Our workshops are a lovely social opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing ones while getting to know like-minded people. These creative sessions will take place in a professional studio in the comfortable environment of our own home and prices are inclusive of fabrics and refreshments.

Numbers are limited to 6-8 people per session so that you receive all of the personalised guidance you need. We are also happy to take private group bookings, perfect for birthday celebrations or hen parties, or to discuss one to one tuition for specific projects.

Find out about our current workshop dates by joining our mailing list, giving us a call or popping into the shop. All sessions must be paid for in advance at the booking stage. Sewing machines will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

Suzie’s sewing bee

First Monday of every month, 6.30 – 8.30pm


Price: £20 for a 2 hour session


These regular monthly sessions are perfect for beginners and introduce how to use a sewing machine, fill a spool and create a seam before trying different hand sewing techniques. Learn how to make simple craft ideas such as lavender hearts, needle cases, pin cushions and small purses or bring along a project that you need help with.

Bella bunting

Price: £35 for a 3 hour session


Learn how to make gorgeous bespoke bunting to decorate your home using our pretty fabrics. This session is ideal for practising basic machine sewing and trying embellishments by hand. It is also a lovely workshop for brides-to-be looking to personalise their wedding venue.

Fabulous fascinators

Price: £65 for a 3 hour session


Learn how to make a unique fascinator to accessorise your favourite outfit using pretty vintage flowers and trims. This workshop will be led by Nicola Holloway,  talented local fashion designer, milliner and owner of Distressed Damsels.

Couture cushions

Price: £50 for a 4 hour session


Bring pattern and colour into your home with a stylish handmade cushion. This workshop will introduce more advanced techniques such as how to put in a zip or create button holes. You can then decorate your cushion using appliqué, hand embroidery or self covered buttons.

Casual chic

Price: £60 for a 4 hour session


Learn how to make a simple but fashionable a-line skirt that will build on your pattern cutting and machine sewing skills. We teach you how to insert an invisible zip and provide top tips on how to achieve a professional finish to your sewing.

Vintage pinnies

Price: £60 for a 4 hour session


Look and feel like a domestic goddess in a bright and cheerful 1950s style apron. We’ll teach you how to read a pattern, cut out your fabrics and use a sewing machine for gathering and top stitching to create a neat finish.

Swing skirt

Price: £85 for a full day workshop


In this more advanced workshop you’ll learn how to make a 1950s full circle skirt perfect for dancing the night away!  We’ll teach you how to put on a waistband, insert a zip and create a buttonhole. You can also embellish your skirt with optional pocket details or appliqué motifs.

Event Location

All workshops will take place at our shop on Smedley Street or in the professional workroom in our flat above.  Bella Figura will be open for an hour beforehand for an opportunity to browse, meet other participants and view fabrics. Please meet in the shop 15 minutes in advance of the session start time.


For further information please email or phone 01629 258011.


Find us at: Bella Figura, 90 Smedley Street, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3JJ