Textile Courses

Honiton Lace Making27th Oct to 29th Oct 2017
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience, working on new or existing projects, there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

Rag Rug Christmas Wreath18 Nov 2017
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday

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Rag rugging is a traditional craft using hessian sacking and discarded clothing and fabric to make rugs for the floor. But it has come a long way in recent years and on this one day course you will learn the various rugging techniques before embarking on a unique and beautiful Christmas decoration for your home. Once you get rag rugging, you will find it hard not to get hooked!.... read more

Advanced Design for Stitched Textiles18th Nov to 19th Nov 2017
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for students already proficient in the skills of their chosen textile based craft who would like to develop further their design work and create a portfolio of design ideas which can lead on to finished pieces. Over the two weekends we will explore different design techniques, using a variety of media, and support one another in developing our individual creativity. If you enjoy playing with mixed media, experimenting with new techniques and you are looking to share ideas and take risks then this is the course for you. Everybody can create great designs, it only takes self-belief and a sense of adventure, looking to share ideas and take risks then this is the course for you. Everybody can create great designs, it only takes self-belief and a sense of adventure! .... read more

Taking Textiles Further - Exploring Layers25th Nov to 26th Nov 2017
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Embroiderers and those working with other textile disciplines have always worked with layers. Much imagery is achieved by adding layer upon layer to a surface, either by stitch or with fabric and applique or layers of fibres. This course will explore layering using a variety of techniques and methods to extend the concept of combining layers..... read more

Honiton Lace Making19th Jan to 21st Jan 2018
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience, working on new or existing projects, there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

Belgian and other European Laces16th Feb to 18th Feb 2018
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

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This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

Stitched Textiles: Mark Making17th Feb to 18th Feb 2018
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesSaturday to Sunday
14th Apr to 15th Apr 2018
Saturday to Sunday

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This modular embroidery and stitched textiles course is for students who wish to learn how to design and create their own textile pieces in a thorough but informal way. This module, which takes place over two weekends, covers mark making, and is the first in a series of five to be offered over three years. Each of the five modules can be studied independently, students may do as many, or as few, as they wish. No prior experience is required, if you can hold a pen and can thread a needle you will be fine. Be prepared to have fun! The course fee covers both weekends for this module: 17-18 February and 14-15 April 2018..... read more

Taking Textiles Further - Exploring Layers3rd Mar to 4th Mar 2018
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Embroiderers and those working with other textile disciplines have always worked with layers. Much imagery is achieved by adding layer upon layer to a surface, either by stitch or with fabric and applique or layers of fibres. This course will explore layering using a variety of techniques and methods to extend the concept of combining layers..... read more

Bonded Surfaces3rd Mar to 4th Mar 2018
Tutor: Lynda MonkSaturday to Sunday

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In this workshop we will create amazing textured surfaces from bonding Tyvek fabric to a variety of other fabrics, The finished pieces can then be stitched to enhance the surface or used as they are to create stunning pieces of textile art..... read more

Bobbin Lace Making16th Mar to 18th Mar 2018
Tutor: Jan TregidgoFriday to Sunday

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This course is for all those bobbin lacemakers who want the time to enjoy their lacemaking with a very experienced teacher on hand to help and guide them. It is also for total beginners to Have a Go at Bobbin Lace, Jan will lend you all the equipment you need. Lapsed lace makers will find it a great opportunity to return to the craft..... read more

Design for Stitch: Circles 17th Mar to 18th Mar 2018
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for students already proficient in the skills of their chosen textile based craft who would like to develop further their design work and create some designs which can lead on to finished textile pieces. During this weekend we will use Circles as a theme for developing some designs. We will explore different design techniques and use a variety of media. If you enjoy playing with mixed media, experimenting with new techniques and you are looking to share ideas within a supportive environment then this is the course for you. Everybody can create great designs, it only takes self-belief and a sense of adventure..... read more

Textured Machine Landscapes14th Apr to 15th Apr 2018
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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Cover a range of exciting free machine embroidery techniques with the focus on colour and texture. A selection of samples will be worked that can be combined to create a landscape style panel. As always in Gina's classes the emphasis will be on fun as well as learning! The resulting panels can be displayed as pictures or can be used successfully as panels on the front of books, bags or cushions etc. .... read more

Next Step Crochet Techniques14th Apr to 15th Apr 2018
Tutor: Jane CrowfootSaturday to Sunday

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A class aimed at those who have a good knowledge of basic stitches and terminology, but want to move onto more advanced techniques. To include: Understanding Stitches; Reading patterns and charts; Working in rows and rounds; Increasing and decreasing; Changing yarn shades; Making Textural Stitches, such as bobbles, puffs and popcorns; Adding beads. .... read more

Stitched Textiles: Mark Making14th Apr to 15th Apr 2018
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesSaturday to Sunday
17th Feb to 18th Feb 2018
Saturday to Sunday

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This course forms the second part of the module on mark making. Please see course 0718-05 (17-18 February 2018) for more details and to enrol. This modular embroidery and stitched textiles course is for students who wish to learn how to design and create their own textile pieces in a thorough but informal way. This module, covering mark making, is the first in a series of five to be offered over three years. Each of the five modules can be studied independently, students may do as many, or as few, as they wish. No prior experience is required, if you can hold a pen and can thread a needle you will be fine. Be prepared to have fun! .... read more

Tapestry Weaving: Art from the Loom28th Apr to 29th Apr 2018
Tutor: Matty SmithSaturday to Sunday

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Woven tapestry art has its roots in ancient history and yet it is one of the most powerful contemporary textile art forms. This course aims to explore tapestry weaving through interpretation of a personally selected image or idea. Returners will be able to develop further skills, those new to tapestry weaving or established weavers wanting to extend their skills, will find opportunities to learn new techniques and insights into this exciting contemporary textile art..... read more

Belgian and other European Laces18th May to 20th May 2018
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

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This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

Taking Textiles Further - Exploring Layers19th May to 20th May 2018
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

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Embroiderers and those working with other textile disciplines have always worked with layers. Much imagery is achieved by adding layer upon layer to a surface, either by stitch or with fabric and applique or layers of fibres. This course will explore layering using a variety of techniques and methods to extend the concept of combining layers..... read more

Advanced Design for Stitched Textiles9th Jun to 10th Jun 2018
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for students already proficient in the skills of their chosen textile based craft who would like to develop further their design work and create a portfolio of design ideas which can lead on to finished pieces. Over the two weekends we will explore different design techniques, using a variety of media, and support one another in developing our creativity. If you enjoy playing with mixed media, experimenting with new techniques and you are looking to share ideas and take risks then this is the course for you. Everybody can create great designs, it only takes self-belief and a sense of adventure, looking to share ideas and take risks then this is the course for you. Everybody can create great designs, it only takes self-belief and a sense of adventure!.... read more

Honiton Lace Making15th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience, working on new or existing projects, there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

Eco-print Dyeing16th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

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Eco print dyeing is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. Using flowers and leaves from gardens and countryside, this is a direct contact printing method that allows the flora and foliage to give up their colours and patterns. The most mundane of plants can give a whole variety of hues. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art of the surprising effects that can be achieved just by wrapping plants in cloth and steaming the bundle..... read more