Learn yourself something new!

You know when you’re reading a lovely crafting book, which is expounding the delights of adding some ribbon or hand embroidery to something to up-cycle, or re-purpose it? & you’re left wondering how to do such a thing, or where to go to get supplies or just a little annoyed at the writer for having that flair of creativity?! Well, look no further & be bothered no more!


One of my courses at Cordial & Grace is all about dispelling the myths of crafting & takes you through things like hand & machine appliqué, hand embroidery & building up machine stitches to create simple but effective patterns, making fabric flowers, buttons & brooches… whilst making dinky little trinkets to take away. The final week however; is when you get to put all your new found creative flair to use & make a tote bag or cushion cover decorated by your very own hand. Suitable for all ages over 12yrs, all materials are provided however; feel free to bring along your own fabric stash or vintage bit & bobs to get really creative!

As with all courses I teach at Cordial & Grace you can enjoy a lovely cup of tea served in vintage bone china, with a simply scrumptious slice of home made cake as you learn. Click the link to find out more & book your place, they’re limited so get there fast!

For the more advanced sewers’ out there who maybe want to fine tune what they know, or people wanting to branch out into dressmaking please join me in making a lovely summer frock, or a skirt in a day. I cover very basic pattern cutting, fit & adjustments, seaming, hemming, buttons & button holes, zips & a whole host of hints & tips to help you make a professionally finished garment which fits like a glove. Full instructions are provided, as is a pattern & all notions (thread, buttons, zips etc), all you need to do is bring along 1.5 meters (skirt) or 2 meters (dress) of fabric of your choice.

The above illustration shows the basic pattern of the dress, which can be altered by taking off the sleeves, darting, gathering or pleating the skirt, changing the neckline etc.

The summers dress course will be running throughout June at Cordial & Grace, & the Skirt in a Day will be at Tenderfoot. Click the links to find out more and book.


Alongside all these exciting new courses I am hoping to start running a fortnightly drop in sewing session named Thimble Up & Fix! At just £8 per two & a half hour session this truly is a bargain. You can bring any project, big or small, fantastical or every day & I’ll assist you in sewing it together. From cushions to corsets, & everything in between the sky is really the limit!Also with Tenderfoot I shall be teaching a ‘Learn your Sewing Machine’ course on two dates in July. From re-threading, bobbins, feet & stitches I shall help you take your sewing machine through its paces! I shall be bringing along one of my own salvaged vintage sewing machine finds to both these dates because I’d love to have a bit of a closer look into what they do. Please bring along a project you are working on, or better yet one you may have gotten slightly stuck on and I’ll get you sewing away, whilst munching on a slice of home made cake, & a lovely cup of tea. Thread & calico will be provided if required. Click the link to find out more & book your place, they’re limited so hurry!

I shall be offering support for all of these courses through my blog with tutorials, photographs & questions & answer sessions so please follow me here, and check back regularly. Alternatively you can like my Facebook page Laura After Midnight, or follow me on Twitter @midnightlaura.

I very much look forward to meeting you soon.

Happy stitching!


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