Textile Courses

Honiton Lace Making5th Aug to 7th Aug 2019
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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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