Setup in 2010 the Carolyn Rose School of Sewing in Leamington Spa has seen a succession of happy and satisfied customers who have enjoyed one or more of our workshops and classes.
We offer sewing classes for all levels of ability and a range of classes and workshops which cater for all skills and levels. Starting from the very basics with a ‘Learn to Use a Sewing Machine’ class to more complex ‘Pattern Drafting’ courses we aim to guide you and work at your pace so that you will create something you are proud of and will fit you perfectly. Sewing classes have no more than six students, to allow plenty of time and help for each person. We believe that students learn best in small groups with a high level of support from patient and attentive teachers in a warm and friendly environment. We offer a wide range of skills, from dressmaking and soft furnishings to patchwork, quilting and crafting.
Our aim is that all students, irrespective of whichever sewing course they have done, leave here having enjoyed themselves and with increased confidence in their ability to sew successfully, take a look at some of our testimonials to see what some of our students said.
We keep the number of our classes to a minimum, so that you can get maximum benefit from the teaching. All students for the classes and workshops have full use of our sewing machines/overlocker/irons etc. so you only need to bring yourself along – some classes include materials and some require you to provide your choice of fabric so do check before booking.
Meet the Team
Carolyn Rose trained as a teacher at Sheffield Hallam University specialising in Art and Textiles. After leaving Sheffield Hallam she spent a year in Switzerland studying Art and Textiles in Zurich. On returning to the UK she started her teaching career in Coventry and spent the next 25 years teaching sewing and dressmaking in schools and adult learning centres. During this time she studied for her BA degree with the Open University. After raising her family she was inspired to start her private sewing school to share her passion for sewing in a relaxed and friendly environment. Carolyn teaches children, teenagers and adults and specialises in beginners to sewing, dressmaking, and a variety of crafts.
has a degree in Fashion Design gained at The University of Westminster. A substantial part of her degree was learning how to draft patterns. Candace teaches pattern cutting at Coventry University and for 25 years she has always made her own patterns and drafted patterns to fit particular body shapes.
Carolyn’s husband, is our resident chef. If you come for a full day you will enjoy one of his lunches as part of your package. He can cater for any special dietary needs (so long as you tell us at the time of booking!)
Ellie is fantastically talented and never stops sewing. Her forte is adapting garments so that they fit you perfectly. Her work is beautiful – you will usually see some of her sample garments in the shop window! She works with us running courses for children and also adult Soft Furnishing Courses.
Another extremely talented lady! Louisa runs many of the ‘Learn to Use your Sewing Machine Courses’ and will ensure you will leave with all the basic skills ready to tackle the world of sewing. Louisa works as an interior designer for Ikea so she knows what looks good and how to do it correctly. She also runs ‘Free Machine Courses’ where the world of art meets sewing. Great for those who want to unleash their inner Picasso!
Vanessa is our resident artist. She deals with; the marketing side of the business, children’s beginners classes, lampshade and free machine workshops – She graduated as an Illustrator in 2001 and now spends her time creating a myriad of creations using a myriad of materials and methods! As a local fine artist, she has been exhibiting her oil paintings in galleries, she sells her self-written and illustrated children’s books all over the world, and is also a freelance graphic designer too. Her mother is a dressmaker – so it is nice to see her exploring her roots with sewing and knitting again!
Charis Esther first learnt the art of hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in 2012 when she went to study on the degree course.Throughout the three years of her degree, Charis was not only able to practice the art of hand embroidery in her own studies, but she also had the opportunity to work on many of the commissions that came to the School.
Charis’ favourite commissions from that time include; designing and stitching a lectern fall for a church in Felton, and stitching crewel work designs for the E.Tautz menswear fashion company (A/W 2013 collection).
Since Graduating in June 2015, Charis has been working as an embroidery assistant for the Nicola Jarvis Studio in Leamington Spa.
Alongside this she has been working as a freelance hand embroiderer and has had the opportunity to work within the film industry on costume embroidery for Marvel Entertainments.
Although Charis enjoys working as a freelance embroiderer, her passions also lie within teaching and sustainable fashion.
Sewing is a great past time – to learn or improve your skills we are here to help.