FBL Quilting ` & Crafts

SEWING & CRAFT STUDIO IN HARLOW

I am pleased to confirm that classes at the studio have restarted under Covid Secure measures which include drastically reduced class sizes (maximum four), screens, extra cleaning and social distancing in place. I have almost completed the run of classes which had to be cancelled from March-May and new projects and workshop classes are in the works. Dates for Saturday classes will be released shortly. There are a few spaces for weekly classes available. I am open for fabric, haberdashery, wadding and thread sales but please text with your main requirements (especially wadding) so I can get things out for you. Please book early for classes as places are now so limited.

Classes will take place at the new FBL Quilting and Craft Studio, Unit 12 Greenways Business Centre, Harlow Business Park, ESSEX, CM19 5QE. There is ample free parking and designated disabled parking. To book please drop me an email or PM on Facebook.

 

becky prtraitThe following list is just a taste of the classes that will be available in the coming months. Most classes are suitable for beginners, but please ask if you are unsure.  Whilst most students will bring their own sewing machines, I do have some sewing machines and an over locker for students to borrow in class.

 

If you have a request or idea then please do let Becky know as soon as possible. 07957-551898 (phone or text, but please remember to add your name to the text!!) or preferably  email      becky.preen@ntlworld.com.

 

 www.fblquiltingandcrafts.co.uk

 

About me…

 

My name is Becky Preen and I am 46 years old. I have been using a sewing machine since the age of 10 when my mother first began to teach me to make clothes. I continued to sew and after a short break during my university science degree, I became an avid patch worker.  I have completed over 200 quilts in a variety of techniques.  Many of these quilts have been auctioned or raffled for charity.

 

Since 2003, I have taught in shops and at local quilting groups in Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent & Somerset. From 2008-2017, I have also been teaching for Essex County Council, Adult Community Learning, teaching Jewellery making and dressmaking as well as patchwork and quilting.  I have, and continue to thoroughly enjoy inspiring my students and have revelled in their successes as their confidence and skills grow.   I have already completed my City and Guilds Certificate in Stitched Textiles (P & Q) and hope to finish my diploma in 2020. 

 

Here are some of the exciting things coming soon!  If you are interested in a course that doesn’t have specific dates, or you want something not listed, please let me know so I can add you to an interested list, so I can make arrangements to suit the most peoples’ availability. If you don’t see what you would like to learn please let me know.  I have a second more comprehensive list of classes available (large - 2.6Mb) if you require it.

 

I am now able to accept Credit cards for class and sales payments.  I am afraid there are no age or benefit related concessions, but classes booked and paid for in full at least one month before the day class or 2 months before the start of the weekly courses will attract a 10% discount.  Tea and coffee is provided free during all classes, but please bring your own mug and, for full day classes, your packed lunch or you can visit the centres lovely cafe to buy something.

 

I am pleased to be welcoming guest tutors to the studio this year.  Accredited Westalee tutor Angie Attwood (www.angieattwood.co.uk) will be visiting to teach ruler work and Janet Goddard (www.patchworkpatterns.co.uk) will be teaching some of her fabulous quilting projects.

 

General Courses/ Classes Timetable

(please check the calendar for specific dates and times and details of special courses)

Day

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Monday

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

Classes with Janet Goddard

Patchwork Night Owls (suitable for all)

(7-9:30pm)

Wednesday

Patchwork

(Established Full Group)

2½ hours

Patchwork

(Beginners and improvers)

2½ hours

 

Thursday

Short courses such as introduction to dressmaking and getting to know your over locker or sewing machine

1st and 3rd Thursdays are project days for bringing your own sewing.

see calendar at www.fblquiltingandcrafts.co.uk for details.

Dressmaking Introductions and Projects

(7-9:30pm) 8-10 weeks

(NOT the third Thursday of the month)

Friday

Dressmaking Introduction & Projects courses

Jewellery Making

Beginners and improvers

 

Saturday

One Day Workshops &

Saturday day a month courses

 

NEW TERM COURSES for April 2020

Patchwork & Quilting Courses

 

Patchwork Courses (10 sessions of 2.5 hours)     Starts                         

14-Apr-20  Tuesday Evening 7-9:30pm                                       £170/£153

15-Apr-20  Wednesday Morning 10-12:30pm (This session is full)   £170/£153

15-Apr-20  Wednesday Afternoon 1pm - 3:30pm (Places available)    £170/£153

 

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These classes  are weekly sessions booked in termly blocks of 10 weeks.  Dates will be notified at time of booking.  Class projects vary from course to course and students can also bring thier own projects to work on if the class project does not appeal to them.

The proposed project for April is a stars quilt made from no waste flying geese units half square triangles and sashing mini stars.   If you don’t want to make a whole quilt, you can just make a single sample piece to try the technique.   Its a layer cake or fat quarter friendly project for you main fabrics.

This project is suitable for beginners who can sew a ¼” seam.  Please discuss with Becky the individual requirements for your project.

v    Suitable for all levels unless specified in the calendar

v    Complete beginners can join this course and discuss suitable alternative projects.

