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A country bouquet embroidery - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 23rd March 2020
Create your own beautiful bouquet of flowers and foliage in stitch and pure silk ribbon embroidery. This technique is very satisfying and easy to master. Your finished piece could be framed or incorporated into a cushion panel or bag as a celebratory item. This day course is suitable for all levels of ability and friendly personal tuition will be given at each stage of your project. Tutor Information In 1979 Helen Roskell qualified at University of London, Goldsmiths College with a Bachelor in Education degree. During her time there she...
Bags of fun - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 29th May 2020
Making bags is a great way of using up small amounts of fabric left over from larger projects, perhaps to match or co-ordinate with an outfit. Students can use their creativity to make really useful hand bags and tote bags, bags for life, to give as a gift, or to keep for themselves. A fun course making a simple style of both designs. This course is suitable for students with a reasonable amount of sewing knowledge. You will need to bring your own sewing machine with you. Tutor Information Jenny...
Beginner's crochet - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 20th March 2020
Master the basics of crochet on this one-day workshop. Learn how to create a basic chain and simple crochet stitches. The day is very hands on and you will be encouraged to practise holding the yarn and hook correctly whilst working in rows. Part of the day will be spent looking at simple commercial patterns and charts. There will be an opportunity to explore further complex stitches and techniques throughout the day. If you are new to crochet or would benefit from a refresher day, this workshop is for you...
Bobbin lace - a week-long break
Somerset - Next course on 21st June 2020
This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in the British and European laces. Many of the continental laces are taught with the aid of a colour-coded diagram to help students continue their work at home. Time will be given to relating threads to patterns and finishing and mounting lace. Tutor Information Patricia Bury has taught over twenty five years at venues throughout the country including the British College...
Bookbinding - a week-long break
Somerset - Next course on 9th March 2020
Would you like to bind a special book or repair an old favourite? Whether you’re a more experienced binder or a beginner, you will enjoy working in Dillington’s light, airy and well-equipped studio (with fabulous views!). Whatever your level, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own projects of repair or new binding under the guidance of our expert tutor. Or, if you wish, you can concentrate on the week's optional focus. Beginners will be led through the basics of book binding, enabling them to embark on their own...
Bookbinding - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 10th January 2020
This workshop is aimed at anyone looking to do basic bookbinding at home without much specialised equipment. We will cover paper grain and folding, selecting appropriate materials, tools and adhesives. We will bind three different book structures which will give you the foundations of bookbinding. (Please note there is an additional £10 payable to the tutor for materials). Tutor Information Sarah Jarrett-Kerr trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in the 1970s. From there she set up a bindery at The British School in Rome. Since then she has...
Bookbinding: miniatures 1 - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 6th May 2020
A small - but perfectly formed - leather bound book. Over the course of the day we will fold and sew sections, add endpapers, round the spine and colour the top edge of a very tiny book before making a case and covering it with leather. If there’s time you might like to tool your initial on the front! During our work we’ll look at tools and techniques for working on a miniature scale.
Bookbinding: miniatures 2 - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 7th May 2020
Flex your fingertips and spend the day investigating some classic and contemporary book structures scaled down to make miniature artists’ books. We’ll play with folds, movement, texture, colour and covers to create unique works. Bring content or ideas you’d like to work on or develop your piece from scratch on the day.
Botanical illustration - three day break
Somerset - Next course on 6th April 2020
Botanical illustration is precise, detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required, just commitment. We aim to enjoy working in an atmosphere of relaxed industry. Students will work at their own pace on the subject of their choice. The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to advanced students. The emphasis will be on individual development. Tutor Information Susan Hillier is originally...
Colour, clarity & composition - three day break
Somerset - Next course on 28th April 2020
Understanding colour relationships is the key to successful painting, so we will explore in greater depth the way pure pigments interact with each other to give clarity and transparency to a painting. Luminous greys, glowing darks and clear greens will all be part of the process. Composition involves selecting, simplifying and giving structure to communicate thoughts, feelings and atmosphere. Through colour and composition, a new vibrancy can be given to your painting. This is a course involving your mind and your heart as well as your paints and brushes. This...
Country hares & foxes needle felting - one day workshop
Somerset - Next course on 18th January 2020
Love wool? Then you'll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well as sharing lot of tips and tricks that she has learnt along the way as well as her love and passion for local Dorset and British wool. By the end of the workshop you will have created your own country hare or fox out of beautiful wool ready for you to take home or, if you can part with them,...
