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October 2021

Practical Sewing Skills: Sewing with Knits (4-week course)

Wednesday 20 October, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£28

With Karen Odinga A four-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 20th October to 10th November. £28 for the full course paid in advance, or £7.50 per week (total £30). Learn to work with stretch knit fabrics to create a tunic or dress. With the basic T-shirt style pattern provided, you will be in control since you will have the opportunity to adjust the length for either a tunic or dress as well as creating a round or v-neck. All styles have sleeves and there are options for a ruffle and adding additional colour bands. Pattern provided is multi-sized so…

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Make Do and Mend – Illustrated Talk

Thursday 21 October, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£7.50

With Amanda Sutherland Part of our "Green Sewing" series. Reuse, recreate and restyle your wardrobe - finding flattering styling with eco and recycling elements in mind. Amanda Sutherland will show fabulous garment recreations that can be achieved from charity shop finds and old keepsakes, with simple yet effective methods. She will demonstrate various ways of adapting everyday clothing ,including worn and badly fitting garments, into exciting and unique fashion pieces. Amanda will show examples of clothing hacks which are easy to recreate, giving us a talk full of tweaks, surprises and repurposed fashion ideas. Amanda will also be bringing along…

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Landscapes in “Thick & Thin” Acrylics

Saturday 30 October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Landscapes in "Thick & Thin" Acrylics With David Pasfield Heavy body acrylics can be used with a palette knife to create textures and expressive paintings. David will demonstrate his technique during this inspiring day; first using a brush and then palette knife. Free up your painting style – being bold and not worrying about detail. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – preferably heavy-bodied (or you can use ordinary paints mixed with an impasto gel). Impasto gel – Winsor & Newton Galeria range has a heavy structure gel which is idea for creating strong surface texture. MDF board or hardboard at…

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November 2021

Sewer’s Delight

Friday 12 November, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

With Pam Jermy We will be making a crewel work inspired piece of embroidery, with silks and beads. More details coming soon.Discount for EHA members!

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Landscapes in Acrylic & Paper Collage

Saturday 13 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Landscapes in Acrylic & Paper Collage With David Pasfield Landscapes can be “loosened up” by using collage and acrylics. Bring texture and vibrancy to your work on canvas or primed board. No experience is required as a tutor-led step-by-step process will be used during the day. Work from the tutor’s ideas or bring your own photographs for inspiration. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – vibrant colours. Papers, newspaper, magazines, old maps, prints, doilies, rice paper, tissue paper, sheet music, junk mail adverts, and any other decorative papers. Canvas or primed board at least 60 x 60 cm. Large bristle brushes…

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Green Sewing: Back to Basics

Saturday 13 November, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Green Sewing: Back to Basics – Hand Mending, Fixing and Patching With Karen Odinga Extend the life of your clothing by revisiting all those forgotten little techniques that can make something as good as new. We will make sampler pincushions (sewing basket essential) that serves as handy technique reminders of: Sewing on buttons (flat & shank). Basic hemming of trousers/skirts. Will show on actual trouser legs as well! Applying patches-either make your own or store bought. Darning/needle weaving for filling holes in a decorative way. Embroidery stitches for decorative fills/repairs. Iron-on handy helps/fixes. What items should be in your “repair…

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Practical Sewing Skills: The Great Cover-Up (2-week course)

Wednesday 17 November, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£15

With Karen Odinga A two-week course, meeting on Wednesday evenings 17th and 24th November. £15 for the full course, or £7.50 per week. A loose, drapey, kimono style jacket for any occasion Create an easy to sew classic cover up with drop kimono-style sleeves with the multi sized pattern provided. An easy throw-on style or chic finish to an outfit. Materials to bring: Sewing machine with leads accessories etc. Please be familiar with the basic operations of your particular model. Fabric (see below for size requirements) All purpose thread to match your fabric Dressmaking shears Dressmaking pins Tape measure Your…

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Still Life in Acrylic & Paper Collage

Saturday 27 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Still Life in Acrylic & Paper Collage With David Pasfield Use paper collage in conjunction with acrylics to create vibrant and textured works. No experience of these mediums is required, as a step-by-step process will be used throughout the day. Paint from a setup of flowers, foliage, and accessories. Free up your work with this exciting and experimental style. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – vibrant colours. Papers, newspaper, magazines, old maps, prints, doilies, rice paper, tissue paper, sheet music, junk mail adverts, and any other decorative papers. Canvas or primed board at least 60 x 60 cm. Large bristle…

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Diamond Art

Saturday 27 November, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£22

With the EHA Beading Group Learn the straightforward skill of decorating a picture in a calming, reflective frame of mind. You have a choice of pictures ranging from a Christmas scene to a cute little animal. Just a couple of hours will show you a fun pastime available to all. What is Diamond Art? "Diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. You use an applicator to apply hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting. The end result is a vivid, shimmering work of art." Price includes a kit of your choice.

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December 2021

Practical Sewing Skills: UFO (Un-Finished Objects) & Festive Fripperies

Wednesday 1 December, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£7

With Karen Odinga Have a few loose ends from our previous sewing sessions?  Bring along any unfinished business and get it completed in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. Plus, there will be a few quick, little sewing projects available to get you in the holiday spirit. Even if you just want to use the time to catch up on a past project, patterns for the little festive projects will be available to all. Maybe I’ll remember to bring some mince pies as well.   Requirements for catch up session: Machine with accessories, leads and manual Your project (if putting on the…

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Information for Students

Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!

Payment

Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

Cancellation policy

Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.

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