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Textile design one day workshop for adults with Penny Mason, Birmingham (NO CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 2021)

Me in my studio space with examples of my work

About the Course


Learn how to use textile printing techniques in one day, in the relaxed surroundings of Penny’s home studio.

You will experiment with mark making, repeat pattern and colour on small fabric samples to help develop your own ideas, with the use of stencil, block printing, hand painting and dyeing. You will then develop your final design onto a plain 100% cotton cushion cover to take home with you.

No previous experience necessary. A maximum of 4 participants per workshop. See my website for more details of the content of the day.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Treat yourself! Learn how to make your own printed textile piece in one day, in the company of a small relaxed group and for some time-out in the homely, informal setting of Penny’s studio! You will learn essential textile design skills and Penny will demonstrate how to translate your ideas into a finished piece.

A colourful range of fabric dyes will be provided to help enhance your design, and Penny will guide you through getting the most out the day.

All equipment, printing inks, stencil card, wax (where appropriate) and enough material to make a cushion cover is included. Additional fabric may be purchased separately.

A homemade soup lunch, with tea, coffee and CAKE provided!!

Penny is a professionally qualified Fine Art and Textile Designer and a Fellow of Bath Spa University. She has been teaching further and higher education, and running courses in the West Midlands for over 20 years.

Please arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start... the tea will be brewing and the coffee percolating!


Penny Mason at Penelope Designs
105 Lightwoods Road
West Midlands
B67 5BH
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5 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Next available date

1st March 2021

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Suitable for

  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel

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In-person course
- - #29408

I returned to Penny’s, this time for a day of Batik.

Penny led us through the process of planning a design, starting with many examples of work to inspire us and then giving us guidance and assistance whenever needed. She is brilliant at giving you just the right amount of information, encouragement and guidance to both inspire and build confidence.

Dan was on hand with teas and coffees and provided us with a scrumptious lunch and Jane made the yummiest dessert.

What a lovely way to spend the day!

In-person course
- - #22158

I did a sketching course one evening in Penny’s lovely studio. I was a reluctant participant due to my lack of knowledge and ability!! Much to my surprise I really loved it and my family were impressed on my return home with my sketchings - maybe there is a hidden Picasso in me after all!!! Penny was fab- patient, calm, inspiring - I didn’t feel intimidated at all. think I’ve found a new hobby! Would definitely return to do another course.

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- - #22132

What an amazing course. It’s years since I picked up a pencil so felt a bit nervous. Penny was lovely. Encouraging, good advice. Thoroughly enjoyable. Gorgeous studio and great snacks.
Thanks Penny

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- - #21136

Had a fantastic day in such a warm and friendly environment. Penny is a knowledgeable and patient teacher who helped me to create some designs that I could feel really proud of having started the day as a complete beginner. Delicious soup and cake topped off the perfect day. Thank you Penny.

In-person course
- - #20319

I had an absolutely lovely day yesterday on the Textile Design Workshop. I was fully immersed in colour, shapes, patterns and being introduced to techniques of applying my interpretation of what I saw to paper and fabrics. Penny gives demonstrations and provides guidance whilst at the same time encouraging you along to do your own thing. It was hard to peel myself away but then Penny had the most amazing home made soup and breads, cakes and coffee, so I had to! I would have liked to have just stayed there and continued into the night but I will just have to return again instead!

In-person course
- - #19834

Penny is warm and friendly, she spends time explaining techniques and helping you develop your ideas. A thoroughly enjoyable day including a fabulous lunch and delicious tea and cake. Highly recommended! *****

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- - #19825

I have just spent a lovely day with Penny. She was so encouraging and patient, taking time to help me, an absolute beginner, create an impressive amount of work. I now feel inspired to carry on and create something I can be proud of. Thank you so much Penny!

In-person course
- - #15404

I have just arrived home after a long journey, but well worth the effort to spend the day having fun printing with Penny. The day was lovely from start to finish and it was everything I'd hoped for and more! Straight away I was made to feel welcome and relaxed in Penny's beautiful home. We were plied with drinks and nourishment all day and the soup and special olive bread at lunch was delicious.
The day was really 'full on' in a relaxed atmosphere with great company. We explored the effects we created, (using various methods of block printing and designs) on different materials. I found Penny so helpful, knowledgeable and inspiring; there were plenty of questions and Penny always had the answers!
Thank you so much Penny for a fabulous, fun, friendly and formative day!
I look forward to my next visit.... perhaps in your new studio.

