Frank Nutt Sewing Machines was Established in 1985 by Frank Nutt, who is the 3rd Generation of Sewing Machine shops in the 'Nutt' family, both Frank Nutt and his son, James Nutt, work in the shop. They have extensive knowledge on everything regarding Sewing Machines and are both here to help with any enquiry.
Over the last few months they have been been renovating the rooms above the shop to become their new sewing classroom. Being a listed building, this has been a huge job... but the finished results looks fantastic! Frank and James took delivery of their new Janome TXL607 machines a couple of weeks ago, and their first class to be held in the new classroom, was Thread and Texture by Claire Muir last Thursday.
Claire, who can be seen on the left below, has a long successful background within embroidery and textiles, and trained at Bishop Otter College, Chichester, received a First Class Honours degree in Art and Related Arts, giving her the opportunity for a further year’s Postgraduate study in the Textiles Department of Glasgow School of Art.She now has her own business creating gorgeous machine embroidered fascinators, corsages and flowers, runs regular workshops around the UK on machine embroidery and is happy to exhibit and talk about her work to Guilds and other societies. She has put together a selection of workshops running at Frank Nutts, where you can learn various techniques of free machine embroidery and learn how to make one of Claire's signature flowers. (I am a personal fan of Claire's work, and tried to go on one of her workshops a while ago... so I might be tempted to visit in this new classroom!)
The Texture and Threads workshop... does what it says on the tin! For the beginner or experienced free machinest, learn about how to work with different threads, tensions, needles, fabrics to create the most fabulous textures for your textile work.
Six Janome TXL607's in the classroom, mean you don't have to worry about carrying your machine into the class, and all materials are provided as well.
As you can see from the photographs, everyone had a wonderful time, and produced lots of samples to take home.