Textile Courses

Honiton Lace Making18th Jan to 20th Jan 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

Just Stitch!19 Jan 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday

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Enjoy a day of stitching using simple straight stitches to produce a sampler showing the potential for creative surfaces. We will explore a variety of straight stitches including running, back stitch, satin, split stitch, cross hatching. We will change the density and direction, vary thickness of thread from fine through to thick, explore colour combinations and consider the placing of stitches..... read more

Belgian and other European Laces1st Feb to 3rd Feb 2019
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

Crochet for All16th Feb to 17th Feb 2019
Tutor: Diana BenstedSaturday to Sunday

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This course is suitable for beginners, for those who may have crocheted in the past and want to refresh their skills and for those who may crochet already and want to improve. Through a series of motifs, learn to start and finish, crochet basic stitches, use simple joining techniques, follow written patterns and simple charts and gain hints and tips to make your crochet more professional..... read more

Design and create your own Crochet Motif9th Mar to 10th Mar 2019
Tutor: Jane CrowfootSaturday to Sunday

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Jane will start by talking you through her own design process and will then illustrate the basic skills of designing a motif from scratch. Using a visual inspiration such as a postcard or image, participants will then work on creating their own crochet motif that could subsequently be turned into a larger project. .... read more

Taking Textiles Further - Pattern and Ornament9th Mar to 10th Mar 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Pattern and ornament is a vast subject found across all cultures and traditions within the decorative arts. This course will explore historical themes in relation to pattern, referencing Art Deco geometric pattern. We will explore pattern making with an emphasis on geometrical imagery using architecture as a theme..... read more

Machine Embroidery: Crazy Collaged Fabric9th Mar to 10th Mar 2019
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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This is a machine embroidery workshop using foot on, teeth up techniques as well as free machining. Master stitches and control your machine producing some fabulously rich collaged surfaces. The resulting fabric can be made up into any project you like, from cushions and notebook covers to even garments - but a pattern for a handbag will be included in the workshop fee. This is ideal for beginners but challenging enough for those with experience too..... read more

Bobbin Lace Making22nd Mar to 24th Mar 2019
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

Beginners Machine Embroidery23rd Mar to 24th Mar 2019
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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This course is the perfect introduction to learning free machine embroidery. Master the basics, conquer your fears and learn to draw with your sewing machine. By the end of the weekend you will be able to tackle simple projects with confidence..... read more

Batik on Cotton - New Beginnings 13th Apr to 14th Apr 2019
Tutor: Angela LenmanSaturday to Sunday

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In this two-day workshop students will produce two or three batiks demonstrating a variety of techniques - either a built-up pattern or batik pictures. Working on fine cotton lawn students will learn how to use batik tools to apply hot wax, then cover the fabric with dye. After successive layers of wax and dye, the batik is dipped in a dye bath to create the characteristic batik cracking. Students should bring a few designs or photographs as reference material..... read more

Set the Town Alight 4th May to 5th May 2019
Tutor: Anne HellyerSaturday to Sunday

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This is a busy but fun free machine embroidery workshop. Using my hand painted fabrics and free machine embroidery, you will create a beautiful 3D wrap suitable for use with LED string lights or a battery operated tea-light candle.  .... read more

Art at the Loom17th May to 19th May 2019
Tutor: Matty SmithFriday to Sunday

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This course, aimed at all levels, will enable participants to start from basics by weaving a sampler of different tapestry weaving techniques, to explore tapestry weaving through interpretation of a personally selected image or to explore effects such as woven surface texture or colour blending. For those new to tapestry weaving or established weavers wanting to extend their skills, there will be opportunities to learn new techniques and insights into this exciting contemporary textile art..... read more

Belgian and other European Laces17th May to 19th May 2019
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

Honiton Lace Making14th 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

Taking Textiles Further - Pattern and Ornament15th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Pattern and ornament is a vast subject found across all cultures and traditions within the decorative arts. This course will explore historical themes in relation to pattern, referencing the organic and botanical drawings of the amazing nineteenth century artist Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist and philosopher. Flowers in all their myriad forms will be the theme to inspire three dimensional pattern..... 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

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