Lewisham Council - Adult education course details


Home furnishing workshop - beginners/improvers (TFD268SGR)

On this course you will learn or develop your knowledge of a variety of soft furnishing techniques and projects that may include how to make cushions, blinds, curtains, tiebacks and pelmets, as appropriate to your starting point and personal choice. You will be shown the correct way to measure and estimate fabrics, layout, cutting, making-up, pattern matching and hand finishing techniques. Complete beginners will begin with making a cushion of your choice, and over 10 weeks you should expect to complete a piped cushion with a zip or button fastening, and a small lined roman blind. Learners with more experience will work on more complex projects of their choice.
Adult Education Centre
100 Granville Park
Se13 7du
05 March 2019

26 March 2019

Number of weeks

Day of the week:

10am and 12.30pm

£67.00 (full), £67.00 (reduced), £67.00 (concession)

Or call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol.

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
This workshop style class is designed for learners of all abilities who wish to develop their soft furnishing skills in a dynamic, encouraging and professional environment. It is suitable for learners with no previous experience of using a sewing machine- but if you do have basic skills this would be an advantage. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Learners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.
Learning Goals:
To sample and use a range of machine and hand sewing skills and techniques. To calculate measurements for window treatments and other designs. To use specialist materials and equipment correctly and safely. To begin, progress or complete an independent project.
What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of methods during the course to ensure that your skills are developed, and these will include demonstration - both group and individual- one to one discussion & guidance.
What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess your individual progress and achievement of your personal project work- including observation and discussion of your work, and verbal evaluation of work samples and completed projects. There is no individual learning plan agreement to complete in this class.
Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice techniques and progress their projects at a faster pace.
What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
You will need to provide all your own materials for the class, and further guidance will be provided by the course tutor, as applicable. Beginners will need to bring at least one metre of soft furnishing fabric of your choice to the first lesson, as well as basic sewing kit to include: pins, assorted hand sewing needles, thread to match your fabric, expanding tape measure, stitch un-picker and fabric cutting out scissors. If you are buying all these items from scratch, the approximate overall cost will be £25-30.
What do I need to bring to the first class?
Beginners should bring their fabric and basic sewing kit as listed- as well as a pen, pencil, notebook and /or A4 wallet. A phone/camera would also be useful to record ideas and techniques. The tutor will discuss individual projects with learners during the first session of the course. If you are a returning learner, or have a current project that you are working on, please bring this to the first session.
Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.
Additional information
The course fee includes a small charge for basic sampling materials and sundries, and a contribution towards maintenance of tools and equipment.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:


Denise Darlow – Curriculum Leader
Tel: 0208 314 7309