Creative couching - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 12th February 2020
Come and enjoy a day learning how to couch threads in a huge variety of ways to produce your own fabulous textural piece. A large selection of threads will be available for your own experimentation. This enjoyable and easy technique is SLOW STITCH at its best, allowing each person to develop their own design at their own pace. Friendly personal tuition will be given at every stage of the process. Tutor Information In 1979 Helen Roskell qualified at University of London, Goldsmiths College with a Bachelor in Education degree. During...
Drop-spindle spinning - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 4th January 2020
This course will introduce you to the drop-spindle and its long history dating back thousands of years BC. You will learn the basic skills needed to spin fibre into yarn using a drop-spindle. We will look at a variety of fibres, their structure and qualities, and talk about their uses for spinning. Once you have grasped the technique of spinning you will hopefully go away feeling inspired to expand on what you have learnt and explore this wonderful ancient craft and produce your own unique yarns. Spinning with this technique...
Get to know your sewing machine - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 8th February 2020
If you have just recently bought a sewing machine or have never really understood how to use all the stitches and feet that came with your sewing machine, then this course is for you. Suitable for students new to sewing, or just wanting to get the best from a machine that perhaps has not been used for a while, gain the confidence to use the machine to its full potential. Learn the art of free machine embroidery, a fun and creative technique. You will need to bring your sewing machine...
Goldwork bees with beads and appliqué - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 28th February 2020
This course focuses on a range of techniques, to create a beautiful decorative picture featuring goldwork bees in flight around a cluster of appliquéd, beadwork and goldwork flowers. Students will learn techniques including felt padding, cut goldwork, contemporary use of pearl purl on a honeycomb textured net base. Students can work their own version of the design, arranging flowers and bees to suit the piece’s final purpose, or can follow the tutor’s plan. The class will suit stitchers who have done some embroidery before. Tutor Information Clare Clensy trained as...
Hand embroidery and appliqué - three day break
Somerset - Next course on 3rd June 2020
These two techniques of embroidery and appliqué combined produce highly decorative results. Using patterned cotton fabric and felt, applying it to a background and then embellishing with hand stitching and beads etc, using interesting embroidery stitches. Could be made up into practical projects or framed as a picture. Suitable for all abilities. Tutor Information Annette Bolton studied City and Guilds in a variety of subjects covering beading, hand and machine embroidery, Stumpwork, mixed media and design. She has been teaching for over 20 years and has a great passion for...
Hardanger embroidery - long weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 19th March 2020
Originating in southwest Norway, this very attractive whitework technique involves cutting and removing threads in order to produce lovely lacy designs. Worked on any evenweave fabric, using stranded cotton and perle threads it can also be combined with cross stitch. Choose a design to work on or a sampler of stitches. Suitable for all abilities. Tutor Information Annette Bolton studied City and Guilds in a variety of subjects covering beading, hand and machine embroidery, Stumpwork, mixed media and design. She has been teaching for over 20 years and has a...
Honiton lace - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 3rd April 2020
This practical course is designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques of this classic English lace. Those experienced in Honiton lacemaking can expand their skills and understanding of this lace and gain inspiration and guidance on interpretation and design development. Whatever your level, come and enjoy the magic of lacemaking. Tutor Information Liz Trebble started lacemaking in 1978 and became a member of the Devon Lace Teachers in 1985 working for...
Introduction to greenwood crafts - two day course
Somerset - Next course on 7th April 2020
Learn how to use traditional hand tools including a shave horse, drawknife knifes, axes, straight blade knife, and curved 'hook' or spoon knife. Craft and carve a range of items including spatulas, spoons, butter knives, gypsy flowers, and three legged stools. You will also learn safe knife techniques that can be used to carve beautiful walking sticks.
Introduction to watercolours - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 3rd April 2020
Have you ever thought of painting with watercolours but don’t know what to do? Then this is the course for you. Aimed at complete beginners, I start with all the basics so that you can paint with confidence. Passing on some of the tricks of the trade I will show you what materials are available, what is a good buy and what is not, how the materials work then with practical demonstrations and exercises show you how to do all the basic washes; flat, graded and variegated, how to correct...
Magical running hare needle felting workshop - two day course
Somerset - Next course on 30th March 2020
Come and join us for a relaxing, inspirational fun couple of days of needle felting with like minded, friendly and creative people! On this new exciting two day needle felting workshop fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting as well as sharing lots of tips and tricks that she has learnt along the way as well as sharing her love and passion for local Dorset and British wool. Carla will share with you how to make...
