Textile Courses

Taking Textiles Further - Connections - knot, wrap, thread16th Nov to 17th Nov 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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..... read more

"Refreshing and stimulating - a year's work to do at home!" (June 2019)

Honiton Lace Making17th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"Course excellent and the tutor fantastic (as ever!)". (October 2019)

Taking Textiles Further - Design a personal textile that connects people, places and events18th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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..... read more

"I very much enjoyed the course and having one day of design and one of stitching worked well." (June 2019)

Bobbin Lace Making13th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: Jan TregidgoFriday to Sunday

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This course is for all those bobbin lacemakers who want the time to enjoy their lacemaking with a very experienced teacher on hand to help and guide them. It is also for total beginners to Have a Go at Bobbin Lace, Jan will lend you all the equipment you need. Lapsed lace makers will find it a great opportunity to return to the craft..... read more

Fabric printing - Print, Paint and Pinny14th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: Alison HulmeSaturday to Sunday

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Students will experiment with Thermofax screens, Gellie Plates, stamps and stencils to create a range of samples, and from these they will design their own large piece of fabric. Alison will bring a pinny pattern in four different sizes so that students can make up their own unique fabric design into a pinny..... read more

Belgian and other European Laces27th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

Bucks Point Lace24th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Louise West - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

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This is a weekend course focusing on Bucks Point lace, both geometric and floral techniques, with individual tuition to work on your own project, or start something new. The option of designing or adapting patterns is also available, and the pattern can be supplied before the course by contacting the tutor. Throughout the weekend teaching will be through individual learning and group demonstrations of techniques as appropriate. .... read more

Print and Stitch25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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Using Indian carved wooden printing blocks we will print designs onto fabric and paper and then colour them with dyes. Using simple machine or hand stitch we will then use the fabrics to create applique pictures..... read more

"Brilliant course, really enjoyed it." (March 2019)

Fabulous Felt Bags25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

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Make a lovely sturdy felt bag using the wet feltmaking method. Your bag will be made without using any sewing and can be as decorative as you like. You will learn how to design the shape and create your own unique decoration. Using the resist method, you will form your design into a strong seamless bag capable of containing all your usual handbag items. Feltmaking is an addictive craft, fun and creative and will leave you wanting to explore further. .... read more

Improv Patchwork - Free Form Piecing9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCSaturday to Sunday

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A course with a difference! Using an inspiration source, I will show you how to design your own unique and exciting patchwork blocks. This liberated improv/free form piecing will transform the way you think of block patchwork! You will have the opportunity to include strip pieced and other free cut methods transforming your work as you go. During the workshop you will make a series of samples or begin turning them into a piece of work, using machine piecing. .... read more

"Excellent, enjoyable day." (Summer School 2019)

Belgian and other European Laces22nd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

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This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

Double Vision (free machine embroidery)23rd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Anne HellyerSaturday to Sunday

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This is a busy but fun free machine embroidery workshop. You will create a beautiful 3D scene, using my hand painted fabrics and free machine embroidery. This project was featured in the D4Daisy WOW Book 4. (June 2019).... read more

Honiton Lace Making12th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"Thank you, I have had a brilliant weekend and learned so much." (October 2019)

Taking Textiles Further - create a modern icon from recycled materials13th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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..... read more

"A lifeline for developing creative skills, especially when there is very little going on in my home area." (March 2019)

Nuno and Cobweb Felt Scarves13th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

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Learn to make beautiful, light cobweb felt and nuno felt scarves. Cobweb feltmaking produces a lovely delicate, lacy fabric that can be used to make scarves and wraps. In nuno feltmaking wool is worked onto a lightweight natural fabric. The fibres of the wool migrate through the fabric so that the two become interwoven, creating fascinating textures and beautiful colours. Adding highlights of silk fibre, lace or fabric takes this into a whole new dimension. .... read more