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Online Interactive Workshops

SEWING & QUILTING

Welcome to our SEWING & QUILTING Online Interactive Workshops section. We always intended to create an online offer so that every member of the crafting community can be involved! 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!

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

Below you will find details for some of our upcoming offer in February and March 2021  - please note that we'll be uploading LOTS MORE SUPERB CONTENT in the coming days/weeks, relevant to upcoming courses in March and April 2021. Please click on the Graphic Info-Flash Boxes, below, to read more about that and all other classes! 

 

All this means that we've got the very best top-notch crafters & designers signed up to deliver the most wonderful home-based crafting experiences just for YOU!:-

Click on each Info-Graphic below for more details about confirmed 

Online Interactive Workshops to date in

FEBRUARY (Archive B)

PS: We'll be adding LOTS more dates for March and April 2021 just as soon as we have all class content & tutor availability confirmed!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of current situation regarding nationwide temporary lockdowns across the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any course dates.

IMPORTANT!

All CraftyMonkies online interactive workshops are 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!

CraftyMonkies Lucy Brennan Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Big Stitch Hand Quilting & Tying
CraftyMonkies Ingrid Alteneder Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom FPP Sacred Heart with Wings
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Mr Fox Appliqué
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Easy Drunkard's Path Block
CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Craft Workshop via Zoom - Malmo Pouch
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Collectable Moments Quilt Block
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CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Mindful Stitch Cloth Journal
CraftyMonkies Judith Hollies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Stained Glass Window Effects
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Sashiko Stitching
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With all our Online Interactive Workshops, a portion of the fee charged will go directly to a chosen charity. 

IMPORTANT: Due to the low price point, Discount Coupons cannot be redeemed against any CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshops; Discount Coupons are strictly for 'live' courses/workshops and weekend retreats. 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.

If, due to living in a different time-zone or because you’re otherwise engaged,

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

EXCITING NEWS!!!

For all who are unable to attend our live classes, we recently 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 via a dedicated private-access link!

From 1st February 2021 (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 charged at £25.00 to all who are unable to attend the live class. Each video uploaded between 01-28 February 2021 will be available to view as many times as you like for a period of 90 days; each video uploaded after 01 March 2021 will be available to view as many times as you like for a period of 30 days.

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Please note: Not all workshops/classes will appear as edited videos due to licensing restrictions with some of our tutors; that said, the vast majority will be available!

12.02.21

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Sewing:
Mr Fox

Machine Appliqué

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CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Zoom Workshop Mr Fox Hand Appliqué

Gary Mills - Friday 12 February 2021 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Mr Fox Machine Appliqué

 

The effervescent & hugely talented Gary Mills joins us once again to teach this excellent skills-based class which will see you create a wonderful Mr Fox Appliqué art-piece, suitable for you, or to present as a memorable gift for your family, friends or a loved one!

 

Introduction by Gary: -

In 2020, my first workshop with the CraftyMonkies was an extremely popular and successful session for ‘Waggle Tails’ the Hound appliqué. Now in 2021, I'm delighted to introduce the adorable ‘Mr Fox’ appliqué design in my three-hour workshop.

This workshop is very much a ‘skills bomb’ of processes for you to learn. I've tailored this project for all to enjoy learning a mixture of creative textile skills. You will begin the session firstly by transferring the supplied image onto cloth; next you'll learn how to use heat-bonded adhesive for securing the appliqué pieces. I will then guide you through using free motion embroidery to add an artistic sketched stitched line to bring your appliqué to life! The workshop is a great start to get to grips with these addictive skilled processes; you will even learn some hand-tinting with colour to finish off your outcome! This class is full of little cheats and 'how-to' tips to get the best results from both yourself and your sewing-machine.

 

When complete, ‘Mr Fox’ could be simply framed but would make a great panel for a quilt or even a cushion centre - I will discuss with you any ideas that come up through this workshop!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop: -

This three-hour session is divided into two halves with a short comfort break for 10 minutes in the middle. To begin you will be introduced to the project, and then Gary will guide you through each of the skills processes:

You will learn how to transfer the image, how to cut and then bond onto fabric small pattern pieces to build the image. Prepare the fabric for free-motion embroidery and apply stitches to further secure but also add a defining line to the image which is then tinted with hand paints to add a unique hand-crafted finish to your work.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop: -

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of textiles; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great project to learn and understand the processes of bonded applique with addition of free motion stitching for decoration. For those more experienced and advanced you can further hone your skills by working on improved accuracy and artistic ability to achieve a first-class professional finish.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Base fabric: Cream / White cotton canvas or heavy calico, or heavy linen minimum size 21cm x 30cm, although you can work on a larger piece if you prefer. Please ensure your fabrics are PRESSED prior to class!

