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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August

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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Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 25th August- 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 26th August – 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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September

Block of the Month (The Birdhouse Merry & Bright) with Jaime B

Friday 1st & 29th September, 27th October & 24th November – 10 – 4pm – £140 (inclusive of seven patterns)  – Four full days block of the month Merry & Bright by Natalie Bird from the Birdhouse.  Merry & Bright is a Christmas applique Block of the Month which has seven patterns. The Finished size of the quilt is 50″ x 42″. Over the four days you will complete this beautiful quilt. You will start to put together two blocks per month and then finish the top depending on your speed, you could completely finish this project, sandwiched and quilted if you complete homework.

This is for all levels but you must own a sewing machine with some knowledge of sewing.


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.


One Stitch at a Time (Therapeutic Stitching)

THERE IS NO SESSION IN SEPTEMBER BUT STARTS AGAIN ON: Tuesday 17th October – 10-12.30 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 group always meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

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

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Beginners to Patchwork and Quilting with Helen Spence

Wednesday 20th September and Wednesday 4th and 18th October & 1st November – 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).


Roman blind with Sally-Ann Best from The Sew Studio

Friday 8th September – 10 – 2pm – £65 – Learn how to construct the perfect Roman blind using professional hand sewn techniques to create Blinds that look beautiful and stand the test of time. On the day you will make a sample. There will also be a demonstration of making a baton and discussion on fixing and fitting blinds.

Fabric is provided but you will need to bring a sewing machine, tape measure, pins and sewing needles.
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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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Dressmaking Evening Class with Caroline Hawkins

Wednesday 13th, 27th September & 18th October & 15th November – 5.30 – 7.30pm – £50 – Back to basics sewing for the novice dressmaker. This guided class will take you through the steps required to follow a pattern and create a simple wearable garment. Caroline will teach you in the preliminary session to choose a pattern, fabric and understand the pattern envelope. You will then be required to go home and wash your fabric and cut out your pattern. On returning for the further three classes you will be taught measuring, fitting and constructing the garment. A sewing machine is required for this class

Maximum of six people


Rotary Cutting Mat or Quilter’s Ruler bag with Helen Coverley

Friday 15th September – 10 – 4pm – £30 – If you are like me and have talked about (many times) making a bag that carries my cutting mat and ruler to workshops, now is your opportunity. Join Helen who seems to make bag making easy and use some of your stash or  treat yourself to that fabric you have had your eye on.

This is suitable for a beginner


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

Denim Bags with Helen Coverley

Tuesday 3rd October – 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.


Macmillan Coffee Morning hosted by Poppy Patch

Come and join us at Poppy Patch on Friday 6th October from 10.00am until 2.30pm to raise money for Macmillan. We will have a cake competition, tea, coffee and cake to eat and drink and a raffle. We would love to see you. If you would like to donate a cake or biscuits for us to sell we would be grateful. Last year was a great success.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support
Sell cake for Macmillan at The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this September – bake it or fake it, at work or at home and make a difference to people facing cancer.


 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.


 Sewing Tote with Helen Coverley

Friday 13th October – 10-4pm – £30 – This is a handy sewing tote that will take your crafting needs. Helps for transporting all our stuff we just cannot do without! There is a main compartment and extra pouches to place those items within. I (Sam) made this in her last course and loved it, it is a great day with Helen.


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.


Camera bag with Helen Spence

Tuesday 24th October – 10 -4pm – £30 – Learn how to make a bag. Use the popular raw-edge applique technique plus a little free and easy machine stitching to create this fantastic vintage-style bag.

 


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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Sewing Machine Cover with Helen Coverley

Tuesday 21st November – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Make a stylish cover for your sewing machine, keeps your machine clean too. You will learn how to measure and make the cover to fit your machine, add a lining and side pockets too.

Suitable for all levels


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).


Teascapes with Chris Yates

Saturday 9th December – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Create an original landscape using recycled teabags – yes, they really are used teabags! Experiment with colour variations and different hand embroidery stitches. Add a few beads to embellish or miniature trees or flowers to produce a piece that is totally unique.

Suitable for all.


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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.

