Building colour confidence

building colour confidence 2

Time and time again I hear people say that they don’t feel confident working with colour. Whether it is choosing colours for a crochet blanket or sorting fabrics for their next patchwork project. So I have designed this workshop to give an insight into the ‘rules’ of working with colour and to give plenty of chance to experiment and play with colour combinations – with minimal investment and with maximum return.




20 Jun 2024


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

We’ll start the workshop learning all about the basics of colour. We’ll cover;

  • Primary and secondary colours
  • The difference between tints, tones and shades
  • How to identify warm and cool colours
  • Colour choices; achromatic, monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triadic
  • Identifying colours from plain and patterned fabrics
  • Identifying and working with blenders and accents
  • Using colour tools


Once we have understood all about colour we will work on a series of exercises, using fabric as our medium, to develop our understanding from part 1 of the day. Note there will be no sewing and you do not need to bring any materials to the class. We will explore colour combinations, understand how we personally feel about them and make a record of our own interpretations of success and failure.


Finally we will look at colour inspirations and techniques for choosing colours for new projects.


The content that we cover, whilst orientated towards a patchworker, is transferable so please don’t feel that you need to be a patchworker to get a LOT from this workshop.


Want to learn more? Have a read of our Building Colour Confidence blog.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Just an interest in improving your colour confidence is all you need.


This workshop is applicable to many different creative practices so please do not feel you need to be a patchworker to gain from it.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials are provided, although it would be very beneficial to bring a smart phone so that you can capture plenty of images for your own personal records of colour success.

What will I take home with me?

A feeling of inspiration so you can tackle your next colourful project with confidence.



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Sarah Brangwyn
Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She's known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of 'aha!' moments. You may have seen her share some of those on the TV channel Sewing Street. In a previous life, Sarah was a branch manager in an insurance firm. Taking redundancy in 2012 allowed her to follow her dream of creating a hub for sewing and craft. At Made and Making Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and other craft courses. She's also one of the tutors for the children's workshops. When family life allows, Sarah loves nothing more than immersing herself in her own projects.

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