Reticule Courses


Reticule Courses

September – December 2016


Wednesday 7th September – Full Day 10am – 4pm   £35

Sari Ribbon Bookcover

Definitely the most popular course taught by Christine. Make a beautiful bookcover using sari ribbon (available at Reticule). Ability to use a sewing machine required.


Saturday 17th September – Full Day 10am – 4pm   £35

Cushion Making Techniques

This is an excellent opportunity to learn cushion making techniques from expert Wendy. You will make a selection of samples including inserting zips, piping, frills, mitres etc. which will enable you to go home and produce professional looking cushions.


Wednesday 28th September      Free

Demonstration Day

Today we will be demonstrating different techniques and new products as well as showcasing some of the items which can be made in our workshops. Just call in at any time during the day between 10am -12.30pm and 1pm -3.30pm to see what we’re up to.

We also hope that you might help us to make some ‘Tiny Lives Quilts’. We will have a machine set up and even if you only have half an hour you could do a little bit. These are 20” x16” quilts for special care babies at Carlisle or Gateshead hospitals, they will be displayed at the Creative Crafts Show at Carlisle on October 16th (we will have a trade stand there), before being handed over to the charity ‘tiny lives special care babies’. If you would like to make a quilt at home  they have to be handed in by October 1st but if you would like to drop one off at Reticule by September 28th we could send them altogether.



Friday 30th September / Friday 7th October / Friday 11th November / Friday 2nd December

All Full Days 10am – 4pm     £120 for all 4 sessions

Beginners Patchwork & Quilting

This is an opportunity to learn with Wendy the techniques to enable you to produce a lap size Sampler Quilt. This series of classes is for beginners and will include techniques such as accurate cutting and measuring, machine and hand patchwork, machine and hand quilting and applique. Each session will introduce a new technique and at least one block design which will be used to make the lap quilt.


Monday 3rd October Full Day 10am – 4pm plus more dates to be arranged as required

£30 per session (will probably take 4 sessions)

Christine’s Special Handbag  

Over the years a number of people have asked if I would teach them how to make my hand embroidered bag which was the one that really got me started. It’s still my favourite and so I have decided to run a series of classes which will go through the whole process from design to completion. This will take at least 3, possibly 4 sessions with ‘homework’ in between. At the first session, dates will be set for the next 2 sessions to suit the group. An opportunity to make something truly unique.


Wednesday 5th October Full Day 10am – 4pm     £35

Sari Ribbon Box Lid

Machine or hand embroider a lid for a wooden box (available from Reticule) using sari ribbon as the base fabric. Would make a lovely gift for Christmas. Can be embellished with beads and buttons or simply with stitch.


Wednesday 19th October A.M ½ day 10am – 12.30pm       £17.50

Free Machining For Beginners

This half day class will teach you how to use the sewing machine as a drawing tool, once mastered free machining can be used to embroider or quilt.


Wednesday 19th October PM ½ day 1.30pm – 4pm   £17.50

Free Machining on Soluble Fabric

Soluble fabric combined with free machining allows you to produce lovely lacy effects. In this half day class you will produce a small panel in free machining and at least one lacy butterfly. This class can be combined with the morning session to make a full day.


Saturday 22nd & Saturday 29th October 2x Full Day 10am – 4pm      £60 both sessions

Christmas Pinwheel Table Centre

Using a pin wheel template makes this design easier to produce. An ability to use a rotary cutter and the machine is essential but you don’t have to be an expert to make this lovely table centre. You do not have to use Christmas fabrics you could make it to be used all year round. To enable you to complete this and learn how to finish off with quilting and binding, this class will be held over two days.


Monday 31st October ½ day 10am – 12.30pm & Monday 7th November Full Day 10am – 4pm

£47.50 for both sessions

Circle in a Hoop

This is one of my favourite techniques because no two designs are the same. The technique used is to cut back layers of fabric to reveal the colour you want. The first class is only a half day and is the design and preparation session. Don’t panic about design it is extremely easy!!!! The full day class will be the stitching and cutting session. The finished design can be embellished could have a  Christmas Theme




Monday 14th November Full Day 10am – 4pm   £35

Inspired by Nature Box

Using a small wooden box (available at Reticule) and textured hand embroidery create a nature inspired container. A lovely relaxing way to spend a day


Wednesday 16th November Full Day 10am – 4pm     £35

Using a Christmas Panel

Have you purchased a Christmas Panel, Stocking or Advent Calendar and are wondering what to do with it, bring it along to this class and get help to complete it or come into the shop and purchase one (or more) of this year’s selection and make it up in one day.


Wednesday 23rd November Full Day 10am – 4pm     £35

Organza Clutch Bag

Layers and shapes of organza in different colours make this very elegant small clutch bag ideal for that special occasion. An ability to use the machine is necessary but this is not a difficult project.


Friday 25th November Full Day 10am – 4pm       £35

Folded Fabric, Christmas Candle Placemat

A lovely design for a table centre in which you can place a candle. Accuracy with cutting and machining is needed but this class would suit anyone with intermediate to advanced level skills.

Sign up for any 2 full day courses, normal price £35 per day and pay only £30 per day.