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A practical introduction to designing and making textiles using a range of techniques such as batik, screenprinting and feltmaking.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners so you don’t need any previous experience of textile making as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is a great introduction to essential textiles techniques.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

This course involves working at low tables and includes long periods of standing. You need good manual dexterity. Some of the processes involve melting paraffin wax and the fumes may cause breathing difficulties for asthmatics however extractor fans and ventilation will be used.

What will you learn on this course?

On this termly course you will be given a practical introduction to designing and making textiles.

Using a variety of materials and techniques such as batik, screen printing, felt making and embroidery with elements of paper making and dyeing, you will be encouraged to realise your own designs, developing a number of personal projects with the support of your tutor.

You will learn the following techniques and processes:

Batik: You will learn to identify different types of wax, the use of tools to apply wax, how to apply wax resist, what surfaces to work on, how to work with cold water reactive dyes, methods to remove wax, scrafitto, traditional dip dye, methods to develop depth of colour, how to translate design ideas to batik.

Screenprinting: You will learn how to prepare a design, create a stencil and use the print screen, squeegee and ink to print your design. Colour separation and repeat printing will be explored as well as learning how to mix inks and binder and fix prints. You will also learn mono printing with Procion dyes.

Feltmaking: You will learn how to layout wool, create a design using wet felting technique and how to needle felt a simple shape.

Silk Paper Making: You will learn how to layout silk fibres and add other fibres, yarns and objects to make paper.

Machine Embroidery: You will learn how to thread and set up a sewing machine to draw with thread using free motion embroidery. You can then apply this technique on fabric and paper.

Sewing skills: You will learn hand sewing skills to transform your textile pieces into functional items.

By the end of this course you will have produced a number of textile samples and your own individual projects, understanding how to translate your design ideas into completed work. You will have developed your understanding of a range of textile techniques, learning which you prefer, and have the confidence to work independently.

Previous students have made wall hangings, textile paintings, bowls, printed t- shirts, bags, window blinds, cards, cushion covers and book jackets.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron and an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet to record what you learn and keep your samples in.

You may wish to bring along a few of your chosen designs to get you started. You are welcome to bring along your own materials and fabric to print on, for example t-shirts, bags or tea towels.

Most materials and all equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50. Apron approx. £5.00

Most materials required for this course are included in the course fee. Specialist items such as silk fabric may incur small additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Penny Dixon