Great British Sewing Bee

at ExCel London 21-24th September http://thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com

I will be on stand D22 and as I now have a bit more space I will be doing workshops on the stand.

Going to be a bit of a challenge, I’m used to fabric walls and pinning up with dressmaking pins whereas these walls you can only put velcro or double sided sellotape on both of which will ruin my artwork, so it’s either sew on loads of velcro spots or find hangers and take poles. As I usually do ExCel shows by train with a family helper (son or husband to help me up there) this is going to be a logistical challenge and we’re probably going to have to brave the London traffic and horrendous parking charges on put up and take down day! But I’m hoping it will be a productive and fun show, especially now I have an iZettle so I can take card payments at last. (My eldest says I’m finally coming into the 21st century – a new website is on the books soon and I think I have to go onto Facebook after years of avoiding it!

More details when I’ve a chance to sort them out….

 

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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

 

 

What I teach and where

I am a textile artist based in Hove, East Sussex.

I teach patchwork, quilting, embroidery, origami and other paper/fibre techniques

My own work is very eclectic in style an influence , you can read more about it on my blog faithfullfibres.wordpress.com (will link asap)

I am currently teaching at PACA – Portslade Academy at Foredown Tower on Tuesday mornings. I hope to resume my home classes when my new house’s studio is functional and will expand this page when I’m able to offer specialist classes again