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 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.


Room Hire available please enquire for further details.


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 £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.



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


This course started on the Tuesday 10th April but please enquire if you would like to join the group throughout the year. The class is generally held on the second Tuesday of every month from  – 10 – 4pm


Little Landscapes with Helen Coverley

Friday 19th October – 10 – 4pm – £35 – 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.

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).

Beginners / Improvers to Patchwork and Quilting with Jan Shepherd

Friday 26th October- 10-4pm – £30 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.


Improvers Workshop with Jan Shepherd

Saturday 27th October – 10-4pm – £30 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.



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 one of Helen’s courses and loved it, it is a great day with Helen. Or you could choose from a Large Wavy Bag, Large Hexagon Bag, Little owl bags, 2 Jelly roll or 2 1/2″ strip bags, Denim saddle bag, Mat and Ruler Bag

‘New Project’ from Lorna Bateman’s book released in the spring of 2019 – Thimble or Tape Measure Holder

Saturday 3rd November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – A brand new 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 thimble holder or tape measure holder.

This is an unseen project that will not be disclosed to the general public until next year.

(The photograph below is a sample of Lorna’s work not the project that you will be making)

Christmas with Janine Pope

Saturday 10th November – 10 – 4pm – £45 – Come along and make a lap quilt or wall hanging with Janine. She 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.

One Stitch at a Time (Therapeutic Stitching)

 Tuesday 20th 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.

Dressmaking with Caroline Hawkins

Tuesday 20th October – 1pm – 4pm – £17.50 – We have one space left on the monthly afternoon dressmaking course. Our ladies started at the beginning with Pyjama bottoms but please contact us if you wish to start with something else. The course runs mainly on the third Tuesday of every month and booking is essential.

This is not a class for alterations but for making garments. It is aimed at beginners and the more experienced.

Vintage Style Christmas Wall Hanging with Jane Cobbett

Saturday 1st December – 10 – 4pm – £50 – This trio of mini quilts, can be hung together to make a long thin seasonal hanging (approx. 6” x 18”), with plenty of embellishments added to make a personal piece. During the sessions we will create various elements incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques, some will be quick and some slower to make, but these elements will all come together during the final stages. This is a personal Christmas wallhanging incorporating printing on fabric, foundation piecing, covered buttons and Suffolk Puffs all in a day. Add lace, beads and easy hand embroidery to make a truly unique textile piece.

Little Jewel Boxes with Helen Coverley

Saturday 8th December – 10 – 4pm – £35 –  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. You will be glueing and and sewing these boxes together. This is all hand sewn and is suitable for beginners upwards.





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.



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

Tuesday 5th February – 10-4pm – £35 – 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.

Seaside Sampler with Gail Lawther

Saturday 9th February – 10 – 4pm – £50 – We do love to be beside the seaside and now you can create your own summery ‘sampler’ to remind you of sun, sea and sand, all the year round. Beach huts, shells and starfish, ice creams, sand castles,  swimming costumes and cute fish. They are all here just waiting to evoke those memories of the Great British seaside! Choose your motifs from the templates that I will provide on the day and build up your own sampler in rows using my easy fusing techniques. You will find it very straightforward even if you are new to quilting. During the day we will explore lots of extremely simple ways of machine quilting your designs.

Traditional Hand Applique with Jane Cobbett

Saturday 16th February – 10 – 4pm – £50 – Wash day mini wallhanging. During this workshop you will study closely a selection of vintage applique quilts and learn some of the many applique techniques used to make them. There will be a small  wall hanging to make incorporating traditional and modern hand appliqué methods or if you prefer each element can be worked as a practice piece/block and used in future projects of your choice. Hand applique can be a slow process so some of the elements come with a pattern or method handout, sewing can then be continued/finished at home.



3 Dimensional Stumpwork and Ribbon Embroidery with Jane Cobbett

Saturday 2nd March- 10 – 4pm – £50– This can be a stand alone course or there is a further date in May for a follow on if you so wish. Flowers, Bugs & Butterfly’s – This workshop combines traditional 3 dimensional Stumpwork and Ribbon Embroidery together to make beautiful and realistic designs. You will create and learn how to stitch several flowers and bugs during the day and these can either make mini pictures or be used in future textile projects.

There are some unusual  materials needed for this workshop, the easy bits will be in the requirements list for you to purchase. The specialist and
expensive bits will be included in a pack for you to purchase on the day with small fee of between £3 to £5.

Moon Gazing Hare with Angela Daymond

Saturday 16th March – 10 – 4pm – £50 – “The moon gazing hare is an iconic symbol which is almost universal. There is a history of hares being linked to the moon which has come to symbolise creativity, fertility, new beginnings and good fortune.
In this day workshop, Angela will teach you how to stitch this most magical of images. You will learn all about how wonderfully relaxing Kantha work is, and that size does not matter when you stitch; consistency of stitch is much more important. You will be guided through how to transfer a design from a paper pattern to dark fabric and how to layer up your work with something soft like cotton muslin underneath it. Tips will be given about the best ways to start and stop your stitching and which needles and threads work well. You will learn about stitching and infilling representational shapes and many variations of running stitch, you will also learn about stitching in the round and keeping your work flat. In this workshop you will use gold fabric paint for the moon and then a technique for giving your kantha hare a three dimensional trapunto look.
A kit can be provided for £16.50 or a requirement list sent to you for this workshop.

