Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

About

CHRISTINE BOYLE

My Story

Hi, I’m Christine, Creative Director at Colour and Cloth Ltd.

My journey into the world of sewing began at the age of six. I watched my mother sew, knit and crochet for her family and for others. She instilled in me a deep appreciation for the art of handmade. I was also blessed to learn this skill during my school years, growing up in County Armagh.

Today, it is my joy and privilege to continue mum’s legacy by sharing the gift she gave to me. Teaching my students with professionalism, passion, and enthusiasm.

Sewing, to me, is more than a skill; it’s a gateway to creativity, confidence and self-expression.

Join me at Colour and Cloth, and let’s embark on an inspiring journey. The magic of ‘hand-made’ is in your hands.

Christine

My Inspiration

We all find our inspiration from someone; meet my mum. I know she would be very proud of me.

Kathleen Boyle – my mum

This is the only photo I have of her sewing at a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. Every stitch I sew is in memory of mum who passed away on 13th February 2020.

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SEWING PASSION

Profile

With over 30 years experience within the Northern Ireland Fashion, Design, Textile, Manufacturing and Costume industry, I have taught over 3000+ students in colleges, community groups, individual tuition and mentoring.

Previous students have followed their dreams into costume, fashion, film industry and setting up their own creative ventures. Angeline Murphy who represented Northern Ireland on Season 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee, was one of my dressmaking students.

To view images of my work, click on PORTFOLIO

Education

LEARNED SKILLS

Studied Fashion and Textile Design at University of Ulster, Belfast attained BA (Hons) 2.2 degree.

Experience

I have over 30 years sewing experience gained through personal and professional fashion creative design working on various TV and film industry projects such as;

  • Contestant on BBC NI 4 Part Series ‘A STITCH THROUGH TIME’ Filmed November 2020.

  • Technical Sewing Consultant on the pilot episode of BBC 3 ‘‘ STITCH PLEASE!’ Filmed January 2021.

  • Technical Sewing Consultant on Series 1, 2 and 3 of BBC 3 ‘‘ STITCH, PLEASE!’ Filmed October 2021.

  • Sustainable Style and Sewing Consultant on BBC NI / BBC GAEILGE ‘EADAI SOS’ Filmed February 2021.

TV/FILM SCREEN

  • Paramount Pictures ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ – Costume Maker 2021.

  • HBO ‘Blood Moon’ Pilot – Costume Maker 2019.

  • Syfy ‘Krypton’ Series 1 – Costume Maker 2018

  • HBO ‘Game of Thrones’. Seasons 1-4 Credited Principal Costume Maker 2009 – 2014.

  • Universal Studios ‘Your Highness’ Credited Costume Maker 2009.

  • Channel Four ‘Mo’. Costume Maker 2009.

THEATRE STAGE

  • Maiden Voyage Dance Company ‘Triple Bill’ Costume Design and Creative Collaborator. March 2017.

  • C21 Theatre Company.  ‘Lucy and the Dreamcatcher’. Costume Design and Making. 2015.

  • C21 Theatre Company‘Stitched Up’. Costume Design and Making. 2015.

  • Bruiser Theatre Company ‘Cabaret’ Costume Design and Making. 2014.

  • C21 Theatre Company ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  Costume Supervisor and Maker. 2014.

  • Theatre at the Mill ‘Eternally Scrooged’. Costume Supervisor and Maker. 2013.

  • Theatre at the Mill ‘Hunchback’. Costume Supervisor and Maker. 2013.

LARGE SCALE EVENTS

  • Walk the Plank UK City of Culture Derry / Londonderry ‘The Return of Colmcille’. Costume Supervisor and Maker. 2013

  • Walk the Plank ‘Land of Giants’.  Costume Supervisor and Maker. 2012. This was Irelands largest outdoor event to this date of 2012. It told the story of the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic setting sail from Belfast.

  • Beat Carnival and Belfast Circus School ‘Journey to the Land of Giants’ for the Festival of Fools.  Costume Design and Making. 2012.

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  • Red Rage Films for Harp.  Wing making for the 2016 Harp advertisement. September 2016.

MUSIC VIDEO

CARNIVAL, CIRCUS & CABARET

  • Outburst Queer Festival November 2018 ‘Cake Daddy’.
    Costumes designed by Leho De Sosa, and constructed by me in my Belfast Studio. These costumes toured Australia and were onstage at the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival January 2019.

  • Beat Carnival Company. Freelance Costume Designer, Supervisor and Maker from 2009 to 2019.

BESPOKE COSTUME COMMISSIONS

  • October 2019 : Magheralin Parish Church. I designed and constructed the Wings of the Angel that appeared to Daniel in the lions den.

  • April 2019 : National Trust, Cushendun ‘Curious Fairies’ event. I designed and created the costumes, make – up and venue dressing for this event.

  • Personal commission : August 2017 ‘The 32 Shades of Emerald, Epic Ireland Road trip Coat’

    This coat was a few years in planning. It was for a road trip of the 32 counties of Ireland, taking a photographic memory in each county.

    25% of the coat was machine made and 75% was hand stitched. The coat was fully tailored using the skills gained on Game of Thrones.

  • October 2018 : White Walker Replica costume commission for Winterfell Castle – Game of Thrones Tours, based in Castleward, National Trust. I also made the house banners for their reception entrance.

