

MAKE YOUR OWN VERSION OF THIS QUILT

House –                       Repeat Blocks, machine
Flower –                      Hand appliqué
Star –                           American style hand or machine patchwork blocks
Crazy Patchwork –  Hand appliqué and embroidery
Random shape –      Machine appliqué
Tumbling Blocks –  English template Patchwork, hand (youngsters call it English Paper Piecing)

Sadly we nearly made it to a class actually running but the class was pulled just before the 6th person signed up. So frustrating.

However it was the final impetus for me to finally give my studio and dining room a massive reorganisation, so I am able to teach from home again after there years in this new house of not being able to (husband’s employers moved us to a less useful, smaller house).  I have two new students starting a beginners cot quilt/lap quilt project on Monday evenings normally from 7pm – 9pm. We’ve only had one class and as we’re almost into half term and one of them is away, we are having our second session on 23rd, but it & the 30th will be 3 hour classes to make up for the break as the course started much later than the school terms.

It works out at £10 a class (so £15 for the 3hrs) which includes worksheets and coffee/tea. Please contact me through the reply button below if you would like to come. you can drop into it later or come to occasional class for £12.

I hope my second level Quilt As You Go beginners course will run in January, if not I’ll run something at home again. The lack of funding for Community Learning courses, lack of daytime classrooms and the difficulties of advertising things efficiently have hampered things for a long time so I am looking for alternative options so please sign up for occasional updates here so you know when things are happening.

I’m also getting a new website done and probably going on instagram and other things so hopefully my own publicity will be more efficient by then!

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New classes at Portslade Academy

Understanding Your Sewing Machine CL044 – Foredown Tower (change of location)

DATE: Starts 29/04/17                          DURATION: 1 day

TIME: Mons 11.00am – 4.00pm         TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

  • Learn how to find your way around your sewing machine and gain confidence using the various stitches, as well as how to clean and maintain it
  • Students will gain a good overview of how their machine works, how to set it up and change settings
  • You will have opportunities to make samples using different techniques and stitches
  • Suitable for beginners. Useful for improvers who want to get the best out of their sewing machines

Course details

  • Understand your own machine
  • Gain confidence in machine sewing
  • Make a variety of stitch samples
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • How to care for your machine
  • Experiment with different threads

Course content

  • Your own machine’s basics
  • Health and safety issues
  • Maintenance & cleaning
  • Threading basics
  • Tension & what affects it
  • Needles – sizes, uses, positioning, problems
  • Threads – types, uses, effects
  • Straight stitches
  • Zigzag stitches
  • Setting up decorative stitches & buttonholes
  • Presser feet & their uses
  • Dropping feed dogs for free machine embroidery

For more information, booking and prices see https://www.portslade.org/Course/understand_your_sewing_machine_cl044/

 


Patchwork and Quilting – How To Design Your Own Quilt – CL025C     Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 24/04/17                              DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Mons 10.00am – 12.00pm *        TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

COURSE DESCRIPTION:    * subject to student availability might be an evening class or on a different day

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – shapes, fabrics, colours and waddings. Marking – and cutting skills
  • Designing – geometric patchwork, repeat block designs and appliquéing
  • Creating – overall designs, repeating blocks or a combination of designs
  • Sampling – stitching and fabrics for your chosen designs
  • Quilting – considerations for hand and machine stitching options
  • Finishing – edges, binding, labelling and hanging methods

Design your own small quilt, experiment with different shapes, layout and colours

You will be guided through the process by a designer/maker with 40+ years experience

You may need to do a couple of hours of sewing at home each week.

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme.

Leads on to: Several other beginner and special subject courses are available next year


Patchwork – Focus On: Cathedral Window Techniques – CL024C Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 27/04/17                       DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Thurs 19.00pm – 21.00pm   TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

Twists & Tucks Sampler copy.jpgImages: Twists & Tucks Sampler © Louise Mabbs 2008
Regular Cathedral Window (column 2, row 4)                  Cathedral Spire (column 4, row 4)
Chinese Coin – a look alike method (column 3, row 2)      Japanese Folded patchwork (columns 2 & 4, row 2)
The other blocks are Log cabins, folded techniques and various points – Spansh, Prarie etc

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – relevant fabrics, colour schemes and patterns
  • Using – templates and marking methods, rotary cutting and scissor techniques
  • Sewing – hand and machine piecing and relevant quilting techniques
  • Joining – blocks and advice on sashings, borders, bindings
  • Finishing – quilt edges, labelling and hanging methods

Learn at least 10 different techniques, which can be made up into a small quilt if you choose to

You may need to do a couple of hours of sewing at home each week

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme https://www.portslade.org/courses-for-personal-interest/

Leads on to:

Several other beginner and special subject courses are available next year