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 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 & Terms & Conditions
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.
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.
Vanessa is our resident artist. She deals with; the marketing side of the business, adult beginners, children’s 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!
Holly graduated with a degree in textiles and specialises in Hand Embroidery. She loves to experiment by naturally dyeing her own fabrics and creates the most beautiful pieces of art – Holly is a beautiful bee who helps to keep our hive organised and runs the hand embroidery workshops.
Sewing is a great past time – to learn or improve your skills we are here to help.
Terms & Conditions
Many thanks for booking your course with us.
We are sure you will; learn a lot, have fun and make new friends with your new hobby!
Cancellations by you
With regards to regular classes we do understand that occasionally you may not be able to attend a class. If this is the case, we kindly ask you to inform us as soon as possible (at least 24 hours before the class) otherwise you will unfortunately lose your session. In order to cancel a workshop we require a minimum of 7 days notice and an administration fee of £35.00 will apply for us to offer you an alternative session.
Cancellations by us
Apologies if this happens, but if a cancellation is unavoidable for any reason we will offer an alternative session to suit you.
We ask for full payment in advance of the start date of your workshop or class. Payment can be made; with Paypal, BACS, over the phone or in the shop.
Health & Safety
We guide you on how to safely use the equipment at the school, but please be aware that you do so entirely at your own risk. Any deliberate damage caused will be charged for.