In-person course
- - #12527

I had a wonderful day at Penny’s lovely home with her guiding me through the techniques to produce a piece of artwork, which I never thought would be possible in one day. It was such an inspiring day and I can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned. Hospitality awesome! Highly recommend.

In-person course
- - #12039

Thank you Penny, this was a wonderful print making day!
This course is taught by a fabulous and inspiring teacher. I would highly recommend this experience from those looking for an introduction to those who want to develop and take printmaking further . A very fun day :)

In-person course
- - #11463

A wow of a day !
We have just finished the batik day on Penny’s itinerary, it was one of the most enjoyable, informative days I have been on. We learned so much and cannot wait to go back for the next one. You have your materials provided and fact sheets. A soup and cake lunch with teas and coffees.
Penny is a brilliant teacher and Artist, you work surrounded by her beautiful work which is an inspiration in itself.

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- - #10961

Penny was both motivational and inspiring during the textile course I attended. It was fun and very well structured; I learned so much from it and cannot wait for the next one

In-person course
- - #10830

Penny is an excellent tutor who provides encouragement and inspiration from the start.
This course is a great introduction to textile printing. I feel equipped to have a go myself at home and carry forward the skills I have learned.

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- - #10778

Fantastic day full of new knowledge and techniques to produce an amazing textile design on a cushion cover. Penny is one of the best teachers in helping you to create your own individual designs. The day was not only fun but extremely informative. Really good value for money, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Can't wait for the next one! Brilliant!

In-person course
- - #10762

Penny's great course is inspiration and really educational.
You get to learn how to hand design and print a cushion cover, and also have lovely little mini works, which as testers make little pictures. Learning hand printing techniques, colours and playing colour.
Things you can take home and carry on with. It was really well worth the money. We had a ball.

In-person course
- - #10366

Brilliant workshop! I attended with my two children aged 10 and 14 and we all really enjoyed having a really good go at textile printing. It was a very relaxed and supportive group and we were surprised how much we achieved in such a short time.

In-person course
- - #10352

Penny is the most inspiring teacher, her teaching style was relaxed, patient & encouraging. The insight into her love & skill in her subject was so refreshing and really motivated me in the session and after at home! The space was beautiful and creative. I came home with a piece I am proud of and will definitely be rebooking soon.

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- - #10351

Excellent teacher and workshop! Penny's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and and her relaxed, informative and encouraging teaching style is very inspiring. Not only did I create a piece of original art textiles to take home with me but had a thoroughly enjoyable time in a lovely setting with coffee and cake; perfect!

In-person course
- - #10343

Had an absolute amazing time, a fun way to spend your day after a long day at work. I would definitely recommend this to any ages. Penny is an amazing teacher and will guide you though step by step would definitely do it again

In-person course
- - #10336

Penny has a great ability to pass on knowledge and skills at the same time as encouraging your own individual creativity. You come away feeling confident to use the skills you've learned and inspired to make more. So nice to learn in such a relaxed friendly environment.

In-person course
- - #10326

Really enjoyed the Textile Printing workshop. Learned loads in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Penny is an excellent teacher and her passion for the area of textiles, drawing and painting, is lovely to be around, very inspiring.

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- - #10305

Penny is very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for her textiles. I leant loads and had a fabulous day creating some pieces with a range of techniques. She is extremely friendly and welcoming and makes it a truely enjoyable experience from start to finish. I left full of inspiration and keen to do more. Highly recommended.

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- - #10297

Penny has a knack of motivating all her students, including myself, to excel beyond what they thought they could do. Guidance through examples shows you what can be achieved with just the simplest of materials and I've proudly put my work (now framed) on the wall.

In-person course
- - #10294

I learned so much about textile print using a variety of mixed media. A fun, informative and friendly course. Very inspiring tutor who brings the best out in every individual. The tea and cake was good too!

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