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Welcome to our SEWING, QUILTING & FIBRE CRAFTS 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 offer with our first offerings of the New Year in JANUARYFEBRUARY and MARCH 2022! 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! 

 

And in an exciting development this week, we've just announced our first live, in-person Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall Hotel, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, which takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September 2022 - click the graphic directly below to read more about this!:-

CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall September 2022

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

and MARCH 2022.

PS: We'll be adding more dates for JanuaryFebruary and March just as soon as we have all class content & tutor availability 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 31 October 2021. 

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

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

 
CraftyMonkies Lucy Brennan Online Interactive Workshop Stitch and Style Embroidery
CraftyMonkies Chris English Online Interactive Workshop Quilted Postcards!
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Memory Quilt!
CraftyMonkies Karen Miller Online Interactive Workshop Curled Feather Quilting!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Intractive Workshops x 3 - Stitched Doodles Journal
CraftyMonkies Kim Niedzwiecki Online Interactive Workshop Colourful Courthouse Steps!
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Interactive Workshop Nine Of Hearts
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Borders!
CraftyMonkies Nicholas Ball Online Interactive Workshop Improv Borders!
CraftyMonkies Svetlana Sotak Online Interactive Workshop Juniper Basket!
CraftyMonkies Sarah Ashford Online Interactive Workshop Walking Foot Basics
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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.

CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshops British Sewing Awards 2021 Highly Commended

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.

 

As a typical example, each video uploaded to YouTube will be available to view as many times as you like for a period of 30 days, but we are often able to negotiate Extended Licenses with our tutors which sees many videos available to watch for 90 days or longer!

FESTIVE OFFER!

Purchase any video from our Online Shop throughout the thirty-one days of December 2021 and get a Whopping 31% Off!!!

Videos can be viewed as many times as you like from Wednesday 1st December through to midnight on Monday 31st January 2022 when the offer expires...

Visit our Online Shop Now!

CraftyMonkies On-Demand Videos of Past Online Interactive Workshops

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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15.01.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Lucy

BRENNAN

Sewing & Embroidery:

Stitch & Style!

Revive those clothes & garments with Lucy Brennan's fab Stitch and Style Embroidery workshop!
 
CraftyMonkies Lucy Brennan Online Interactive Workshop Stitch & Style Embroidery

Lucy Brennan

Saturday 15 January 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Stitch & Style - Embroider Your Clothes!

We're delighted to welcome back Lucy Brennan for this amazing Stitch & Style Embroidery workshop - get ready to revive a multitude of tired clothes & garments in your wardrobe!...

Introduction by Lucy:-​

Enjoy a game changing way to revive your wardrobe, using embroidery to decorate and embellish garments. You will learn how to decide on the placement, whether it be collars, pockets or on the body of the item; which are the best stitches to use and how to navigate the various stabilisers available to achieve neat embroidery and a clean finish that will last washing and look amazing. So whether you are wanting to personalise an item of clothing to gift to someone or to create unique and cool items to wear yourself, learn how to to stitch and style clothes with embroidery.

This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with embroidery experience. On the website entry you will see a variety of designs/patterns that I have created: we will not be using these in the workshop, rather you are free to source your own designs/patterns and I have provided a series of links to some designs in the Patterns section (see below).

What you will learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Ideas for making new and old clothes more unique with embroidery

  • How to create your own patterns and use motifs or images you like for embroidery

  • The easiest ways to transfer designs

  • Different embroidery stitches that work well on clothes

  • Design placement

  • The best ways to use stabiliser and which ones work well on different fabrics

  • How to make sure the embroidery will last and look good through wear and washing

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Suitable for all levels!

 

Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Clothes for embroidering

  • A selection of stabilisers, you may be able to use what you have or wish to purchase some from this list:

  • Woven Fusible stabiliser

  • Water-soluble stabiliser - such as DMC Magic Paper or Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

  • Tear away stabiliser

  • Sew In stabiliser

 

Please note you do not need all these varieties, they are useful for different types of fabrics and finishes which will be covered in class!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Embroidery designs or motifs you want to stitch / iron transfers patterns (see below)

  • Water erasable fabric pen/pencil

  • Embroidery floss - a selection of colours

  • Embroidery needle - you may want a selection of sizes for sewing with different numbers of threads

  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • Thimble (optional)

  • Embroidery Hoop or frame (optional)

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Below are some FREE Embroidery Pattern links which you may find useful for Lucy's class!:-

https://sublimestitching.com/pages/join

Join up to Sublime Stitches newsletter to access their free and very cute embroidery pattern.

