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
I also run ‘one off’ and seasonal workshops throughout the year to add some extra interest (eg. Spring & Summer Garden Projects, Christmas gift making).
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 three, I am happy to arrange a more suitable date specifically for you. Please get in touch. Alternatively I run 1-1 sessions.
Cost for 1-1 tuition:
- Crochet – £18 per hr
- Cushion covers – £25 per hr
- Bag making – £28 per hr
- Curtains & blinds – £28 per hr
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.
WORKSHOP VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE – CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS!
‘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.
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
- quilting or applique
- 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 £2.50. 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. Cost £49.50.
‘The Next Stitch’ to Bag Making
Full day workshop for those who have already gained skills and confidence at a ‘Bags of Fun!’ workshop, or for those with a higher level of sewing skills already. More advanced template provided to use during this session. 10.00 am – 5.30 pm. Cost £58.
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 – 1pm £28. Full day workshop to make something more creative. 10 am – 4 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 £85.
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.
My two-hour ‘Fun with Flowers‘ & ‘Just Like Granny Used to Make!‘ half-day granny square workshops are a great way to start. Instruction leaflet, yarn to produce some samples and refreshment included £23 & £28. I add other crochet workshops throughout the year to add variation.
NEW FROM SPRING 2017
Beginners to quilt making. Learn the technique of quilting. Run over three 2.5 hour sessions. An ideal introduction to quilting. Each session runs from 10 am until 12.30 pm and costs £25. Time is given between sessions to work on your project at home.
For those who have already done my beginners course I will be running a further session in the autumn to try something a little more advanced.
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.