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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 January and February 2021  - please note that we'll be uploading LOTS MORE SUPERB CONTENT in the coming days/weeks, relevant to courses in the first quarter of the New Year. 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

JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2021

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

IMPORTANT:

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.

CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshops via Zoom Delectable Mountain Blocks
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills FREE Taster Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Zippy Corsage
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Visible Mending
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Sarah Payne Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Crazy Patchwork Memory Heart
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Lucy Brennan Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom Stitchy-Pie Needle Case
CraftyMonkies Judith Hollies Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Denim Zippy Pouch

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.

All times for workshops listed are based on web-broadcast from the UK and are given as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

They say that if you really want to know the truth about a company & it's products, speak to those outside the organisation, who've experienced what they have to offer! Here are just a few of the many glowing testimonials CraftyMonkies been fortunate enough to receive recently: a huge & heartfelt "Thank You" to all concerned!:-

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19.01.21

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Improv Quilting:
Shoal Sewalong

CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
 

Online Interactive Workshops with Nicholas Ball!

Friday 15 January 2021: 6.00-9.00pm (GMT) - SOLD OUT!

Saturday 16 January 2021: 4.00-7.00pm (GMT) - SOLD OUT!

Sunday 17 January 2021: 4.00-7.00pm (GMT) - SOLD OUT!

Tuesday 19 January 2021: 6.00-9.00pm (GMT) - SOLD OUT!

 

Tickets for all four Shoal Sewalong workshops (one course, repeated on four days)
by
Nicholas Ball have, regrettably for those of you hoping to sign-up, now SOLD OUT.

Below is the course info, video and photo reference relevant to the repeated workshop taking place on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Tuesday 19th January 2021:-

 

CraftyMonkies are delighted to welcome back the hugely talented & engaging Nicholas Ball who returns with one three-hour workshop on four consecutive days early in the New Year. This class complements Nicholas' Instagram-based #shoalsewalong and is called the Improv Quilting Shoal Sewalong!

Each repeated three-hour class costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to a charity selected by Nicholas.
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong

Nicholas Ball - Tuesday 19 January 2021 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Improv Quilting Shoal Sewalong

Following on from his hugely successful #improvtrianglesewalong, broadcast via Instagram in early 2020, the marvellous Nicholas Ball has teamed up with CraftyMonkies to deliver an Improv Quilting Shoal Sewalong workshop which will complement Nicholas' next sewalong, namely the: #shoalsewalong which will be airing via his Instagram channel (@quiltsfromtheattic) from early January 2021 - needless to say, we're all absolutely delighted at this collaboration!

 

Introduction by Nicholas:-

Since the #improvtrianglesewalong I hosted in early 2020, countless people have asked when the next one would be.

 

The Shoal quilt from my 2019 book Inspiring Improv (published by Lucky Spool) 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! I’m so excited to host the #shoalsewalong in January and banish what can often be the 'dreary grey' of the New Year with colourful fabric fish. I’m thrilled to offer this special CraftyMonkies workshop alongside the Sewalong, timed perfectly to give you all the hints and tips you need to sew your improv shoal!

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During the workshop, you take the fabric you have chosen during week one of the Sewalong and learn how to sew the fish units. I will expand upon the instructions given in both my book and the Sewalong. 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, getting a heads-up before that part of the Sewalong. Plus, I’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have about quilting and finishing your #shoalsewalong 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 either the workshop of the Sewalong, 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. There will be lots more information about choosing fabrics for the Sewalong when it starts in January, with videos and Instagram posts. 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 Sewalong quilt, so make it how you want to!

 

Please don’t stress about any of 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. We will be making fish units which you will then piece into your finished #shoalsewalong quilt in your own time. 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 so excited to offer this workshop as an add-on to his 2021 #shoalsewalong. He says it’s a great way to sew with like-minded people, inspire one another and see how all the fabric fish are progressing! As a thank you for booking, you’ll be offered a Discount Code which you can use to purchase one of the fabric bundles Nicholas has curated in collaboration with Crimson Tate in the USA.

Have a great festive season - we look forward to you joining us in the New Year!

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.

IMPORTANT:

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.

CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom - Shoal Sewalong
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22.01.21

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Janet

CLARE

Sewing & Quilting:
Delectable Mountain Block

CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Mountain Block
 

Online Interactive Workshop with Janet Clare!

Friday 22 January 2021: 6.00 - 9.00pm (GMT)

 

CraftyMonkies are delighted to welcome back the lovely & hugely talented Janet Clare who kickstarts her New Year with a three-hour class entitled Delectable Mountain Blocks!

This three-hour class costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to a charity/charities selected by Janet.
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Mountain Block
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Mountain Block

Janet Clare - Friday 22 January 2021 - 6.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop - Delectable Mountain Blocks

We're delighted to welcome back the lovely & hugely talented Janet Clare for her first CraftyMonkies class of the New Year! On this workshop, you get to grips with an excellent technique which Janet has entitled: Delectable Mountain Blocks!

 

Introduction by Janet:-

A few years ago my eldest son Joe asked me to make him a quilt. This was music to my ears until he began explaining what he did and didn’t want - NO flowers, NO detailed blocks, NOTHING pretty, NO pictures (appliqué) and NO fabric prints with recognisable things on them!?! Long story short (and many conversations over quilt books later!) he eventually allowed me to make him a zig-zag quilt and the agreed upon Delectable Mountain block was interesting and fun for me to make whilst still meeting my client's exacting criteria! The finished zig-zag quilt is now at university with him which as every quilter knows is pretty much the ultimate compliment.

I have re-visited the Delectable Mountain block a few times since then. You can see examples of my ‘Up Hill, Down Dale’ quilt which was designed for use with 10 inch layer cakes. Or my ‘Rhythm’ quilt which uses a very tight colour palette.

Join me on Friday 22nd January (6.00-9.00pm, GMT) and learn how to create fun and lively ‘Delectable Mountain’ blocks! Use scraps or a tight colour palette to make your delectable mountain blocks and then you can arrange them in a zig-zag or diamond shapes to create your own unique quilt!

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

During the workshop we will cover making half square triangles, sub-dividing half square triangles into the mountain strips and strip management!

Stitching the mountain strips together and finally designing your own block layout. Delectable Mountain blocks are super versatile and interesting to make!

We’ll be stitching together in real time and sharing what we’re creating as we go along.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Confident beginner - you need to be comfortable with your sewing-machine and rotary-cutting fabrics.

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Eight x ‘pale’ 7 inch squares

  • Eight x ‘dark’ 7 inch squares

Any colours or prints will do just fine but you need to create pairs of squares with contrast. The fabric requirements above are sufficient for our evening together but obviously are not enough to create a quilt (you can crack on with that task after the class, using the skills you will have learned!).

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing machine with a quarter inch sewing foot

  • Rotary cutter and mat

  • Ruler for cutting strips and trimming half square triangles

  • Iron and ironing board

  • 8 bags/ wallets for storing your strips in, you need to be able to number them (I use freezer bags)

  • Pencil and paper for note taking. You don’t need a pattern for this workshop but you will want to take notes.

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

No pattern is required for this 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 £25.00 ticket for this class, is based on ONE person attending this Online Interactive Workshop.

IMPORTANT:

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.

CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Mountain Block
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Mountain Block
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23.01.21

10.00-11.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Taster Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Sewing:
Zippy Corsage

Crafty Monkies Gary Mills FREE Taster Class Online Interactive Workshop via Zoom
 

Online Interactive Taster Workshop with Gary Mills!

Saturday 23 January 2021: 10.00 - 11.00am (GMT)

 

CraftyMonkies are delighted to welcome back the wonderful Gary Mills who kickstarts his New Year with a one-hour FREE Taster Workshop entitled Zippy Corsage!

Yes, you heard right: this one-hour class is FREE!!!

CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Free Taster Zoom Online Interactive Workshop
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Free Taster Zoom Online Interactive Workshop

Gary Mills - Saturday 23 January 2021 - 10.00am to 11.00am (GMT)

Online Interactive Taster Workshop - All Zipped-Up Corsage

Following on from his 2020 classes, the multi-talented Gary Mills kicks-off his 2021 'CraftyMonkies Campaign' with this FREE taster class which will see you make an All Zipped-Up Corsage!

 

Introduction by Gar