 

DMC threads free patterns- including lots of cute sewing themed designs

https://www.dmc.com/uk/free-patterns-5041/free-patterns-5042/free-embroidery-patterns-5043,type-of-stitch-embroidery-276.html

 

Love Crafts free pattern links

https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/l/cross-stitch-and-embroidery/cross-stitch-and-embroidery-patterns/free-embroidery-patterns

 

Anchor Embroidery free pattern links

https://anchorcrafts.com/en/designs-patterns/finder?f[0]=field_promo_price:0.0&f[1]=field_term_tehnique:14609

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 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.

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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22.01.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Janet

CLARE

Sewing & Quilting:

Memory Quilt!

Create an evolutionary fabric 'notebook' with Janet Clare's wonderful Memory Quilt!
 
CraftyMonkies Janet Clare Online Interactive Workshop Memory Quilt

Janet Clare

Saturday 22 January 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Memory Quilt!

The wonderful, warm & engaging Janet Clare has often wished she'd kept a diary or an art journal but after many attempts had to admit that she was just not that sort! And yet, she still really wanted to remember and record our ordinary days. After all, what you do every day is more important than what you do once in a blue moon!

 

One day Janet realised that she could simply stitch her stories and so here we are: a 'Wordsmith' Memory Quilt workshop! This workshop (a repeat of the class first run by Janet in August 2020) is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It’s about love letters, little notes and finding pressed flowers in favourite books. So, gather your memories and slowly piece them together with beautiful fabrics to create a lasting cloth to be treasured by generations to come!

The structure of this online interactive workshop is as follows:-​

During our time together, Janet will tell you the inspiration behind her work and share some of the stories in her memory quilt, hopefully inspiring you to start creating one of your own. Every 'wordsmith' needs an alphabet or two! During this workshop we will focus on ways to transfer lettering and text to fabric and methods to stitch them such as free motion stitching, appliqué and embroidery. We will also practise Janet's ‘Quilt-As-You-Go’ method.

 

You will see how Janet layers techniques such as fusible appliqué, free-motion stitching, hand quilting, embroidery and quilt-as-you-go so you can begin to create unique pieces inspired by your favourite words, sayings, adages, poems or stories.

For this online interactive workshop you will need the following:-

  • A place to start - a favourite word, quote, adage or short story

  • Print out the worksheet (supplied upon signing-up for the course)

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

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

  • A selection of sewing threads (preferably polyester for machine drawing)

  • Basic sewing kit

  • Embroidery thread

  • Free motion practice- calico and wadding pieces A4ish

  • Fusible web

  • Pencil and paper

  • Carbon paper (if you have it - you can just watch the short demo if not)

  • Stitch ‘n’ tear (if you have it - you can just watch the short demo if not)

  • Washable/removable fabric marker

  • ‘Quilt as you go’ - four x 9 inch fabric squares, two x 8 inch wadding squares

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 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.

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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26.01.22

19.00-20.30 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshops x 3:

26/1/22, 16/2/22 + 16/3/22

Gary

MILLS

Sewing & Mixed Media:

Stitched Doodles Journal!

CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Intractive Workshops x 3 - Stitched Doodles Journal
 
CraftyMonkies Gary Mills Online Intractive Workshops x 3 - Stitched Doodles Journal

Gary Mills

Wednesday 26 January 2022 +

Wednesday 16 February 2022 +

Wednesday 16 March 2022

7.00pm - 8.30pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshops x 3

Stitched Doodles Journal!

We're delighted to announce that our multi-talented craft/design guru Gary Mills is returning early in the New Year with another trio of connected, 90-minute, workshops! In line with his previous Creative Sketchbook Series of classes that proved so popular in 2021, but putting our pens, pencils & crayons aside for the time being, Gary's three-part Stitched Doodles Journal project embraces Sewing & Mixed-Media and will run from 7.00-8.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 26 January, Wednesday 16 February and Wednesday 16 March 2022 - participants can book via just one ticket which encompasses all 3 x classes, which should make it much easier to book. Anyone not able to attend one or more of the classes will receive a link to the video recording soon after the class has first aired. This promises to be another treat series of classes and a 'must' for all who've previously enjoyed Gary's past Creative Sketchbook series - we can't wait to welcome you aboard for this trio!...

