So in the meantime I thought I'd do a bit of signposting and make a list of the sewing cafes and workshop places that are springing up across South East London. I'm sure there are lots more so I'll keep adding them as I come across them! Let me know if there are others I can add too.
SewOverIt is in Clapham has a great range of classes, with more being added all the time. It also has a cafe and allows you to book time to use machines whilst enjoying some lovely cafe. All of this and a great stock of fabrics and haberdashery bits. It was here that I did my fantastic Machine Embroidery class in January.
Seweastduwlich in East Dulwich is just round the corner from me and I've popped into the shop many times. They now offer workshops to make cushions and dresses as well as knitting and crocheting.
Others I've come across but not been to... yet:
The White Room in Crofton Park. Has machines you can book by the hour or block with a spot of tea and workshops including hat making. They also offer useful sewing machine repairs and servicing. Must pop in soon.
Stag & Bow in Forest Hill. Has a shop, workshops and takes design commissions - phew! Currently they have lots of amazing discount offers when you book more than one workshop, making it even easier to try all those new crafts you've always wanted to master!
Sewing Time in Blackheath. Has a great range of workshops, courses and clubs. Not strictly a cafe but a place to go for support, learning new skills or making some friends and joining in!
Miss Libby Rose in Greenwich. Again this isn't strictly a cafe but has a great range of classes which include beginner sessions and sessions especially tailored for children.
And across London:
London Sewing Workshops in Bethnal Green
The Create Place in Bethnal Green
Saturday Sewing Sessions in Chelsea
The Papered Parlour in Clapham
Our Patterned Hand in Broadway Market, Hackney
Ray Stitch in Islington
The Sewing Rooms in Putney
Earl Grey and Rose in Streatham
Cheekyhandmades in Walthamstow
Homemade London in West End