Sewing and Hand Embroidery Classes



I am a passionate sewist and I love to share this fantastic life skill with others. I teach from complete beginners to advanced learners (ladies only). You might be inspired to learn a new hobby, or fancy making your own unique clothes, or you might want to present a beautiful hand made gift to your loved one; this is your chance to learn this creative skill in short course. 

Sewing, embroidery and knitting are all life skills, they are fantastic hobbies and great therapy too. Moreover, you can save your time and money by learning these skills, and also benefit from better fitting garments. Learning to sew gives you liberty to choose your own fabric and pattern to make your garment unique, and what’s more... you will have the type of satisfaction that comes from knowing, "I made that"! 

I believe learning how to sew is something that is a totally 'hands on', you will receive step by step guidance and practical demonstration which will help you understand better. Unlike big classes where there can be up to 15 students and getting one to one attention is almost impossible, here it will be safe and comfortable environment with a small group 2 - 4 students only, meaning you will get one to one attention maximising your learning opportunities. You can ask questions and make your own notes, you will also get e-notes with diagrams for each project to help you remember what you did during the class. I am teaching since three years plus and most of my learners come back for further courses.

I teach children also (10+ and should be accompanied by an adult). Not only girls enjoy learning this new skill and gain sense of achievement, it also helps to put their numerical and geometrical knowledge into practical use in an easy way as they learn to measure, to calculate the seam allowances, to draw a pattern, to cut at an angle and also make spatial judgement while sewing seam. I have noticed that children enjoy better when they are learning with their friends or cousins! 10% discount available for under 16s.

Class runs on Wednesdays and weekends 10.00am to 11.15am (1hour 15mins lesson). I don't charge any advance fees to make it convenient for the learners, you can pay per lesson £20 for beginner lesson. I accept cash and transfer too. The class will be held at my home in RM8, it is easily reachable by public transport, and if you're driving you should be able to find on street parking easily. 

Set Course Contents: (If you want to learn something else other then the contents mentioned in set course below then you can book 1to1 lessons) Please mention in email which course you are interested from below:


-Basic Course Contents:(4 Lessons - For learning basic sewing skills and simple projects) (For absolute beginners)

1st Lesson- Cutting, ironing, pinning and sewing different types of seams, overlocking with zig zag stitch, pleats, gathering and buttonhole. Learning practical things about operating sewing machine. Understanding different sewing instruments, fabrics, threads, needles etc.
2nd Lesson- Measuring, Cutting and Sewing basic Cushion Cover with buttons or zip.
3rd LessonCutting and Sewing toddler/child size basic Summer Dress.
4th Lesson Cutting and Sewing toddler/child size basic Pyjama Pants.


-Intermediate Course Contents: (6 or 7 Lessons - For learning to take body measurements, make pattern, cutting and sewing basic salwar and kameez) (For learners who can cut and sew straight and curved seams neatly and can use domestic electric sewing machine) 

1st Lesson- Cutting, ironing, pinning and sewing different types of seams, overlocking with zig zag stitch, piping, pleats, gathering and buttonhole. Learning practical things about operating sewing machine. Understanding different sewing instruments, fabrics, threads, needles etc. (Learner's who did basic course with me can skip first Lesson)
2nd Lesson - Taking body measurements. Understanding pattern instructions. Making adjustments as per your figure. Drafting and cutting your basic Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
3rd and 4th Lesson - Sewing your own basic Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
5th Lesson-Taking body measurements. Understanding pattern instructions. Making adjustments as per your figure. Drafting and Cutting your own basic Kameez or Tunic with back darts.
6th and 7th Lesson - Sewing your own basic Kameez or Tunic with back darts. 

At the end of 7th session you should be able to make your own basic salwar/pant and basic fitted kameez/tunic all by yourself! 