Introduction by Gary:-

Have you always wanted to feel more confident and freer to play with exploring simple stitches and imagery within a journal format? This is a project in three consecutive workshop sessions designed by me, Gary Mills, that can help develop creative ability in anyone. In this latest edition to my hugely successful and popular “Creative Sketch Book” series of workshops, the natural progression had to lead to this; doodle and “draw” with just stitches. I have created a journal of explorations and responses with only a needle, thread, and some fabric.

 

Within this workshop you will not only practically make this beautiful cloth journal but, guided over the next three sessions, you will discover that hand-stitching is becoming one of the new key meditative and relaxing pastimes to calm our minds in a world which, at times, can seem really unsettling and stressful.

 

It is amazing how much pleasure can be had from slowing down, picking up a needle and thread and simply sewing, be that just taking a simple running stitch on a journey across some cloth, or playing with one shape and seeing how many combinations you can create on a theme. Try mixing media with additions of found papers and some paint upon the cloth you sew.

 

This will become a lovely past time of mindful stitching, the practice has connections to sustainability, simplicity, preserving memories and reflection.

 

IMPORTANT: You do not have had to have taken part in any previous Creative Sketchbook series, to enjoy and get something form this set of new workshops! This new, exciting and engaging project has been specifically designed to be accessed by everyone and it's for all abilities: for all of you who admire stitch, who would like to learn and have a go, and those who enjoy stitch but would like to become a little 'freer' and more open to some new ideas!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Session ONE - Wednesday 26 January 2022:

To begin you will make a decorative cloth journal cover, which is easily made through bonding, layering, and securing found fabrics with some simple hand stitches. Here memories can be laid down as you could use pieces from past garments and snippets of previously worked fabrics; even papers in combination to form a simple patchwork outer cover.

After this first session you have a month to continue to stitch and work into your journal cover as you then prepare for the second session.

 

Session TWO - Wednesday 16 February 2022:

In this second session you will progress the project through exercises to add pages of hand stitch skills through the exploration of ideas and engaging playful creative tasks. Taking the simple running stitch, you will be going on a guided “walk” across your first page of the journal. A session of playful doodles is explored through threading, interweaving, and trapping down stitches. Consider negative space and doodled spirals in contrast to thickness of threads. Then as your imagination expands consider creating simple drawn forms in stitches upon prepared painted and collaged cloth for a mixed media concept. This session will leave you with a plentiful menu of easy to expand upon ideas to fill another month of playful stitching until we meet again for the third session of the project.

 

Session THREE - Wednesday 16 March 2022:

In this final session of the current series, you will explore just one simple shape, the square, and apply playful creative stitched ideas to that. You will mask and paint and stich on cloth, you will bond fabric and stitch across blocks, you will tumble and topple squares and stitch upon them. You will even join, splice, and frame your square. At the end of this session, you will have several pages of creative ideas to add to your journal to inspire and continue your creative journey in stitched doodles.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art & textiles. His workshops are so enjoyable, rewarding, 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 way to learn and explore the rudiments of stitch within art-based textiles and design processes and for those with some confidence and experience you could further diversify your approaches to hand sewing through your artistic ability and imagination.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All the materials are easily accessible. Such as found and recycled fabrics, papers and paints which can be sourced from your own scrap and stash collection or local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box. You will need for these workshops:-

 

Session ONE - The Journal Cover

  • For the outer cover you will need 1x 12 ½ “x 9 ½” (32cm x 24cm) of interlining batting / bumph. I use a synthetic one, but you can use cotton or wool

  • I x sheet of fabric heat transfer adhesive (Bonda web or similar) 12 ½ “x 9 ½” (32cm x 24cm)

  • A selection of square and rectangle pieces from past garments and snippets of previously worked fabrics, even papers. Sizes can vary as these will be layered upon the adhesive and fixed onto the interlining, but approx. 5” x 3” (13cm x 8cm) and smaller

  • Important: For the top layer of your journal to initially trap down all your layered pieces and then hand stitch into, you will need some cream or white fine nylon tulle net, or you can use synthetic organza or silk organza. Size 13 ½ “x 10 ½” (34cm x 24cm)

  • For the inner cover 1 x rectangle measuring 12 ½ “x 9 ½” (32cm x 27cm) of neutral medium weight fabric such as a biscuit / beige colour linen for the inner. You can also use cottons and other found or recycled fabrics which can be joined to create the desired rectangle measurements.

