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Foundation Piecing
Level 1

What is Foundation Piecing?

Foundation Piecing is a popular technique for creating images using fabric pieces which are stitched onto a foundation material. The foundation materials can be paper onto which the design is drawn or pre-printed plain fabric. Each piece of the design is numbered in the order in which the design will be stitched.


The main advantage of stitching fabric onto a foundation is that you can achieve sharp and perfect points as well as creating all sorts of shapes and pictures.  


We run Foundation Piecing 1  for those new to the technique and Foundation Piecing 2 for sewers with experience of Foundation Piecing.

You can do just one of the days or you can do both Foundation Piecing workshops, arriving at the start with little or no experience and leaving at the end of the second day with the skills to create beautiful precise shapes and pictures.


A lovely homemade lunch, all materials, and refreshments throughout the day are included.


design courtesy of Lesley Brankin 

Upcoming  Dates

4th February 2024
Additional dates available soon, please register your interest here

£110 per person The price includes all fabric and refreshments throughout the workshop, including a lovely homemade lunch. A 10% discount is available for groups of four or more.

What will we cover at the workshop?


We start with the principles of Foundation Piecing and how and where it is used. You will then use the technique to produce one of four images:

  • A dog

  • A fish

  • Penguins

  • Rabbits 

Each of these are taken from the Noah's Ark quilt design shown on the previous page and you can choose whichever one you want to work on.


Arrive for a prompt 9.30am start

9.30am – 1pm Session One

1pm - 2pm Lunch

2pm - 5.15pm Session Two 


Your Tutor

Alison Batchelor

I started my first patchwork in 1973, when this age-old craft was increasing in popularity. Since then I have designed and produced innumerable pieces and continue to sew on a daily basis. I have City & Guilds in Patchwork & Quilting and Adult Teaching qualifications and have been teaching for over 12 years at both beginner and more advanced levels. I am delighted to be leading this workshop at Tig's Barn and grateful to Lesley Brankin who has kindly given permission for me to teach elements of her design. By the end of the workshop you will have learnt techniques that you will be able to apply to projects of your own and maybe go on to complete the whole quilt!

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