This sewing course will cover the basics of hand sewing, embroidery and machine sewing. Students will be given various projects during the ten sessions to improve their sewing abilities and techniques. Sewing projects this term include introduction to embroidery, introduction to machine sewing, how to sew woven embroidery, sewing with felt, using a sewing machine to make a pair of padded slipper boots, sewing Christmas decorations, amongst many others.

Course aim

This sewing course is designed to introduce beginners to the concept of hand sewing, embroidery, machine sewing and sewing for Christmas. The course is also suitable for improvers to improve on their existing skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for all students as projects are tailored to meet the specific needs of all students.

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

  • Sew three new embroidery stitches
  • Use a sewing machine to sew a padded heart decoration or Christmas decoration
  • Learn how to sew woven embroidery by producing a sample piece
  • Make a pair of padded slipper boots using wadding
  • Learn how to sew fabric pebbles and create a pebble rug

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Sewing Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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