One for the kids and crafty adults, these sewing workshops can teach even the least coordinated how to make everything from aprons to Christmas stockings in just a few hours.
Tucked away above the Subiaco Bookshop on Rokeby Road, Studio Thimbles specialises in sewing workshops for beginners. Hosted by craft lover Olga, workshops are typically between two to five hours, depending on what you’re making. For simpler classes, such as the tote bags, you’ll be in and out in two hours, whereas the slippers – or snugly home boots as Olga calls them – are a full day workshop. All materials and sewing machines are provided, so there’s no need to prepare. For morning tea and lunch, Olga orders catering from local cafes, with the weekday snugly home boots workshops students getting absolutely treated with goodies from Eli & Matt Patisserie.
As the studio is relatively small, classes are limited to four people, creating an intimate space where Olga can pay attention to all and offer a helping hand to everyone there. If you’re after a bit more personalised help, Studio Thimbles also runs private classes for those with a bigger sewing project in mind. For private classes, you’ll need to bring along your own material (because Olga can’t read your mind!)
Although workshops are for anyone and everyone, they seem to be particularly popular for kids. It’s not uncommon for Olga to host ‘sewing camps’ for kids, where the kids come in for a couple hours every weekend over four weeks to craft their own project. This keeps the kids out of trouble and gives Mum and Dad a well-deserved day off. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Olga told us that she once taught an 82-year-old to sew, so there’s really no age limit.
Olga fell in love with sewing because it’s quality ‘me time’ – when sewing, you are engaged in the present moment, making it a bit of an impromptu meditation session. So, if you’re after a therapy session minus the talking, you know what to do.