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from a lovely conservatory in Ewhurst in the Surrey Hills. You will create a sketch book of techniques and ideas which you can experiment with and refer to at home.


To book a workshop simply fill out the form provided or contact me directly at thimbleandthrift@gmail.com. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see our workshop testimonials.

Autumn Workshop dates

Workshops prices start at £55

Friday 27 September 9.30-2.30pm 5 places available

Friday 18th October 10-3pm

Friday 1st November 10-3pm

Saturday 9th November 10-3

Friday 6th December 10-3

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How long are the workshops?

My workshops usually run from 10am to 3pm unless you are planning a bespoke class.


How many people can attend?

5 maximum. There's the perfect amount of space and enough for 5 cups of tea per pot! 


How much does it cost?

The workshops cost from £55 per head with basic materials and refreshments are provided. Full payment is required upon booking.


What can I expect to produce?

Throughout the day you will create a sketch book of techniques which you can refer to when you return home. You will have the opportunity to experiment with machine embroidery doodling, colouring, encapsulating scraps and rough applique, amongst others. 


How experienced do I need to be?

No specific experience necessary! Just basic sewing machine operation and an understanding of how your machine works. If you do bring your own machine, (which we recommend as it makes it much easier when you return home and use your new skills!) it's advisable that you know how it works and how to set it to do free machine embroidery/free motion/ darning. Also you will to have an appropriate foot to attach, and have a new, recently serviced or PAT tested machine of your own.

It's important that you have a working knowledge of how your machine works and that it's in good working order. However much we would like to teach you how to use your machine, we won't have time. That's probably a whole workshop in itself!) Any issues will hold up your fellow participants. If you need a machine, we have Bernina machines that may be borrowed for the day.  


Are materials included in the price?

All course materials and fabrics are provided. The price also includes coffee, biscuits and terribly British afternoon tea and cake on all of our day courses! If you have any allergies or dietary requirements, please let me know in advance.) You are welcome to bring your own thread and fabrics to use in the workshop.

What will I need to bring? You will need your sewing machine and handbook, free machine or darning foot, thread and full bobbins, fabric scissors, a notebook and pen, photocopies of photographs or pictures to work from.


Can I come on another date?

Yes! If you can gather a minimum of 3 friends we can arrange a workshop suited to you - prices will vary. How about a hen day, birthday treat or girls' evening out? Email or call to arrange your day.


Please note : By booking one of our courses you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions, which are as follows:

Booking a place on one of our courses is similar to booking a seat at the theatre. It is not possible to swap and cancel and the "the show must go on". Therefore should you need to cancel your place on a course for any reason, the cancellation charges are as follows: Cancellation within 28+ days of course date = 50% of course fee payable unless place is re-filled. Cancellation within 0-27 days of course date = 100% of course fee payable unless place is re-filled. Sometimes courses are over subscribed so we hold a waiting list and MAY be able to re-fill a place, but if you are unable to attend you are welcome to send someone in your place. Please let us know your replacement's name, phone number and email address as soon as possible before the course date.

“A wonderful and relaxing space... with plenty of light which made the day incredibly enjoyable and good value for money. There were plenty of ideas to come home with in order to continue experimenting...”
— Jo, Portsmouth
I found it really helpful and has inspired me to get started with my own designs! I found it a really informative course and we were able to ask questions and discuss different techniques. I now feel really confident... I just got my first payment for a commission.”
— Cheryl, Portsmouth
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed our free machine embroidery workshop with you last week. We had such a laugh and the atmosphere was so relaxed. It was amazing how much we managed to produce in the day. I came away with renewed enthusiasm to carry on experimenting at home. So thank you!”
— Karen
“Fee was very welcoming and gave us a fantastically inspiring day... fees patient and gental way of teaching enabled us to try without feeling silly. Her encouragement was genuine. I wouldn’t hesitate to recomend this day course for some time out to yourself, to learn a new craft and come away with a smile on your face. Perfect as a present for a loved one or just go yourself to find some inspiration. It is extremely reasonably priced and you also get plied with drinks and cake.”
— Salema