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Sewing Workshop - Intermediate & Advanced

Course aims

To build on experience gained at beginners level and extend knowledge of equipment and techniques to develop good levels of skill to produce your own chosen projects.

Will I gain a qualification?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Course length

The course is for 8 weeks consisting of 20 guided learning hours.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn or further develop their skills to produce or upcycle their own projects involving hand and, or machine sewing.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Level 1 or above in literacy and numeracy (free help is available in BAES if required). Your tutor will assess your sewing skills to ensure the course is the right level for you. You will be asked to complete an initial assessment to clarify your level of English and maths. This will enable the tutor to plan your individual learning record with you.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have knowledge of primary and secondary colours and of how to combine them effectively
  • Be able to use equipment and processes to develop range and complexity of techniques and creativity
  • Take and record measurements for the chosen task
  • Choose fabrics, interfacings and haberdashery appropriate to the task
  • Use technical language in planning, evaluation and record-keeping
  • Research and formulate ideas to produce finished products
  • Be able to use equipment and techniques in line with current health & safety requirements
  • Know about the skills and qualifications required for employment in the textiles industry
  • Produce samples of techniques and designs for portfolio building

What could this course lead to?

Study at a higher level including courses with a qualification.

How will I learn?

  • Tutor demonstration and presentation
  • Practical experience of a range of hand and machine techniques
  • Collecting source material to develop ideas
  • Individual research
  • Produce a portfolio of evidence
  • Producing stitched samples
  • Producing a practical finished item

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual and bring the correct materials to each session.

Important information

Access to sewing machines and irons are available at all the centres.

Pattern drafting paper and fabrics for producing samples are available from the centre at an average cost of £2.40 for the length of the course. You may bring your own patterns, and fabrics if preferred. It will cost an average of £15 for all your materials for the course. Access to a sewing machine at home is beneficial for practising techniques. Further information will be provided by the tutor at enrolment.

You will need to provide:

  • Your own fabric for your chosen project
  • Scissors for fabric and paper, tape measure, pins, needles and sewing threads
  • A folder to store stitched samples and written records

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a folder, pen, tape measure and ideas for your project

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