Virtual Workshops

Online Workshops: 

I've been thrilled by the interest and success of the online workshops I offered throughout 2020 on zoom. In person classes look like they'll take a little longer to start happening again in 2021 so I'm therefore planning to offer more virtual workshops. The next season of classes will be advertised mid April 2021.

Please scroll through to the end to see the full range of hand and machine sewing workshops I'm offering. I believe there is something for everyone and all skill levels. 

All classes are filmed using two cameras so you can clearly see what i'm demonstrating. 

If you are interested in booking a workshop with me for your sewing, quilting or embroidery group please do email for more information. Further more if you fancy just getting together with a few girl friends for the morning or afternoon I would be delighted in hosting smaller groups online. I'd love to hear from you!

 

Cheerful Brooches

Cheerful Brooches

Spend a morning (3 hours) with me making a selection of bright cheerful brooches.

The class pattern has at least 18 different designs to choose from which include flowers, birds, rainbows, hearts and many more! This technique can then be applied to your own brooch designs.  Adorn a favourite cardigan or jumper, mount them on a blank greeting card and give as a delightful gift.

It's a fantastically versatile workshop!                                 

We will first select our designs, choose our fabrics I'll chat about patterns and prints and piece our brooches using bondaweb. I will give step by step instructions and demonstrations throughout and include how I undertake free machine embroidery on my sewing machine. 

The class will be an exciting opportunity to uses our machines in an online environment.

The class also will be followed up by a 1 hour evening session a week later to make sure everyone is happy with the technique and to share what we have made in the interim days.  

All class handouts, including a pattern booklet, materials, tools & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.   

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 8 to keep the feeling of a small and intimate gathering as much as possible. 

Because we will be stitching in our own homes there is a wonderful benefit to just showing up as we are and having our fabric stash & thread collections close to hand to use.  

 

Hand Stitched Seasonal Blooms

 

In this 3 hour class we’ll create a picture of a jug or vase of seasonal flowers Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter (your choice). Creating a vintage feel using soft fabrics, pieces of precious textiles, lace, buttons and sequins can be used from our stashes. Even if you don't have any vintage fabrics, we'll create the same feeling by the fabric and colour choices we make.   

Work on a piece of linen fabric (or similar), a fabric dolly, fabric handkerchief or heirloom textile to create a truly individual piece of work. Include some hand stitched poetry or prose and give your piece added interest and texture. Add a title by hand or machine stitching.    

Embracing the joy of working with our hands, needles and thread combining the materials we already have at home to make these charming little jug pictures. This class follows nicely on from my slow stitch workshop.  

All levels and experience are welcome.  

The 3 hour class also will be followed up by a 1 hour evening session a week later to make sure everyone is happy with the technique and to share what we have made in the following days. Any questions regarding finishing and framing will be discussed.  

All class handouts & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.     

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 8 to keep the feeling of a small and intimate gathering as much as possible.  

Because we will be stitching in our own homes there is a wonderful benefit to just showing up as we are and having our fabric stash & thread collections close to hand to use.  

 

Home is Where the Heart is.

Home is where the heart is Stitched

Celebrate your home whether it’s a country cottage or town house using the raw edge appliqué and free motion embroidery techniques to create your very own piece of textile art work!

You will personalise a pattern to make the piece unique to you and your family home. Cat will provide a basic pattern and extra drawings to work from and tweak. It’s a great project for diving into your fabric scraps and using up some of your stash!

We will add the details and ‘drawn’ parts of our pictures by machine stitching.

All levels and experience are welcome.  

The 4 hour class also will be followed up by a 1 hour evening session a week later to make sure everyone is happy with the technique and to share what we have made in the following days. Any questions regarding finishing and framing will be discussed.  

All class handouts & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.     

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 8 to keep the feeling of a small and intimate gathering as much as possible.  

Because we will be stitching in our own homes there is a wonderful benefit to just showing up as we are and having our fabric stash & thread collections close to hand to use.  

 

“It’s the little Things”

Appliqué Sampler

Its the little things - Sampler

Humans have always told their stories through cloth and thread. Stitching and weaving their personal narratives into quilts, wall hangings, tapestries and clothes.

