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Sewing with Velinah: Women’s Textile Workshop


A friendly, informal, female only environment to learn new textile skills, share some of your own and make new friends. This class is suitable for experienced sewers and complete beginners!

What to expect

Sewing courses are such a great way to begin your journey in creating your own designs and products. During these sessions, you will focus on confidence building, communication, unity. Ivell will teach you some useful transferable skills in a friendly, sociable, all-female environment.

Learn how to set up the sewing machine and how to make various items such as face masks, tote bags, makeup bags and cushion covers. The skills that will taught will enable students to create and complete their own projects at home. Sewing is such a basic and fundamental skill that once learnt can be used and improved as you progress.

Whilst we provide most equipment, do feel free to bring along any material and sewing equipment you’d like to use including sewing machines.

About Ivell Haastrup

Get Crafty with Velinah, craft workshop, poplar union, East London

My name is Ivell Haastrup. I am a Multi-Crafter, who is very passionate about using my knowledge of the different types of crafts. I can sew, knit, crotchet, embroider, design, card making and much more. Arts & crafts are so relaxing and fulfilling. The most amazing thing about Arts & crafts is the feeling that I have when I begin a project and then complete it, the smile that it brings to my face whether it’s made for myself our a customer.

I had worked within the Mental Health system for about 5 years, organising events, which showcased the clients skills, abilities and talents. These events exhibited their paintings, drawings and crafted products and also poetry and story telling events.

In 2006, I begun a Social Worker course at. I qualified in 2009 and went back to work within Mental Health. After a few years I felt that I wanted to do something different, as most people experiencing mental health issues often wanted a listening ear. So in 2016, I became self employed running Tea & Chat sessions which involved Arts & Crafts, Music, Board Games and chatting in groups which would sometimes lead to 1-1 sessions and sign posting where required. I also worked for my Tenants association, teaching sewing to the tenants

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