Anne’s Knicker Customisation Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing

Congratulations to Anne on her forthcoming wedding.  Anne attended her Knicker Customisation Hen Party at the Birmingham School of Sewing on Saturday 16th May.  Everyone enjoyed the event and there were some very creative ideas including a pair of decorated boxer shorts for the groom to wear on his honey moon.  The Hens each presented Anne with the knickers they had made for her to wear every day on her honeymoon.  There was even a pair of boxer shorts designed for the groom to wear.  Annne was awarded the prize for best knickers.  There was another surprise for Anne ,much to her delight and organised by her friend Gilly; a Butler in the Buff attended the event to keep the champagne flowing.  Well done to everyone.

For more information about Hen Parties contact: sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk

Tel: 07920031744

Hen Parties at Birmingham School of Sewing

Congratulations to Jenny and her Hens who all made beautiful customised knickers on Saturday 2nd May 2015.  Well done everyone!

Learn how to make a tiara : Saturday 11th April 2015 : 10.30am-12.30pm : Birmingham School of Sewing

Jewellery Making : Tiara Making Course : Saturday 11th April 2015 : 10.30am-12.30

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Are you planning a wedding and want to make your Bridal Tiara and Tiaras for your bridesmaids, or do you want to make a tiara for your daughter’s prom.  Maybe you are thinking about setting up your own bridal business.  Whatever the reason, this is the workshop to attend.  You will work with wires, beads and crystals and  by the end of the workshop you will have made your very first tiara to take away with you, to use for a special occasion or simply as a reference to make more tiaras in the future. No sewing involved. Ideal for those of you who do not have any previous jewellery making experience.

All equipment materials, beads and crystals included

Price: £55.00

21st Craft Birthday Party

 

Emily and friends attended Hannah’s 21st craft birthday party where they enjoyed customising knickers at Birmingham School of Sewing.  Happy Birthday Emily I hope you had a lovely day.

“Emily has just got home & says she had a fantastic time!  All of her friends had a great time too, and Emily says the party was even better than she’d anticipated.

Thank you so much for going out of your way to make it a memorable & fun 21st!

Her 21st Knickers are really fun!”

Wool Painting Course at Birmingham School of Sewing

A special thank you to Raya from the Magic Wool Studio for the wonderful class she held at the Birmingham School of Sewing.  It was enjoyed by all.

This was not a not felt making. It was making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk or viscose fibres. The ladies who attended were astonished at how professional their painting turn out as they absolute beginners, are not artists and have never done anything like this before.

Testimonials
“Fabulour workshop.  So relaxed, so informative.  Learnt a new skill in the most enjhoyable environment.  Paya is encouraging and makes you feel you can achieve anything.  Loved the workshop.  Loved the result.  Thank you Raya”.  Sue
“Raya’s workshop was a wonderful experience and very therapeutic.  It was fantastic to see our pictures grow and even with the same guidance and instructions our pictures were quite different from each other.  There was no pressure and plenty of room to be creative.  I learned so much and I feel inspired to rush home and make lots more.” Stephanie

Magic Wool Studio.
Raya is a professional artist and a felt maker who comes from St Petersburg, a cultural capital of Russia, where she gained her degree in Fine Art and Textiles.  She has been teaching Art and Textiles for over 18 years both in England and Russia. Raya is the founder of Magic Wool Studio and the main teacher there.
Inspired by her mother who is a famous watercolourist in Russia, she has always been fascinated by colour, its numerous shades and tones, its strength and subtlety.  For many years, she has been doing watercolour paintings. Her work has been exhibited in Russia and the UK.
A few years ago Raya discovered wool, its fantastic qualities and she saw a great potential for her future art work. She literally became obsessed with wool.  She realised that she could create pictures and render various colour nuances and shades using merino wool.  She saw that by layering wool fibres she could create amazing watercolour effects in her paintings.
At Magic Wool Studio in Kidderminster Raya makes wool paintings based on various themes including “Landscapes”, “Still -Life”, ”Flowers” and “Animals”. She also teaches her students how to make them. You can see some of their work at the Gallery.
Exploring wool further Raya came across handmade felt. She realized how wonderfully versatile it is-you can create anything from sumptuous wall hangings and cushions to shaped and sculptured items. Handmade felt is vibrant, malleable, infinitely variable creative textile that grows and develops under your hands.
At her studio she also teaches Felt making classes.   As a student you will learn how to design and make different garments and accessories, use different wools, yarns, silk, synthetic and natural fibres to create textures and add lustre and décor to your work.  You will explore qualities of wool and various fibres, learn different felt making techniques such as Nuno felt , wet felting and needle-felting.
There are workshops for complete beginners as well as for people with experience in Art or Felt making. Go along for a workshop to learn a new skill, take on a new hobby or take your hobby to the next level.  You can make gifts for your friends or for yourself.
Go along and meet new friends who are as passionate about wool crafts as you are. Work on individual projects or set tasks in a warm friendly atmosphere. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the day.
Everyone is welcome!
To book please contact: Raya.magicwoolstudio@gmail.com

