Textile Courses

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

A lovely weekend. (Mar 2019)

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

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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

"Another lovely course."(May 2019)

Taking Textiles Further - Design a personal textile that connects people, places and events28th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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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

"Lots more like this, please" (November 2019)

Batik on Fabric and Paper4th Apr to 5th Apr 2020
Tutor: Angela LenmanSaturday to Sunday

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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

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

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

"Sue was great!" (March 2019)

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

"Tutor excellent, lots of demonstrations and individual attention.  Food lovely, room immaculate - really enjoyed it, thank you." (March 2019)

Crochet Retreat9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Diana BenstedSaturday to Sunday

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Crochet without borders! Look forward to a relaxing weekend with a combination of workshops tailored to your experience and what you would like to learn, working on new or existing projects..... read more

"Diana was most helpful each day, and very attentive to my needs as a beginner.  I learned a lot and the handouts will be most useful."  (Summer School 2019)

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

"First class tutor with a great wealth of knowledge related to the subject." (May 2019)

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

Just Couching!24 May 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSunday

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

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

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

"I really enjoyed the course" (June 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

"Sue was great!" (March 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Gina FerrariMonday to Tuesday

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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

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

Patchwork & Quilting: All About Log Cabins13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickThursday to Friday

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The Log Cabin block is one of the most loved, traditional blocks in quilt making. Like Dresden Plates, Grandmother s Flower Garden and 9 Patch blocks. Log Cabins are instantly recognized as quilts everyone would love to have or make. Sadly, sometimes newer quilters find it hard to be accurate and get multiple blocks all the same size…, or they aren't confident about colour choices… or, they love the idea of a traditional Log Cabin but their style is more contemporary… What to do?!.... read more

Eco-print Dyeing13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlThursday to Friday

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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 for the foliage to give up their colours and patterns. It is amazing the effects and results that the most mundane of plants can give. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art of the surprising and delighting effects that can be achieved just by wrapping plants in cloth and steaming the bundle..... read more

"I have had a great weekend and very pleased with the results." (March 2019)

Honiton Lace Making17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
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

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

Raffia Bag Making17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Claire Richards - NEW TUTORMonday to Tuesday

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Make your own beautiful raffia bag during the two days. Relax with raffia, plaiting and learning the skills to make your own bag and many more for family and friends if you wish. Raffia is a lovely material to work with - natural, sustainable and very flexible, which also means forgiving(!) - these days are good for complete beginners. All materials are provided, please just bring a smile….... read more

Changing the Surface - adding and subtracting17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
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. 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

"Lots more like this, please" (November 2019)

A Knitter's Sketchbook19th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Sarah Hazell - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday

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This three day course will cover several aspects of decorative knitting techniques and is suitable for knitters who want to add an extra dimension to their work. The project will take the form of creating A Knitter s Sketchbook. You will have the opportunity to knit pages for your Sketchbook, by exploring different techniques such as 3-D effects, surface decoration, embroidery, edges and trims and sequence knitting. Samples will be compiled into a book or folder to serve as a reference for future design work. .... read more