We will be welcoming back Sally from Knot Sew Simple for a special festive workshop!
Learn to make a macrame star and snowflake with just one fundamental macrame knot. Suitable for beginners. £35 including all materials and a hot drink or mulled wine and festive yummy treat
Imaginative Design using tone & colour
Thursday 21st -Friday 22nd November 10:00-1600
We are thrilled to be welcoming Textile Artist Bobby Britnell to the studio!
This course is one of Bobby’s favourites as it guarantees exciting results from everyone. It also makes people who say they cannot draw soon realise that they can!
Exercises will be varied so there will be something for everyone. We will work mainly with dry media but with some wet too. There will be plenty of discussion as to how images produced can be developed and used as designs for translation into fabrics and stitch.
£160 including lunch and refreshments
Jayne Emerson: Needle felted Robin
Thursday 28th November 11:00-13:00
These lovely birds are now infamous after Jaybe tought Kirstie Allsop how to make them on Kirstie's Handmade Britain. They are very simple to make and a great way to get started with needle felting. Jayne's method of needle felting uses a multi needle punch tool, making it incredibly speedy. The robins can be either perched on a stick or hung on the tree as a decoration. All materials and tools and provided along with a hot drink and mince pie. £30.
Festive wreath making with Rebecca Kate Flowers
Sunday 8th December 15:00-17:00
or Monday 9th December 11:00-13:00
We’re excited to be welcoming back Rebecca Kate Flowers to the studio to run her beautiful Wreath making workshop on Sunday 8th December at 2pm and Monday 9th at 10am.
A fun and relaxing 2-hour (ish) workshop to get you into the Christmas spirit by creating your very own festive wreath.
You will be taught how to create a traditional Christmas wreath and Becky will provide lots of beautiful items to decorate the wreath together with a beautiful ribbons to finish off your creation, ready to hang on your door for the festive season.
All materials will be provided together with tea, coffee or a glass of fizz and a some yummy festive treats!
Julie Hicks: Woven wall hanging
Wednesday 22nd Jan 2020 18:00-21:00
Come weave with us! Join expert Julie Hicks and have a go at Loom weaving. In the 3 hour work shop you will create a tactile wall hanging which is all about colour and texture. You will learn the difference between warp and weft, and how to create Rya knots, fringing, Soumak braid, and tabby weave. You will have a go at creating an open shape in your wall hanging and how to finish and hang your creation ! The cost is £45.00 and that includes all materials, refreshments and your hand made frame to take home with you. Be warned it is addictive
Rosie James: Drawing with Stitch **full**
Friday 24th -Saturday 25th January 2020 10:00-1600
Our first guest tutor for 2020!
Rosie James Textile Artist will be sharing with us 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
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, you can work at your own pace.
£160 including refreshments and lunches.
Jenniffer Taylor: print & stitch; zero waste reversible apron
Friday 31st January 2020 10:00-16:30
We’re collaborating with Jennifer Taylor, author of Girl with a Sewing Machine to bring back this popular Print & Stitch Workshop!
In this fun workshop Liske will begin by guiding you through printing your own fabric using thermofax screens and wooden printing blocks. Then Jenni will show you how to transform your piece of fabric into a fabulous reversible Artisan Apron. £70 including all materials. Sewing machine required.
Simon Sonsino: Abstract Calligraphy **full**
Monday 10th February 2020 10:00-1600
We’re thrilled to be welcoming Textual Artist Simon Sonsino to the studio in 2020. In this workshop you will explore abstract calligraphy with expressive form. You will work through exercises creating abstract letter form with different mark making tools. This will be a pressure free zone, no rules, and no calligraphic experience necessary. £75 including lunch and refreshments.
Jayne Emerson: fabric recipes
Monday 2nd March 2020 10:30-14:30
A wonderful opportunity to 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, 'no rules' patchwork and needle felting...( but with silk not wool!). Lots of fun and lots of demos, then a chance to play. We will mix up the techniques and create experimental samples. Jayne will bring a wonderful selection of colour coded vintage and reclaimed textiles. Suitable for complete beginners, but perfect for anyone who wants to kick start their creativity!
Jayne has been creating fabric samples for fashion and interiors for the past 20 years. Her work has sold internationally to clients such as Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior as well as high street stores including John Lewis, M&S and Gap. She has written six craft books and taught Kirstie Allsopp how to needle felt on the telly!
£50 including all materials.