This is only for those who are fantastically proficient with the technique of free machine stitching or those who have attended one of Richard’s courses in free machine embroidery (there is one in November 2016 here at Poppy Patch).


February

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

Tuesday 6th February – 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.


Folk Art Free Machining with Linda Harding

Saturday 10th February – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Use colourful patterned fabrics to make an appliqued folk-art wall hanging or cushion front. Discover the wonderful heat-activated textile material Bondaweb to layer coloured and patterned fabrics in Scandinavian and American inspired folk-art designs (templates available), then learn the skill of free-machine embroidery  to create a unique art quilt or cushion front. Bring your own sewing machine, or share time on one of mine (you will need a free machining or darning foot, and be able to lower the feed dogs on your machine). Requirements are  a square of wadding, plain coloured cotton for a background, bondaweb and a few fat quarters or scraps of patterned fabrics – all are available to purchase in the shop.


March

Freestyle Machine Embroidery with Julie Brand from Tigley textiles

Saturday 3rd March – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Join Julie to learn the mystery of machine embroidery. This is now such a popular art form and can be done in so many different ways. Rather than make one finished piece and learn one technique, Julie aims to show you many ways that machine embroidery can be used with plenty of examples to inspire you. Suitable for beginners, sometimes even easier, as you have to forget everything you’ve previously learned about precision and just go with the flow.  You will need to  bring your own sewing machine, as long as you can drop the feed (or can cover the teeth with a plate) and have an embroidery foot.  Just bring yourself and your sense of humour, guaranteed to result in excited squeals from time to time! At the end of the day you will take away a stunning sampler showing various techniques. All the examples shown in these images have been made in one day by absolute beginners.

Learn how to: Drop the feed on your machine and “draw” using the thread, experiment stitching with and without a hoop, stitch with freedom- anywhere, any direction, use bondaweb to apply cut fabrics onto a background, add paint successfully, without the bleed, use  transfer pens, write words freehand, embroider using paper and card, be inspired to make your own designs and see how versatile and truly addictive this art form really is.

There would be a £5 charge for materials for and you would need to bring cotton and machines and a basic sewing kit.

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April

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.

 


Heritage Textile Workshop with Jane Cobbett

Saturday 21st April – 10 4pm – £45 – Theme – Crazy Patchwork Wall Hanging. During this creative workshop you will study a selection of Victorian quilts,  learn how to design an individual block pattern and use this to make a small wall hanging incorporating machine stitched curves, quilting and embellishments.

June

Mackintosh Down to a Tea with Chris Yates

Friday 8th June – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Come and learn how to create flowers in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh from used teabags. We will create a panel on a wonderfully textured background (again made with teabags) which can either be framed or used as a book cover. You can experiment with different colouring mediums to create your own pattern or choose from one of Chris’ designs.

Suitable for all levels as long as you are happy using a sewing machine.


Cottage Garden with Gail Lawther

Saturday 9th June – 10- 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.


July

Drawing For The Terrified with Richard Box

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2018 – 10-4pm – £90 –  Are you terrified of drawing but secretly long to learn how? Richard Box has an approach that will steady your nerves and build drawing ability and confidence. You will be amazed at what you will be able to draw in monochrome by following his method. Richard is the author of a number of books on drawing and design.

Above all, the course is to be considered as your first step towards a lifetime’s adventure discovering the nature of colour and tone; as John Ruskin said, ‘I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than to teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw’.

This is a two day course where you will learn monochrome and then colour.


August

Painting for the Petrified

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th. August – 10 -4pm – £90 – This course is for all who long to paint in watercolours but have been deterred by thinking it is difficult. Richard will dispel that myth and teach you, step by step, how to paint a simple still life and achieve marvellous effects with numerous layers of translucent colours. Richard is an experienced teacher and the author of a number of practical art books.

This is a two day course.


Crazy Patchwork with Lorna Bateman

Saturday 11th August – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Learn the basics of crazy patchwork by hand. Students will learn a number of stitches for embellishing this type of patchwork. One day workshop.

Suitable for all levels

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September

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.


November

New Project with Lorna Bateman

Saturday 3rd November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Brand new project to be decided, coming soon!