Workshops

Upstairs at Poppy’s

To book call or email Sam or Mary on 01933 227973, poppy.patch@yahoo.co.uk to reserve your place

We would like to invite you to come and relax at one of our workshops where there is no rush.  You will be among like minded people. Our teachers are warm and friendly with an abundance of skill and knowledge that can help your day flow with ease. Help yourself to tea and coffee throughout the day. We have workshops to suit all skill levels from beginners to the more advanced.

Cancellation policy – All courses must be paid in full at the time of booking. If you are unable to come please let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to move you to another course. If you can give us more than 14 days notice we would be happy to give you a refund less a small charge for administration of £5. Unfortunately if there is less than 14 days notice we are unable to give any refunds.

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Social Sewing Days

If you fancy a bit of ‘me time’ come and join one of our social sewing days. Every Wednesday, Thursday and the last Saturday of the month maybe bring some cake and enjoy  unlimited supply of tea and coffee. There is also space to sit outside on a beautiful day. The days are £8.50 per day from 10 until 4pm, if you fancy joining us later please feel free to. For further details please ring Sam or Mary  on 01933 227973.

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  2017

 May

Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 5th May – 10-4pm – £27.50 per day – Come along and learn new a variety of techniques, from basic blocks to more intricate designs to make a sampler quilt . You can make any size project that will fit into your home, from a Lap and Bed Quilt or a bed runner. This is the ideal class to improve your patchwork skills. (Sewing machine and a 1/4 inch patchwork foot and cutting equipment required).

Places are strictly limited. Book yours now! This course runs on a monthly basis.

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Improvers Workshop with Jan Shepherd

Saturday 6th May – 10-4pm – £27.50 per day – Come along and learn a variety of techniques, from basic blocks to more intricate designs . You can make any size project that will fit into your home, from a Lap and Bed Quilt, a bed runner, finish a project you need help with or even make a bag, it’s up to you.  This is a class to expand your patchwork techniques whilst working on one of Jan’s projects or one of your own. Places are strictly limited. Book yours now! This course runs on a monthly basis.

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Enchanted Garden with Gail Lawther

Saturday 13th May – 10-4pm – £45 – Create your own celebration of our favourite garden visitors. These two panels are created in Stained Glass Patchwork; choose either the exotic Dragonfly or the gorgeous Butterfly to do on the day, and take the other design to do at home. The designs can be stitched in rich batiks, or bright or subtle prints and plains – or strike a different tone with a coordinating range of fabrics in any colourscheme you fancy! The finished designs can be made into cushion-covers or used as wall-hangings – or you could incorporate both designs in the middle of a larger wall quilt.

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One Stitch at a Time (Therapeutic Stitching)

Tuesday 16th May – 10-12.45 pm – £3 (includes tea and coffee) – This is a therapeutic group for people who have depression, anxiety, stress, have had a bereavement or have general mental health issues. The group meets once a month for three hours to sew together. You can bring along a hand sewing project or learn a thread based one. Beginners to stitching can purchase a small hand sewn project for £5.

Poppy Patch is located in a rural setting which is quiet and peaceful. You will stitch in a light and airy room on the first floor of a barn conversion. There is ample parking and the shop is very near to a bus stop.

This project is being endorsed by Wellingborough ‘MIND’ and ‘Depression Alliance’, Northampton.

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Cornflower Blue with Chris Yates

Friday 19th May – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Using tissue paper and ink we will start by creating a unique background. Onto this you will use free machine embroidery to create beautiful cornflowers (or poppies) dancing amongst shadowy grasses. You will need a sewing machine which can drop feed-dogs. If you have not tried free machining before come and have a go – you will be surprised how relaxing it can be.

(Sample in the shop, come and have a look)

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3 Dimensional needle felting with Michelle Hickman from Furzie

Saturday 20th May – 10 – 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make either a hare or a dog. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience, all you need is enthusiasm.  Please bring photos, pictures or cards that provide you with inspiration and Michelle (aka Furzie) will help you create the wire armature structure on which your wool sculpture will be based.

All materials and tools are provided for the course and, if you wish at the end of the day, you may buy your very own felting kit and wool to take home for your next project.

(this class is full but please ring the shop to go on the reserve list)

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(The photograph below is a picture of Brussel and Maisy, made by Sam & Mary)

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June

Silk Ribbon Embroidery – Beginners & Intermediate with Lorna Bateman

Tuesday 6th June – 10 – 4pm – £45 – For those who have a basic knowledge of silk ribbon embroidery or have completed the introduction to silk ribbon embroidery with Lorna. Students will experiment with a variety of stitches and discover how the stitch can be used to form a number of different flowers. A sampler or design will be worked on. A workshop pack can be supplied or students can bring own materials.

