I am a recommended tutor for the Embroiderers Guild and the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The following workshops are offered and can cater for large or small groups, for guilds and groups as well as schools, museums and commninity arts for example.
It is not designed to be an exhaustive list and I welcome proposals and ideas where we can tailor the workshop to suit the requirements of individual groups.
PRINT MAKING WORKSHOPS
Printing onto hand made felt or cotton fabric using block printing and screen printing methods
This workshop explores the use of block printing and and screen printing on hand made felt or cotton fabric. This is a full or half day experimental workshop where participants encouraged to experiment.
NEW FOR AUTUMN 2016
Create a picture collage using fabric overlay technques, fabric dyes and screen printing
Spend a super day creating a picture collage. We will firstly explore different fabrics including cotton, muslin, and chiffon. We will dye some of our fabrics, distress, overlay and stitch by hand. we will also screen print imagery such as butterflies, dragon flies,bees and seed pods. The result will be a gorgeous, completed picture that can be mounted or framed.
PRINT MAKING AND HAND MADE PAPER WORKSHOPS
Creating Hand Made Papers using silk cocoon strippings followed by print making
This is a full days workshop where we create our own hand made papers using gummy silk cocoon strippings and other embellishments. The morning is followed by printing on to our papers with block printing or by screen printing.
Hand Made Silk Papers inspired by Gustav Klimt
This workshop begins with a short introduction about the works of Gustav Klimt. Taking inspiration from his murals in the Art Nouveau style we go on to create hand made papers using gummy silk cocoons and also learn a quick way of creating mulberry silk paper. Embellishment including transfer foils, metallic crayons and image transfer are incorporated together with experimental sponge printing.
Create a hand made tea light/LED light holder from your own hand made papers created using Silk coocon strippings.
Make a lovely centre piece for your home. Firstly we will create hand made papers incorporating skeletal leaves and/or lace. These papers will cover glass vessels where a tea light can be placed or LED lights can be used to create a unique lighting feature.
Expolore the ancient method of wax batik
An exciting half day workshop, working on cotton fabric using the ancient method of wax batik. Firstly apply heated wax to cotton fabric using specialist tjantings and then overlay and create extra pattern using specialist batik inks. You will go away with a fabulous selection of fabrics that can be developed further using stitch.
FELT MAKING WORKSHOPS
Handrolled Felt including the use of different fibres
Explore colour and texture, learning how to create various samples of handmade felt, utilising different kinds of wool fibres, bamboo, silk, banana fibre, curly wools, nepps, threads, knitting wool, etc. This is a full or half day explorative workshop.
Over the years I have developed a keen interest in Archaeology. This workshop begins with a brief look at ancient drawings, patterns and designs including cup and ring marks and ancient cave art. We then go on to make hand rolled felt pieces inspired by this imagery. This is a one day workshop which, if desired, can be developed by hand embroidery or free machine embroidery or needle felting, delivered over two days.
Painting Flowers or a Vase of Flowers using Wool Tops and Pre-felts
During this workshop we will explore the possibilites of mixing loose fibres and pre-felts to create a 'felted painting'. Through cutting and laying you will build up a felted design that can be later needle felted or embroidered. The incopration of mulberry silks and nepps can also be included. The starting point for this workshop will be a sketch, post card, clipping or photograph.
Create a landscape fibre painting using felt making techniques
During this workshop we look at imagery of landscape, this could be your own local landscape. Inspired by our imagery we then go on to create a fibre art picture using wool fibres and the wet felting technique. The work can be developed further by needle felting or free machine embroidery or hand embroidery.
Hand Felted Hat
Create a super hat, perfect for the winter or as a gift. Use merino wool and a resist to make a unique hat that is warm, not itchy and breathable.
Cobweb Felted Tea Light/LED Light Cover
Learn how to create a wonderful home centre piece lighting feature using natural wool, lace and other embellishment.
Hand Felted and Embroidered Note Book Cover
The day will be spent making hand rolled felt which can also be hand stitched, machine embroidered or printed onto. Once we have done this we will turn our felt into a lovely note book cover. Perfect as a gift for someone special!
Create a unique hand bag using natural wool fibres with flower embellishment. Gorgeous!
Experimental Nuno Felting
Learn how to apply merino wool fibres to open weave cloth including silk chiffon, cotton muslin and cotton scrim cloth. Explore different layout techniques and numerous ways to create different textures.
Nuno Felted Wall Hanging or Scarf/Wrap
Simply spend the day creating a gorgeous nuno felted wall hanging, scarf or wrap.