Upstairs at Poppy’s

To book call or email Sam or Mary on 01933 227973, 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.


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.




 Improvers Workshop with Jan Shepherd

Saturday 21st October – 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.




Padded Christmas Stockings with Katy Cain

Friday 3rd November – 10- 4pm – £25 – Come along and make this lovely handmade Christmas stocking. Choose some gorgeous Christmas fabrics and personalise the stocking with a name. Fabric pieces need to be about 9inches by 5inches but do not CUT anything until we get together!

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. Do you want to develop your skills with your sewing machine learn how to draw with the simple straight stitch? Then this is your course! You will stitch a design of daisies that Richard, your tutor, has prepared for you. He will demonstrate every stage step by step. This will give you the confidence and the understanding necessary to continue drawing with the sewing machine at home.

Is important that you have some experience using the ‘darning foot’ ( sometimes known as the ‘free motion foot’ ) prior to this course. Try practising, even a little, beforehand so that you are confident and excited about its amazing possibilities.

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.


One Stitch at a Time (Therapeutic Stitching)

 Tuesday 21st November – 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.


Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 17th November- 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.


‘Quillow’ with JaimeB

Friday 24th November -10 – 4pm – £30 -The pillow that turns into a quilt!

This is a fun day  where you can make a fabulous quilt and a pillow all in one. The Quillow has a variety of uses and can be used by children, adults and even pets.  When not being used as a quilt it can simply transform back into a good-sized pillow.  You can use it for travelling, overnight stays, picnics, play mats, lap quilts……….. the list goes on!  It’s all down to your imagination with colour schemes and choices of fabrics.

Size of finished pillow 16 x 16 inches and the size of the finished quilt approximately 48 x 48 inches


3 Dimensional Needle Felting with 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 or Sewing Tote 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! OR come and make this 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. There is also a slightly smaller version available to make in the same style if you so wish.

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.

3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 16th December – 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.



Machine Drawn Appliqued Picture with Janine Pope

Saturday 13th January – 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.

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).


Decorate fabrics with your own hand-made printing blocks with Charlotte Haenlein

Saturday 3rd February – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Charlotte was the winner of the City & Guild’s Medal for Excellence in Patchwork & Quilting. Discover how cheap and easy it is to make your own stamps with craft foam on see-through acrylic bases! Learn how to decorate and add texture & depth to a variety of fabrics for quilting, sewing, patchwork and embroidery, printing with metallic and opaque fabric paints. There will be a range of tutor-made printing blocks for you to try, and samples to give you ideas of how to combine the printing technique you have learnt with sewing. The day goes so quickly so the main emphasis is on making stamps and printing fabric for you to continue sewing at home.

(There will be a small charge of £3 on the day to Charlotte for the paints and stamps)

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.

3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 17th February – 10- 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make a Hare or a Teddy Bear. 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.


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.

Poppies with Chris Yates

Friday the 9th March – 10 – 4pm – £30 – On this course you will start by mixing a confetti patchwork technique with a bit of free machining  to create a background for this mixed media poppy creation. Add some applique, a few beads and buttons and maybe even a couple of painted papers. A final flourish of your favourite edging stitch finishes off your panel.

Come and see the beautiful samples in the shop.

Kantha Journal workshop with Angela Daymond from Fenland Textiles Studio

Saturday the 10th March – 10 -4pm  – £45 – In this relaxing hand stitching workshop you will learn about Kantha work and how to use this technique to stitch your memories into a fabric journal. Kantha just uses the running stitch to create representational images and texture with your stitching, it is a technique suitable for all levels. You will use Kantha techniques to create two pages for your fabric journal. Every journal will be unique and individual,  for an additional £2 you will be able to send Angela four of your photos before the workshop to be printed onto fabric. The workshop will also teach you about how to add fabric pockets onto your pages to keep precious things in, make more journal pages at home and how to stitch them altogether to complete your fabric journal.

Butterfly Batik with Jan Shepherd

Saturday 24th March – 10 – 4pm- £30 – Jan will introduce you to the design possibilities of simple shapes and show you how to make an easy block, especially good to show off large scale prints or highly coloured fabrics like batiks. Or maybe you could choose a favourite layer cake or charm pack as your starting point? The quilt can be made any size and would be a good choice for a quick baby or child’s quilt. Jan will also give you ideas for quilting designs, including the butterfly motif which gives the quilt its name.

Come and see the quilt as it is hanging in the shop.



City and Guilds in Patchwork & Quilting – Level 2 Certificate

Tuesday 10th April – 10 – 4pm – City & Guilds is a qualification of international standing. Level Two Certificate will give you a thorough grounding in many forms of patchwork and quilting from around the world. It will increase your technical skills and to develop a good set of design tools. It will give you the basis for developing your own style and interests as well as your own working methods. There are two parts to each City & Guilds qualification—Design and Craft. Both parts must be completed to gain the qualification. The two parts are linked, with the design part supporting and informing the craft of patchwork and quilting.

This level will run over 20 sessions spread over 2 years. For each class there will be a charge £50 per student. This fee includes all City and Guilds costs -Registration External moderation and Certification, marking and internal verification costs plus necessary art materials and handouts. The first payment due for this course will be £200 which covers the first and last three classes and the City and Guilds fees.

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.


