What: Domino – Do It Yourself are sewing workshops and courses in Brighton where you learn how to make things for babies and children. Items range from clothing to toys to accessories for parents. Designed by a mother, everything that is made is meant to be practical but fun, things that are useful and attractive for both parents and children.
How: On each workshop or course you will work from a basic pattern to create an item from beginning to end. You can then decide how to customise your project to make it your own. The patterns should be used as a starting point, the end results should all be individual. Simply find a date that suits you, have a look at the patterns on the website and decide what you would like to make. Then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you details of what materials you need to bring with you.
Who: The workshops are suitable for total beginners, through to more experienced sewers. And most importantly, your baby can come too (as long as they are not yet crawling – too many pins around). There’s a play corner with blankets and toys or sew with them in a sling. Refreshments are provided to revive sleep-deprived parents.
Why: Perhaps you are looking for a gift idea for someone who is about to have a baby. Or for a child’s birthday. Or you are a parent who is wanting a few hours away from the kids to do something creative and learn something new. Or simply just brush up on the sewing skills you once had but now never seem to find the time to use. The idea is that you create something with a personal touch, something in your chosen material, embellished in your own style. Something original.
Domino – Do It Yourself is born out of a love of sewing. Of years spent furiously bent over my machine, foot flat on the pedal; cutting, pinning, folding, stitching. And it is for like-minded folk. People who get excited by fabric stalls in markets, button shops in back streets, ribbon stands in department stores. But it is also for those who have always been curious to try their hand at making that slightly more individual garment, or perhaps just a simple cushion, but have never found the skills, or the time. It is about encouraging creativity and sharing ideas. After my baby was born I realised that often what new parents need are places to go to make new friendships with other people with kids. The workshops provide a space for people who are interested in doing something fun and creative whilst learning new skills.