  • Stitch and tear 21cm x 30cm

  • Bonda web or similar iron on fusible fabric adhesive for bonding applique pieces 25cm x 50cm

  • Selection of small pieces / scraps of suitably chosen fabrics. Check your colour and pattern choices with reference to the exampled Mr Fox images (light wools and tweeds, printed and plain cottons and polyesters)

  • Good quality Sew-all polyester dark (black / dark grey / dark brown machine thread

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • 1x sheet A4 tracing paper,

  • Soft pencil (B1-2) and biro to transfer image.

  • Sticky tape or masking tape

  • Sewing machine with an embroidery or darning foot attachment with a new needle size 12-14

  • An iron and sheet of baking parchment for pressing,

  • Small sharp embroidery, fabric scissors and small paper scissors

  • Pins

  • A palate of water colour paints (a standard children’s set will do) and a small brush for tinting your final image; plus a small pot of water.

  • A soluble fabric marker pen is useful.

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s unique PDF pattern for ‘Mr Fox’ and the guidance instructions FREE of charge!

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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13.02.21

10.00-13.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing & Quilting:
Easy Drunkard's

Path Block

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CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Zoom Workshop Easy Drunkard's Path Block

Sarah Payne - Saturday 13 February 2021 - 10.00am to 1.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Easy Drunkard's Path Block

 

The indefatiguable & splendid Sarah Payne returns in February to deliver an absolutely superb quilt block class, namely the Easy Drunkard's Path Block. In the wrong hands this project can be a daunting undertaking, but with Sarah & the method she's devised, we're confident you'll get to grips with the project early on and have a most wonderful/fulfilling time!...

 

Introduction by Sarah:-

I just love a Drunkards Path quilt! It is eye catching and looks tricky, but with a few tips and tricks Sarah will show you how this can be one of the easiest blocks to master. No curved piecing trauma on this class.

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

You will learn how to make curved blocks quickly ,  easily and stress free. Sarah will show you how you can create blocks of whatever size you like without drafting so you can create this complex looking design.

Sarah will also show you how to place your blocks and create unique quilts or smaller items like cushions and bags. Once you master this technique you will be weaving in a drunkard fashion in no time. Sarah will proved you with a selection of layouts to get your creative juices flowing and you will also look at options for quilting once you have decided how big a project you want to make. You will learn how to vary the sizes of your path for even more interest.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This is aimed at beginners as well as improvers. You will make at least 4 blocks during the class, but there is scope to make more if you like. You can choose what you want to make with this technique.

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • 1m of background fabric and a small selection of fabrics measuring at least 10 inches across (layer cake size). A couple of fat 1/4s will be fine too.

  • 1m of sew-in light or medium weight stabiliser, or a piece of calico, or an old white pillowcase (you can recycle them).

  • If you wish to precut, you can cut a 13 inch square of the background fabric before the class but this is not necessary.

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A selection of plates from your kitchen (a variety of sizes from dinner down to side plates – just so long as they are round)!

Sewing-machine.

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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13.02.21

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Svetlana

SOTAK

Sewing:
Malmo Pouch

SOLD OUT!

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CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Crafting Workshop Malmo Pouch

Svetlana Sotak - Saturday 13 February 2021 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Malmo Pouch

Regrettably, tickets for this three-hour class have now SOLD OUT!

Below is the course info, video and photo reference for those who have secured tickets:-

 

We're really excited to be hosting this Malmo Pouch workshop where, once again, we'll be in the wonderful company of the superbly talented Svetlana Sotak!

 

Introduction by Svetlana:-

Learn how to make this beautiful foldover pouch in three sizes featuring a main zipper closure, a lovely leather handle, and an additional welted zipper pocket (plus the bonus instructions on how to turn it into a super handy crossbody bag)!

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this class we'll learn how to add structure and stability to the finished pouches using easily accessible sewing supplies and materials. We'll also learn how to neatly install zippers for a beautiful, professional finish and we'll talk about customization and how to use the skills we learn in our future projects.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This class is for sewists of all levels!