Jenniffer Taylor: Print & Stitch: origami oversized bag
Thursday 5th March 2020 10:00-16:30
Another exciting collaboration with Jenniffer Taylor, Great British Sewing Bee & Author of Girl With a Sewing Machine.
This is a new workshop print & stitch workshop. Spend the morning printing up some exciting fabrics using thermofax screens and wooden blocks, these will then be transformed into a wonderful Japanese origami style shoulder bag. £70 including refreshments. Sewing machine required.
Margaret Beal: Fusing Fabrics
Thursday 26th March 2020 10:00-1600
We are looking forward to welcoming Margaret to the studio in 2020 for a 1 day workshop. This workshop is full of ideas for using the 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, appliqué and cutting out shapes. You will create samples that are beautiful in their own right, or make unique surfaces for further stitching.
£75 including lunch.
Jennifer Collier: Paper bird boxes
Sunday 29th March 2020 10:00-1600
Inspired by Jennifer’s own work you will use recycled papers, stitch and card to create a beautiful bespoke bird box, complete with its own bird on the perch. In this workshop Jennifer will guide you through every step of the process, from constructing your bird box, to using beautiful vintage papers to decorate it. This will be embellished with a range of hand stitches, including an optional picot stitch around the door. You will also be shown other techniques such as embossing, and you will go on to monoprint your own bird to sit on the perch. £65 including all materials and lunch. You may want to bring along your own papers, maps, books to personalise your bird box.
Leslie Morgan: Colour studies
Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th April 2020 10:00-1600
Textile artist & quilter Leslie Morgan will be swapping the Committed to Cloth studio for Littleheath Barn in April 2020. 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
Alice Fox: Botanical Books **full**
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th May 2020 10:00-1600
We are delighted to be adding Alice Fox to our guest tutor programme. In this 2-day workshop you will explore techniques for mark making on paper using plant material (eco-printing), monk printing, frottage and text. Learn about a variety of book structures and use your printed papers to create a series of beautiful botanical books.
Course price is £160 including some materials, lunches and refreshments.
Karen Stamper: Concertina Sketchbooks **full**
Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May 10:00-15:00
This is a fun 2-day workshop, you do not need to bring anything, just come along and develop your sketchbook pages in a beautiful and supportive environment.
On the first day we will work with inks, pens, pencils and collage to develop pages with mark making and layering techniques.
Day two we will sketch around the barn (weather permitting) and immediate countryside onto the prepared pages, responding to the graphic elements in the scenery (as seen in Karen's own sketchbooks).
You can choose to work in a realistic or more abstracted way, we will move in and out of the studio as we need to.
£175 for the course, includes lunches and refreshments.
Sue Brown: Gum Arabic transfer printing on fabric
Friday 26th June 2020 10:00-16:00
We are thrilled to be welcoming back Artist & Printmaker Sue Brown to the studio in 2020 for a one-day workshop exploring Gum Arabic Transfer Printing on fabric. Using a black and white photocopy, transfer indelible images of photographic imagery, drawings or text onto a variety of textile surfaces. This technique retains the softness of your chosen fabric. Create a stash of textile prints to embellish and develop at a later date. Suitable for beginners and artists wanting to develop their practice. £75 including refreshments, lunch and most materials, just bring along a selection of textiles to experiment on.
Cas Holmes: 'Land-marks' Summer School
Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July 2020 10:00-16:00
We are excited to be welcoming back guest tutor Cas Holmes to the studio next summer.
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 lunches and refreshments. £50 deposit required upon booking.
Mixed Bed: Wire and mixed media Workshop
Saturday 22nd August 2020 10:00-16:00
Guest tutor Liz Cooksey will be running this exciting wire and mixed media floral sculpture workshop.
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.
Caroline Nixon: Eco-printing
Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October 2020 10:00-16:00
Ecoprint or botanical contact printing is a contemporary adaptation of the ancient tradition of colouring cloth with botanicals. A combination of heat and pressure coax the pigment and shape of the leaf onto the cloth leaving colourfast (and washable!) prints
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, especially those who are hoping to achieve clearer prints, richer colours, and greater technical knowledge.
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
We will also discuss how to source suitable fabrics, including charity shop finds to upcycle
You will go home with at least 2 beautiful wearable items, or fabric to sew into garments at home
Amanda Hislop: Layers in land and sea
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November 2020 10:00-16:00
We are looking forward to welcoming guest tutor Amanda Hislop to the studio in November 2020.
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.