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Transfer Paints and Embroidered Landscapes with Chris Yates

Friday 9th June – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Discover the versatility of transfer paints to create your own unique landscape. Chris will guide you through the process and will supply a selection of painted sheets to choose from for the background of your landscape. You will then use a combination of both hand and machine embroidery to develop your individual scene.

There will be a small charge (approx £2) to cover the costs of painted sheets payable to the tutor on the day. This is suitable for all.

(Sample in the shop, come and have a look)

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 3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Michelle Hickman from Furzie

Saturday 10th June – 10 – 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make either an Owl or a Pussycat (maybe not in a pea green boat!). The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience, all you need is enthusiasm.  Please bring photos, pictures or cards that provide you with inspiration and Michelle (aka Furzie) will help you create the wire armature structure on which your wool sculpture will be based.

All materials and tools are provided for the course and, if you wish at the end of the day, you may buy your very own felting kit and wool to take home for your next project.


House blocks with attitude with Katharine Guerrier

Saturday 17th June  – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Liberated piecing techniques are applied to house blocks to give your quilts that contemporary look. This is an improvisational way of working without templates and no two house blocks turn out the same. Quick pieced flying geese units are adapted to make pine trees, then a border of irregular sawtooth sashing and simple blocks completes your quilt or wallhanging which can be made any size from small wallhanging to king size. You will learn a variety of piecing techniques including how to fit all these separate pieces together into an effective and individual quilt. All template free. A relaxed day when you don’t have to worry too much about precision piecing. Ideal for scrapbag quilts to use up those bits. Students will need to be familiar with the rotary cutting set and straight stitch on the sewing machine. Any spare blocks you have from previous projects may be fitted in to these quilts so bring them along if you have any.

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Hex -Etui Sewing Box or Sewing Trug with Helen Coverley

Friday 30th June  – 10 – 4pm – £30 – On this day you will make a fabulous hexagonal small case for holding needles, scissors, threads, bobbins, thimbles or make it into a cosmetic case or a sewing trug.  This trug is ideal for keeping your sewing items inside but also make a fantastic gift for home made jams etc. Choose your favourite fabric to cover the box and another for inside. Once made you will not be able to do without this trug. The approximate size is 11 (width) x 6.5 (depth) x 8.5 (height) inches.

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July

 Star Shimmer with Anja Townrow

Saturday 8th July – 10 – 4pm – £45 – (size: 29 x 29 inches)  This design is a lot easier than it looks! It can also be used as the centre of a larger quilt. In the workshop, we will make the main block featured in the quilt. You will get a pattern with full instructions and demonstrations during the day, showing you how to complete the quilt, plus fabric advice to achieve your own unique Star Shimmer.

The quilt consists of eight Blocks 8×8 inches, made with 4 fabrics, see below, eight Star points and eight Border pieces

This course is suitable for all levels, can be adapted for hand-sewing.

 

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Denim Bags with Helen Coverley

Friday 21st July – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Come along to this fun workshop and make one of Helen’s bags with Bosal / Legacy Flex-Foam for support or without. You will need a button for covering the centre of the flower for one of the bags. There will possibly be time if you make the small bag to start another during the day.

This course is suitable for all levels and there are samples in the shop for you to see.


Jelly Roll Quilt with Helen Coverley

Saturday 22nd July – 10 – 4pm – £30 – There is a choice of three quilts for you to make on this day. In order of difficulty you can choose either Roman Stripes or Ashes and Embers or Pink Lemonade. A jelly roll quilt is one of the easiest kinds of quilts to make because the fabric is pre-cut and you can use a simple sewing method to put it together. If you have been considering patchwork then this is a great starter project to help you decide if you might like to try more advanced quilting patterns someday. If you are an experienced quilter, then this is a project that you can complete in a shorter space of time and use up that jelly roll that has been hiding in your stash!

A sewing machine is required for this day.

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August

Machine Quilting with Susie Corke

Saturday 5th August – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Boost your machine quilting skills. This day with Susie is a great choice for those who want to develop and broaden their skills in machine quilting. You will explore a variety of stitch designs and techniques and understand ways to transfer quilting designs in a way that suits you.  Discuss in detail the use of different threads and waddings and get to grips with your machine and its little quirks!


Beside the Seaside / Seaside Panel with Katharine Guerrier

Saturday 19th August – 10 – 4pm – £45 – In this workshop students will learn how to piece miniature patchwork blocks on a seaside theme. Beach huts, sailing boats, fish and a lighthouse. using the foundation piecing method. This involves stitching the patches onto a lightweight foundation fabric onto which the design has been traced from the patterns provided. Blocks are approximately 3 inches square. Blocks can be used to make an individual greetings card or as the beginning of a small wall hanging, cushion or bag. There will be a collection of miniature quilts to study as examples which you are welcome to photograph.

