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  • TutorHelen Lane
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelBeginners/Improvers

Wed 13 Sep, 10am – 12pm | 12 wk Term £117 (£106) | Beginner/Improver Level | Age 18+

Introducing block and screen-printing and machine embroidery, this course offers a practical exploration into surface design.

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 both completely new to textiles, those who wish to learn new approaches to design, those wanting to learn print processes, combine stitch with print, revisit their love of textiles and those who want to extend and improve their techniques.



The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities and operate a sewing machine. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. 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 good dexterity is needed in your hands.

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. You will explore 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
  • Explore the Formal Element as applied to textiles
  • 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

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.



Each term gives a focus to a different theme. Previous themes have included architecture, edible, nature and lettering.



The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. 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.



Previously students have made wall hanging, framed artwork, artist books, cushions, boxes, friezes, fabric for clothing and much more.

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.

All other materials and equipment is provided.

If you own a sewing machine you can have it PAT tested for a small fee and bring it in to use during class.

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
  • Scissors approx. £8.00

Who teaches this course?
Helen Lane