Snippets Needlework Sewing Class: Review
23 June 2015
Snippets Needlework is a cosy sewing workshop tucked away in an attic room in Stevenage Old Town. Deborah Aungiers, the owner, is a talented and experienced seamstress who is passionate about her business.
The sewing groups meet every week from 6pm – 8pm and all abilities are welcomed from beginners to experienced sewers. There are classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday and the cost is £200 for 9 lessons.
Students choose their own projects to work on and receive expert guidance and tuition from Deborah. When I joined one of the sewing courses for an evening I was feeling a bit nervous but Deborah’s kind, friendly manner immediately put me at ease and I received a warm welcome from the established group.
As I was new to the group Deborah suggested that I make a lavender heart: she explained that this is a valuable lesson for a beginner as it involves several basic sewing skills which can then be built upon for future projects. I was given a box of fabric to delve into and found a gorgeous vintage style deer print fabric. Deborah gave me a heart template which I pinned to the fabric and cut round to make two heart shapes. She showed me how to put the two fabric pieces right sides facing and sew around the edge using the sewing machine. I clipped the edges, turned it inside out and filled it with lavender. Deborah then taught me how to slip stitch the gap together by hand. To finish off I was given boxes of ribbons and buttons to hunt through and use to embellish my heart.
During the lesson I chatted to other members of the group about their makes: their current projects included a stunning Chanel style jacket, a tailored jacket and a blouse. I was most impressed to see that two of the ladies were wearing beautiful trousers that they had made in previous lessons. Other projects that they had worked on included washbags, children’s dresses and more lavender hearts.
Deborah keeps the groups small so that she can offer individual time to her students. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the workshop, with calming classical music playing and chatter amongst the students. The price of the course includes use of the equipment and materials for small projects such as minet; students provide their own fabric and trimmings for larger projects. Deborah also has a small haberdashery shop in the workroom with some gorgeous fabrics and thread available for sale. Whilst I was there she showed me the fitting room and some of the stunning wedding dress commissions she has been working on. Clearly she is a very talented lady!
I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at Snippets Needlework and was delighted with my lavender heart which now has pride of place on my dresser. I would recommend these classes to anyone who would like to learn sewing or dressmaking in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Review & photography by Samantha Sabido, re-madebysam.com