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Sunday 15 August 2021: FREE Online Workshop! (Chicken Pin-Cushion)

Join top-tutor Gary Mills for this FREE class & make his fabulous Cluck-Cluck Chicken Pattern Weight/Pin-Cushion!...

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Sunday 15 August 2021: FREE Online Workshop! (Chicken Pin-Cushion)
Sunday 15 August 2021: FREE Online Workshop! (Chicken Pin-Cushion)

Time & Location

15 Aug 2021, 10:30 – 11:30 BST

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Gary Mills - Sunday 15 August 2021 - 10.30am to 11.30am (BST)

FREE Online Interactive Workshop: Cluck-Cluck-Chicken Pattern Weight/Pin-Cushion!

The wonderful Gary Mills can't wait to host another of his FREE One-Hour Taster Workshops and we're sure you'll absolutely LOVE his Cluck-Cluck-Chicken Pattern Weight/Pin-Cushion project, a perfect introduction to creating something 'crafty' and an ideal insight into what a CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop with one of our top craft experts is all about - we really hope you'll join Gary & Rachel for this one!…

Introduction by Gary:-

Here is an opportunity to join a fabulous CraftyMonkies Zoom workshop to make these adorable yet useful Chicken styled Pattern Weights - or you can simply turn them into a Pin-Cushion! If this is your first time joining us at CraftyMonkies or you have never joined in on a Zoom workshop before this class is aimed specifically for you to give it a try; all you need is two small squares of fabric, a couple of very small squares of felt, some thread and a needle and one hour spent on this workshop with me, Gary Mills, where I will carefully guide you through the process. 

You will be amazed how easy these little chickens are to make once you have been shown the process… In no time at all you will have your very own brood nesting down in your workshop being very useful for all your future sewing projects; be that for holding a paper pattern down in place or even keeping your pins tidy…. Ouch! These feathered friends are also such a great scrap-buster. What isn’t there to like about this project?

This workshop will be full of FUN as always, the session will be relaxed with plenty of conversational chatter from Rachel and myself; we look forward to having you come along for this creative session!

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The workshop covers simple hand stitching with a needle and thread.  Or you can machine stitch if you wish. You will learn to cut out a simple square, cut small pieces of felt fabric for the details and follow a process in stages to achieve the outcome. There is measuring and easy sewing assembly and turning through to make the chicken.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

This workshop is suitable for a beginner to sewing and accessory making, but also a beginner to taking part in a Zoom workshop

Material & Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

To Make one Chicken:-

2 x 4 ½” (inch) square of chosen cotton fabric (Gary has chosen a red and white theme for his chickens)

Matching colour sewing thread.

Small rectangle 2” x 4” red & yellow felt (although you can use woven fabric if that is what you have-to-hand)

For the eyes: 2 x 1/2” buttons or push through toy eyes (Gary has used the simple toy eyes you can purchase for most haberdashery stores, but a simple sewn button can be used!)

To stuff or weight the Chicken you can use 4oz of either dried rice or fresh cat litter (or similar) for the weighted chicken or for a pin cushion 2oz of polyester fibre toy stuffing.

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Sharp medium sized sewing needle

Fabric scissors

Small sewing scissors for cutting threads and trimming.

Tape measure, ruler, or quilting square to measure and cut 2x squares of fabric.

Either a fabric pen or pencil to mark points on the pattern

The following is optional but not necessary: pinking shears to cut the chicken’s comb edge, a bradawl if using the push through toy eyes, a chopstick or similar to push out the corners.

Note: You can use a sewing machine if you prefer for this project; a basic straight stitch size 2 – 2.5

is required and a medium sized needle size 10-12. Please have filled bobbins and threads ready for the start of the session. Please check that your sewing machine is working well; therefore, do run off some stitches on a scrap of fabric prior to the start of the session.

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The FREE PATTERN will be sent to you via email to download once you have booked; this is to be printed in advance of the course.

· Print off pattern (A4 to fit no borders)

· Please cut out all pattern pieces prior to the start of the workshop.

· Seam allowance will be included in the pattern ¼” or ½ cm

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

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

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop! 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 link to a recording of this workshop will be sent to all who book 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.


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