Has the Sewing Bee inspired you to want to learn to sew : You can learn at Birmingham School of Sewing

janome machineHave you been watching the Sewing Bee.  Would you like to learn to sew your own clothes.  At Birmingham School of Sewing we offer intensive classes for absolute beginners for only £39.00

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew neat corners
  • Learn how to sew curves
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine to start making your own projects.

(All materials included)

Time:  7.00pm-9.00pm

The  course on 16th March 2015 is now FULL.  Our next classes are:

next class  21st  April 2015 - 7.00pm-9.00pm     and        16th April 2015 – 10.30am-12.39pm

Learn how to sew zips and buttons in Birmingham : Thursday 26th March 2015 : 6.45pm – 9.00pm

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As seen on the Sewing Bee, inserting a zip correctly will produce a garment to be proud of.  A badly sewn zip can spoil all the hard work you have put in.  Zips are used in clothing as well as in bags and cushions.  Once you know how to sew in a zip it is quick and easy.  On this course you will learn how to sew a neat accurate invisible zip.  You will also learn how to sew a traditional lapped zip.  Then we will move onto buttons and buttonholes.  You will learn how to sew an automatic buttonhole.  You will then finish your samples by sewing on buttons using a sewing machine.  A great course for those of you who want to make clothing, bags or cushions.

All equipment, fabric and zips are included.

Price: £55.00

Jewellery Making : Tiara Making Course : Saturday 11th April 2015 : 10.30am-12.30

tiara-workshop

Are you going to your prom this year? Is your daughter going to her prom this year? Are you planning a wedding and want to make your Bridal Tiara and Tiaras for your bridesmaids, or do you want to make a tiara for your daughter’s prom.  Maybe you are thinking about setting up your own bridal business.  Whatever the reason, this is the workshop to attend.  You will work with wires, beads and crystals and  by the end of the workshop you will have made your very first tiara to take away with you, to use for a special occasion or simply as a reference to make more tiaras in the future. No sewing involved. Ideal for those of you who do not have any previous jewellery making experience.

All equipment materials, beads and crystals included

Price: £55.00

Quilting for Beginners : Tote Bag : Monday 9th March 2015 : 6.45pm-9.45pm

 

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During this workshop and you will learn the quick and easy method of strip quilting.  You will choose a selection and coloured strips and quilt them for create a fantastic tote bag.   Its a fantastic bag to use on the beach.  You will make a fully lined, quilted bag to take away.  You do not need any previous quilting experience, however, you do need to be able to use a sewing machine.

All equipment, materials, wadding and fabrics included

Price: £55.00

Sewing for Teenagers and Children : Mothers Day Hearts : Saturday 28th February

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In this sewing workshop children have a choice of making beautiful fabric hearts or mini cushions which will be completely sewn by hand.  They will then be decorated using hand embroidery and they can also be personalised with any word of choice.  They will contain lavender and can be hung for display or in the wardrobe as it is believed lavender deters moths.

Children will learn:

  • A variety of hand embroidery stitches
  • How to sew on a buttonz
  • How to do gathering stitch
  • How to cut out and make a fabric heart

Saturday 28th February

Time: 10.30am – 12.30

Cost:   only £22 all materials provided