Patchwork Sewing

Ref: C2341481

Learn how up-cycle textiles to make a patchwork sampler and using your creativity decorate your patchwork with embellishments such as embroidery, lace, beads and buttons.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to patchwork, using a variety of textiles and techniques to create a piece of textile artwork to take home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Learn the steps to take to make a unique patchwork sampler.
  • Learn how to embellish your patchwork sampler with a variety of different stitches, buttons, beads and lace.
  • Discuss the positive impact of sewing on your mental health and wellbeing

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
  • This is a practical course with a focus on up-cycling fabrics. Learners will be able to follow handouts, view samples and gain inspiration from books. Tutor will give demonstrations as a group and offer one to one support as needed.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

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
  • Fabric, threads and embellishments will be provided, but if you wish to bring in your own fabric pieces or unwanted/old cotton/polycotton fabrics such as duvet covers, pillowcases, old clothing, buttons, lace etc you are welcome to do so as this will make the work more personal to you.

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

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Patchwork Sewing


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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