Fabric Know How – Shirting’s Part 17

Shirts are key fashion garments this season and for the winter season too. Interest in shirt making has increased accordingly with home makers keen to increase their skills,  In January we ran a shirt making course  and as always we included fabric knowledge module.  In today’s Fabric Friday we would like to share our Shirting … Keep reading

Fabric Know How – Twill Weave

A twill weave fabric has a diagonal weave. The diagonal wales are formed by the weaving pattern, which varies somewhat but always involves weft yarns crossing two or more warp yarns. 2:1 twill weave In successive rows the weft float will move in position by one warp yarn to the right or the left.   … Keep reading

In The Sewing Room – Pressing Tools

Pressing is essential for a professional finish, it can take a garment from looking untidy to sleek and tailored. Most of us hate ironing but in the formation of the garment we are pressing – using the weight of  the iron and steam to create shape and flatten seams. You don’t need to buy an expensive … Keep reading

Fabric Know How -Plain Weaves

There are many weaves, but the two most common are plain weave and twill weave. In this post we will look at 3 commonly used plain weaves. Plain Weaves A plain weave is the most common and tightest of basic weave structures in which the filling threads pass over and under successive warp threads and … Keep reading

Summer Time Workshops

Summer is here and its time for our holiday workshop programme. Why not treat yourself to one of our short workshops and learn new sewing skills this Summer We have mini workshops with prices ranging from £10 to £30 where you can learn about zippers, appliqué, anymore , as well as longer 1 day workshops. Below is a … Keep reading

Fabric Know How – Fibres

On Saturday 17th June we had our first fabric know how talk and swap at the studio. We have always included textile education in our classes – how can you select the right cloth for your design if you don’t understand what fibre the yarn is made from, the weight and weave. We decided to … Keep reading

Fabric Know How – Books

In the UK we seem to have lost a lot of our fabric knowledge, fabric sellers don’t always know what they are selling, degree courses complain that students don’t have a clue about fabrics yet there is no textile module I was lucky enough to study when we were still focused on the whole of … Keep reading

Centre Front Studio @ Citizens House Consett

UPDATE: Unfortunately we longer run any classes or workshops at Citizens House Consett, all sessions now only run at our studio in Gateshead. Hi everyone Due to popular demand we will be delivering Sewing Bees and Classes south of the Tyne. From July you can find us at the Citizens House in Consett for an … Keep reading

Gorgeous Photos

Just recieved these gorgeous photos from Andy Laycock the photographer who spent last Saturday at the studio taking shots for the website and promotional materials. We think they look fab but we are biased when it comes to all things sewing.       <a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14942431/?claim=5jheu4jpy4u”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

Nearly There

Its been a busy few weeks setting up the studio and empting our sewing rooms into it but we have been planning classes and are nearly ready to go. Here are a few pics taken last week. Rory’s room must be a Tardis as every day more seems to appear out of it.