City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Design & Craft 7716.6 (Previously called Part 1)

 The Level 3 City & Guilds course is an exciting programme which encourages creative, personal development and is suitable for those who wish to advance their skills and broaden their horizons!

Previous experience of patchwork & quilting is useful but not essential as all techniques are comprehensively taught to build up knowledge and experience. There are currently two classes – a fortnightly class on Thursdays at Midsomer Quilting (Chilcompton) and a monthly class on Saturdays at Downend Folk, Bristol. For details of courses for September click the ‘New Classes’ link on the Homepage, and to see examples of work, click on the ‘Galleries’ link on the Homepage.

Course content –The course consists of two units:

The Craft Unit covers a wide range of traditional & contemporary techniques for example:

  • English piecing: Victorian Crazy, Logcabin, Cathedral window, Somerset folded, tucks & pleats…
  • Block patchwork: American style, curved-pieced, foundation-pieced, Representational, Distorted..
  • Applique: By hand, machine, reverse, layered & slashed, Shadow appliqué, Broderie Perse, Mola…
  • Quilting: By hand, machine, Free-machine, Italian corded, Trapunto, Sashiko, Kantha…
  • Plus many others including: Dyeing & printing, Box-making, Hand-made books, bags etc…

The Design Unit covers the study of creative design skills and the principles which govern all good design. This unit is common to all the C&G Creative Studies courses and previous experience is not required as the emphasis is on play and experimenting! We cover the following topics:

  • Subjects: Line, Colour, Shape, Texture & Form (3-Dimensional design).
  • Techniques: such as Printing, painting, dyeing, stencilling, sketching, collage, markal, marbling!

Assessment Projects

For the Craft unit students make a range of samples and then choose the techniques they’ve enjoyed to complete five assessment projects. The five are selected from: an item for interior décor such as a cushion, a wall-hanging, a container or box, an accessory and finally a quilt (of any size).

For the Design unit, design exercises build up into portfolios of work based on each of the five topics: Line, Colour, Shape, Texture and Form. These are an inspirational record of the design process for future reference.


Work is assessed by the tutor and accredited by City & Guilds through the Link 2 Create centre (for which there is an additional fee). Assessment is flexible for the mature student there are no exams, work is evaluated and recorded in a Logbook and on completion leads to the C&G Level 3 Certificate.

Additional costs
Students will need to provide their own materials and bring a sewing machine, rotary cutting equipment etc.. I also have a stock of many items available to borrow and some materials we can order in bulk for the group. In addition I have a wonderful library of over 350 books!

Additional support

Students are supported with handouts on the various techniques and I have a library of over 300 books available to borrow. I also keep a well-stocked cupboard of essential items for students to borrow, so if you forget something it’s not the end of the world!

Booking a class

Please use the link on the Homepage to contact me direct for a booking form or if you have any queries. On receipt of the booking form, I’ll send you a course information sheet with further details about the class, the venue and requirements for the first day.