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Guest Tutors

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. 

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


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Maria Wigley:
Visual Poetry

Thursday 30th March 2023

*Waiting list places only

Spend a day working with Maria, in her signature style to create an artist’s concertina book that explores visual responses to poetry through
textiles. We will be exploring a range of mixed media techniques such as painting and collage with both machine and hand embroidery.


Maria will bring some examples of poems or participants are welcome to bring their own... work with sentences, or even a few key words as a starting point,
Working on cartridge paper we will start to create examples, exploring water colour paint and sketching together.
In addition we will create some stitched test pieces, combining hand and free machine embroidery.

£80 including some materials and refreshments. Own sewing machine required

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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Hare

Saturday 1st April 2023, 10:00-16:00 *1 place


Friday 5th May 2023, 10:00-16:00 *waiting list only

Join Warwickshire willow artist Rachel, at the studio for a fun day creating your very own willow hare, a perfect addition to any garden!

Suitable for beginners, you will learn different techniques in order to sculpt your own 4ft willow hare. 

£98 including materials and refreshments. 

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Sarah Hibbert:
Collage to Quilt

27th & 28th April 2023 *waiting list places only


You may hve seen Sarah's solo exhibition at the FOQ 2022, her quilts and collages are stunning.

Following a fabulous workshop in 2022 Sarah will be joining us for 2-days in 2023!


When creating a paper collage, Sarah does not necessarily see the resulting quilt in her mind. That comes when standing back from the design. The excitement then starts to happen when thinking about what fabric to use, and picking out colours.

You can use this design process as a full quilt idea or a series of smaller pieces to interlock for an overall design. Use the paper cut outs as your colour palette and just have fun!

We will spend the first day focussing on collage and colour, before moving onto design, and then piecing a quilt top based on one of your collages on day 2.

£190 including some materials and refreshments. Suitable for all levels. Sewing machine required.

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Amanda Clayton:
Little Strip of Leaves

10th & 11th May 2023

During the two days you will learn or revisit hand embroidery techniques such as inlay, cutwork, applique, layering, needle darning and many more……that are now very relevant to current quilting methods.

You will be working them in neutral cloth and thread, producing a sampler strip, which will introduce you to qualities such as transparency that may be new but potentially exciting. Using leaves as a design shape, the workshop will give you the confidence to develop your own visual language as you transfer both techniques and design skills to colour and scale when you return home.

Amanda is an obsessive hand ‘stitcher’ who loves to share her skills with others and is happy to work with both complete beginners and more experienced students.  

£190 including most materials and refreshments. 

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Caroline Nixon : Magic of Ecoprint with natural dyes *re-scheduled

29th June, 30th June & 1st July 2023

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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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Seed Pod

Friday 14th July, 10:00-13:00

During this morning workshop you will create a giant poppy seed head and have the option of purchasing a bundle in order to make more in your own time. 

This workshop provides a great introduction to willow weaving.

Suitable for beginners.

£55 including materials and refreshments

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Rosie James:
Stitch-Draw Cloth Books

12th & 13th September  2023

Back by popular demand!!

Rosie will be returning with this fabulous 2-day workshop, sharing her signature style of free-motion embroidery.

During the course we will be focussing on making a cloth book using a variety of materials including fabric, transparent fabric and paper.

As well as building confidence with free motion embroidery to stitch-draw, you will learn lots of techniques in the production of the book.

With Rosi'es guidance you will plan the pages using imagery from magazines, books, or your own photos.


£180 including most materials and refreshments

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Anne Kelly:
House & Garden

6th & 7th October  2023 *waiting list places only

In this two day course with author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly you will be working from your choice of house or place (building) that holds a special memory for you. We will start by using basic but effective techniques taken from her books. Anne will show you how to create a mixed media collage using items from your collections and charity shop finds. Your piece will be embellished and richly decorated to create a special souvenir or gift. It can be added to a larger piece at a later date if desired. A full list of materials and equipment will be sent to you prior to the workshop. Sewing machines are helpful but not essential.