 

Material & Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:-

  • FE (fat eighth) of fabric measures 9'' x 21''

  • FABRIC A (exterior) – 1 FE

  • FABRIC B (exterior flap + main zipper tab) – 1 FE

  • FABRIC C (main lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1/2 yard

  • SF101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 3/4 yard

  • One (1) – 8'' long metal or nylon main ZIPPER

  • One (1) - 5'' long metal or nylon pocket ZIPPER

  • One (1) – 1/2'' wide x 5 ½'' long leather strip for handle

  • One (1) – 1/2'' – 1'' wide x 1 ¾'' long cotton ribbon

  • One (1) – 1/8'' wide x 4'' long leather lace or ribbon for closure loop

  • One (1) – larger button of choice 2 zipper pulls (optional)

SUGGESTED FABRICS:-

Svetlana recommends using Essex linen, denim, designer canvas, or cotton/linen blend for the exterior panel of the pouch (FABRIC A). Quilting cotton can also be used, but your finished pouch will not be as sturdy. Quilting cotton will work great for the exterior flap panel as well as the lining (FABRICS B, C).

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

 

SUPPLIES:-

  • Rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat, acrylic ruler

  • Wonder clips and/or pins

  • Disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen

  • Sharp fabric scissors

  • Zipper foot for your sewing machine

  • Hand sewing supplies and strong thread to attach the button (Svetlana uses Perle Cotton)

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A PDF pattern for the two pouch sizes (plus the additional CraftyMonkies exclusive bonus third size!) will be provided as part of the class, once you have booked your place.

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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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19.02.21

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Janet

CLARE

Sewing & Quilting:
Collectable Moments

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CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Crafting Workshop Collectable Moments Quilt Block

Janet Clare - Friday 19 February 2021 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Collectable Moments Quilt Block

As always, we're absolutely delighted to welcome back the inimitable Janet Clare for her latest CraftyMonkies quilting project, a wonderful skills-based class focused on free-motion writing, bias binding, designing and fusible appliqué: Collectable Moments!

 

Introduction by Janet:-

The block we are going to making together during this CraftyMonkies workshop is actually part of a sampler quilt I made a few years ago. The quilt is called ‘Honest to Goodness’ and looks traditional enough at first glance, but when you get closer and pay attention you will see hundreds of messages, adages, quotes and sayings stitched amongst the blocks. It’s actually packed full of secret messages!

So, we’ll be making a traditional block and learning all the techniques that involves and then stitching our own personal messages into it to create something completely unique. Write a love letter, a poem, a saying or anything you like!

You can use the block as the start of your own sampler quilt or turn it into a cushion or a small wall hanging or purse or just make it for the fun of it.

 

Also:-

We’ll be making one 12 inch finished quilt block during this workshop, covering all the techniques needed to complete the block but not actually finishing it during our time together. The block we are making is one part of a much larger quilt, which you’ll get a good look at and we’ll discuss how to create your own unique heirloom quilt with hidden and secret messages in it.

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

• Free motion writing on the sewing machine

• Making bias binding

• Stitching bias binding in a circle to a background fabric

• Designing your own leaf template

• Fusible appliqué

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Confident beginners and above. You need to be comfortable with a sewing machine and hand sewing!

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

• Scrap fabric to practice free motion writing on

• 12 ½ inch square of pale background fabric

• Fabric Scraps for appliqué leaves (32 leaves) each leave needs 1 x 2 inches minimum

• Fusible web

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/611829452/1m-bondaweb-an-essential-part-of-the?ref=shop_home_active_1&crt=1

 

Fabric for bias binding:-

Cut 5/8 inch wide strips on the bias of your chosen fabric. You need sufficient strips to stitch together to create a 32 inch approx strip of bias tape. I used a 10 inch square which yields more than you need but reduces the number of seams.

Stitch n tear paper or other stabiliser for fabric

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/741618161/1m-stitch-n-tear-a-handy-item-used-by?ref=shop_home_active_2&sca=1

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

• Sewing machine set up for free motion quilting - a darning foot, feed dogs down

• Usual sewing kit and supplies for hand sewing

• ¼ inch Bias tape maker or 32 inches minimum x ¼ inch wide pre-made bias binding tape

• Bondaweb or other double sided fusible web

• 9 inch dinner plate/ circle to draw round

• Washable/ removable fabric marking pen or similar

• Pencil, paper and paper scissors

• Iron and ironing board

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

No pattern required!

