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 **full**
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.
Ruth Issett: Stitched surfaces to dye for
Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th April 2020 10:00-16:00
We're thrilled that Ruth will be returning in 2020... Create layered and stitched surfaces using natural un dyed fabrics, and then colour them using a direct dye painting method.
Layers of un dyed fabric and threads will be combined in a variety of manners, either by hand or machine, providing the opportunity to create manipulated and richly embellished surfaces. Once stitching is complete students will dye paint their work in their selected colour scheme.
A really enjoyable course will using Procion Mx dyes, un dyed natural fabrics and threads from any of the following fibres – cotton, silk, linen, hemp, viscose and rayon.
A course for those who love of fabrics, stitching and a chance to explore glorious colour!
£150 including lunches, 6th & 7th April 10am-4pm - just a couple of places remaining
Leslie Morgan: Colour studies **full**
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.
Dinny Pocock: Bobbin birds
Thursday 4th June 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 by needle-felting a small test piece to get some skills in hand, then move on to a small sculptural bird over a simple wire frame, building shape and adding colour with muted, un-dyed wools, and with dyed merino.
£75, 10am-4pm (ish).
Sue Brown: Gum Arabic transfer printing on fabric **full**
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.
Jenny O'Leary: Shadows and reflections in batik
Thursday 13th August 2020 10:00-16:00
Using the theme of shadows and reflections and the beautiful designs nature creates in this form, along with guest tutor Jenny O'leary, we will explore the exciting marks and effects created by using different types of resist; Batik - hot wax, oil pastels, candles, and stencils. With tissue paper and paper as the base we will work with the resists, inks and bleach. You will explore the use of a wide range of traditional and non-traditional tools to apply the hot wax. Many samples will be developed as well as larger pieces. Some of the papers can be used to develop collaged images and the work will be suitable for further development by adding stitch at a later date.
£75 including lunch.
Mixed Bed: Wire and mixed media Workshop**full**
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.
Jane Fairweather : Teacup trees
Friday 18th September 2020 10:00-16:00
Jane Fairweather will be joining us to run this charming one day workshop. Create a 3D oak tree with hand and machine embroidery. Sewing machine and some machine embroidery experience required.
Jane has been featured in Be Creative with Workbox, Embroidery, and Patchwork & Quilting magazines as well as Cas Holmes latest publication.
The workshop will be £60 which includes most materials. You can bring your own teacup or purchase one from the tutor for an additional £5-£8
Jayne Emerson: Experimental embelishing
Monday 5th October 2020 10:30-14:30
Come and experience the wonders of an embellisher machine in this experimental workshop. There is no bobbin, thread, or tension to worry about as the 5 barbed needles simply mesh your fabrics together.
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.
Textile designer Jayne Emerson has a wealth of experience selling her designs to clients such as Chanel and Calvin Klein. She also has a treasure trove of vintage and up-cycled fabrics that she will bring along for all to use at the workshop.
You don’t need your own embellisher machine, use of one is included in the workshop.
£50 including all materials
Caroline Nixon: Eco-printing**full**
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**full**
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.