Guest Tutors 2021
To book onto a workshop please contact the studio via our email 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.
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Leslie Morgan: Colour Studies **full**
Wednesday 19th Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May 2021
(3 day workshop) 10:00-16:00
Textile artist & quilter Leslie Morgan will be swapping the Committed to Cloth studio for Littleheath Barn.
This is a 3-day course in which you’ll learn how to use procion Mx dyes to develop an extensive palette.
Build harmonious colour and value schemes to create contrasts that will enrich, energies and pop!
Use mark-making to create a visual reference of colour relationships and establish a method to explore any colour and value scheme of your choice.
Sessions will run from 10am-4pm. Course price £250 including lunches, refreshments and materials
Dinny Pocock: Bobbin birds **full**
Thursday 27th May 2021 10:00-16:00
A charming new needle felting workshop to be led by artist Dinny Pocock. Needle felting is a wonderful 'kitchen table' art form that can be done almost anywhere with very few tools. Dinny enjoys guiding small groups through the process of needle felting; everyone has the chance to create a fine bird, regardless of experience.
We'll start the day be needle felting a small test piece to get some skills in hand, then move on to a small sculptural bird over simple wire frame, building shape and adding colour with muted, un-dyed wools, and with dyed merino.£75.
Earthwise eco prints: Eco printing,exploring the magic and alchemy.
Wednesday 9th June and Thursday 10th June 2021 (2 day workshop) 10:00-16:00
This is a two day workshop lead by Fiona @earthwiseecoprints
This workshop is designed to develop all the skills and techniques you need to produce beautiful unique eco prints.
It is suitable for beginners who are keen to achieve clear defined prints that could be used in many varied textile projects.
We will create many samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques, including the addition of natural dyes. All the fabrics and papers you need will be provided.
As part of the workshop we will also consider what equipment you will need to start eco printing at home, simple mordanting techniques , where to source fabrics, supplies and equipment.
Fiona will also give you a wealth of ideas to make with your beautiful unique prints.
£160 including most materials and refreshments.
Margaret Beal: Fusing Fabrics **full**
Friday 2nd July 2021 10:00-16:00
We are looking forward to welcoming Margaret to the studio in 2021 for a one day workshop. This workshop is full of ideas for using fine tipped soldering iron on synthetic fabrics, Building on three basic techniques of cutting, fusing and mark making. Many samples will be made including patchwork, layering, applique and cutting out shapes. You will create samples that are beautiful in their own right, or make unique surfaces for further stitching. £75
Amanda Hislop: Land and sea print collage stitch
Thursday 8th July and Friday 9th July 2021 10:00-16:00
Textile Artist Amanda Hislop will return to the studio in 2021. In this 2 day workshop you will take an abstract view of land and seascapes, a closer look at colour combinations and textures. Explore through mark making and painterly print to create surfaces to fragment and place in simple collage arrangements which will be worked into with hand stitch.
Amanda Hislop: Layers in Land and Sea **full**
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2021 10:00-16:00
We are looking forward to welcoming guest tutor Amanda Hislop to the studio in July 2021
A 2-day workshop to explore land or seascape imagery through a process of layering; working on a fine background to build layers of recycled and specialist papers, natural fragments and threads. Experiment with ways of changing the surface of papers which will then be incorporated into landscape compositions developed from your own personal material. Acrylic paints are then applied using techniques to enhance and give depth to the colour within the piece.
£160 to include lunches and refreshments.
Emily Notman: Textile Wall hanging**1 place left**
Thursday 2nd September 2021 10:00-16:00
We are looking forward to welcoming Textile artist Emily Notman to the studio.
Use a range of mixed media methods to create a whimsical wall hanging. You will experiment with manipulating and dyeing your own fabrics and stitched surfaces using inks, bleach and printing with found objects. Once you have a collection of samples Emily will share her methods of constructing these pieces into a wall hanging using stitch, wrapping , trapping and binding. Finish off with some machine sewing , hand stitch and tactile embellishments for decoration. £75 including all materials and refreshments.
Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September 2021 10:00-16:00
We are excited to be welcoming back guest tutor Cas Holmes to the studio.
A mixed media workshop exploring the qualities of cloth and paper for creating a mark and as a surface for print. Spend the first two days printing onto layered cloth using a variety of techniques, and the last day using some of the pieces to create a stitch - collage. The workshop is experimental and intended to provide students with different ideas for development based on the artist’s own practice.
