About Contemporary & Traditional Textiles (Summer)

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 a wide variety of textile processes within the areas of print, dye, and stitch, while allowing you to explore your own creativity and build confidence in your practice.

  • Inspiration for a theme as a starting point, collecting images and memories.
  • Exploring the work of contemporary textile artists and designers as examples to encourage possibilities in your own work
  • Exploring fabrics, whether new or pre-loved and their different qualities
  • Joining fabrics with hand and machine-stitch, appliqué and kantha
  • Dyeing natural and man-made textiles, using cold-water dyes and shibori techniques
  • Block printing with stamps and lino-cut carvings
  • Screen printing using stencils and masking processes
  • Looking at both traditional and contemporary stitch-making – sashiko, boro, darning and kantha; using modern embroidery techniques to add value to pre-loved clothing
  • Using the heat press to transfer inks and foiling onto fabric for finishing effects

You will be encouraged to experience the full range of techniques and eventually combine these to produce both a range of reference samples and finished works.

Experienced students can develop any strand of textile application they will and 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 all levels, including beginner, improver, and more-experienced students. It is suitable for people who are completely new to textiles, and for those who want to extend and refine their techniques.

This course may be accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

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?

Anneliese Delaunay

Dates and times

  • April – July