Beginners Sewing Workshop

Two hours of sewing therapy😊 on a Saturday morning at Pineapple Palace Thatcham.

5 lovely students getting to grips with a sewing machine, some for the first time!

By the end of the session they had all made a beautiful lavender eye pillow.

Here they are looking very pleased with themselves and so you should be ladies. Well Done!img_1154

Children Skirt Workshop

We adapted the ‘Childs Festive Skirt Workshop’ as Jacqui wanted to make a skirt

Gorgeous baby cord skirt
Gorgeous baby cord skirt
Happy with the result

which could be worn outside the festive season. The pattern we used was the same but Jacqui used a lovely soft babycord and a rick rack trim. The result was a very stylish and unique skirt which I’m sure her granddaughter will love.

Finishing Techniques Class

A productive mornings work. Here is Jacqui with her finished samples. Run and Fell seams, French seams, Open seams, Bound seams and more. Taped hem, Catch stitch hem, Bound edges, Lace trim, Bias trimmed edge. All of these finishing techniques can be used to give your dressmaking a more professional touch and enable you to be more creative. I will be running this class again in 2016

Finished Samples
Finished Samples


Bias trim on curved edge.
Bias trim on curved edge.

Childrens Workshop

A morning spent with two lovely young girls who made these beautiful cushion covers. I did suggest we could do some hand sewing to embellish their designs but the sewing machines were a big hit. After some practice on paper without threading the machine up, they were soon stitching with amazing control. Hand stitching is just toooooooo…… slow!  However they did manage some tacking. Maybe the pleasure of embroidery is something that comes with age!




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Embroidery Workshop

This class was held at Pineapple Palace in Thatcham

(on 20/04/2015- my blogging is not as good as my sewing, hence the delay in this post)

A lovely way to spend a morning relaxing with a spot of embroidery!

This is what a group busy of women chose to do on a Well Woman Day.

Nothing like a few chain stitches and a natter to chill you out.

There may have been a few knots and wobbles along the way but a satisfying

and creative couple hours.

Heads down concentrating!
Heads down concentrating!








making progress!
making progress!









Just a few comments that the girls made

‘fantastic class, I really enjoyed it’
‘I LOVED it!!!!!!
‘A fantastic experience-really good to have a product at the end to take away’.

I would happily run this course again. So if you are looking for a get together with a difference and think you might like to try this contact me,

Welcome to the Stitch Workshops’ first blog

Here we have the first ‘absolute beginners’ sewing class at The Pineapple Palace Lodge in Thatcham, Berkshire.

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View from our window


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looking a bit nervous before we start (or maybe it’s just because they are on camera!)

We set about with a quick lesson on how to wind a bobbin, thread our machine and check tension. We then practiced some straight lines, turning corners and following a curve.

We then chose the fabric, made our inner pillows, which were filled with ½ volume lavender (from Yorkshire Lavender Ltd) and ½ volume Mouldmaster toy filling.

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Busy Bees!
Look what we made!
Look what we made!
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Katrina, Ginette and Jacqui, Relaxed and happy with their finished eye pillows.

“Thank you so much for a lovely afternoon last Friday at the sewing workshop.

Although I didn’t manage to get my machine out over the weekend I do feel so much more confident about what to do! Considering I’ve had the machine for 2 years and been too afraid to use it I consider Friday a great success.

My daughters were so impressed with the lavender pillow.

I cannot fault the course or tuition. It was very friendly & relaxed, and I would love to join you again on a future course.

Ginette Perrin