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Needlework 

Sewing is an age-old skill and a wonderful hobby. Whether you want to make your own clothes or try some creative textile crafts, the Virtual Village Hall is a great place to start your sewing journey. You’ll find projects to suit all abilities, including a tote bag, face coverings, gift bags, embroidery, cross-stitch and crewelwork, and Japanese techniques like Sashiko and Kumihimo. Our expert tutors include acclaimed stitchers like TV’s Great British Sewing Bee winner Juliet Uzor and embroidery guru Georgina Bellamy.    

Some sewing and needlework activities involve using sharp tools or equipment. Please take care to ensure that your health and safety are a priority when taking part in these sessions. 

Tutor: Steffi, The Makerss

Join Steffi from The Makerss as she demonstrates how to needle felt a decorative heart with a hanging ribbon, using felting wool batts and a felting needle.

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Tutor: Nicola Hulks, cross-stitch tutor

Nicola demonstrates a simple decorative cross-stitch project for beginners to try at home.

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Tutor: Donna McKean Smith, jewellery maker

Join jewellery maker and workshop tutor Donna as she introduces the art of Kumihimo or Japanese braiding to make a stylish bracelet or necklace.

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Tutor: Gemma, craft workshop tutor

Join craft tutor Gemma as she demonstrates how to make super-simple hair scrunchies and hair bands from fabric scraps.

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Tutor: Gemma, craft workshop tutor

Join craft tutor Gemma as she demonstrates the art of sashiko, a decorative stitching style from Japan.

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Tutor: Gemma, craft workshop tutor

Join craft tutor Gemma as she demonstrates the art of sashiko, a decorative stitching style from Japan.

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Tutor: Gemma, craft workshop tutor

Step by step how to make your own face coverings

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Georgina Bellamy, professional embroiderer

In this session, which is designed for all levels of stitcher, including beginners, Georgina creates a simple embroidery hoop to stitch along with.

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Juliet Uzor, 2019 winner of The Great British Sewing Bee

Join Juliet Uzor, 2019 winner of The Great British Sewing Bee and passionate upcycler, who demonstrates how to make a useful and stylish tote bag from fabric scraps.

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Katherine, textile designer, artist and tutor

Embroidery tutor Katherine explains the history of crewelwork and shows how to sew a selection of traditional stitches used to create a crewelwork sampler.

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