Workshops

Upstairs at Poppy’s

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop in both the UK and globally, the health and well-being of our customers is our number one priority. Consequently, it is with great regret that we have taken the decision to postpone all workshops and sit and sew days for May 2020 and possibly further months too. We are doing are utmost to re-scheduled any workshops that fall in the lock down period so please bear with us and we will be in touch in the near future. Many thanks for all your help and support during this awful time.

There is free delivery on all phone and internet orders and we are offering a ‘Click and Collect’ service, please collect next day. The shop is closed but we can take phone calls and use Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype so you can still see to choose your fabrics or patterns, Sam and Mary will be your personal shoppers. Please see our ‘contact us’ page for mobile numbers to use this feature.

Stay safe and well.

Sam and Mary xx

To book call or email Sam or Mary on 01933 227973, info@poppypatch.co.uk to reserve your place

We would like to invite you to come and relax at one of our courses where there is no rush.  You will be among like minded people in a well lit converted barn with a maximum of fourteen students. 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 courses 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. There will be a small charge of £5 for any alteration or cancellation on bookings.

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Room Hire available please enquire for further details.

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Social Sewing Days

If you fancy a bit of ‘me time’ come and join one of our social sewing days. They run on every Wednesday, every other Monday 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 £9.50 per day from 9:30am until 3:30pm, if you fancy joining us later please feel free to. Places are limited on the Saturday group. For further details please ring Sam or Mary  on 01933 227973.

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  City and Guilds in Patchwork & Quilting – Level 2 and Level 3 

Certificate

A new class started in February on the fourth Tuesday, continuing throughout 2020. Please enquire if you would like to join the group throughout the year – 10 – 4pm


2020

July

Hand Applique with Jane Cobbett

Saturday 4th July – 10 4pm – £50 – During this workshop you will learn several hand applique techniques from the simplest Raw Edge to the more traditional Needleturn.

There will be a selection of early Victorian quilts to study for inspiration and patterns etc to make several technique blocks. These completed blocks can then be used for cushions, bags etc

(Materials not included)

Needleturn Applique workshop with Jane Cobbett at Poppy Patch


Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 10th July – 10-4pm – £32.50 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.

(Materials not included)

Beginners and Improvers Workshop with Jan Shepherd at Poppy Patch


Improvers Workshop with Jan Shepherd

Saturday 11th July – 10-4pm – £32.50 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.

(Materials not included)

Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd at Poppy Patch


New Bags! with Helen Coverley

Friday 17th July – 10 – 4pm – £35 – There is a choice of three bags to make on this course. The smaller bag is an insert for you to remove from one bag and place in another so you are not shifting the majority of your items from one bag to another. This is a great day with Helen for those who have not made bags before with her.

(Materials not included)

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Quilt as you Go with Helen Coverley

Saturday 18th July – 10 – 4pm – £35 – This is a ‘one off’ class where Helen will teach you an alternative technique to making quilts. If you have ever tried layering up a quilt before and know how it can ‘fight back’ when putting it through your sewing machine to quilt, you might want to try the ‘Quilt as You Go’ method of joining the patches together instead. Helen will show you three different techniques to Quilt as You Go.

(Materials not included)

Helen Coverley Quilt As You Go Workshop at Poppy Patch


September

Life Begins in the Garden with Janine Pope

Saturday 5th September – 10 – 4pm – £60FULL – This is Janine’s new quilt that she has designed while spending time in the garden this year. Janine will show you how to draw and of course help you loads to draw your stitched pictures in your own style too.  She specialises in machine drawing. Personalising afterwards is fun too, using your own style to add to the blocks. The workshop is a relaxed day where you will achieve some beautiful results quickly.

(Materials not included)

Life Begins in the Garden Quilt by Janine PopeLife Begins in the Garden Quilt by Janine Pope


 

‘Beginners to Patchwork’ Evenings with Jane Glover

Starting Tuesday 8th September – 6.30pm – 8.30pm for five consecutive weeks – £75 – Come along and learn some new techniques with Jane. Over five weeks you will be taught how to use the tools of the trade as Jane provides you with an introduction to the basics of patchwork and quilting. You will be making a variety of 12 inch blocks that can be turned into a quilt. There will be lots of hints and tips along the way on how to complete your project.

