Call: +447795 481246 - Email: hello@colourandcloth.com

About our classes and workspace

 

Colour and Cloth classes are hosted and taught by Christine Boyle who has been sewing since she was 6...and that's a long time! She has taught over 2000 students in colleges, community groups, individual tuition and mentoring.  She has over 20 years experience in the Northern Ireland Fashion, Design and manufacturing industry and over 10 years experience being self employed in the Costume Industry.  She is credited as Costume Maker on Seasons 1-4 of HBO's Game of Thrones. Previous students have followed their dreams into costume, fashion and setting up their own creative ventures. From 8 to 90 years young, and all level of abilities, Christine teaches with professionalism, patience, enthusiasm, encouragement and experience.   Angeline Murphy who represented Northern Ireland on Season 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee, was once one of her dressmaking students.  Sewing sessions and workshops are friendly, fun and focused. There are classes for those just starting out, those who have years of experience and everyone in between.

 

As a guide here are the different class stages

 

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS - have never used a machine before, or used one many years ago and would like to refresh their skills.  Also for those who have never used a paper dressmaking pattern before.

NEXT STEPS / INTERMEDIATE - have completed a Beginners sewing class either at C&C or elsewhere or have gained skills through utube or their own practise.  Have used a dressmaking pattern before to make simple garments.  Are confident on setting up a sewing machine.

ADVANCED - have sewn garments before and can read dressmaking patterns at each stage. Have a good practical knowledge of garment making.

 

Please contact Christine at Colour and Cloth to discuss your level if you are not sure.

 

Why learn to sew?

Sewing is a lifelong skill handed down through generations.  Sewing allows an appreciation of how things are made, helps you save money by learning essential skills so you can make things for your wardrobe, your home and for others.  Its about sewing for your own pleasure, to enrich your own life.  Sewing can be social or solo, by hand or machine, its up to you. Either way, sewing seems to absorb and sooth the soul. Working with cloth gives a hands on sensory experience, the power of touch, a connection.

 ‘Have patience.  Be prepared to practise, repeat and persevere, because the rewards will be joyful.’

 

Most classes are held in the lovely creative first floor studio. Craft sessions are often held in the cosy living room, filled with comfy cushions and beanbags. If you require disabled access, please let us know when booking the class.

The bright sewing studio in South Belfast is a colourful hive of creativity!

The bright sewing studio in South Belfast is a colourful hive of creativity!

  • Can't see the class you want? Get in touch, and we can create it for you!
  • Stuck on a sewing project? We can work it out.  The Emergency sewing surgery is what you need.  Email, or call to book in and we will find a solution.
  • Personalized learning with 1 to 1 tuition is available. Please email to discuss.

 

Meet our machines

We have 3 vintage and 6 modern sewing machines.  Students are welcome to bring their own machine if preferred.  We also have 1 domestic Janome overlocker.

 

Studio Space and Equipment for Hire

In need of a quiet space to complete a project, our sewing space is available for hire by the hour with free WI-FI.

Our domestic sewing machines, and overlocker that can be hired by the hour.

To book, please email to discuss your requirements.


COLOUR AND CLOTH on the road...We can come to you for an event or class. Please email to discuss.

We also deliver inspirational talks on Costume and Design to students in schools, colleges and higher education.


Getting here

Belfast Central Station is a 20 minute walk from the studio. Click HERE for timetable

From Central Station, a taxi fare will be aproximately £3.50.  Fone a Cab 028233333 Value Cabs 028908090

The No. 6A Bus from Belfast City Centre will take you to the Creagh Road, get off at Ravenhill Avenue and it is a 5 minute walk. Click HERE for timetable.

The 78 and 79 bus from Belfast City Centre will take you to the Ravenhill Road.  Get off at Ravenhill Avenue and it is a 5 minute walk.  Click HERE for timetable.

Free on street parking at the studio.