Regular Workshops

Our Workshops

We run classes in the shop every week. The projects change throughout the year, for the exact details, dates and prices and to book a workshops click on the badge.

If you are unable to book online you can reserve your place on any of the workshops by calling in at the shop, phoning  01449 741 530 or emailing us here. 

Requirements for each course are listed on the page. The cost of supplies and fabrics are not included in the cost of the workshop unless stated. If you purchase your supplies for the workshop at OliVen you will receive 5% discount. 

Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation with 2 weeks notice - we will refund your payment or offer you a place on a future workshop.

Cancellations within 13 - 8 days of the workshop – we will refund 50% of the payment.
Last minute cancellations, ie. 7 days or less before a workshop – we’re afraid we cannot refund any payments as from experience we’ve found it impossible to fill places at such short notice.

Full refund for cancellation under 14 days possible if we replace you.

Thank you for understanding with these formalities.

Scissor Sisters Sewing Club

An informal sewing day with like-minded people, sharing ideas, helping each other and having a good time – that’s what our sewing club Scissor Sister is all about! Whether you want to start a new project or need to finish one started a long time ago, whether it’s a piece of clothing, cushion, bag or a quilt, whatever the project, no matter how big or small, let’s finish it together! Sometimes just being around other sewers is an inspiration to get the job done, so if you need a reason to try something new, or incentive to finish off an old UFO, sign up and see how quickly those projects will be completed.

Vendulka is available all day for advice.

The club is run fortnightly on Wednesdays and Thursdays and monthly on Saturdays.

You can pay for 1 full day, 5 full days, 1 half day or 5 half days.  Click opposite to book

Sewing for Charity

Once a month Vendulka offers her workshop and scrap fabrics up to sewers to come and spend a day making items for charity. Since its inception in March 2016, a group of ladies have been meeting up and enjoying a day of sewing, chat and creativity whilst having the added pleasure of doing something which is charitable.

Throughout 2016 the group made up to nearly 80 tactile twiddle quilts for local care homes and dementia groups. These were so well-received and the sewers themselves had had such a good time that this group activity has been extended to 2017.

In the second year we the projects included heart-shaped cushions for breast cancer patients – we made total of 100 cushions, sanitary pads for girls unable to source them in Africa (so they don’t need to drop out of school when their period starts) – final count 60 and pillowcase dresses for children in Africa – altogether 115. Our ladies have been very busy!

In our third year of charity sewing, we are going to concentrate on quilts for children as part of Project Linus which supplies quilts for children in hospitals from birth to 18 years old. We will be making them using the quilt-as-you-go technique, simple and fast method which uses leftovers of fabric. All you need is to know how to sew a straight stitch!

This is a very informal class, which is free to attend, all you need to bring is your own sewing machine, all other materials are free, but booking is advisable as spaces are limited.

We welcome everybody no matter your sewing experience!

Or you can help us by donating cotton fabrics or wadding leftovers.

Summer Special – Pick your own Workshop

Summer is busy and so we prepared for you few special days you can come and catch up on Vendulka’s class you have missed during the year. You can choose from following classes: Embroidered Curves, Cathedral Windows, Everyday bags, Silhouettes, Contemporary Stained Glass, One inch Square Cushion, Painted Mandala, Table runners. There is only 6 spaces available on each day as I’ll be teaching multiple projects.

Workshops run 10am – 4pm on Saturday 13th July or Thursday 8th August or Friday 23rd August.