Craft: Introduction to Sewing

Ref: C2419286

On this creative course you will learn how to draft out the templates for a cushion design, how to make up the design using basic sewing skills and how to apply a background fabric. You will also be shown some ideas for finishing techniques to complete your cushion.

Course aim

To show you how to make a hand made patchwork cushion through a step by step approach.

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in creative sewing and who want to learn a new skill. Please note, students must be new to the WEA.

What topics will this course cover

How to draft a Hexagon design, how to make templates and to cut fabric accurately, hand sewing techniques to piece templates together and how to applique to the front of cushion. Finally, you will be shown how to make up and complete your cushion.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Draft a Hexagon Template 2. Accurately cut fabric and papers. 3. Demonstrate hand sewing skills 4. Apply the patchwork sample to the front of cushion. 5. Complete a simple patchwork cushion

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through regular feedback on the course. including verbal feedback and the use of a simple Student Learner Record. An evaluation from will be used at the end of course to gather feedback. In addition, students will have their finished craft item.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students are expected to pro ide for all materials used on the course. Please bring with you a small sewing kit with scissors, hand sewing needles, etc. If you have any old cotton shirts, or skirts that can be recycled please bring these along to the class. If not, there will be a small charge for materials - new 100% cotton fabric. (payable to the tutor)

Reading and information sources

If you have access to the internet, look on-line for patchwork patterns. Alternatively, try your local library for books on patchwork/sewing.

What could the course lead to?

Further textile course with WEA use this as a base from which to build a portfolio of patchwork designs through attending courses through other providers.

Download full course outline

Craft: Introduction to Sewing Course Outline


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