Dye/Create/Stitch - make your own mixed media embellishments



This is a fun and unique workshop exploring the potential of creating your own handmade embellishments using a variety of processes and materials. Through experimenting with dyeing, painting and hand printed techniques - contemporary embroidery artist Jessica Grady will teach how how to turn waste and unconventional materials into beautiful and exciting embellishments to use within hand embroidery.

The day will begin by hand dyeing a variety of synthetic and recycled materials such as waste nylon tubing, tile spacers and cable ties - along with other plastic or recycled materials. Jessica will show you how to create various effects with the dye to achieve interesting and exciting results. This will be followed by experimenting with painting a variety of metal embellishments using fabrics as stencils to achieve various patterns. Jessica will also show you how to use a selection of printing processes such as foil, flock and heat bonding recycled materials to create final effects on embellishments of your choice.

The day can get a bit messy so please wear old clothes and bring along an apron! You also need to bring along your own packed lunch.

You will leave the workshop with a large selection of dyed, painted and foiled embellishments to use in your own textile art projects. Jessica also runs a follow on course, "Contemporary embellishment through colour and pattern" which goes through techniques for attaching and using your embellishments to create exciting surfaces and patterns.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment is included.

Free parking is also available at the venue .

If you would like to experiment with dyeing or painting any additional bits and pieces that you have at home such as found materials, broken jewellery or any plastic packaging - please feel free to bring it along with you.


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Nunthorpe Road
North Yorkshire
YO23 1BW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Jules Hunter - - #26458

I had a great day with Jess and learnt new and inspiring technique with easy to find, household items. No pre knowledge required and it was loads of fun.
Thank you Jess

hazel saxelby - - #26345

This was a wonderful day. Jess shared so many of her own ideas and techniques. She's a brilliant, encouraging and inspiring artist. Since the workshop, I have been experimenting with the materials I created, and have shared the outcomes in my own classroom.
I can't wait to learn from Jess again!

Louise Taylor - - #25078

Wow! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.
Jess was very prepared and generous with resources and information regarding equipment.
I would recommend her workshop to anyone wanting to expand their skills, for teaching or for their own practice.
Thanks Jess

Julia - - #24472

Great workshop! I enrolled to learn Jess’s disperse dye techniques. I loved her ideas for spray painting washers and making handmade sequins out of plastics straws and bubble wrap. Jess was a generous and knowledgable teacher with loads of tips. I came home bubbling with inspiration, with a stash of hand-dyed and upcycled plastic embellishments. Well worth the trip from London to Leeds.

Response from Jessica Grady embroidery artist:

Thank you Julia - so pleased that you enjoyed the day!

Elspeth Walker - - #17221

Fantastic day with Jess, she was so willing to share her knowledge and skills to show us something new. We came away with a stash of goodies to start making with and a new passion for dying plastic!

Carol - - #16205

Fun, novel, interesting & relaxing day. Its inspired lots of new ideas and we left with lots of things to create art works with. It's also good for reusing plastics instead of throwing / recycling them. 😀

Response from Jessica Grady embroidery artist:

Thanks Carol - glad you enjoyed the day!

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