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patchwork or bag making with Denise

Experienced patchwork and quilting tutor Denise has a City & Guilds Design Patchwork and Quilting qualification and came recommended to us because of her great teaching style and approachability.

Denise has been teaching for eight years in Lancashire and North Yorkshire and we tempted her to come further east with our fabulously well equipped studio and great team!

Denise has exhibited at the National quilt exhibition in Birmingham and also in Harrogate, where she won ‘Judges choice’ a couple of years ago for her quilt, we are delighted she is joining our team of professional tutors.


Patchwork Classes

This is a ten week course for students who are absolute beginners, with no experience, and also for those with some patchwork skills – but would like to build on their knowledge to learn new techniques and increase their skills. There are no restrictions – if you would like to learn traditional patchwork then this is for you!

The student will produce a number of blocks (squares) that will be made into a quilt. The student can make nine blocks to make a playmat, or 12 blocks to make a single bed size quilt. There is also scope for extra blocks to make the quilt suitable for a double or kingsize.

All students work at their own speed in a small group, with no more than seven in a class.

The course will cover such techniques such as rotary cutting, strip piercing, applique, bias making, half square and quarter square triangles, foundation piercing. Stained glass patchwork. English paper piercing and quilting techniques.

when and how much?

Classes are held monthly, every last Sunday in the month from 10am -4pm for ten months, but not to worry if you don’t finish you can come back the following year. There is no time limit!

The actual dates for your diary are; Sept 30th, Oct 28th, Nov 25th (none in December) Jan 20th, Feb 17th, March 31st, April 28th, May 26th, July 7th, July 28th.

£350 for the course, £35 to secure your place and then nine monthly instalments of £35 in advance.

what do I need to bring?

You will need to provide your own materials these are not included as personal taste varies greatly.

Please see the FAQs page for the full shopping list.

The use of a sewing machine is included, you do not need to bring your own but can if you prefer.

Don’t forget your packed lunch. Drinks are supplied.



Bag Making Workshops

Make the beautiful Tweed Bag with Stag applique, designed by Denise who will put the kits together for you with tweed sourced from a local Yorkshire mill. Different motifs are available if agreed in advance.

when and how much?

Saturday September 8th or Saturday 3rd November

10am – 4pm


what do I need to bring?

Do bring 50 cms of cotton fabric for the lining – this gives you chance to reflect your personality and matching thread. Thread can be purchased on the day for an additional £2.

The use of a sewing machine is included, you do not need to bring your own but can if you prefer.

You might want to bring your own sewing kit along too with pins and fabric scissors.

Don’t forget your packed lunch. Drinks are supplied.

    how to book our patchwork course or bag workshops

    All our class sizes are kept small to ensure you get a great ratio of tutor to student so places fill up quickly so do book ahead to avoid disappointment.

    Please read our booking terms & conditions carefully before booking (they’re only short!). Do also check your advance diary, because any money you’ve paid us can’t be refunded if you discover you’re double-booked. Kindly note the fee is for the Patchwork classes are for the course, not for one off classes – therefore no refund is given if you cannot attend one month. 

    To enquire or book for any of our bag workshops or patchwork course, please call 07525 029986 or email us.