Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for everyone interested in sewing home furnishing projects. The projects are suitable for beginners as well as those with previous experience.
This course will cover skills and techniques essential in sewing home furnishings including measuring, laying out and cutting patterns and using the sewing machine. Techniques will be introduced including making bias binding, making cushion covers, inserting zips, buttons and buttonholes and hand finished pencil pleat curtains. This will allow you to practise lots of varied sewing skills.
Support and feedback
To find out how you are getting on, you will complete an individual learning plan and have one-to-one discussions with your tutor. You will also create some samples of techniques.
Additional costs and requirements
We have Janome sewing machines for you to use in our workshop. Please bring some fabric, zips and thread with you for making samples. A basic sewing kit will be required. Needles, threads, fabric scissors, paper scissors, a stitch ripper, pins in a pin cushion, a tape measure. Please store all items in a tin or box.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
To get the most out of this course, you may need to finish work started in class each week ready for the following week.
About the tutor
Sam Brown currently works as a tutor for Learn Devon running courses in craft and design. Prior to this she had a varied career working as a Graphic Designer, an Interior Designer and as a Manager in interior and fashion retail.
Sam has a BA(Hons) in Design/Typography from the University of Plymouth as well as diplomas in Interior Design and Fashion and Textile Design.
Since childhood, Sam has loved making handcrafted pieces, developing skills in needlecraft and creative textiles techniques. She is interested in combining old and new technologies in her work from hand embroidery to digitally printed fabrics and from letterpress printing to Adobe Creative Cloud.
“I love teaching adults new skills – whether for pleasure or to pursue a new career, every course is unique in that friendships are formed, skills are learnt and dreams are followed.”
Samantha Brown, Arts & Crafts Tutor, Learn Devon.