Textiles Open Workshops

 Bags and scarves      Goldwork     red patchwork      Jeans coat
Thursday mornings, 10am - 1pm 

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: ESSENTIAL PRE-BOOKING IS NOW REQUIRED – from September ALL sessions will need to be pre-booked, and there will be a limit of 8 places per session. This is to help with materials purchasing and prepping beforehand, and to provide enough space to create in comfort!
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.

All sessions marked with an asterisk* - you will need your sewing machine

 1.    7th September KNITTED TEDDIES: following a simple pattern, learn how to knit a small teddy bear for yourself or as a gift
Please bring: 3mm knitting needles and oddments of DK wool, if you have them

 2.  21st September - WOVEN FABRIC BASKET: using strips of folded fabric and a basic weaving technique, learn how to weave 20 strips of fabric together to create a square basket
Please bring: scraps of lightweight cotton fabrics 21" long (patchwork fabrics/jellyroll ideal) 

3.  5th October – SILK PAPERMAKING: using silk ‘tops’ and various inclusions, make a range of A4 sheets of silk paper suitable for a variety of sewing and craft projects

 4.  19th October – ENVELOPE GIFT BAGS*: using your silk paper from the previous session or lightweight fabrics, discover how to make a simply ingenious gift envelope

 5.  2nd November WET FELTMAKING flowers & pebbles: discover the process of wet feltmaking, and use to create 3-D flowers and felted pebbles (perfect for embroidering!)

 6.  16th November BLOCK PRINTING FOR CARDS: carve your own small block for printing, use it to print with stamp pads onto calico fabric, and then mount onto cards
5 x A6 card blanks and envelopes per person included, then a small charge for any further cards – or bring your own

 7.  30th November – TRANSFER PRINTED SCARVES: paint a range of designs onto paper using transfer paints, and then iron transfer these onto a polar fleece scarf
Please bring: scraps of light-coloured synthetic fabrics if you prefer

 8.  14th December – UFO BAG*: the perfect solution for all those samples you’ve created! Assemble them altogether to create a useful and decorative patchwork bag
Please bring: your sewing machine, and your past samples or different fabric scraps

 9.  11th January INTERPRETATION*: same inspirational image with pack of fabrics and threads provided, then everyone interprets the image individually using these materials
Please bring: your sewing machine

 10.  25th January – RAG RUG BAG: learn the basic technique of rag rugging using fabric strips and a crochet hook, onto a small hessian bag (provided)
Please bring: scraps of lightweight fabrics such as woven cotton and stretch jersey

 11. 8th February – FREE MACHINE EMBROIDERY ON SOLUBLES: learn the technique of using free machine embroidery on soluble fabrics, to create stitched 3-D shapes – e.g leaves, vessels
Please bring: your sewing machine and any embroidery threads

 12.  22nd February – GELLI PLATE PRINTMAKING: discover how to print in layers on paper and fabric using an ingenious gelli plate as a surface
Please bring: your own gelli plate if you have one – different sizes available for use on the day