Vintage Inspired Sewing ~ Spring Term 2014


Tutor: Natalie Smith
Venue: The Sherwood Cookery Workshop,621 Mansfield Road,NG5 2FX
Dates: Monday 24th March – 28th July 2014
Time: 9.30am -12.30pm
Duration: 15 Sessions
FEE: £157.50 Concessions £141.75) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-income

Essential materials

Fabrics/threads/patterns – You will be advised as what to bring each session.

Course aims:

• To learn to make a range of textile items with a vintage feel such as, bunting, peg bags, aprons, cushions and bags.

• To learn a range of textile techniques including, patchwork, hand and machine embroidery, printing and appliqué.

• To explore and experiment with re-cycling and re-using existing textile items and turning them into new items for example ole table linens, doilies and silk scarves.

Course description:
This course is perfect for anybody who would like to learn to sew or develop existing sewing skills and has a love of all things vintage. You will learn how to make a lovely range of items that particularly embrace the vintage feel such as bunting, 50’s style apron; tea cosy’s and peg bags.

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

N/A – For beginners to sewing or those with previous sewing experience

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

Projects such as bunting/tea cosy/peg bag/apron

Appliqué and embroidery


Embellishing with doilies/lace/buttons

How to re-cycle old fabrics or items of clothing into something new

Individual projects to develop skills from previous weeks

Teaching, learning and assessment methods:

Demonstration √ Discussion √ Individual work √

Project work √ Research √

Question and answer √ Observation √ Practical work √

Presentation Field trip Other (state)

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

We will regularly discuss your progress and highlight areas for development and how you can achieve the course aims set out at the beginning of the course.

Learning outcomes:
These are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate their ability to thread up and use the sewing machine and make a range of textile items.

2. Identify different types of embellishment and decorative techniques.

3. Demonstrate their ability to re-cycle and re-use existing textile items and fabrics.

4. Express their individual creativity.

5. Demonstrate their ability to reflect upon and evaluate their work and highlight areas of strength and those for development.

Reading and information sources: Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

Not applicable before starting the course. Books and magazines are available throughout the course for ideas and inspiration.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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