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Paint, Print and Stitch using silk in a 6 day retreat at Sweet Nothings in South West France

Duration: 6 days

Price: £875

Run by: Natalie Sweet
at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat


Le Bourg
16480 Saint Vallier
NN12 8WP

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About the Course

The concept for the course is to focus on painting fabric as a base for embroidery, introducing participants to using silk paints on woven and non-woven fabrics. You will be encouraged as participants to take inspiration from local wild flowers and the landscape and be led through a design process to create up to three small pieces of work suitable for framing. If the weather permits, we will add in some sun printing with dyes and/or cyanotype chemicals. The cyanotype prints would be on cotton and suitable for incorporating in larger wallhangings, home furnishings or clothing if preferred.
Each workshop provides the equivalent of 3 full days' teaching plus two outings to places of interest during the week. There is a maximum of 6 pupils per class meaning that each student has plenty of one to one tuition and expert guidance.

About the tutor Yvonne Elliot, in her own words

I am a mixed-media textile artist based in Milton Keynes where I have a studio with Arts Central. City and Guilds trained, but with an academic background in Russian Studies, I have enjoyed improvisational stitching since childhood.
When my children were small I trained as a teacher of adults, eventually becoming a manager with Community Learning MK, where for many years I co-ordinated an extensive Arts programme and met hundreds of inspirational tutors and students.
My current work draws on former interests through memories of the natural and built environments I have lived in or visited, resulting in series of layered, stitched and embellished abstract landscapes. My choice of materials is affected by the seasons and most of the fabrics I use are hand-dyed or painted to achieve the colour range I require. I like to use a broad range of techniques, though I most enjoy the final ‘slow stitching’ phase of hand embroidery. My artist influences are varied and include poets, painters and set designers from the extraordinarily fruitful early 20th century as well as contemporary artists. I am a member of both the Quilters Guild and the Embroiderers Guild, and with Jane Charles and Hilary Grayson exhibit locally and regionally as Mix3dStitch.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All dyes and dying equipment is provided. We have 7 sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters, individual irons and boards and large works paces for you. Everything is included at no extra cost to you. You will be provided with a short list of requirements upon booking, designed to be kept at a minimum, but allowing you the freedom to bring things with you that you wish to create with.
We provide all guests flying to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports free transfers to and from the airports. Wherever possible and if travelling by rail, we will also pick up from the train stations at Angouleme or Bordeaux.
All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms with toilet sink and showers. We also provide UK plug adapters for your convenience!
You will receive three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cakes, all made from local and organic produce wherever possible. Do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive.
Should you feel peckish or thirsty at any other time during the day or night, there are drinks and a food cupboard packed with goodies for you to help yourself to.
During the week, and as part of your creative inspiration, we will take you on two outings of local interest - for example, a market; a local vinyard; then of course there is always the medieval splendourof Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emillion to enjoy!
The price of 950 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room.

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