 




 

Thursday Daytime Mixed Sewing Projects Workshops

Thursday Daytime Sewing Projects Workshops

Do you want to come and sew for the day?  On the first and third Thursdays of the month I will be holding all day workshops.  Book a month in advance for a 10% discount (£30.60/ session ) or pay as you go (£34/ session) Bring your own sewing projects or you can work on one of my many patterns or previous classes. Please pre-book to ensure your space.  The dates will be. 6th Feb 20th Feb, 5th Mar & 19th Mar, 16th Apr, 7th may , 21st may , 4th  Jun & 18th Jun.


 

 

Introduction to Dressmaking & Dressmaking Projects

TBA  - due to low numbers this course will not run this term.  Current dressmakers may join the other sewing groups.  Please discuss your requirements with Becky for options

 

This course starts by covering covers the basics of pattern selection, preparation and laying out and pinning.  One week includes getting to know your sewing machine. Learners then work through the stages of their pattern at their own pace to complete their garment.

 

The sessions run in a workshop style where you work on your project with my support.  They are in termly blocks and are every Thursday except the third Thursday of the month. As such the number of classes per term will vary slightly and the course fees are adjusted appropriately.  Class size may be limited to ensure each person has enough space to work. This is where we will construct garments and work on fitting and other specific finishing techniques.

 

v    Suitable for all levels.

v    Projects are negotiated on an individual basis with each learner to suit their  needs and abilities.


 

 

Getting To Know Your Overlocker (2 Days)

Sun 15th & 22nd March 2020 10-4pm  £64/ £57.60)

 

Do you have an over locker that sits in its box because you are too scared to use it?  Then this is the course for you.  I’ll help you make friends with your over locker, learn how to thread it without stress and use it to do far more than just trim and neaten edges. You will need to have your own over locker in good working order for this course.  

v    Suitable for beginners to the over locker.


 

 

Over locker - Moving  On (2 days)

Saturdays 10-4pm TBA        £64/ £57.60p

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IMG_7017.JPGIMG_7881.JPGHere is an opportunity to use your Over locker to make a set of garments and items using all your over lockers’ functions. Projects include a throw over knit fabric top, a tiered layered skirt and a ruffled front cushion with rolled edges . You will need to have your own over locker for this course and have completed a getting to know you course or already know how to adjust your differential, tensions and complete rethreading.

v    Over locking/ serging

v    Suitable for those who are friends with their over locker

 

 


 

 

Patchwork & Quilting Scheduled One Day (Weekend) Workshops

Woven Around

One Day     Saturday    14-Mar-2020   10am-4pm          £34/£30.60

   This quilt is jelly roll friendly or you can use fat quarters.  A lovely quick effective quilt top for a good sized throw.   

v Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

v Own sewing projects welcome, including dressmaking subject to space.

 

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Cats & Fishes

One Day Saturday 18-Apr-2020    10am-4pm      £34/£30.60

 

By popular request a cat lovers version of the dogs and bones quilt. Build your own crazy cat lady throw or go wild with just the fish for an aquarium lover. £34/£30.60

v    Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

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Walk the Walk with Janet Goddard

One Day     Sunday      19-APR-20   10am-4pm          £34/£30.60

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Do you make patchwork quilt tops and then get stuck with the quilting? In this workshop we explore the use of the walking foot for quilting, practise various techniques and make a set of samples to take home. This is a technique class with some preparation of materials needed beforehand.

 

v Machine quilting technique class.


 

 

Memory Quilts & Bears

One Day     Saturday 02-May-2020   10am-4pm          £34/£30.60

 

IMG_8537.JPG  Learn how to tame fabrics you wouldn’t usually use for quilting so you can use favourite clothing of your loved ones to make a specil quilt or wall hanging. You can also use a commercial bear, rabbit or dog pattern to make a memory stuffie.  £34/£30.60 (bear pattern at additional cost)

 

v Preparing unruly fabrics for sewing.

v Stabilising fabrics from stretch clothing.

v Scrap friendly

v Bear making from a simple commercial pattern ( Simplicity 8044)

v Own sewing projects welcome, including dressmaking subject to space.

 



 

Mondrian Modern Quilting

One Day Saturday 13-Jun-2020    10am-4pm      £34/£30.60

 

Use a basic Mondrian inspired pattern of basic squares and rectangles as a canvas to practise some quilting patterns. The completed panel could be iused to make a wallhaning, cushion or bag.

£34/£30.60

v    Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

v    Machine Quilting

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Sewing Projects Days

Saturday 22-Feb-20   10am-4pm       £34/£30.60

Saturday 28-Mar-20   10am-4pm       £34/£30.60

Saturday 23-May-20   10am-4pm       £34/£30.60

Saturday 27-Jun-20   10am-4pm       £34/£30.60

 

 

Projects Days - Bring your own projects for an uninterrupted day of sewing bliss. This is the perfect opportunity to have a go at a previous class you missed first time around, or finish off ongoing projects.  You are welcome to bring along projects from others you want help with and Dressmaking projects are welcome too.


