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Fabrications crafts classes in London
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Fabrications crafts classes in London
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Fabrications

37 reviews
37 reviews

Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!

Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.

Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 20 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.

Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".

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Crafts

Sewing

Embroidery

Other Crafts Classes

Knitting

Upcycling

Crochet

Floristry

Reviews(37)View all reviews

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Alisa
23 Jul
Fantastic class - I love my dress! Barley is great, she is very patient and talented and went the extra mile to make sure I learnt the various steps and created a beautiful dress. This is my second class with her and will definitely be back for more!
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Sophie
18 Mar
Milou was a really inspiring teacher and her knowledge of embroidery is impressive! I left feeling like I had a solid understanding of the basic stitches I needed and how to create and transfer a pattern to a garment. Overall a really fun and chilled out class - would definitely recommend to anyone who is a complete beginner like me!
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Kaveri
8 Nov
I simply loved the class.. Didn't feel like leaving. Barley is such a passionate teacher and an ambitious one too. She taught each one of us very patiently and made sure we worked diligently. Everyone left with a happy face, skilled hands and a completed product. I would highly recommend her classes.
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Beth
13 Dec
A great introduction to the history and technique of shibori. Rob definitely know his stuff and was great at answering questions and offering advice

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Alisa
23 Jul
Fantastic class - I love my dress! Barley is great, she is very patient and talented and went the extra mile to make sure I learnt the various steps and created a beautiful dress. This is my second class with her and will definitely be back for more!
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Sophie
18 Mar
Milou was a really inspiring teacher and her knowledge of embroidery is impressive! I left feeling like I had a solid understanding of the basic stitches I needed and how to create and transfer a pattern to a garment. Overall a really fun and chilled out class - would definitely recommend to anyone who is a complete beginner like me!
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Kaveri
8 Nov
I simply loved the class.. Didn't feel like leaving. Barley is such a passionate teacher and an ambitious one too. She taught each one of us very patiently and made sure we worked diligently. Everyone left with a happy face, skilled hands and a completed product. I would highly recommend her classes.
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Beth
13 Dec
A great introduction to the history and technique of shibori. Rob definitely know his stuff and was great at answering questions and offering advice
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Bryony
13 Nov
Shibori with Rob was such a great class. Rob is so knowledgeable and a very good teacher. We learned some straightforward techniques that created some very striking patterns. I definitely would like to learn more
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Ishani
24 Sep
I found Barley a super cool host, and she was very supportive of my needs - I'm less capable with a machine, so she managed to tailor towards lots of focus on handsewing, which was great for me. I really appreciated that.
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Kathryn
23 Sep
An exceptionally good class with a great teacher. A real fell good about the work done and skills learned. Thank you!
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Kathryn
9 Sep
Tone was fabulously patient explaining how to complete the different stitches. Great venue too. Thanks!
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Neringa
14 Feb
I enjoyed the class, very relaxed atmosphere, the teacher was very helpful and supportive.
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Alisa
23 Apr
Loved this class! I went from having never touched a sewing machine to sewing my own cushion and now I just want to make more! Barley is very knowledgeable, precise and patient and I love her passion for upcycling!
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Juliane
27 Sep
I loved it!! In those few hours David taught me so many great techniques of how to use the sewing machine. It's absolute great for beginners, but if you're advanced David will give you plenty of advice in how to make an old man's shirt to something beautiful.
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Catherine
20 Aug
This was a really wonderful class. It was relaxed, and perfect for beginners. I had a lovely morning and have been inspired to continue with embroidery.
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Dianne
22 Jan
Barley was very good explaining the techniques for sewing and assembling all the different parts of the utility roll. She was also very good at looking after everyone, and making sure that we had her support and attention when we needed it. The class was a good size: there were 9 of us. There was also plenty of fabrics, zips, buttons, bias binding and ribbons to choose from. There were a couple of ladies who brought their own sewing machine, which is handy as Barley showed them how to do buttonholes and other techniques using their machine. It was a well run class in a lovely crafty space, and the class is something that has spurred me on to do more sewing !
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Taz
9 Dec
There was 7 students, but despite this nobody was left with out help and guidance when they needed it. I made a lot of mistakes :( but despite this I was guided back on track by Barley- I am quite proud of the finished product and new skills gained. Would throughly recommend this course !
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JAYNE
7 Aug
Great little course to get a little confidence in altering clothing. Covered slip stitching, adding darts to make clothes smaller and adding patches to make clothes bigger. We discussed ideas on the kinds of changes you could make and what items could be used to make other items. Eg long shirt into a short skirt and boob tube. I personally needed more info on what types of stitches to use where and cheats on how to make clothes smaller without unpicking everything, which the tutor was happy to discuss with me individually. Overall, very informative but maybe not as advanced as I would have liked... However others were complete beginners so they probably got more out of it.
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Tiago
10 Nov
