Beginners Hand Embroidery

Have a go at the popular craft of  hand embroidery in a new class for Sussex Crafts. The class is for complete beginners, no experience needed at all. You will create a stitch sampler learning the basic stitches required in embroidery. Your tutor will guide you through each stitch and advise you how to use these stitches in designs of your own. Your Tutor- Mair -is a talented embroiderer and all round crafter, she designs her own kits and patterns and has applied to the Royal College of Needlework, to further her knowledge of embroidery and needlework. She is experienced in teaching both children and adults and will make learning this new craft a pleasure.

All materials needed will be provided for you.


Beginners Sewing Machine

Have you got a new machine and don’t know how to use it, or maybe you’re dusting off an old one, or even that machine still in its box?  Then come and join one of our workshops where we will guide you through your machine, from plugging it in, winding the bobbin, threading the needle, exploring different stitches and even making a small item!IMG_0944

New Class Available Soon

Cost £35

Beginners Machine Quilting

Have you ever wanted to explore the craft of quilting? Join us with our expert tutor, Donna Mudd, to learn the basics of quilting. By the end of the course you will have created a beautiful lap size quilt, during the course you will learn how to choose complimentary fabrics, cut pieces accurately, create blocks, piece together and then bind and quilt.

You will need: Sewing machine, basic machine sewing skills. Desireable equipment would be a 1/4 inch foot and a walking foot. Other non essential equipment would be a cutting mat, rotary cutter and a quilting ruler. Don’t worry if you don’t have these, we will have them available for you to use in the workshop, and for you to purchase, if you wish.

You will also need a selection of 100% quilting weight cotton, batting and a backing material. You can bring this from your stash or purchase from our stock with a special 15% class discount.

We will provide: Expert tuition from Donna (who is absolutely lovely!) pattern “Just can’t cut it” for you to take away.  Tea, coffee, biscuits and on occasion cake!

This class takes place on 5 consecutive Fridays from 17th April 2020.


£150 in total (materials are not included in this price)

50%  non-refundable deposit to be paid on booking. The balance to be paid on the first session.

Early booking essential as we have limited spaces so everyone  has opportunities for tutor time.

If for any reason you book the class and then can’t make it please let us know. We will try and transfer you to another, similar class but we will not be able to refund your payment.

English Paper Piecing (EPP) For Beginners

This is a traditional hand sewing craft that will introduce you to the skills of quilting.  We will explain how to cut shapes to the correct size, allow for seam allowances and the correct order to sew.  You will create a traditional ‘hexie’ flower and use this to create your own needle case to store your new crafts accessories.  All materials provided plus tea, coffee and cake.

Cost per class £20

New dates soon!

Introduction to Free Motion Embroidery

We would like to introduce you to this beautiful way of sewing by exploring the skills of your own sewing machine (not an embroidery machine).  You will learn how to ‘draw’ with your machine as we learn different techniques to build a design for a special occasion card.

We will provide all fabrics and some threads, tea, coffee and cake.   You will need to bring your own sewing machine which either has an embroidery plate or ability to lower the feed dogs, a free motion or embroidery foot and a selection of threads suitable to use on your machine (please call us if you need any further information)

Cost £25

Saturday 4th April 9:30am – 12pm

Social Sewing Group

On the second Friday of the month come and join our Sewing Bee group run by Sarah and Marie from 10am – 1pm.  This group is for people who can already sew and would like to make new friends, pick up tips and share their knowledge, Sarah & Marie will always be on hand to help you out with any issues.  Some months we will have a group make and others it will be a chance to sew in comfort.

Contact the shop to let us know if you would like to join us or find out more.

Dates 2019    January 10th, February 14th (2pm-5pm), March 13th

Cost £5  tea, coffee & biscuits included