  • For the ties of the journal 32” of cotton tape or ribbon ¼ “wide (consider the colour with your chosen outer fabric)

  • Threads: for construction a matching or natural tone colour hand or machine sewing thread

  • For decorative stitches DCM embroidery thread or cotton Perle thread a couple of colours (think about a good contrast colour which will stand out or compliment your chosen cover fabrics and papers.)

Session TWO:

  • 1x 5 ½” x 8 ¼“(14cm x 21cm) white or cream felt or boiled wool / wool flannel

  • 2x 5 ½” x 8 ¼“(14cm x 21cm) white or cream calico or linen pre painted and dried with some cream acrylic paint or house hold emulsion

  • Scraps of printed newspaper or old book papers

  • Black DCM embroidery thread or cotton Perle thread

  • Black fine hand sewing thread or even machine thread

  • For contrast: red embroidery thread or cotton Perle thread

Session THREE: Colour Theme in Various Blues and Orange Contrast

  • 1-2 x 5 ½” x 8 ¼ “(14cm x 21cm) white or cream calico or linen

  • Masking tape

  • A little blue acrylic paint small brush or sponge applicator

  • 3-4 x 5 ½” x 8 ¼ “(14cm x 21cm) biscuit or beige colour calico or linen

  • A selection of square and rectangle pieces from past garments 2” x 2” (5cm x 5cm)

  • Blue DCM embroidery thread or cotton Perle thread

  • Orange DCM embroidery thread or cotton Perle thread

  • A selection of square and rectangle pieces from past garments

  • Blue fine hand sewing thread or even machine thread

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Items, that can usually be found in your general sewing-box, are as follows:-

  • Pins

  • Fabric Shears or Rotary-Cutting Blade

  • Cutting Mat

  • A selection of different sized Hand Needles from fine to those with a larger eye for threading thicker thread.

  • A Ruler or Grading Ruler for squaring up and cutting squares.

  • An Iron, Ironing Mat or Board and baking parchment to protect your work when you press.

  • A Fabric Pen/Marker (I use one which disappears with heat, but any similar will do)

  • A Hairdryer to hand when speed-drying is required

  • PVA Fabric Glue (I do also use an ordinary glue stick such as Pritt Stick as well)

Optional: You can use a sewing machine for making the journal cover if you wish but hand stitches work just as well.

 

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s guidance notes on six simple hand embroidery stitches.

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 £50.00 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 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.

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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28.01.22

18.00-21.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Chris

ENGLISH

Improv Quilting:

Quilted Postcards!

Make these fabulous improv-based Quilted Postcards with leading craft expert, Chris English!
 
CraftyMonkies Chris English Online Interactive Workshop Quilted Postcards

Chris English

Friday 28 January 2022

6.00pm - 9.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Quilted Postcards!

We're delighted to announce a first class of 2022 for another of our 'improv-gurus', Chris English, who'll be guiding you through a fabulously uplifting & inspirational workshop entitled Quilted Postcards - tell us more Chris!...

Introduction by Chris:-

Who doesn’t love getting exciting mail in the post?! Surprise your friends by posting them a quilted postcard. Bust your scraps and make a series of quilted postcards that you can send to your 'quilty' friends across the world! We’ll learn a couple of different piecing techniques and quilting ideas before creating several beautiful postcards ready to send.

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this workshop we’ll explore a mix of improv piecing and cutting techniques. We’ll start by creating a traditional patchwork but then ‘hack’ into it to create visual interest and movement. Quilting wise we’ll explore some machine-quilting & hand-quilting techniques and I’ll share my approach to quilting; this is the class to try out all those different threads you have but have never been sure where to use them, this is that time! 