Collage and Stitch a Summer Meadow with Richard Box

Saturday  the 12th May – 10 – 4pm – £45 – This is a one-day workshop of fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery. This is for all of you who want to learn Richard’s method of combining fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery and, thereby, produce rich and sumptuous effects. A ‘ Learning Pack ’  containing fabric and patterns will be supplied.

Richard is an artist and art historian. He has painted in oils and watercolours for many years and is now exploring acrylics. He continues to develop his textile work which involves ‘painting’ with fabric and thread. Richard has written seven books on drawing, design and embroidery.  He gives lectures to branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild; Women’s Institutes; Probus,  and the National Association of the Fine and Decorative Arts Society.

3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 19th May – 10- 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make a Dragon. 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.


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.

Starburst with Katharine Guerrier

Saturday 16th June – 10 – 4pm – £45 – By dividing Star Blocks diagonally into a dark and light side, then adding Log Cabin strips to frame them the resulting blocks will make an interesting quilt when arranged into the ‘Barn Raising’ set. Blocks can be made from your scrap bag, or if you prefer a more organised effect you can create a colour theme to match your decor. In one day you will learn the necessary techniques to make the
blocks and start a quilt. Tips on rotary cutting and quick piecing and advice on colour selection will be included in the course.

Country Creatures with Deborah O’Hare

Thursday 21st June – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Maybe you saw Deborah at the Festival of Quilts? Learn how to make a simple landscape and how to embellish it with fast fuse applique to create a country scene. Choose your favourite creature from hare, fox, badger or squirrel. Hand painted landscape fabric packs will be available for the backgrounds, or use fabrics from your own stash.

Finished size approx. 11 x 11in/28 x 28 cm


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.


The Sunrise with Richard Box

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th. August – 10 -4pm – £90 – Fabric collage with both machine and hand stitching. The Sunrise in one’s life depicts the heralding of a new beginning. Sunrise brings hope and as a very popular Indian saying which goes, “Every night is followed by sunrise”, which means that every period of darkness and trouble is followed by a sunrise, which will bring a solution and a time to celebrate. Here is an opportunity to celebrate such an event by creating a picture in all kinds of  fabrics and threads. A learning Pack containing fabric and patterns will be supplied. Richard’s image shows the Sunrise in progress and yours will be smaller and open to interpretation rather than an exact copy

This is a two day course.

Crazy Patchwork with Lorna Bateman

Saturday 11th August – 10 – 4pm – £45 – During this one day workshop students will stitch a small piece of crazy patchwork to cover a pin cushion or make a small bag (or your own ideas). Lorna will teach how to piece the work by hand and then how to embellish it with a variety of 3 – dimensional stitches, silk ribbon embroidery and beading techniques to create a small heirloom treasure. Lorna completes the piecing mostly by machine as it is quicker so please bring along your machines.

Suitable for all levels


Free machine embroidered textiles with Anna Osborne from The Speculation Rook

Saturday 8th September – 10 – 4pm – £45 – You can make beasts for every occasion – lobsters to long horned beetles, hares, chickens etc just bring along a drawing/photograph to work from. These will be stitched using your sewing machine onto calico and then transform into cushions for your sofa or anything else you might fancy. This workshop is about translating drawings into stitch, you can choose to do anything at all and you can trace from a photograph if you don’t want to use an original sketch. The idea is to play around with different threads and find as many ways of ‘mark making’ as poss to build up an image.

You will need a sewing machine that can be adapted for free motion embroidery; the teeth will either drop or if it’s an older model you may have a plate that covers the teeth.  If neither of these, then you can cover the teeth with tape or as a last resort remove them temporarily. You will also need a free motion foot for your machine, sometimes known as a darning foot. A universal version is available if you can’t find one for your machine.

Green Man with Catherine Lawes

Saturday 15th September – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Create a 3 -D Face representing the Green Man. This course uses drawing techniques, design and basic machine sewing with lots of hand stitching. Materials include cottons, silk, leather, felt and painted or dyed fabrics, beads, feathers. There will be an additional charge of £14 for a kit including most of the requirements.

Suitable for those with reasonable hand and machine sewing skills

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.

Make a Mini Art Quilt or Mix and Mash Mini with Katharine Guerrier

Saturday 6th October – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Learn a number of different techniques in a day and make a mini ‘Art Quilt’ to give these techniques a showcase. Because they are quick to make and economical on fabric you can afford to be more adventurous with colour and the way you combine the different elements. The can be treated as a ‘sketch’ for larger pieces or as little works of art in their own right. Inspirational samples will be there for you to study on the day and you will be welcome to take photographs.You will learn quick piecing techniques combined with rotary cutting, no template methods of making the basic units which are small scale half square triangles used for blocks and saw tooth sashing, joining strips with curved seams, tilted blocks, wavy borders, prairie points and more. You will gain confidence in handling colour and combining geometric shapes. In addition it’s fun, experimental and will give you ideas to incorporate into larger pieces of work.


New Project from Lorna Bateman’s new book released in the spring of 2019

Saturday 3rd November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – A brand new project to be decided, coming soon! This will be a project from Lorna’s new book due out in the Spring of 2019. This workshop will involve learning 3-D creative embroidery stitches  to make into a small project. Further details will be disclosed nearer the time.