Connections are made in many different ways; physical, digital, writings, through historical, geographical and community sources. There is a rich seam of inspiration to be found wherever one looks. Connections may be made through practical means or may be unseen and merely sensed or felt. They may be personal, local, cultural, lasting or ephemeral. This subject provides a feast of exciting but challenging starting points for textile design.
This practical course covers not only traditional textile techniques that have been used for many years to join cloth and thread together but with others that use hard materials such as wood, wire, metal and plastic. We will consider the practical problems of joining elements together through insertion techniques, knotting, and wrapping and give a contemporary slant to these essential methods whilst using the most elementary tools and materials. The course provides useful skills that will underpin the further two weekends that follow on the theme of ‘Connections’. You may wish to choose a subject to inspire these techniques ie. ancient man, corsets, make do and mend, garment fastenings.
Please bring with you
A design source, variety of fabrics - cotton, calico, hessian, muslin, felt. These may be plain, patterned or recycled
Variety of threads from fine to thick
A few barbeque sticks or cocktail sticks
Any dress-making fastenings you may have eg hooks and eyes, press studs
Thin metal shim, could be a tomato puree tube
Sheet of acetate
A usual sewing kit to include scissors and a stiletto, a variety of needles and a small pair of pliers.
This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced textile students. If you are not sure if this is you, please ask!
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
Janet is a freelance textile artist, author of several books and experienced tutor, exhibiting and delivering courses to adults nationally and internationally. She has taught City & Guilds courses for 25 years at various centres, including Missenden Abbey, and also runs advanced workshops. She was awarded the Medal for Excellence and the Broderers Prize in 2016. She is a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Textile Study Group.