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Online Interactive Workshops
SEWING, QUILTING
& FIBRE CRAFTS

Welcome to our SEWING & QUILTING Online Interactive Workshops section. Now, from the comfort of your own home and by utilising the amazing Zoom website interface, you can craft along with our expert tutors via a series of online courses/tutorials!

Below you will find details for our upcoming Online Interactive Workshops in October and November - and beyond! Simply click on the square Workshop Info-Graphics below, to read more about each class - on a desktop PC/Mac you can also 'jump' to classes by simply clicking on the small buttons on the right-hand side of your browser window! 

Click on each Workshop Info-Graphic (below) for more details about confirmed Sewing, Quilting & Fibre Craft Online Interactive Workshops confirmed so far in

OCTOBER and NOVEMBER 2022.

PS: Pausing throughout December 2022, we'll be adding more dates for January, February, March (and beyond!) 2023 just as soon as we have all tutor availability & class content confirmed!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

IMPORTANT: Class Times!

All CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshops are broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on British Summer Time (BST); this will change to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); from 02.00am on Sunday 30 October 2022. 

We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-times in YOUR location!

Please note that all ticket prices for our Online Interactive Workshops are based on ONE PERSON attending each workshop.

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CraftyMonkies Charisma Horton Online Interactive Workshop Possibilities Quilt Blocks x 12!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Easy-Art Classes x 3!
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop Cathedral Windows Block!
CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Workshop Canvas Tote Bag!
CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Workshop Canvas Tote Bag!
CraftyMonkies GAry Mills Online Interactive Workshop Inspirational Strips
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Jersey Skater Style Tunic!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Quilting Shoal!
CraftyMonkies Karen Miller Online Interactive Workshop Faux Ruched Flowers!
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CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Create Your Own Xmas Cards!
CraftyMonkies Sarah Ashford Online Interactive Workshop Next Steps in Walking Foot Quilting!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Nordic Reindeer Decorations!
CraftyMonkies Chris English Online Interactive Workshop Foundation Piecing Cushion Cover!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Inserts!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Log Cabin Blocks!
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Gift Vouchers are redeemable against all our Online Interactive Workshops.

Ticket prices for our Online Interactive Workshops are based on ONE PERSON attending each workshop.

Every month we aim to donate a small percentage of our profits to charity.

If you are unable to attend any of our upcoming Online Interactive Workshops due to living in a different time-zone

or because you’re otherwise engaged...

EXCITING NEWS!!!

For all who are unable to attend our live classes, earlier this year we launched our CraftyMonkies YouTube Channel which, as well as containing a host of 60-second Trailers of upcoming workshops & classes, is also where you will be able to view edited highlights of past Online Interactive Workshops (after you purchase via our Online Shop) via a dedicated private-access link to the content on YouTube)!

Approx 5 working days after each class has been broadcast via Zoom, we will be offering an edited version of the three/four-hour class for sale via our Online Shop. This edited version of the class is FREE of charge for all who have previously paid to join the ‘live' Online Interactive Workshop/Class and is usually charged at £25.00 to all who are unable to attend the live class.

Watch Recording of past Online Interactive Workshops via links bought in our Online Shop!

Please note: Not all workshops/classes will appear as edited videos due to Licensing Restrictions imposed (wholly acceptably, we hasten to add) by some of our tutors; that said, the vast majority will be available!

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12.10.22

19.00-20.30 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Easy-Art Class 2 of 3:

Inspirational Strips!

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Gary Mills

Wednesday 12 October 2022

7.00pm - 8.30pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Easy-Art Class 2 of 3:

Inspiration Strips!

We're really excited as always to welcome Gary Mills into the CraftyMonkies October schedule. In this, his 2nd in the series of wonderfully unique and crafted  art and design classes, Gary will be teaching Inspiration Strips; here's the talented Mr Mills to tell you all about it!

Introduction by Gary:-

Have you always wanted to learn more about being creative? Have you wanted to explore design, but never had the opportunity? Well, this is just one of the lessons specifically designed for you by Gary Mills, where he has created a series of individual lessons that specifically are designed to be accessed by everyone and at all levels and abilities; This is for all of you who would like to learn and have a go, and those who enjoy being creative but would like to become a little freer and more open to some new ideas. If you love, colour, doodling and playing with scraps of paper, cloth, and ephemera then you are really going to enjoy your time on any of Gary’s Art and Design short lessons.

This lesson is about creating design-based inspiration strips or mini decorative pattern “stories” to inform and inspire both textile design and graphic design.  These could later develop into print, embroidery, or a surface design. Even mounted and framed they also make great visual art you will be proud of.

You will be taking ideas from African tribal costume and decoration (images supplied), then through undertaking a series of processes to extract shapes and patterns to translate into your own ideas and design. This will not be a conventional art & drawing lesson, far from it; but rather a fun and informative approach to creating art & design.

