Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Book Workshops Online

We are excited to share with you our workshops for September 2016. We pride ourselves on the quality of our workshops and the expert tuition.
We provide copious amounts of  tea,coffee and biscuits all day and a warm welcome in either Busy Bees Shop or in the Community Centre just across from the shop. 

The workshops can be booked online via our website -

http://www.busybeespatchwork.com/Workshops-classes-courses-sewing-patcwork-quilting-embroidery-mixed-media

 or over the phone on 01633 810801


Mixed Media Print and Stitch with Sandra Rose

Saturday 10th September 10am - 4pm - £40.00







This will be a fun and stimulating day. Sandra will help you create interesting surfaces from paper and print which can then be embellished with stitch,buttons and trims. Create individual pieces of textile art to embellish cards,scrapbooks and lables.









Silk Ribbon Embroidered Bear with Ann Stuart - £70.00

A 6 session workshop held fortnightly starting on Thursday 15th September to Thursday 24th November. 10am - 12pm




Following the success of last year's class, Ann has agreed to run this workshop again.
Ann will teach you all the silk ribbon stitches to make this bear and some basic embroidery stitches to make this beautiful heirloom bear.













Sunflower Height Chart with Lisa Martin - £70.00

6 session class held fortnightly starting on Thursday 15th September and ending Thursday 24th November 2016. from 1pm - 3pm.






Lisa will be teaching you how to create this fun memory making height chart. Instead of marking the bedroom door as the children grow taller, now you can do it style. 
A fun mix of patchwork and applique which Lisa's expert tuition will help you achieve with both hand and machine stitching.











Basic Overlocking Skills with Beccy Paget

Saturday 17th September 10am - 4pm - £40.00





Have you a lonely overlocker banished to the attic or under the stairs, well now is as good as time as any to get it out and book on this class. 
Beccy has a vast knowledge of these machines and will show you that it is not as scary as you think and you will be soon using it to make garments for yourself and family. Learn how to adjust tensions, threads, cutting and much more.




Beginner's Sampler Quilt
A 10 week course starting on Tuesday 20th September ending Tuesday 22nd November 
10am - 12pm



Ann has helped such a lot of people achieve their dream of making a quilt. Believe it or not this is a beginners quilt. Each week you will learn a different block and at the end of the course how to put the quilt together and then how to quilt it. Tumbling blocks, dresden plate, honey bee these are the names of some of the blocks you will be learning. 








So Simple Dressmaking with Beccy Paget - 1pm - 3pm - £100.00 

A 10 week course starting on Tuesday 20th September ending on Tuesday 22nd November.

This workshop is designed for beginners.

Dressmaking is such a satisfying hobby, wearing a garment you have made yourself is the ultimate in designer wear. 
Beccy will teach you how to read a pattern, explain the markings, simple adjusting and so much more. 
You may choose your own pattern, but, please choose something simple! If you are not sure have chat with Beccy before booking on the course.








Forest of Dreams with Lisa Martin
Saturday 24th September 10am - 4pm - £40.00



With Lisa's wonderful use of colour, this rich and mysterious machine and hand embroidered picture will grace any wall.
You will learn to appreciate how to use fabric and threads as your art making medium, learning all the skills necessary to complete this wonderful picture,learning all the basic skills required to maybe design your own piece of art work.










Crochet Shawl with Gaelle Henriet

Saturday 24th September - 10am -4pm  £40.00



This year Gaelle has designed a beautiful crocheted shawl, this is not a class for the beginner but for those who like to take their skills a little further. 
A great workshop for those cooler evenings and a superb present for Christmas. Not many places for this workshop so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Launch of the new Workshop Programme for September 2016 - June 2017



Well I will start with an apology, as we have not blogged for sometime. It has been a very busy year for the shop and home life too. Our move back to the old premises at Tredegar House was less traumatic than we thought and we managed with a great deal of help from family and friends to move the whole kit and caboodle in just one weekend. Now we have been here for 3 months, would you believe? the new building feels very much like home.
I myself have just completed my forth year of City and Guilds Creative Textiles, and oh! am I glad it is all over! It has been a roller coaster 4 years for many reasons, but over the good times and the bad times the friends I have made and the sewing has kept me sane. I am firm believer that sewing and craft have beneficial and therapeutic benefits, sailing you away into a world where only the needle and thread passing through the fabric matters.
What ever your reason for wanting to take part in a workshop whether to learn a new skill, make new friends, chat to others who are possibly just as crazy as you about fabric and thread or just for the sheer love of it we hope we have a workshop to inspire you.

We have been very fortunate to book Jenny Rayment of Create and Craft fame for a whole weekend and an evening talk. Jenny has written many books on fabric manipulation and sewing, she is, let's say a character and really not to be missed if you are looking for an informative and eventful day.

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March 2017

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Browse through our new online brochure on the website or pop in the shop for a paper copy, there are so many classes to choose from. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to call us we are very happy to help.

Best Stitches Beccy!



Friday, 5 February 2016

Trease Lane's School of Quilting

Trease Lane's School of Quilting
at Busy Bees
Some love pictures of what the girls have been up to on a Thursday morning!



Saturday, 23 January 2016

Nautilus Shell Study with Lisa Martin



 

Also today we had a very talented local lady Lisa Martin teaching mixed media stitching. free motion stitching, satin stitch, beading and foiling make up this beautiful picture of a nautilus shell. Wonderful works of art in stitch can't think of a better way to spend the day.



Main design finished, now for some embellishment with french knots, beading and foiling.
Can't wait to see the finished work.

Thank you to Lisa for teaching today everyone really enjoyed their newly learnt skills and I am sure they
will be inspired to use these in future projects.

Best stitches
Beccy x



















Ghosts of the Orient with Pat Archibald


Busy hands today at Busy Bees, we had the very talented Pat Archibald all the way from bonny Scotland teaching her Ghosts of the Orient workshop. These before and after shots show just what you can achieve in one day. I think they look truly wonderful! Well done ladies and a big thank you to Pat, every one enjoyed themselves immensely
Best stitches 

Beccy x








Thursday, 21 January 2016

Patchwork school of Quilting at Busy Bees


Gorgeous colours



This week with Trease Lane's school of quilting, exploring tonal values in colour using magazines and printed images to define the depth of colour.  Colour is so diverse and can be so frustrating, plus we all see colour in quite different ways even down to the time of day when natural light is fading.
Trease uses simple techniques to help her students understand how colour works especially in relation to one another, harmonious, analogous or complimentary.  These mysteries will unfold over the weeks and will become second nature to you, learning to appreciate colour rather than being afraid of it.



Bee Creative Group





Last Wednesday morning in Bee Creative group we had a lovely time creating positive and negative images using a heart shape. We used a type of pelmet vilene that can be ironed on to create our shapes, these will then be used in a mixed media collage.
Every fortnight we are going to demonstrate a simple technique that we can incorporate into our collage. If you fancy trying something new and your free on a Wednesday 2nd and 4th of the month then come along and join us for Bee Creative group.

At our next meeting on Wednesday 27th January, we will be finding ways of making buttons, again we will provide you with what you need for the morning so, just bring a willing heart and pinny to keep you clean and lets see what we can come up with.




Give us a call if you would like to get involved !!!