Sew Saturday, Featured course: Art for non-artists, design without fear!, Portrait of a lady – The History Wardrobe, peek inside Chanel, blown away by Yves Saint Laurent, congratulations and thank you/good luck!
Sew Saturday – date for your diary
I am delighted Jayne and Laura from the wonderfulJaylaurs Sewing Studio in Brigg have invited me and my team of Louise and Christine to join them for Sew Saturday – an exciting day of fabulous fabric, haberdashery and sewing. We will be running dressmaking, fitting, craft, computerised sewing machine and general sewing surgeries, demonstrating sewing techniques and trying to help sewers get more from their machines and projects.
Sew Saturday is an initiative from Sew magazine and Simplicity to support ‘bricks and mortar’ shops. There are events across the country supported by famous names from the sewing world and The Sewing Bee. Hope to see you at Jaylaurs on the 17th and don’t forget their very generous 25% discount on fabrics and free bag and magazine on purchases over £30!
Featured course – Art for non-artists, design without fear!
30 October, 10am-4pm
Art for non-artists, design without fear! or it’s more formal name Art for design and craft, is a course for any of the craft disciplines for example patchwork, quilting, embroidery and dressmaking.
I can’t draw I hear your say – well for this one day course I promise you don’t need to nor do you need any art skills. I will lead you through
how to use colour to your advantage and how to create surface pattern without tears. I once heard it described as ‘Jane’s slap it on the paper school of art’ when I proved that you could make exciting surface pattern easily.
Come along, have a go and learn how make your craft projects more individual and interesting. Free yourself from bought patterns and kits, add stylish detail to your dressmaking projects. Supportive refreshments and cake will be supplied.
Portrait of a lady – an amusing talk illustrated with costume by
The History Wardrobe
2 October 7pm
The wonderful ladies from the History Wardrobe are coming to Winterton! Their unique brand of lively illustrated talks about costume are a must for anyone interested in clothing and history.
Teamed with a celebration of the re-opening of Winterton church after refurbishment, this event, Portrait of a lady, celebrates “the creation of beauty in portraits of the late eighteenth century told through story and costume”.
City & Guilds level 2 ladies, this would be of interest for your fashion research project.
For more information go to www.historywardrobe.com. To book contact Jill Scargill on 01724 732118. Tickets cost £10.
I am hard at work writing next year’s programme of Sew Short Courses. We kick off the year with the ever popular Chanel Style Jacket on 2 January. This four day course introduces the unique inner
construction skills used in Chanel’s timeless classic. A bit intrigued by the famous lady, I have found a set of videos you might be interested in a. Go to www.vimeo,com.
Blown away by Yves Saint Laurent
In the last newsletter I was looking forward to The Bowes Museum exhibition of my favourite designer’s work, Style is Eternal. Jim and I combined a few days in North Yorkshire with a visit. I have been to lots of fashion exhibitions in my time in all sorts of places but this one
has to be one of the best ever, on all sorts of levels. The layout, the comprehensive works from every era of his career, the helpful staff and the wonderful setting in Bowes own fashion and textiles gallery. None of the exhibits are in glass cases allowing close-up inspection of work of the highest quality – haute couture. Refreshing also to be able to take non-flash photographs.
On until 25 October, if you get the opportunity go and enjoy the work of one of fashion’s most influential designers.
If you would like to read more and see more images from the exhibition have a look at my blog www.janewhitetuition.co.uk.
Introduction to computerised machine embroidery
31 October with Christine Thomas
Bring along your machine or use one of ours if you don’t have one or don’t know what to get. Learn how to set it up, which fabrics, stabilisers and threads to use. Create beautiful designs with confident.
For beginners and anyone who wants to get more from their machine.
Christmas computerised machine embroidery
21 November with Christine Thomas
Christmas creative fun using your machine or one of ours if you don’t have one!
Both courses are 10am-4pm £39 + materials www.janewhitetuition.co.uk
Eleanors Fabric Shop
During a quick trip to my local shops in Cottingham on market day, not something I get chance to do
very often these days, I stumbled across a stall I have not seen before, Eleanors Fabric Shop.
With a selection of craft and some dressmaking fabrics on offer it’s worth a look if you are in the vicinity. They are also at York, Pockilington, Kirkbymoorside, Wetherby, Easingwold and Beverley (Saturdays). Have a look at their Facebook page www.facebook.com/
Sew Crafty Workshops with Louise Walker
Come along and enjoy a day of crafty fun with Louise. Bring a project you are working on or try one of Louise’s projects.
28 November – Christmas crafty fix
Christmas fabric wreaths, baubles & decorations
£49 including materials
Beginners most welcome. www.janewhitetuition.co.uk
No wonder Lorraine is looking very happy, she has just completed her level 2 City & Guilds Fashion course making and designing a fitted, lined jacket.
Well done Lorraine, it looks fabulous!
City & Guilds Fashion pre-course interview and induction
City & Guilds are recognised for their commitment to teaching high quality practical skills along with design so you can be ‘originators not copy-makers’. I had not realised the creative qualifications have been in existence since at least the
1920’s. It says something for their relevance and standards that they are still going strong today.
I am often asked about the pre-existing (if any) dressmaking and art skill level required and how City & Guilds levels one and two relate to the qualification levels as we know them today. If you are thinking about undertaking these accredited courses and are unsure what level you are at or where you should start, the pre-course interview/induction, which is a free session, will help you and I assess where your starting point would be.
If you would like to more information, advice or to arrange a pre-course interview please do not hesitate to get in touch. www.janewhitetuition.co.ukfor more details.
Thank you and good luck
We also had a happy/sad celebration last Saturday. Alex, our fabulous Saturday girl, is moving on to exciting pastures new. Thank you Alex for all your help over the past 2 years, it has flown past so
A Sewing Bee hen party was the order of the day for regular and much loved Saturday sewer Annette in celebration of her ‘big day’ later this month. A little reluctant to tell us the actual date and venue after we offered to come along and do a metre ruler archway, we couldn’t let the happy event go by without some fun. Cake, balloons, veil and confetti marked the day. We all wish you and Alan all the love and happiness in the world and don’t forget Alan, Saturday Sewing Bee day is your day of peace!
As always, if you would like any more information or to discuss how I can help you get more from your sewing please do not hesitate to get in touch and why not sign up for our newsletters for lots of sewing related news.