No Rules Patchwork

A medley of no rules patchwork samples by textile artist Jayne Emerson


This course is self paced, so you can dip into the content as you wish. It explores the way that I use the idea of patchwork to create textures and innovative new materials. I look at traditional patchwork techniques and then interpret them in an experimental way. You will be encouraged to rip fabrics into strips rather than cut them, use frayed edges for texture, chop up your work and rearrange it, mix up your samples and embrace happy accidents. This course works brilliantly for beginners who have just started to use a sewing machine but is equally inspirational for those seeking their next textile adventure. The textiles that you create can be used in textile collage, as textile art, as details in dressmaking/interiors or translated into larger pieces for quilts. There is a private Facebook group where you can share your work and talk about all things experimental textiles; we also have the facility to share comments and images of your work within the course itself.

What's included in the price?

Follow along with my creative process as I chop up textiles and go off on creative tangents. I have recorded inspirational videos to ignite your imagination and suggest further explorations. There are no rules and happy accidents are encouraged, there is certainly no measuring or precision!

What you will need

A sewing machine
Assorted fabric and thread
Bondawab, fabric adhesive spray or a glue stick
A rotary cutter and mat (these are not essential)


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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Cathy - - #39458

Jayne is a fun and enthusiastic teacher. I am a total novice with no textile or art training and I have loved all of Jayne's courses. I love the fact, you can pick them up when you want, at a time that suits you, with no pressure to follow a rigid timetable. Jayne encourages you to play and enjoy. Her courses will light up your creativity, the possibilities are endless. If you have never done anything like this before, then I can highly recommend Jayne and this course.

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Jane - - #39242

Jayne is an excellent teacher. She explains things really clearly and makes it fun and encourages you to experiment and 'have a go'. Treat yourself to some playtime!

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Lin Stokes - - #39241

I really enjoyed this course. It is a very creative dive into patchwork which brings out so many ideas. Jayne is an excellent teacher, her examples are wonderful, her instruction is lively and clear and it is so much fun to ditch the rules in No Rules Patchwork. You are able to work through each section at your own pace with videos and helpful links which you can return to at any time as you have unlimited time to complete the course. I would recommend any of Jayne’s courses.

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MaryAnn Shupe - - #39232

I absolutely loved this class....and I feel I've only scratched the surface on how to use the skills I've learned. Jayne's passion and excitement for her art comes through and her teaching style and sense of humor made it so much fun. I'm so glad I have lifetime access to the course because everytime I watched a video I picked up another little nugget....or was inspired to come up with an idea of my own. The water soluble possibilities are endless....and I will be revisiting the class content and the techniques again and again. Highly recommend!

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Jackie Seroka - - #39221

Water Soluble Magic is a brilliant workshop as are all Jayne's workshops. Her enthusiasm and excitement makes you want to dive in and start playing.

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Jo Hall - - #39213

If you are scared about doing patchwork then this course will show you the no rules way to create exciting and unusually patchwork pieces. Jayne makes learning fun and easy, her samples are amazing and she teaches you how to produce patchwork in lots of ways from traditional practice to combining experimental techniques. Each section has videos with lots of supporting images and helpful links. As with all Jaynes courses you have life time access so can go at your own pace and return to the videos which is great. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and learnt so much.

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Sandy Jandik - - #39211

It was a wonderful course and Jayne is a great teacher. I learned new ways to use water soluble stabilizer and have a sketchbook of ideas to go back to for inspiration.

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Jenny F - - #36258

Loved this course! The informality of Jayne's approach completely appeals to me - Superb video lessons, really well presented and comprehensible, giving me exactly what I needed to free up the idea of what patchwork could be. Since following the course I have completed a number of small projects. Had the best and most engrossing fun, making all sorts of other discoveries along the way and keeping myself boundlessly happy during lockdown. If you're wondering about doing the course, then go go go! I loved it.

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