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.
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.
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.
NEEDLE FELTED ANIMALS – learn the basics for creating fabulous needle felted animals. We will begin with making our wire armatures before building up the shape of our animal using core wool. The fun really starts when we bring them to life sculpting the body using the barbed needles and adding the small details such as facial features, ears, feet, etc.
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 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.
NUNO FELTED SCARF – In this workshop we will combine lightweight silk fabrics with Superfine Merino fibres and prefelts to create a beautiful, soft scarf which is not only warm and attractive but totally unique!
BERGSCHAF BAG – Using a series of resists and Bergschaf fibre you will create a clutch bag, with integral handle, in your choice of shape and colour. 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 are interested but have any doubts about coping 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 to create our bowls. Suitable for all abilities.
MAGIC MUSHROOMS – These Needle Felted mushrooms are fun to make and can be made in a day. They are can be simply decorative or, for the more practical among us, they make a novel pincushion! Ideal as a gift for a friend who sews. Suitable for all abilities