Which is the best course to do for a complete beginner?
All my courses are designed to suit beginners but my most popular course to learn the basics or hand and machine stitching is the One day course. This is a good way to try out both techniques and provides enough and information for you to go away and continue at home (see course description for more detail about what you will learn and options of what you can make). Most people make between 3-5 items on the day.
What is the difference between the 1 and 2 day bag course?
On the 1 day course you will choose from 2-3 different handbag shapes which are all pre-prepared patterns. Then you get to choose the leather colour, fastenings and lining and then you cut and construct the bag. On the 2 day course you can design a handbag from scratch, creating the design, doing the pattern cutting and then constructing of the bag. So the main difference between the 1 and 2 day is that the 2 day course means you get to experience pattern cutting.
What happens if my bag is not finished by the end of the course?
During the course of the day(s), based on your progress, I will let you know if I think the day will over-run, if so we can either simplify the design, I give you some help in order to finish on time or you can book another half or full day in order to complete it.
If I have never had any experience of handbag making which course should I do?
It doesn’t matter if you have no previous sewing experience as all my courses are designed to suit beginners, however, if you do have some experience I can cater the course to be more challenging for you if you wish.
What time does the course run from?
Most courses run from 10am-5pm with approximately 40mins break for lunch. Half day courses are 3 hours long and either in the morning from 10 am – 1pm or afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.
Do I need to bring anything?
In essence, no. I will provide all the tools and materials (unless otherwise arranged) and I also provide tea & coffee throughout the day, free of charge. There is a cafe on site which provides a wide choice of hot and cold snacks and meals for lunch.
What is the address?
Unit 6 Smithbrook Kilns, Horsham Road, Cranleigh, Guildford, GU6 8JJ
The studio is along the row opposite the Bricks Café, passed the Framers (left) and Simon Pure jewellers on the right.
Is there free parking?
Yes there is plenty of free parking on site. There are two big car parks on the left hand side as you drive into the entrance.
Can I get there via public transport?
Yes, there are regular trains from London to Guildford or Godalming (both are approx.. 7miles away). From Godalming you can get a taxi, from Guildford you can get a taxi or number 24 bus from the Friary Bus stop which is a 5min walk from the train station.
Can you recommend any near by accommodation?
Yes there are a few local B&B’s/hotels:
What dates do the courses run?
As my classes are run for 1-4 people, I currently organise dates based on each person’s individual preferences. Courses are run throughout the week and Saturdays but NOT Sundays or Bank Holidays.
How do I book my place?
Once you have chosen the course you wish to attend, send me an email detailing the course title and which days or the week you can do or if you can do weekends (Saturdays) only please let me know. I will send you a list of possible dates and once one is agreed upon I can send you an invoice for the full cost of the course and will confirm your booking once payment has been received. For group bookings for two or more people booked together you will receive a discount per each extra person (£5 for half day, £10 for full day, £20 for one day bag course, £30 for two day bag course).
What if I cannot attend the course?
If you cannot attend you can change the date if you give at least 7 days notice, any less will incur a 10% admin fee. If you can no longer attend and cancel with at least 7 days notice, you will receive a full refund, for 3-6 days notice you will receive a 50% refund, for 1-2 days notice I cannot offer a refund.