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(Materials not included)

Beginners to Patchwork with Jane Glover at Poppy Patch 1Beginners to Patchwork with Jane Glover at Poppy Patch


Fabric Bowls with Melanie Missin

Saturday 26th September – 10 – 4pm – £50 – In ​this popular workshop transfer paints, organza and interfacing will be used to create these pretty decorative bowls. Some free motion machining is used but not essential .

Melanie can supply the organza and interfacing at a cost of £6 per person.

(Materials not included)

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October

Draw a Pussy Cat with the Sewing Machine Needle with Richard Box

Saturday 3rd October – 10 – 4pm – £50 – You will stitch a Pussy Cat in just one day and ready in time to give to your loved one as a special present for Christmas. Richard, your tutor, will provide the image and demonstrate the process step by step. Notice, in the illustration, how Richard employs the Impressionists’ system of using only primary and secondary colours to create the amazing illusion of greys and browns. He will explain in his demonstration how this device is  achieved. The skills covered in this course are knowledge of colour and design and free machine embroidery. This not a course for an absolute beginner but it can be for a beginner but with the understanding of how to use their own sewing machine otherwise all are welcome.
(Materials not included)
Cats Workshop with Richard Box at Poppy Patch

Embroidery And Applique Day With Jessie Chorley

Saturday 10th October – 10-4pm – £60 – Jessie Chorley is an East London based designer, maker, tutor, author and shop owner specializing in hand Embroidery Collage and Applique. At the heart of her work is hand stitching, and traditional embroidery combined with needle turned appliqué techniques. She combines her passion for collecting ware possible into her embroidered stories and small detailed patchworks.I use my needle and thread to both secure items in place as well as for creating line and detail. My needle and thread are my drawing tools that allow me to create my scenes and stories directly in and on to my chosen fabrics and papers. I use various embroidery flosses combined with favourite vintage threads to illustrate my chosen imagery and words directly on to and in to my selected and usually pre-used fabrics, papers and found objects”. 

Today’s workshop will be a general embroidery and appliqué day, covering all of Jessie’s techniques, creating your own story using her style of appliqué and embroidery. Stitched text and lettering will also be covered. You can purchase a kit from Jessie at an additional cost of £10. They would include hand cut fabric appliqué shapes. A linen backing fabric and some assorted fabric scraps plus she will bring all my own embroidery flosses and other embroidery threads for all participants to use during the workshop. Jessie will also bring two large sampler books that hold all her embroidery samples plus some other stitched works to inspire you.

(Materials not included)

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Porcelain Tea Light Holder and 3 Christmas Hanging Decorations All In A Day With Katie Almond

Saturday 24th October – 10 – 4pm – £65 – Just bring along an apron for this fun workshop. Illustrator and ceramicist Katie launches the Christmas season with 3 hanging porcelain decorations. Choose from Christmas puds, robins, Holly and stars. Add texture and coloured glazes to make your special decorations.

AND Be inspired by Katie’s samples and learn how to construct your very own porcelain tea light holder. We will cover hand-building techniques and surface decoration to create a unique and fully functioning tea light holder. Last year we made three tree decorations and the tea light holder.

(There is an additional charge of £11.25 to be paid on the day to the tutor for the firing of your projects and the postage back to you).

Ceramic Robin Workshop with Katie Almond at Poppy PatchCeramic Tea Light Candle Holder Workshop with Katie Almond at Poppy PatchCeramic Christmas Tree Workshop with Katie Almond at Poppy PatchCeramic 3D bell Workshop with Katie Almond at Poppy patch


Creative machine Embroidery- Part 2: Appliqué techniques with Abigail Mill

Saturday 31st October – 10 – 4pm – £60 – This will be a one day exploration for any one with previous experience of free motion machine embroidery, who wants to learn more about appliqué techniques, from stitched  embellishment, fabric manipulation to working on water soluble fabric. This is the perfect “add-on” to Abigail’s first course in building up a stitched picture. Learn new skills to work up embellished areas with Appliqué, and a chance to create 3D embroidery using water soluble fabric.

