My own face-to-face classes resumed in January 2022. If you wish to find out more about these classes, please use the 'contact me' page to get in touch.
Workshops for Local Groups/Studios/Shops
I am delighted to have received very positive feedback on all my workshops from participants cross the UK. Some of that feedback has been that my workshops are underpriced for the value they give. Having given this some consideration, my fees increased have slightly from 1st January 2022.
Teaching: Standard full day: typically 10am to 4pm including a break for lunch - £250 plus travel expenses for face-to-face or use of Zoom account. Teaching: Standard half day: typically either 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm - £125 plus travel expenses for face-to-face or use of Zoom account. Teaching: Evening meeting/mini workshop: typically 90 mins - £75 plus travel expenses for face-to-face or use of Zoom account.
Number of learners (face-to-face): Max 12. By prior arrangement, additional learners £10 pp to a maximum of 16. Number of learners (Zoom): Max 24 (the number of videos I can see on a screen at any one time, plus my own video). Zoom recording: Unless given by prior written agreement, recording of Zoom classes/workshops by groups/participants will not be allowed. Where prior written permission is given to a group/participant to record a Zoom class/workshop, the recording can be made available only to those who paid to attend the class/workshop and must be deleted no later than one month from the class/workshop date.
Use of my Zoom account: £15 per whole day, £10 per half day.
Travel Expenses: Mileage at 45p per mile plus road tolls and parking costs. Google Maps will be used to calculate the return car journey between my home in SW Essex and the workshop venue using my preferred route.
A maximum of 90 minutes drive each way (that's typically 60-70 miles each way) is doable either side of a one-day worksop. If your group is further afield or involves a journey into/across London, I am happy to discuss a Zoom workshop instead. As a rule, I am unable to stay away overnight.
Workshop documents: The workshop overview will be emailed upon receipt of your enquiry. The workshop requirements will be emailed no later than 4 weeks prior to the workshop date. The workshop handout(s) will be emailed the day before the workshop (be it on Zoom or face-to-face) and should be printed by delegates and brought to the workshop.
Regular Classes for Studios/Shops
These will be individually priced based on the agreed requirements, plus travel expenses and/or use of my Zoom account.
In the event you have to cancel your booking the following will apply.
If within 90-28 days of the agreed workshop date, you will incur the following costs:
25% of the full agreed workshop fee
100% all pre-paid accommodation and any cancellation fee arising.
If within 27 or less days of the agreed workshop date, you will incur the following costs:
75% of the full agreed workshop fee
100% all pre-paid accommodation and any cancellation fee arising.
In the unlikely event I have to cancel the booking, you will receive a refund of all monies paid.
All fees will be invoiced. Settlement by online bank transfer, details will be provided on the invoice. No cash or cheques.
Unless stated or agreed otherwise, all my workshops are sewing machine based and unsuitable for those who prefer to work by hand.
Whilst every endeavour will be made to facilitate students completing the project within the workshop time, the rate of progress will vary from student to student, length of breaks, machine problems, chat etc. Some students may need to complete their project at home and, if this is the case, guidance will be given before leaving the classroom.
Longer courses may require homework between classes to either stay on track or because the work required doesn’t need classroom time particularly, just time to sew and prepare for the next step.
Zoom classes/workshops - students are responsible at all times for health and safety in their chosen workspace or home, the most obvious hazards being (but not limited to) lifting, trailing cables and tripping, food/drink spillages, injury from pins/blades.
What I provide:
A requirements handout will be provided in advance of the confirmed workshop date.
A workshop handout will be provided where appropriate. Please be aware that these are for the personal use of each student and may not to be shared or copied without my permission.
Project samples will be available to handle and examine (face-to-face workshops only), and for ideas.
If a workshop calls for tools or equipment out of the ordinary, e.g. die cutting machine, fabric paints etc I will provide it - face-to-face workshops only.
Iron and ironing board - my own face-to-face classes/workshops only.
Tea/coffee & biscuits - my own face-to-face classes/workshops only.
I do not provide or loan:
Sewing machines, rotary cutting equipment etc, sewing kits. Learners will be provided with a requirement list that will state the fabric and tool requirements for the workshop/class, All learners are expected to bring their own tools and equipment, to make sure it is fit for purpose, safe to use and in full working order. Learners will be responsible for their own equipment during the workshop and, for health & safety and insurance purposes, should not share equipment with fellow learners.
What the group/studio/shop needs to provide/confirm:
A parking space (or space to unload and then park, and vice versa). If public/street parking is the only parking available, please confirm that it will be possible for me to park for the duration of the workshop PLUS unload and load time of 30 minutes each, possibly longer in the event the workshop overruns.
There will be no time in the schedule for dealing with sewing machines that are not functioning as they should. Sewing machines must be ‘fit for purpose’; by this I mean it doesn’t need to be a top-of-the-range model but it does need to be of a sound specification and not a ‘toy’ offering from an out of town supermarket. All machines should be clean, with a new needle, using the correct bobbins and good quality thread.
Each student must have sufficient room in which to work comfortably and safely.
The classroom must have enough tables, chairs, power points for everyone expected and space to move safely between them.
Strict adherence to the prevailing social distancing guidelines where applicable.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT):
Electrical equipment I bring to face-to-face workshops will carry an in-date (annual) PAT certification.. This includes but is not limited to my sewing machine, glue gun, heat gun, extension cable and charger.
Workshops covered by QGBI or QGBI Affiliated Group insurance require all participants to ensure their electrical items carry an in-date (annual) PAT sticker. The organiser also needs to complete and submit a risk assessment for the event - please refer to the Guild website for more information.
Please check with your venue's requirements re PAT certification as it increasingly becoming a requirement of hire.
Covid 19 I am fully vaccinated and boosted. Whilst lateral flow test kits are available to order, I will test prior to a face-to-face workshop/class, Whilst I would prefer to not wear a face covering whilst teaching, I will do so if the Government or host organisation requires it. I expect the same level of protection when teaching at your venue/event.
The requirements for attending my own classes are stated in the Covid 19 policy below,