Makers’ Yard Open Studio

On Saturday 7th December, 12-4pm, my lovely studio building Makers’ Yard will be open for you to have a look around. Other tenants will be open too, so you can have a good nosey and do a bit more Christmas shopping.

My studio will be open for you to come and have a look at my work, see work in progress and find out about 2014 courses. We will also have some sale bargains around too, both fabrics and finished products so you can buy presents for yourself and others!

Bargain books

Sewing kits

Samples and old stock from £5

Vintage fabric pieces

Vintage sewing patterns for 50p

New haberdashery and sewing tools

Don’t forget I also do gift vouchers for anyone you think might like to try a workshop or buy a lot of fabric!

Christmas Shopping at Makers’ Yard

Make it a handmade Christmas and come shopping at my studio building, Makers’ Yard, where you can buy from the other tenants in the studio building as well as me. I’ll have a lot of samples for sale (cushions, bags, scarves, brooches etc), as well as discounts on books, fabrics, sewing tools and gift vouchers for sewing enthusiasts.

Please come along to the exclusive evening event with mince pies and mulled wine on Friday 15th 6-9pm or any time on Saturday 16th November 10-4pm when there will be additional artists and makers selling their work too.

 

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2014 textiles workshops

Just a brief outline of the new workshops to come in 2014, full details soon!

Workshops 2014
All workshops are 10am-4pm on Saturdays at Ruth Singer Studio, Leicester. £55 each or book 3 for £150

Miniature Art Quilts. 25th January
Criminal Quilts 2

Shadow Embroidery. 23rd February

Criminal Quilts 2

Cut-surface quilting. 22nd March

'Squares'  hanging, 2013. More details here

‘Squares’ hanging, 2013. More details here

Family Stories. 26th April

Whiting Laundry

Handmade fabrics. 31st May

Suffolk puff cushion

Smocking, Shirring & Gathering. 28th June  Rescheduled for 21st June

English smocking

Found objects and amulets . 19th July

Metamorphosis detailPhotos on Fabric. 30th August

Monumental Folly pincushion  25x15cm More  details here

Monumental Folly pincushion 25x15cm More
details here

Wild Dyes. 28th September Rescheduled for 20th September

mixed dyes

Trapunto Quilting. 1st November

Trapunto quilting

Transparency. 6th December. Rescheduled for 13th December

shadowwork detail

Beginners Dressmaking Course

New dressmaking class starting in August

Dressmaking open session
Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August & 4th, 11thSeptember,  10am-1pm
£20 for each session or book a term of 6 for £100
Book here

This Wednesday morning session is for new and improver dressmakers to practice with support and learn new skills. Bring your own project to work on and get help when required, and make use of space to spread out, tools, sewing machines and expert assistance. In each session we will cover a different technique to help you develop your sewing skills. Techniques will be demonstrated in the first part of the session (approx 30 mins) and then you are free to use the rest of the session as you wish:, getting on with your own project or practicing the techniques. You will also have access to Ruth’s library of sewing books and magazines for techniques and inspiration. All levels are welcome at the sessions.

Week 1 – Using a pattern; the basics.
Week 2 – Facings and interfacing
Week 3 – Seams and hems
Week 4 – Zips – inserting a basic zip and introduction to invisible zips

Week 5 – Darts and curved seams
Week 6 – Buttonholes

Term 2
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October & 6th, 13thNovember
(content of workshops TBC but suitable for all levels)
Book here

Crafty Mamas: a new workshop designed for mums with tiny babies

New mamas don’t have a lot of time for themselves, so we’ve put on this monthly drop-in session to give you a chance for some creative time without having to worry about preparing and clearing up, or sorting out childcare. Young babies are welcome and the workshop is very flexible, so don’t worry if you have to feed or change your baby during the session, and we won’t throw you out if the baby decides to cry! We provide you with a kit and instructions so you can finish making at home if you don’t get done in time. These sessions are designed for beginner and improvers but all levels are welcome. 

“I loved having the opportunity to sew as part of a group without worrying that my baby would disturb others. A lovely simple project which was easy to achieve during the session, a great reminder of a fab morning. Ruth is a really friendly and open teacher with a workspace I am very envious of!” 
Emma, mum of Lauren.  
Workshops take place on the first Tuesday of every month at Ruth Singer Studio, Makers’ Yard, 82-82 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1SB. 10am-12pm. £18. Book online here

 

 
 
 
 
 
Notes for mamas 
This sessions is aimed at parents with pre-crawling babies as the workshop isn’t safe for mobile babiesA sling might be useful so you can have both hands free to make. We have a few baby gyms and playmats for your baby and basic baby changing facilities.  Please book in advance but if there’s a baby crisis, you can transfer your booking to the next session if you let me know on the day. Drinks and biscuits included. What about dads? I’m more than happy for dads to come with their babies but men are incredibly rare at any of my workshops so I have aimed this at mums.  
 
 

Why learn to sew?

I’ve been asked many times over the last year why there is has been such a growth in people wanting to learn to sew. I can’t tell you what everyone’s motivation is, but I know at first hand just how excited people are when they make something for the first time. The sense of satisfaction is huge. 

 

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It is like baking a difficult cake and getting to eat it EVERY DAY. You make something amazing then it lasts forever. You learn a skill that will grow with you and enable you to carry on making amazing things that you are enormously proud of and that you loved making. 

 

Mother & daughter sewing team

 

You learn a skill for life that you can pass on.

 

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You get to wear something totally unique like a skirt made from 1960s curtains. 

 

Apron workshop

 

Or an apron for your husband with skulls and roses on. 

 

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Or a gorgeous handbag. (This really was her first time sewing). 


You might want to learn to sew to make your own curtains, to make fabulous cushions, to make your own clothes, to make quilts for new babies, to make lovely handbags, to make your own wedding dress. All these things, and more, are possible with a little bit of knowledge, some new-found confidence in using a sewing machine and a little bit of fabric (although I recommend a LOT of fabric). 


My Learn To Sew workshops get you set up and ready to sew with confidence. The groups are small (no more than 6) so you get plenty of help and also have a nice social time with other equally-scared-but-excited new sewists while you share tea and biscuits. I use a variety of machines (old and older) and there is nothing scary about them at all – they won’t whizz away without you and unless you try very hard, you won’t break them. I will tell you all about the kind of fabrics you are best to start sewing with, so you won’t end up having any polyester-satin-related tears when you are sewing on your own. During the class you will learn how to prepare, measure and cut fabric properly so your sewing isn’t wonky and you will – I PROMISE – come out with a finished cushion cover at the end of the session. In just 2.5 hours you will learn how to sew and the world will be your oyster. Or fabric shop. 

 

Learn to Sew workshops are suitable for anyone who has never sewn before or has used a sewing machine a little and wants more tuition. This class is also good for those who are very rusty but if you can already sew in a straight line, try one of my other classes such as dressmaking or bags. Anyone over 12 is welcome to come to my workshops. You don’t need to bring a sewing machine or anything else – you can buy fabric from me; either some cheap and cheerful upcycled curtains, or maybe organic cotton or a special vintage fabric.

 

 


What you say:


“I recently attended an afternoon group course at the Ruth Singer Studio & came away with not only a gorgeous cushion cover, but much sought after new skills! Ruth is organised, friendly & clear and was on hand throughout the whole sewing process to ensure I fully understood what I was doing. I really enjoyed myself & would definitely attend another – today cushion covers, tomorrow the world!” 

Sophie