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Experimental Drawing and Stitch (two days) - Nottingham Trent University



This is not a traditional sewing course. It begins with mark-making and drawing, and then transforms these sketches into a unique and personal collection of stitched work. The aim is to create a catalogue of samples and a sketchbook of ideas that you can then refer to in your professional career, portfolio or for personal development. This course will help you learn traditional hand-sewing techniques in their simplest form and apply them to different fabrics and surfaces. It’ll give you the confidence to create truly individual designs of the highest standard, experimenting with techniques in a playful, colourful way. The course is for people with an interest in sewing who wish to explore their creativity with different ways of creating texture and patterns. You might be an illustrator interested in making images from threads, or an interior designer interested in embellishing objects. You might be an artist who wants to explore drawing and colour, or a graphic designer who wants to write with thread on fabric. Some experience of sewing is a bonus but not essential, as you’ll be guided step-by-step through various hand-sewing methods and applications, from basic stitches to advanced techniques. On this course, you will: • experiment with traditional embroidery and appliqué • be bold and explore your imagination • learn how to transfers ideas from paper to fabric • enhance your fabric knowledge (basic construction, base sub straights, limitations and strengths) • gain knowledge of basic colour theory • explore scale in your designs • learn about artists and designers working in this medium • follow demonstrations and complete practical tasks • create a sample book for referencing, and then devise your own main project • receive one-to-one feedback. What will I gain? By the end of the course, you’ll have developed a personal style to sewing and have samples and a larger project in development. You’ll have improved your idea generation skills, elevated your drawing technique and adopted a less rigid methodology to making work. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No drawing or sewing experience is required. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You'll find bright drawing and painting studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Tutor profile: Jane Lavender has over 30 years’ experience working mainly in a range of art and design disciplines, ranging from site-specific design projects, textiles, lighting and more. She completed her MA in Contemporary Craft Practice at Nottingham Trent University in 2014, which explored the energy of making and the signature of the body. Jane’s interests lie in artistic pursuits however simple, and their relationship to well-being and how we connect with others and our environments.

What's included in the price?

Two days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Maximum class size: 12


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.



50 Shakespeare Street, , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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