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PATCH AND QUILT AS YOU GO

Patch and quilt all in one!
The traditional craft of patchworking is brought bang up to date with this workshop. Learn how to patchwork and quilt all at the same time using a sewing machine and an exciting array of fabrics. Add beads, buttons and embroidery stitches to embellish your work. You will make a finished panel that could be made into a phone or glasses case, or start a larger piece to use as a bag or a quilt.
Materials: £5

Date Wed 25th July
Tutor Christine Green  
Time 9.30am-4.30pm  
Ref 2070  
Fees £65  
   

   
HAVE A GO FELTMAKING

A fun workshop introducing you to magic of felting. Using merino wool, sheer fabrics and other interesting fibres, learn how to make pre felts, how to blend colours and create textures, and how to make nuno felt.
Experiment with different samples and techniques and make a small felt picture to take home.

Date Sat 28th July
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2098  
Fees £60  
   

   
QUICK QUILTS

2 places remaining

Once you have chosen your materials, the aim of this workshop is to show you how to make a single bed quilt in eight hours.
Using the quick methods of patchwork (Amish, Seminole, Log cabin etc.) you will make a series of samples or a small quilt, or you may decide to start a larger piece that you can finish at home.
Students will need to have experience of using a sewing machine for this workshop.


Date Wed 1st August
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2055  
Fees £35  
   

   
SEWING MACHINE SKETCHES

This fun workshop will show you the exciting possibilities that machine embroidery has to offer. Learn how to set up your sewing machine for free motion embroidery and discover how to draw with stitch. Be inspired and create wonderful images on fabric which you can frame or use as cards.
Materials: £5 maximum

Date Wed 8th August
Tutor Stevie Walker  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2146  
Fees £55  
   

   
CRAZY PATCHWORK AND EMBROIDERY

Discover exciting new ways to create your own, individual crazy patchwork. Each month create a new sample block using different construction techniques and explore various combinations of both embellishment and stitch. You can complete just one block or a series of blocks, and combine these to make a cushion or a wall hanging.

Date Sat 11th August
Tutor Iishkar Everwood  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2215  
Fees £55  
   

   
PATTERNS FROM THE EAST

Discover patterns, textures and colours from the East which will inspire you to create beautiful pieces of work using the exciting technique of batik – hot wax resist- on paper and tissue paper.
Use wooden stamps and various tools to create two or three exciting images. Your work will be suitable for further embellishment with stitch or print and for framing or turning into book covers or cards.

Date Tues 14th August
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2096  
Fees £60  
   

   
MINIATURE LANDSCAPES

Create a beautiful miniature embroidered landscape for your home.
Using free machine embroidery, stitch a tree surrounded by flowers onto silk strips and dissolvable fabric. Once the fabric has been dissolved, attach your tree to a mini canvas onto which you can either hand paint your own landscape, or use a pre painted sample.
Materials: £5 maximum

Date Sat 18th August
Tutor Jane Fairweather  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2170  
Fees £55  
   

   
BOBBIN LACE MAKING

A relaxing workshop introducing you to basic techniques in bobbin lacemaking. Come along and learn a simple pattern that can be turned into a small bracelet or brooch.
This workshop is suitable for those students who wish to refresh their bobbin lacemaking skills and also for absolute beginners.

Date Sat 1st September
Tutor Sarah Thomas  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2175  
Fees £45  
   

   
RAG RUGS

Discover how people used to recycle their worn clothes to make shaggy mats. The technique is called Progging or Podging in the Black Country, and was done all over the British Isles.
On this fun workshop you will learn the basic rag rug technique using either your own recycled fabrics or those supplied by your tutor. You could finish a small seat mat on the day leading to larger projects once you get hooked!

Date Sat 8th September
Tutor Jenni Stuart-Anderson  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2151  
Fees £55  
   

   
WOOL PAINTING POPPY FIELDS

Wool painting is a relatively new technique which originated in Russia.
Learn how to create a fibre picture using a mixture of merino wool, silk and viscose fibres. You will be shown how to lay and shape the fibres and how to blend the colours together to create an amazing textural picture.
Your finished work will be put into a glass frame for you to take home at the end of the session.
Materials: £11

Date Sun 9th September
Tutor Raya Brown  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2153  
Fees £60  
   

   
CRAZY PATCHWORK AND EMBROIDERY

Discover exciting new ways to create your own, individual crazy patchwork. Each month create a new sample block using different construction techniques and explore various combinations of both embellishment and stitch. You can complete just one block or a series of blocks, and combine these to make a cushion or a wall hanging.

