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. I normally limit classes to 15 students but am happy to discuss larger numbers if required.
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 get in touch 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 please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
INSPIRED by NATURE…..3D TEXTILES – Tyvek fabric is an incredibly versatile medium which can be painted, stitched and manipulated using a heat tool. If we then combine these processes with a wire armature, and inspiration taken from nature, we can produce beautiful 3D forms ranging from a simple leaf or flower to a more complex shape such as the seed pod. Students are encouraged to come up with their own design prior to forming the armature but for those less confident there will be templates to follow. You might chose to add further detail in the form of hand embellishing with threads and/or beads but however you approach this project, due to the unpredictability of heat manipulation, you will be creating a piece of textile art which is totally unique. Suitable for all abilities.
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.
LUTRADUR LEAVES – 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 or attached to a fabric background as a brooch. They can be incorporated in your art quilts, simply mounted in a box frame or they could form the basis of a “Forest Floor” inspired piece.
FOREST FLOOR – This is a fast paced, experimental workshop using soldering irons and heat tools with heat manipulative fabrics incuding Tyvek and Lutradur. Our theme is 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 into twigs, bark and leaves. Suitable for all abilities, this was originally designed as a two day class in with students produce lots of samples on day one and a completed piece of work, in their chosen size, on day two. Due to demand I also run this as a one day class in which students can either concentrate on making lots of samples or they can make less and aim for a finished piece at A4 size.
POPPIES WALL HANGING – In this two day workshop you will create a fabulous Wet Felted Wallhanging using Bergschaf and Merino fibres based on a floral theme. Bring some inspiration in the form of photos or sketches to work up your own design, not necessarily poppies, or simply follow one of the examples shown. 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.
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, resulting in a mini quilt, or as a two day course, working on a larger scale. Students are encouraged to bring along photos or sketches as inspiration for working up their own design. If you would prefer to concentrate on technique and simply follow one of the examples shown on the day you are welcome to do so. Suitable for all abilities.
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!
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 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 polyester velour fabric for my background as it provides a beautiful sheen. Further embellishment can be added with beads.
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.