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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!

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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Sue Brown :
Paper Lithography on Fabric

Friday 5th April 2024, 10:00-16:00 *waiting list places

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Artist & Printmaker Sue Brown for a one-day workshop exploring Paper Lithography 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, just bring along a selection of textiles to experiment on

£100 including some materials and refreshments. 

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Ruth Parkinson Johns :
Paint - Stitch Doodles

10th & 11th April 2024 *waiting list places only

Ruth will be joining us at the studio for 2-days next April. These days can be booked individually or together and will complement each other.

During day 1 we will explore techniques of working with Fabric paint to create an expressive base to stich onto.

We will then work with  free-motion embroidery techniques to create shapes and patterns and build up our doodles.

 

During day 2 we will work with Creative Hand stitch and Embroidery.

During this workshop we will combine traditional hand stitch techniques to create interesting patterns and shapes.

Hand stitch onto the pieces created in the previous day to add a further layer of interest or begin a separate creation.

 

Both day’s are suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

£90 per day including some materials and refreshments. 

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Amanda Hislop :
Landscape Stitch-Sketching

26th & 27th April 2024 *waiting list places only

Free up and develop line drawing skills working through a series of simple drawing tasks exploring mark making as a creative tool to develop stitch language in free machine stitch technique.

 Draw to stitch, stitch to draw; explore free machine stitch through a series of experimental drawing and stitch samples, to increase confidence in the use of line as a language for stitch development in mixed media textiles.

We will consider what stitches can do; can the stitch be overlapped, worked in a line, worked in circles, in blocks, worked in several directions, in layers, be tight or loose, hold down threads or fabrics.

£190 including some materials and refreshments. 

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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Hare

Friday 3rd May 2024, 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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Jenny O'leary
Batik on fabric; inspired by John Piper

Tuesday 4th June 2024, 10:00-16:00 *full, e'mail to go on waiting list

The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration students will use the technique of batik – hot wax resist.

We will work on fabric with bleach and inks and other forms of resist to create exciting textures and effects. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery. The work will be suitable for further development with stitch. No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch. A number of samples will be created during the workshop

£80 including most materials and refreshments. 

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Jennifer Collier:
Paper Patchwork, Pockets & Pleats

Monday 1st July 2024, 10:00-16:00 

 A sampler’s workshop with a difference, as all the traditional embroidery techniques will be created just from paper. Showing a range of patchworking techniques, including Cathedral Windows, Paper Pockets and Pleating, as well as covered Bindings, Button Loops and even making your own handmade Covered Buttons, all created  from beautiful vintage papers. All materials and equipment are provide,, but you may wish to bring your own special papers, books, maps or ephemera to personalise your work. 

£80 including most materials and refreshments. 

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Tansy Hargan:
Summer School

8th, 9th, 10th July 2024, 10:00-16:00

Tansy @palimpsestparade will be returning with a 3-day summer school. The theme will be 'Flora Obscura' - taking inspiration from the flowers in the garden and surrounding areas you will focus on observational drawing, form, shape and colour in a handmade book, using Tansy's signature viewfinders and handmade vibrant watercolours.

These observations will be developed into a small series of textile pieces combining collage, print and stitch.

£300 including all materials. The middle day will be an extended day at the studio with an optional meal out afterwards.

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Amanda Clayton
Piecing & Patching

Tuesday 30th July 2024, 10:00-16:00 

In this 1-day workshop Amanda will guide you through lots of strategies for piecing cloth using less obvious ways and also building up larger pieces from small. This is purely a technical hand stitch workshop which does cover my signature techniques of trailing, cutwork, needle darning, applique, & inlay. This is great for students using up their neutral scrap bag.

£80 including most materials and refreshments. 

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Rachael Singleton:
Reimagined

Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th August 2024, 10:00-16:00 

Working with a well-known painting from history, we will be ‘mining’ images for various visual elements, collecting a bank of patterns, marks, colours, motifs at different scales on small pieces of fabric and/or papers.

You will collect a set of papers and/or fabrics which we will fragment,  re-assemble and re-construct into abstracted designs. These can be hand or machine-stitched into.

 

This workshop is designed to be open-ended in terms of chosen format and to harness individuality. Examples include creating a set of small cards that could go in a box/tin or a set of tags on a ring binder, a vessel, a 2D textile piece or a collection of small ones, a scroll, hanging or concertina-form artist book.

Participants need to source a well-known painting that has enough interest to consider various marks, patterns, colours and shapes etc.

£180 including some materials and refreshments. 

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Angie Hughes:
Monastery Floor

Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th October 2024, 10:00-16:00 

This new 2-day workshop is inspired by monastery floor tiles and nature taking over.

It is a mixed media course using stencilling, stitch, machine embroidery on soluble fabric and organza. You will create a piece of textie art that could be framed. 

The course was inspired by Angie's piece that was at the stitch0by-stitch exhibition in Oswestry.

£180 including some materials and refreshments. Own sewing machine required.

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Caroline Nixon:
The magic of Eco-printing, with natural dyes

31st October, 1st November & 2nd November 2024, 10:00-16:00 

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 variety 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, or a course with Earthwise Eco Prints - and plenty to challenge more experienced ecoprinters too.

£340 including materials and refreshments.

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