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 in a well it converted barn with a maximum of twelve 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 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. There will be a small charge of £5 for any alteration or cancellation on bookings.

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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, 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. Places are limited on the Saturday group. For further details please ring Sam or Mary  on 01933 227973.

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  2018

April

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

Certificate

This course started on the Tuesday 10th April but there is one space left and you can still join. The class is generally held on the second Tuesday of every month from  – 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. We will be running Level 3 alongside Level 2 but Level 3 registration is for three years rather than two years for Level 2. During the three years there would be thirty eight classes, thirty sewing based classes and eight Art/design classes. This means that some months there would be two classes, one for sewing and one for art/design. The level 3 is an extension of skills learnt at level 2, with techniques being developed further by the student e,g English paper piecing – we use curved pieces and design patterns using curves. A wider range of materials are used. 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 cost. The first payment due for both courses will be £200 which covers the first and last three classes and the City and Guilds fees.


Learn upholstery with Jenny Jones

Friday 27th April – 10 – 4pm – £35 – Discover the basics of upholstery and at the same time, produce a useful piece furniture. Beginning with the application  of webbing and base hessian, we’ll go through the stages of various filling materials, then finish off with calico and top cover fabric, which could be a piece of tapestry or embroidery you have worked. The tutor can provide all the tools and materials you may need, please let Poppy Patch know if this will be required.
Please bring along something simple to do, such as a drop in seat or a foot stool.

May

Needle-turn Applique with Jane Cobbett

 Saturday 5th May – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Needle-turn applique is one of the simplest traditional hand methods of stitching fabric shapes onto a background. You need a needle and thread and some fabrics to create a unique shape. This is an ideal project to carry around with you to work on wherever you are. There will be a selection of early Victorian Applique quilts for inspiration and patterns etc to make a reproduction block or 2 these can then be used when completed for cushions, bags etc.

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.

There is a sample in the shop for you to see, your meadow will be a smaller version.


One Stitch at a Time (Therapeutic Stitching)

 Tuesday 15th May – 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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3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 19th May – 10- 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make a Dragon or a Hare. 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 26th May – 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.


June

Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 1st June- 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 2nd June – 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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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.


Mix media surfaces with Tania Groombridge

Friday 15th June – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Come and spend the day exploring a wide range of techniques to create a final product in a frame. We will create flower heads using contemporary stumpwork techniques. We will also play with wash away fabrics to make flower heads from scratch. We will explore colouring ribbons for ribbon embroidery. The day will be fun filled packed with many activities to explore. Each have many different techniques attached, some will require a sewing machine to complete.


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


Foundation Piecing For Beginners with Helen Coverley

Friday 22nd June – 10 -4pm – £30 – Helen will teach you foundation piecing, which is a very accurate way of piecing fabric together, using your sewing machine, especially useful for piecing unusual or awkward shapes. This method helps to achieve crisp, clean lines in your patchwork. There are a choice of patterns available in different sizes to choose from on the day and Helen will guide you during the day to accomplish your choice.

(There are samples in the shop for you to view).


Mariners Compass with Helen Coverley

Saturday 23rd June – 10 – 4pm – £30 – This is a foundation pieced project which will follow on from the Foundation piecing workshop or those who are already familiar with the technique. There will also be a second design suitable for a cushion or smaller project.

A sewing machine is required for this and some sewing knowledge.

 


July

3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 7th July – 10- 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make Hares or Hounds. 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.


Machine Drawn Appliqued Picture with Janine Pope

Sunday 8th July – 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 and have a free motion foot on your sewing machine.


Little Landscapes with Helen Coverley

Friday 13th July – 10 – 4pm – £30 – Come along and design some little landscapes or bring along one that you wish to re-create,  this class will be using your sewing machine.


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

The Sunrise with Richard Box

Friday 3rd August – 10 -4pm – £45 – 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


The Hare in Machine Embroidery with Richard Box

Saturday 4th August – 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. Having done this course I can highly recommend it. You will make a representation of the below images in the Impressionist manner.

