DRESSES, cushion covers, skirts and blouses are just a few of the fantastic creations made by members of a sewing class at Herstmonceux Village Hall.
The group’s teacher, Karen Wintle, is now throwing open the door to allow more people the chance to learn sewing skills and enjoy the art of construction using fabrics.
Karen, who lives in Cowbeech and is a professional teacher of Design and Technology Textiles, started the classes at the beginning of the year.
She said, “I aim to make sure that the sewing classes give time and support to each individual, developing basic skills or building upon existing knowledge.
“The classes have been grouped in six-week modules to enable students to complete a project of their individual choice with tutor support throughout.”
The initial classes have been held on Wednesday afternoons, but now these are also extending to Wednesday evenings.
During the main school holidays there will be young adult workshops for 10-16yr olds on with the opportunity to create quality items to take home – all materials and sewing machines provided.
Karen, who has more than 30 years of teaching experience, said, “As a result of the recession, and increasing awareness of environmental issues, there is a strong revival in interest for making and recycling.
“My current class at Herstmonceux Village Hall have been fantastic and they have made some fabulous items.
“It is really satisfying helping people make a garment when all they might have had is an idea in their head or a picture from a magazine.”
Anybody who is interested in classes, private lessons or sewing parties should contact Karen through her website www.fabricworkshopsewingclasses.co.uk or on the phone on 832208.