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Basics of sewing

  • &hobbs The Forge Middle Street GU5 9HF UK (map)


"A stitch in time saves nine!" 

Join us in store on the 9th of March where local seamstress and needle crafter Robin Dabbs will teach you the basics of sewing! Getting you on the road to many projects! We aim to inspire that love of making and help you have the skills to repair items and begin projects with no stress! 

There will be a brief explanation on the importance of the hand stitch and why having a few hand sewing skills can not only save an occasion but can give that quality finish to your own hand made garments. 

You will learn 3 basic stitches and how to start and finish the stitch.

Whilst you are practicing these you will be making something of use and will have a small finished product to take home.

I'm hoping to inspire you to want to further your sewing abilities.

If you would like to learn more then you can book on to the 4 session course which will cover basic stitches, emergency repairs, invisible darning and simple alterations.

Its very satisfying mending your own clothes im hoping to empower you to feel confident to fix something or alter it for yourself or your family and friends.

Come and get busy learning and who knows where your new found skills could take you?

A bit about Robin:

I am a creative thinker with a desire to teach. I am motivated and am good at communicating with others. I have a passion for colour, style and design that has been with me since birth.

I studied art at foundation level at Wimbledon college, where I  specialised in fashion and textiles.

I then went to BA level at Ravensbourne art college and did a 3 yr course in  fashion and textiles.  I went on to do a 3 yr apprenticeship at Cosprops, a top costumers  in London, making costumes for film, theatre and TV. I  learnt many transferable skills. 

I formed a partnerships Lucy.Lucia  in the early 90's that was a success until recession struck! We designed and made hats and dance costumes. Great fun but hard work.

Children then took up my life.

For the past 3 years I have worked for madjak clothing, based in Shere as a tailor. Doing custom makes, pret a porter and skilled alterations.

I am now ready to show others my skills in the hope that they will  be used and taken on further.

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Later Event: March 18
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