Textiles Open Workshops

 Bags and scarves      Goldwork     red patchwork      Jeans coat
Thursday mornings, 9.30am - 12.30pm 

Cost: £60 for 5 sessions (or £15 for a single session) - choose and book the sessions you want to do


These workshops are aimed at anyone with an interest in Textiles, including stitching, machine embroidery, feltmaking, patchwork, knitting, dyeing, bagmaking, quilting and many more.

Select from a varied programme of creative sesssions, utilising a wide range of creative textile techniques and materials

Use of equipment and basic materials required are included in the session fee, although there will occasionally be an extra charge of a few pounds for materials, or the requirement to bring your sewing machine and/or materials with you as indicated in the session plan below. 

You can check availability anytime by emailing [email protected] with a list of those sessions you’d like to attend, but places will be allocated on a first-come first served basis, and a waiting list kept therafter.

SESSION PLANS – March to July 2018
All sessions marked with an asterisk* - you will need your sewing machine 

1.    29th March FELTED LANDSCAPE: using the traditional wet felting process, create a landscape in coloured wool tops
Please bring: an image or photo if you have a favourite, plus any wool ‘tops’ for felting

2.    12th AprilFREE MACHINE EMBROIDERY*: using your felted landscape (or blank canvas fabric) as a base, discover how to ‘draw’ with stitch using your sewing machine
Please bring: your sewing machine and a darning/embroidery foot; your felted landscape from the previous week (if applicable)


 3.    26th AprilBATIK: experiment with this traditional technique for painting designs onto fabric, using a wax resist and colourful fabric paints


 4.    10th MayINCHIES*: create a set of delightful little mini collages, all just 1 inch square! Swap inchies with other group members to form a collection
Please bring: your sewing machine; small scraps of fabric and collage pieces, beads etc


 5.    24th MaySCREEN PRINTING: learn how to print on fabric using paper stencils and mesh screens


 6.    7th JuneUFO TOTE BAG*: a chance to make use of some of your samples of batik, printing etc to make a useful tote bag, by creating your own template
Please bring: your sewing machine, and any previous samples you’d like to use OR about half a metre of your fabric of choice (heavy cotton, upholstery, wool etc)


 7.    21st JuneBEADED BIRDIES: discover how to make a delightful beaded bird using felt and lots of beadwork, which can be made into a brooch, keyring etc
Please bring: any beads you might like to include


 8.    5th JulyFREESTYLE HAND EMBROIDERY: using a variety of hand embroidery stitches and different threads, and working as a group by passing your work around, your finished piece of work will delight and surprise you
Please bring: any interesting threads and yarns you’d like to share


 9.    19th July – PAINT & PRINT ON FABRIC WITH BLEACH: discover ways of working on dark coloured fabric with bleach using a variety of methods, with fascinating results
Please bring: pieces of dark-dyed natural fabrics you might like to experiment with (fabrics also provided on the day)