Welcome to Haven Craft Workshops.
Enjoy making new friends whilst learning how to sew or improve your sewing skills in a relaxed and happy environment. (See testimonials).
Set in Bucks Green, a small hamlet situated opposite fields on the Surrey/Sussex border. Although in a rural location, it is only a 15 minute drive from the town of Horsham, 30 minutes from Guildford and approximately a 50 minutes drive from Brighton.
- Back to Basics – An introduction to using a sewing machine
- Bag making – Beginners & Intermediate courses
- Curtain and blind making – Beginners & Intermediate courses
- Cushion covers – all levels
- Crochet – Beginners to Intermediate
See my calendar below for forthcoming workshops. Events are also shown on my Flax & Loom Facebook page.
I adapt each session to suit your level of ability. Using my teaching skills (worked in education for 8 years) along with crafting skills, I will tailor-make the course so you feel confident, but also if you are up for a challenge give you the opportunity to advance your skills.
Workshop attendance is kept small (maximum of 4 to a workshop) to give you the best value for money and provide as much one-to-one tuition as I can throughout the session.
If you do not find a workshop date to suit you and are able to organise a group of a minimum of two, I am happy to arrange a more suitable date specifically for you. Please get in touch. Alternatively I run 1-1 sessions. Please get in touch for details.
The cost for all workshops covers my tuition, use of equipment and refreshments and materials for some workshops where stated.
You can book on a workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made via Paypal or bank transfer.
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Dressmaking for Beginners
Beginning this summer I begin my new Dressmaking for Beginners workshops.
The first sessions taking place on 9 & 27 August will be to make a simple style dress (Esme) taken from the Lotta Jansdotter pattern book ‘Everyday Style’ (ISBN: 978-161769-174-4) Ideal patterns to make if you are just starting out with dressmaking.
You can attend an optional pre-making session to learn how to prepare your pattern, and/or make a toile sample, in preparation for a full day workshop to make your dress. Further information on request. Other patterns from this book will be available to make in the coming months.
- Pre-workshop session to pattern cut (1.5 hrs) £25
- Pre-workshop session to pattern cut & make a toile (sample) garment to ensure suitable fit. (2.5 hrs) £35
- Full-day workshop to make garment (10 am – 4.30 pm) £65
For those more confident sewers, I will be running sessions to make a selection of Merchant & Mills patterns in the near future. Lovely range of classic styles to choose from. More info in due course.
Eco Monthly Motivation Mondays
As we all strive to reduce plastic waste, making your own shopping bag is fun, as well as helping our environment. My ‘Eco motivation days’ are designed for anyone who would like to make their own shopping bag or drawstring bags for weighing and storing fresh veg. You can recycle old fabrics or purchase remnants from me (money currently being donated to the Rudgwick phone book exchange project).
Regular workshops run throughout the year include:
Needle Felting for Beginners
Themed needle felting for beginners 2.5 hour workshop to make a range of projects. Cost including all materials and use of equipment and refreshment £28. Check my calendar below to see workshops coming up n the next few weeks.
‘Back to Basics’
Are you new to machine sewing or not used a machine for some years, and need to gain confidence again? This 3-hour workshop will teach you all you need to know for basic sewing projects and will include useful tips. This session will also include a mini project to take home with you. Refreshments & all materials included. 10 am – 1 pm. Cost £35.
‘The Next Stitch’ bag making course (running over 3-4 consecutive weeks)
This weekly 2.5-hour session is designed for all levels of ability. You will need to book on a minimum of 2 sessions. You can work on your bag in between sessions, or wait and work only under my supervision. £29 per session.
There are a variety of skills to learn on this course (depending on your level and chosen bag style) which include:
- Lining your bag
- adding pockets (patch or welted)
- magnet clips or zips
- adjustable straps
If you would like more information please contact me for details.
‘Bags of Fun!’
This ever popular full day bag making workshop is ideal for beginners to intermediate. Learn how to complete a lined handbag or shoulder bag during the day. I will provide a template to make your bag. If you get the sewing bug and want to make more, my template with guidance notes will be available to purchase on the day at the discounted price of £3. 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. Cost £49.50.
Learn how to make a cushion or pillow cover. A great way for using up scraps of fabric. From plain & simple to fancy ones with trims, buttons or appliqué. Half-day to learn how to make a basic cushion cover(s) 10 am – 12.30 pm £30.
Full day workshop to make something more creative. 10 am – 3 pm £45
A full day workshop to learn how to make a lined pencil pleat headed curtain with a professional finish. During this workshop, I will teach you how to calculate the fabric you require. You will complete a small sample curtain at this workshop which you will take home with you for reference. You will also receive a detailed guidance booklet to keep. This will include examples of different sized windows and how to calculate for your fabric. All materials (main fabric, lining, weights & heading tape) will be provided for the day and you will have the use of all equipment – sewing machine (if required), thread, scissors, pins & needles. All you need to bring is yourself and a packed lunch!
10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Cost including ALL materials £68.
The Next Step to curtain making – Intermediate – advanced
If you are happy with the results and confident to learn more, why not come to a further full day workshop where you will learn how to pattern match your fabric and also learn how to make other headings such as French pleat (also known as triple pleat or pinch pleat). I also discuss other headings such as Dutch (twin pleat), inverted pleats, goblet headings, etc.
Full day workshop 10.00 am– 4.30 pm with all materials provided at a cost of £88.
Roman Blind Making – suitable for beginners with some sewing experience
On this full day course, you will learn how to make a hand-stitched lined sample blind complete with batten to attach to your window. Some machine & hand sewing required. All materials for your sample blind will be included in the price. (Main fabric, lining, wooden batten, Velcro, blind cord, screw eyes). 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Cost £88.
I also run a range of crochet workshops for complete beginners & those with some crochet skills already.
Complete beginners to crochet & ‘Just Like Granny Used to Make!‘
Instruction leaflet, yarn to produce some samples and refreshment included £25 & £30. I add other crochet workshops throughout the year to add variation.
Beginners to quilt making
Learn the technique of quilting. Run over three sessions. Total Cost £80 (£8 per hour). An ideal introduction to quilting.
Session One: 3 hours
Session Two: 4 hours
Session Three: 3 hours
Time is given between sessions to work on your project at home.
Workshops take place at – Hunters Moon, 1 Haven Road, Bucks Green, Nr Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3JH.
Terms & Conditions
Please note that in booking a place you are agreeing to the following Terms & Conditions. These help to keep things running smoothly for everyone.
Fees: Have to be paid in advance. I cannot guarantee to hold a place if a payment is not made.
Cancellations: Workshops are popular and places limited. Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. I will happily accommodate you on another date if there is a space.
If a cancellation is made 21+ days prior to the date of the workshop, a full refund will be made.
Cancellations made less than 21 days will only be refunded if someone else can be found to take your place. There are no refunds for non–attendance on the day.
In the event I have to cancel a workshop (e g. I do not have the minimum number required to run the workshop), a full refund will be given or an alternative date suitable for you will be offered. I will give you as much notice as possible, but cannot be responsible for pre-booked travel arrangements.