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“I have learnt to sew! I have always had a block about sewing as my mother is a fantastic seamstress …. The fact that I have now made an intricate quilt has been really empowering. I now feel ready to tackle simple sewing projects which is great.”

Significant Seams prides itself on a distinctive approach to teaching sewing and textile craft. We encourage experimentation, completion, and allowing for mistakes. We are teaching you – and you are learning, so you shouldn’t expect perfection the first time.

We give you a lot of context and after a single session we aim for you to be able to make creative decisions – and have a new skill. We work with you through a project, or projects, to develop your skills based on what you want to make – not a schedule of functional tasks that you don’t get to use in actually making a thing – like many programmes.

We are also distinctive in that our signature programmes engage with people based on life stage or events that help you meet people in similar life stages. That is not to say we can’t just teach you to sew, knit, or crochet – it just says we like to get to know you, and help you to get to know your neighbours and neighbourhood better.

We are mostly run by volunteers, so try REALLY hard to minimise admin- so we take our bookings online using Eventbrite. You can see our current offer from our Facebook page, in the chart on the right or go to our eventbrite page using the orange E icon on the menu bar to the left.

We also have some active community projects you can get involved in: The Garden of Aspirations, Apple Day, and Love Low Cost Living. The first is associated with the soft sculpture Wishing Well we made with artist Harriet Hammell. Two other community projects are in exhibition now: The Women of the World Quilt, and The Young Custodians.

Our signature programmes include:



We also offer a full menu of traditional textile programmes including:

  • Patchwork
  • Quilting
  • Pattern reading
  • Dress/clothes making
  • Knitting
  • Crochet
  • Embroidery
  • Tatting
  • Printing


Our community projects often produce special workshops including block printing, extreme knitting, soft sculpture,  and other specialities, and we love seasonal special classes too. Look out for these, including half term and summer series for the kids. Make sure you are on our mailing list to keep up to date!

Check out what’s booking now at  Eventbrite