Date Wed 12th September
Tutor Iishkar Everwood  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2216  
Fees £55  
   

   
BIG CROCHET

Big Crochet uses big hooks and big yarns to create exciting textiles for your home in a matter of moments! This workshop shows you how to create a floor pouffe, in your own chosen colours, using the basic double crochet stitch. It is a technique you can apply to textiles that you can create in your home.
Students need to know how to do the most basic of all crochet stitches, the double crochet stitch, for this workshop.
Materials: £12

Date Sat 15th September
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2165  
Fees £40  
   

   
BIG TUNISIAN CROCHET

Big Tunisian Crochet uses a big hook and multiple strands of yarn to create a superbly patterned textile which can be used as a bedrunner, cushion or rug.
Using cream yarn, you will learn the technique on this workshop, take home what you make and use it as a reference for home textiles of your own.
No previous experience of crochet is required for this workshop.
Materials: £8

Date Sat 15th September
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 1.30pm-4.00pm  
Ref 2167  
Fees £40  
   

   
TEATIME TREES

Learn how to make a sculptural 3D Oak tree using free machine embroidery, coloured threads and dissolvable film.
Start with layering up and machining your tree crown and trunk. Using soft fibres, create a hand embroidered base of colourful flowers. Your tree is then 'planted' into this base and secured into your teacup.
Some experience of free machine embroidery is recommended for this workshop.

Date Wed 19th September
Tutor Jane Fairweather  
Time 9.30am-4.30pm  
Ref 2169  
Fees £55  
   

   
LITTLE CITY

Create Stevie's stitched townscape project that was featured in the Embroiderer's Guild 'Stitch' magazine.
Start by using free motion 'line drawing' to create your outline. Next comes fabric painting with Inktense and acrylic inks followed by creative hand stitching using simple stitches. Leave with your own beautiful 'Little City' stitched textile to frame.

Date Wed 26th September
Tutor Stevie Walker  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2148  
Fees £55  
   

   
COLOURFUL FABRIC LAYERS AND STITCH

Create Stevie's stitched townscape project that was featured in the Embroiderer's Guild 'Stitch' magazine.
Start by using free motion 'line drawing' to create your outline. Next comes fabric painting with Inktense and acrylic inks followed by creative hand stitching using simple stitches. Leave with your own beautiful 'Little City' stitched textile to frame.

Date Tues 9th October and Wed 10th October
Tutor Ruth Issett  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2284  
Fees £155  
   

   
FELTING INSPIRED BY ARTISTS

Have fun creating a unique piece of felted artwork inspired by paintings by well known artists. Bring along your chosen image, or use one supplied by your tutor, and learn how to reinterpret this using a variety of different felting methods. You will be guided by your tutor at each step, learning how to use prefelts, how to blend colours and fibres and given advice on how to add further embellishment with stitch, if you wish, at a later date.

Date Wed 10th October
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2298  
Fees £60  
   

   
CORDED COIL POTS

These lovely pots are addictive to make and mesmerizing to watch grow on your machine. You will learn how to make a plain pot first and then experiment with different techniques before making your second one. Molly will show you how to add handles and wrap the cord with fabric to add variation and colour. Familiarity with a sewing machine is useful for this workshop but not essential.

Date Wed 17th October
Tutor Molly Brown  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2227  
Fees £40  
   

   
THE GLEAM OF STRAW

Straw marquetry is the art of forming a decorative panel using flattened slithers of straw. Learn how to prepare your straw for marquetry and, using both inlay and onlay techniques, make a small picture, greetings card or cover a small box.

Date Wed 24th October
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2346  
Fees £35  
   

   
CHRISTMAS ANGEL

By using the simple technique of needle felting, and creating wings from silk paper, you can make a beautiful little angel to watch over your Christmas festivities.