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any course dates.

IMPORTANT!

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

We are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale after this event.

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

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20.02.21

10.00-13.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Lucy

ENGELS

Sewing:
Triple Inset Circles

SOLD OUT!

CraftyMonkies Lucy Engels Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Triple Inset Circles
 
CraftyMonkies Lucy Engels Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Triple Inset Circles

Lucy Engels - Saturday 20 February 2021 - 10.00am to 1.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Triple Inset Circles

Regrettably, tickets for this three-hour class have now SOLD OUT!

Below is the course info, video and photo reference for those who have secured tickets:-

We're absolutely delighted to welcome modern quilter/artist Lucy Engels into the CraftyMonkies creative stable and are convinced that you will love her highly contemporary take on all things sewing & quilting! In her first offering for us, Lucy focuses on a particular love of hers, Curved Piecing, to deliver her class Triple Inset Circles!

 

Introduction by Lucy:-

Curved piecing is my absolute favourite! And this technique of inserting inset circles within inset circles elevates the curved piecing game to dizzying new heights. I mean, why have one inset circle when you can have three! In the same block!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During this workshop you will learn how to cut, pin, piece and press inset circles within inset circles to create a bold modern block.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This class is aimed at those of an intermediate skill level.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Pins, lots of them! Short dressmaking pins are best for this project as the longer pins get in the way.

  • Co ordinating thread

  • Rotary cutter / Fabric scissors

  • Cutting mat

  • Iron (With steam setting or water spray)

  • Starch spray optional

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A selection of cotton fabrics in the sizes below.

  • 20" x 20”

  • 16" x 16”

  • 14" x 14”

  • 12" x 12”

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing machine.

  • 1/4” sewing foot - Optional

  • General sewing kit - ruler, etc.

  • Printer to print the paper templates

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

For all who book on this class, there will be a free PDF download available for the paper templates you will need for this 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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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20.02.21

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Sewing:
Mindful Stitch

Cloth Journal

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CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop via Mindful Stitch Cloth Journal

Gary Mills - Saturday 20 February 2021 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Mindful Stitch Cloth Journal

This wonderful Mindful Stitch Cloth Journal class by leading textile designer/tutor Gary Mills will help feed your inner spiritual self! Learn how to make a truly unique memento for those special moments in life via this skills-based course, which will see you engage with machine-sewing and hand-sewing - and lots of inspiration, flair & creativity!

 

Introduction by Gary:-

I've created this project especially for CraftyMonkies - a beautiful and thoughtful Cloth Journal for you to practice upon its pages the lovely pastime of Mindful Stitching. Within this workshop you will not only practically make this beautiful cloth journal (guided throughout the process by me) but also discover that hand stitch is becoming one of the new meditative and relaxing pastimes to calm our minds in a world at times which can seem unsettling, worrying and, frankly, stressful...

 

You may well ask, “What is Mindful Stitch, Gary, my man?!”

 

It's amazing how much pleasure can be had from slowing down, picking up a needle & thread and simply SEWING, be that a repetitive decorative embroidery stitch, or needle turned appliqué of found work, embellished to a cloth page within your journal. This practice has connections to sustainability, simplicity, preserving memories and, increasingly important, reflection.

 

“Mindful Stitch allows our mind and body to work in harmony and express our inner feelings. It is a slow, repetitive process, which helps to promote calmness and inner peace”

Reference: thegraystone.co.uk

 

Once you have made your Cloth Journal, this is just the beginning of your mindful practice journey to discover enjoyable skills such as scrapbooking, stitched doodles and simple appliqué.

 

The Cloth Journal now becomes your own unique narrative of work, reflections or even a diary of textile entries; the pages do not have to have any theme at all; but then again, they might do so - it's entirely up to you and for the best benefit do not over-plan the outcome or the end result. Let your journal evolve & inspiration take you on a journey!...

 

Best of all, this project is a scrap-buster and encourages you to reuse repurpose textiles!

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This three-hour session is divided into two halves with a short comfort break for 10 minutes in the middle. To begin, you will be introduced to the project by Gary who will show you examples of his own Mindful Journal to give you inspiration and understanding of the possibilities available. Next, Gary will guide you through the making of the Cloth Journal, learning how to cut and assemble the outer cover using machine and hand stitches, with consideration to decoration and even words to add to the front of the cover if you wish. Next you will be guided on how to make pages and to begin inserting them with hand stitches.