 

We’ll see how the two different techniques can work together and create beautiful 'quilty' textures. We’ll then look at how we make the card, how to best prep it for its journey and also consider different shapes and size cards. Finally by combining all of these techniques we’ll produce a set of quilted postcards, that are ready for you to send and connect with fellow 'quilty' folks around the world.

 

The class is designed to let you experiment and maybe take your first steps in improv in a super fun and informal environment. Also, this class is perfect if you want to try out some different quilting techniques on some smaller scale pieces. I’d love it if you could join us to learn how to create these cards and to make some new global quilt pals!

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Beginner and/or anyone interested in making quilted postcards!

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Thread

Quilting Thread of different weights

Scraps

Watercolour Paper, approx 230gsm in weight, or similar.

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Scraps all sizes

Strips of fabric - a Jelly Roll or similar would be perfect

Wadding - 2 pieces about 20” square each should do it

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Sewing-Machine

Sharp Scissors

Marking Tool

Cutting Mat

Rotary Cutter

Iron and Ironing-Board

Temporary Fabric Spray (eg Odif 505, available via Amazon)

Quilting Ruler

Quilting Needles

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

N/A

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 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.

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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29.01.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Karen

MILLER

of Redbird Quilt Co

Sewing & Quilting:

Curled Feather Quilting!

Learn all about Curved Feather Quilting with leading craft expert, Karen Miller!
 
CraftyMonkies Karen Miller Red Bird Quilting Zoom Workshop Curled Feather Quilting

Karen Miller

of Redbird Quilt Co

Saturday 29 January 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Curled Feather Quilting!

A New Year, another NEW Tutor! To say we're absolutely thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented & delightful Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co fame into the CraftyMonkies fold is an understatement! In this, Karen's first-ever class with 'the Monkies', you'll be focused on quilting motifs with her excellent free-motion Curled Feather Quilting class - take it away, Karen!...

Introduction by Karen:-

Are you comfortable with meandering or looping around your quilt top, but find yourself intimidated when it comes to stitching out more advanced quilting motifs? When I began free-motion quilting with my home sewing-machine, my goal was to have my completed quilts appear as though they had been finished by a longarm quilter. In my mind that meant I MUST LEARN to quilt feathers!! My first full feather quilt was both a challenge and a joy as I used 3 borders to practice my feathers and grow my skills. Once comfortable with stitching feathers along a wavy spine I was ready to add more interest to my feathers – Voila! – the curled feather! I’m excited to share the process with you – it’s straight forward and simple – believe me when I say: "We can do this together!"...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this 3 hour workshop we’ll learn the skills necessary to stitch a free motion curled feather. We’ll begin by reviewing a few basics of home machine quilting and quickly dive into the fun of feathers. We’ll learn feather structure and I’ll share a few simple guidelines for positioning feather plumes along a spine. Before you know it we’ll be applying all we’ve learned to stitching a delightful curled feather. To wrap it up we’ll review a variety of ways to apply the curled feather to your quilt tops.

 

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is applicable to a beginner that is comfortable with dropping the feed dogs and stitching out simple designs. We’ll have you stitching a curled feather in no time!! I encourage you to learn and practice your curled feathers on large fabric scraps - the learning process is less stressful this way.

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Paper & Pencil - To practice drawing feathers before we stitch them

  • Air or Water Soluble Fabric Marking Pen - Since we’re working on practice pieces a #2 lead pencil will work too.

  • New Machine Needle - My favorite is the Superior Titanium Coated Topstitch Needle size 90/14

  • Thread - Any general purpose weight like 40wt or 50wt in a color that will complement your fabric. Use the finest thread weight to wind a bobbin. My favorite thread is Aurifil 100% cotton. I’ll be stitching with the heavier 28wt Aurifil - It shows nicely via ZOOM – I’ll have 50wt in the bobbin!

  • Quilting Gloves (optional) - My favourite are Machingers Gloves by Quilters Touch. I purchase them in size X-Small so there is no excess in my fingertips.

  • Teflon Slider for machine bed (optional) - My favorite is the Supreme Slider by LaPierre. This gadget helps your fabric slide across your machine bed with ease.

