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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

 

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Rebecca Kate Flowers:
Festive Floral Wreath

Sunday 27th November 11am-1pm *full

Sunday 27th November 2.30pm-4.30pm *full

Monday 28th November 11am-1pm

We're thrilled that Becky will be returning to the studio with her signature wreaths this winter. 

Spend a fun and relaxing couple of hours creating your own unique and beautiful christmas wreath.

Becky will talk you through the whole process of creating your wreath and will provide a wide selection of items for you to decorate your wreath with, together with ribbons for finishing touches.

You will leave with a wreath ready to hang!

£55 including all materials & festive refreshments

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Jude Kingshott :
Ice Dyeing Masterclass

11th & 12th January 2023

If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Jude's work at the Festival of Quilts you will know that her ice dyeing is exquisite, Jude has spent many years understanding how colours interract with each other so we are very excited for Jude to be sharing some of her techniques with us.

Using Procion dyes, soda ash, ice cubes and clever folding methods you will create exciting, complex and unique patterns on natural fabrics and papers.

£180 including materials and refreshments

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Tessa Pearson :
Silkscreen Monoprinting

10th & 11th February 2023

*Waiting list places only

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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Mandy Pattullo :
Red Hen

Monday 20th February 2023

*Waiting list places only

Come and make a handstitched picture of a red hen with textile artisit and author, Mandy Pattullo. 

Mandy will show you how she builds up a hen (or cockerel) out of fabric, echoing the plumage, and creating a characterful bird. You will learn what stitches she uses to embellish the collage, about creating a context, and finishing off. 

Once you have done this workshop you will have transferable skills that will enable you to tackle any bird! 

Mandy will bring lots of samples to inspire you, as well as  provising a piece of antique quilt for you to work on.

£90 including materials and refreshments

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Sue Brown:
Collagraph Printmaking on Fabric

3rd & 4th March 2023

Collagraph printmaking on fabric produces interesting and varied prints. 

Spend two days exploring plate making with card, textures and glue. Make a series of prints on fabric collages and create a stash of printmaking to use in later projects. 

Bring fabrics from your own stash and your hand sewing kit to join fabrics together, embroider details and create unique textile art.

£200 including materials and refreshments

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Liz Cooksey:
Mixed Media small Landscape

24th & 25th March 2023

*Waiting list places only

Over the period of two days we will explore and experiment with wire and other materials to create a small landscape based on observations from natural forms, such as hedgerows, flower beds and the landscape. 

We will be adopting a mixed media approach, shaping wire and using hand stitching , crochet, wrapping and binding techniques. We will also explore simple needle tatting to create sprig like structures. Hand stitching will be used to embelish, bring colour and texture to our compositions.

£190 including materials and refreshments

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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.

poetry.

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

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

 

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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Jude Kingshott & Sam Jones : Eco-printing with Book making

10th, 11th, 12th July  2023

Spend three days immersing yourself in the wonderful world of eco-printing with expert tuition!

The process of eco-printing using plant material (leaves and/or flowers) combined with mordants to create images on both paper & fabric. These bundles are boiled in a natural dye and the outcome is a series of unique and individual prints. These prints will then be used to construct a small collection of books. 

There will be the opportunity to eco-print a silk scraf on the final day.

£250 including most 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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Amanda Duke:
Paper & Cloth to Collage

13th, 14th, 15th September  2023

Colour & Markmaking - loosen up, be expressive!

Amanda has immersed herself in her own studio practice for the last 10 years, she just loves sharing her knowledge and skills in a relaxed yet productive way.  You may have seen her prize winning Art Cloth in FOQ 2021 and her most recent Cloths in the FOQ 2022 Creative Textile Gallery

 

In this 3-day workshop Amanda will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone.

On day one and two you will create paper and fabric stashes that extend and contrast with any existing fabrics you have already, using a range of tools and procion dye pastes. You are encouraged to bring your personal fabric collection with you to add to your pieces for day 3 the collage process. By day 3 Amanda will introduce you to how she develops and refines her own collages adding mixed media drawing to paper, handstitching to smaller cloths and freemotion machine stitching her large scale works.  You will have time to create some collage samples of your own to take home to refine and complete.

£250 including some materials and refreshments

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Anne Kelly:
House & Garden

6th & 7th October  2023

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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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
home.
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

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,