Creative Learning

This Summer Choose Sustainability

A knit jumper that is being mended with rainbow threads.

We believe that it is important for all of us to do our part when it comes to helping the environment. To aid us, we are guided by the environmental standards set by the University of Leicester and take steps to do our part such as replacing our lighting with more sustainable fittings, encouraging our staff to walk or take public transport to the centre, and to minimise our printed materials. However, this summer we are encouraging sustainable practices not only for ourselves but for the communities we support, by offering new and exciting courses.

Research shows time and time again that one of the most environmental friendly actions you can take is reusing and mending what you already have instead of buying new. Not only does it breathe new life into your possessions, but it makes them unique and gives them a story like no other. This is why we want to encourage people to do it more than ever.

Our courses are perfect for beginners and novices who want to bulk up their mending and sewing knowledge to extend the life of their possessions, while learning new skills that will transfer into all of your future projects. For instance, our Learn How to Make Your Own Jeans two-week course teaches you not only how to sew the jeans, but to fit a pattern perfectly to your own body. With your new skills, you could go onto alter every pair of jeans you own to fit you exactly how you want which negates the need to buy new jeans!

The Sewing with an Overlocker for Beginners courses teaches you the absolutely musts of using an overlocker, which can finish your fabric edges perfectly while minimising the risk of fraying – thus extending the life of what you have make.

Our Visible Mending Workshop is the obvious choice, as it teaches not only how to mend your old clothing and textiles but how to make the repair beautiful. If you are going to breathe new life into a garment, let it be as wonderful as it can be by celebrating its imperfections.

Take a look at our upcoming courses that we know will benefit everyone:

Visible Mending Workshop

Tuesday, 7 June, 6pm – 8:30pm


Learn How to Make Your Own Jeans

Saturdays, 11 June – 18 June, 10am – 5pm


How to Knit a Blanket

Tuesday, 14 June, 6pm – 8:30pm


Sewing with an Overlocker for Beginners

Wednesdays, 15 June – 20 July, 6pm – 8:30pm


Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Mondays, 25 July – 22 August, 10am – 12pm



Explore the rest of our creative courses by clicking here, and while you are there explore our What’s On as we have so many exciting events and performances coming up this summer that you don’t want to miss.

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