New: Patchwork For Beginners

Learn the craft of Patchwork through making basic samples and completing simple personal projects including both hand and machine stitching.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Please note that the course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB.
This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Who is this course for

This new short course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of patchwork and quilt making and want to learn the basics.

What does this course cover

At the beginning of the course you will develop your skills and knowledge of patchwork techniques through making small projects, considering both traditional and contemporary ideas for patchwork. These will include choosing and making a simple block design, learning and experimenting with both hand and machine stitched techniques and completing textile work using backing fabrics, wadding and stitch. Finally, constructing your work into an item of your choice for example a cushion cover, tote bag or zip purse.

Learning Outcomes
' Have good research skills and the ability to develop designs for patchwork and quilting.
' Use materials and techniques creatively.
' Understand basic colour theory and its importance to patchwork and quilting.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion. How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will require a note book, A4 folder for handouts, pen and pencil.
Most basic materials will be provided, but students may wish to buy fabric and other accessories for their projects. The tutor can advise and list of suppliers will be provided.

Students may want to gather visual research to inspire personal projects. Visit relevant galleries, exhibitions and retail places for research and inspiration. Source materials for personal projects. Continue and complete work as required.

What this course could lead to

Patchwork and Quliting course at MWC and other textiles and sewing courses.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’