Guest Tutors

To book onto a workshop please contact the studio via our email contact@littleheathbarnstudio.com or

call Liske  07980772064 or Claire  07713875119

Alternatively use the Contact us form on the last page.

We will notify you of any equipment requirements for the workshops.

Waiting list- if you are interested in any workshops that are currently full you can drop us a line to be put on the waiting list. Quite often places become available so it's worth being on the list, we can then contact you to let you know and see if you can join us. 

Newsletter- if you would like to be kept up to date with new workshops, guest tutors and studio news join our newsletter- simply use the contact us form on the last page or drop an email contact@littleheathbarnstudio.com


Mixed Bed wire and mixed media workshop.

Mixed Bed: Wire and Mixed Media *Full*

Saturday 29th January 2022 10:00-16:00

Sunday 30th January 2022 10:00-16:00

 Guest tutor Liz Cooksey will be running this exciting wire and mixed media floral sculpture workshop. This is a one-day workshop, with two dates being offered.This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment with wire and other materials to produce a small standing sculpture suggestive of natural forms.Learning simple ways to shape wire, incorporating threads, fabric and printed papers, using hand stitch techniques, wrapping and binding. The days explorations will be embedded into small wooden plinths to produce a final standing sculpture. All materials provided but youre welcome to bring any favourite threads, fabrics, papers, or buttons to incorporate. £75 including materials and refreshments.

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Deborah Collum :

Wednesday 3rd February 2022 10:00-16:00

In this fun and experimental one-daye workshop each participant will create a unique, frame-able picture based on observations of the of the patchwork of local landscapes. Textile artist Deborah Collum will guide you through a range of methods and techniques, the workshop is suitable for all abilities. Fabrics will be painted, printed, layered and entirely hand stitched. 

£75 including most materials and refreshments. 

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Sue Brown: Collagraph on Fabric *full*

Friday 25th February 2022

Sue Brown will be joining us again next srping to share another of her signature print making techniques, on fabric.

Collagraph printmaking is an accessible intaglio process using readily available materials.

Make a series of plates using exterior wood glue, cutting and peeling. Print these tonal collagraph plates onto fabric surfaces to embelish with stitch. 

Suitable for those new to printmaking or experienced artists looking to extend their practice. 

£90 including materials and refreshments

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Jenny O'Leary:
Seedpods in Batik

2nd & 3rd March 2022

The beautiful shapes of seedpods 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.

On day two you will work on white fabric, again with hot wax but this time with fabric paints exploring two different approaches to the technique. A number of pieces will be created over the two days that will be suitable for further embellishment with hand or machine stitch

£160 including most materials and refreshments

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Debbie Lyddon: Sculptural Forms *full*

Wednesday 9th &  Thursday10th March 2022

This will be an experimental workshop that explores the construction and decoration of 3-dimensional


In this workshop you will:

• Make a sketchbook

• Spend time outside collecting objects from the environment to inspire your work

• Hand-stitch a range of 3-D objects and containers.

You will learn:

• How to collect source material to inspire your 3-D objects

• How to make 2-D paper templates for your 3-D cloth objects

• How materials such as paint, gesso and wax can stiffen, support and decorate cloth

£175 including  some materials and refreshments.

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Debbie Lyddon: Seeing Place *full*

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th March 2022

This workshop is drawn from Dbbie's love of walking, of paying attention, of drawing and of making, and explores the idea of mapping your surroundings.

In the workshop you will:

• Make a sketchbook

• Spend time outside collecting information from the environment.

• Make map books to document your findings.

• Stitch a cloth map that plots a personal interpretation of your surroundings.

You will learn:

• How to look and to notice things

• Simple bookbinding techniques

• How to translate mark-making and drawing into stitch

£175 including  some materials and refreshments

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Jayne Emerson : Experimental Embellisher Workshop

Monday 4th April 2022 10.30 - 14.30

Come and experience the wonders of an embellisher machine, There is no bobbin, thread or tension to worry about as the five barbed needles simply mesh your fabrics togteher. You can make beautiful structured textiles using water soluble fabrics and wool, create new weaves, and form the most exciting textures from chiffons and silk, 

Jayne will bring along her treasure trove of vintage and upcycled fabrics for use on the workshop.

£60 including most materials and use of an embelisher machine

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Amanda Hislop : Landscape Unfolds

Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th April 2022

Take a long view of landscape, a closer look at line, colour combinations and textures; collect observations in the form of sketch studies, photographs and found objects. Let your personal landscape unfold through intuitive painterly mark making and monotype print to create surfaces to fragment and place in simple arrangements to work with hand stitch.

During the course explore a restrained colour palette with line and texture working with painterly mark making and monotype drawing to develop personal language. Create a selection of surfaces to fragment, overlay and develop; abstract simplify fragment, rearrange. Work intuitively through a random system of placement allowing your landscape to unfold into personal arrangements to work into with simple hand stitch.


£175 including most materials and refrershments

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Laura Houel : Vintage Applique Panel

Friday 29th April 2022

Using vintage, reclaimed and salvaged materials from Laura’s studio you will design and create a hand embroidered picture of a vase cup or jug filled with foliage and flowers.