Free Motion Machine Embroidery Workshop with Abigail Mill at Poppy Patch


November

Thread Catcher with Lorna Bateman

Saturday 14th November – 10 – 4pm – £60This is one of the designs from Lorna‘s recent book, Embroidered Country Gardens.  The thread catcher/or bag is a most helpful tool to use, both for disposing of excess thread as well as bits of stitching waste, scraps of fabric, etc. She created this small one specifically so that it can be taken to class or to workshops.  The pincushion part has been designed with a beginner in mind. It has been embroidered in softer shades to show the effects of working with a more muted palette.

(Materials not included)

Embroidered Country Gardens Thread Catcher with Lorna Bateman at Poppy Patch 1Embroidered Country Gardens Thread Catcher with Lorna Bateman at Poppy Patch 2Embroidered Country Gardens Thread Catcher with Lorna Bateman at Poppy Patch

 


Embellished Books with Annette Emms

Saturday 21st November – 10 – 4pm – £50 – Embellished Books workshop. In this workshop we will make a soft book using Applique, needle felting and lots of hand stitching; these books are gorgeous. You will be making a book cover that, when folded in half is approx 6 inches square or a 6 x 4 inches rectangle.

(Materials not included)

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Floral workshop (Bias cut silk ribbons) with Lorna Bateman

Saturday 28th November – 10 – 4pm – £60 – Extend your creative skills and work with Hanah bias-cut, pure silk ribbons to create a variety of flowers to form your own wreath, posy or floral bouquet as desired.  You will learn to make anemones, carnations, peonies and roses, amongst others. The stunning flowers are made freeform and then applied to the fabric. You will not complete your project in one day.

(A kit can be purchased on the day at a cost of £25, materials are not included in the price of the course)

Lorna Bateman Floral Ribbonwork workshop at Poppy Patch


Quilt As You Go with Helen Coverley

Friday 4th December – 10 – 4pm – £35 – This is a ‘one off’ class where Helen will teach you an alternative technique to making quilts. If you have ever tried layering up a quilt before and know how it can ‘fight back’ when putting it through your sewing machine to quilt, you might want to try the ‘Quilt as You Go’ method of joining the patches together instead. Helen will show you three different techniques to Quilt as You Go.

If there is any space Sam will be learning this technique!

(Materials not included)

Helen Coverley Quilt As You Go Workshop at Poppy Patch


NEW Oil Cloth Bags with Helen Coverley

Saturday 5th December – 10 – 4pm – £35 – Helen will provide a selection of new bags for you to choose from, all made from oilcloth or you can make one of her older versions. You will need to purchase a teflon foot for your sewing machine and the oil cloth (make sure it is cotton backed).

This is a great class where you will make a lovely bag for yourself or a gift. Choose a small bag to make and make more than one!

(Materials not included)

New Oil Cloth Bag Workshop with Helen Coverley at Poppy Patch 1New Oil Cloth Bag Workshop with Helen Coverley at Poppy Patch


2021

Hare Applique Compostion with Kate Findlay

Saturday 6th February – 10 – 4pm – £60 – Make a small fabric picture in a day using  hare templates provided. We will consider design, composition and colour. Using bondaweb, we will be cutting fabric shapes and ironing them down as raw edge appliqué. The composition can then be finished with hand or machine sewing as preferred. Hare templates will be provided.  Ideas for settings will be given, including simple landscapes. We will make a design approximately 40cm square.

(Materials not included)

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GAIL PAN IS COMING ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA

Gail Pan is coming all the way from Australia to teach at Poppy Patch again this year. If you are a regular to the shop you know that we stock all of her patterns and have done for some time. I have made one of her bags and it is regularly in the shop attached to Mary!!! Her work is delightful and her teaching style is very relaxed. Gail lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, at the foot of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Growing up in a home where sewing was always an important part of her life, it was only natural that she tried every craft there was! She has always had some kind of project in the works (sound familar)!

