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!”

New Wool Painting Course at Birmingham School of Sewing

I would like to welcome Raya Brown from Magic Wool Studio who will be teaching another course at Birmingham School of Sewing in May.

“ Fields with red poppies” wool painting (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop), no experience is necessary
This is not felt making. This is making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk or viscose fibres. This is a workshop for anyone. You do not need to have an Art Degree or any experience working with wool. This is an easy step by step workshop which is designed for you to have fun with different wools and experiment with colour and fibres. At the end of this class you will make a fantastic gift for yourself or a friend-a wool painting which you will put in a glass frame and take with you!
“Fields with red poppies” wool painting (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop)  Thursday 7th May 11am-5pm    £70 (materials included)

Welcome to the 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 teach 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.
Come 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
Raya is currently exhibition at the Sewing for Pleasure exhibition at the NEC.  You will find her and her amazing products, look for Raya Brown on Stand J16

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


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

Sewing machinist Vacancy in Bromsgrove for Immediate Start

Bromsgrove Auto Trimmers

Bromsgrove Auto Trimmers are looking to fill a vacancy for a sewing machinist. We are coach trimmers specialising in Volkswagen campervans and cars.  We also provide a seat repair service in cars.   We are currently looking to employ full or part time.  Wages are dependent on experience;  we are willing to train but would require any applicant to have a basic knowledge of using a sewing machine.   Immediate start is available please send your cv to info@bromsgroveautotrim.com


Unit 9 sanders road industrial estate



B61 7DG

Tel  01527 576643

Website www.bromsgroveautotrim.com

Email info@bromsgroveautotrim.com

Learn how to Sew an A line skirt in Birmingham


Showing off skirts which are finally finished after 2 intensive evenings of fitting and sewing. This is a great course for beginners who have attended the absolute beginners course.  You can learn how touse a sewing machine in one lesson and make a skirt in the next.  How fab is that. Bookings now being taken for the A line Skirt course on 10th and 17th March (2 evening course)



Embroidery : Personalised Valentine Heart Boxer Shorts for him : Thursday 29th January 2015

WIN_20150106_113848 (2)Are you looking for something fun and a little different and very personal as a valentines gift for that wonderful man in your life?  How about embroidering a personal heart, your name or a personal message such as best boyfriend or you’re the best, on a pair of boxers.  Come along to this fun evening in and learn a simple hand embroidery technique t0 embroider your message.    No previous sewing experience necessary.  Great for absolute beginners.  If you already embroidery come along for an evening of like minded company. Only £18 for the session and you will leave with your personalised boxers. Please state size required when you book, s, m, l, xl

All equipment, materials, boxers, tea, coffee included

Time: 6.45pm-8.15pm



Price: £18.00