"Just wanted to say thank you for the workshop yesterday.  We really enjoyed ourselves and the leggings fit well and look great.   We both felt welcomed and very safe in the studio with all your Covid precautions."   Judith  (August 2020)

All machines, equipment, materials and notes are provided (unless otherwise stated) 
A light lunch is included on full day workshops
A maximum of six students on most workshops (Presently 4 due to Covid 19 to ensure social distancing)
Please phone or e-mail to check if places are available
Payment secures your place and must be paid in advance
For more information contact Lorna

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This workshop is all about reading and using paper patterns and sewing seams and hems.  You will make samples to take home and refer to so you can make lots more at home.  Once you know the basics you'll have the confidence to develop your skills at your own pace at home and then come back and learn more when you are ready.  All materials and equipment provided.

With Jennie Rayment's permission, I will be taking you through the first few pages of her book 'Material Magic' and show you how to make a Japanese folded patchwork box. You will go home with your box and a copy of her new book so you can carry on and make lots more on your own at home.

Come along and work on your own project.  Sew with like-minded people and have help on hand when and if you need it.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced.

All the help you need to insert zips neatly and easily. Learn the techniques for sewing in standard and invisible zips. Materials, notes and refreshments included in the cost.

Drop in between 10am and 4pm and join the fun. Full details announced soon but this open day will give people the chance to chat, sew and eat cake!

A chance to come along and learn how to do free motion sewing. How to set your machine, what stabilisers to use, when to use it and useful accessories to help.

Come along and work on your own project.  Sew with like-minded people and have help on hand when and if you need it.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced.

This class is for children aged 8 to 12 with an accompanying adult. Come and learn how to make an apron and with your new skills, spend the rest of the half term sewing lots more things at home. (The fee is per child and includes materials)

All the help you need to insert zips neatly and easily. Learn the techniques for sewing in standard and invisible zips. Materials, notes and refreshments included in the cost.

Drop in and have your Brother questions answered by Melanie and Tricia, our Brother experts. Whether you have queries about your own specific sewing/embroidery model or you’re interested in buying or upgrading to a new one, come and see what’s available. We will also have the brand new Innov-is 880e embroidery machine to try out. Offers on the day and 0% finance will be available on many Brother sewing and embroidery machines.

Even a very basic sewing machine can do amazing things when you know how. Bring your machine along on the day and find out what it can do as it is and with specialist attachments and needles. Bring your own machine or borrow one. (*£30 if you bought your sewing machine from us)

Get ready for Christmas. Start making your advent calendar here, creating machine embroidered numbers and title then construct your panel in plenty of time for December. Materials provided. (This session is ideal if you want to learn more about machine embroidery whether you already have one or you are considering buying one.)

Demonstration 'What is an Embroidery Machine?' Come and see what is possible with an embroidery machine and how the models differ.

Learn how easy it is to make a simple embroidered badge. This session is suitable for those with an embroidery machine or those just intrigued with its possibilities.

This workshop is for people who already own a Brother embroidery machine or for those who are interested in learning more before they buy one.  Learn to select and retrieve designs, combine and arrange patterns and text.  You will also discover a range of stabilisers and understand how to use them. *(only £40 if you have bought an embroidery machine from us)

Whether you are thinking about buying one; have just bought one or had one for years but never got to grips with it, this overlocking workshop is for you. We will look at maintenance, threading, tension adjustments and achieving balanced stitches. Also: rolled hems, lettuce edges and corners. (Contact me if you need to borrow a machine) (* only £40 if you have bought a Brother overlocker from us and free if you've bought a Babylock overlocker from us)

Learn new skills on this 'make and take' session. Use an embroidery machine; find out how to do simple patchwork; sew an invisible zip and take home a completed festive cushion. Ideal if you want to learn about patchwork, try out machine embroidery or find out how to insert a concealed/invisible zip. (Course fee includes all materials and cushion insert)

Have you ever thought about buying a baby lock overlocker? Well this is your best chance to see the full range and have an expert demonstration from Baby Lock educator Katy Inch. Refreshments and special offers on the day.

 

This session is an introduction to the principles of pattern drafting.  Students will make a skirt block, using their own measurements, and learn how to adapt it to create various styles. After this session students may wish to develop their pattern drafting skills and/or use their skirt block to make a new wardrobe of skirts which fit.

Learn how bras are constructed including drafting the patterns, sewing seams, attaching elastic, covering cups and inserting wires.  We will discuss sizing and fitting as well as choosing styles and materials.  This is a great workshop to get you started so you will learn what you need to know to make bras for yourself and friends.

If you avoid working with some types of fabric because you don’t know how to sew them, book on this workshop. Perhaps you have a length of expensive cloth that you are frightened to cut into or you are planning a special gown and want to learn more before you start. Find out how to handle and sew stretchy knits and Lycra, sumptuous velvets, luxurious silk satins and fine, sheer voils and chiffons.
Contact Lorna at info@lornaknight.com to book your place.
(£37.50)

Traditional tailoring can be difficult and time consuming so why not fill your wardrobe with clothes made with the Terry Fox Combination Tailoring method? This uses a new generation of woven interfacings which are fused in place with no need for pad stitching and hand sewing. You will learn the full anatomy of a jacket and make up half a jacket sample with interfacings, a notched collar, set in sleeves and sleeve wrap.

Are you fed up making clothes that don't fit as well as you'd like them to? Come along and learn the principles of adapting a commercial pattern to fit your figure and make a toile to fine tune the fit. The fee includes a commercial pattern and calico to make up your toile as well as lunch and refreshments. After the session you can make up the pattern in your own choice of fabric and use the fitting techniques for adapting all other patterns.

It is difficult to get a good fitting pair of trousers so the first part of the day is spent learning how to adjust a basic trouser pattern to make it more like your personal shape.  The remainder of the day is all about the techniques including pockets, fly zip insertion, a two-piece waistband, belt loops and hems.  You will make a standard sized pair of trousers to use as a working sample so that when you get home you will have all the knowledge you need to make your own pair in your choice of fabric.

Learn how to sew with stretch/Lycra knit fabric and take home a pair of leggings. You'll be given a pattern and navy or black fabric, but if you prefer a different colour bring your own.

Save the earth and save some money by coming along to this alterations workshop to learn how to alter and mend clothes.  We will discuss replacing zips, shortening trousers, and adjusting waists through a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on activities.

This session is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who can sew but want to learn how to insert a concealed/invisible zip. (Fabric and zip included in the fee, but you will need to provide your own cushion insert)

If you have a Brother or Baby Lock cover stitch machine bring it along and find out how it works and what it can do.  we will work on chain stitch as well as two and three thread cover stitching and play with decorative finishes.  If you are interested in buying a cover stitch machine but want to find out more first, we will happily provide you with a machine for the session.  (10% off for customers who bought their cover stitch machines from us).

After this workshop you will be certain that your clothes will never look home-made again. Samples will be made of a zip that cannot go wrong; tailored hems with no visible stitches; beautifully smooth tailored darts; bound buttonhole, Hong Kong finish; cuffs and silk covered press studs.