Date Sun 28th October
Tutor Clare Linford  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2316  
Fees £40  
   

   
FELTED ROBINS

Make a charming little robin to hang in your Christmas tree, by using the simple technique of needle felting. No prior skill required – just work with natural fleece and a special needle and off you go.

Date Sun 28th October
Tutor Clare Linford  
Time 1.00pm-4.00pm  
Ref 2314  
Fees £40  
   

   
EMBROIDERED BOXES

Whilst creating a colourful and decorative lid for your box, you will experiment with free machine embroidery and fabric collage. Learn how to blend fabric and stitch together and add some thread drawn daisies. When your piece of work is finished, it will be folded and tucked needing just a stitch to keep it in place. The base of your box is covered in a piece of fabric to complement the top.

Date Tues 30th October
Tutor Suzette Smart  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2337  
Fees £60  
   

   
CHENILLE CUSHION COVER

Chenille is a wonderful technique that can produce a variety of effects with fabrics giving interesting texture. The morning will be spent trying out various ways of stitching and cutting the fabric to create different effects. In the afternoon, you will make your own cushion cover with a heart motif. Molly will show you various ways to use this technique enabling you to develop more projects at home.

Date Wed 14th November
Tutor Molly Brown  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2231  
Fees £60  
   

   
CRAZY PATCHWORK AND EMBROIDERY

Discover exciting new ways to create your own, individual crazy patchwork. Each month create a new sample block using different construction techniques and explore various combinations of both embellishment and stitch. You can complete just one block or a series of blocks, and combine these to make a cushion or a wall hanging.

Date Wed 28th November
Tutor Iishkar Everwood  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2364  
Fees £55  
   

   
CHRISTMAS ANGEL

By using the simple technique of needle felting, and creating wings from silk paper, you can make a beautiful little angel to watch over your Christmas festivities.

Date Wed 5th December
Tutor Clare Linford  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2315  
Fees £40  
   

   
FELTED ROBINS

Make a charming little robin to hang in your Christmas tree, by using the simple technique of needle felting. No prior skill required – just work with natural fleece and a special needle and off you go.

Date Wed 5th December
Tutor Clare Linford  
Time 1.00pm-4.00pm  
Ref 2313  
Fees £40  
   

   
FESTIVE TABLE RUNNER

Come along and make a jolly table runner that will add glamour to your festive table. Your tutor will provide you with all basic materials and show you how to quilt the layers together, how to prepare your own binding and finish the edging. Add to this your own selection of trimmings and embellishments and you will have a festive table runner to be proud of.

Date Wed 12th December
Tutor Catherine Crowther  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2246  
Fees £50  
   

   
BATIK INSPIRED BY JOHN PIPER

The artist John Piper created wonderfully atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration, we will use the technique of Batik to create beautiful images that can be framed at a later date. Using hot wax resist and dyes, you will experiment with colour and form on both fabric and papers, developing your Batik skills along the way.

Date Tues 8th January
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2297  
Fees £60  
   

   
CORDED COIL POTS

These lovely pots are addictive to make and mesmerizing to watch grow on your machine. You will learn how to make a plain pot first and then experiment with different techniques before making your second one. Molly will show you how to add handles and wrap the cord with fabric to add variation and colour. Familiarity with a sewing machine is useful for this workshop but not essential.

Date Sat 19th January
Tutor Molly Brown  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2230  
Fees £40  
   

   
MIXED MEDIA TEXTILES

This series of workshops gives you an opportunity to experiment with mixed media techniques, fabric collage and free motion embroidery. Each session will cover a variety of techniques which you may wish to use as inspiration to start a personal project. Your work could be developed further into a textile book, a panel for framing or an elaborate box. Workshops can be booked separately.

Date Tues 22nd January
Tutor Suzette Smart  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2338  
Fees £60  
   

   
BIG KNITTING (INC ARM KNITTING)

Welcome to the world of knitting for the impatient. Fast, fun and definitely different. You will be introduced to Ingrid's fabulous, recycled Big Knit Yarn and, using 600mm L needles and basic stitches, you will be able to make a throw, in your choice of colours, for your home. You will also learn how to knit without needles, using just your arms!

