FBL Quilting & Crafts

SEWING & CRAFT STUDIO IN HARLOW

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.

 

The 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…

 

becky prtraitMy name is Becky Preen and I am 44 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 2019. 

 

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 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.

 

General Courses/ Classes Timetable

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

Day

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Monday

 

 

 

Tuesday

Day a month courses

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

Jewellery Making

Beginners and improvers

 

 

Saturday

One Day Workshops &

Saturday day a month courses

 

Sunday

NICU Projects Days

 

 

NEW TERM COURSES for January 2019

Patchwork & Quilting Courses

 

Patchwork Courses (10 sessions of 2.5 hours)     Starts                    

08-Jan-19  Tuesday Evening 7-9:30pm                                     £160/£144

09-Jan-19  Wednesday Morning 10-12:30pm (This session is full) £160/£144

09-Jan-19  Wednesday Afternoon 1pm - 3:30pm (Places available)      £160/£144

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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 January is a sampler course with a fruits and vegetables theme. A huge variety of techniques will be covered making this project suitable for beginners or those wishing to explore more advanced techniques. 

v    Suitable for all levels unless specified in the calendar

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

 

Thursday Daytime Mixed 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.  You can book all five from October to December for a 10% discount or pay as you go (£32/ 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.  Dates this term are: 17th January, 7th February, & 7th  & 21st March.

 

Introduction to Dressmaking (4 sessions of 3 hours)  

Thursday Evenings 7-10pm Starts 24-Jan-19 

4 sessions (24/1, 31/1, 7/2, & 14/2)                               £64/£57.60p

This course covers the basics of pattern selection, preparation and laying out and pinning.  One week includes getting to know your sewing machine. Once this short course is completed, learners can join the ongoing dressmaking class (pro rata) to complete their garment.

 

Dressmaking Projects (8 sessions of 2.5 hours)

Thursday Evenings 7-9:30pm Starts 24-Jan-19

 8 sessions (24/1, 31/1, 7/2, 14/2, 28/2, 7/3, 14/3 & 28/3)           £128/£115.2

 

These classes  are intended for those students who have done dressmaking courses with me before or who have already attended an introduction course.  These session 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 who have attended an introduction to dressmaking course.

v    Students joining this group from the introduction classes in the same term only pay for the remaining  weeks.

 

Getting To Know Your Overlocker (2 sessions)

Sat/Sun 9th & 10th Feb 2019 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 for this course.  

v    Suitable for beginners to the over locker.

 

Patchwork & Quilting Scheduled One Day (Saturday) Workshops

Square Chains    

One Day    Saturday    24-Nov-18        10am-4pm  £32/£28.80

 

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A Simple but effective design, great for using up larger scraps and leftovers from other projects  Set on point this is also a good project for learning about on point settings

v    Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

v    On point setting

v    Suitable for beginners.

v    Own sewing projects welcome, including dressmaking

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Organiser Bag Insert  

IMG_8046.JPGOne Day    Saturday    01-Dec   10am-4pm    £32/£28.80

This  fab little soft but firm sided insert is perfect for transferring your handbag essentials from bag to bag.  Inside are loads of pockets to keep everything safe and organised. Would also make a great organiser for craft supplies and tools or as a bag in an of itself.

v Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

v Own sewing projects welcome, including dressmaking

 

Lattice Stars    

One Day    Saturday    02-Feb-19   10am-4pm          £32/£28.80

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This quilt uses a whole jelly roll (40 x 2½” strips) and 2m of background/ inner border fabric, making a nice large quilt. Blocks are 12” finished in the centre and 6” units for the pieced Border are made during the construction of the main blocks.

v Rotary Cutting and Machine piecing.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Projects Days  

Saturday 19-Jan-19   10am-4pm             £32/£28.80  

Saturday 16-Feb-19   10am-4pm            £32/£28.80  

Saturday 23-Mar-19   10am-4pm            £32/£28.80

 

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  

Saturday  08-Dec-18   10am-4pm   FREE

Sunday    20-Jan-19   10am-4pm   FREE

Sunday    17-Feb-19   10am-4pm   FREE

Sunday    17-Mar-19   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

 

Becky is pleased to be welcoming 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 and should be booked with Becky.

Starter Day Dates:

Saturday 26th January 10-4pm  FULL

Sunday 27th January 10-4pm –One Space*

Monday 28th January 10-4pm – FULL*

(*there is one space left available on this run of classes for either the Saturday OR Sunday)

 

 

Jewellery Making  Courses

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

Fridays 10-12:30pm  Starts 18th January 2019       £80/£72  

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Getting started making you 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)           £32/£28.80p

 

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.

 

 

 

 

  Over locker - Moving  On (2 days) Saturdays 10-4pm (TBA)

 (can also be arranged for 4 sessions of 2.5 hours)                         £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

 

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 2019 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