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this short 1 ½ hour lesson you will cover exporting a pattern and shapes from chosen photo images, application of water colour paint techniques, illustration, and collage. The outcome to this project is a series of decorated strips in mixed media approaches 1 ½ “ x 17” mounted

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years of experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art and textiles; his lessons are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This lesson is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great way to find your creative ability through learning process and skills which explore the rudiments of creative art and design practices. For those with some confidence and experience you could add further diversify to approaches in your own artistic ability and imagination.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All the materials are easily accessible. Such as papers and inks and paints can be sourced from local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box or in your desk draw.

 

You will need for this workshop:-

  • Something to make black ink permanent marks with, such as a gel pen, ball point pen

  • A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar

  • Masking tape

  • A set of simple water colour paints

  • 1 sheet of good quality paper A3 either water colour paper or mixed media paper 250g /m2 -135lb (I have used a sheet from Windsor & Newton brand but there are many on the market and some art suppliers will sell individual sheets of paper)

  • 1 x sheet of good quality cartridge paper for mounting your finished work

  • Some lengths of either red raffia or red embroidery thread for wrapping around the strips

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sharp paper scissors / craft knife and cutting mat

  • 2x containers such as a jam jars to hold some clean water.

  • A large plate or a palette for mixing paint

  • 1 small paint brush 1x medium sized flat paint brush

  • Some paper kitchen towel to hand

  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square

  • Pencil and rubber

  • IMPORTANT: A hair-dryer to hand when speed-drying is required

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s selection of images to use as inspiration for this design-based lesson.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £20.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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Would you like to attend ALL THREE Easy-Art classes?
Well, great news!
You can book for all three & Save £10 off the combined individual price of £60.00!
Simply click on the graphic directly below for the
Easy-Art Triple-Whammy Ticket.

Gary Mills Easy-Art Classes x 3
Online Interactive Workshops
Wednesday 14 September 2022
Boats In The Harbour!
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Inspiration Strips! 
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Design & Create Your Own Christmas Cards!
All classes are 7.00pm - 8.30pm (BST)

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14.10.22

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Sewing & Quilting:

Improv Quilting Shoal!

Sold Out!

Lose those inhibitions and get creative with improv-guru Nicholas Ball and his fab Shoal workshop!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improc Quilting Shoal!

Nicholas Ball

Friday 14 October 2022

6.00pm - 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Improv Quilting Shoal!

Please Note: This class is now Sold Out; the information below is for all those fortunate enough to have secured their place!

Following on from his hugely successful #improvtrianglesewalong, broadcast via Instagram in early 2020, the marvellous Nicholas Ball teamed up with CraftyMonkies to deliver not just one, but FOUR consecutive dates of his ‘Shoal Sewalong’ class, broadcast on Instagram and here with us in January 2021. The demand was huge and there were many lovely sewists who wanted to attend but just missed out, so finally, without further ado, we’re very happy to announce we will be repeating this Improv Quilting Shoal class! It’s your chance to grab a place if you missed out the first time around, or of course if you would like to re-attend and refresh your memory!

Introduction by Nicholas:-

Since the #improvtrianglesewalong I hosted in early 2020, countless people had asked when the next one would be. The Shoal quilt from my book Inspiring Improv remains one of the most popular projects and I’ve seen some awesome versions, made in all manner of fabrics. When it came to deciding upon the theme for a second Sewalong, it was a no-brainer! And so the #shoalsewalong came along! I was thrilled to offer a special CraftyMonkies workshop alongside the Sewalong and I couldn’t believe it when 4 dates all sold out. I know some of you missed out and were disappointed and have asked me to run it again, so here we are! I do hope you can grab a place this time!

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During the workshop, you take the fabric you have chosen and learn how to sew the fish units. I will expand upon the instructions given in both my book. I’ll start by showing you the basics of my triangle and freehand curve techniques, before combining them to create unique and varied fish units. As a bonus, I’ll share how to add even more individuality to your fish, with extra fins, gills and patterned bodies. They’ll even be some seaweed!  After making the units, you’ll learn my top tips for joining them together using my jigsaw method. I'lll also be there to answer any questions you may have about quilting and finishing your quilt top.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. The triangle technique is a great introduction to sewing in a more liberated way and is sure to fuel your creativity The freehand curves will provide the beginner with a firm foundation to cutting without rulers, upon which they can expand the technique. More experienced sewers can challenge themselves with more daring curves and different shaped fish..

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst not essential for the workshop, my book, Inspiring Improv (published in 2019 by Lucky Spool, available to buy via Amazon) will expand upon the techniques learnt and provide many more improv tips and tricks. My original Shoal quilt is also one of the 12 projects.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide. For those of you that like to plan ahead, use the following as a guide:-

 

FOR THE FISH - an assortment of large scraps in your chosen colours. This fabric will be used for the fish bodies and tails, so a healthy assortment of different sized rectangles and squares will work best.

 

FOR THE BACKGROUND - an assortment of large scraps in your chosen sea/water colours. This can either be one fabric, for a more cohesive look, or a variety for a scrappy version.

