Dressmaking (Saturdays)

The Dressmaking workshops are run by Sally Tilley. The course is suitable for all those interested in dressmaking, from complete beginners to the more experienced wanting to brush up on their skills.

You will be guided through the purchase of fabrics and patterns. You will learn how to make basic pattern alterations, cut out, assemble and fit garments. You will also be taught basic dressmaking techniques and make samples to practise your skills. There will be plenty of help with using a sewing machine if required. More advanced learners will be encouraged to make more complicated garments. There are some sewing machines available at the College. 

Sally has been dressmaking domestically and commercially for the past 20 years. She studied at Loughborough College of Art and worked briefly as a fashion designer before moving into teaching textiles. Since leaving the industry, she has continued to take on commission work and teach dressmaking and pattern cutting courses.

Upholstery – Thursday and Friday classes

The course is run by Lisa Cramp. Beginners will learn the upholstery techniques and skills to upholster a small chair or stool in traditional or modern upholstery.  Intermediates can continue to upholster an existing project or to start a larger project in either modern or traditional upholstery, learning new skills associated with their project. Learners will need to contact the tutor to discuss the project chosen to confirm it is appropriate for the course.

Lisa is a trained and experienced City and Guilds Upholster, running her own business for 14 years.
For the last 6 years she has taught evening and day classes at Cottenham Village College.

Creative Textiles

The Creative textiles is run by Ricki Outis and for those who are, or would like to be, textile explorers and makers of fabulous fabrics. It’s an opportunity to give yourself some dedicated time to nurture your creativity and to develop textiles that are personal, poetic, and fun. People with all levels of experience (or none) are welcome.

Ricki is began screen printing on textiles, professionally, 30 years ago when she moved to the Cambridgeshire Fens from South Africa. She found the space and the quiet of the fens enabled her to pursue what has become her life’s passion – the placing of colour and pattern onto cloth.  
Ricki teaches screen printing and other creative textile arts in many different community and classroom settings.

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