This modern take on a sampler workshop aims to tell your personal story through the techniques of raw edge appliqué and free machine embroidery although you may stitch this by hand if you wish.

This sampler will illustrate an aspect of your life story, celebrate a significant event in your or someone else's life, an anniversary, a hobby (sewing anyone?!), even memories of a holiday or just a collection of the special things that you love. Choose from a selection of templates to create the base for your own sampler and over 60 patterns hand drawn by Cat. 

Each one of us is unique and these cloths will be as individual as you are, tell your story through needle and thread.  

A two day workshop held virtually through ZOOM across three mornings (10 -1pm). The workshop will be followed up by an evening session a week later.

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 6 people.   

Once you've booked & paid you'll receive a welcome email with more details about the workshop materials and tools.

 

Slow Stitch 

Slow Stitch

 Slow Stitching, a moving mediation with our hands.

Our focus will be on a mindful and more contemplative way of spending time stitching, the Slow Stitch movement embraces a more environmental and sustainable method of using what you already have rather than buying more. Ideal for the times we find ourselves in.     

I see the practice as a moving meditation combining our hands and mind, the rhythm of our needles creates a space of calm, slows our breathing and grounds us in the moment.

During the 3 hours we will spend together I will share some loving exercises for hand care. 

We will, where possible recycle and reuse what we have to hand in our homes. Think about a patchwork or fabric collage base. I’ll introduce my use of the invisible baste to secure our foundation. Consider possible stitches and celebrate the mighty running stitch & sew intuitively responding to the fabric under our fingers. 

All levels and experience are welcome. 

All class handouts & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.    

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 8 to keep the feeling of a small and intimate gathering as much as possible. 

Because we will be stitching in our own homes there is a wonderful benefit to just showing up as we are and having our fabric stash & thread collections close to hand to use.

 

Slow Stitched Vessels

The texture and quality of fabric that we created on the first slow stitching workshop lends itself beautifully to exploring more three dimensional forms. In this workshop we will begin the process of making a vessel or bowl.  

Will we explore the different ways of adding text to our pieces using either hand (or machine embroidery). Create focused areas of stitching & imagery using thicker threads using backstitch and couching techniques.

These vessels are ideal for storing personal objects in, using as a pot plant holders or to have as beautiful objects in your home.

Slow Stitching embraces a more environmental and sustainable method of using what you already have rather than buying more. Ideal for the times we find ourselves in. We will, where possible recycle and reuse what we have to hand in our homes and our stashes.

We will begin a patchwork or fabric collage base for our vessels. I’ll recap my use of the invisible baste to secure our foundation. We will consider possible stitches, colour palettes, celebrate the mighty running stitch & sew intuitively responding to the fabric under our fingers. I will introduce the idea of adding yet more texture to your pieces with text.

All levels and experience are welcome. 

All class handouts & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.    

 

 Christmas  Brooches, Gift Tags & Decorations

Merry 

This class will be offered again in the Autumn 2021.

Spend a morning (3 hours) with me making a selection of Christmasy, cheer-full brooches, personalised gift tags or decorations! 

Hang the decorations around the house or on the Christmas tree, personalise them and use as gift tags on your presents. Or make them into brooches for those hard to buy for friends and family. It's a fantastically versatile workshop!  

We will first select our designs, choose our fabrics I'll chat about patterns and prints and piece our brooches using bondaweb. I will give step by step instructions and demonstrations throughout and include how I undertake free machine embroidery on my sewing machine. 

The class will be an exciting opportunity to uses our machines in an online environment and I'll make sure we have a good system for watching my demonstrations clearly as well as not being drowned out by the noise they make!  

The class also will be followed up by a 1 hour evening session a week later to make sure everyone is happy with the technique and to share what we have made in the interim days.  

All class handouts, including a pattern booklet, materials, tools & details about Zoom will be sent as a PDF once payment has been received.   

Numbers for the workshop will be limited to 8 to keep the feeling of a small and intimate gathering as much as possible. 

Because we will be stitching in our own homes there is a wonderful benefit to just showing up as we are and having our fabric stash & thread collections close to hand to use.