I am currently offering a variety of workshops in both Textiles and Feltmaking to creative groups within Lincolnshire and further afield. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or you are wanting to build on previous experience, I can put together a workshop to suit you or your group. One to one and small group tuition (max 4) is also available in my studio in Horncastle. If you require more information or prices please email me using the contact form.
The following are examples of just some of workshops I do, however if there is a particular technique or project you have in mind I am more than happy to discuss your requirements.
LAYER, STITCH & BURN – This is a fun, experimental workshop in which we will be getting creative with a variety of synthetic fabrics. Students can use their own design or simply follow one of the examples shown. Techniques to be used will include cutting, layering, bonding, foiling and free motion stitching. Finally we will burn away our background using a soldering iron & heat tool to leave a beautiful lace like effect. No previous experience necessary.
NEEDLE FELTED CHRISTMAS MOUSE – this little character stands approximately 16cm tall and is a great introduction to needle felting. Get into the Christmas spirit while learning how to create basic 3D shapes and customise your little mouse with a choice of coloured fibres. This class is suitable for any ability but be warned…..it is addictive!
LUTRADUR LEAVES – this is one of my personal favourites! In this workshop we will be creating a variety of lifelike leaves, some perfectly formed, others may appear to be partly eaten away by insects or simply decayed by age. We will work with Lutradur fabric, free motion stitch and acrylic paint. Once you have your collection of leaves it’s up to you what you do with them. They look great individually mounted onto greetings cards, they can be incorporated in your art quilts, they can simply be mounted in a box frame or they could form the basis of a “Forest Floor” inspired piece.
FOREST FLOOR – This is an experimental workshop using soldering irons and heat tools with heat manipulative fabrics incuding Tyvek and Lutradur. Our theme will be the Forest Floor and students are encouraged to do a little foraging and bring along leaves, bark, etc to use as inspiration. Our fabrics will be painted, stitched, distressed and shaped to totally transform them. This can be booked as a one day course, resulting in an A4 size piece of work, or as a two day workshop in which you will produce lots of samples on day one and a larger, completed piece of work day two. Suitable for all abilities.
TYVEK LEAF – In this one day workshop we will be creating a beautiful Tyvek Leaf. We will begin by making a wire armature which will be wrapped with painted Tyvek fabric before shaping and distressing with a heat tool. Detail can be added in the form of hand embellishing with threads and beads to make each piece totally unique. Suitable for all abilities. These look great mounted in a small box frame.
PAINT, STAMP & SLOW STITCH – the title says it all. In this workshop we paint, stamp and hand embroider onto our background fabric using a floral garden theme. Machine stitching can be used in some areas if wished but this workshop really lends itself to being a “slow stitch” project. I like to use velour fabric for this one as it provides a beautiful sheen to the background. Further embellishment can be added with beads.
YELLOW POPPIES WALL HANGING – In this two day workshop you will create a fabulous Wet Felted Wallhanging using Bergschaf and Merino fibres. You can follow my Yellow Poppies design or be totally unique and create your own! During the two days we will use a variety of techniques including wet felting, needle felting, couching and free motion embroidery. Suitable for all abilities.
NATURE ART QUILT – Create a beautiful nature inspired art quilt using a variety of fabrics and techniques including painting, appliqué, hand stitch and free motion stitching. This can be booked as a one day workshop, following my Three Tall Trees design shown here and resulting in a small quilt, or as a two day course. If booking the two day’s students will have time to design their own art quilt and work on a larger scale if wished. Suitable for all abilities.
NEEDLE FELTED ANIMALS – learn the basics for creating fabulous needle felted animals. Using barbed needles to dry felt we will create the base of our animal using Cheviot fibre. The fun really starts when we bring them to life with a covering of coloured Corriedale fibre and we begin sculpting the small details such as facial features, ears, feet, etc.
WET FELTED SCARF – In this workshop we will combine lightweight, soft, Superfine Merino fibres with botanical fibres to create a beautiful, scarf. Wet Felted scarves are warm, attractive and totally unique as you will have a choice of colour schemes and no two ever turn out the same! Chose from one of three styles for your workshop. 1. A statement sculptural Ruffle 2. A neat little Necklet incorporating silk fabrics that will fit inside your coat 3. A longer length, lightweight Cobweb scarf. Use the contact form for more details if you are unsure of which one to chose.
BERGSCHAF BAG – Using a series of resists and Bergschaf fibres you will create a stunning handbag. This could be a clutch bag with integral handle or a shoulder bag with a felt or chain handle. Whichever style you chose you will also learn how to add different types of surface design to make your bag totally unique. This workshop is suitable for all abilities but please be aware that the felting process for making this type of bag is very physical. If you (or your group) are completely new to Wet Felting this is certainly doable in one day but you might want to consider pacing yourself and doing it over two days. Likewise if you would prefer to work on a larger or more complex design such as the tote bag with integral handle, or a design of your own, two days is good. If you are interested but have any doubts about timings or coping i.e. arthritis in hands/arms or trouble standing for any length of time please contact me to discuss.
BASIC WET FELTING AROUND A RESIST – This workshop is a great introduction to 3D Wet Felting around a resist. We will work with beautiful soft Merino fibres and you can chose what you would like to make. That might be a purse/glasses case, phone case or a bowl. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and, once learnt, these skills can be applied to larger wet felted projects such as bag making, creating 3D vessels and so much more!
MUSHROOM PINCUSHION – These Needle Felted mushrooms are fun to make and the workshop is suitable for all abilities. They can be simply decorative or, for the more practical among us, they make a novel pincushion! If you can bear to part with it they are ideal as a gift for a friend who sews.