About the Course
Join us at our fabulous freestyle creative Painted Silk Workshop days, where you will be introduced to and learn the ancient and wonderful art of Shibori, along with other beautiful decorative techniques.
In a relaxed and comfortable environment you will learn to mix colours, apply them freehand to create beautiful & unique works of Art.
You will learn the skills of folding, tying and wrapping, gutta resist and salt surprises to produce practice pieces and samplers. At the end of the day, you will have created your own wonderful 100% silk scarf, vibrant with brilliant colour, to take home with you.
Your tutor will be Ruth Rutherford, a professional multi~skilled designer who will carefully demonstrate and guide you through each stage of the silk dying process.
This is wonderful wearable Art 💚 Wear it ~ Love it ~ Wear It Again 💚
~ Perfect for making a unique gift
~ For treating someone to a wonderful creative day
~ A day to learn and enjoy new skills for yourself, a perfect way to unwind and de~stress from our busy lives.
There are limited spaces on each day so as to allow plenty of individual tuition to be given.
If you would like to have a special event, for a Birthday, Hen Party or just a fabulous day with friends or your social/craft group.... The Arty Silkworm can provide you with a **Sparkling Workshop** with vintage tea and cakes and bubbles to mark the occasion.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Beginners are very welcome as no experience is necessary, though booking is essential, as these are small workshops with individual tuition at my home in Pages Green, IP14
All basic materials are supplied, as are ideas, inspiration & infectious enthusiasm 💚
Tea and coffee are provided too. Just bring yourself, a packed lunch & a pinny!
Express yourself ~ Bring a friend ~ Share the creative fun.
No skill, no previous experience but Ruth miraculously helped me produce items that I am so pleased with. Beautiful location, delightful relaxed atmosphere and new friends as well. Thank you Ruth for your
expert tuition and for sharing your knowledge in such a way that was so encouraging.
Lynne Wheeler - - #25353
My daughter and I had such a lovely day with you... We enjoyed every minute of it. My finished articles have been shown and admired by all around.
The time went so quickly, the group were lovely and helpful. We intend to make another date with you in the future. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
Ann - - #23773
I attended the silk painting day for the second time in December and absolutely loved it. Ruth provides a wonderful setting with perfect instructions. It is such a great day being able to work along side friendly people in a relaxed atmopshere. I would still highly recommend this craft day and can’t wait to attend again. Thank you Ruth x
Lucy B - - #18821
What a wonderful day. Set in a beautiful home in the Suffolk countryside, Ruth shows you lots of different techniques to enable you to make a beautiful silk scarf. The range of colours and effects is wonderful and everyone produced a lovely scarf to take home.
Sally Gray - - #18675
A wonderful creative experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Ruth was very welcoming and a good teacher. She was enthusiastic and encouraging about all our work. I will recommend the day to any arty friends and hope to go again myself next year. Meg
Meg Elstob - - #18646
Had an amazing day! I’m not very arty, very much a beginner. Found whole experience so therapeutic and relaxing. Just being mindful and clearing your mind felt good. Beats usual mad rushing about supermarket Saturday - highly recommend! Ruth amazing teacher - full of encouragement. Will definitely go again!
Julia - - #17649
Response from The Arty Silkworm:Ahh So glad you loved it. The de-stressing thing happens when you are deep in creation... a bonus! Hope to see you soon. Best Wishes Ruth x
Thank you Ruth for a great day with a lovely group of people. Sampling colours and techniques in the morning led to the production of a silk scarf in the afternoon, and everyone was completely thrilled with the results, which were sometimes unexpected but always brilliant! Ruth was consistently supportive and helpful and I'd love to do it again one day.
Karen - - #17631
Response from The Arty Silkworm:So glad you enjoyed the day Karen. Your scarf wasreally beautiful. I look forward to seeing you again soon for some more Silk magic.
A wonderful day learning how to literally go with the flow of colour. Lovely setting and great people.
Ruth is a fantastic host and always enthusiastic and supportive.
The products at the end are truest unique and I can’t wait to attend another day!
Lucy - - #17398
Response from The Arty Silkworm:Hi Lucy. So glad you had a great day, the results were just lovely.
When I enrolled for this course I didn't know what to expect. Well, I was so pleased I did. It was amazing how the colours and array of colours which could be used together and produce a spectacular scarf which is unique.
Hilary Buttler - - #17050
I've been on two courses and they were both really great. I had never tried silk painting before but with Ruth's explanation, patients and encouragement I throughly enjoyed it. The courses are set in beautiful surroundings and you get to make new friends, I went with my daughter and when we got in the car to leave we both commented about how relaxed we felt.
I would highly recommend these courses, not only do you come away with some great art work and a fabulous silk scarf, you also come away feeling stress free and relaxed.
Sue - - #14370
Although I have been doing Watercolour painting for a few years, I have never painted on silk, and imagined it to be very difficult. Therefore it was with some trepidation that I struggled through the snow to Ruth's house. However, there was absolutely nothing to worry about. Ruth was such an enthusiastic and patient instructor that whatever technique we used we all seemed to produce something wonderful. We had a really lovely day and I, for one, found the whole experience very therapeutic. All those who have seen my finished scarf have been very impressed and interested in trying it for themselves. Thank you Ruth, not only for all the coffee, but for a wonderful experience. I hope to be back again soon.
Gillian Barrett - - #13958
Thank you for a lovely day in a beautiful setting with copious amounts of coffee and knowledge. A fun and interesting time was had by all and we had the pleasure of Ruth's expertise, enthusiasm and generosity. I urge you to book, you'll have a great time and come away with new skills and a scarf that will amaze your family and friends.
Jean Hosking - - #13931
A completely different experience for me. I’m not artistic and would never have thought of signing up for a Silk Painting course, especially having seen the beautiful scarves Ruth has produced. However, she persuaded me to go along and try it, and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Ruth was just so generous with her time and suggestions – and endless cups of tea and coffee! I not only amazed myself with the scarf I made but friends couldn’t believe I had achieved anything so pretty. There was much encouragement all round and fun to see what other folk had created. A wonderful course and one I would highly recommend anyone to have a go at. A very special thanks to Ruth.
Denise - - #13697
I have never tried Silk painting before and Ruth made it a wonderful experience - you could not ask for a better instructor. She explained everything clearly and concisely and nothing was too much trouble. She allowed me to be creative and allow my artistic side to run free with her beautiful colours and wonderful silks. I have a lovely scarf that every time I wear gets wonderful compliments. I am planing to return with my daughters for a course in the summer and I would totally recommend The Arty Silkworm to anyone who would like to try a new craft and have a beautiful hand made item to take home and wear. You will truly have a one off item.
Julie Delahunty - - #13657
Having never done any shibori work, or worked with silk this course was the best introduction we could have had. Ruth's enthusiasm and attention to detail, whilst giving us total artistic freedom, was brilliant and we came away with a beautiful and unique silk scarf totally created by ourselves. Ruth was very generous with all the materials used and had a huge array of beautiful colours, I was totally blown away by the way platinum looked on silk!
Thank you Ruth for a lovely, educational and relaxed day, and for all the tea and coffee, will definitely be back again.
Lindsey - - #13600
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