Date Wed 29th February
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2349  
Fees £70  
   

   
MORE TEMARI BALLS

Making temari balls is a Japanese craft that originated in China and came to Japan around the 7th century A.D. Traditionally, temari were often given as gifts symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty and evolved from a fairly basic form into exquisite works of art. This workshop will introduce you to the art of the temari using basic herringbone stitch to create the traditional chrysanthemum design, or one of the more modern geometric designs.

Date Wed 6th February
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2347  
Fees £35  
   

   
HAVE A GO BATIK

A fun, half day workshop that introduces you to the exciting art of Batik. Experiment with hot wax resist and coloured dyes to create amazing, layered designs onto paper and tissue paper. You will take home your own, unique piece of artwork, suitable for framing.

Date Sat 9th February
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am to 12.30pm  
Ref 2294  
Fees £45  
   

   
HAVE A GO TIE DYE

A fun afternoon learning the amazing art of tie dyeing. Using silk fabric and a variety of coloured dyes, learn how to use rubber bands, pegs or wire twists, (nothing sophisticated!), to create amazing designs. Use your new skills to tie dye a silk scarf, or a piece of silk art work suitable for framing.

Date Sat 9th February
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 1.30pm to 4.00pm  
Ref 2295  
Fees £50  
   

   
STITCH A SAMPLER

Learn all you need to get started on a beautiful stitched sampler. A template will be provided and you will be introduced to a variety of useful stitches to enable you to produce a lovely piece of traditional embroidery.

Date Tues 12th February
Tutor Stevie Walker  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2345  
Fees £55  
   

   
CRAZY PATCHWORK AND EMBROIDERY

Discover exciting new ways to create your own, individual crazy patchwork. Each month create a new sample block using different construction techniques and explore various combinations of both embellishment and stitch. You can complete just one block or a series of blocks, and combine these to make a cushion or a wall hanging.

Date Wed 13th February
Tutor Iishkar Everwood  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2365  
Fees £55  
   

   
MIXED MEDIA TEXTILES

This series of workshops gives you an opportunity to experiment with mixed media techniques, fabric collage and free motion embroidery. Each session will cover a variety of techniques which you may wish to use as inspiration to start a personal project. Your work could be developed further into a textile book, a panel for framing or an elaborate box. Workshops can be booked separately.

Date Tues 26th February
Tutor Suzette Smart  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2339  
Fees £60  
   

   
LANDSCAPE IN A BOX

Using an image of your own as inspiration, build a 3D landscape in a box. Using a variety of papers and fabrics, learn why some colours come forward and some retreat. Learn how to choose the correct materials to suit your design and how to assemble these to create your landscape.

Date Wed 6th March
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2348  
Fees £35  
   

   
WOOL AND FELT SILK SCARF

Use an easy technique to create a beautiful and luxurious scarf for yourself or as a gift for a good friend. Learn how to use prefelt to make felt and how to combine this with the silk to create texture. Your scarf will be 80% merino wool and 20% silk resulting in the lightest and softest felt scarf that you have ever seen.

Date Wed 13th March
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2321  
Fees £60  
   

   
RAG RUG TECHNIQUES

Discover how to recycle your old clothes and fabrics into vintage looking rugs and cushions. Learn two traditional rag rug techniques: Progging, which gives a shaggy texture, and Hooking, a series of loops used for pictorial details. Make a sampler using both, or just focus on one technique if you wish. Jenni will guide you through each process enabling you to start a project to finish at home.

Date Wed 20th March
Tutor Jenni Stuart-Anderson  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2336  
Fees £55  
   

   
MIXED MEDIA TEXTILES

This series of workshops gives you an opportunity to experiment with mixed media techniques, fabric collage and free motion embroidery. Each session will cover a variety of techniques which you may wish to use as inspiration to start a personal project. Your work could be developed further into a textile book, a panel for framing or an elaborate box. Workshops can be booked separately.

Date Tues 26th March
Tutor Suzette Smart  
Time 10.00am to 4.00pm  
Ref 2340  
Fees £60