Online textile surface pattern design workshop



This textile surface pattern design workshop is led by award-winning illustrator, printmaker, and relief collage artist, Deborah Withey.

It's a great workshop for those who may shy away from drawing but love to express their creativity in other ways. Want to know how to create those bold fabric designs you see in Ikea and John Lewis? The workshop combines both nature printing and the art of collage and is very hands-on and spontaneous!

We'll talk about what makes a dynamic and successful fabric design and take inspiration from art history, the garden and seaside (in winter, too). You'll be mono-printing with ink, acrylic, cardboard, etc. onto calico fabric to create your own design. If you love working with texture and colour, then this is the workshop for you.

An online 4 week course (6 hours in total), please contact me for the scheme of work.

What's included in the price?

It's best to purchase plain white or cream "calico" and wash it before bringing it to the workshop. In addition, charity shop soft cottons or plain sheets are nice to experiment on.

What you will need

I will give you a list of things to have and use during the 4 workshops, it's surprising what creative things you can do with cardboard, so you won't be investing in expensive supplies unless you want to.


Deborah Withey at Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours

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Sue Kemp - - #32610

Fantastic course. Taken over 3 weeks it allowed plenty of time to practice new techniques.
Deborah was a great tutor. I learnt many things I can now take forward myself.

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Sue Kemp - - #32369

This was a fabulous course with a great teacher. I 'attended' online in what was my first ever zoom experience. It took place over a few weeks 1:1 and I learnt so many new techniques. I am having a fantastic time experimenting at home. Thank you.

Response from Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy:

Thank you very much Sue. It was a great pleasure to be with you virtually I do hope we can connect again online or in person. You have an innate sense of design! Keep experimenting!! Debs

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Adrienne Rashford - - #23512

I did this course online, which was excellent. Doing a tutorial a week at a mutually agreed time meant I had time to practice techniques between lessons and produce a great body of work.

Response from Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy:

Thank you so much! Please send me photos of the curtains when they're up. Stay in touch. Debs

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Su Parker - - #5237

As a complete beginner I spent a thoroughly enjoyable day with Deb, who was both knowledgable and encouraging. We looked at the elements of good textile design through existing design examples. This was followed by creating my own design based on plants found in the garden, which was eventually transferred into print. It's given me plenty of ideas and I'm now looking forward to furthering my experience of design and printing. Thank you Deb!

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Julia Horton-Powdrill - - #1734

Deb's use of colour is inspiring. She is a great teacher with masses of original ideas.

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