If you haven’t ever tried sewing before and feel that starting with a full blown outfit might be a bit of big ask for your first attempt, then a Say It Ain’t Sew kit and free class could be the thing for you. It’s amazing what turns out to be on your own doorstep and you had no idea. Free sewing classes. How did I manage to miss that?
Iona Barker is the costume designer (she’s worked on Lady Gaga’s and Beyonce’s costumes) turned stitching evangelist on a mission to get Scotland stitching. And she runs free classes in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh designed to get you started. You get together with nice people and make stuff. Once you start sewing you just can’t stop so be prepared!
Say It Ain’t Sew free classes are funded through gorgeous precut felt craft kits (£5 each on Etsy) and all you need is a needle, thread and scissors to help you create anything from a squirrel or daffodil to my very favourite, a Wee Glesga Tenement Hoose! (I have a thing for a tenement hoose.) There are lots of sweet designs to choose from.
Each kit comes with simple step by step intstructions and is stitched together using basic running stitch. You can go fancy with blanket stitch or be more creative if you like. Iona demonstrates the kits at the classes or you can get order online and follow her tutorials on YouTube.
I stitched my Hoose using a contrasting brown thread for a bit of detail and here it is sitting next to my cardboard tenement. I could do with a few more and have my own street!
Anything that gets more people into stitching is a good thing. It opens up a whole world of possibilities as well a potential new and unique wardrobe. Going along to a class gives you the confidence to try something new so go on, give it a go!
Say It Ain’t Sew Dundee is on every Tuesday for over 18s from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Brewdog as well as classes in Glasgow and Edinburgh and soon in Aberdeen too. You can find out more at Say It Ain’t Sew on Facebook and at the Etsy shop.
Might see you there!