Emma May

A Soft Furnisher trained in traditional techniques, with a passion for contemporary textiles and styling. Sharing sewing expertise and inspiring Homemakers through workshops and tailor made tuition.

Teach

Teaching others to sew and create unique items from cloth is hugely rewarding, and is a constant source of inspiration.

I run regular group workshops in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The spaces are inspiring, the conversation always flows and there is always good cake.

Join me online for a workshop at a time that suits you, and in a location of your choice. With a combination of video, step by step photos, beautiful illustrations, detailed instructions and downloadable resources, learn at your own pace.

Online Workshops

Set Sail

A sewing machine workshop for complete beginners or those wishing to reacquaint themselves with the basics. Learn about sundries & materials, how to thread up and set up a machine, and which stitch to use when. Complete your choice of either a simple tote bag or envelope cushion cover.


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Piped Cushions

An advanced cushion making workshop for those with some prior machine experience. Learn the method of constructing, attaching and joining piping. Become confident in dealing with patterned fabric and cutting out, and conquer zip insertion to make a piped cushion cover like a professional.


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Roman Blinds

A workshop for those with only a little sewing machine experience, and lots of enthusiasm. Learn about the decision making process involved in blind making (where and how to hang, what type & how many folds, & how to measure up?) and how to tackle pleat calculations.  Become confident in dealing with patterned fabric and cutting out. Equip yourself with a collection of hand sewing techniques and stitches.


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Curtains: Simple

A rewarding workshop for those with some prior machine experience. Learn about measuring up and calculating fabric quantities and the suitability of various heading types. Become confident in the basic construction of simple lined curtains. Practise and master a pencil pleat tape heading.


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Curtains: Advanced

A workshop for those already familiar with basic curtain making. Learn about pattern matching with ease, using interlining and buckrum, and inserting hand sewn headings. Become confident in the construction of more advanced, luxurious curtains. Practise and master hand sewn double or triple pleats.


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If you're interested in 1-to-1 tuition, I also offer tailor made tuition for individuals - take a look at my availability via the link below, and get in touch to find out more.

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Make

I am trained in, and can advise on, all areas of soft furnishing, from fabric choice to design of window dressings. Within my own workroom I specialise in making individual made to measure cushion covers and hand-sewn roman blinds using carefully considered materials and traditional techniques. I work in close partnership with a fellow soft furnisher for making up curtains. The desire to create something a little bit different, with thought, time and care invested in it’s construction is at the forefront of all that I make. Browse my gallery to gain a little insight into my inspiration and processes. If you see something you like get in touch.

Source


I strongly believe in the importance of using good quality materials and sundries. I source and supply many of the items used within my workshops, please just get in touch if you're searching for something for your own project.

I can source and supply furnishing fabric, and if you lack in confidence a little when it comes to using colour or pattern with fabric and need a helping hand, I am always happy to help.

About Me

I am, and always have been, fascinated with textiles, colours, patterns and interiors. I'm intrigued by the way in which they can influence the mood of those they surround.

As a child I shifted my bedroom furniture frequently and requested many redecoration schemes. Luckily for me, my Mum was very obliging and adept with a sewing machine, igniting a love within me for working with cloth from an early age. This remained with me for many years before coming to the fore in 2011 when I embarked on formal training and established my business.


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