Requirements: The usual sewing kit (pins, needles, tape measure and scissors). Sewing machine, extension lead (if possible) and instruction book. Rotary cutter, ruler (such as 12″x 6″, 6″ x 6″ if you have one) and board. Fabric marker. Notebook and (to record) a camera.For the foundation: about half a metre of either sew in vilene or stitch ‘n’ tear. Fabrics: small print fabrics; dots, stripes, small floral prints, geometrics etc, in a variety of colours to suit the theme, plus some fabric (fat quarters) to represent sea, sky and sand.

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September

3 Dimensional needle felting with Michelle Hickman from Furzie

Saturday 2nd September – 10 – 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make either a hare or a dog. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience, all you need is enthusiasm.  Please bring photos, pictures or cards that provide you with inspiration and Michelle (aka Furzie) will help you create the wire armature structure on which your wool sculpture will be based.

All materials and tools are provided for the course and, if you wish at the end of the day, you may buy your very own felting kit and wool to take home for your next project.


Beginners to Patchwork and Quilting with Helen Spence

Wednesday 6th and 20th September and Wednesday 4th and 18th October – 10 – 4pm – £120 – This is a four day course split over eight weeks on Wednesdays. You will learn how to piece nine blocks using your sewing machine (this can be hand sewn too). Helen will teach you how to sash your quilt and if you do lots of homework how to quilt it too. This workshop will teach you lots of techniques.

(This makes a lap quilt or an bed runner).


Lilac Flowers and Christmas Circles with Anja Townrow

Saturday 9th September – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Choose one of these lovely circular designs to make a striking table centre or cushion, or use it as the centre of a larger quilt, they are 17″ diameter. Foundation Pieced flowers or Christmas trees are quickly made with Anja’s method of Foolproof Frustration-free Foundation piecing (no waste, fits every time, sharp points).

Beginners will be amazed at how quickly they get great results with this new way of Foundation Piecing, while anybody who didn’t ‘get on’ with this technique in the past, will now be totally converted!

 

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Doodlebugs with Gail Lawther

Saturday 16th September – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Create your own collection of cute bugs using Gail’s ‘scribble’ technique – a lovely way of adding a subtle stained glass effect to fused designs. If you’ve never tried free machine quilting – or perhaps are a bit wary of it? – this is a perfect way to begin: it actually doesn’t matter where the lines of quilting go! The motifs are fused onto the background, then you simply scribble round and round each piece several times with free machine quilting; it’s as easy as doodling.

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Stained Glass Window Art Deco Style Cushions or Wall hanging with Helen Spence

Tuesday 19th September – 10-4pm – £30 – Come to Poppy Patch and learn how to make these beautiful Charles Rennie Mackintosh Art Deco Style cushions or wall hanging. The cushions look incredible and are larger than your standard cushion. You could make one on the day and make the collection later once you have learned the technique. The sample wall hanging is made from silk dupion but could be made from any plain or mottled/marbled/textured cottons or batiks and looks very attractive. The overlay of bias binding enhances the stained glass effect which can be hand or machine sewn. Suitable for people with some sewing experience and can be machine or hand sewn.


 October

Machine Drawn Appliqued Picture with Janine Pope

Saturday 7th October – 10 – 4pm – £45 – You will learn some of the techniques on this day including how to draw and write onto fabric. You will learn how to draw and design your own panels which you can then use for quilts, bags, cushions or pictures. Janine has a relaxed way of working, easy and free and  you achieve results quickly. You can also experiment with some hand embellishing and embroidery and keep to a very neutral Scandinavian colour palette which she uses or create your own.

This workshop is for beginners and the more experienced but you must be able to drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine.


Cathedral window Cushion with Helen Spence

Tuesday 10th October – 10-4pm – £30 – Come to Poppy Patch and learn how to make this fabulous cushion. This patchwork cushion is made from the classic block cathedral window. Having learnt the process you could make this into a quilt. You will be taught how to draft an oblong shape which creates the other interesting diamond shapes within this cushion.

This class is suitable for beginners to the more experienced and can be machine or hand sewn.


3 Dimensional needle felting with Michelle Hickman from Furzie

Saturday 14th October – 10 – 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make either a hare or a dog. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience, all you need is enthusiasm.  Please bring photos, pictures or cards that provide you with inspiration and Michelle (aka Furzie) will help you create the wire armature structure on which your wool sculpture will be based.

All materials and tools are provided for the course and, if you wish at the end of the day, you may buy your very own felting kit and wool to take home for your next project.


November

Drawing With The Sewing Machine Needle with Richard Box

Saturday 4th November – 10-4pm – £45 – Produce stunning pictures by using your sewing machine and coloured threads in new and creative ways. The step-by-step instructions enable you to draw using the thread as if it were your ink and the needle as your pen. This workshop involves the subject of Daisies.