 

Additional scraps from your stash in coordinating colours for gills, fins and seaweed. The more fish you make, the bigger the quilt will be. There is no right or wrong size. Remember, this is your quilt, so make it how you want to

 

Please don’t stress about these requirements! They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with me. As mentioned, they don’t need to be perfectly square, so feel free to use scissors!

 

This is a technique-based workshop. Feel free to make as many or as few of the fish units as you like. Don’t feel any pressure to cut up all your precious fabric!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A sewing machine

  • Good quality thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50wt)

  • Rotary cutter with a new blade (especially important for the curve technique)

  • Cutting mat

  • Patchwork ruler (we can make any size work, but a small 1” x 12” is very handy, as is a 12.5” square.

  • Fabric scissors

  • A willingness to explore your own creativity!

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Nicholas is truly excited to be able to offer this workshop again! He says it’s a great way to sew with like-minded people and to inspire one another.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

 

IMPORTANT!

Sadly, we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale in our shop after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop.

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15.10.22

16.00-19.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Improv Quilting:

Stuffed Appliqué!

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CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Stuffed Appliqué!

Nicholas Ball

Saturday 15 October 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Stuffed Appliqué!

As ever, we're really excited to be hosting this workshop - a wholly NEW class! - with the wonderful, engaging & hugely talented Nicholas Ball! This class, Stuffed Appliqué, will see participants embrace their 'inner-improv' creativity and work towards producing some visually stunning & mentally therapeutic results!...

Introduction by Nicholas:-

During the early days of the UK’s first Covid-19 Lockdown I wanted a project that was both distracting and challenging. I was inspired to make a temperature quilt by fellow improv quilter Jo Avery, yet wanted mine to be a little different from any quilting technique I’d attempted before. After some initial research I discovered stuffed appliqué and soon, what started out as a daily creative practice to help ease the monotony of the Covid situation, this technique quickly turned into one of my favourite. The resulting quilt, Viral Temperature, is now the cover star of my new book Use & Ornament and I was overjoyed when the quilt received second place in the Appliqué category at the 2022 QuiltCon competition.

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this workshop Nicholas will take you through his step-by-step process of creating stuffed appliqués or traditional trapunto. The technique is an age-old one and the origins of the more familiar faux trapunto used by some quilters today. We will begin by looking briefly at fabrics and what he's found works well. We’ll then move onto the appliqué itself, looking at the various combinations of thread and stitches that can be used. You’ll learn how to prep the shapes ready for stitching, how to get the best results for machine appliqué, plus all Nicholas's extra processes he finds give the best results. Finally, we’ll stuff the shapes, which involves more than shoving some wadding through the back of the fabric!

 

Nicholas will show you various approaches to take for various shapes, as well as explain the dangers of over-stuffing! During the class, we will first make individual units to practice the technique, using a PDF of starter shapes which Nicholas will provide to all those who sign up for the class. Next, students will be free to continue to make individual units or work on a wholecloth example which he will partially demonstrate and which can be completed after the class using the skills learnt. You’ll also learn a pillowcase facing perfect for finishing irregular shaped quilts and wall hangings!

 

What's not to love about this class? Be sure not to miss out!...

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Intermediate

The most challenging part of making a stuffed appliqué is the stuffing. The technique is not a difficult one, yet requires some careful handling to ensure that the work looks as good as it possible can. Accurate stitching down of your chosen shape will also ensure the successfulness of the unit, so some shapes will require a little more skill than others.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Small amounts of Bondaweb or similar iron-on fusible fabric web

  • Small amounts of lightweight tear-away stabiliser

  • Good quality fibre fill or toy stuffing

  • Fray check (optional but very useful)

  • Good quality thread - Nicholas likes using heavier weight threads to add definition to the appliqué. He recommends Aurifil 12wt, with either a 50wt or 40wt in the bobbin. Or course, you can also use regular 50wt, which will also be needed for stitching the appliqués closed. For those students interested in using heavier weight threads, Nicholas' Use & Ornament Aurifil collection provides ten small spools - seven 12wt, one 40wt, and two 50wt - and is perfect for this class! The collection is available either online or from your local Aurifil stockist.

 

Whilst not essential for the workshop, Nicholas' latest book 'Use & Ornament' (scheduled for publication by Lucky Spool in October 2022) will expand upon the techniques learnt and provide further information on both traditional trapunto and his Viral Temperature quilt. The quilt is one of the eight quilt projects featured and the instructions provided will allow you to work on a similar quilt in your own time.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide:-

  • An assortment of fabric scraps for the appliqué shapes

  • Pieces of background fabric, approximately 4 1/2”, for individual practice stuffed appliqués using my starter shapes. For further individual stuffed appliqués using your own shapes, the background fabric should be approximately 1/2” bigger on all sides than the required size of the unit.

  • A larger piece of background fabric for the wholecloth technique - a fat quarter would work well

 

Please don’t stress about these requirements. They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with me. They don’t need to be perfectly square, so feel free to use scissors!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • An Open-Toe Presser Foot (optional but very useful!)