The skills you will be learning during this course are: taking body measurements, making adjustments as per your figure. drafting/pattern making your salwar/kameez, making round and square necklines, finishing seams, top-stitching, hand hemming, bias binding, piping, gathering, pleats, straps, darts and button holes (zips, collars, cuffs, linings etc. are covered in advanced lessons). Once you learn these important skills, you can experiment putting your creativity in whatever means possible.. 

Accessories: Sewing machines and iron will be provided (you are welcome to bring your own machine). You will need to bring accessories such as.. drafting paper or wide brown wrapping paper roll, simple cotton fabric, poly-cotton thread, dress-making scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, fabric markers and dressmaking pins. (most of which you can buy cheap from any high street haberdashery shop or online Amazon/Ebay etc), you will require these things to practice at home as well, as with practice your finishing skills will get better.

Please note: I recommend not to bring expensive fabric/suit as most probably this will be the first time you're making a garment and I would suggest to use simple cotton/poly-cotton fabric because it is much easier to handle while learning. Also please buy fabric as per your size requirement as many times ready cut fabric suit is not enough for every figure. 


Advanced Course Contents: (For learners who can create simple wearable garments)

- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting different types of neck lines. - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting different types of sleeves.
- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Anarkali/Umbrella Dress Bodice and Skirt.
- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Churidar, Patyala Salwar, Petal Salwar, Casual Pull-on Trouser Pants. 
- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Sharara /Lehenga -Princess cut Kurti and Lehenga.
- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Long/Evening Dress/Gown/Abaya.
- Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Saree Blouse. 
- Sewing Zips, Collars, Cuffs, Linings etc.

Advanced course contents can be modified to suit group's requirement or individual requirement if its 1to1 lesson.

Please note: In advance course if you want to learn any specific pattern then please bring the sample or a clear picture of the garment you want to replicate. 

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I also offer Hand Embroidery (Zardozi, Zari, Aari) Classes.
Zardozi/Zari is a very ancient hand embroidery technique, it's early reference dates back to the 16th century. Zardozi or Zar-douzi (Persian) work is a type of embroidery work made in Persia and India. Zardozi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold string. Zar meaning gold and Dozi meaning embroidery. Zardozi/Zari embroidery is beautiful metal thread embroidery, which once used to embellish the attire of the kings and the royals in Persia and India. During royal times extensive embroidery was done with pure gold and silver threads/wires and was further decorated with pure silk thread, pearls and precious stones. 

During 18th century this art was imported by France and England and was named as Tambour beading. ‘Tambour’ is the French word for a small drum, here it is 
used as a circular frame for holding fabric taut while it is being embroidered. Tambour beading was considered an exotic and exciting craft, and became a very popular hobby amongst women.

If one has patience to learn, Zardozi is extremely creative and satisfying art. It starts with tracing, design is traced on grease proof tracing paper or white baking paper and then transferred on the fabric, or those good at free hand are able to do it spontaneously with a light marking pencil on the fabric. Next the fabric is tightly drawn over the frame and kept taut on all sides. The tension is maintained equally on all sides. Then fine hook needle similar to a crochet needle or tambour needle is used, the artisan needs to manoeuvre the needle so chain stitch is formed, there are several stitches to learn in Zardozi. 

These days artisans make use of an artificial gold, silver, metallic and silk threads and combination of artificial beads and sequins to create beautiful and elegant embroidery. Spirals of gold or silver coloured wire may be used additionally to lend sparkle to the dress. These stunning embroidered garments - gowns, dresses (kameez/ anarkali), sarees, blouses, dupattas /scarves and traditional sharara and lehenga-cholis find themselves to be the centre of attention for the women across the world especially as wedding or festive attire and in fashion shows! 

During the class you will learn from basic chain stitch to the point where you can decorate your dresses, blouses, cushions, bags etc with this beautiful and unique embroidery style.

Please Note: For learning Zardozi, your progress will depend on your patience and practice! 



 


































If you are interested then please contact me here or email me at gaz.sha10@gmail.com for booking your place for the next class. Please note, learners will be booked on first come first basis.


Thank you.


       


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