A piece of fabric, with colourful bottle shapes printed in various methods on it

About From Paper to Fabric (TE04 Spring)

A practical exploration into surface design with an introduction to printing and embroidery.

What will you learn on this course?

This course offers a practical exploration into surface print design through the techniques of block printing, screen printing, hand and machine embroidery. The tutor will guide you through the process of creating your own unique designs from primary sources to create printed paper and fabric which you can embellish with stitch.

On this course you will learn how to:

  • Undertake primary and secondary research
  • Use a sketchbook to record research and generate original design ideas
  • Create Block prints using either Lino cuts, Neoprene blocks or Collographs
  • Understand colour theory and its application in your work
  • Research artists working in this area
  • Create a variety of repeat print designs
  • Use a variety of hand stitches to embellish your print work
  • Use free motion machine embroidery to embellish your prints
  • Screenprint using stencils, polyprint and binder AQ or dyes and Manutex print paste
  • Apply colour separation to create screenprints
  • Incorporate text in your work as a means of self-expression using several different printing and stitching techniques.

As you progress on this course you will bring your research, designs and the techniques learnt together to make original artwork.

The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. Students will be provided with handouts for each technique and will build a personal portfolio of samples to refer to for future projects.

The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. Previous students have made wall hangings, framed artwork, artist books, cushions, boxes, friezes, fabric for clothing and much more.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who are completely new to textiles, and who wish to learn new approaches to design, those wanting to learn print processes, combine stitch with print, revisit their love of textiles and for improvers who want to extend and refine their techniques. Students wishing to re-enrol are welcomed and assisted to develop their skills further and work on individual projects with guided support from the tutor.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands. 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?

Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron, an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet and a pair of sharp scissors.

If you own a sewing machine you can have it PAT tested for a small fee and bring it in to use during class. You will need to notify MAC beforehand so we can ensure a suitable member of staff is on site.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025