Painting for beginners: one step further - three day course
Somerset - Next course on 29th May 2020
This series of workshops, which runs over three consecutive Fridays, is designed for students who have had an initial introduction to watercolour and who want to take the next step. Its aim is to build the confidence of the emerging artist in painting landscapes, flowers or still life, looking particularly at painting skies, water and managing backgrounds. With a greater understanding of how watercolours work, students will be encouraged to experiment with different watercolour mediums and one to one help will be a priority.
Roman blinds - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 21st March 2020
Roman blinds are a great way of dressing a window, giving a simple uncluttered look. This course will cover all the techniques and stitches required to make a lined and interlined Roman blind by hand, in order to produce a professional finish. Students will make a sample Roman blind approximately a metre square. This course is suitable for all abilities, however students should be able to use a basic sewing machine. Tutor Information Jenny Harrison has a City and Guilds in Soft Furnishings, 7900 Certificate in Education. She has written...
Silk painting big and bold - five day break
Somerset - Next course on 31st May 2020
Silk Painting Big and Bold is suitable for both experienced painters and those new to the medium. The course will start with an exploration of the basic techniques of silk painting and is followed by a longer period when course members will be helped and encouraged to develop individual projects. Participants usually find silk painting both rewarding and relaxing. Tutor Information John Farmelo is a trained teacher and experienced silk painting tutor who has been teaching for over twenty five years. He ran a textile gallery and workshop in Arundel...
Three ways to paint an abstract - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 29th February 2020
“What does it mean, jellybean?... Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011) Abstract art may be over one hundred years old as a genre, but it can still baffle and provoke as much as it intrigues and excites. This one day, practical course in acrylics demystifies the art form by looking at the fundamentals of all painting from an art historical perspective, before guiding participants through the creation of three very different abstract works. Suitable for all abilities and attitudes (from...
Two ways to paint a watercolour - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 14th March 2020
Where does the rainbow go when we try to put it onto the paper? Why do all those lovely colours, that look so bright in our box, turn to mud the moment we set to work? In this practical, one-day course, we look briefly at the science behind the problem before exploring two different colour concepts that will help us gain control of our paintbox. Many of us will have heard of the concept of colour harmony and the rule of simultaneous contrast, but perhaps have never applied them to...
Watercolour summer workshop - four day break
Somerset - Next course on 21st June 2020
Immerse yourself in the colour and variety of summer blooms and explore some exciting ways of working wet into wet with the addition of other watersoluble media into your watercolours. Shari will bring a range of water soluble pencils, crayons, inktense, brusho pigments and acrylic inks which you are welcome to try. Tutor Information Shari Hills lives in Cornwall and is known for her imaginative marine and nature inspired paintings. Her work is exhibited in several galleries in Devon and Cornwall and she runs a variety of watercolour classes and...
Watercolour winter landscape - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 21st February 2020
The winter scenery allows us to really see the structure and shapes of hedgerows and trees. Beautiful textures of bark, moss and lichen and combined with wonderful curves and twists of branches and boughs. An opportunity to develop your individual style of watercolour painting with some close observation and a range of more experimental watercolour techniques. For those that may like to add a wintery crow, owl or even a beetle! There will be plenty of help and references to hand and, of course, we have the wonderful grounds at...
Watercolour: the importance of tone in painting - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 6th March 2020
If you know the basics of washes, colour and mixing and want to take the next steps this course is designed for intermediate students and will deal with the fascinating subject of tone. We will examine if tone is more important than colour and if so, why. This is a chance to explore this subject using traditional watercolour techniques and improve your observational skills. Learn how to adapt and improve subject matter to create more exciting paintings. Tutor Information Clare DuVergier is a well-known painter in the South West and...
Wildlife & natural history painting in gouache - two day break
Somerset - Next course on 19th May 2020
This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject using illustrative painting techniques whilst not requiring any high level of drawing skill. From source material provided, or from your own pictures, we will use the medium of gouache – an opaque watercolour that is ideal for this subject – to create wonderful lifelike pictures. Demonstrations and individual help will be the foundation of this course which is open to all levels but will focus on the painting...
Willow hares - one day course
Somerset - Next course on 8th April 2020
Come and make a 3-4 foot willow sculpture for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through each step to create a hare sculpture using localy grown willow from the levels. Wear older clothes as it can get grubby, bring your own secateurs if you like, and plenty of enthusiasm!
Working with line & wash - weekend break
Somerset - Next course on 3rd January 2020
A course looking at pen and ink techniques and combining them with watercolours to create line and wash artwork. We will be looking at how to create textures, tones and decorative patterns with ink and also how to paint various washes and then combine the two to produce line and wash effects. Demonstrations, help and advice will be given throughout the course and you should be able to handle your materials with confidence by the end of the sessions. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Tutor Information Jane...
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