Laura Ashley Sewing Project

Sew @ Stiwdio 3

Thanks to the Laura Ashley Foundation Suzi Park is running free sewing and embroidery classes for both beginners and intermediates throughout the year at Stiwdio 3. For more information and to reserve yourself a place please drop us an email –



When are the next lessons?

The next set of lessons with spaces available are: November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th and Dec 4th and 11th. Wednesdays 10.30am – 4.30pm. Intermediates meet every Tuesday.


What will you learn? (Beginners)…

Week 1

Getting to know your machine…

• Threading the machine and winding a bobbin
• Thread tension
• Stitch width and length

Week 2

Free stich embroidery on your machine…

• We will learn how to set up the machine for free motion embroidery
• Work on a design of your own choice

Week 3


We will learn the technique of appliqué

• Transferring a design to fabric
• Produce a sample in appliqué

Week 4

Manipulating fabric…

We will learn different techniques to manipulate fabrics

• Folding
• Pleating
• Gathers
• ‘Cut and slash’ technique

Week 5

Upcycling project…You will be given the opportunity to either work on your own project or to work with one of our ‘intermediate’ ladies to produce a product for sale at Stiwdio 3 or on a stall.

Week 6 

Upcycling project (continued from last week)


Some background information on the project:

Suzi Park aka Suzi Stitch was invited to work on an original application made to the Ashley Family Foundation in 2016 by Hanes Llandoch, St Dogmaels. She was the tutor who provided the sewing tuition for a cohort of beneficiaries on the project.

The original project aims were to:
• tackle local poverty
• overcome the obstacles of learning new skills by providing access to equipment, resources and expert tuition at no cost to the beneficiaries
• foster a spirit of enterprise through learning about the marketplace
• encourage an environmental awareness amongst beneficiaries with the emphasis upon recycling and reusing existing resources

The completion of the project successfully brought together over 40 women and taught them to sew (from scratch). Many women had not touched a sewing machine at all before, and some had last sewn in school. More than that though, during the project, we created a community group of women who enjoyed each other’s company and who enjoyed ‘getting out’ and learning new skills with like-minded people.

This extended project will by its nature, tackle issues such as loneliness, improving a sense of belonging and improving skills. The aim is for the project to be self-sustainable after the funding comes to an end. The participants will have gained new skills in sewing, up-cycling and recycling and more importantly learn how to make products which can be sold and the money recycled back into the project for the benefit of the community group.

Here is a link to the Community Foundation in Wales’s website –