Make your own curtains at the Birmingham School of Sewing

 

Its Spring and most of us are thinking of Sprng Cleaning and reorganising our clutter and our homes.  Have you ever wanted to make your own curtains.  Now is the ideal time.  You could save thousands of pounds by making your own curtains.  Come along to the Birmingham School of Sewing on Thursday 12th June from 10.30am -2.30pm and learn how to make lined curtains.  No more excuses, the time is set so that if you have children you can drop them off to school and arrive in time for the workshop and leave again in plenty of time to pick them up from school.  What are you waiting for.  For only £75 you will learn how to make curtains.  You will make a sample of a lined curtain to take home with you to use in your future curtain making projects.  The class is kept small in order for you to have lots of tuition and practice.  All materials are included and you will be offered unlimited tea and coffee with plenty of biscuits.  You will even have the opportunity to make new friends.  You never know, you might even invite them round to your house for a cup of coffee and to admire any curtains that you have made after you have finished the workshop.   You do need to be able to use a sewing machine to attend this course.You can book online.

 

Can’t use a sewing machine, then come to the Sewing for Absolute Beginners on Tuesday 10th June from 6.35pm-9.15pm.  You will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to thread it and wind a bobbin.  You will learn how to sew in a straight line and sew around corners and curves.  You will then make a beautiful cushion to take home with you.  All materials are provided.  Only £55 for the workshop.  Book online

Bra Making Course Birmingham

Bra Making Workshop : 2 evenings : Thursday 27th March and Thursday 3rd April 2014

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Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this 2 evening workshop you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

(All materials included)

Time: 6.45pm-9.15pm

Sleeveless top as seen on the Sewing Bee, BBC1

I watched the Sewing Bee on BBC 1 with great interest.  I did not watch the first series but so many of my students have been talking about it, and indeed was contacted by the producers of the programme on both series to ask my students if they would like to apply to go on the shop.  I thought I should watch to see what was catching everyone’s interest.  I thought it was fascinating.  I loved the way the contestants were asked to use the three main natural fibres, cotton, wool and silk.  What did you think of the cotton top?  They all turned out so different, simply by using a variety of fabrics.  I think the tops will be so quick and easy to make a range for summer.    This is your own oppportunity to learn how to make the tops.  I have created a similar pattern for you to use.  Come along to the workshop and you will be learn all the processes and make a top to take home with you.  With your new found skills you willl be able to make many more for yourself and even your friends, simply by changing the fabric.

Come along to this workshop and you will make a sleeveless top just like the one you saw on the first episode of the sewing bee.

You will learn:

  • How to follow a pattern to cut out a sleeveless top
  • How to sew a facing for a sleeveless top
  • How to understitch
  • How to sew darts
  • How to sew a hand stitched loop
  • How to sew on a button with a shank

You will leave with your finished top.

You will need how to use a sewing machine to attend this workshop.

The workshop workshop will take place on Tuesday 18th March from 11.30am-3.30pm.  Cost £65.00  click here to book

 

also (two evenings)  Monday 31st March and Monday 7th April from 7.00pm-9.00pm.   Cost: £65.00     click here to book 

 

Birmingham School of Sewing, Rubery, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

Christmas Craft Event

Come along and join us for a mince pie and a glass of bubbly at our new premises in Rubery.

Friday 15th November 2013

from 6.00pm-9.00pm.

karen jewelleryChristmas tree decorations  Christmas Craft Event Friday 15th November £10 workshop

During the evening you will have the opportunity to view and purchase beautiful individually handmade jewellery, designed and made by  Karen Jewell, a local craftsperson and new tutor at the school.  Karen uses genuine semi precious gemstones to create her jewellery with silver, silverplated or gold plated findings. Every piece of jewellery is handmade so no two pieces are the same. For this evening only jewellery prices will start from only £5.00. Come along and do some Christmas shopping.

Karen can also take orders on the night for bespoke items of jewellery, which can be made to your specification and be ready in time for Christmas.

There will also be a variety of other Christmas craft gifts and stocking fillers available to purchase, including a wonderful selection of handmade Christmas cards and decorations.

If you are feeling creative and would prefer to make your own stocking fillers, or fancy a short sewing class, Sheila will be offering a Christmas Craft workshop where you will learn to make lovely Christmas Tree Decorations either using a sewing machine or by hand.  You may even have time to make 2.   The workshop will be held from 7.00-8.00pm and costs £10.  All materials included.  You will be given the templates for the decorations so that you can go home and make more.

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You do not need to book a class in order to come along, so wrap up warm and come and join us for a mince pie and a glass of bubbly, and join in the festivities.

 

 

Bridal, Evening Wear and Prom Dress Sewing Course : 29th, 30th and 31st October, 2013

Learn all about making bridal gowns from Sheila-May, who has been making bespoke bridal gowns for over 30 years and had her dresses featured in various articles, including on the cover of ‘You and Your Wedding’ magazine!  This is also an ideal course for those of you who want to make prom dresses and ball gowns.

You will learn:

  • the techniques required for making a boned bodice
  •  why particular interfacings and interlinings are used  in order produce a professional finish
  •  how to apply piping
  • how to make rouleaux loops which are used for threading through the back tie fastening to produce a corset type fastening
  • how to apply invisible zips
  •  how to produce a variety of hemlines for different fabrics and styles
  • fabric bows and flowers are currently very fashionable and you will make samples of a variety of fabric flowers suitable to add to bridal gowns,  corsages and shoe clips.
  • We will discuss fabrics, veils  and much more.

