Make a cushion in a day: FULL
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have an interest in using your sewing machine to make decorative cushions. These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around sewing and textiles If you have any fabrics or even old clothes that you would like to use for this project please come prepared with these. Use of and some experience with your own sewing machine is necessary. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course. You will be cutting out, sewing and finishing an envelope style cushion cover with decorative (front and/or back) panels. Potential to use a selection of decorative techniques including applique and machine embroidery to personalise your project, and to choose from different fastening options. Complete cushion cover can be made in a day, working at your own pace, interacting with the tutor and group online at intervals and as wanted. There will be the opportunity to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and feedback on your progress where appropriate. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection. You will need use of a working sewing machine, fabrics (use of something stable like a medium weight cotton/polycotton woven cloth, at least half a metre, and maybe some patterned or decorative fabrics – or, recycling fabrics – something like a pillowcase or duvet cover would be great and old clothes with interesting fabrics), scissors, thread, notepad and pen/pencil.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group, both within the sessions and to do in your own time
About the tutor
Franca Westaway has been teaching art and design since she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest. She has a wide range of experience both in schools and with people of all ages within the community and is particularly keen on 3D and practical techniques across many materials and disciplines, as well as the use of art for personal development and expression and as a therapeutic tool.