£190 including some materials and refreshments

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Tansy Hargan :
Little Book of Colour

23rd & 24th October  2023

During this two-day workshop you will explore colour while making your own textile-covered watercolour sketchbook, broken in with exercises from Tansy’s popular “Finding your Colour Voice” online course.

The activities in this workshop switch between mindful watercolour painting and inventive textile construction. You will start with a pile of fabric scraps for your book cover and a pre-made block of pages for the book’s interior. Working alternately on each, you will allow paint to dry on one as you move over to the other, changing pace, method and media, until the two are brought together to make your own little book of colour

All materials will be provided, including Tansy’s handmade watercolour paints. You will need to bring your own sewing machine, preferably one with the facility for free-motion stitch

£200 including some materials and refreshments

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Maria Walker:
Text to Textiles

6th November  2023

Experimental textile artist Maria Walker @mariawalkerart will share some of the techniques she has developed to create her text-based narrative artwork.
Maria started to use her sewing machine to create textual effects on fabric when she wanted to make large scale artwork for her solo exhibition “The Lightfoot Letters” which was inspired by a bundle of old letters she found which dated from the 1920’s.

She uses her basic electric sewing machine, in the “free machining mode” (i.e. with the feed dogs down and an embroidery foot) to create
many interesting effects with text on fabric.

Techniques Covered in Workshop;
Writing with the sewing machine, and methods to transfer the text to the fabric, Reverse Applique Text, Cutwork Text and more

Each participant leave the workshop with a set of samples on each technique to enable them to create their own text based artwork at
Please note that it is essential that all participants have access to a sewing machine that they can use in free machining mode.

£90 including most materials and refreshments

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Rachel Harwood : 
Willow Deer

Friday 10th November, 10:00-16:00

This popular workshop will be back for Christmas 2023!

Join Warwickshire Willow artist, Rachel to create a fabulous willow deer for your garden, suitable for beginners, you will learn different techniques to help to sculpt your very own 4ft willow deer sculpture. 


Only suitable for adults. 


£98 including all materials and refrershments

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Sally Tyrie:
Draw-Print-stitch 'The language of marks'

17th & 18th November  2023 *waiting list places only

A two day fun and intensive course that utilises multi-layered mark-making and combined media to create unique assemblages.  


Begin exploring ideas by working from imagery and objects  

and producing lively expressive drawings and direct mark making. We will experiment with ways to print without a press by using wet and dry media including processes with a gelli plate, mono - print techniques and Collagraph Printing. We will also explore different paper surfaces and colour mixing.


On the second day moving on to methods of assemblage, and collage. We will look at ways to join using hand and machine stitch and also explore and consider surfaces and methods of presentation.


Discussion, personal guidance and ways to develop your work will be embedded into the 2 days and you will come away with a small group of resolved work that has used multiple approaches and media. This is a fun but intensive two-day course.

£180 including most materials and refreshments

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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Decorations

Friday 1st December 2023, 10:00-13:00

New for 2023!

Spend a creative morning making willow stars and chrsitmas trees just in time for the festive season.

Suitable for all levels.

£55 including all materials and refreshments,

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Tessa Pearson :Silkscreen Monoprinting

February 2024, dates TBC, contact for first refusal on places

In this short course you will explore the possibilities of silkscreen monoprinting, the most painterly of printmaking techniques. 

Silkscreen monotypes are created by painting with acrylic directly onto the open, unmasked mesh of a screen, covering the whole area, before pulling the paint through the mesh. This can be repeated to build up layers. The textures and markmaking are spontaneous and unrepeatable which lead to an exciting and unique print. 

After initial experiements to familiarise yourself with the media, we will be able to explore ideas using collage, stencils, overprinting and layering, as well as using other mark-making techniques to add texture and line.

*This is a paper-based course, not textiles.

£200 including refreshments

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