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Sinamay Flowers

Sinamay is a fabric traditionally used by milliners. It is lightweight and easily moulded making it perfect for creating flower and leaf shapes.

Enjoy this half day workshop experimenting with sinamay and create a lightweight, everlasting flower. Learn how to cut and manipulate the sinamay into a beautiful calla lily shape, adding leaves and a stamen to enhance your design. Once finished, this fabulous flower could be worn as a corsage or used to adorn a hat or a gift.
 
Tutor will provide some materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Date Thursday 19th May 2022
Tutor Eileen Avery-Scott
Time 9.30am – 12.00pm
Ref 3063
Fees £45
   

   

Still Life in Batik

A vase of flowers or a few favourite objects, these will be the inspiration to create batiks on tissue using Jenny’s contemporary interpretation of a traditional technique. Working with hot wax, bleach and inks, tissue and other papers to make individual pieces of work. No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch

Tutor will provide materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee. Students should bring along images of still life as inspiration!

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 24th May
Tutor Jenny O’Leary
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 2962
Fees £70
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Braid Society Try-It Day

Come to learn or improve your braids, cords, tassels, knots etc. Braid Society members, Julie Hedges and Kay Hawkins, will be introducing various braiding techniques including tablet weaving, ply-split braiding and Kumihimo. Lunch is available to members and non-members for £6.00. The Braid Society has very kindly subsidised this course.

All materials are provided and are included in your course fee.

A picnic style lunch is available and can be ordered at the time of booking.
The cost of this is £6.00.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Date Wednesday 8th June 2022
Tutor Anne Dyer, Julie Hedges & Kay Hawkins
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 2987
Fees £20 for members - £25 for non-members
   

   

Improvised Patchwork Bag

If you have always fancied having a go at patchwork but felt intimidated by fat quarters, perfect corners and precision stitching this is the course for you.

Christine takes a relaxed, fun and highly creative approach to patchworking that breaks a lot of rules, making this the perfect course for novice patchworkers or those who want to experiment with an improvised approach.

Inspired by the quilters of Gees Bend, design and make yourself a unique improvised patchwork bag. Learn how to put together a selection of fabrics in a freestyle block pattern and how to use a rotary cutter and quilting rule. You will be shown how to stitch the outer shell and lining together and how to  make and incorporate handles.

Students will need to bring along their own sewing machines for this workshop.

Materials are not included.  Tutor will bring along a small selection of fabrics to supplement what students bring and extend their choice. There will be a small charge for this, payable to the tutor on the day, dependent on what is used.

A list of equipment and materials that you will need for this workshop is available from the college.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 15th June 2022
Tutor Christine Green
Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Ref 3013
Fees £80
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Nature Walk
COURSE FULL

Have fun experimenting with fabric crayons, ink washes, paper and fabric to create a nature walk. You can add to your work with mindful hand stitching to accentuate a path, flower or leaf shape. Your piece of work can be developed further into a scroll, book or panel and is suitable for all levels.

Tutor will provide stencils, fabric crayons, fabrics and ink washes.
This cost is included in you course fee.

There will be a small selection of materials available to buy from your tutor on the day.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Tutor Suzette Smart
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3006
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 Wednesday 6th July 2022
Tutor Nicki Gunn
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3076
Fees £85
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An Introduction to Shibori

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 Thursday 14th July 2022
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3058
Fees £70
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Gel Plate Printing

Spend the day experimenting with the exciting technique of gel plate printing. Create prints on paper using acrylic paint and a variety of found objects to make patterns then layer with stencils to create exciting colourful images. We will use a range of papers and experiment with chine-colle and adding text. You will learn about how to use different paints and inks to get a range of effects and either make your own stencils or use pre-prepared ones. The resulting papers can be standalone art pieces or used in a myriad of craft and art projects.
 
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 Tuesday 19th July 2022
Tutor Jane Hunter
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3094
Fees £80
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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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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 3079
Fees £85
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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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