Koala Courses' Sewing Blog

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UK nationwide fabric and haberdashery stores

Sadly, there aren't many nationwide fabric stores left but if you are lucky enough to live near a John Lewis, Hobbycraft or Boyes store then they will supply  most of your mainstream needs (and the occasional       treat). Whilst the quality of the fabrics does vary between stores, sometimes they do overlap. John Lewis mostly supplies high quality on-trend cotton fabrics and even silks, whilst Boyes and Hobbycraft tend to offer middle to lower range cotton fabrics. Note: Boyes in Ilkley can be quite furrtabulous if want to make teddy bears.

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Sewing in the movies
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Dressmaker
  • The Tailor of Panama
  • Coco before Chanel
  • Bright Star
  • The Time in Between
  • Strictly Ballroom
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Brighton (UK) fabrics

Brighton is my favourite town in the UK for fabric shopping. There are so many little boutique stores full of delightful modern fabrics with modest price tags. So take a spare bag when you go to Brighton beach for all the fabric bargins you'll find. My top three favourite stores to visit are: Ditto's, Brighton Sewing Centre and Fabric Land.


About Koala Courses

What: Koala Courses runs painting, drawing and sewing workshops periodically (a list of upcoming workshops can be view here) for young and mature adults. Alternatively, we also offer 1:1 private tuition in a public space. So if there are no workshops running, why not register your interest and we will contact with our next available programmes. We are able to offer flexible arrangements, so contact us today.

Where: We offer our services across Hertfordshire, inc. St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Letchworth, Knebworth, Hertford and Hitchin.

About: Our workshops are generally small (8 or less). Private 1:1 tuition rates are £30/hr* exc. hire of a public space (*rates valid until April 2018). Please contact us for more information on group rates.

Age range: 16 years onward, as long as you are willing and enthusiastic.

What makes us unique: Aside from being passionate about what we teach, Koala Courses can offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning opportunities, specifically between the sciences and the arts. So even if you undertake a masterclass in colour theory, there might be a little scientific element to it.

Payment: via PayPal.

Terms and Conditions: Can be found here.


Contact Koala Courses

Hear about the latest workshops and other news

Email: Koala@KoalaCourses.co.uk

Hertfordshire, UK