Thursday 10am – 12noon First Floor Granary
Textile Techniques for beginners
Classes are held in the Granary on the First Floor Thursdays, students are accepted after the course has started.
This is a relaxed course for absolute beginners and those requiring a little more confidence to get started sewing their own small textile items. (the course will not be covering dress-making skills). A range of techniques will be covered to enable the production of small gifts at home, for example pin cushions/needle keepers, hanging decorations, bunting, lavender bags, cushions and tote bags.
Material types and sizes, how to use a sewing machine, threads, basic machine straight and zigzag stitching, hand sewing, cross- stitch, and basic embroidery stitching, sewing felt, buttons and embellishments, making box shapes using basic skills and then you can then start your own projects with guidance from the tutor.
Students should bring their own sewing machine (though not required every week as some weeks we will be learning hand-stitching skills) and basic sewing kit (ideally including machine/universal threads, sewing needle, sharp point crewel needle for embroidery threads, blunt point tapestry needle wool, spare machine needles, threads, thread scissors and fabric-cutting scissors, stitch un-picker and any fabric/thread/button/ribbon stash you have at home that you would like to use. The tutor can bring additional fabrics, if required, for students to purchase at cost price e.g. felt sheet packs or fabric sections (£2 – £5) or larger amounts of fabric if we tackle a bigger project (around£10 – £15 per metre). Guidance on materials required will be given each week in advance of the next session.
Heidi Ingram has been sewing since she was a child and has been cross-stitching, embroidering and sewing beautiful gift items for over 10 years. She designs and produces one-off pieces of intricate embroidered mixed-media textile artwork based on the rural landscapes of East Lothian.
Below shows some of Heidi’s work with links to her website and face book page.