The course was super and I along with 6 other people had an enjoyable day. The work room smelled of body odour quite badly and could do with a fan or air con unit as it is in the basement. I learnt a lot in the day and altered three garments. Shortened the sleeves on a jacket, took in the waist on a a pair of jeans and took up the hemming on some trousers. Barley was an excellent teacher and gave us all a lot of confidence to tackle projects we would not dare to previously.
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Dianne
7 Feb
This was a great class with a mix of different alterations from all the 'students'. There were varying degrees of ambition as to what people wanted to do with their garments, and this was great for someone like me who's not very imaginative! Barley was brilliant at advising people on how they can manipulate the fabric to fit better or to change how the garment hangs on the person or to change how it looks completely. What I liked most was being able to also learn about the skills that other people were using to make their alterations, so my learning wasn't limited to what I was doing for my own garments. The class has definitely got me thinking more creatively about how I can alter my clothes.
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Joanna
24 Sep
I would definitely recommend this class. Barley fantastic! she was really supportive and up for any challenge. She even let me stay longer to help complete some very tricky trousers. Thank you!
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Leina
22 Feb
I attended Bella’s wonderful embroidery workshop which I found to be one of the best workshops on embroidery that I've attended – it far exceeded my expectations. There were lots of demos, one to one support and feedback. I learnt so much on the day. There was a lot of thought and care taken to put together the high-quality kit and instructions. I enjoyed myself on the day – the hours flew by. I will look out for future workshops from Bella.
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Anna
11 Mar
The class was phenomenal, Ayda is a very good teacher, because she shows many different ways of doing the same things - easier to understand. Everyone got something to show at the end of the class, and I was sad I didn’t book the whole day! I’d love to learn more!
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Brooke
30 Jun
Such a great class! Very friendly and welcoming. I felt like I learned a lot. Would totally take another class!
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Mavis
28 Jul
Great class ! Rob is really knowledgeable and we got so much done in 1 day !
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Zoe
15 Jan
Such a brilliant introduction to knitting! I have just finished the second session and I'm moving on to the third. Each session builds on the one before and you are given individual help depending on what problems you are having or how quickly you are picking things up. Barley is a great teacher! The space is lovely with tea and biscuits and the music is eclectic and a good background to the class. A lovely group of people in the class and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone! Thank you.
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J
12 May
I would have liked the class to be longer - think it could be split into 2 classes to lean pattern transfers & to try out all of the basis stitches in class
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Katherine
30 Jun
I really enjoyed the workshops ran by Milou, having started doing a embroidery at home using internet tutorials it was good to have proper guidance and advice. The small group size allowed plenty of time to ask questions and for Milou to come round and assist with stitches.
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Rachel
1 Oct
It was relaxed and friendly environment to learn something new. Milou was a great teacher and a really interesting person. She taught us some basics in the morning then let us use this information in the afternoon to get creative. A brilliant day!
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Ysabel
6 Jun
Really good class, especially as it was so small, we managed to get through a lot.
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Jazz
19 Nov
It was a great class, atmosphere and location! Ida made us all feel very welcome and relaxed and had a novel way of teaching how to crochet which helps you remember what you are doing. I will definitely be back for the advanced class!
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Lisa
20 Nov
I had such a good day. Really good fun. Remembered more than I thought and Ayda was able to move me on quickly. It was a nice number of people and the location was fantastic. I look forward to returning to Fabrications
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Laura
16 Sep
Ayda is an excellent, patient teacher: I left feeling inspired and confident to continue this crap. Unfortunately we did not get on to adding a second ball of wool, but we did get through a lot! I left the class and immediately got a second hook and new ball of wool so I could get cracking with my first project ASAP.
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Helene
8 Oct
It went as expected. Great experience. The teacher was spending time with each one of us to make sure we weren't block and learning correctly how to do the different stitches.
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Francesca
18 Nov
The class was great, I've learned a lot and it was fun. Tone is a great teacher, very knowledgeable and supportive. The morning session was a bit too busy though.
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Helene
4 Nov
Tone was great as expected (I did the beginner class with her as well few weeks ago). But it was a bit too much in the program for the day, with all our different levels, it was not possible to learn everything as planned.
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Anonymous
22 Aug
Teacher didn't stop class right at 5pm, she wanted us to finish the project we've started. Highly appreciated!
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Anna
3 Sep
Barley was amazing! The space is great and in a great London location. Barley was super knowledgeable and very patient, we were all at different levels and she was able to help us all. Her ethics about slow fashion and recycling are inspiring and it was just an overall great day! Can’t wait to practice more and go back for the next level class!
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Alena
3 Dec
It’s a great workshop, especially if you don’t have any experience in using a sewing machine! I was an absolute beginner, and I totally didn't expect to go home with an awesome tote bag! Great atmosphere in the workshop, Barley was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, explained every step in detail. I can't wait to attend the next sewing class to learn more!
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victoria
3 Dec
Amazing class! It was a perfect introduction to sewing machine use and to basics and some advanced skills. I highly recommend this class

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