  • Pencil

  • Fabric Scissors

  • Small Embroidery Scissors or Thread Snips

  • Small Embroidery Hoop - approx 3" - 3.5" diameter

  • Long, thin Tweezers

  • A Fine Hand Sewing-Needle - a size 10 milliners works well!

  • A willingness to explore your own creativity!

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A PDF of some starter shapes will be sent to everyone who signs up for this class, prior to the start. It's important that participants please trace these shapes onto the PAPER side of the fusible web before the class!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

IMPORTANT!

Sadly, we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale in our shop after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop.

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16.10.22

15.00-18.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Dressmaking:

Stretch Jersey

Skater-Style Tunic!

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Gary Mills

Sunday 16 October 2022

3.00pm - 6.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Dressmaking:

Stretch Jersey Skater-Style Tunic!

One of CraftyMonkies' fave tutors, Gary Millswill be at the helm once again, this time teaching a fabulous dressmaking class which will see you design & create your very own Stretch Jersey Skater-Style Tunic! Here's Gary (getting his skates on!) to tell you all about it...

Introduction by Gary:-

Just by taking a basic old T-Shirt as the starting point, I've created this easy-to-make and wear Stretch Jersey Skater Style Tunic top, that is timeless, suiting all ages and sizes. The style has a flattering scoped cowl neckline, short sleeves, and a flattering swing drape from under the bust down to the hipline, which just makes it so easy to wear. It’s a garment that you could keep on making in different lengths, finishes and details. You can dress it up or down, for a causal look. Looks great over leggings or trousers. In three hours, you will learn how to draft this pattern to fit you, cut out and make the garment in jersey fabric. Learn how you can finish it off to give a real, neat professional finish and all with just an ordinary sewing machine, using a simple zig zag stitch. No specialist equipment is required for this sewing project!

 

Making your own clothes is so satisfying, but best of all it’s a budget buster!

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

You will learn how to draft and make a simple Tunic pattern from a deconstructed T-shirt and some measurements. In the three-hour session you will be learning how to cut and make a Skater Style Tunic in jersey fabric. Sewing by machine, including straight and curved seams, finishing and hems. You will also learn some essential hints and tips to help you get the best results when sewing with a jersey stretch fabric.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is suitable for all levels, particularly perfect for the those who would like to have a go at sewing a simple jersey fabric garment. Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of textiles and garment making; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance.

 

Fabric & Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A T-Shirt that fits you well, this can be an old one that you don’t mind cutting up or a cheap one from a store or thrift shop. But make sure it is a good fit as this will form the basis of the pattern to draft the tunic from.

  • Wide Cotton Jersey 1.5 metres wide x 2.5 metres length (60” x 98”) use a wide width jersey rather than narrow

  • Good quality Sew-all machine thread in a colour matching the fabric

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • You need space and a surface to draft your pattern and cut out, such as a table, pasting decorating table or long worksurface (it is not ideal to draft and cut your pattern on the floor if you can possibly avoid it)

  • Something to draw against for long straight lines such as a yard stick / long metre rule or a long piece of narrow wooden batten.

  • Optional: A pattern square or quilters square may be useful to square up your fabric but not essential.

  • Tape measure

  • To help with pressing your hems and turn ups you will need a length of either this card or folded paper A4 in length X 2cm (3/4”) wide

  • A sewing machine (zig zag stitch used) alternatives can be used see additional information

  • Either a ball point or jersey machine needle size 12-14 / 70-80

  • Fabric shears, and embroidery scissors

  • Pins

  • Tailors chalk fabric marker pen

  • Iron and ironing-board

  • Optional: A can of laundry spray starch, as this is a handy tip for correcting those curling jersey edges before you sew.

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Seam allowance of ¼” or ½ cm when constructing

  • Zig Zag Stitch size: Approx length 2 width 3.5. You can also construct the Tunic using a specific stretch stitch option found on some new machines, but the basic zig zag works just as well for this project. You can also construct with a serger / over locker on 4 threads if you wish, but again not necessary for this project.

  • Needle size & type either 12-14 / 70-80 Ball Point or Jersey (not a normal needle for woven fabrics as this will ladder your jersey in the construction process!)

  • Please have filled bobbins and threads ready for the start of the session.

  • NOTE: Please check that your sewing machine is working well; therefore, do run-off some stitches on a scrap of jersey fabric prior to the start of the session. You may find a walking foot gives you a better result, but again this is not necessary for this project.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on British Summer Time (BST). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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12.11.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Karen

MILLER

Sewing & Quilting:

Faux Ruched Flowers!

CraftyMonkies Karen Miller Online Interactive Workshop Faux Ruched Flowers!
CraftyMonkies Karen Miller Online Interactive Workshop Faux Ruched Flowers!

Karen Miller

from Redbird Quilt Co

Saturday 12 November 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Faux Ruched Flowers!