When her kids were little she made their clothes, and when they got too old for that, she moved on to patchwork. Her design business was born out of her habit of always adapting whatever she was working on until it becomes a new design altogether. In 2003, at the encouragement of some friends who were opening their own patchwork business, she began to design and release her own patterns and has been designing ever since! Gail teaches all over the world and gets great satisfaction and enjoyment from sharing her love of needle and thread.

 

Friday 26th February – 10 – 5pm – FIVE SPACES REMAINING – There are only fourteen places available on each day. Her classes will be running from 10-5pm which includes an hour at the beginning for a show and tell of from Gail’s and a few freebies. There will be a chance to ask questions too.

There will be a choice of four different patterns on the day. You will choose one pattern to make on the day (the others are available to purchase if you so wish). The choices on this day are The Alice bag, Meadowlark, O’Christmas Tree and Shades of Blue (if there was something you really wanted to make I am sure it would be fine with Gail just let us know).

One day course is £75 which includes your one pattern to make on the day, gift bag and refreshments (cake included).

Gail Pan Alice Bag Workshop at Poppy PatchGail Pan Meadowlark Workshop at Poppy PatchGail Pan O' Christmas Tree Workshop at Poppy PatchGail Pan Shades of Blue Workshop at Poppy Patch


Gail Pan

Saturday 27th February – 10 – 5pm – ONE SPACE REMAINING – There are only fourteen places available on each day. Her classes will be running from 10-5pm which includes an hour at the beginning for a show and tell of from Gail’s and a few freebies. There will be a chance to ask questions too.

The photographs below show three different patterns but Gail is designing more at this time so there will be a choice of four patterns on the day. You will choose one pattern to make on the day (the others are available to purchase if you so wish). The choices on this day are A Stitch in Time small project book, Just Bee Drawstring Bag, In the Blue Garden Sewing Folder and a NEW Table runner being designed at this time by Gail.

One day course is £75 which includes your one pattern to make on the day, gift bag and refreshments (cake included). If you book two days the cost is £140 and three days is £200.

A Stitch In Time Small Project Book and Pin Cushion Workshop by Gail Pan at Poppy PatchJust Bee Drawsting Bag Workshop by Gail Pan at Poppy PatchIn the Blue Garden Sewing Folder Workshop by Gail Pan at Poppy Patch


Gail Pan

Sunday 28th February – 10 – 5pm – THREE SPACES REMAINING – There are only fourteen places available on each day. Her classes will be running from 10-5pm which includes an hour at the beginning for a show and tell of from Gail’s and a few freebies. There will be a chance to ask questions too.

The photographs below show three different patterns but Gail is designing more at this time so there will be a choice of four patterns on the day. You will choose one pattern to make on the day (the others are available to purchase if you so wish). The choices on this day are Mind Your Stitches Block folder, Bees in the Garden Bag, Red Blooms for Christmas Table runner and a NEW cushion being designed at this time by Gail.

One day course is £75 which includes your one pattern to make on the day, gift bag and refreshments (cake included). If you book two days the cost is £140 and three days is £200.

Mind Your Stitches Block Folder Workshop with Gail Pan at Poppy PatchBees In The Garden Bag Workshop With Gail Pan at Poppy PatchRed Blooms for Christmas Table Runner by Gail Pan at Poppy Patch


Gail Pan

Monday 1st March – 10 – 5pm – FULL – There are only fourteen places available on each day. Her classes will be running from 10-5pm which includes an hour at the beginning for a show and tell of from Gail’s and a few freebies. There will be a chance to ask questions too.

The photographs below show three different patterns but Gail is designing more at this time so there will be a choice of four patterns on the day. You will choose one pattern to make on the day (the others are available to purchase if you so wish). The choices are for this day are Autumn Flowers table runner, Cotton Floss Folder, Red Delight 30×30 Lap quilt / wall hanging and a NEW bag being designed as we speak!

One day course is £75 which includes your one pattern to make on the day, gift bag and refreshments (cake included). If you book two days the cost is £140 and three days is £200.

Autumn Flowers Table Runner by Gail Pan Workshop for Poppy PatchCotton Floss Folder Workshop by Gail Pan at Poppy PatchRed Delight Applique Lap Quilt Workshop by Gail Pan at Poppy Patch