Quick & Easy Workshops

These one-hour workshops offer learning on a huge choice of techniques. 

The programme offers hundreds of workshops on subjects including free-motion quilting, Japanese folded patchwork, kantha, fabric origami, smocking and Indian block printing to name a few.

Popular sessions sell fast – so make sure you plan your day and book early to avoid disappointment.

All students are asked to bring their own basic sewing kit to eliminate the need to share (embroidery scissors, pins, hand needles, dressmaking shears (if appropriate), marking pen, tape measure, black, white and grey general purpose threads).

Download the Quick and Easy 2021 Workshop Programme here:


Workshop highlights

Creative Embellishing Techniques for Textiles with Jessica Grady

Thursday 29th July 1:30pm (90 mins)

Explore creative ideas and techniques for adding embellishments to fabric with embroidery artist Jessica Grady. Jessica will show you techniques including; folded and manipulated sequins, painted washer sequins, 3D beading and ruffled decorative embroidery stitches. Each technique is hand stitched onto fabric using a variety of materials including textiles, recycled plastic and paper, metal and thread. You will leave the class with a fabric sampler of techniques to inspire you for future textile projects, or to add to existing projects as decorative embellished touches. Suitable for all abilities.

jessica grady

Blue Tit Applique with Jo Avery

Thursday 29th July 1:30pm (90 mins)

Join quilt and embroidery designer, maker, teacher and author, Jo Avery, for a relaxing hand-stitching session. In the process of making an adorable Blue tit, you’ll learn turned-edge applique techniques, slow stitching and a few embroidery techniques too. Once finished at home, this can be used as the centre piece to bring your quilt blocks to life or framed as a picture. Suitable for all, though some hand-stitching experience would be helpful.

jo avery blue tit applique

Take Two Stitches with Hazel and Terry from InStitches

Everyday, 4:30pm

Spend an hour with InStitches exploring the creative potential of two basic hand stitches, the dash and the dot. Change the effect by working with threads in different weights and colours and arranging them in unexpected ways. Each kit will include everything you need for the class: fabric, wadding, a needle and a selection of InStitches’ hand dyed threads plus an illustrated work sheet so that you can continue stitching after the class. Suitable for all abilities.

InStitches_Take Two Stitches

COVID safety measures in the Quick & Easy Workshops

For your safety the following measures will be taken:

  • Workshop rooms have been increased to 64 square metres in size (previously 42 square metres)
  • Numbers are currently capped at 12 in each classroom (previously 16 – 20)
  • Tables will be laid out ‘classroom style’ with gaps between tables.
  • A fully stocked cleaning station will be provided in each room, to enable cleaning of shared surfaces between sessions.
  • All participants will be required to bring their own basic sewing kit (pins, needles, scissors) to minimise sharing of equipment.

*Page last updated on 22nd June 2021. Safety measures are being continually updated are subject to change. Should Government guidelines change closer to the show, the above measures may be altered in line with them.