Sewing, embroidery and quilting adult learning courses

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Unlock your creativity through our range of sewing skills courses.

Get to grips with sewing machine basics. Learn how to make and fit your own garments. Take your artistry further with embroidery and patchwork classes. Gain practical skills to make curtains and cushions to compliment your home.

By the end of your course you will be able to produce individual pieces to treasure.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term. We have three terms in the year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer.

We also offer specialised technique one day workshops and short courses. These include, visible mending techniques, experimental embroidery, Sashiko and Boro Japanese embroidery.

Enrolments open every term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

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Course levels

  • Introduction courses will give you a taste of subject. You can then progress to a longer course.
  • Beginners courses are for those with no previous experience. They would also suit anyone who would like to refresh there basic skills.
  • Improvers courses are for those with some previous experience. They would suit anyone wishing to develop their skills further.
  • Advanced courses are for those who have lots of previous experience. They would suit anyone who can work independently. But, still want the support and guidance of a tutor to improve.
  • Mixed Ability courses are suitable for those with any level of previous experience.

Saturday and one day workshops

Workshops are short courses on a particular area. They are usually one day or less.

Saturday and one day workshops

Embroidery and needlework

Explore hand embroidery and design and create your own stunning pieces. Focus on quality stitching. Learn all the techniques you need to create beautiful works of embroidery. Develop your confidence, and start to design your own stunning embroidery works.

Needlework and embroidery courses


Discover quilting. It is a delightful technique of stitching through three layers of fabric. Learn how to create texture and sew enchanting quilting patterns and edge finishes. Develop skills and enhance your patchwork quilts and other projects.

Quilting courses


Explore how to use your sewing machine. Make gorgeous garments from scratch and discover how to bring style and comfort to your home. Discover patchwork, quilting and appliqué, and create beautiful practical pieces to treasure.

Making clothes courses

Sewing for the home courses

Discounts and support with fees

We have many discounts and fee support options. These include money off your first course if you are a library member, Surrey Heritage user, or over 66.

We include a small charge in the fees. It covers the cost of materials used by tutors for demonstrations. The fee does not include the cost of materials and equipment used by learners, unless stated otherwise. If you have any questions, please ask when enrolling. We advise you not to buy extra materials for a course until your enrolment is confirmed.

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