2018.01.30 Booking Workshops2018.01.30 Booking Workshops2018 – currently, all external tutored workshops are £20 & in house ones are £15.

2018.01.30 Booking Workshops

2018.01.30 Booking Workshops



Saturday 24th February UFO Day

Lower Hardres

Time: 10-4


Sunday 11 March 2018 

Wendy Dolan – Machine Embroidered Trees

Venue: Lower Hardres Village Hall, 1 Faussett Hill, Canterbury, CT4 7AH

Time: 10-4

Thank you for booking a place on the above course.  We will be developing machine embroidery skills, looking at different ways of interpreting trees. Below, is a list of requirements for the day.

SEWING MACHINE   any basic domestic sewing machine can be used for freehand machine embroidery. Please bring a darning foot and extension table if you have one Don’t forget to pack your power lead and foot pedal! Including SPARE SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES : No:- 90 (14)
EMBROIDERY FRAME   a 7 or 8 inch wooden one is ideal, but bring any you mayhave.
THREADS Selection of sewing threads. e.g. Sylko, Guterman, *Madeira, rayons, cottons, *nylon invisible thread
FABRICS  *Calico or firm cotton fabric in cream or white
           Small scraps of lightweight coloured fabrics organza, scrim, cotton, silk. (browns, greens)
      * stitch ‘n tear stabiliser backing fabric or Vilene
OVERALL for painting we will be painting simple backgrounds and then apply
fabrics for a small picture. I will supply the paints.
 * Available for purchase from the tutor
GENERAL EQUIPMENT: Irons and ironing boards/ Extension leads



Saturday 7 April 2018 – in house

Marion Fox – Desk Tidy

Make a Quilters Equipment Folder from a ring binder to hold all your equipment in one place. Great for taking to a workshop or your group. Pockets galore, enough for everything including a small cutting mat and notebook.

Venue: Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7JA

Time: 10-4


1m fabric, or a selection of fabrics, two pieces larger than the ring binder laid out flat, plus pieces for pockets etc.
A two hole ring binder
1.5m decorative braid, tape or ric rac
75m of narrow ribbon or tape to match/co-ordinate with your fabric
A piece of wadding 24″ X 14″
A piece of wooden dowel 12″ long

Matching thread, walking or free motion foot, sewing machine and usual sewing kit.
Extension lead
Packed lunch
Own mug if you bring one


Sunday 6 May 2018

Louise Mabbs – Sea Breezes – Sunset Pods

Venue: : Chartham Village Hall, Station Road,
Canterbury, CT4 7JA

Time: 10-4


Fabric Requirements requirements

Wallhanging option 5 ½ x 15”
15 1 ½ x 6” strips in “sea” colour cottons (or can be all the same)
14 1 ½ x 6” strips in “sunset” colour cottons
1 6 x 16” backing dark blue (or matching “sea” fabrics)
1​6 x 16” wadding (not too thick)
1​6” square in same colour as the backing fabric for hanging tube

Extras: Cushion front (15” x15”)
15 1 ½ x 6” strips in “sea” colour cottons
14 ​1 ½ x 6” strips in “sunset” colour cottons
2​5 ½ x 15 ½” front side panels in a background “sea” colour – blue, navy, (or alternative)
1​16 x 16” wadding (not too thick)
1​16 x 16” lining (usually white cotton)
Plus – overlapping backs
2 15 ½ x 21” cushion backs in background colour – blue, navy or ​preferred alternative
Or – zipped back 15” zip to match
2​8 ½ x 15 ½” cushion backs in background colour – blue, navy or ​alternative
1​2 x 15 ½” zip cover in background colour – blue, navy or ​alternative

Usual sewing equipment
Board, ruler and cutter
Extension lead
Own mug if you bring one
Packed lunch

Louise’s instruction pack usually costs £5 but is included in the cost of the class.
Kits are available to order in advance and there is (currently will be) an order form to fill in.
Basic panel Kit contains a range of pre-cut “sea” (watery shades) and sunset (bright colours) ​£5
Cushion upgrade Kit – zip or overlap versions
Includes extra matching backing fabric and wadding​£10


Saturday 9 June 2018 – in house

Sylvie Plested – Lattice & Fussy Cutting

Venue: Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Canterbury, CT4 7JA

Time: 10-4


Three colour lattice frame for square fussy cuts: Wall hanging 37” x 47”: 4 x 5 blocks
Feature Fabric 1 yard
Light lattice and corner stones 1⁄2 yard (white in this picture) Medium lattice 1⁄2 yard (grey in this picture)
Dark lattice 3/8 yard (burgundy in this picture) Binding 1⁄2 yard
Backing 3 yards
Wadding 42×53
Lap quilt 65” x 83”: 7 x 9 blocks
Feature fabric 3 yards
Light lattice and corner stones 1 1⁄4 yards Medium 1 yard
Dark 7/8 yard
Binding 2/3 yard
Backing 5 yards
Wadding 73”x91”

