Introduction to Patchwork + Quilting with Working Cloth

Date: Saturday 10th August 2024

Quantity in stock: 5


Various dates available

10am - 5pm

32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP

The workshop will take place in our workshop space just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations.  


In this workshop you will learn everything you need to create your own hand made patchwork quilt! You will be guided through the cutting and patchwork process and sew a small sample to get you comfortable with the techniques. Then you will learn how to prepare and baste a quilt ready for hand-stitching, followed by learning quilting techniques. We will be practising big stitch quilting using cotton sashiko thread and will discuss other kinds of hand and machine quilting.



During this workshop you will work on a sample piece to learn the essential skills of patchwork and quilting. 
+ How to cut your patchwork pieces
+ How to piece patchwork 
+ How to baste and prepare your quilt for hand-stitching
+ How to quilt using a variety of techniques 
+ How to trim and bind your quilt sample
+ What wadding and thread is best for your project
+ An overview of quilting tools needed to get started 
The skills learnt in this one day class will prepare you to tackle bigger quilting projects at home. 


This class is suitable for beginner sewists - anyone who feels confident using a sewing machine. You do not need to have any experience with patchwork and quilting. 


+ Use of our PFAFF Expression 710 sewing machines in the classes. If you'd like to learn on your own machine then please do bring it along - please let us know the model in advance and bring your manual with you.
+ All tools and equipment
+ Wadding for your sample piece
+ White sashiko thread for hand-stitching
+ Drinks and sweet treats to keep you going throughout the class.


+ Fabric. You will need fabric scraps totalling 1m x 1.4m to piece your block from. We recommend cotton or linen scraps 
+ Backing - you will need one piece of fabric to back your sample block with sized 40 x 50cm
+ Matching thread for patchwork - on 100m spool will be enough
+ If you want to use a different thread colour to white for your hand-stitching please bring along your preferred colour of sashiko thread


Lauren MacDonald is a multidisciplinary designer, writer, and the founder of textiles studio, Working Cloth. Her approach and aesthetic have been tempered through academic studies in material culture and textile science, vocational experience in the fashion industry, and an ongoing obsession with materiality, form, and function. Her practice is focused on traditional textile handcrafts and spans interaction design, installation, sculpture and stitched form. Her first book In Pursuit of Color: From fungi to fossil fuels: uncovering the origins of the world's most famous dyes will be out in February 2023. 


The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet.


"I had the BEST day, just a very relaxing space with no distractions. I also gained loads of confidence."


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