ARCHIVE: Sewing & Quilting

Two questions we often get asked are: 'Are your courses suitable for beginners?' 'Do you have a machine I can borrow?' The answer to both is a resounding: 'YES'! We have a limited number of machines available on a first come first/served basis, so please ask us when you book! Beginners & proficient crafters alike can join in with learning, fun, friendship (and cake, always cake)! On a CraftyMonkies Course/Workshop/Retreat, we want you to learn techniques that perhaps you only dreamt of being able to do or improve techniques you'll be able to use on future projects of your own to expand your creative horizons! On these courses you will learn: how to sew with stretch fabric, master an overlocker, sew on a neck, band and cuffs, work with French seams and 'stitch in the ditch'. We'll talk to you about appliqué and how to apply, make pockets all beautifully edged, embroidery, working with strips of fabric and creating family heirlooms and so much more! 

Our upcoming and totally unique combined Sewing & Quilting Courses see us offering you retreats and two NEW One-Day Sewing & Quilting Workshops (and, yes, you can attend BOTH days, as each event offers different sewing/quilting projects!) We're also going to make sure there are different projects on every Sewing & Quilting course, so that if you want to come again you wont be making the same thing! The following dates are currently available (with more being added in the coming weeks & months):-

Saturday 30th May 2020 at Millennium Point Birmingham (Workshop)


NOTE: The original dates (28 & 29/3/20) for our Wivenhoe House event have been changed to:-

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th OCTOBER 2020 at Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester (Workshops/Retreat)

Please do keep checking our website and social media (Instagram Facebook and Twitter) to see new courses as & when they're announced! And don't forget that Non-Sewist Partners can also come along and enjoy the hotel accommodation/facilities, and we have other courses - such as Photography! - some times running at the same time, that a partner may well be interested in!...



One-Day Free Motion Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Workshop

Millennium Point,


Join us for our fabulous One-Day Workshop on Saturday 30th May 2020 at the dynamic Millennium Point venue, Birmingham. Our top expert tutor for this event is the lovely & hugely talented Sarah Payne.

Millennium Point, Birmingham

Saturday 30 May 2020

Millennium Point

Curzon Street, Eastside, Birmingham B4 7AP


Join us for One-Day Sewing & Quilting Workshop with Sarah Payne.

Course price includes Tuition, Materials for your Projects, Lunch & Refreshments!
For further information or, to reserve your place, see below or go to our Book Online page!
Please note: We are also running a Two-Day Papercrafting Workshop at this venue on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May if you have a friend who'd like to accompany you or you'd like to have a go at papercrafting on the Sunday!

On this fabulous day, you get to learn the art of Free-Motion Embroidery, sewing and quilting techniques. Your materials are included in your course price of  just £99 for the day, plus we provide a great lunch & refreshments! Just bring along a sewing machine (although we have some available if you need one; just let us know) and yourself!

Sarah Payne - Saturday 30th May 2020

Free Motion Embroidery


A fun-packed day of, not just one, but TWO crafting techniques!


In the morning session the wonderful Sarah Payne will show you how you can create a fun design using scraps of fabric and your free motion/embroidery foot on your sewing machine. You will learn how to create your design, transfer it onto fabric and then 'draw' it with your sewing machine. This is a fun experimental class and you will end up with one or more raw edged appliqué and free-motion stitched blocks that you can turn into a cushion, frame or use as the basis for a new quilt.


After lunch, in the afternoon you will take the morning’s newly-learned skills and apply then to free-motion quilting. Sarah will show you how to create a practice 'quilt sandwich' and how to add creative quilting designs to add interest to your quilt blocks. Sarah will also supply you with a number of prepared quilt blocks to play with, which you can then turn into a cushion, placemat, wall-hanging, etc when you get home. All in all a pretty fabulous day!


This course is priced at £99 per person (including lunch & light refreshments) and we only have 20 places available, so please be sure you book early to avoid the potential of disappointment!