Cas has studied in Japan and Canada looking at ways of using found materials and researching local crafts. She is the author of Stitch Stories (2015), The Found Object in Textile Art (2010) and co-author of Connected Cloth (2013).Her work combines the use of hand-made paper with dyeing, textiles and stitchery to create richly coloured, semi-sculptural works.
Workshop will run from 10-4 each day. Total price is £230 which includes refreshments. £50 deposit required upon booking.
Jude Kingshott: Creative Book Binding
Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September 2021 10:00-16:00 (3 day course)
In this workshop the student will produce a small collect of unique and individual books.
Beginning with a Pamphlet book, allowing the student to learn the basics, folding, cutting and simple binding.
Progressing to an individual sketch book, includes a covered end and finished with coptic binding.
Then we will explore the possibilities of the one page book.
Completing these books with a selection of covers and/or book binding stitches.
There will also be time for mark making on paper
£230 including lunches.
Angie Hughes: Inspired by Klimt
Monday 4th October 2021 10:00-16:00
There is a wealth if inspiration in the work of Gustav Klimt. Work with textile artist Angie Hughes to put together a simple design on cotton velvet. You'll be working with transfoils, sweetie foils, silks and organza. This will be topped off with an afternoon of machine embroidery, Perfect for all abilities. £60 including refreshments Sewing machine required.
Caroline Nixon: Eco-printing**full**
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th October 2021 10:00-16:00
This workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques you need to produce clear and vivid prints from botanical materials.
It is suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be entirely relevant to improvers.
Course price is £180 including lunches and some materials.
Day 1 - making samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques. You will work with silk, wool and linen.
You will learn what equipment you need to start ecoprinting at home
You will learn about mordants, and mordant some fabric or garments ready for day 2
Day 2 - You will spend the day putting your new skills to use, printing scarves and garments
You will go home with at least 2 beautiful wearable items, or fabric to sew into garments at home
Alice Fox: Botanical Books **full**
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October 2021 (2 day workshop) 10:00-16:00
We are delighted to be adding Alice Fox to our guest tutor line up. In this two day workshop you will explore techniques for mark making on paper using plant material (eco- printing), monk printing, frottage and test. Learn about a variety of book structures and use your printed papers to create a series of beautiful botanical books. Sessions will run from 10am - 4pm. Course price is £160 including some materials, lunch and refreshments.
Sue Brown: Gum Arabic & Mixed Media on Fabric *Full
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd October 2021 10:00-16:00
Spend an inspiring two days with print maker Sue Brown learning all about her signature technique, Gum Arabic Printing, as well as experimenting with acrylic resist, mono printing, stitch and stamping to name just a few. You will create a collection of complex and exciting fabrics using traditional and non-traditional methods. You will also be shown how to transform your printed fabrics into a series of fabulously textural textile books.
£180 including refreshments and most materials.
- exploring colour and pattern
Monday 25th October 2021 10:00-16:00
In this full day workshop , embroidery artist Jessica Grady will go through a selection of her contemporary embroidery and embellishment techniques , particularly looking at how to build patterns and incorporate colour into textile art by utilising recycled and unusual materials. You will create your own textile art sampler piece throughout the day along with a treasure trove of your own handcrafted recycled embellishments for other projects. Workshop price £80
Rosie James: Drawing with stitch **2 places left**
Wednesday 17th May and Thursday 18th November 2021 (2 day workshop) 10:00-16:00
Rosie James will be returning in 2021 with her unique free machine stitching style.
Spend two days creating samples and experimenting with the following techniques:
Using black thread on white cotton: Exploring different lines of stitch: How to transfer an image onto fabric using tissue paper: Ways of adding colour: Working onto transparent fabrics and layering methods: Stitching onto paper, maps, book pages
On day two you will have the opportunity to work on a larger piece putting these techniques into practice .
The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, you can work at your own pace. Your own sewing machine with free motion foot required.
£160 including refreshments.
Mixed Bed: Wire and Mixed Media
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 lunch.
Etka Kaul: Stitched Story Maps **full** TO BE REPLANNED **
Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th September 2021 10:00-16:00
Maps are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. They have been used throughout history and can also be highly personal and intimate in scale. In this two day course taught by textile artist Ekta Kaul, you will learn how to use stitch to create commemorative maps celebrating our personal stories. Students will draw inspiration from photos, maps, found objects and souvenirs, Under Ekta's gentle guidance, you will learn to create visual compositions using personal starting points and then translate them onto stitched patterns and textures. Ekta will share processes she uses in her own exquisite and timeless work.
£180 including lunches.