This is only for those who can free machine stitch and know their machine well.


September

Shiny Surfaces with Tania Groombridge

Friday 7th September –  10 – 4pm – £30 – Have you ever wondered what to do with your left over wrappers from the tin of Roses?, or the remains of your bondaweb sitting in the box?… this is the course for you.

Come and spend the day exploring surfaces using foil, organza, bondaweb and velvet. Learn how to draw with an iron to create stunning effects with foil. We will explore how to develop a surface using foils organza, hand and machine stitch. The end product can be used for a needle case, small table runner, coffee mat.


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


3 Dimensional Needle Felting with Furzie

Saturday 22nd September – 10- 4.30pm – £50 – Learn to needle-felt with wool and make a Frog or a Hare. 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.


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.


Oil Cloth Sewing Bags with Helen Coverley

Friday 5th October – 10 – 4pm – £35 – Helen will provide a selection of bags for you to choose from, all made from oilcloth. You will need to purchase a teflon foot for your sewing machine and the oil cloth. 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!

(The photograph just shows a small sample of bags)


Machine Drawn Appliqued Picture with Janine Pope

Saturday 6th 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 and have a free motion foot on your sewing machine.


Hand Embroidered Teabag Stitch Book with Chris Yates

Saturday 13th October – 10 – 4pm – £30 – There is always something appealing about working to a small scale, so, using circular teabags as our starting point we will create miniature painted and stitched landscapes. They can either stand alone as an individual piece or place a few together in a frame as a collection. Or if you prefer they can be collated into a charming little book for you to treasure.


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

Saturday 20th October – 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.


Beginners to Patchwork and Quilting with Helen Spence – 4 day course

Tuesday 23rd October, Tuesday 6th November, Tuesday 27th November and Tuesday 11th December – 10 – 4pm – £140 – This is a four day course split over eight weeks on Tuesdays. 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).


November

Bags with Helen Coverley

Friday 2nd November – 10-4pm – £35 – There is a selection of bags to make on this course, one will of course be the 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. You can choose the large or small version.

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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.


Christmas Quilt with Janine Pope

Saturday 10th November – 10 4pm – £45 – Janine will teach you some of the techniques she uses with images to applique, draw and write onto fabric. She will assist you in drawing, designing and using your own images to make a unique stitched quilt or panels. Janine’s courses are always very relaxed and easy going and this course is a lovely way to lead into Christmas.


 

Folk Art Quilt with Linda Harding

Saturday 1st December – 10 – 4pm – £50 – This will be the second time Linda has been to Poppy Patch. Come along for a relaxed day and learn how to make this beautiful Folk Art Quilt. It can be made into an appliqued lap or cot quilt if you so wish.

Use some vibrant patterned cottons with bondaweb, cut shapes (templates and ideas provided) and adhere to your backing fabric to create a simple design. Add borders of colourful strips, then layer with wadding and backing fabric. Begin to hand and/or machine quilt (you may need to finish quilting at home).

(Suitable for all).


2019

Valentines Quilt with Janine Pope

Saturday 19th January – 10 – 4pm – £50 – A ‘Quilt of Love’ for you to make for someone special or keep for yourself. You will learn some of the techniques Janine uses with the images to appliqué, draw and write onto fabric. She will show you how to draw, design and use the images to make a stitched picture quilt or you may want to make panels and use them to make place mats, pictures, cushions etc… Her printing, drawing and sewing style is very relaxed, easy and free and you can quickly achieve a lot. You might also want to do some hand embellishing and embroidery whilst keeping to a very neutral Scandinavian colour palette which she uses or create your own.

Requirements: sewing machine, feed dogs down and embroidery foot. Sewing kit. Pencil and paper. A selection of fabrics, mainly white fabric or you could us vintage linen or calico. Interfacing/Vilene. Wadding/batting. Backing fabric. Grey/red/black thread.