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  1. I attended a beginners sewing machine workshop last Sunday. I almost didn't book it because I had a 230 mile journey and a 10 hour day but it was brilliant. Emily was very patient, friendly and helpful and we all came away with a fab cushion that we made ourselves. Despite the fact I live so far away I will definitely be booking on some more workshops at the Sewing Sanctuary. It was a great day out and lots of fun. Thank you.

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  2. Just finished the beginners course with Emily - Super tutor. As a class we learnt so much in a short space of time The course went so smoothly from one topic to another you do not realise how far she has gone with you. First class all the way
    p.s.still hate open zips

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  3. Fabulous shop. Customer service is first class, nothing is too much trouble.

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  4. I have been on a few courses (sewing for beginners, pillow case, dog coat to name a few)with The Sewing Sanctuary and I loved them. Looking forward to do some more courses this year. I would highly recommend the courses. They have something for everyone from us totally beginners to experts. :)

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  5. Did the Christmas tree workshop on Wednesday with Sylvia. Had a brilliant time but didn't manage to finish my tree on the night. Got it finished since and really pleased with the result.

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  6. I have just finished the dressmaking course with Jesse and had a thoroughly good time. I learnt lots of new skills and managed to make a lovely fitted dress. Can't wait to get started on my nest one. Thanks

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  7. Made my own loungepants with Jess, absolutely love them. Excellent course would recommend to everyone. Just having a go at making my daughter a pair with the scraps x

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  8. My daughter, Madeleine, attended the tote bag workshop in the summer and was really pleased with her wonderful creation. Thank you Emily for another great session, she is looking forward to the next one!

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  9. Absolutely loved the Tote bag workshop - Emily was amazing - Jess, Helen, Lynda, Liz, Sylvia, Clare, Lucy, BEWARE Im booking on them all!! x

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  10. I Attended a Tote lined bag workshop recently and really enjoyed it,an excellent tutor and lots of laughter, I would definitely recommend the Sewing Sanctuary and Grace and Favour to all. Xx

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  11. I attend the Monday patchwork which is a fantastic class full great ideas tips and fun. Lynda the tutor is always on hand with her help and expertise. I just love it !!

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  12. I went on the beginners sewing course, it was excellent, the pace of the course was perfect for me, I wouldnt have know where to start before. Emily was a brilliant tutor, very patient and explained everything to us. Cant wait for the next one! x

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  13. Really enjoyed the rag rug day and the drawing with stitches really made my brain work. I didn't realise I had it in me to be so creative.

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  14. Another brilliant workshop - Cheats Patchwork Quilt. Lovely day, really pretty result and Emily was the best! Roll on the next one. Xx

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  15. Visited the shop to get some fabric to make my daughter a little dress. There is so much to choose from and all very reasonably priced. Polite staff and a really beautiful shop! I really could have spent hours in there!!

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  16. I recently attended a Workshop at the Sewing Sanctuary, Learning how to Shear, I made a fabulous little girls top in the class to take home. The course was very professional, and taylored to everyone's abilities, also socially relaxing. I also attended the make a Tutu Workshop a while ago which was equally as enjoyable. I will certainly be attending further workshops when I can.

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  17. I have attended courses, patchwork and socials. I've learned new skills and brought the dormant ones to the forefront with the help and advice of the teachers and helpers. The shop is absolutely amazing and the workshop bright and inspiring. Thank you and best wishes for your future and I do and would not hesitate to recommend you to others. Looking forward to the next course. X

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  18. I did the shirring and peasant dress workshops this summer and really enjoyed them. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. All materials were included and we got to choose lovely fabric from the shop. Look forward to doing another workshop when I get the chance.

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  19. Attended the 5 week sewing class have now made 2 childrens dresses . Attended the beginners patchwork class now addicted to patchwork and fabric . Going to rag rugging tonight and on the learn to crochet classes ! Becoming a serial crafter . Brilliant classes with lovely people . Fantastic shop as well

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  20. I recently attended a course where I learnt how to create a coin purse, pencil case and make up bag! These are skills I'll now have for life and look forward to creating some customised gifts for my friends and family. Thanks for an enjoyable afternoon tutor Liz and the lovely ladies I met on the day. Can't wait to learn some more sewing and crochet skills in the next few weeks. :-) x

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  21. Myself and maddy thoroughly enjoyed the frozen inspired rag doll workshop. Can't wIt for our next workshop together. Think maddy would like an apprenticeship in the shop, few years to go though. We love the grace and favour family, especially the relaxed atmosphere in both the shop and on the workshops and also how helpful everyone is.

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  22. The teepee day was so enjoyable Helen (Honeypie) and Emily were great. The day went so fast. Can't wait to do another day. Xx

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  23. Had a lovely time at the appliqué bunting workshop yesterday and went straight home and booked another one, hand embroidery in a few weeks.
    Lovely people, great place to learn a new skill and a fabric shop to die for, my new Sunday hideout!! Thank you x

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  24. Hi,
    Just wanted to say a thank you so much to Jess, for all your help today (10.7.14), over the phone and via facebook. Will definitely recommend you and will be shopping with you again. Excellent customer service. Thanks again, Louise xx

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  25. Hi
    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Lucy and all the girls on our vintage dress making course that finished Thursday. Loved every minute and not sure what I will do with my Thursday evenings now! Would love a follow on course! Although done some sewing many years ago learnt some new technics and methods. Thank you for putting on the course and thanks Lucy for being a patient tutor.
    Looking forward to the next workshop

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  26. Hi, my eight year old daughter attended your 'How to use a sewing machine' course on Tuesday and absolutely loved it! She is so proud of her fab cushion cover. Thank you x

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  27. Hi Lovely Ladies. I attended Mrs M's mini patchwork quilt workshop on Saturday.