We're delighted to be hosting this Faux Ruched Flowers workshop with the wonderful & hugely talented Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co! This class will see participants learn all the steps necessary to prepare both basic & modified decorative treats. Here's Karen to tell us more!...

Introduction by Karen:-

Are you ready to add stunning dimensional fabric flowers to your quilt projects? Join me for this Faux Ruched Flowers technique-based workshop – it’ really is as simple as A... B... C!

 

Many years ago I attended a retreat with an amazingly skilled artist who specialised in hand appliqué. She taught needle turn appliqué, reverse appliqué, bias stems and these delightful faux ruched flowers. I was enthralled with their beauty so I happily added them to a few of my quilts including Chevron with a Twist for the Moda Bake Shop, A Quilters Doodles Quilt for Aurifil and my Redbird Garden Block for Aurifil’s 2019 Block of the Month Quilt.  They’re easily prepared  - you just need a square of fabric, background fabric, needle, thread and a few carefully placed stitches! I assure you, you will LOVE the interest it adds to your quilt projects! I’m excited to share the process with you - it’s straight forward and simple - let’s do this together!

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this three- hour workshop we’ll learn the steps necessary to prepare both basic and modified Faux Ruched Flowers. We’ll work together to size and trim our square of fabric, secure the edge stitching, attach it to the background fabric and sculpt the flower centre. We’ll cover the use of a quilter’s knot and discuss Karen's favourite needle and thread choices. Once our first flower is in place we’ll switch it up a bit - Karen will share the steps necessary to change the shape, size, petal count and flower density. To wrap it up we’ll take another look at the variety of ruched flowers included in the 'A Quilter’s Doodles Quilt' and discuss other ways to use them. Before you know it you’ll be digging through your work-in-progress quilts to see how you can enhance them by adding a Faux Ruched Flower; you'll maybe want to create two, three or more!...

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is geared toward anyone willing to work with needle and thread! No experience is required. We’ll have you adding these lovely dimensional flowers to your fabric  projects in no time!

 

Material & Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A printed template PDF will be sent to all class participants a few days prior to the workshop. Please print this out and have it available for the beginning of the session!

  • Air or Water Soluble Fabric Marking Pen – Necessary to mark flower diameter and stitching points. For our learning adventure a #2 lead pencil or fine tip marker will work too.

  • Hand Sewing Needle – Karen's favourite is a Milliner or Straw Needle - Size 11

  • Thread – Any general purpose thread in a colour that will complement your flower fabric. Karen prefers to use Aurifil 40wt thread. She likes the heavier weight and added strength of 40wt (over 50wt).

  • Sharp Scissors – Karen will be using her favourite Elan 4” Embroidery Scissors that have a serrated edge on one side. The serrated edge  helps “grip” the fabric while cutting.

  • Sharp Pins and/or Glue Baste – Karen generally pins her flower to the background fabric before securing it with thread, but you may choose to glue it in place. She recommends using water soluble glue. In the USA 'Roxanne Glue Baste It' would be her first choice (please Google Search for similar products if living outside the USA).

 

  • OPTIONAL: Qulting or Embroidery Hoop – Some may prefer to 'hoop' their background fabric while attaching the flowers to it. Karen generally works without a hoop!

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • For the first flower you’ll use a 5” square of fabric. Karen loves to use colourful prints or grunge solids. You’ll also need a piece of background fabric 8” x 10” or larger. The background fabric can be plain (muslin) or a colourful solid that contrasts the flower fabric. You’ll be mounting the ruched flower to the background fabric.

  • Be prepared to make more than one flower by having additional 5” flower squares and 8” x 10” background fabrics available at your workspace.

Other requirements relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Good lighting is always helpful while doing handwork.

  • OPTIONAL: A Lightbox or Window & Tape  – Some may like to transfer the markings from the template to their flower fabric by using the backlighting of a lightbox or taping the template and the fabric to a window. Karen generally just 'wings it' with her markings but for this first time around you may choose to use precise markings!

 

Pattern information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Karen's Ruched Flower template (supplied with instructions) will be sent as a PDF via email to all class participants a few days prior to the workshop. Please print the template(s) out and have available during the workshop!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

IMPORTANT!

Sadly, we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale in our shop after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop, live ticket holders will then be sent the recording if they attend or not!

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16.11.22

19.00-20.30 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Easy-Art Class 3 of 3:

Design & Create

Your Own

Christmas Cards!

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Gary Mills

Wednesday 16 November 2022

7.00pm - 8.30pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Easy-Art Class 3 of 3:

Design & Create Your Own Christmas Cards!

Bringing the Christmas celebrations to CraftyMonkies, Gary Mills is on hand in the 3rd of his series of Art and Design classes (you don't have to have participated in the others, each session is a stand alone session) teaching Design & Create Your Own Christmas Cards! Here's Santa Claus (Mr Mills) to tell you all about it!

