Textile Courses

Tapestry Weaving: Art from the Loom28th Apr to 29th Apr 2018
Tutor: Matty SmithSaturday to Sunday

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Woven tapestry art has its roots in ancient history and yet it is one of the most powerful contemporary textile art forms. This course aims to explore tapestry weaving through interpretation of a personally selected image or idea. Returners will be able to develop further skills, those new to tapestry weaving or established weavers wanting to extend their skills, will find opportunities to learn new techniques and insights into this exciting contemporary textile art..... read more

Further Patchwork & QuiltingCourse Full28th Apr to 29th Apr 2018
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickSaturday to Sunday

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If you have done some basic patchwork, this course will help you move forward to learn two fun and useful, machine sewn, techniques...Foundation Paper Piecing and Invisible Machine Applique. Both techniques will help you produce accurate, traditional quilts. We will make an adaptation of the standard Log Cabin called "Flying Geese in the Log Cabin" and finish it with an applique border using my signature technique Invisible Machine Applique!.... read more

Belgian and other European Laces18th May to 20th May 2018
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

Taking Textiles Further - Exploring Layers19th May to 20th May 2018
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Embroiderers and those working with other textile disciplines have always worked with layers. Much imagery is achieved by adding layer upon layer to a surface, either by stitch or with fabric and applique or layers of fibres. This course will explore layering using a variety of techniques and methods to extend the concept of combining layers..... read more

Bonded Surfaces9th Jun to 10th Jun 2018
Tutor: Lynda MonkSaturday to Sunday

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This is a new date as resceduled due to snow cancellation in March. In this workshop we will create amazing textured surfaces from bonding Tyvek fabric to a variety of other fabrics. The finished pieces can then be stitched to enhance the surface or used as they are to create stunning pieces of textile art..... read more

Honiton Lace MakingCourse Full15th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
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, 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

Eco-print Dyeing16th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

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Eco print dyeing is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. Using flowers and leaves from gardens and countryside, this is a direct contact printing method that allows the flora and foliage to give up their colours and patterns. The most mundane of plants can give a whole variety of hues. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art of the surprising effects that can be achieved just by wrapping plants in cloth and steaming the bundle..... read more

Home is Where the Art is16th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
Tutor: Anne HellyerSaturday to Sunday

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This is a busy but fun free machine embroidery workshop. Using as inspiration a 10 x 15cm photograph of your home or your favourite building, we will then create and stitch a beautiful and unique design..... read more

Honiton Lace Making30th Jul to 1st Aug 2018
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleMonday to Wednesday

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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

Hand Embroidery: Monogramming6th Aug to 8th Aug 2018
Tutor: Stephanie BonneauMonday to Wednesday

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This course is suitable for all levels and those which have experience in embroidery but would like to be initiated to monogramming. This class aims to introduce learners to monograms and learn how to embroider their initials. Monograms are very delicate and precise and add a personal touch. They have been used throughout British history for thousands of years to personalise garments. Learn how to customise your item or embellish a present for someone special..... read more

Time and change - an Exploration of Surface with Paper, Paint and Cloth6th Aug to 8th Aug 2018
Tutor: Janet EdmondsMonday to Wednesday

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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. This course explores surfaces using a variety of methods and processes to achieve images inspired by the ravages of time on weathered and decaying wood, plaster and metal. Surfaces will be further enhanced with stitching to make a series of samples that may be developed into finished pieces of work..... read more

Fabulous Felt! Cactus Inspired Pots and Mats13th Aug to 14th Aug 2018
Tutor: Barbara WeeksMonday to Tuesday

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Experience the magical process of Felt Making. From 2D to 3D, explore a variety of British wools, fine Merino and silk fibres to explore colour and texture in surface design. We start by perfecting flat felt techniques and then move on to the 3 Dimensional, using resist materials. Pots, oven glove or cases to your own design. Added decoration can include stitch..... read more

Batik on Fabric and Paper13th Aug to 14th Aug 2018
Tutor: Angela LenmanMonday to Tuesday

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Batik is a form of wax resist whereby hot wax is applied to cloth, or paper, which is then covered with dye. The wax will resist the dye and, therefore, a simple pattern is created. By the repeated application of the wax, followed by repeated applications of dyes, in various colours, a complicated pattern can be built up, and indeed a picture or painting. Students will learn the basic techniques of batik, and produce one or more colourful traditional batik designs or pictures on fabric, and several experimental works on paper..... read more

Crochet - What Next! Adapting stitches and pattern reading15th Aug to 17th Aug 2018
Tutor: Diana BenstedWednesday to Friday

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Do you crochet, but have no idea how to read a pattern? Have you crocheted in the past and need to be refreshed? Have you done a beginner's course but don't know what to do next… this course is for you! We will cover the basic stitches and techniques, and then focus on reading crochet patterns for a wonderful original design which can be made into a bag or cushion cover..... read more

Altered Books15th Aug to 17th Aug 2018
Tutor: Paula WatkinsWednesday to Friday

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We will take an old, unloved hardback book and transform it into a new work of Art! Using a theme of your choice and mixed media, textiles and embroidery we will add vintage and found objects to create and illustrate a book to be treasured..... read more