Thursday, 21 September 2017

Busy Bees Patchwork: City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 71...

Busy Bees Patchwork: City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 71...: City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161  Hand and Machine Embroidery I have decided after much deliberation to start a b...

City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161 Hand and Machine Embroidery

City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161 

Hand and Machine Embroidery

I have decided after much deliberation to start a blog about my Journey as a new teacher, and also the students who are putting their confidence in me to teach them how to become more expressive in their design and stitching skills. 
Level 1, although some consider not to be worth while is such an important year I feel. It gives you the basics in design starting right from the very beginning of learning how to make marks on paper. Some students find this the hardest thing to do, it feels "silly" and "what has this got to do with sewing" Well more than you think! Learning to express your self in a simple way teaches you to strip back and look at the world and objects around you in a more defined way. Teaching the eye to observe outlines, shapes and form of the objects around you and not the overall look. There would be too much detail to record as stitching and so we have to pair down what the eye sees 
If we as artists didn't use a little of that "licence" there would be no art at all. 
From the very beginning we have been mark making from the buffalo, dear, and mammoth of the prehistoric age to a sketch by Picasso suggesting movement for a final piece, simple marks can be the most powerful! The beginning of our journey starts here with the first blog, mark making on the computer, not quite as satisfying as paper and pencil but there, that is the future and why not.
In our first session last week we made marks with dry medium ie pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk etc and in this weeks session we used tools and implements to apply wet medium ie acrylic paint to place marks on paper and fabric. We are working in black and white to concentrate on the mark rather than it's colour. Next weeks session will be using hand embroidery stitches in tones of black and white to add marks and embellish with needle and thread. Creating a texture on the surface of the fabric, bringing the two together to make a cohesive design.
Here are samples of the printing we did yesterday and I don't know about you but I can't wait to see how everyone interprets their own design into an embroidery.

Let's see what next week brings.

Best stitches 
Beccy x 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

We would like to invite you to the launch of our new workshop programme for 2107/2018
2018 will be Busy Bees Patchwork 20th year trading at
Tredegar House. 
Help us to celebrate by sharing your memories and
bringing along projects you have made over the past 20 years
and we will display them on our website for all to admire.
Come along to the programme launch day for a catch up over a
cup of tea and homemade cake, meet the tutors, be inspired
by the displays and the City and Guilds Patchwork Exhibition and
treat your self to a workshop or two!
We are now an approved City and Guilds teaching centre
for Creative Embroidery and Patchwork and Quilting,
for more information contact the shop and speak to Beccy.
Hope to see there
Best stitches
Beccy and Ann

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

What's on for the New Year!

We have two new classes starting at the end of January, a 10 week basic dressmaking course and a 10 week patchwork course. Please see our web shop for more information. Spaces are limited so please book asap to avoid disappointment.

In February we have places available for a beautiful crocheted heart for beginners, also Ann has some places left on her Hand appliqu├ęd Batik butterfly quilt.

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 -

 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!