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This is a guide to soft furnishing and will cover making cushion covers, curtains, applique and blinds. Students will start by making their own cushion with an appliqued design and move on to other projects such as curtains with both tape and hand made headings. There will be the opportunity to learn about interlining and how to make a roman blind. The first half of the course will develop student skills by making small samples of different curtain and blind design. As the course progresses students will choose a window in their own home, learn how to estimate fabric, cut accurately, research design ideas and produce a high quality window dressings. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to look at different types of simple loose covers.
This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in soft furnishings or would just like to have a go at something different. It is suitable for complete beginners and there will be an opportunity to work at your own pace.
You will be taught by means of practical demonstration and hands on experience.
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Students will be required to supply their own materials and equipment and will need to bring in their own sewing machine for each session which will be PAT tested by the College at the beginning of the course. Please bring to the first class:- A note pad and pen, 1/2 metre fabric, a small piece of contrast fabric (for the applique design), matching thread, scissors, tape measure, fabric pen and sewing machine.
Due to the size and nature of the projects undertaken on this course there will be limited places available.
Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or https://.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.