First you will create a patched and stitch background, then, using appliqué and hand embroidery, will create your picture. Templates and an idea sheet will be provided to inspire you, but do feel free to come with your own design ideas if you wish.

 If you have any special sentimental fabrics that you wish to include in your piece please feel free to do so


£65 including most materials and refrershments

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Jayne Emerson : Fabric Recipes 'Print and Play retreat'

18th - 19th - 20th May 2022

Liske and Jayne will be collaborating to bring you an exciting three days of all things textiles!

This is a wonderful opportunityto try a whole variety of experimental textile techniques, Bring along your sewing machine and we will work our way through the possibilities of applique, machine embroidery, collage, and 'no rules' patchwork.

You will spend time getting to grips with thermofax screen printing and block printing to create your own fabrics to experiment with. And as always Jayne will bring along her selection of vintage and reclaimed textiles for you to use alongside your hand printed collection. 

We will mix and match techniques to create a collection of samples that can be used within other textile projects or as stand alon pieces of textile art. 

£250 including most materials and refreshments

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Amanda Stinton :
Liberty Meadow

Saturday 18th June 2022

We are excited to be welcoming a new guest tutor, textile artist Amanda Stinton, to the studio next summer.

In this workshop we will create a summer meadow by combining textile collage and free motion embroidery techniques. Use Liberty print fabrics to create a beautiful background which will then be stitched into by machine so some sewing experience is required. The meadow can be further embelished by hand.

We will explore how using different colour and scales of pattern can be used to create pieces that evok different seasons. 

£75 including materials and refreshments - own sewing machine required

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Earthwise Ecoprints :
Introduction to eco-printing on fabric

Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th  June 2022

Further details coming soon - this course can be taken as a part one to Caroline Nixon's part two course in October 

£175 including most materials and refreshments

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Christine Chester :
Paper Lamination & Stitch

6th, 7th & 8th July 2022

Combine paper and cloth in a creative and interesting way, to make fractured images.

Paper can add unique qualities to embroidered textiles, but also has its own particular handling issues. This course will introduce you to the excitement and versatility of using your own printed and mark making imagery. You will learn four different ways of laminating papers and transferring imagery to fabric to produce interesting smooth and textured surfaces to stitch onto, You can use your own photographic images, or test from found books, and gather colour from newspapers. You will then experiement with a further lamination process using coloured tissue paper and gesso to generate a pairing of fabrics which coordinate. 

The final stage of the course will introduce you to some choices in the ways of working with these mixed media fabrics both by hand and machine. 

£250 including materials and refreshments - own sewing machine required

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Tansy Hargan:
Sketchbook to Wall

10th & 11th September 2022

Tansy @palimpsestparade is a mixed media artist, she produces really exciting work and we're very excited to be welcoming her to the studio!

The first day wll include;

-observational sketching using a viewfinder and thumbnail grid

-looking for themes, patterns and concepts

-collecting marks, textures and text

-unpicking old clothing and developing a painted palette of repurposed garmnt parts

Then on day two;

-using monoprint, drawing and typing to further mark the painted textiles

-testing compositions for textile collages loosely based on the thumbnail sketches

-initial construction and stitching of textile pieces, further layering and stitch

£180 including some materials and refreshments - own sewing machine required

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Mary Crabb:
Exploring paper through woven forms

6th & 7th October 2022

Mary Crabb @crabbbaskets will be joining us to run an exciting and experimental two day course.

Using a range of recycled, new and decorated paper; explore how paper can be sued to make a range of 3D woven forms. With no experience required, the main technique of plaiting will be taught as well as twining. 

Students should expect to make some sample pieces to learn techniques and try out ideas, as well as working towards their own finished pieces.

Demonstrations, technique handouts and lots of support and encouragement will be offered along the way.

£170 including most materials and refreshments

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Caroline Nixon : Magic of Ecoprint with natural dyes

27th, 28th, 29th October 2022

Caroline wil be returning to run a 3-day course exploring the magic of ecoprint with natural dyes.

You will learn about mordanting, making dyebaths, dyeing your cloth and how the dyes and leaves interact.

Using a range of dyes and tannin, you will create a range of samples and move on to print scarves, cushion covers, simple garments, and fabric. 

To attend this course you need to have already mastered the basic skills of bundling and steaming, and to be getting clear prints. 

Ideal for anyone who completed Caroline's course with us in 2021, or Caroline's online foundation class - and plenty to challenge more experienced ecoprinters too.

£250 including some materials and refreshments 

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Rosie James:
Stitch-draw cloth books

6th & 7th October 2022

We're thrilled that Rosie will be returning to the studio with her signature style.

In this 2 day workshop we will be focussing on making a cloth book using a variety of materials including sheer transparent fabrics and paper.

As well as using stitch draw freemotion embroidery to draw elements,

you will learn a lot of techniques in the production of the book.

You will learn how to plan the book, the page sizes and the different

fabrics to use.

You will then begin to make the pages using imagery from books and magazines provided by the tutor or you may wish to bring your own photos.

£170 including most materials and refreshments