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BIG KNITTING INC ARM KNITTING

2 places remaining

Welcome to the world of knitting for the impatient. Fast, fun and definitely different, this workshop introduces you to knitting with 3 sizes of big needles, big yarn and basic stitches to create your textiles. It is a day of techniques showing you how easy and quick knitting becomes when you knit big. You will also learn how to knit without needles, using just your arms! Create seat pads, cushions or small rugs.
Materials: £30 maximum

Date Tues 22nd May
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2162  
Fees £55  
   

   
RAG RUGS

1 place remaining

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 Wed 23rd May
Tutor Jenni Stuart-Anderson  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2150  
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 Tues 29th May
Tutor Raya Brown  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2152  
Fees £60  
   

   
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 6th June
Tutor Jane Fairweather  
Time 9.30am-4.30pm  
Ref 2168  
Fees £55  
   

   
REVERSIBLE CANVAS WORK

Course full

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.

Date Wed 6th June
Tutor Anne Dyer  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2054  
Fees £35  
   

   
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 Wed 20th June
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 10.00am-12.30pm  
Ref 2164  
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 Wed 20th June
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 1.30pm-4.00pm  
Ref 2166  
Fees £40  
   

   
KANTHA

Enjoy the relaxation of 'slow stitching'.
This Indian quilting technique is so ingenious.
It uses a simple running stitch which can progress to clever pattern darning, threaded borders and embroidered motifs.
Your stitched pieces can be made into a needlecase, spice bag, cushion or cover for a box or book or form the beginnings of a larger project.
Materials: £5 maximum

Date Wed 27th June
Tutor Stevie Walker  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2147  
Fees £55  
   

   
CREATIVE TEXTILE SAMPLING

This workshop offers you the opportunity to experiment with creative textile sampling. You will receive individual tuition on a variety of techniques including hand stitching, applique, colouring fabrics, padding and layering enabling you to create exciting new samples. Use these to support your existing project or to start a larger piece of work.This workshop is an ideal follow-on to 'Sketchbook Studies'.
Materials: £5 maximum

Date Thur 28th June
Tutor Wendy Riddick  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2136  
Fees £60  
   

   
BATIK BIRDS ON FABRIC

Learn the exciting art of batik – hot wax resist- on fabric using images of real or imaginary birds as inspiration for your designs.
In this relaxing workshop, you will explore different approaches to this technique, creating two or three unique and inspired designs on cotton.

Date Sat 7th July
Tutor Jenny O'Leary  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2094  
Fees £60  
   

   
BIG KNITTING INC ARM KNITTING

Welcome to the world of knitting for the impatient. Fast, fun and definitely different, this workshop introduces you to knitting with 3 sizes of big needles, big yarn and basic stitches to create your textiles. It is a day of techniques showing you how easy and quick knitting becomes when you knit big. You will also learn how to knit without needles, using just your arms! Create seat pads, cushions or small rugs.
Materials: £30 maximum

Date Sat 7th July
Tutor Ingrid Wagner  
Time 10.00am-4.00pm  
Ref 2163  
Fees £55  
   

   
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  
   

   
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  
   

   
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