TUMBLING BLOCK Y SEAM CLASS with Clive Bruder – Friday 12.15pm

[Max 12 people]

This class is a wonderful opportunity for beginners and experienced sewers alike to enhance their skills and create beautiful projects. Y seams are a unique sewing technique used to connect three or more fabric pieces together at angles that cannot be sewn using regular straight seams. In this class, you will learn all the essential techniques and tips to successfully sew Y seams, including marking and cutting fabric, sewing accurate seams, and achieving smooth and professional finish.

Clive will ensure that you gain confidence and mastery in sewing Y seams. Whether you are interested in quilting, garment construction, or any other sewing project, this class will equip you with the skills to tackle complex designs and create stunning creations. Join this sewing class and unlock a whole new world of sewing possibilities with Y seams!

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, 16 years plus.

Meet the Tutor

Clive Bruder

Clive started sewing when he was around 10 years old. With the help of his Mum he made some curtains for their home on an old hand cranked Singer sewing machine that was gifted to them by a relative. Ever since Clive has been hooked on sewing.

He went on to college to study textile design, followed by The University College for the Creative Arts in Epsom, to achieve a Fashion BA Honours Degree.

Over the past few years with the support of family and friends Clive was encouraged to start his own business Bruderful Design. Unfortunately like many, his business was badly impacted by COVID, but despite the pandemic he’s been extremely lucky with new exciting opportunities. This included a regular guest slot on Sewing Street TV, the launch of @WeSewToo and along with his husband Mark he has attended many sewing shows and together with Mark’s successful brand, they have released lots of sewing patterns too.

Clive says, “Nothing makes me happier than being at my sewing machine and being creative.” 

MAKE A ZIPPED PENCIL CASE with Mark Francis – Friday 13.45pm

90-minute workshop – cost £25.00

[Max 12 people]

Join Mark Francis, a contestant from the Great British Sewing Bee, to make a really useful zipped pencil case. Learn how to professionally insert a zip using a zipper foot and then how to construct the finished item.

Advisory Note:

Not suitable to children under 16 years. Experience with using a sewing machine preferable.

Meet the Tutor

Mark Francis

Mark’s practical sewing experiences began quite late in life, but his relationship with sewing began when he was a small child. However, needlework was not something that little boys were encouraged to do in the 1980’s.

Many years passed until he found the confidence to finally learn to use a sewing machine, and he discovered his passion for making clothes and costumes. Then, a few years ago, Mark’s husband entered him for series 6 of the Great British Sewing (2020) and life has never been the same since! 

Mark now works across the sewing industry, teaching, presenting talks and developing his growing range of sewing patterns.

FREE MOTION CUSHION COVER with Kerrie Padmore, Living in Loveliness – Friday 09.45am

2-hour workshop – cost £36.00

[Max 12 people]

Join Kerrie Padmore from Living in Loveliness and immerse yourself in the art of raw edge appliqué and free motion embroidery. Create a gorgeous floral design, with beautiful fabric remnants, play with fun techniques, and enjoy learning new skills.

You will leave the workshop with a stunning cushion cover, ready to fit a 40cm (16in) cushion pad. Please note – the cushion pad is not provided in this class.

This hands-on session is perfect for those looking to enhance their sewing skills and create a beautiful cushion.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is not suitable for children under 16 years. Some prior use of a sewing machine would be beneficial.

Meet the Tutor

Kerrie Padmore

Since launching ‘Living In Loveliness’ 11 years ago, Kerrie’s passion for teaching and super-cute fabrics has blossomed and grown. With sewing classes and sewing retreats from beginners to the more advanced sewers, plus her fabulous range of sewing patterns.

Kerrie’s passion lies in bringing people together in workshops through their shared joy of sewing, and she looks forward to welcoming you to her wonderful world of ‘Living in Loveliness’ at the Exeter Creative Craft and Stitching Show.

PATTERNS, PLANTS AND PORTRAITS with Jan Tillett Friday 15.45pm

60-minute workshop – cost £18.00

[Max 12 people]

During this workshop you will be introduced to the addictive art of free motion embroidery – drawing with a sewing machine.

You will learn a variety of patterns, which can be used for adding texture and detail to embroidery or quilting. You will also learn how to create small images of leaves and flowers and finish with a stitched portrait. Hints and tips on threads, fabrics, needles and more will be shared at the workshop.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for all, including children over 10 years if accompanied by an adult.

Meet the Tutor

Jan Tillett

Jan is a Devon based textile artist and tutor. Her work is inspired by the natural and built environment. Her recent work involves the use of a variety of fabrics, which are stitched, manipulated, painted and printed. Experimentation is key to her work and she encourages participants in her workshops to explore a range of techniques.

JAIPUR PATTERN PRINTING WORKSHOP with Anna Weatherley-Hastings, The Indian Block Craft Company Friday 15.00pm

90-minute workshop – cost £25.00

[Max 16 people]

Explore using repeat patterns, borders and multi colour printing. Using hand carved Indian printing blocks to block print either a cushion cover, Turkish hand towel or a large toiletry pouch.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental supervision.

Meet the Tutor

Anna Weatherley-Hastings

Anna has been part of The Indian Block Print Co. from the beginning. With over 10 years experience running block printing workshops she will share her in depth knowledge and tips with all things Block Printing. 

