Cordial & Grace is a sewing café based on The Mall in Clifton Village, Bristol. It was founded in 2011 by Maria Whiteman who, after seeing sewing cafés in Paris and Berlin, decided to open her own business in Bristol. The upstairs tearoom serves tea, coffee, wine and cakes while the downstairs parlour has a number of sewing machines available to hire by the hour. Cordial & Grace offer classes in how to use a sewing machine, plus a range of workshops (for children and adults) designed to teach new skills whilst making something practical to take away.
Sewing Machine hire costs £5 per hour. Maria is on hand to get you started on the machine, but if you need more support, you can book a Sewing Machine Hire with Guidance Session for £9 per hour. A hot drink is included in the price of the sewing machine hire sessions.
Cordial & Grace offer Beginners Sewing Lessons, which cost £15 per hour for one person (£25 per hour for two). These classes are suitable for all ages from 8 years upwards and include materials for starter projects. On most Sundays between 3.30 and 6.00pm, Cordial & Grace run Sew-Along Sessions (cost £9 an hour) where you can pop in with any sewing project you would like help with (or the pile of repairs or alterations that you have been meaning to do). An experienced member of staff is available throughout the session to help you with your project, repairs or alterations. Cordial & Grace also offer Group Sewing Sessions for groups of 5 to 10 people. They provide the instructions and materials to make a small item to take-away. A range of projects are available depending on group size. Sessions cost £20 per person for 2 hours. Check the website or give them a call to arrange your visit.
Workshops and classes run at Cordial & Grace include: Crinkle Patchwork Quilting, Kids Sewing, Dress Making Skills, Knitting, Cross Stitch and Lampshade Making. Prices range from £10 to £70.
Cordial & Grace also run a free Knit & Stitch Club once a month on Tuesday evenings.
If you are looking for an interesting idea for a party, Cordial & Grace run parties for children and adults. Take a look at their website to find out about the packages available.
You can also book private hire of the Sewing Parlour for workshops, social groups and meetings, for up to 16 adults. Basic room hire starts at £15 per hour (£25 after 6pm or on the weekends).
Cordial & Grace has now changed its name to Café Sewciety. For more information visit their new website: http://www.cafesewciety.co.uk