We run a variety of courses which involve both Design Processes and Textil Techniques
Introductory Level Courses are taught as separate courses in Stitched textiles (Embroidery), Felt Making, Knitting, Patchwork & Quilting and Pattern Cutting for fashion. These courses are 3 hours per week, 30 weeks long over one year from September to June and are comprised of two 15 projects. Each course is a thorough introduction to design and craft and is suitable for beginners and those with some prior knowledge.
We also have a new ‘Beginners Patchwork & Quilting’ night class which is a shorter version of the Introductory course being only 2 hours per class.
Stitched Textiles (Embroidery)
Will involve both hand and machine embroidery as well as dyeing and printing fabrics for use as backgrounds to stitch. Each project will be entirely different in order to cover a wide range of design possibilities, technical stitch samples and fabric manipulation techniques as well as produce work for both functional and purely decorative purposes.
Will involve both wet and dry Felt Making processes and design work which leads to individual and original interpretations. Colour mixing and dyeing of fibres as well as a wide variety of techniques which explore texture will be included in the two different projects.
Will be concerned with creating a fabric using hand knitting techniques. From the basics a wide variety of developments will be explored including understanding written instructions and charts, suitability of yarns, working with different thicknesses of yarn and developing different stitch patterns.
Patchwork & Quilting
Will involve both hand and machine work. You will be taught how to work with colour and pattern to develop your own designs in both traditional and contemporary processes. Suitability of commercial fabrics as well as decorating your own fabrics will be included as well techniques which lead to precision stitching.
Pattern Cutting For fashion.
During the two projects you will create your own pattern blocks which will ensure perfect fit. You will then be taught how to design your own garment styles using the blocks and have the opportunity to make your own ‘original’ under expert supervision.
Intermediate and Advanced Level Courses (4 hours per week, 2 years per level)) are all encompassing textile courses covering a blend of the different techniques and processes studied at intorductory Level, developing your skills in both breadth and depth and resulting in unique and original functional and decorative pieces.
Half- Day Mini Courses are 4 classes of 3 hours at 3 week intervals. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to build on their skills between classes or get involved with more than one mini course. Each course will concentrate on a specialist area of textiles.
These classes are running from September to December:
Free-Machine Embroidery, 3Dimensional Felt Making, Hand Embroidery – a contemporary approach to the tradition on ‘Samplers’, The use of circles to create interesting effects in costume and fashion garments, Creative Book construction and content, English Paper-piecing Patchwork.