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Luxury Silk and Wool Scarf

Using basic nuno felting and acid dyeing techniques, create a luxurious silk and merino scarf dyed in jewel colours and with a contrasting geometric design.

You will encase fine merino and silk pre-felt with gossamer Margilan silk fabric to make a soft, lightweight scarf. When you have chosen your preferred colours, the dyeing process combined with the lustrous silk will create a stunning finish. A fabulous gift for a special friend or family.

Tutor will provide all materials to enable you to make one scarf . This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 6th March 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Ref 3434
Fees £85
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Hand Stitched Coin Purse
COURSE FULL

Using a range of fabrics and embellishments, create a beautiful coin purse.

First, you will learn how to make a pattern for the purse frame. This skill can be transferred to a variety of frames and used for future projects.

Once your pattern is ready, you will choose from a selection of fabrics, some eco printed, and design a collaged background. Once you are happy with your design you can add stitching and embellishments creating the perfect cover for your purse.

Finally join everything together and hand stitch into the frame.

Some stitch experience would be useful, but is not essential.  Your tutor will guide everyone through the process.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 7th March 2024
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3442
Fees £80
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Block Printing Onto Fabric With Lino

An exciting workshop using lino blocks and textile inks to print your own, unique design onto fabric.

Start by transferring your design onto lino. Learn how to cut into the lino to produce your block and then how to print your design onto fabric using textile ink. You will cover the basics of pattern design and print registration techniques. At the end of the day you will take home your hand printed fabric which could be used to make lovely napkins, place settings and cushion covers, amongst many other ideas.

Tutor will supply all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

If you have fabric that you would like to try printing onto, please bring this along with you. Your tutor will advise you if it is suitable.

If you wish to print a placement design for a cushion cover, please bring your cushion pad with you.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 13th March 2024
Tutor Jacqui Dodds
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3420
Fees £80
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Adventures In Indigo

A chance to explore the magic of indigo dyeing, along with the sophisticated ‘tie-dyeing’ process of Japanese Shibori.

In this session you will create two traditional Shibori patterns on cotton fabric. In addition, you will have the opportunity to create many sheets of indigo patterned tissue paper which can be used for wrapping, book covering etc.

No previous experience of indigo dyeing is required for this workshop.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.

A light lunch is provided.

Date Thursday 11th April 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3431
Fees £80
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Reversible Canvas Work

Reversible canvas work is based on double running. Produce a variety of stitches ranging from Florentine to multiple cross stitches. It can be used to make a wide range of items from key rings to handbags. The beauty of reversible stitch is that you do not need to line your work. You will make a small sampler that could be used  to create a small purse or used as inspiration to plan a larger, more considered piece of work.

Tutor will supply most materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Date Wednesday 17th April 2024
Tutor Anne Dyer – Founder of Westhope College
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3458
Fees £45
   

   
Braid Society Try-It Day

This workshop is aimed at both complete beginners and those who wish to improve their braiding skills. You will be introduced to a variety of basic braids, tassels, cords and knots as well as special braiding techniques including Ply-Split and Kumihimo.

A wonderful opportunity to learn from Braid Society members, Anne Dyer,
Julie Hedges and Kay Hawkins.

The Braid Society has very kindly subsidised this course.

Lunch is available to members and non-members for £7.00

Tutor will supply most materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Date Thursday 18th April 2024
Tutor Anne Dyer, Julie Hedges, Kay Hawkins
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3463
Fees £25  Braid Society members
£30  Non members
   

   


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An Introduction To Eco Printing

Spend a wonderful day learning the basic technique of eco printing, transferring colour and shape from leaves onto paper and fabric.

There are many different leaves that can create images and you will learn about common accessible varieties and the colours they can produce.

We will look at the different mordants used to treat your paper and fabrics to make the patterns light and wash-fast. These mordants can also affect the colours attained and we shall explore that.

By investigation and experimentation, you will produce many samples on both paper and fabric. After lunch you will combine your newly acquired skills and eco print a narrow silk scarf.

Students are encouraged to bring along any foliage that they would like to try to take prints from. Your tutor will advise on their suitability.

Your tutor will supply all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and as a recap for those already on their eco printing journey.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 25th April 2024
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10.00am – 3.30pm
Ref 3443
Fees £80
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Silk Satin Scarf – Watermarking Techniques

One of the beautiful effects offered by silk painting is the creation of watermarks – darker outlines to areas of colour. 

This workshop will allow you to build layers of colour and marks on a luxurious pure silk satin. The dense weave and glossy surface of the fabric will show off the design with glorious results on your own lovely unique long scarf.

You will learn the basics of silk painting, experiment with colour mixes and applications and how to fix your colours to the fabric. All students will leave with one, beautifully coloured silk satin scarf.

Tutor will provide all materials to enable you to make one scarf. This cost is included in your course fee.

Scarves provided are made from crepe backed silk satin, have hand rolled finished edges and measure 160cms x 45cms.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 21st May 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm
Ref 3433
Fees £90
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Logwood Natural Dye, Foliage and Seedheads

Using eco-printing techniques combined with logwood natural dye and various foliage, create some wonderful images on paper and fabric.

The logwood dye produces a beautiful blue base colour, perfect for creating bold prints.

You will experiment and print onto handmade paper, card tags and also silk and cotton. You will be amazed at the stunning effects that a variety of leaves and seedheads can create on different base materials. 

The resulting samples can be used in many creative projects such as art collages and stitch projects.

Students are encouraged to bring along any foliage and seedheads that they would like to try to take prints from. Your tutor will advise on their suitability.

Tutor will provide all materials. This cost is included in your course fee.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 23rd May 2024
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3444
Fees £80
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