Anna Weatherley-Hastings

FESTIVE FAIRY Michelle Goodfield, Thimble Wood Friday 10.00am

90-minute workshop – cost £25.00

[Max 16 people]

Join Michelle Goodfield from Thimble Wood to make an adorable Festive Fairy, perfect to adorn your tree!

You will learn the super fast technique to make a basic yarn doll and then how to add sparkly wings, tiny shoes and a glittery overskirt to complete your fairy, plus an accessory of your choice. Take home a full-colour instruction leaflet including any templates needed and your finished fairy!

The fairy is about 20cm (8”) from head to toe, not including the hanging loop.

Advisory Note:

This make is suitable for beginners and children 12+ with adult supervision. This project is fiddly rather than difficult, and includes some very simple sewing.

Meet the Tutor

Michelle Goodfield

A lifelong crafter, Michelle has been lucky enough to work in the craft industry for 30 years, initially designing rubber stamps, then writing articles on card making. This led to a career in craft publishing, writing 12 craft books and hundreds of magazine articles.

It was always Michelle’s dream to start her own business and so Thimble Wood was born five years ago where Michelle gets to design the things that she likes to make; small projects, something a bit different, sometimes quirky, often cute (even though they weren’t really intend to be) and always great fun to make. Michelle loves to make up her own techniques and find the easiest way to do things!

RETRO PENDANT AND EARRINGS SET with Angela Smith, Polymer Clay Guild Friday 12.00pm

60-minute workshop – cost £18.00

[Max 16 people]

Join Angela from The British Polymer Clay Guild to create this colourful pendant and earring set using a simple polymer clay technique to create patterns in a variety of vibrant colours. 

Your piece will be cured on the Guild stand, so that you can take it home at the end of the day.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental supervision.

Meet the Tutor

Angela Smith

Angela Smith is a polymer clay, beadwork artist and tutor based in Northampton.

She first discovered beads while at university, but when she happened upon polymer clay at a bead fair it seemed a logical progression to start creating her own beads. Fast forward a few years and Angela now divides her time between beadwork and experimenting with surface techniques and millefiori caning to create one-off sets of beads and cabochons to incorporate into her beaded designs. 

Not content with ‘just’ creating beads, Angela also uses polymer clay to create cute clay characters and bespoke miniature tableaux to commemorate that special occasion.

As well as the joy of creating Angela also enjoys spreading the polymer clay word and is a regular tutor and exhibition co-ordinator for the British Polymer Clay Guild. 

KUSUDAMA PAPER FLOWERS with Sonya Ellis, Exeter Craft Hub Friday 13.30pm

60-minute workshop – cost £18.00
[Max 16 people]

Sonya Ellis from Exeter Craft Hub will take you through step-by-step through the process of making these beautiful Japanese folded paper flowers. They are fun and easy to make for both adults and children.

Advisory Note:
This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental supervision.

Meet the Tutor
Sonya Ellis
Sonya has been crafting all her life and as an adult around work as sports coach. Four and a half years ago she decided to also open Exeter Craft Hub in central Exeter to celebrate and support both local crafters to sell their items, but also run range of workshops in a relaxed and enjoyable way and hasn’t looked back. She promotes creativity in a range of mediums from decopatch, sewing, paper crafts and lots of colouring using acrylic painting pens. She is very keen to develop inclusive approach and feels anyone can be creative.

MONOPRINTING USING GEL PLATES with Hannah Blowes – Submerge Art – Friday 15.15pm

90-minute workshop – cost £30.00

[Max 16 people]

Explore a variety of Gel Plate Printing techniques. Experiment with layering colour and texture using plants, stamps, stencils and household items onto paper and fabric.

Gel Plate printing is simple and fun without the need for a printing press or for any carving or drawing skills.

The reward is immediate and each print is truly unique.

By the end of the workshop, participants should feel confident enough to use and experiment with the gel plate printmaking techniques in their own home.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental supervision.

Meet the Tutor

Hannah Blowes

Hannah Blowes creates handmade prints from her workshop near Bude in Cornwall.

Having trained as a Theatre/Film Designer, Hannah then spent 15 years teaching Art & Design in secondary schools where it was magical to inspire students with a love of creativity and skill based learning. Always drawn to the ocean, Hannah has been very fortunate to scuba dive in some amazing parts of the world and her artwork is inspired by her interactions with sea life. Hannah hopes to pass on her love of all things aquatic to you, as she really enjoys teaching printmaking techniques and runs workshops throughout the year

GLASS FUSING FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DECORATION with Gemma Ansell-Nelson, Cotton & WoolGLASS FUSING FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DECORATION – Friday 12.15pm

60-minute workshop – cost £26.00

[Max 16 people]

Join Gemma, from Cotton & Wool, in an hour-long session creating a beautiful piece of Fused Glass Art.

Starting with a clear glass base, Gemma will show you how to use the coloured glass in various forms, to create a festive Christmas decoration for you to enjoy for years to come.

All materials are included in the workshop, and your piece will be taken away with Gemma to fire in her kiln and then return

Advisory Note:

Not suitable for children under 16 years.

Meet the Tutor

Gemma Ansell-Nelson

Gemma Ansell-Nelson is founder of Cotton & Wool, based in Devon. Gemma spends a lot of time crafting, which includes sewing, crochet, needle felting, spinning, cross stitch, macramé and glass fusing.

Gemma wants to share her knowledge of all these crafts with those who love to create as much as she does, so Gemma offers relaxed and friendly workshops all over Devon.