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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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Anne Kelly:
House & Garden

6th & 7th October  2023 *1 place available

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 *fully booked

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 *fully booked

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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Suzanne Nicholl:
Creative Concertina

17th November  2023, 10:00-16:00

We will start the day by making a concertina sketchbook, and then begin the layering process of textured and expressive markmaking. We will explore a range of techniques with mixed media and collage to create a stunning collection of spontaneous and unique abstractions. 

Use the book as the foundation for further art work or take from it ideas to carry forward in your creative endeavours, whether they be textiles, ceramics or fine art. 

Working in concertina sketch books is a great springboard for sparking and developing creative ideas. 

£90 including all materials and refreshments

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Ros Ingram :
Ceramic Hare Workshop

Thursday 30th November 2023, 10:00-16:00

New for 2023!

Spend a day sculpting your own hare in clay with ceramicist Ros Ingram.

Clay and firing of work inlcuded in price of workshop - your sculprture will be taken away to be kiln fired and returned within 3 weeks.

Suitable for all levels.

£98 including all materials and refreshments,

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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Decorations

Friday 1st December 2023, 10:00-13:00 OR 14:00-17:00

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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Sarah Hibbert :
Collage to Quilt

7th & 8th February 2024

You may have seen Sarah's solo exhibition at the FOQ 2022., 

Sarah, a successful contemporary quilter, will be returning to us for a 2-day course in 2024.

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 day 1 focussing on collage, before moving onto design, and then  return on day 2 to piece a quilt top based on one of your collages.

£190 including some materials and refreshments. Own sewing mahcine required.

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Rachel Harwood :
Willow Workshops

We are bringing you two days of short willow weaving workshps, they are priced at £55 each or you can pick any two for £100

 

Friday 16th February, 10:00-13:00 Willow Wigwam

Friday 16th February, 14:00-17:00 Willow Birdhouse

Saturday 17th February, 10:00-13:00 Willow Wigwam

Saturday 17th February, 14:00-17:00 Willow Swallows

Join Warwickshire willow artist Rachel, at the studio for a fun session, or two, creating your very own willow sculptures, a perfect addition to any garden!

Suitable for beginners, you will learn different techniques in order to sculpt your creations.

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Anne Kelly :
People & Places

Thursday 7th & Friday 8th March 2024, 10:00-16:00 

In this two day course with author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly you will be working from your choice of image that holds a special memory for you. We will start by using basic but effective techniques taken from her books

 

Making portraits can be daunting but in this course you will be guided step by step to make a portrait piece and background based on a photograph and using a variety of materials from your collections.

£190 including some materials and refreshments. 

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Sue Brown :
Paper Lithography on Fabric

Friday 5th April 2024, 10:00-16:00 

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 

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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Introduction to Eco-pritning with Earthwise
Ecoprint

Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th May 2024, 10:00-16:00 

Join Fiona Baldwin of Earthwise Eco-prints for two days embracing the magic of botanical contac printing on paper and fabric.

Further details tbc.

£180 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 

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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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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