TUMBLING BLOCK Y SEAM CLASS with Clive Bruder – Saturday 13.15pm

[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 – Saturday 09.45am

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 – Saturday 14.45pm

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 Saturday 11.45pm

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.

BEAUTIFUL FABRIC BOXES with Pat Lumsdale Saturday 13.00pm

3-hour workshop – cost £39.00

[Max 16 people]

Join Pat in this lovely extended workshop to create a beautiful small padded box made from card, wadding and pretty fabric.

This is mostly a no-sew make, using double-sided tape and glue, with a few hand stitches to finish off. The outside of the box is covered using a lovely craft cotton and the lining a gorgeous Liberty Lawn.

Finished box size is 5 inches square, making it ideal for jewellery and other precious items.

Once you have learnt how to construct this box, you will be able to scale it up at home to make boxes of any size.

Advisory Note:

Not suitable for children, accuracy is needed to make the box work; Arthritic hands may also find it a challenge.

Meet the Tutor

Pat Lumsdale

Pat has been teaching Patchwork, Quilting and Craft courses for more years than she cares to remember! Most of those years were spend working for and teaching at the WI’s residential college until it closed down in 2020.

She now teaches by zoom, face to face workshops and residential retreats around the country.

GROW YOUR OWN BUSINESS: PRICING with Annie Gianini founder of HUSTLEwell Saturday 11.30am

60-minute workshop – cost £18.00

[Max 16 people]

Why is there never any money in the bank to pay yourself or grow your business? Find out why and learn a better way of pricing your craft product. A way that means you get paid and you’re not funding your business – it’s funding itself and you.

You’ll work through a pricing example and take home a workbook to create your own prices. There’s even a bit about future proofing your prices if you’re thinking of wholesaling your products.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, new to starting a business.

Meet the Tutor

Annie Gianini

Annie’s been running a craft business for the last 13 years, at first as a side-hustle and now part time alongside HUSTLEwell. Those years have been a huge learning curve and as a result she has a passion for helping others to make that journey much easier.

RETRO PENDANT AND EARRINGS SET with Angela Smith, Polymer Clay Guild Saturday 10.00am

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. 

CERAMIC TINY HOUSES with Vicky Jackson – Saturday 09.45am

2-hour workshop – cost £36.00

[Max 16 people]

Join Vicky in this fun hands-on workshop, learning all about using stoneware clay. You will experiment with different shapes, molding and forming various pieces before finally perfecting your own little house from clay.

You will add colour to your work using coloured slips and Vicky will share many tips and techniques to help you achieve your perfect tiny home. 

All equipment and materials are provided.

If you wish your item to be fired in a kiln and posted back to you, an additional charge of £5.50 will be made on site.

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities, children over the age of 12 with parental supervision only.

Meet the Tutor

Vicky Jackson

Vicky was born and raised in Falmouth Cornwall and is inspired by all things in nature. She has been creating forever, but after a 2-hour throwing session many years ago, she had an overwhelming feeling of being at home (in the studio setting), from that moment on she has pursued ceramics. Vicky now lives in Torbay and has a studio from which she indulges her deep joy in mud, focusing on her creativity and getting absolutely lost in time in her clay space. 

Vicky loves working in clay and facilitating others to create fun things. 

MONOPRINTING USING GEL PLATES with Hannah Blowes – Submerge Art – Saturday 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 – Saturday 13.45pm

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.