 

As the journal begins to take shape Gary will further cover textile and hand stitch practices which you can carry out to then create your very own unique Mindful Journal. Everyone will start at least one stitches and worked entry to kick start their Journals.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of textiles; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great project to learn and understand the processes of assembling simple squares of fabric with hand and machine stitch to create a journal and then to explore some simple embroidery stitches with his easy-to-follow embroidery stitch handout. For those more experienced and advanced you can build your confidence further by honing your creative mind and project skills by working on improved artistic ability to achieve a considered and exciting outcome.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

None!

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop: -

For the Journal COVER (pre-cut, ready for class!):-

  • 2 x rectangles measuring 16 ½ “x 9” of neutral medium weight fabric to create a base for your A5 cloth memory book. used in the sample is a simple cream and blue wide stripe linen for the front and a biscuit / beige colour linen for the inner. You can also use heavier weight cottons or even upholstery fabrics which have ‘body’ to them but are not too thick sew and turn through and the weave is not too loose as it will fray in the making.

  • For the interlining of the front cover 1x 16 ½ “x 9” either batting / bumph / 2oz wadding (not too thick)

  • For the spine of the book 1” x 8” strip of either stitch in Buckram (used for pelmets or curtain tie backs) or similar; you can even use a piece of card to give the strength of a book spine to the Journal.

  • For the tie around the journal 42” of cotton tape or ribbon ¾ “ wide (consider the colour with your chosen outer fabric)

  • For the book cover (optional): Printed words “Mindful Stitch” for your journal. Used in the sample is a simple hand block printing set you can purchase from a craft store to print in black ink on a strip of calico and then hand stitched onto the front cover. This can be done in retrospect after the workshop if you choose.

 

For the Journal's INTERNAL Pages (pre-cut, ready for class!):-

  • 11”x 7” cut rectangles in layers of 4. Here you can use a mixture of any combination of found and purchased fabrics to form the pages, consider plain and patterned fabrics as some may be worked into with stitches alone just tracing a pattern or a set of stripes or some may have textile elements applied on top of them. Consider from simple pillow cotton and sheeting, to unbleached calico, pre-loved and washed vintage textiles, even old linen tea towels. Have a look at your own stash bundles (cottons, silks, and Poly-cotton).

For the workshop example you may only need to gather 2 sets of 4 mixed layers, as you will be able to add more pages over time as you work further into your journal over time.

 

Machine and embroidery thread:-

  • A small selection of mixed embroidery threads such as cotton Perle thread or DCM or similar. Consider perhaps what colours you may be creating your journal cover and anything which would either contrast or work well with that.

  • A selection of machine threads in colours to work with the outer cover and to hand stitch in pages to your journal.

For ideas of things you may wish to bring to personalise your outcomes:-

A collection of things which generate MEMORIES, eg keepsakes, or secrets! Any ideas can be discussed at the workshop and will probably generate much discussion amongst the group attending which is fun and interesting! Keepsakes such as part of an old party dress, a piece of fabric from a child’s garment, old/vintage found textiles, old/vintage embroidery, pages from an old book/diary. Beads and buttons… basically, anything along this line!

 

Note: Optional you may wish to have some fabric adhesive/glue or fuse-a-web as this can help first bond pieces onto pages before stitching!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A sewing machine for simple straight stitch with a new needle size 12-14

  • Hand sewing needles.

  • Fabric scissors, embroidery scissors

  • Pins

  • Tape measure or rule

  • Fabric marker pen

  • Something to push out the corners of the journal such as a blunt chop stick.

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s handout on his top 7 simple embroidery stitches, along with guidance instructions.

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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26.02.21

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Judith

HOLLIES

Sewing & Quilting:
Stained Glass

Window Effects

CraftyMonkies Judith Hollies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Stained Glass Window Effects
 
CraftyMonkies Judith Hollies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Stained Glass Window Effects

Judith Hollies - Friday 26 February 2021 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Stained Glass Window Effects

A change in theme originally planned for Judith Hollies' class on this date (her Twin Needled Appliqué Panel class might have required some participants to pop along to a print-shop to print off large templates - not an easy task during a nationwide lockdown!), this alternative Stained Glass Window Effects workshop should still prove to be a winner with fans of creating dramatic effects!