Mystical Dragonflies and Interesting Insects with Lorna Bateman

Tuesday 7th November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Using a variety of stitches, mediums and techniques, learn how to embroider bees, dragonflies, ladybirds, caterpillars, butterflies, etc. Students embroider and embellish them using creative 3-dimensional techniques. Start a small project in class and complete at home. Students supply own materials or a kit can be supplied.

This course is suitable for a beginner to intermediate.

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Pennsylvania Pot with Anja Townrow

Saturday 11th November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Create this beautiful cushion while learning all the shortcuts to easy and successful machine appliqué! The size will fit a regular bed pillow. Also suitable as the centre of a bigger quilt. Anja will show you a better way to prepare and stitch your appliqué. You can try out new threads on your machine during the workshop. Hand sewers are welcome too. Ideal for colourful scraps.

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3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Michelle Hickman from Furzie

Saturday 25th November – 10 – 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make Christmas Bottle Toppers or a  larger Christmas figure, reindeer, Father Christmas etc. The course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience, all you need is enthusiasm. Make as many bottle toppers as you like or make it into a larger project.

All materials and tools are provided for the course and, if you wish at the end of the day, you may buy your very own felting kit and wool to take home for your next project.


Book cushion with Helen Coverley

Friday 1st December – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Come along and learn how to sew a personalized reading cushion with a pocket to place the book into. This can be a lovely comfy cushion for adults or children alike. You can use that charm pack or beautiful fabric that has been hanging around or come and choose a new one!


Christmas Tree Sweetie boxes with Helen Coverley

Saturday 2nd December – 10 4pm –  £30 – These are beautiful gift boxes, why not come and make one for yourself or to give as a gift for Christmas to that special person. They are in the in the shape of a Christmas tree! You will be glueing and and sewing these boxes together. This is all hand sewn and is suitable for beginners upwards.

(You will only make one box in a day and there is an additional charge on the day for the card kit which needs to be cut before the workshop. The large tree kit is £5 and the smaller tree kit is £4.40).


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January

The Hare in Machine Embroidery with Richard Box

Saturday 20th January – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Produce stunning pictures by using your sewing machine and coloured threads in new and creative ways. The step-by-step instructions enable you to draw using the thread as if it were your ink and the needle as your pen.

It is only possible to book this course if you have completed one of Richard’s sewing machine courses previously, there is one in November 2016 here at Poppy Patch.


Enchanted Garden with Gail Lawther

Saturday 14th April – 10-4pm – £45 – (Back by popular demand) Create your own celebration of our favourite garden visitors. These two panels are created in Stained Glass Patchwork; choose either the exotic Dragonfly or the gorgeous Butterfly to do on the day, and take the other design to do at home. The designs can be stitched in rich batiks, or bright or subtle prints and plains – or strike a different tone with a coordinating range of fabrics in any colour scheme you fancy! The finished designs can be made into cushion-covers or used as wall-hangings – or you could incorporate both designs in the middle of a larger wall quilt.


Cottage Garden with Gail Lawther

Saturday 9th June – 1- 4pm – £45 – Today is your chance to try out my ‘scribble’ technique – a lovely way of adding a subtle stained glass effect to fused designs. If you’ve never tried free machine quilting – or perhaps are a bit wary of it? – this is a perfect way to get to grips with it. Maybe you’ve had a go, and didn’t impress yourself with the results …? Well, the joy of this workshop is: it actually doesn’t matter where the lines of quilting go!

You can create your cottage garden design using any combination you fancy of the flower designs I’ll provide on the day; your chosen flowers and leaves are fused onto the background, then you simply scribble round and round each piece several times with free machine quilting; it’s as easy as doodling.

Finished size: my design featuring the tall flowers (hollyhocks, delphiniums, foxgloves) measuring 24 x 20in (61 x 51); these blooms need the 24in height. My smaller designs are 15in (39cm) square. If you like to make a different sized quilt just adjust the background fabric, backing, wadding and binding accordingly.


Twilight Silhouettes with Gail Lawther

Saturday 29th September – 10 -4pm – £45 – As the light of the sun fades, the silhouettes of different birds appear against the twilight landscapes. All the dark motifs are fused onto backgrounds pieced from strips of fabric; your background can be quite detailed (eg using Jelly Roll strips), or created from three or four much deeper pieces. You can even use a single piece of dramatically-shaded fabric. (On the day, I’ll bring a few different pieces of shaded fabric with me that would make good backgrounds, either for the design you’re doing that day or others you might want to do in the future!)

You can copy one of the five designs I’ve created, or design your own version on the day by mixing and matching the bird and plant motifs I’ll supply. And during the workshop we’ll explore lots of different methods of simple machine-quilting.