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Inspired to stitch - a two day fabric collage and handstitch course

Close up of Amanda's hand stitching

Duration: 2 days

Price: £135

Contact: Amanda Duke at Amanda Duke Make Art

Sussex Prairie Garden
Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road
Near Henfield
West Sussex

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Thursday 6th August 2020
Friday 7th August 2020
Saturday 8th August 2020
Sunday 9th August 2020

About the Course

Learn new textile art techniques on this 2-day course with artist Amanda Duke.

This hand embroidery and textile collage course is perfect for anyone who is interested in experimenting with fabric and stitch in a relaxed yet productive environment.

Day 1 - This course is perfect for anyone who is interested in experimenting with fabric and stitch in a relaxed yet productive environment.
To start with you will create a variety of A4 sample fabric arrangements from patterned, plain, textured, smooth, coloured and neutral re-purposed fabrics. Abstract compositions will enable a complete focus on the visual elements shape, colour, texture, tone, line, pattern, space. Free experimentation will be complemented by making aesthetic choices and decisions when balancing final compositions. Making these decisions can be challenging, contemplative, revealing and fun.

Day 2 - As we move into stitching you will be introduced to the joys of running stitch including make do and mend, Kantha, Sashiko and Boro. Through further experimentation, you will build up a variety of stitch approaches to embellish your fabric assemblage. You can relax into running and drifting your stitches across your samples, using your needles and thread as a mark-making tool. Your stitches will be going for a walk across the fabric. You will be encouraged to use your intuition and to go on a stitching journey where you gradually invent your own embroidered designs. Expect to start stitching into all your samples and to have some refining left to complete at home.

Get in touch for further details and to book your place.

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?

All fabric and materials needed for the two days.
Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cake are available in the cafe. If you prefer you can bring a packed lunch.

Please bring your own pins, needles and embroidery scissors with you.

Want to review this course?

A lovely course in a beautiful setting. Amanda was very generous with her knowledge and experience and it was interesting to look at textiles from an art perspective through the many books Amanda made available, and how the two genres can inform each other. Using simple running stitch in different ways against a background of collage fabrics was relaxing and the results were pleasing. I have continued to work on the pieces I started during the course and now have the confidence to try more. Excellent.

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Response from Amanda Duke Make Art:

Thankyou for your review Annette. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the course and would love to see your final stitched pieces when they are complete. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Amanda

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Response from Amanda Duke Make Art:

Thankyou Shirley. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the course and very much look forward to working with you again. Your flexible approach in interpreting the aims of the course means that you are already on your journey to freeing up in the future. You are a pleasure to work with.

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  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Stag and hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends

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