Janet Clare Patterns make perfect workshops and classes for all levels

Janet Clare is a British quilt designer with a unique style that encompasses patchwork, applique and free motion embroidery in her designs.

Teaching workshops and giving talks to share her passions is something she loves to do so she has shared with us some workshop ideas that would be great in your shops.
Janet tells us herself why she loves teaching and sharing her patterns and designs with the crafting community:

"Opening up your sewing space and sharing your knowledge and skills with others is a wonderful, inspiring and generous thing to do and the benefits go far beyond the actual skills taught. You will be building a loyal community for your shop, a place for people to gather for ideas, inspiration and encouragement and we could all use more of that.

My aim when I teach is to give everyone a little ‘lift’ and encourage them to find the simple joy in creating. But, the most important thing to remember particularly when learning a new skill is to enjoy the process and stop pointing out your mistakes!"
Here are some lovely workshops you could host…
Dressmaking, embroidery, applique, embellishments:
Janet Clare is probably best known for her Artisan Apron, the garment she can be seen wearing at any event, workshop or just in her studio. After receiving so many compliments and pattern requests for her garment she decided to put the pattern into production, and it is now available from 6 months for children and 4XL for adults.

A workshop to create your own Artisan Apron enables participants to learn skills including cutting out the fabric, lining, darts, pockets and topstitching.

Once the aprons are completed it would be easy to set up an ‘apron club’ whereby you invite people into the shop to stitch on their aprons, teaching skills such as general hand sewing, embroidery and applique, embellishments and so on, all to decorate their aprons.

The initial workshop enables you to sell the required fabric length in store at the start of the workshop and each embellishment is an opportunity to increase sales of buttons, trims and haberdashery.

Participants will love their new crafting garment and the opportunity to evolve their skills with little add on sessions.

Janet has three lovely patterns that are perfect for a patchwork class. The Sewing Kit makes a pin cushion, needlecase, small scissor keeper and small project case all using patchwork. This pattern teaches skills including rotary cutting accurate squares, quarter inch seam allowances, pressing, half square triangles, quarter square triangles, lining, layering up and quilting.

The Cushion pattern make two charming cushions, the fronts of which can be constructed from a single 5-inch charm square pack creating a lovely coordinated set and skills learned include string piecing blocks, intro to foundation or flip and sew piecing, adding trim, envelope back cushion construction.

Or create a handy and stylish projects bag - perfect for all those unfinished objects (UFOs)! With a wide opening and lovely gathering of the fabrics on the handles, the outside of bag is made from a single 5inch charm square pack!

Each of these delightful little projects will leave participants pleased with having a finished project and for you they will have bought their fabric and notions for the project which just adds to the sale of the workshop itself.

Use the delightful ‘Small Brown Birds’, ‘Big Brown Birds’ or ‘Counting Sheep’ quilt patterns for a manageable quilt project that introduces a variety of key skills.

First the attendees will learn about working with fabrics and choosing a colour palette. They can browse your shelves to pick out all the coordinating fabrics they need for the project. Maybe you could kit up the necessary notions for each project, so they are an easy purchase for the attendees.

These charming patterns will teach a variety of other important skills such as fusible applique, simple piecing, layering up and quilting, hand embroidery and binding.

Attendees will come away with a completed project to feel proud of. It may be that it needs to be a multi part workshop and therefore gives you more opportunities to cross sell.

Applique, embroidery and piecing:

The stunning ‘Wildflowers’ book was actually designed to be a block of the month. There are twelve wildflower templates in the book and a classic Irish chain block which lends itself to become a wonderful multi part workshop teaching cutting fabric and piecing, embroidery and layering up, quilting and binding.

Attendees can follow Janet’s pattern to the finest detail or be creative with their own flower designs.

The book is full to the brim of beautiful photographs and includes inspirational sketchbook pages with original Janet Clare drawings and paintings of the flowers, providing insight into Janet's creative mind and sparking your own creativity.
With lots of close up photography of each wildflower applique block showing Janet's fabric selections and use of free-motion stitching and embroidery embellishments your attendees will have the confidence to recreate this wonderful quilt.

The book includes full size templates for 12 wild flowers and detailed instructions for all aspects of construction, including applique of the blocks, adding free-motion detail, construction of the Irish chain block, piecing the quilt blocks, layering up and binding.

Happy Sewing