Category Archives: Workshops

A busy December

A busy December has had me doing a number of workshops around Yorkshire. I have met some lovely ladies and made new friends. Thank you all for being so welcoming and working hard to create beautiful textiles . I hope to see you again in the new year. 
Duttons for Buttons in York 

Oh Sew Sweet @The Hut in Barnsley 

Look in Events to checkout my workshops next year . 
Have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful new year 

Helen 

The Sewing Shed

The hand embroidery class at The Sewing Shed is very successful  , the students are a lovely group of people and it is great to sew and chat on a Tuesday lunchtime . Work ranges from embroidery on quilts to landscape work on photographs while learning new skills each week. 
Using a variety of stitches these small Durham quilt motifs have been done on an embroidery ring.

If you are interested in joining us take a look at The Sewing Shed website 

https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/

New Courses added

During October I have been working on new workshops for Dutton’s for Buttons , York and enhancing our hand embroidery weekly classes at The Sewing Shed  , Ilkley. 
Following the Viking theme in York I have prepared a gold work class showing the basic techniques to be taught in December.

Next year we are looking at felt appliqué using the Viking themes of birds and beasts .

 

https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/
Go to Dutton’s for Buttons to look at our full range of courses.

 

 

 

Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.

Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts . 

Summer Workshops

Summer workshop programme at three venues in Yorkshire

Oh Sew Sweet  (Barnsley) https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk

 Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 4.0pm  £40

Durham Pennies- Handquilting with north country patterns 

Sunday 1st Sept 10.30am- 4.0pm   £40

Kantha Embroidery stitches and motifs

Duttons for Buttons ( York ) https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/

Wednesday 10th July 10.am – 4.0 pm  £50 

1960’s Patches and Visible Mending

Wednesday 7th August 10.am- 4.0am

Medieval hand appliqué     £50

The Sewing Shed ( Ilkley ) https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/

Sunday 7th Sept 10.0am – 4.0 pm  £55

Sun Mandalas -A relaxing day learning new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala 

If you would like to know more contact me by email or look at the details of courses on the venues websites.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to meet you soon at a workshop 

Helen

 

 

 

Duttons for Buttons Workshops

Vintage Embroidery – Dutton’s for Buttons 

A great day stitching and relaxing studying the beautiful vintage embroideries of the past . We then had a go at some of the stitches and patterns . These are to be made up into Lavender bags for the home . 

1960,s Visible Mending is our next monthly workshop . To look at further workshops and book please use this link 

https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/

New workshops in Ilkley will be advertised soon with The Sewing Shed so please look out for these too. 

 

 

Durham quilting workshop

Had a great day at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley teaching about Durham quilting . The ladies were a pleasure to teach and did some beautiful hand quilting . 

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day learning about the history behind the quilts was fascinating. You are a very patient and helpful teacher” Lynda 

The next workshop at Oh Sew Sweet is on Indian kanthan work on April 27th . Please see their website for further details . 

https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk

Dutton Heritage Workshop

A  brilliant start to the Dutton heritage workshops . We had a relaxing stitching day in the York shop in the amazing Medieval Room. We chatted about the Brontes , the embroidery of the Regency period and made a needle roll in the spirit of Charlotte Brontes darning roll.

Join us for the Old English Patchwork workshop making an English rose pin cushion in March or check out what is on throughout the year. http://duttonsforbuttons.co.uk 

“Thank you Helen for a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was inspired by your knowledge and enthusiasm. “ Jill Morris

Celebration Birthday Sewing Party 

My sister Sarah and her friends had a great afternoon hand embroidering stylised flower and shell designs to hang up in embroidery hoops. It was lovely to see non crafters  trying something new and taking home a finished art piece to hang up at home.

If you would like a special party with your friends just let me know . 

“Thanks Helen for the wonderful workshop inspired by quilts of the Durham miners wives. It was interesting to learn the history and the worksheets and examples provided an excellent starting point for our own work . Thank you for a enjoyable afternoon” Christine Mason

Dutton’s Heritage Workshops

I have been working with Duttons for Buttons in York to create a historical programme of workshops covering Medieval appliqué to Victorian cross stitch samplers . Workshops are once a month and can be attended on an indiviual basis . Vouchers can be bought as a present for a loved one so they can choose  the workshop they would like to do . 

The first three are 

January 9th -Chunky Yorkshire Knits

Learn about the medieval wool trade of York and use wool to knit a unique designer scarf.

February 6th -Bronte Needle Roll

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Bronte’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs .

March 20th – Old English Patchwork 

Try the addictive craft of paper piecing patchwork creating an English rose pin cushion – the perfect Mothers Day gift.

Price £50 including materials 

Book early by emailing York Duttons for Buttons york@@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk or ring 01904632042