 

Introduction by Jude:-

I have been teaching patchwork & quilting for over 13 years. From age 10 I sewed on a Singer Treadle machine inherited from my Granny, and I have to confess I didn't learn how to use an electric machine until age 30! I am a keen re-purposer of different textiles in my patchwork & quilting projects and an absolute lover of fabric scraps! Many of my patterns and designs have been featured in several quilting publications and I'm confident you'll love what we've got lined up for you in this class!

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is about creating dramatic stained glass window effects to your patchwork & quilting, by twin needle quilting fusible bias tape to your pieced panel. Create striking cushions, wallhangings, quilts and bags using this innovative technique!

On this online interactive workshop you will learn:

  • How to piece a mosaic background panel

  • How to spray baste this to wadding

  • How to set up your machine for twin needling

  • How to create a stained glass window effect using fusible bias

  • How to quilt the fusible bias in place with a twin needle

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate – you will have confident use of your sewing-machine (including attaching a Walking Foot), ¼” seam allowance and how to measure and cut fabric using a rotary cutter & ruler.

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

* Denotes items available to purchase at www.justjude-designs.com

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Jude's FREE Mosaic Cushion Twin Needled Pattern will be available to all workshop participants.

Jude's FREE Printable Workshop Cutting Sheet is available via:- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AWns6GD14bUmZM5CdWqReoVnaOXZl5X0/view?usp=sharing

 

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Workshop Prep in advance of the class:

  • Cut out pieces for panel according to Cutting Sheet

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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27.02.21

10.00-13.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing:
Sashiko Stitching

CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Zoom Workshop Sashiko
 
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Zoom Workshop Sashiko

Sarah Payne - Saturday 27 February 2021 - 10.00am to 1.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Sashiko Stitching

Originally (incorrectly: spank that webby-techno-geek!) promoted as taking place between 4.00-7.00pm on the same date (our apologies for any inconvenience caused), we're delighted to have the multi-talented Sarah Payne back for another of her insightful and tantalising workshops! In this class you get to explore the pattern possibilities that arise from mastering the Japanese art of Sashiko Stitching!

 

Introduction by Sarah:-

Sashiko is a beautiful and very functional embroidery technique originating in Japan. Sashiko means “little stabs,” or “little piercings” and is a folk textile method traditionally featuring white stitches on an indigo background. Sashiko began in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) with poor folk using it to mend and strengthen items of clothing made from hemp. Each item of clothing was expensive and therefore precious and so this method of decorative mending took on a life of its own. Geometric patterns, often representing animals and plants are popular and representative stitching adds to the beauty and the mindfulness of the technique.

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this class you will learn how to create the Sashiko stitch, how to draft the pattern and how create Sashiko designs. Sarah will talk to you about placement of your design and how you can create borders and blocks for any project. You can choose to make a cushion, a sampler, a bag or even create block for a quilt. Guidance will be offered on all these options.

Here is no pre-cutting required for this class – just press your fabric and you are ready to go.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This hand-sewing class is suitable for all levels – including complete beginners.

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A Sashiko kit will be available to buy via Sarah’s Etsy shop from mid-January 2021 - once you have booked your place on the workshop, you will find a link in your confirmation email to buy the pattern directly from Sarah's online Etsy shop, should you choose to do so. If you have already booked your place & received this link, we're told by Sarah that stock has sold out but will be back in by mid-January. Every participant using this link will receive the kit for £23.99 (exc postage) instead of £29.99 (exc postage). In Sarah's Sashiko kit you will receive:-

  • 1.42m x 0.5m of cotton, dark blue fabric.

  • 4 x 4in assorted templates; Shippou (Seven Treasures), Seigaiha (Waves), Sakura (Cherry Blossom) and Fondou (Weights).

  • 40m skein white cotton Sashiko embroidery thread.

  • 1 fabric pencil.

  • 1 pack embroidery needles.

 

NB Kits will be dispatched well before the class date!

If you opt NOT to purchase Sarah's Etsy kit, you will need:-

  • 0.5m x 0.5m, cotton, dark blue fabric;

  • 4 x 4 Sashiko design templates. We will be using Shippou (Seven Treasures), Seigaiha (Waves), Sakura (Cherry Blossom) and Fondou (Weights) but you may have others that you can explore.

  • Skein white Sashiko cotton embroidery thread (not stranded cotton embroidery thread)

  • Fabric Pencil

  • Embroidery Needles

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any 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 90 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 90 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

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27.02.21

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Sewing & Quilting:
Mosaic Tiles

SOLD OUT!

CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Mosaic Tiles
 
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Mosaic Tiles

Nicholas Ball - Saturday 27 February 2021 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Mosaic Tiles

Regrettably, tickets for this three-hour class have now SOLD OUT!

Below is the course info, video and photo reference for those who have secured tickets:-

Relaxed after his considerable exertions during January 2021 with his Fish Shoal Sewalong, we're excited to once again be hosting a class the wonderfully engaging & hugely talented improv-quilter extraordinaire, Nicholas Ball, who will be teaching you how to put your mountains of scrap fabric to good use via this Mosaic Tiles workshop! 

 

Introduction by Nicholas:-

If you’re anything like me, then you may find that your scraps are taking over! Mine seem to multiply when I’m not looking, threatening to engulf me and the sewing room! OK, so my situation may not be that dire, yet this technique will allow you to take control of your long-hoarded scraps and turn them into a really versatile quilt block. If scraps aren’t your thing, you can curate a concise fabric pull from your stash using favourite prints and colours to make an equally interesting version of the block. These improv blocks are also a great opportunity for fussy-cutting and highlighting those special fabrics we can sometimes be too scared to cut into. Read on; I'm sure you'll love to find out what's in store!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During the workshop, you will learn how to arrange your chosen scraps or fabric pieces into blocks. Will we discuss how best to fit them together, how to sash them with contrasting fabric strips using both straight lines and freehand curves, and how to add extra interest with spontaneous and ad-hoc wonky cuts. We will then talk about how to arrange these blocks into a finished composition, either by trimming them down and sewing into rows, or by exploring my jigsaw piecing method for a more liberated look.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The workshop is suitable for all skill levels. The freehand curves will provide the beginner with a firm foundation to cutting without rulers, upon which they can expand the technique. The block is also great for learning how best to fit irregular sized pieces together, providing a firm foundation for lots of other improvised techniques.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst not essential for the workshop, my book Inspiring Improv (published by Lucky Spool, 2019 & available via Amazon) will expand upon the techniques learnt and provide many more improv tips and tricks.

 

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 square and rectangular scraps in your chosen colours for the “tiles”. These can be any size and variation will add interest to the blocks, though avoid anything smaller than 2” square.

  • 1” wide strips for the “grout lines”. These can either be cut from yardage or you can use more scraps! Colour choice is important here. Be sure to choose something that contrasts with the colours of your tile fabrics, though this doesn’t always have to be either black or white.

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 very much a technique-based workshop. We will be making blocks which you will then piece into your finished quilt/project in your own time. Feel free to make as many or as few blocks as you like. The more blocks you make, the bigger the quilt will be. You can also make a single, larger block and turn it into a cushion cover, pouch or bag. There is no right or wrong size!

 

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” (inch) is very handy, as is a 12.5” square.

  • Fabric scissors

  • A willingness to explore your own creativity!

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 £25.00 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!

In light of current uncertainties regarding potential lockdowns in some/all parts of the UK due to Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of any course dates.

IMPORTANT!

This class is a live Zoom Workshop ONLY!

We are NOT able to offer a recorded Pay-On-Demand video for sale after this event.

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

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Learn why Nicholas Ball loves Improv Quilting!

Coming up throughout 2021, we're going to add a video from each of our wonderful crafting experts, which gives them a platform to explain the passion behind their particular skill-set.

This is something our crafters already touch upon during their Online Interactive Workshop broadcasts via Zoom, but we thought it would be nicer for everyone to be able to view & return to this kind of contribution at their own leisure, over a cup of tea!

To kick this mini-feature off, here's leading improv quilter, Nicholas Ball, explaining just what it is about improv quilting that gets his creative juices flowing.

Hoping everyone can stay safe in these toughest of times - take it away Nicholas!...

 

If, due to living in a different time-zone or because you’re otherwise engaged,

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

EXCITING NEWS!!!

Watch Recordings of Previous CraftyMonkies Workshops via YouTube!

For all who are unable to attend our live classes, we recently 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 via a dedicated private-access link!

 

From 1st February 2021, approximately 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 charged at £25.00 to all who are unable to attend the live class. Each video uploaded between 1-28 February 2021 will be available to view as many times as you like for a period of 90 days; each video uploaded after 1 March 2021 will be available to view as many times as you like for a period of 30 days.

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