We very much look forward to welcoming you along on our CraftyMonkies Sewing & Quilting Workshop!


03.10.20 + 04.10.20

Weekend Retreat &

Two-Day Workshops

Wivenhoe House Hotel,

near Colchester

Join us for a Weekend Retreat of Sewing & Quilting on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th OCTOBER 2020 at the wonderful Wivenhoe House Hotel, in Essex. Also available as a Two-Day Workshop or individual One-Day Workshop courses. Featuring top quilter Sarah Payne and winner of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, Heather Jacks.


Wivenhoe House Hotel, near Colchester

Saturday 03 & Sunday 04 October 2020

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Park Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ


Join us for a Weekend Retreat with Overnight Hotel Accommodation PLUS

Two-Day Sewing & Quilting Workshops with Sarah PayneHeather Jacks.

Price includes Tuition, 2 x Full Kits, Lunch & Refreshments on each day!
Those unable to join us for the Retreat can join theTwo-Day Workshops or join in on either the Saturday or Sunday
by selecting the option they prefer  (see below) and booking via our Book Online page
Please note: We are also running a One-Day ScanNCut Workshop and Two-Day Photography Workshop at this venue on the same dates!

You get to make two fabulous projects (you can choose your top & colour). Nearly £50 worth of kits are included in your course price of £145.00 for each day, plus we provide a great lunch & refreshments! In the morning, half of you work with Sarah, half of you work with Heather; then in the afternoon, you swap. 

Sarah Payne - Saturday 3rd October 2020

Free Motion Embroidery

Sarah will show you how you can create a fun design using scraps of fabric and your free motion/embroidery foot on your sewing machine. Learn how to create your design, transfer it onto fabric and then 'draw' it with your sewing machine. This is a fun experimental class and you will end up with one or more raw edged appliqué and free motion stitched block that you can turn into a cushion, frame or use as the basis for a new quilt.

Fully included Kit! RRP £24.99

Heather Jacks - Saturday 3rd October 2020

A practical but beautiful Waterfall top!

Here you will learn French seams, stitch in the ditch and handling a soft fabric to make this loose fitting top. The garment will be finished with a contrast band. Stunning fabrics for you to choose from will be detailed soon. A great top to learn from, and then you can make lots of these for yourself and friends! There will be a choice of materials available.

Fully Included Kit! RRP £25.00

Sarah Payne - Sunday 4th October 2020

Strip Table Runner

Quilt-as-you-go with Sarah's Strip Table Runner! This technique will allow you to create and quilt large projects on a small machine because you will quilt it in small, bite-sized and manageable pieces. Once your block is completed you will quilt it and THEN sew the quilt together. This simple Strip Table Runner will help you get to grips with this technique, so that a double-bed quilt will no longer feel like an impossible task! Sarah will demonstrate how to use  a walking foot and create your masterpiece with or without sashing, and she will explain how the method you use will affect how you work your blocks.

Fully included Kit! RRP £29.99

Heather Jacks Sunday 4th October 2020

The French Curve!

Learn to draft your own sleeve pattern using a French Curve, then translate that to fabric and fit it into a simple top. This is such a useful thing to learn as there's always garments you wish had sleeves in. Once you know how to do this you'll be reinventing your wardrobe! Dont forget, you get the French curve to keep and take home!

Fully included Kit! £RRP £20.00

Kit for Projects will include:-

  • Complete colour pattern with template

  • Fabric

Kit for Projects will include:-

  • Complete pattern with template

  • Fabric in colour/patter choices

  • The French Curve!

What you can expect to achieve:-

Two Projects by Sarah Payne

You may not complete the projects in the time allowed – it is very much dependent on how much you choose to embellish your work and how fast you sew. However you will receive FULL instructions on completing your projects once you get home. All projects are suitable for beginners up!

Two Projects by Heather Jacks

It is likely you will complete Heather's projects in the time allowed. All projects are suitable for beginners up!


Book online today or, for any further information, please contact us:-

07307 622093

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