Introduction by Gary:-

Have you always wanted to learn more about being creative? Have you wanted to explore design, but never had the opportunity? Well, this is just one of the lessons specifically designed for you by Gary Mills, where he has created a series of individual lessons that specifically are designed to be accessed by everyone and at all levels and abilities; This is for all of you who would like to learn and have a go, and those who enjoy being creative but would like to become a little freer and more open to some new ideas. If you love, colour, doodling and playing with scraps of paper, cloth, and ephemera then you are really going to enjoy your time on any of Gary’s Art and Design short lessons.

 

This lesson is based around creating 3 unique Christmas Card Designs, with using just snippets and trimmings from your studio and collected ephemera. This design base lesson in illustrative collage, will undertaking a series of processes to help you achieve your own Christmas themed cards using found materials. This will not be a conventional card making workshop, far from it; but rather a fun and informative approach to creating seasonal illustrative art which will give those cards a personal unique twist to send to friends and family this coming festive time of year.

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this short 1 ½ hour lesson you will cover making coloured papers and plenty of “collage fodder” to use in the making of these three themed card designs. You will be using both acrylic paint and water colour paints. You will be using found decorative trimmings such as sequins or found scraps of papers such as magazine pages, old books, and maps. You will be shown how to assemble your designs with templates supplied to follow.

 

The outcome to this project is three card designs: Christmas Pudding, Wonky Christmas Tree and Red Robin.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years of experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art and textiles; his lessons are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This lesson is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great way to find your creative ability through learning process and skills which explore the rudiments of creative art and design practices. For those with some confidence and experience you could add further diversify to approaches in your own artistic ability and imagination.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All the materials are easily accessible. Such as papers and inks and paints can be sourced from local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box or in your desk draw.

 

You will need for this workshop:-

IMPORTANT: Acrylic paints used:

  • § Titanium White

  • § Yellow Ochre

  • § Deep Turquois

  • § Red

 

  • Something to make permanent black ink permanent marks with, such as a gel pen, ball point pen (a pen which will not smudge or run when wet)

  • A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar

  • A set of simple water colour paints

  • 3 x plain white card stock 7” x 10” these can be folded in half to make a greeting card 7” x5”

  • Selection of small sized found papers, newspaper, old text from books, colourful magazine pages, bright / seasonal wrapping paper.

  • A strong brown envelope can be used or some strong brown wrapping paper (used for robin body and Christmas pudding)

  • Some sequins red (although I will show you how to make similar with a hole punch)

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sharp paper scissors / craft knife & cutting mat

  • 2x containers such as a jam jars to hold some clean water.

  • A large plate or a palette for mixing paint

  • 1 small paint brush 1x medium sized flat paint brush

  • Some paper kitchen towel to hand

  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square

  • Pencil and rubber

  • A hole-punch

  • Tweezers for handling small bits to stick down​

  • IMPORTANT: A hair-dryer to hand when speed-drying is required

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s Templates & Seasonal Titles.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £20.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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Design & Create Your Own Christmas Cards!
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19.11.22

15.00-16.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

ASHFORD

Sewing & Quilting:

Next Steps in

Walking Foot Quilting!

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Sarah Ashford

Saturday 19 November 2022

3.00pm - 6.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Next Steps in Walking Foot Quilting

After what feels like an age, we're delighted to welcome back the wonderfully warm, engaging & hugely talented Sarah Ashford. This class will see participants expand their Walking Foot Quilting skills by taking 'the Next Steps'!...

Introduction by Sarah:-

Hi everyone! I'm Sarah - a modern quilter, quilt pattern designer and teacher. I'm also the author of Jump into Patchwork and Quilting and Rotary Cutting Basics for C and T Publishing. Following on from the popularity of my first class with CraftyMonkies (Walking Foot Quilting), comes this brand new class: Next Steps In Walking Foot Quilting. I really hope you'll be able to join me and Rachel to learn how you can push the boundaries even further with this most dynamic of skills - see you in class!...

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this class you will learn more advanced skills of Walking Foot Quilting, including:

  • 60 degree designs

  • Sashiko inspired designs - Reverse designs

 

In this class, Sarah will also share her top tips for walking foot quilting, to obtain the best results. These designs are featured in the book Walk 2:0 by Jacquie Gering and this is an excellent opportunity to put some of these designs into practice and come away with a toolkit of ideas for quilting your quilts and small projects.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This is an intermediate level workshop, aimed at those who have taken the Walking Foot Quilting class, but it can also be taken by those who are confident quilters, that haven’t taken the original class.

 

Material & Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Five 12 1/2” x 12 1/2” quilt sandwiches adhered with spray baste (solid fabrics, calico or cheap material is fine as it's just for practicing)!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing Machine

  • Walking Foot

  • Hera Marker or your Fabric Marker of choice

  • Quilting bar (optional)

  • Quilting Gloves (optional)

  • Usual sewing supplies – Thread, Embroidery Scissors, etc

  • Useful to have also is the book WALK 2.0 by Jacquie Gering (usually available via Amazon)

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A pattern is not required for this class. However, you may find it useful to purchase the book Walk 2.0 by Jacqui Gering. Sarah does stress that this purchase is NOT essential; useful, but not essential!.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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20.11.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Sewing & Quilting:

Nordic Reindeer

Decorations!

