Hello and welcome to stitch !
My name is Gemma and I am the tutor for STITCH Bridgend. I started sewing full time nearly 5 years ago and now run my own personal successful website & blog and my aim is to show others just how easy , CHEAP and fun social sewing can be ! I was lucky enough this year to be short listed for the BBC TV programme The Great British Sewing Bee and have recently been featured on Made By Rae & Homemaker Magazine amongst others.
Stitch Bridgend started with one small class of local mums and was based at Bridgend Recreation centre almost a year ago and now in 2014 has 5 weekly classes plus intensive courses with over 144 active students based at brackla community centre ! .
Sewing in 2014 is far from boring, patterns are now available online in PDF form to download instantly and come complete with full tutorials, video sites like YouTube are filled with millions of tutorials and help guides, and TV Programmes such as The great British sewing bee are more than fashionable, throw in some stunning up and coming fabric designers, Oriela Kelly, Michael Miller , Made by Rae and Cath Kidston and gone are the visions of 70’s paisley brown curtains and peg bags!
The great 'upcycle' movement is growing strong in the UK and the vintage vibe is very fashionable , fabrics are now more accessible and modern machines are far easier to use !
**NEW*** Check out our new student haberdashery & online bookings page !
We have recently been lucky enough to receive a £500 grant from the Co-Operative community fund ! :)
We are currently based at Brackla Community Centre in Bridgend , South Wales. BUT are hoping to move into our own premises VERY shortly :)
Our Classes range from term time weekly evening & daytime beginner & intermediate courses , to 3 hour intensive courses on a whole range of subjects designed for all levels of ability.
All of our classes are taught by myself VOLUNTARILY and are priced at just £5.00 per 2 hour class (weekly classes only) Costs covered include hire of venue , sewing supplies , printing costs , equipment hire and fabrics.
We do not supply machines , see our FAQ page for full details.
All of our classes are informal , relaxed and modern and designed to accommodate ages 16+
Stitch Bridgend has over 144 active weekly students ranging from ages 16+.