Textile Courses

Honiton Lace MakingCourse Full14th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
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

Patchwork & Quilting: All About Applique15th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickSaturday to Sunday

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Applique adds so much to your quilts! You will learn hand, reverse, machine satin stitch, blanket stitch and my signature Invisible Machine Applique applique, and make four lovely elephants for a wallhanging or baby quilt. I will also show you how to mitre borders, make bias stems and avoid curved piecing using applique. Fun, useful and satisfying, ALL ABOUT APPLIQUE is an easy way to build your skills amongst friends..... read more

Print, Paint and Pinny15th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
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

Taking Textiles Further - Explore colour and shape inspired by the abstract artist Gillian Ayres15th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Gillian Ayres was a major contemporary abstract painter whose images show energy and vitality. We will use this reference to create our own abstract images with strong colour contrasts and surface textures and a playful approach to media..... read more

Honiton Lace Making5th Aug to 7th Aug 2019
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

Create Pattern and Texture Inspired by the Work of John Piper5th Aug to 7th Aug 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsMonday to Wednesday

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Inspired by John Piper's idea of the aesthetic beauty of pleasing decay, we will create images of old buildings using machine embroidery over mono printed surfaces..... read more

Crochet - What Next? Tools and Techniques7th Aug to 9th Aug 2019
Tutor: Diana BenstedWednesday to Friday

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Have you learned to crochet, but want some ideas on what to make next? Have you been crocheting a while and want to learn something new? Terrified of Tunisian? Apprehensive about Amigurumi? This course will settle all those nerves, give you new crochet skills and understanding with techniques and projects..... read more

Creating Art with Felt8th Aug to 9th Aug 2019
Tutor: Sue PearlThursday to Friday

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An art felting course that builds up pictures in layers using soft merino wool in a myriad of colours. Using techniques in colour mixing and the wet felting process you can make scenic pictures or still life that will bring a wonderful textural quality to your art. Bring your inspiration and create..... read more

Picture it in Collage and Stitch8th Aug to 9th Aug 2019
Tutor: Richard BoxThursday to Friday

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Do you want to create one of your own designs and translate it into a picture using Richard's well known technique, which combines fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery? Then this is your course! .... read more

Triangle Trickery (aka Squashed Frogs!)12 Aug 2019
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCMonday

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Spend a relaxing day learning how to make these deceptively simple, manipulated fabric origami patchwork shapes. I devised these clever little textural patchwork segments back in 1997 when I was studying for my City & Guilds Part 2 (now Diploma) in Patchwork & Quilting and they are still going strong today! Triangle Trickery units look great made in cotton fabric but are even more spectacular when made in silk! .... read more

Batik on Fabric and Paper12th Aug to 13th Aug 2019
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

Hand embroidery: Drawing your Initials13 Aug 2019
Tutor: Stephanie BonneauTuesday

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Get an introduction to drawing and embroidering your initals in this one day workshop. This course allows students to learn how to best draw and embroider their monograms. Monograms are a very important part of bespoke tailoring and can personalise many items from handkerchiefs, shirts and even slippers..... read more

Atarashii Patchwork - Japanese Folded and Quilted Patchwork13 Aug 2019
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCTuesday

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The Japanese term Atarashii Patchwork translates as 'new patchwork'. Devised by Japanese quilter Sashiyo Muraki, it was first published in Japanese book of techniques in 1984. It is a deceptively simple technique which makes up into delightful little quilt-as-you-go units that can be turned into a variety of items such as bags, boxes, table mats and wall hangings. This hand stitching workshop will introduce you to the technique and give ideas and inspiration for other projects..... read more

Goldwork embroidery: Elizabethan Border14th Aug to 15th Aug 2019
Tutor: Stephanie BonneauWednesday to Thursday

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Get an introduction to goldwork embroidery in this two day workshop. Historically used by the church for their eclesiastic vestments and ceremonial robes, as well as by royalty throughout the ages, goldwork has also been adopted by the military to adorn dress uniforms, for banners, crests and badges. Knowledge of this historic and striking technique presents many possibilities when creating embroidery pieces..... read more

Knitting with Colour - How to master the Fairisle and Intarsia techniques15 Aug 2019
Tutor: Jane CrowfootThursday

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Knitting with colour is fun and really effective and, with a few key skills, the worlds of Fairisle and Intarsia are relatively easy to master. The Fairisle technique originates from the Shetland Isles and Scandinavian countries and is a technique where yarns are carried across the reverse side of the work to create a two layered, repeated pattern, fabric. The intarsia method is used to create larger 'blocks' of colour where yarns are not repeated across a row..... read more

Finishing Techniques for Handknitters16 Aug 2019
Tutor: Jane CrowfootFriday

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This workshop will show participants how to get a really neat finish on all their knitted projects. Participants will be shown how to avoid the most common pitfalls of finishing off hand knitted projects and by the end of the course will know how to achieve a neat and even tension, how to work a really neat neck line (shaping and picking up stitches) and how to join pieces using mattress stitch. Jane will also share other professional tips and techniques along the way..... read more