Sewing Tuition

Whether you have never touched a sewing machine or are simply a little rusty, Beautiful Things offers classes to master the basics as well as specific projects. Group classes and One2One tuition available.

Crochet Lessons

From beginners right through to advanced there is a crochet class for everyone. We know we are different to the rest with our own in-house teaching methods which are quirky and fun. One-off sessions and courses available.

Dressmaking Courses

From simple PJ Bottoms to stunning tea dresses, Beautiful Things can teach you to create your own fabulously flattering wardrobe from scratch.  Classes for beginners to improvers available both as one of sessions and courses.

Welcome to Beautiful Things

Beautiful Things has a purpose built studio based in Brentwood, Essex offering classes and workshops in a number of crafts. We specialise in Sewing, Dressmaking and Crochet but also offer sessions in many other crafts including activities such as glass fusion, embroidery, furniture restoration and paper crafts.

Whether it’s a one off workshop or a course of lessons you are looking for, Claire Mackaness and her team will ensure you have a fun and satisfying time learning to be successful at your chosen craft and walk away with an item to be proud of.

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Happy Customers


"I've attended quite a few sewing courses at Beautiful Things now and have loved everyone of them. Coming away with a finished project, and the skills and confidence to replicate them. The tutor is friendly and knowledgeable and the classes are always informal and friendly."
Wendy Murphy
"After completing the four week sewing course at Beautiful Things, I felt confident, thanks to the great teaching methods of the BTHQ tutors, to try a gathered skirt. I'm so pleased with the result I have two more dress making classes booked. I can't recommend Beautiful Thing highly enough."
Viv Batten
"Never thought I'd be any good at this, but Claire's a brill teacher - clear and calm and so patient. And now I can't stop 'hooking' and keep going back for more!"
Elspeth Corrie
"Fantastic course. I did the beginners through to intermediate course. Prior to the course, I had never picked up a crochet needle but with Claire's excellent tuition, I am now confident to be able to make an wide assortment of lovely crocheted things and follow crochet patterns. I would thoroughly recommend this course and indeed any other course that Claire runs."
Sarah Howlett
"Claire has really helped me with my confidence in crochet. I can now follow a pattern where I couldn't before. She teaches in a lovely welcoming environment in small groups so you get lots of attention and help when you need it. I would recommend Claire in a heartbeat."
Jemma Moorey