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About Textiles: Surface Decoration (TE07 Summer)

Explore surface decoration in textiles with a particular focus on metals and how to incorporate this in your work.

What will you learn on this course?

This course offers a practical introduction to textile surface decoration.

You will start your design work by experimenting with mark making, taking inspiration from different objects, to make several samples using different textile techniques. You will then progress to create a final piece such as a book cover, pictures, jewellery or a wall hanging.

You will be encouraged to plan your piece and will experience a variety of techniques in your learning experience. You will experiment and produce work in keeping with suggested themes from the Tutor.

Demonstrations will be provided together with handouts in many techniques including working with metal sheets, foiling, wire, fusible fibres, embossing, hand and machine embroidery.

Textile techniques will include -

  • Hand embroidery
  • Machine stitching and free motion embroidery
  • Rust dyeing
  • Markel oil sticks
  • Foiling
  • Applique.
  • How to incorporate metal in your work.

You will make references to traditional and contemporary artists who have used similar sources of inspiration.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginner, improver, and experience students. 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?

Bring along any pre-loved fabric you would like to use in your pieces. You should wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

During the summer term, April 2025, this course may be affected by building work taking place at MAC. Participants will be notified in advance of any updates.

Dates and times

  • April – July 2025