 

 

NICU Sewing Projects Days    

Sunday    15-Feb-20   10am-4pm   FREE -

IMG_8121.JPG These sessions are for people who wish to contribute their sewing skills to furnish the PAH NICU with items to make the unit less clinical and assist the staff in helping the families and babies adjust to NICU life.  Project options vary from teeny smocks, to quilts and canopies for cots or incubator covers.  Bonding hearts are an easy sewing project for an absolute beginner. There is no charge for these sessions, but you must book as places are limited.

 


 

 

Westerlee Rulers Classes

 

Following on from a sold out first trip to the studio, Becky is pleased to be welcoming back Angie Attwood, (www.angieattwood.co.uk) a Westerlee qualified tutor to Harlow for these exciting and sought after classes. Classes will take place in the FBL custom fitted studio where there is plenty of space of up to 13 students, however due to the nature of these classes, the students will be limited to just 8 on each day.

 

To attend these classes you will need the Westerlee foot for your machine and rulers (depending on your class) Students will be given a discount code for purchasing these and follow up items from the Cotton Patch.

 

The cost for a day is £60 per person  for Starter Days and £120 for the 2 day Sampler course and should be booked with Becky. Please note you must have attended a Starter day in order to attend the Sampler course as you will be expected to already know how to fit and adjust the foot, tension etc.

Starter Day Dates: £60 TBA

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Sampler Set 2 Day Course Dates:£120 TBA

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Perfecting Feathers Dates: £60 TBA

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JEWEL QUILT Course 2020 TBA

One day a month for six months.

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Jewellery Making  Courses

Basic Jewellery Making & Beadwork.               5 weeks (2½hours)  

TBA

multi FP Glass Finished

Getting started making your own jewellery this class is designed for absolute beginners.  Half the battle in jewellery making is knowing what everything is called, so I will show the students a huge range of findings and tools and then show the class how to use some simple components to make some stunning jewellery.  Loops, crimps and basic stringing on beading and Memory Wire will be covered.

I have an extensive catalogue of jewellery making sessions available, please ask for details.

 


 

“INTRODUCTION” AND “GETTING TO KNOW” CLASSES (Dates By Arrangement)

 

Getting to know your Sewing Machine.  (2 sessions of 2½ hours) TBA                       (can also be arranged as 1 day)          £34/£30.60

 

This course  will take you through the basics of how to use your sewing machine.  Not got it out of the box? Don’t know how to thread it up? Wind a bobbin? Adjust the tension? This is the course for you. You will need to be able to bring your own sewing machine to class. 

v    Suitable for absolute beginners who have not used a sewing machine before or those wanting to spend the day playing with their machine and finding out what it can do.


 

Jewellery Making

 

Chains & Strings                        One Day     TBA 

Absolute Beginners and Improvers         

IMG_7610.JPGIMG_7611.JPGGetting started making your own jewellery this class is designed for absolute beginners or those who want to improve their existing skills.  Half the battle in jewellery making is knowing what everything is called, so I will show the students a huge range of findings and tools and then show the class how to use some simple components to make some stunning jewellery.  We start with opening and closing jump rings and weaving them into new and exciting patterns.

We then explore the basics of stringing using crimps.   

I have an extensive catalogue of jewellery making beads and findings available for sale.  For beginners I am also able to loan all the tools you need to get started so there is no need to have your own tools for the class. Advice on what makes a good tool will be given in class. I have an extensive catalogue of beading and jewellery projects for all levels making this workshop truly suitable for all.


 

 

Gone Loopy                                             One Day       TBA

Absolute Beginners and Improvers                               

 

multi FP Glass FinishedIMG_4475.JPGThis class follows on from Chains and strings, but stands alone. Learning how to form good, secure simple and wrapped loops is a key skill which will expand your jewellery making potential.    I have a variety of projects to suit every level from complete beginner to the more advanced.  Bracelets, necklaces and earring are all options and most students should be able to complete a couple of projects in the day.

I have an extensive catalogue of jewellery making beads and findings available for sale.  For beginners I am also able to loan all the tools you need to get started so there is no need to have your own tools for the class. Advice on what makes a good tool will be given in class. I have an extensive catalogue of beading and jewellery projects for all levels making this workshop truly suitable for all.

 

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Follow on and more advanced classes in all subjects  are also available. Please enquire for details.

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Class fees are per person and do not include materials.  For most classes you will be required to bring your own sewing machine and/or over locker.  All electrical items will need to be PAT tested before use but this can be done at class if needed.  It would be helpful if students could arrange to bring items in before the first class if possible to minimise disruption.  You can also bring them to an open day or the launch date.

 

Please let Becky know as soon as possible if you are intending to attend a class.

 

Day class bookings- A non refundable deposit of £10 holds your space. The discount will be applied to the balance if paid at least a month before the class.  If you have to cancel within one month of the class in addition to the deposit I am afraid I may also have to charge the remaining full cost of the class. Unfortunately I have had several people cancel either on the day or at very short notice in recent months making the classes unviable.

Looking forward to 2020 I am looking for input for what classes and workshops you would like to see.

If you have a request or idea then please do let Becky know as soon as possible. 07957-551898 (phone or text, but please remember to add your name to the text!!) or preferably  email      becky.preen@ntlworld.com.

 

 www.fblquiltingandcrafts.co.uk