Sew Creative, the Aladdin’s Cave for patchwork and quilting fans at Wroxham Barns, has arranged a very busy January to July programme of courses and workshops mixing old favourites with new ideas. Full details are at

The popular patchwork and quilting courses are all on offer, but there is much more: crochet, dressmaking, curtains and roman blinds sessions, plus a residential weekend workshop in July, making a machine sewn heirloom quilt, based at Melbourne House, North Walsham. Children (aged 10–12) are well catered for with a series of one-day workshops during February and June half-term holidays, featuring kite making, balsa wood and foam glider making, cross-stitch and plastic canvas creations. Special one-day courses include rag rugs, machine trapunto, tote bags, felt mini wall hangings, mastering your sewing machine, zips, zips and more zips, Sashiko quilting and an Oliver Twist experimental day.

Sew Creative owners Barbara and Stephen Kessel, who took over the business from Sylvia Graham nearly 12 months ago, were ‘bowled’ over by the response to their first programme of courses, which ran from July to December. "We have expanded our offer for the first half of 2012 introducing a wider range of activities, with more day courses and more children’s workshops and are looking forward to a busy 2012! "

For more information about Sew Creative phone 01603 781665 or visit Wroxham Barns,, 01603 783762, is open daily 10am to 5pm, 10 miles from Norwich, take A1151 to Wroxham then follow brown and white tourist signs for 1.5miles on the Tunstead road. Free parking.