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

 

 

Shows for 2017

I’ve just done 

The Scottish Quilting Show At SECC, Glasgow 2nd- 5th March. Had a lovely time, Alex my husband came with me and we had a slow journey up there via friends and family. Only thing that spoiled it was car problems coming to a head. But we now have a lovely ex demo Honda Jazz which should get me to the next show –

 

Next week I am demonstrating at 

Sewing For Pleasure at the NEC 16th-19th March. It also includes Fashion & Embroidery / Hobby Crafts / Cake International shows

 

Coming up

The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at ExCel London 20th – 22nd April

See the ICHF website https://www.ichfevents.co.uk for  details.

 

Also teaching and displaying work at

The Festival of Quilts back at the NEC 10th – 13th August. I will be doing 5 or 6 classes  and demonstrating in the Quilt In Action Area again

See the Upper Street Events FOQ website at  http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk

British Origami Society 50th Anniversary Conference, in Stratford Upon Avon 1st – 3rd September. Sadly this clashes with West Country Quilt Show not it’s dates have changed so I cannot do it this year after 3 years of a wonderful space and small friendly show. I will probably be doing a couple of fabric origami workshops (Orinuno), a talk and having a small display of folded pieces

Others to be confirmed. I’ll put some photos  up when I get chance

 

About Louise Mabbs’s work

I am a textile artist based in Brighton & Hove. I grew up in Derbyshire, studied textile design in Winchester and returned to Wirksworth where I had a home studio & then a shop ”A Primary Presence” (where you might have come across me under my maiden name Louise Briggs). After marrying Alex we trained in Manchester and worked in London, Hove & Portslade and shortly in Brighton

I specialize in modern quilt related art, but this includes all sorts of fibres – thread, materials, paper plastic and anything else scrounged, bought from charity & specialist shops or salvaged as part of an avid recycling in the old fashioned sense of reusing (or the awful upstart sounding trendy word ‘upcycling’, – though I suppose it does distinguish it from used materials just being sent to rag recycling). I have been practising this all my life, brought up with a ‘waste not – want not’ mother who hoarded textile treasures in our spare room (my old bedroom before a house extension), so I started sewing when I was very young and made my first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt between 8 & 13 years old

I trained in Constructed Textiles – weaving and knitting at Winchester School of Art, but discovered quilts partway through, so combined these skills. I’ve since taught myself lots of other crafts and learned origami with the British Origami Society, and more recently, mosaic

My work is eclectic though I work a lot with mathematical ideas – & geometrical shapes and optical illusions, trying to make maths fun and accessible to women & children put off it’s traditional form at school

I also do organic free-machine embroidery developed after doing a City & Guilds course at East Berkshire College, Windsor. Nature – flowers, animals and the sea feature highly

I tend to work with strong colours often drawing on a mathematical colouring system I have been working on for almost 30 years, but have done commissions and exhibition work in other styles and palettes

The Influence of Travel I do a lot of work with ethnic fabrics and ideas. Trips to Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and European countries plus exhibitions closer home have been big influences. These days I try to avoid flying for environmental reasons, so have to research ideas through the internet, books and museums more. We are incredibly privileged to live in such a technologically accessible world

My first book “The Quilter’s Guide To Twists and Tucks” UK (terrible title) or “Origami Quilts” (USA) on fabric origami and folding ideas was published in 2006 but has been out of print/unavailable since 2009 despite pleas to republish a paperback British edition

I am currently working on several other book ideas but they are likely to be self-published

I’m also finishing off lots of class sample based quilts, two church banner projects, several mathematical design projects and planning lots more!