Textile Courses

Next Steps in Crochet: Colour, Lace and Texture7th Aug to 9th Aug 2017
Tutor: Diana BenstedMonday to Wednesday


If you have competed the "Crochet for All" course, or are able to do the basic stitches, and want to pick up even more hints and tips, improve your pattern reading and learn about different types of crochet stitches and combinations, this is the course for you. Learn about textural stitches, colour changing, working with lace weight yarn, crochet cables and ribs, and joining motifs..... read more

Felt to Quilt7th Aug to 8th Aug 2017
Tutor: Barbara WeeksMonday to Tuesday


Wool Fibres and silk cloth are exciting and luxurious to work with. With minimal equipment and the most basic skills a sumptuous fine cloth can be created. Explore colour and texture with an element of spontaneity. We will learn to lay the finest layers of wool fibre and the technique of wool lamination, where wool is used to manipulate fine silks. The resulting cloth is a delight to stitch..... read more

Honiton Lace Making7th Aug to 9th Aug 2017
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleMonday to Wednesday


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

Batik on Fabric and Paper14th Aug to 15th Aug 2017
Tutor: Angela LenmanMonday to Tuesday


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

Introduction to Machine Patchwork & Quilting16th Aug to 18th Aug 2017
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickWednesday to Friday


In my course you will learn easy rotary cutting, how to piece accurate squares, half square triangles and rectangles and how to make these into simple blocks. These blocks will be sewn together, a border added and will produce a one metre square lap or wall quilt!.... read more

Textiles - Inspired by Hockney16th Aug to 18th Aug 2017
Tutor: Janet EdmondsWednesday to Friday


David Hockney is one of the most popular and widely recognised artists of our time and has produced some of the best known paintings. He has explored place and space, drawing and colour, giving us a wealth of colour and texture to inspire stitch..... read more

Patchwork & Quilting - After Boro17 Aug 2017
Tutor: Janice GunnerThursday


The word Boro translates as rags or tatters and what many Westerners admire as the most interesting side of the work, is, in reality, the wrong side! All the texture from the scraps and repairs tell a story of the fabrics, the designs, the weaves etc. This workshop will introduce you to how simple scraps of fabric can be put together to make a small piece of work inspired by Boro ..... read more

Sashiko – Japanese Hand Quilting18 Aug 2017
Tutor: Janice GunnerFriday


During this one day course you will learn about the beautiful Japanese hand quilting technique of Sashiko. Usually worked with white stitching on indigo coloured fabric, you will be shown traditional examples and techniques, together with some contemporary ways of using the technique. I have designed a project for you to work which includes a motif and grid pattern..... read more