Improv Patchwork - Make a Tote BagCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Christine GreenCourse Code: 3421-05


Learn the technique of machine improv patchwork and make a tote bag using recycled fabrics. Always fancied having a go at patchworking but not known where to start? Perfect for beginners and more experienced patchworkers, improvised patchwork is a great starting point. Inspired by the quilts of Gees Bend, this is a creative fun approach that is both rewarding and a little bit addictive.


An illustrated introduction to the quilts of Gees Bend, looking at a variety of quilts and designs and a bit of background followed by :
- choosing fabrics
- simple design ideas
- getting started
- start sewing
- the importance of ironing!
- ideas for what to make with your panel

Please bring with you

A selection of different patterned or plain cotton fabrics to use, preferably items which you are recycling, eg cotton shirts or blouses, scraps of light to medium weight furnishing fabrics, old aprons or dresses.  Five different pieces would suffice.
- Fabric for the lining - could be plain or patterned
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, quilting rule not essential if you are happy using scissors
- Basic sewing kit
- Sewing machine, we will be using just a plain straight stitch



This course is suitable for absolute beginners, beginners, and those with some experience - everyone!

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Christine Green

Christine Green
Christine is an inspiring tutor with a wealth of teaching and design experience and a holistic approach to creativity.  Her unique profile includes 12 years as a graphic designer at the BBC, head of Film and Animation at Kingston University, author of ‘Contemporary Needlepoint’ and Kodak’s Young Photographer of the year (some time ago). She has won a clutch of international awards and was even nominated for a BAFTA.

Her textiles have been shown at the Contemporary Textiles Gallery in London and her quilts have been shown at the Quilt Festival in Birmingham and Art in Action. Her graphic work has been published in various books and journals.

As a freelancer she has made 80 velvet scarves for ‘Mary Poppins’ on Broadway NYC and filmed a funeral for the Queen. She recently project managed the production of a set of embroidered velvet cushions for the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ as part of its redesign. She is passionate about lettering, paper cutting, textiles, film and all things creative and enjoys sharing her enthusiasms with her students.
25th Aug 2021

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9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"I really enjoyed the course, Christine is an excellent informative teacher.  I learnt a lot, she is interactive and generous and really helped with the design." (Summer School 2019)

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