Three colour lattice frame for rectangle fussy cuts: Wall hanging 30” x 38” 4 x 4 blocks
Feature fabric 3⁄4 yards
Light lattice and corner stones 1⁄2 yard (white in this picture) Medium lattice 3/8 yard (grey in this picture)
Dark lattice 1/3 yard (burgundy in this picture) Binding 3/8 yard
Backing 1 1⁄4 yard
Wadding 38” x 46”
Lap quilt 51” x 65” 7×7 blocks
Feature fabric 1 3⁄4 yards
Light lattice and corner stones 1 yard (white in this picture) Medium lattice 3⁄4 yards (grey in this picture)
Dark lattice 2/3 yards (burgundy in this picture)
Binding 1⁄2 yard
Backing 3 1⁄2 yard
Wadding 59” x 73”


Sunday 22 July 2018


Gillian Travis – Interchange Appliqué Technique 

Venue: Lower Hardres Village Hall, 1 Faussett Hill, Canterbury, CT4 7AH

Time: 10-4

Interchange Appliqué Canterbury

A new and very effective way of making bonded appliqué quilted items based on a taking a basic shape.
The design work is simple; the placing of the colours and patterns can be the key to making a successful piece of textile art that can be a cushion, wall hanging or set of table mats.
It works best using Batik fabrics but other fabrics can be used.
There are many images of the quilts I have made on my website and face book page:

Design Work
We will start by doing some drawings / design work. You could take your drawings from Google (so remember your ipad etc if you have one) or carry out some observational drawings from an item that you bring in e.g. a mug, jug, piece of fruit, toy elephant – something that has a simple shape.
You could come prepared with a print out of a shape that is about 10cm size

Glue stick e.g. Pritt stick or similar
Paper Scissors (small)
Sketch book – this is just to stick your design work into

Fabric Samples
Bondaweb – Transfer Adhesive
Fabric scissors (small and large)
Batik fabric or similar weight cotton fabric. I like to use this type of fabric as it is closely woven, does not fray and is available in lovely bright colours.
Make sure you bring contrasting colours and ones that are not too patterned.
Backing fabric e.g. light weight white or cream cotton, non iron on interfacing also works well
505 spray. (A temporary adhesive spray) You will only use a small amount so it is not necessary to go out and buy some if you do not have any already Wadding

Iron, ironing board /Rotary Cutter/ Board /Ruler

Sewing machine capable of free machining and zig zag. You may also like to use a walking foot if you have one. You may not get to this stage it depends on how ambitious your project is and how fast you work.


Sunday 23 September 2018

Judith Barker – 

Judith’s photos show ‘ideas’; you will be creating your own design.

Venue: Chatham Village Hall, Station Road, Canterbury, CT4 7JA

Time: 10 – 4


Folk Art workshop Requirements list
We will be working on a smallish piece, no more than 12 x 16 inches, so you don’t need huge pieces of fabric.
plain coloured cotton or wool (several of my pieces are made from recycled wool – old skirts from charity shops) Felt is fine too.
Be sure to include some dark colours.
Thin wadding
Bondaweb or similar
Backing fabric, maybe a bright and cheerful print
Sewing kit:
Pins, scissors, ruler, needles
Embroidery thread (for hand or machine sewing)
Sewing machine, extension lead.
Ric-rac, large beads, braid – but only if you have them already. I will show you how to add these extras to your work.
Patterns / templates:
Pencil and notebook or paper to doodle on.
Thin card if you want to make templates (cereal boxes are fine)
I will bring plenty of templates for you to mix and match to make your own design.
The workshop will need 2 or 3 irons / ironing boards too.
I always have spare fabric and other supplies with me, don’t worry if you forget something.
Please contact me if you have any questions:



Sunday 27 January 2019

Rosie James – Stitch – Draw


Sunday 10 March 2019

Sara Cook – Pojagi

UFO days

A UFO day is held periodically throughout the year when you can bring your unfinished pieces to work on may be get some advice or to just share a sewing day with like minded people. Coffee and tea provided, but please bring your own lunch. the day is held at Lower Hardres Village Hall

We strongly recommend that all electrical equipment brought to workshops (sewing machines, irons, extension cables) should be PAT tested annually.

Tea and coffee is provided throughout the day of a workshop, but members should bring their own mug, a packed lunch and an extension cable.


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