A pile of colourful orange and blue fabric, with abstract designs on them

About Contemporary and Traditional Textiles (TE06 Spring)

Explore a range of exciting textile techniques to bring your designs and fabrics to life. We will explore contemporary and traditional techniques and methods, including stitching, dyeing, printing and transferring pattern on to cloth.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will give you a structured introduction to textile processes centring on stitch and print. During the first part of the course you will create a book of samples that can be used as an aide memoire or the starting point for a new piece of work.

We will explore:

  • Using MAC as our inspiration we will create a shape and texture inspiration board
  • Contemporary and traditional fabrics creating a library of use with an eye on sustainability
  • A stitch library of essential stitches for texture and mark making
  • Small scale manipulation of fabrics including pleating and basic smocking
  • Lino and found object printing to create new fabric bases for embellishment
  • Screen printing using stencils and masking processes
  • Simple heat press techniques to create finishing touches

For the first 7 weeks we will explore the processes together and then for the latter part of the course you will be supported to create your own textile art piece for display or use.

Experienced students are encouraged to follow their own project route whilst re-discovering textile applications.

Examples of the tutor’s finished work will provide stimulus and guides for how to use your textiles to create a project of your own choosing, from beautiful textile wall art to cushion covers, bags or anything else you may choose to make!

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are completely new to textiles, and for those who want to extend and refine their techniques.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

It is advisory to wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in. It would also be great to begin collecting a portfolio of patterns on paper or fabric for reference use and imagery which inspires and interests you.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Tina Francis

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025