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Gary Mills

Sunday 20 November 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nordic Reindeer Decorations!

With the festive season fast creeping up on us all (at least it will be on 20 November 2022!), who better to imbibe us all with the seasonal charm & spirit for the most wonderful time of the year than long-standing 'CraftyMonkies fan-fave', Gary Mills and his fabulous Nordic Reindeer Decorations workshop - here's Gary to tell you more!...

Introduction by Gary:-

I just love Scandinavian design and the culture of this far away land of pine forests, ancient folk tales, and sleigh rides in the snow; it is just a perfect setting to welcome in the autumn and winter as we prepare for Christmas. Imagine coming home to a simple yet minimal styled cabin lit by a burning open log fire and candles dancing shadows across the walls. Aaaahhh…. let's get cosy, settle in and get stitching these easy-to-make Nordic Reindeer decorations.

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop takes you through selecting combinations of fabrics that work and give a simple yet sophisticated style. You can mix up natural woven fabrics, with prints and found recycled bits of embroidery. Keeping the combinations simple yet stylish. Consider oatmeal coloured linens mixed with Nordic printed cottons in red and white or mix in a section of vintage embroidery you have recycled from a rescued old tablecloth or similar.

 

You will learn cutting out from the supplied pattern and then constructing through simple machine stitch with stage by stage instruction. Then turning through and stuffing your reindeer; finally adding the details to give him/her character through stitch and decoration. Collected twigs and sticks to compliment and finish the reindeer keeps in synergy with the ethos of Scandinavian life; that of experiencing nature and bringing the natural environment into your home.

 

This finished reindeer is 12” (30cm) high.​

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The skill level for this project would suit all, from the beginner who would like to learn with simple, clear, achievable instruction, to those who are more experienced who will quickly grasp the construction process and will probably not just make one reindeer, but probably a whole herd by the end of the session!

 

Material & Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

As mentioned above, select your fabric to create the ‘Scandinavian style’. Consider natural linens and cottons, washed calico in creams and oatmeal colours.  Printed cottons in red and white Nordic or even Christmas themed patterns can be used. Consider any found or treasured vintage embroidered and old lace fabrics which you would not mind cutting up and incorporating into your design. Such as old and worn table linen and interior fabrics. These make for great little interesting personal touches within the body of the reindeer.

 

For each reindeer you will need:-

  • Total fabric for body, ears, and tail 24” x 16” (60cm x 40cm) (additional sections such as printed fabrics and vintage fabrics can measure 6” x 7” (15cm x 18cm)

  • Polyester toy stuffing 2.5 oz or 75g​

  • Good quality neutral coloured sew-all machine thread

  • For eyes and nose embroidery thread in black and red

  • For legs 4x found and cut from the hedgerow straight sticks / twigs 6” (15cm) long by ¼” (5mm) in diameter

  • For antlers 2x exceptionally fine forked twigs up to 7” (18cm) total length and 2/8” (2mm) in dimeter

  • Optional: fine red ribbon ¼” (5mm) wide 10” (25cm) long  and small bell for tying around the neck as an additional decoration to the reindeer

 

NOTE: You will probably have time within the session to start or fully make a second reindeer so have additional fabrics and materials to use!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine (straight stitch used)

  • Fabric

  • Paper

  • Embroidery Scissors

  • Pins

  • Hand Sewing Needle

  • Tape Measure

  • Useful: Fabric Marker Pen

  • Useful: Chopstick or a similar blunt stick to aid the stuffing process

  • Sharp Kitchen Scissors or Garden Secateurs for trimming twigs and sticks!

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary's FREE Pattern will be sent to all who book via email; this pattern is to be printed in advance of the course.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

 

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop?

Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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26.11.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Chris

ENGLISH

Sewing & Quilting:

Improv Foundation Piecing

Cushion Covers!

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27.11.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Sewing & Quilting:

Improv Inserts!

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CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Inserts!

Nicholas Ball

Sunday 27 November 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Improv Inserts!

As ever, we're delighted to be hosting this workshop - a wholly NEW class! - with the wonderful, engaging & hugely talented Nicholas Ball! This class, Improv Inserts, will see participants embrace their 'inner-improv' creativity and work towards producing some visually stunning & mentally therapeutic results!...

Introduction by Nicholas:-

The insert technique is the epitome of the quilting mantra “cut, sew, repeat”. I first fully explored the idea of inserts by way of scrap management some years ago. I found myself drowning in scraps and needed a quick way to reduce them. I began slicing larger scraps with abandon and sought out skinnier strips. Soon after, my obsession with wonky crosses was born! Fundamentally, one-strip inserts are as simple as it gets; take a piece of fabric, make a cut through it, add the fabric strip in between, then sew it all together. The complexity of the design can be changed by how you make the cuts. You can change direction, make them curved, or make several cuts that cross over each other - the possibilities are endless!

