Patchwork for the Impatient

Tutor: Betty Brown

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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Join Durham based artist Betty Brown for a fun day breathing new life into colourful second hand fabrics.

This isn’t a cosy evening in front of the fire stitching patches the size of 50p pieces. This is for those of us with demanding jobs/partners/families/dogs, who want a patchwork quilt and WANT IT NOW.

Betty will show you how to take the pain out of both the decision-making and process, rendering you a Lean Mean Quilt-Making Machine!

We will make blocks for a quilt and also learn systems for making crazy patchwork, a beautiful stole or wrap and several other lovely ideas.

Bring as many pairs of 9″ squares of fabric (ie 2 squares OF THE SAME FABRIC) as you like – cottons are the easiest to use. If you have the squares precut it will speed you up on the day but equally not a problem to do during the session.

Betty will have some fabric on offer too if you want to swap around a bit. And bring your trusty sewing machine, thread and kit.

There isn’t a charge for materials unless you want to use any of Bettys stuff but it will be very low cost – something like 50p for a pair of 9″ squares.

All abilities welcome.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring your sewing machine if you have one.

Please bring any sewing kit you have. Particularly sharp scissors, needles, pins and thread. If you are missing some of these, there will be some that you can borrow on the day.

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