Stitched Landscapes with Deborah Collum from Love Art

Saturday 23rd March – 10 – 4pm – £50 – In this fun creative textile workshop you will use a range of materials and techniques, colours and textiles to produce your own unique frame-able picture. The workshop will be structured to suit all abilities.

A kit can be provided or a requirements list sent to you for this workshop. Come and have a look at the sample in the shop, it is beautiful.


Print and Stitch Flower Picture with Fiona Metcalfe

Saturday 6th April – 10 – 4pm – £50 – On the day you will print a picture using Thermofax screens. If you haven’t used these before then it is a great way to learn about simple printing techniques that can be achieved on a kitchen table at home. You will look at composition, colour mixing and embellishment through stitch. You should go home with a beautiful picture which is ready for framing and hanging on the wall.

The morning will be spent printing and the afternoon stitching to embellish and enhance your picture The tutor will bring the Thermofax screens and printing inks. 


Freestyle Machine Embroidery with Julie Brand from Tigley textiles

Saturday 11th May – 10 – 4pm – £50 – 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, 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.

Embroidered and Appliqued Lampshade with Julie Brand from Tigley Textiles

Sunday 12th May – 9.30 -4.30pm – £55 – This is an exciting new workshop and just takes you one step further into that addictive world of machine embroidery. You will be using your sewing machine to embroider so make sure that you can drop the dog teeth and have the appropriate embroidery foot.

My designer lampshades will be there to inspire you  and you will use your  chosen templates to make your own bespoke version of the seaside or seed heads. This is a two in one workshop as you will also learn how to make your lampshade up, no stitching involved for that part.

Experience in machine embroidery required.

There will be additional £15 charge for the lampshade kit

Free Machine Embroidered Textiles with Anna Osborne from The Speculating Rook

Saturday 18th May – 10 – 4pm – £50 – Beautiful purses with Anna – You can make beasts for every occasion – lobsters to long horned beetles, hares, chickens etc just bring along a drawing/photograph to work from. You can make an abstract design too if you so wish. These will be stitched using your sewing machine onto calico or an old wool blanket and then transform into purses. 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 do not need to be able to draw, Anna will teach you!

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.


3D Face with Catherine Lawes

Saturday 8th June – 10 – 4pm – £50 – 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 some hand and machine sewing skills

Quilting For The Quivering with Helen Coverley

Friday 21st June – 10 – 4pm – £35 – This is a great day to learn how to machine quilt especially if you are a little nervous. Helen will guide you through the day advising you on which needles to use, what threads are best and how to use your machine to make samples that you can take home and  refer to later when quilting your projects.

Confetti Quilts with Helen Coverley

Saturday 22nd June – 10 – 4pm – £35 – Create these beautiful pictures of Spring Bluebells and Autumn Trees. They are set on a background of strata batik and the pictures are created by cutting up other batiks into tiny pieces and then scattered like confetti onto the background.

The pieces are approximately 16” x 20”.


Two Tier Cake Stand with Katie Almond

Saturday 13th July – 10 – 4pm – £ 65 – Inspired by Katie’s design boards, you will create a 2 tier cake stand with brass fittings. Learn about patterning and adding designs with coloured glazes and create your plate stand from scratch.

(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).

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Imaginary Bird Panel with Annette Emms

Saturday 7th September – 10 – 4pm – £50 – In this workshop we will make a small panel featuring an imaginary bird in appliqué. The background is made from a wool fabric which is covered with scaps of scrim and then needlefelted. The panel will then be decorated and embellished with fabrics , hand stitch etc.

Black and White Trees With Nodeen Salmon

Saturday 21st September – 10 – 4pm – £50 – This is a brilliant day where we will be concentrating on technique rather than colour, using only black and white machine embroidery thread, heavy duty craft Vilene and medium weight calico to create a beautiful landscape.


Creative Machine Embroidery With Abigail Mill

Saturday 5th October – 10 – 4pm – £50 – On the morning Abbi will run through the basics of machine embroidery and get you set up on your machine ready to ’draw in sewing’. You will need to bring along your own sewing machine, with your sewing box with threads, pins, scissors etc. You will also need to make sure that your sewing machine can be converted to ’Free motion machining’ by using a dawning food and lowering the feed dogs. I will run through exercises on machine tension, working with various threads, working with mixed fabrics, appliqué techniques, and preparation of fabrics for your final piece.

In the afternoon this is where the fun begins! Armed with the knowledge of the mornings sampling, this day is all about self development. The aim is to leave with a finished piece of embroidery that reflects your own style and colour palette. In order to do this you will need to be inspired by your own source materials. You will need to bring with you any photographs, post cards, sketches or greetings cards with inspiring imagery. I would also encourage you to bring along your collections of fabrics and trimmings for that personal touch.

Cottage Garden with Gail Lawther

Saturday 19th October – 10- 4pm – £50 – 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.



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

Saturday 7th December – 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.

(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).