Teaching children to sew is just a joy ! We don’t just sew, we learn how to draw with the sewing machine and by hand, quilt, embellish, print on fabrics with transfer paint and acrylics, dye fabrics and so much more. All in all the Junior GillyMac Classes are offered to develop an appreciation of textile art in many forms – and the children get so good at it !
There are classes which run each week at the GillyMac Studio, and now there are also monthly classes which can be booked as one off sessions covering many different techniques. Below you will find details of both class schedules.
2017 Junior/Teen Weekly Classes
Teen Sewing 10am-12pm Saturdays £15/Session + £22 materials per half term
This class is suitable for Year 7+.. The classes provide an opportunity for creativity and a catch up with your sewing friends. This is a fun class where projects are tailored to each young person. This 1/2 term we are sampling a range of textile techniques and making a variety of small items each week. . (one place available , please email email@example.com for details)
Teen Sewing 12.15pm-2.15pm Saturdays £15/Session + £22 materials per half term
This class is suitable for Year 7+.The classes provide an opportunity for creativity and a catch up with your sewing friends. This is a fun class where projects are tailored to each young person. (FULL , please email firstname.lastname@example.org to go onto a waiting list)
Senior Sewing Group – Fridays 4pm-6.30pm – £15/Session + £22 materials per half term
For Year 7+ this after-school-term-time group is a precursor to a GCSE in textiles or just a fun way to take the first steps into dressmaking as well as patchwork and quilting. These girls normally have ideas of their own and my classes are tailored to meeting their needs and exploring what they want to learn about. (FULL, please email email@example.com to go onto the waiting list)
Junior/Teen Monthly Class Schedule Winter-Summer 2017
Each of the classes in this schedule is suitable for school Yrs 4-6 or Yrs 7+ with a more challenging aspect added for the older pupils.
You can never have enough decorations. We will make a button Christmas Tree, a hand sewn Reindeer, a Christmas Pudding and a 3d felt angel in this lesson, all ready to hang from your tree as soon as you get home and as it is Christmas, everybody goes home with a mini make to keep them busy before Santa arrives ! 1 place available for this class. Representative image used from Pinterest.
This workshop is about colour difference. Using two colours of their choice, the pupils will create a simple designs and develop a pattern using the shape and the colours. We will create a cushions front and then finish the cushion with a simple envelope back. 2 places available for this class.
Crazy Patchwork is such fun. There are no seams or difficult things to handle. With crazy patchwork, one fabric is slightly overlapped with another and decorative stitches or ribbons are used to mask the joins. In this way, a whole piece cloth can be created from many different starting fabrics. In this class, we will make a crazy patchwork panel and make it into a useful and unique tote bag. 5 places available for this class. Representative image used from Pinterest.
Using special fabric we will make prints from everyday objects (keys, leaves, flowers, rings etc) using the sun to transfer the image. It is really exciting to create patterns in this way. We will make the new fabrics into make-up bag sizes purses – which will be useful for lots of bits and bobs ! 5 places available for this class. Representative image used from Pinterest.
Everyone loves a pencil case – I know I do. In this project, the girls will learn a great quilt-as-you-go technique which can be used on all sort of items. This pencil case is fully line and will be an enviable addition to any stationery portfolio. 5 places available for this class.
Using the sewing machine to draw, the student will create their own designs, boil them down to simple ideas and apply them to a background. The students will learn how to measure notebooks and learn how to make a cover for any size. 5 places available for this class.