  • June 2012 : Sketch and promotional image for the Forest Nymph costume for Ariel Killick.

Mairead McCormack
Mairead McCormack
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I recently completed a 7 week course with Christine to develop sewing techniques for costume. Christine is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. It was a lovely small class so everyone had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and develop their own projects. Christine went above and beyond to make this a really enjoyable experience, the tea and biscuits were a hit with our group! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to increase their skill set in a relaxed, supportive environment. Thank you!
Sarah McDonald
Sarah McDonald
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Beginner Dressmaking Course: lovely class, lots of techniques covered, Christine is so knowledgeable and a great teacher. Small group size so everyone has a chance to ask questions and get support. Really enjoyable, highly recommend. Thank you so much!
kerry fisher
kerry fisher
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As a complete beginner in using a sewing machine and dressmaking, I learned so much in the 7 weeks I spent with Christine. Christine makes your understanding of the technical side of it all, somewhat simplistic. Christine was always on hand to help you develop your skills and was very thorough in guiding you through each step. I enjoyed the course that much, I have now enrolled in another 7 weeks course with Christine. thank you for sharing your life skills with me
Claire Allen
Claire Allen
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Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed going to Colour and Cloth’s sewing classes. Christine is an exceptional teacher: patient, friendly and encouraging, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She explains everything very clearly, from the basics to the most advanced techniques. It was lovely to be part of a small group of students too. Well worth the money! Thank you Christine!
miranda murphy
miranda murphy
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Had 2 sewing machines and 1 overlocker serviced. Super service and unbelievably quick. Christine is an absolute pleasure to deal with and has a field of knowledge in the sewing world. Thanks so much to Christine & Brian. I couldn’t recommend Colour and Cloth enough. 5 Stars all day long.
fiona smyth
fiona smyth
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Fabulous afternoon with Christine. I spent three hours in a private lesson today to get help with a mother of the bride dress I am making. I got so much good advice and help for example working with such a difficult silky fabric. Advice on machines, irons, threads, fusing and so much more. Invaluable advice and in such a relaxed style. Loved it. Booked another session. Great for the soul. Thank you Christine for being an amazing teacher.
anya hanna
anya hanna
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Just had a one to one class with Christine. It was brilliant! As a complete sewing machine novice I now feel confident enough to do everything from a multitude of different stitch styles on different fabrics to sewing button holes and zips! She taught me all the basics including how to wind on a bobbin, thread up and strip down the machine and tackle most rogue issues!! Brian was brilliant too and had serviced my lovely singer machine that had been sitting in a box for 10 years… since it was bought! I would thoroughly recommend them both! Thankyou
Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson
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I ver much enjoyed my classes with Christine! She's very knowledgeable and able to adapt things when I had problems with my pattern. The small group in the class were a lovely, friendly group of people. I'd thoroughly recommend!
Olivia
Olivia
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I just finished the 7 week beginner's course after a 10 year hiatus from sewing. I absolutely loved it, the classes are intensive but every week from when I entered until when I left Christine's studio it was like entering a time warp! 3 hours felt like 20 minutes as I learnt so many practical sewing skills. Christine is such an inspirational person with her creative projects and she absolutely reignited my love for sewing with her excellent teaching skills, creativity, patience and encouragement. Thank you Christine!
Rosie
Rosie
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I recently completed the 7-week sewing course at Colour and Cloth, mend and repair, led by the talented instructor Christine. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience that expanded my knowledge and skills in the world of sewing.Christine's expertise in mending and repairing textiles was evident from the start. She shared valuable insights on how to breathe new life into worn-out garments. Her passion for sustainable fashion and the importance of reducing waste resonated throughout the course.Christine's teaching style was clear and concise, making it easy to follow along and understand the intricacies of each method. She provided hands-on demonstrations and offered individualized guidance, ensuring that every participant felt supported and confident in their abilities.The small class size allowed for a collaborative and supportive environment. Sharing ideas and learning from fellow participants added an extra layer of inspiration and motivation. Christine fostered a sense of camaraderie among us, creating a space where we felt comfortable asking questions and seeking feedback from one another.I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in mending and repairing textiles while embracing their creativity.
Audrey Palnoch
Audrey Palnoch
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I have attended the Intermediate sewing course with Christine and have learnt so much. I am a self taught sewer and had a lot of bad habits. Christine is such a brilliant teacher she brings the best out of each of us. She is patient and encourages each of us to stretch ourselves but more than that guiding us along the way with her wealth of experience. I thoroughly recommend completing a sewing course with Christine that’s why I’ve signed up for another one!
Kathryn McBride
Kathryn McBride
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Having found Colour & Cloth online, Christine directed me to Brian who kindly overhauled and serviced my lovely treasure of a find: (a beautiful hand crank sewing machine "Sylvia" made by Harrods) and traced the model number back to 1876. The quick turnaround on servicing and knowledge of machines is impressive in itself and Brian's joy on seeing such a machine was obvious.By way of a one to one lesson, Christine took me through the absolute basics of sewing from how to thread "Sylvia" to stitching in various forms. She has also guided me in the best threads and fabrics to use to get the best from this older machine.Christine's knowledge and genuine passion of fabrics and sewing is infectious and her patience with me as the beginner has set me up to find joy in using this lovely instrument.Thank you Brian and Christine.
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