Textile Courses

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


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)

Changing the Surface - adding and subtracting12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsWednesday to Friday

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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

"Always inspiring and encouraging - a good opportunity to learn new techniques in a supportive atmosphere, and polish up old ones.  I now have enough skills and ideas to keep me going for the next few months!" (November 2019)

Eco-print DyeingCourse Postponed13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlThursday to Friday


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)

Patchwork & Quilting: All About Log CabinsCourse Postponed13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickThursday to Friday


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

Honiton Lace MakingCourse Postponed17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
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

"Thank you, I have had a brilliant weekend and learned so much." (October 2019)

Raffia Bag MakingCourse Postponed17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Claire Richards - NEW TUTORMonday to Tuesday


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

A Knitters SketchbookCourse Postponed19th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Sarah Hazell - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday


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