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Light coloured solid fabrics 15 – 20” square. Muslin will work fine. I generally use a print fabric on the back of my quilts but for this workshop you can use the same fabric on top and back.

  • Batting of your choice – my favourite is 100% wool batting. Cotton or cotton blend is fine too. I would avoid using a 100% poly batting during the workshop.

  • Prepare 2 quilt sandwiches roughly 15” to 20” square.

  • Baste using the method of your choice - I prefer to pin baste!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Sewing-Machine with darning, embroidery or free-motion quilting foot. If you have an extension table or cabinet for your machine now is a perfect time to use it!!

  • Ensure you clean & service your machine prior to the workshop – be sure to remove all the dust bunnies in and under the bobbin area. Oil if applicable.

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

A Curled Feather template with instructions AND a free-motion quilting basics handout are provided as a PDF download with purchase of the workshop. Please print-off beforehand and have available during the workshop!

 

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

If you are a longarm quilter looking to learn to quilt a Curled Feather, this workshop would be beneficial to you as well!

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 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.

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.

 

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05.02.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Kim

NIEDZWIECKI

Sewing & Quilting:

Colourful Courthouse Steps!

Embrace the Colourful Courthouse Steps quilt block with leading craft expert, Kim Niedzwiecki!
 
CraftyMonkies Kim Niedzwiecki Zoom Workshop Colourful Courthouse Steps

Kim Niedzwiecki

Saturday 05 February 2022

4.00pm - 7.00pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Colourful Courthouse Steps!

It's always wonderful to welcome new talent to the CraftyMonkies team so it goes without saying that we're chuffed to bits to lay down the coir "Welcome" mat to another top US-based crafter, Kim Niedzwiecki, who will be delivering a fabulous workshop entitled Colourful Courthouse Steps!...

Introduction by Kim:-

Hi there! My name is Kim and I'm a self-taught sewing enthusiast who started to sew when my fourth child was born, almost 14 years ago. Pregnancy caused my brain to dump all information ever learned about crochet (never to return!) and when looking for baby clothes, I was not happy with either the price nor the juvenile look of baby boy items. Armed with a 1980’s Kenmore machine and no knowledge, I started sewing!

 

First up was re-upholstering furniture, wet bags for nappies, and then to bibs. The next realm to my thrill-sewing-adventure was quilting! The Go-Go Kim blog was started and with it were tutorials, giveaways and all kinds of sewing adventures! Next, I added garment sewing to my thrill-sewing-adventures, with a few bags thrown in too! On top of this, I have worked in the sewing industry behind the scenes as a social media manager for major brands for nearly ten years. I've taught on Sewing Retreats - both online and in-person. Showing people how much fun it can be to sew is one of my biggest joys! I very much hope you'll join me in February!...

 

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Let’s get scrappy! Be prepared for a little mess and... Oh, so much fun!!! In the Colourful Courthouse Steps workshop, you will learn the joys of building the Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt Block while making use of your scraps to create a beautiful quilt that will be loved dearly for many years to come! You will also learn how to create fun fussy cuts for the centre of the blocks. Once you learn how to make fussy cuts, you will want to find even more ways to add them to your quilts!

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Fear not! This brightly-coloured project is practically perfect in every way because it is for all levels of quilters! This is not for experts only! This is a workshop that will introduce you to the wonderful world of log cabin blocks

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The goal of this project is to use fabrics you have on hand! Dive deep into your scrap bins to use a variety of prints. If solids are your jam, you will be able to use almost every colour on any colour card!

 

The Colourful Courthouse Quilt is intended to be a scrappy quilt meaning many different fabrics to create the blocks, please keep this in mind when choosing fabrics. Fabric requirements for this quilt are as follows - a variety of printed or coloured solid fabric is needed:-

  • 1/4 yard (this is an estimate) for each of the following colours:

  • Pink

  • Red

  • Orange

  • Yellow

  • Green

  • Blue

  • Purple

  • Black/Grey

  • Background Fabric - Solid (White or Ivory) - 1 5/8 yards

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

To make these Blocks you will need the following key equipment:-

  • Sewing-Machine

  • Thread (preferably 50wt)

  • Quilting Grid Ruler

  • Rotary Cutter

 

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

N/A

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 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.

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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06.02.22

16.00-19.00 (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS