Patchwork from the Start

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Patchwork from the Start

Wednesday 28 February, 7:00 pm - Wednesday 1 May, 9:00 pm


With Karen Odinga.

28th February; 6th, 20th and 27th March; 10th, 17th and 24th April; 1st May

7pm to 9pm

Starting Wednesday, 28th February 2024

Explore patchwork techniques in combination with getting to know you sewing machine in this fun and relaxed 8-week course. Starting at the beginning, learn what your machine can do as well as create useful patchwork projects. Suitable for absolute beginners but do familiarize with your machine by looking at the manual provided (or online manual), where to put plugs and leads and switching on power.

At the end of the 8 weeks there will be an option to continue with a weekly or monthly class. The current, more advanced class is full, so this option will be additional to the current class on offer.

Materials to bring to the session:

  • Sewing machine with all attachments, accessories and extension lead if you have one.
  • Manual for you machine-have a look over before the session to familiarize yourself where information sections are located.
  • Neutral coloured, all-purpose sewing thread – don’t buy anything special, just bring what you have.
  • A selection of medium weight cotton or poly/cotton fabrics (print or plain) from which four (4) 8 ½ -9 inch squares can be cut. Don’t cut anything yet! Just bring along the fabric. Again, Don’t buy anything special, just bring along what you have.
  • Your usual sewing kit to include pins and fabric scissors. We will also discuss what is essential in your kit vs. the non-essential but “nice to have” as well as the “don’t waste your money” stuff.
  • Ruler or straight edge (12in approx.) if you have one. Not essential for the first session but bring along if you have one.
  • Pen/pencil for marking.

The cost for this eight week course is £70

The dates are 28 February, 6, 20 and 27 March, 10, 17 and 24 April and 1 May (Omitting the 3rd & 13th April)

Any queries on content and materials please feel free to contact the tutor, Karen Odinga, at or through her website:

    Register your interest:

    Thank you for registering your interest in one of our classes. Our admin team will be in touch to confirm your attendance. In the meantime, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us by email at or telephone 01376 323280.


    Wednesday 28 February, 7:00 pm
    Wednesday 1 May, 9:00 pm
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    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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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!


    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.