Textile Courses

Changing the Surface - adding and subtractingCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List23rd Feb to 24th Feb 2021
Tutor: Janet EdmondsTuesday to Wednesday


Many textile artists are drawn to materials and surfaces weathered by sun, wind and rain, and that are transformed over time into an aesthetic beauty of decay. Close observation of the patination on old, disintegrating surfaces will be the inspiration for this workshop. The act of selecting textures that are changed by the ravages of weather and time such as crumbling stonework, peeling paint, dry plaster and decaying wood, of looking, considering and recording their details, will result in intensely worked surfaces on paper and fabric.... read more

"Excellent tutor who gave helpful and timely advice.  Good range of techniques and methods - I really enjoyed it." (Summer School 2019)

Just Couching!10 Mar 2021
Tutor: Janet EdmondsWednesday


Enjoy a day of stitching using Couching to produce a sampler showing the potential for creative surfaces. Exploring the many forms of Couching, we will change the density and direction, vary thickness of thread from fine through to thick, explore colour combinations, and consider the placing and variety of holding stitches..... read more

"Excellent teacher with original ideas.  Makes you think and move out of your comfort zone." (November 2019)

Bobbin Lace Making12th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jan TregidgoFriday to Sunday


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

A lovely weekend. (Mar 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday


Unleash your creativity as you paint and print your own unique papers and backgrounds, experimenting with colours, textures and mark making using a variety of techniques. Then cut them up and collage them before adding stitch with free machine embroidery to create your own unique artworks. This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs..... read more

"Tutor excellent." (March 2019)

Patchwork and Quilting - Improv PatchworkProposed Course10th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
Tutor: Christine GreenSaturday to Sunday


If you've always fancied having a go at patchwork but not known where to start or felt a bit intimidated by all those fat quarters and jelly rolls then this is the course for you. Christine's contemporary, quirky take on patchwork harks back to the origins of patchwork by recycling where possible, but bringing it right up to date in terms of design. Take inspiration from the quilts of Gees Bend and create beautiful, unique designs. .... read more

"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)

Honiton Lace MakingProposed Course11th Jun to 13th Jun 2021
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday


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

"An excellent weekend - wonderful tutor." (October 2019)