    I was very excited and had all my fat quarters carefully chosen and ready. The day was amazing. I got to spend it with some lovely ladies - some I knew, some new faces.

    As always Mrs M is a dream to work with. So patient and helpful.

    I'm absolutely thrilled with my quilt and I went into Grace and Favour straight after the workshop to buy fabric for another.

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  28. Hi
    I visited your lovely shop last weekend. I wish I lived nearer to pop in more frequently and to join your socials and courses! I have written about my visit on my blog http://patchworkfairy.com/diary-of-a-crafty-fairy/

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  29. My 9 yr old daughter Lily has recently attended 3 workshops and has thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. She can't wait to do more and already wants her own machine!

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  30. I recently attended the crochet class with Claire and loved it so much so I have booked on to the next day workshop as well as the beginners how to use a sewing machine course. Everyone was so welcoming and I couldn't recommend the shop or the sewing sanctuary enough. The only words of caution I may have is beware you may become addicted just like me....but at least you will be happy :)

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  31. Myself and a friend booked onto the Liz doll workshop - WOW we LOVED it! I made a doll which looked just like me, everyone I've shown it to is very impressed. We had so much fun on the course and Liz was lovely. I even bought more fabric from the fab G&F shop and when I returned home I adapted the doll pattern to make two superhero boys for my two little sons - they are great!
    We love our 'Mummy Sewing Days' out at The Sanctuary.

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  32. Such a fab shop with fab staff, been on workshops with more to come next week, tutors very patient & extremely helpful, they are alwYs on hand to give expert advice don't know what we did without them xxxxxx👍😃😃

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  33. . Grace & Favour Marsh Mill Thornton have a stunning collection of fabrics and all your haberdashery needs at affordable prices. The Sewing Sanctuary which is its sister shop run fabulous sewing courses and lots more besides (the price of most of the courses include the cost of materials) and the tutors there are just brilliant.

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  34. A package of patchwork loveliness has just arrived :-)
    The cotton wadding is GORGEOUS! It reminds me of the blankets I had on my bed as a child - in the days before everyone had duvets! Thank you for brilliant service once again.

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  35. Loved my recent doll workshop , and I always learn something new get some tips from other ladies. It's great to sew together as there is always somebody to answer your question when you stuck! Great atmosphere too!

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  36. I've attended a couple of workshops this year. As a novice sewer I have found the tutors to be wonderfully patient and have come away with new skills and things to practise.
    I always go on my own and each time I've felt very welcome and met some lovely people. Due to being a novice I'm often slower and less sure than some people on the course. I've never felt uncomfortable and have found everyone who goes to these workshops happy to help out. A great place, I'll be signing up for more in 2014.

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  37. I have done quite a lot of classes and I always have a great time you Girlies know how I feel about you all

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  38. My Daughter and I attended one of the parent and child workshops. We loved it. Since then Megan has done the little Sew and Sews machine course, appliqué and headband workshops. She now loves sewing and made so many things she has been selling them to friends and at a Christmas fair.

    I have been to the Christmas Tree decoration workshop with Auntie Sylvia and am planning to do the roman blind workshop in the New Year.

    Why do I love the Sanctuary? Of course you get to learn great skills by knowledgeable patient teachers. You get to come away with something you have made......... But for me it's just a great place to be. I love the feeling of the place, the people it's very special xxx

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  39. Grace and favour, an amazing compendium of delightful fabrics, wool and accessories! The staff are really friendly and the workshops are relaxed, homely, informative and good fun! A real gem!

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  40. hello - it's the happy patcher!!!
    I've done rag rugging, zips and buttonholes, and am about to do the ragdoll course
    the sanctuary (and G&F) is a little home from home - I love coming here - it's a big happy crafting family - there's help when needed, especially emptying your purse ;) it's an addictive place to be - oodles of support and love from everyone :) thanks for being there xx

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  41. This is my favourite fabric shop, a wide variety of fabrics available, but best of all, it is home to some of the nicest people i have ever met x

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  42. Lovely shop, so much to see. Excellent choice of fabrics, very welcoming and friendly.

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  43. Super service will be back and recommend thank you

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  44. So pleased for you it looks great. Very happy to be part of your little 'Empire'. xxxx

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  45. I love this shop & you lovely ladies too - you've all given me help & guidance plus provide a great selection of beautiful fabrics. Loving the website & your profiles Xxx

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  46. Congratulations and may we wish you awesome years of continued success.Auntie Viv and Jim.x

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  47. Fab website.Well done. The shop is fabric and haberdashery heaven. The two courses I have completed to date have reinvigorated me to sew again. Looking forward to learning more projects and attending further courses.

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  48. Congratulations ladies, web site is fab

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  49. Fab shop, great service, always have what I need and if not will always source ! Keep up the great work ! Love all the G & F girls xxx

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  50. Good luck ladies! Web looks brill! Can't wait to come to your workshop again!

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  51. Great customer service! I really enjoyed visiting the shop. I have to say the 5 week workshop on learning to sew was worth every penny

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