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Jennie's Workshops

Choice of eighteen workshops!

Each workshop is a complete class and is suitable for all - from beginners to experienced stitchers. No previous knowledge or experience of fabric manipulation is required. Most students will achieve the selected project to a stage where the final quilting and binding can be finished at home.  

Sewing machines are used but you don't need the latest 'techno-computerised' model, any machine will do!

All these workshops can also be done by Zoom workshop -  no travelling costs!!



Japanese Folded and More

A fascinating patchwork with many variations. It has the great advantage of being double-sided so no backing fabric required, and once finished is a complete unit. For a quilted or more robust design, insert a layer of wadding or interfacing. Discover the many variations on the technique and the exciting results of colour, shape and form. A simple principle with enormous design potential.














Fabric Fantasy and Amazing Manipulations

Combine these nifty, natty notions and creatively textured designs into a tucked and twiddled panel. Explore the fascination of intriguingly manipulated Trumpets, 'Crossed over Tucks', the Petal Pattern border and more. All these innovative techniques can be used for quilts, garments and other soft-furnishings.

















Dresden Swirlie

Take a Dresden Plate to a new level and explore the possibilities of this traditional patchwork, play with colour, shape and form. Learn how to use a Bargello technique to create a swirly design. Go wild with the pattern or play it simple. Look at different edging techniques and how to bind and complete. Use the completed circle as a cushion, quilt centre, table decoration or even a bag. Learn accurate piecing and how to cope if it's goes awry! This is class for everyone - you can stay safe or be adventurous! Templates provided. Suitable for all ages and abilities. 


















Twiddle away - it’s fabric play! From tucked fans to a rolly foldy flower, this is a new class from the fiddley fingers of the Calico Queen. Manipulate and manoeuvre a simple square into different tactile forms. Make a table runner or create three blocks ideal for quilts, bags and wallhangings. Suitable for all abiliies














Twirling Stars

Intriguing yet simple design from squares and rectangles. Play with shape and form then roll and fold to create a delightful textured starry block. Make one with a scalloped border embellished with Trumpets or go large and make four with or without a scalloped Trumpet border.  For quilts. cushions, wallhangings and bags, this new class from Foldy Rolly Patchwork Pzzazz is a wow. Ideal for all abilities. It’s a tactile twiddle for fiddly fingers!






Boxes, Bits and Bobs!

Explore the possibilities of shape, form and pattern to create a uniquely different box or boxes. Experiment with satin stitch and discover some tricks of the trade to produce professional results. It's fast, fun and totally rewarding! Add a flower or two, embellish with fancy folded hexagons or turn these delectable designs into further 3D tactile twiddles.














3D and Hexagonal Happenings! 

From triangles, diamonds and hexagons create a multitude of 3D and diametrically different designs - play with the pieces. Conquer those tricky Y seams or cheat at construction - it’s Jennie’s magical methods with material.













Blazing Star 

Unlock the mystery of the Blazing Star! Learn to cut strips at angles, work with the correct grain - no funny bias edges in strange places. Understand how mirror imaging the sections works for the best result. Achieve matching points with Jennie’s neat tricks. Keep those seams accurate and the design  flat! Complete the Star with either Y seams or a ‘cheats’ method,  you will be shown both and you can choose.






Tucked-up & Embellished Circles
Experiment with these delectable, textural and tactile circular designs. Tuck, twist and twiddle the pleats for a stunning square or circular wall-hanging, cushion or quilt centre. Embellish the tucked edges with stitch or yarn, Add an interesting textured edging and binding, some decorative stitching. Mount the panel onto a background fabric, add some textured inserts. It will will then be ready for machine quilting - free or otherwise.

Weave and Wiggle

Great class for all those who fancy a little fabric fun. Make two panels for use as cushions, bag panels or as quilt blocks. Ideal for those taking their first steps into the world of fabric manipulation and textured designs. Excellent for all who also need to know how to use thier sewing machine - a wealth of knowledge on how to use your sewing machine is proffered in this class. Plus nifty tricks on rotary cutting straight and bias strips are all included - great for all beginners!





















Scrappy Zappy Do

Scrabble in your fabric stash and fish out oddments of material! A most excellent way to combine a series of coloured scraps or memorable materials into an attractive hanging/table runner/small quilt. Design from Jennie’s book ‘Foldy Rolly Patchwork Pzzazz’.























Textured Land and Seascapes

Create your own original landscape using hand/microwave dyed fabrics or any other materials. Discover the textural niceties of scrunching tucking, folding, inserting and pleating for a dynamically 3 D unique creation.  

Creative play for all - twiddle and fiddle your way through a wide range of manipulative machinations. No artistic ability required - just have fun - it can’t go wrong but will just be a little different!
















Fizz Bang Wallop!

Play with shape, form and pattern and construct two or three innovative 12” square textured designs. Amaze at the ease with which intriguing manipulated effects can be produced by just folding, rolling, tweaking and twitching squares and rectangles. Combine a selection of the blocks for an innovative quilt or utilise individually in cushions/bags/quags and all! (From Foldy Rolly Patchwork Pzzazz) 

































Bags Galore

Easy ways to create simple bags from shopping to hand, embellished to plain, Scrip to Sling and Origami to original – indeed all sorts of bags for many different occasions. Every student will produce make three basic bag techniques plus one or two more from a range of delectable designs and patterns. A must for all bag-bods - t’is fast, fun and Oh sew simple!!  

Workshop starts with three easy techniques for constructing bags then students have a chance to choose which of the other bags they wish to make. (Photo of some of the bags above)















Totally Tucked

Experiment, embellish, embroider and enhance a multitude of twiddled tucked designs. Play with appliqued threads and creative decoration, explore shapes, patterns and structures from 'Honeycomb' to 'Twice Tucked and Twisted'. Amazingly simple yet so so sew effective! Totally tantalisingly tasteful - most excellent ideas for garments, quilts and accessories.




















Twitch Twiddle and Tweak - Manipulated Magic

An ingeniously innovative 3D circular sunflower-like design packed with nifty notions for tactile and textural manipulation. Easy to assemble - no awkward templates - just Jennie's specially simple novel piecing technique.

Creativity rules OK - play with the shapes, experiment with colour, embellish with beads and embroidery, tuck in an insert or two and Hey Presto! a delightfully delectable hanging/cushion/quilt block approx 28" (70 cm) square. (‘Daisy Delight’ pattern)












Texture into Sudoku 

Nine ingenious ways to create surface texture and manipulated magic. Create all nine ideas in class and combine to create an amazingly marvellously nipped, tucked, twiddled and fiddled panel with a little added extra embellishment. See Gallery for the completed quilt. Pattern available for this workshop - see Shop products & classes.






Pineapple Foolery

Cheating version of Pineapple Log Cabin! Through squares and strips create a masterful design - simple to construct. Explore the technique for some fascinating effects..Use the design in quilts, cushions and other artefacts. A must for all who like a simple technique and who like experimenting. Make one simple block then Jennie will show other ways to expand and develop this patchwork pattern. Create curves from straight lines - it is just fabric fiddling and pieceful play.