GBSB: Art Week

The competition is really hotting up now (I won’t do any spoilers!) and if you’re loving it as much as me, then this blog post has some exciting news!

Well, it was Art Week last night on GBSB and – I have to be honest – I think it’s one of my favourites. 

Last night the sewists made modernist art skirts and then tackled making a canvas painting into a garment – the colours were stunning.  And then made-to-measure… I can’t tell you how hard these people are working to do what they do, I certainly wouldn’t want to be put on the spot like that!  Obviously some of the outfits are more successful than others, and someone always has to go at the end of the show…

I loved the idea of the Modernist art skirts – they were all absolutely lovely – and if you want to have a go at appliqué, you definitely need to come and sew with us!

Appliqué is a great way to get colour onto garments and household items quickly and effectively. Appliqué is a French term that literally means to stick a piece of fabric onto another. But did you know there are several different kinds of appliqué? Who knew? There’s standard appliqué, free form appliqué, reverse appliqué – all with their own unique uses and ‘looks’.

Our one-day appliqué workshop later this year will be on Saturday 2nd December from 9.30 – 4.30, when we will be rustling up a Christmas table runner – and if you get the hang of it quickly enough, we should be able to run up a set of fabric napkins as a special seasonal bonus!

If you want to learn more than just appliqué, why not try one of our short courses? They are all on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening and the final list will be released next month. There’s lots of lovely things to look forward to… including appliqué, of course.

So if you’ve been inspired to get the sewing machine out of the attic by the Great British Sewing Bee but just don’t know where to start, then let us help you. Fill in our ‘Get in Touch’ form, pick up the phone or just pop in to the workshop for a brew.

Blog at