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During our exploration of inserts, we will look as some of the many different way this very simple improv technique can be used to create unique and exciting quilts. We will begin with single inserts and learn how to sub-cut them into smaller units which can be useful for so many things - Nicholas loved using them as seeds in the tomato block from his Vegetable Patch quilts. We will then experiment with wonky cross and tally blocks, before moving onto layered inserts, skinny inserts, and finishing with an effective ‘leaf skeleton’ that is wonderfully seasonal and can be made to look like leaves, trees, and feathers.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.  The insert technique is a great introduction to sewing in a more liberated way and is sure to fuel your creativity  The technique will provide the beginner with a firm foundation to cutting without rulers, upon which they can expand the technique.  More experienced sewers can challenge themselves with thinner, more numerous inserts.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Fabric Glue Stick (or similar)

 

Whilst not essential for the workshop, Nicholas's book Inspiring Improv (Lucky Spool 2019) will expand upon some of the techniques learnt and provide many more improv tips and tricks.  His original Tally quilt is also one of the 12 projects.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide:-

 

  • Larger scraps for backgrounds - these can either be an elective mix or a more curated collection of colours.

  • Thinner strips for the inserts - either cut from WOF or from scraps, approximately 1” - 2” wide

  • Some 9” x 22” fat eighths for the leaf skeletons

 

Please don’t stress about these requirements! They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with Nicholas!

 

This is a technique-based workshop. We will be making inserts units which you will then piece into a finished sampler of larger project in your own time.  Feel free to make as many or as few of the units as you like.  Don’t feel any pressure to cut up all your precious fabric!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • Good quality Thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (Nicholas recommends Aurifil 50wt)

  • Rotary Cutter - with a new blade!

  • Cutting Mat

  • Patchwork Ruler (we can make any size work, but a small 1” x 12” is very handy, as is a 12.5” square)

  • Fabric Scissors

  • Seam Ripper

  • A willingness to explore your own creativity!

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Not applicable for this improv class!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

IMPORTANT!

Sadly, we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale in our shop after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop.

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28.01.23

15.00-18.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Sewing & Quilting:

Log Cabin Blocks!

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CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Log Cabin Blocks!

Nicholas Ball

Saturday 28 January 2023

3.00pm - 6.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Log Cabin Blocks!

Our first listing for a class in 2023! We're delighted to be kicking off our 2023 offer with this Log Cabin Block workshop with the wonderfully effervescent, engaging & hugely talented Nicholas Ball! This class will see participants embrace their 'inner-improv' creativity and work towards producing some visually stunning & mentally therapeutic results: be sure to join us & Nicholas - you'll be amazed at what you create!...

Introduction by Nicholas:-

The Log Cabin is instantly recognisable as one of the most classic and ubiquitous patchwork blocks. When I started quilting way back when, I always liked the idea of making a traditional version, yet all the cutting and precision put me off! If you feel the same and want to try a quick and fun approach to this most beloved of blocks, then this version is perfect!...

 

Join me in my liberated log cabin workshop where we’ll use organic piecing to put an improv spin on this versatile block. We’ll look at how to use chain piecing to sped up the process, how to add interest with angular cuts, half square triangle starters and blind bag pulling, as well as a stacked version that’ll give you more blocks in less time, perfect for when you need a quick finish!

What you will learn on this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During our exploration of Log Cabins, we will look at some of the many different ways this sometimes daunting technique can be approached to create unique and exciting blocks.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide.

 

For the basic log cabin units, a large variety of strips in solid and print fabric, plus an assortment of smaller scraps to add interest. Feel free to cut your pieces from yardage or use jelly roll pre-cuts. If cutting from yardage, use an assortment of widths, from 1” to 3”. For the half square triangle starters, rough squares approximately 3-4” in a variety of fabrics.

 

For the stacked log cabin starters, approximately 10-12” squares of 6-8 different print or solid fabrics.

 

Please don’t stress about these requirements. They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with me. They also needn’t be perfectly square or straight, so feel free to use scissors!

 

This is very much a 'technique-based' workshop! We will be exploring log cabins and won’t have finished project in mind.  Feel free to make as many or as few of the units as you like. You can combine them into a sampler or continue to work on the project after the workshop by adding more units to it. Don’t feel any pressure to cut up all your precious fabric

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • Good quality Thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (Nicholas recommends Aurifil 50wt)

  • Rotary Cutter - with a new Blade!

  • Cutting-Mat

  • Patchwork Ruler (we can make any size work, but a small 1” x 12” is very handy, as is a 12.5” square).

  • Fabric Scissors

  • A Bag or Small Box

  • A willingness to free your mind & explore your own creativity!

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Not applicable for this improv class!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date.

The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies online interactive workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

IMPORTANT!

Sadly, we are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale in our shop after this event.

The only way to enjoy this class is to book a ticket for this Zoom Workshop.

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you are unable to attend any of our upcoming Online Interactive Workshops...

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