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Macrame Tote ‘Bag For Life’

Macrame is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques.

Discover how the humble square knot can be used to create your very own 'bag for life' with chunky soft twisted cotton.

Learn how to use the macrame square knot, binding technique and a reef knot to make this very attractive and practical bag.

There should be time for you to complete the bag within the workshop, but ultimately this is dependent on your knotting pace!  Free access to video tutorials for finishing the bag will be available if necessary so you can relax and knot at your own pace.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop.
There is a cost of £20 for all materials provided. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 16th August 2022
Tutor Nicki Gunn
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3077
Fees £85
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Freeform Painted Flowers on Silk
COURSE FULL

Celebrate summer by making a luxurious pure silk scarf scattered with beautiful free-form painted flowers.

Choose your own colour palette and learn basic colour-mixing and silk painting techniques, including water-marking and using salt.

Design the layout and paint your scarf, then sit back and watch the dye move through the fabric to create fantastic effects within your flowers.

Your tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This includes one ready hemmed silk scarf - approx. 180cms x 45cms. This cost is included in your workshop fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 16th August  2022
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3113
Fees £75
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An Introduction to Eco Printing

Come and have a fun taster of the exciting and versatile technique of eco-printing. The technique uses leaves and flowers to print images on to paper and fabric using steam to transfer the colours. You will learn about using different mordants to create different colours from the same leaves. You will experiment creating textural effects by using certain leaves and seeds . In the morning you will experiment with different techniques onto paper and in the afternoon you will print a simple silk scarf.
 
By the end of the session you will have learnt some basic eco-printing techniques and produced some samples on paper, some decorative tags and a simple silk scarf.

Tutor will supply the basic materials required for this workshop. This cost is included in your  fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 7th September 2022
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10:00am – 3.30pm
Ref 3095
Fees £80
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Goldfinch on a Teasel

Recreate a beautiful image from nature by making a lifelike goldfinch perched on a teasel.

The bird will be made from sheep’s wool using the straightforward process of needle felting.  Ready made legs and beaks will be provided, but you will also learn how to make these yourself.

A teasel seed head will be provided, mounted onto a disk of natural wood, on which you will be able to perch your goldfinch for display.

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

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 13th September 2022
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3080
Fees £75
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An Introduction to Macrame

Macrame is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques.

Join us for this fabulous new workshop and make three or four macramé items to take home.

You will learn how to use the macrame square knot in a variety of ways, along with the half square knot, reverse larks head and a useful binding technique.

Your tutor will supply all the materials to enable you to create two beautiful feather charms, decorate a vase with natural jute and create a plant holder with soft twisted cotton complete with copper pieces and plant pot.

This introductory workshop to the wonderful craft of macrame is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. There is a cost of £20 for all materials provided. This cost is included in your fee.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 15th September  2022
Tutor Nicki Gunn
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3114
Fees £85
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Treasure Boxes

Create a beautifully stitched lid for your treasure box using free machine embroidery and fabric collage. Find your inspiration in the garden and choose between flowers or a small bird for the focus of your design. The finishing touches may be a vintage button or a french knot or two. When your piece of work is finished, it will be folded and tucked needing just a couple of stitches to keep it in place.

Cover the base of your box with a fabric to complement on your return home.

This workshop is suitable for those with some experience of free machine embroidery.

Students will be required to bring their own sewing machines to this workshop.

Your tutor will provide some materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 20th September 2022
Tutor Suzette Smart
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3115
Fees £75
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Textile Printing Using Natural Dye And Foliage

An exciting workshop experimenting with natural dyeing techniques

Spend the day producing both fabric and paper samples created by using a dyeing technique incorporating dye blankets and vegetation.

Experiment with natural dye, logwood, dried seed heads and leaves to produce decorative delicate prints.

Your unique paper and fabric pieces can be used for a variety of mixed media and craft projects.

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

Students are encourage to bring along any dried grasses, seed heads and leaves that they wish to experiment with.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 11th October 2022
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3117
Fees £80
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An Introduction to Shibori
NEW DATE ADDED

Shibori is the traditional Japanese craft of manipulating fabric to create intricate patterns. Combine this with indigo dyeing to develop wonderful  effects in all shades of blue on natural fabrics.

You will learn some of the history and practice of shibori and the process for using indigo as a dye. Combine folding, twisting and binding techniques with the dyeing process to create a selection of unique fabric samples to start you on your shibori journey.

Tutor will provide some materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee. There will also be a small selection of materials for you to purchase on the day.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 18th October 2022
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3142
Fees £75
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Macrame Chunky Wall Hanging

Macrame is a versatile form of fibre art produced using knotting techniques.

Learn how to combine three of the most used knots to create this impressive wall hanging. Discover how the humble square knot can be transformed into a bobble knot and how to half hitch with confidence. Learn how to create tassels and how to use the larks heads knot for embellishment. Your finished wall hanging will measure approximately 37cm across and 47cm in length.

Your tutor will provide all the materials for this workshop. There is a cost of £20 for all materials provided. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for improvers; those students having attended ‘An Introduction to Macrame’  or those who already have confidence with the square knot.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 20th October 2022
Tutor Nicki Gunn
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3078
Fees £85
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Vintage Pins and Needles Case

Create a beautiful cover for your vintage needle and pins case with a simple bird template, fabric collage, a vintage cigarette card, free machine and hand stitching. When you are happy with your front cover, you will then be shown how to turn it into a needle case ready to fill with stitching mementoes, pins and needles. You may wish to include some vintage fabrics in your piece of work.
 
Students will be required to bring along a small selection of materials.  If required, your tutor will have some items available for you to purchase on the day.
 
This workshop is suitable for those with some experience of free machine stitching.
 
Students will be required to bring their own sewing machines to this workshop.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 1st November 2022
Tutor Suzette Smart
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3096
Fees £75
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