Textiles & Quilting

Soup and Stitch – Beginners Sewing Classes (Monthly – Click for more dates)


First Sunday of the Month  from 4th February

10:00 am until 1:00pm

Join us at Shambellie House for a relaxing session learning how to machine sew. Soup and refreshments included and sewing machines can be provided.


Subsidised by the Community Health and Wellbeing Fund

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Always wanted to learn to sew? Come along to Shambellie House and learn the basics in this lovely setting with beautiful surroundings, good company and refreshments onsite.  Our tutors will help you become familiar with the basics of machine sewing and help you build your confidence using a domestic sewing machine before moving on to a simple sewing project if you choose to come for a number of weeks.  Do you have projects you have started but are having difficulty finishing?  Why not come along and get the expert help you need to get the job done.

During the course you will:

  • Learn about threading the sewing machine, winding and inserting bobbin.
  • Build confident sewing skills.
  • Learn about fabric qualities and various machine stitches.
  • Utilise the skills learned for a small project – envelope cushion or tote bag.
  • Get help and advice on projects you are having difficulty finishing.
  • Go home with several finished projects.


Kit and Requirements

Things to bring with you:  (don’t worry if you don’t have it all – you can borrow from us)

Please put your name or initials onto everything as they are easily lost or left behind.

  • Sewing machine and bobbins
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Rulers (6 ½” x 24” ; 12 ½” square and a 6 ½” square if you have one)
  • Thread (100% cotton for piecing fabric together)

Suitable fabrics and packs will be available to purchase each session either weekly or as a complete pack.   If you are bringing your own fabric (100% cotton is best) a requirement sheet will be sent to you.  (100% cotton is available at £10 per metre).

Actual requirements will be sent out to each participant.

Please contact annhillquilter@btinternet.com if you wish to order a pack.

Your Tutors

Learn to make this beautiful quilt with teachers from The Quilters of Shambellie House –
Ann Hill, BEM will lead the project with Elma Graham, Elaine Milven and TarjaBurlison.
Elma has been teaching at Solway Quilters for many years and more recently at Shambellie.
Ann teaches around the world but never happier than when she is teaching in Dumfries and Galloway.
Elaine and Tarja are relatively new teachers with much skill and fun to work with.
Visiting tutors will be invited as necessary and certainly during Quilt Fling in May.

About the Day

The workshops will take place from 10am – 1pm.

Parking is available at the House by following the drive, especially if you are bringing a sewing machine. If you would enjoy a walk through the grounds the lower car park has additional spaces and is a 5 minute walk away from the house. 

This workshop is in the gallery which is on the second floor.

This is only accessible via stairs with no lift access available. If you have any access needs and would like to attend please get in touch and we can make arrangements to suit you.

If you have answered yes and would like to discuss your requirements then please get in touch.