UPDATE

COVID-19 Update (Monday 30th March 2020)

Due to the current Coronavirus situation Littleheath Barn Studio is closed for workshops. If you are booked onto a course or workshop please bear with us… we will be reviewing our plans every few weeks, in line with government advice, and react accordingly. We endeavour to rearrange any cancelled workshops for later this year/early 2021. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please do your bit, stay home if you can and stay well and keep creating!

Claire and I are using our extra free time to try out some new ideas and we look forward to sharing them with you all once all of this is behind us!

 

Dinny Pocock: Bobbin birds **NEW DATE TBC **

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).

 

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.

 

Wild Floss: Embroidery Workshop

Wednesday 9th September 19:00-21:30

We are excited to be welcoming Wild Floss Embroidery back to the studio for a relaxed, fun and informal introduction to contemporary hand embroidery.Explore colour, create textures and develop shapes using a wide variety of yarns, threads and beads. All using basic stitches so suitable for all levels. Ruth will help you to create your own individual and unique piece of work using a 7” wooden hoop. You will also be shown options for backing and finishing the hoop ready to take home and hang. £35 including all materials and a glass of fizz.

 

Jo Smith: Nature printed journal

Friday 11th September 2020 10:00-16:00

 A calming day, working with nature's materials to create a unique, botanical printed, 'Nature Journal'.
This workshop will be led by Jo Smith who is a good friend of the studio, with support from Liske,
The day will begin by bundling up pages with leaves and flowers from your favourite place, before putting them in the pot to 'cook'. While this is happening we can sit and immerse ourselves in words, poetry and images inspired by nature.
In the afternoon we will learn how to put the book together and create beautiful covers to complete our journals, which you can then continue adding to at home.
Expect some surprises along the way!
Cost £60 , with all materials included, just bring along some flowers and leaves. 

 

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 Patchwork 

Monday 21st September 2020 10:30-14:30

 Patchwork has so many possibilities, particularly when you allow yourself to freely collage with fabric! In this class we will cut up a mixture of vintage and modern fabrics and re-work them into new designs.
There will be no precision sewing, though you will be taught how to use a cutting mat and rotary cutter. These tools make light work of age old techniques such as log cabin and geometric patchwork.
We will be looking at the quilts of Gees Bend for inspiration and end up with finished pieces that can be made up into cushion covers, lavender bags, pot holders and textile art.

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

 

Sue Brown: Gum Arabic transfer printing on fabric **new date**

Friday 2nd October 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.

Jayne Emerson: Experimental embelishing**full**

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

 

Jennifer Collier: Paper Bird Boxes

Sunday 1st November 2020 10:00-16:00 

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.

 

Jayne Emerson: Patchwork Christmas cards

Monday 2nd November 2020 10:30-13:30

Hand make all of your Christmas cards this year whilst using up all of your fabric scraps! These lovely cards look complex but once you know how, they are incredibly easy. There will be colour coded boxes of reclaimed and vintage fabrics to choose from but you can also bring along some of your own, if you wish. Once learnt, this technique can be used to create notelets, birthday cards and valentines cards.

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!

£40 including all materials

 

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.

 

Karen Stamper:

Concertina Sketchbooks**full**

Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th  November 2020 10:00-16:00

**Please notes this replaces the postponed 

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May workshop dates**

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.

 

Jude Kingshott: Creative Book Binding

Wednesday 13th  Thursday 14th & Friday 15th January 2021 10:00-16:00

We are thrilled to be welcoming Mixed Media Artist Jude Kingshott to the studio for three days of Book Binding, 'One Page Wonders' and Creative Concertina Books.
On this course you will create a small collection of unique and individual books.
We begin with a pamphlet book, allowing you to learn the basics; folding, cutting and simple binding.
Progressing to an individual sketchbook, this includes a covered end board (using your won fabric or paper), and is finished with Coptic binding.
Then we explore the possibilities of the concertina and 'one page' books to further develop your skills.
There will also be time for mark making on paper using a variety of inks, stamps and paint.
£230 including lunches and most materials.

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Cas  Holmes:

'Land-marks' Summer School **full** 

Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th Feb 2021 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.

Sue Brown: Gum Arabic & Mixed Media on Fabric

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th March 2021 10:00-16:00

Spend an inspiring two days with print maker Sue Brown learning all about her signature technique, Gum Arabic Printing, as well as experimenting with acrylic resist, mono printing, stitch and stamping to name just a few. You will create a collection of complex and exciting fabrics using traditional and non-traditional methods. You will also be shown how to transform your printed fabrics into a series of fabulously textural textile books.
£180 including lunches and most materials.

Ruth Issett: Surfaces to dye for 

Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th March 2021 10:00-16:00

We're thrilled that Ruth will be returning in 2021... 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.

Angie Hughes: Inspired by Klimt

Monday 15th March  2021 10:00-16:00

There is a wealth if inspiration in the work of Gustav Klimt. Work with textile artist Angie Hughes to put together a simple design on cotton velvet. You'll be working with transfoils, sweetie foils, silks and organza. This will be topped off with an afternoon of machine embroidery, Perfect for all abilities. £60 including lunch. Sewing machine required.

Leslie Morgan: Colour Studies **full**

Wednesday 17th  Thursday 18th  and Friday 19th March 2021

(3 day workshop) 10:00-16:00

Textile artist & quilter Leslie Morgan will be swapping the Committed to Cloth studio for Littleheath Barn in March 2021 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 6th and Thursday 7th May 2021 (2 day workshop) 10:00-16:00

We are delighted to be adding Alice Fox to our guest tutor line up. In this two day workshop you will explore techniques for mark making on paper using plant material (eco- printing), monk printing, frottage and test. Learn about a variety of book structures and use your printed papers to create a series of beautiful botanical books. Sessions will run from 10am - 4pm. Course price is £160 including some materials, lunch and refreshments.

Etka Kaul: Stitched Story Maps

Wednesday 8th  & Thursday 9th September 2021 10:00-16:00

Maps are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. They have been used throughout history and can also be highly personal and intimate in scale. In this two day course taught by textile artist Ekta Kaul, you will learn how to use stitch to create commemorative maps celebrating our personal stories. Students will draw inspiration from photos, maps, found objects and souvenirs, Under Ekta's gentle guidance, you will learn to create visual compositions using personal starting points and then translate them onto stitched patterns and textures. Ekta will share processes she uses in her own exquisite and timeless work.
£180 including lunches.

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