Time: 10.00-4.00 pm each day each day (3 day course)                      £295   (All materials included)

Click here to book

Patchwork for Beginners : Sewing Course : Birmingham

Christmas Crafts : Introduction to Patchwork, Beginners : Saturday 23rd November 2013

 

Get into the festive spirit and learn patchwork for beginners whilst making a beautiful, padded patchwork Christmas heart.   You will be given the pattern to take home with you because once you have learned how to make them you will be hooked and you can make them in a variety of colours to bunch together or to hang individually as decorations.

All materials included as well as tea, coffee and a mince pie.

Time: 10.30am-1.00pm


Saturday 23rd November 2013

Price: £39.00

New Tutor at Birmingham School of Sewing

Birmingham School of Sewing welcomes Karen Jewell who will be teaching card making courses.  Karen says:

“I have been interested in, actually fairly obsessed  with Art and Craft since I was a child. Encouraged and enthused along the way by  my mum, amongst many others.
     I  truly loved Art at school, my enthusiasm fed by a series of  fantastic teachers at both Primary and Secondary Schools in Surrey, where I was  born and grew up. I had my first taste of claywork as a 9 year old at  Primary School, and after studying Ceramics, amongst other subjects, at ‘O’ and  ‘A’ level, I went on to study a diploma in Art and Design at Epsom School of Art  and Design.
    From there I left my home in  Surrey for Buckinghamshire and gained an Honours Degree in 3D Design,  specialising in Ceramics and Glass. On leaving College I worked in various jobs  for Habitat, Villeroy and Boch, and at the V&A Museum, London. Whilst  working at the Museum I applied for a teacher training course in  Birmingham, and I was once again on the move, this time up to the Midlands. 
    That was 17 years ago, can’t  believe how time has flown by when I look back! I have since been teaching  Art, and Design and Technology in Birmingham Secondary Schools, and in Adult  Education. I was introduced to jewellery making about 4 years ago, another  Art and Craft passion of mine to add to a long and sustained  list. 
    My husband has had to become  very patient over the years, as our home has been slowly invaded by a  massive variety of different tools, equipment and materials, and has now really  become a huge storage space / workshop, with some space to cook, eat, wash and  sleep in!  Marriage is truly a compromise!  Art and Craft has helped  me maintain my sanity over many years!
    I will be running  various workshops at The Birmingham School of Sewing and Craft over the following months, and I hope you can come along to learn new skills and share in my enthusiasm and love for Art and  Craft.”

 

Introduction to Card Making : Course of 4 evening sessions : Tuesday 29th Oct-Tuesday 19th November 2013

During these 4 sessions you will learn a range of basic ways to design and make cards.

 

Session (1) Tuesday 29th October, 2013  There will be instruction in the use of different paper and card types and use of different adhesives.  You will learn basic techniques including Matting and Layering,  and stamping.

Session (2) Tuesday 5th November, 2013 An introduction to the use of Decorative Embellishments in Card making, including Decoupage and Peel off stickers

Session (3) Tuesday 12th November, 2013,  Further ways of Embellishing cards, including Embossing and Punches.

Session (4) Tuesday 19th November, 2013,  You will learn advanced uses of Embellishing cards, including the use of Fusible fibres and Acetate.

The course will include elements, ideas and themes for a range of Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary and other celebratory cards.

Time: 7pm-9pm

All materials included

Each of the 4 Card Making classes cost £39, or book the course of all 4 classes for £136 saving a total of £20

Learn card making in Birmingham

 

Introduction to Card Making : Course of 4 evening sessions : Tuesday 29th Oct-Tuesday 19th November 2013

During these 4 sessions you will learn a range of basic ways to design and make cards.

 

Session (1) Tuesday 29th October, 2013  There will be instruction in the use of different paper and card types and use of different adhesives.  You will learn basic techniques including Matting and Layering,  and stamping.

Session (2) Tuesday 5th November, 2013 An introduction to the use of Decorative Embellishments in Card making, including Decoupage and Peel off stickers

Session (3) Tuesday 12th November, 2013,  Further ways of Embellishing cards, including Embossing and Punches.

Session (4) Tuesday 19th November, 2013,  You will learn advanced uses of Embellishing cards, including the use of Fusible fibres and Acetate.

The course will include elements, ideas and themes for a range of Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary and other celebratory cards.

Time: 7pm-9pm

All materials included

Each of the 4 Card Making classes cost £39, or book the course of all 4 classes for £136 saving a total of £20

 

Corset Making for Beginners – 2 day course

Corset Making for Beginners : 2 day course : Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October 2013

www.birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk

During this 2 day  basic course you will learn how to make a corset based on the Victorian style  using  all the traditional techniques of corset making  with authentic fabrics and accessories.  You will learn about the variety of boning that can be used, how to insert eyelets, how to lace a corset correctly and lots more.    You will take home your finished corset.

(All materials included )

Time: 10.00-4.00pm each day

Price: £240.00

Corset Course for Beginners click to book

 

 

 

Corporate Craft Events in the West Midlands

Corporate Craft Events

Book a Corporate Event with a difference. We are happy to discuss your requirement and we will of course come to your premises.

Please contact us with any ideas you may have, to find out more, or to book contact: sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk or Tel: 079200 31744