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Creative Sewing Weekends planned for 2018

We’ve two great Creative Sewing weekends planned for 2018, both to be held at a new venue in Haslemere. I say new venue but actually, the weekends will be held The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere, which is an 18th century building, turned into a hotel in the 1920s. Recently bought by a couple, the staff and hotel have a lovely friend vibe (similar to what we have become used to at Dunford House). But it also has a lovely leisure centre, which is free to residents and open from 8am to 8pm.

It is also a small hotel with intimate feel so perfect for our weekends. Although we might not be the sole residents, with only 43 bedrooms, we will be the majority. Our classrooms and lunch and evening dining room/entertainment room will be for our exclusive use too. The hotel has easy road and rain access (by mainline train station) and all rooms are en-suite.

As usual our weekend package includes full-board plus evening entertainment and workshops on Saturday and Sunday.  We can also offer day rates for those not wishing to and partner rates for those who wish to bring a partner.  Great news is that the weekends start at 2pm Friday – with arrival and settle in, then an optional 2 hour class from 3.30-5.30. We finish at 4pm Sunday.  (Subject to usual terms and conditions)


The  cost £385 per person for the fully inclusive weekend, including room with en-suite facilities, all food, entertainment and of course the class of your choice. For further details and a booking form, do email:

20-22 April

For the first weekend in our new venue we are running the following classes:

Strippy Stripey Story Quilt with Jennie Rayment

Great class for patchwork and applique fans! Snail’sTrail, Delectable Mountains, curved and Y seams, Seminole and other pieced and applied designs are all covered in this weekend. Samples will be made of each technique plus a free download of the full pattern for every class student.


Wendy Gardiner – The Hidden Depths & Fun with Feet

Come and explore the hidden depths of your sewing machine. Get really creative with feet and stitch, learn to couch and gimp, create diamond tucks and try bobbin work, insert lace panels and more. Then make a unique bag using some of the techniques you’ve learned. Absolute beginners also welcome.


Classic Trouser Fitting with Claire Tyler

If you have had problems making trousers to fit then this is the workshop for you.  To save some time Claire has calico toiles made in all sizes for you to try on.  After altering the pattern to fit you will go on to make your perfect fitting trousers.  Learn how to insert a fly zip and add perfect pockets, waistbands, seams and hems to complete your trousers.  A commercial pattern is included in the cost of the workshop.


14-16th September 2018

Free Motion Mayhem with Jennie Rayment

Stressed over stippling, worried about wiggling, panic not! From quilting to embroidery, Trapunto to applique, flowers, feathers, leaves and many other continuous line designs will be covered in class. Drop your shoulders relax and play with confidence and creativity in your own unique free style fashion.



Body Double – Get the Perfect Fit with Wendy Gardiner

If you have ever had problems fitting clothes when dressmaking then join Wendy to make your own body double from an adjustable dressform, padded and nipped to create your perfect body double. Best of all, it can be adjusted if you loose or gain weight at a later date! Then you will tissue fit a pattern of your choice and possibly make a toile without crazy contortions. Leave the weekend knowing that fitting problems are a thing of the past!

Couture Boned Bodice with Lorna Knight

Learn how to create a bodice which holds up on its own, where the fabric won’t crease (whether you choose velvet or beaded silk) and the boning won’t work loose.  Choose to make a bodice on its own or with a skirt attached for a special occasion, or just a bodice alone to wear with a separate skirt or pair of jeans. You will learn how to combine layers of stiff interlining, cotton lawn and add boning to create a structured base before covering it with your dress fabric and lining.