Dillington House. Somerset County Council

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Dillington House. Somerset County Council
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In-person
Abstract Painting - Three into Two Do Go!
Somerset - Next course on 19th September 2022
Abstract Painting - Three into Two Do Go!
£72
For any artist who is intrigued by abstraction but isn’t sure how to go about it, this course offers a novel and stimulating approach to the genre, often employed by...
In-person
Advanced Crochet Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 25th July 2022
Advanced Crochet Workshop
£78
Add dimension to your stitchwork and create more texture in your crochet. Learn the secrets of blending colour whilst working with groups of stiches, clusters and spikes! Develop your skills...
In-person
Aran Knitting - Cables & Bobbles
Somerset - Next course on 14th July 2022
Aran Knitting - Cables & Bobbles
£78
On this sample-based session, you will practice the most common methods of travelling stitches and cable knitting. Throughout the day you will work through a series of designs from simple...
In-person
Autumn Delights Embroidery
Somerset - Next course on 3rd November 2022
Autumn Delights Embroidery
£612
On this interesting, fun and informative course, we will cover a wide selection of hand embroidery stitches together with Stumpwork (raised work). You can choose to work in surface embroidery...
In-person
Basic sewing skills workshop – zip, hem, seam and bias binding
Somerset - Next course on 4th October 2022
Basic sewing skills workshop – zip, hem, seam and bias binding
£72
It is fair to say, that a number of people find it difficult to buy garments that are the perfect length, sleeves too long, or maybe a zip breaks in...
In-person
Beaded Starburst Embroidery
Somerset - Next course on 25th October 2022
Beaded Starburst Embroidery
£84
Explore the world of colour with this fascinating embroidery day using Cretan stitch and embroidery beads. You will learn how to produce your own unique beaded starburst design with guidance...
In-person
Bobbin Lace - A Week Long Break
Somerset - Next course on 19th June 2022
Bobbin Lace - A Week Long Break
£936
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...
In-person
Bobbin Lace - Weekend Course
Somerset - Next course on 21st October 2022
Bobbin Lace - Weekend Course
£612
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...
In-person
Bookbinding - Japanese Style Books - COURSE FULL
Somerset - Next course on 17th May 2022
Bookbinding - Japanese Style Books - COURSE FULL
£74
This course explores traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques using handmade papers and linen threads to make books with different stitching patterns. Participants will learn how to fold and manipulate paper, measure,...
In-person
Bookbinding - Optional Focus on Case Binding
Somerset - Next course on 21st August 2022
Bookbinding - Optional Focus on Case Binding
£815
On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their own rebinding or repair projects at their own pace under the guidance of our expert tutor, rather than following a particular...
In-person
Bookbinding - Optional Focus on Library Style Binding
Somerset - Next course on 14th November 2022
Bookbinding - Optional Focus on Library Style Binding
£815
The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner.  On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their...
In-person
Bookbinding - The Cross Structure Binding - COURSE FULL
Somerset
Bookbinding - The Cross Structure Binding - COURSE FULL
£74
Learn to make this contemporary book structure using handmade papers, perfect for use as a notebook, sketchbook or as the basis for an artist’s book. Participants will learn how to...
In-person
Bookbinding – decorative and dyed papers
Somerset - Next course on 5th September 2022
Bookbinding – decorative and dyed papers
£515
Come and explore the glorious effects produced by dyeing, crumpling, colouring, manipulating, cutting, rearranging and weaving paper to create unique decorative sheets for use in bookbinding and other crafts. We’ll...
In-person
Botanical Illustration - 3 Day Break
Somerset - Next course on 18th July 2022
Botanical Illustration - 3 Day Break
£696
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,...
In-person
Botanical Intarsia Knitting Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 16th June 2022
Botanical Intarsia Knitting Workshop
£79
Master the wonderful technique of intarsia colour knitting. Design your own floral motif and convert it into a colourful piece of work. You will pick up tips to improve the...
In-person
Butterfly Needle Felting Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 10th October 2022
Butterfly Needle Felting Workshop
£95
Love wool! Then you’ll love needle felting! Fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the techniques of needle felting as well as...
In-person
Chinese Brush Painting - Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Intermediate & Advanced
Somerset - Next course on 6th July 2022
Chinese Brush Painting - Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Intermediate & Advanced
£172
There are two main styles in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques: freehand style and meticulous style. The meticulous style, in Chinese “Gongbi”, literally meaning “tidy”, Gongbi work is painted on...
In-person
Christmas Card & Gift Block Printing Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 28th November 2022
Christmas Card & Gift Block Printing Workshop
£86
A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of...
In-person
Country Sheep Needle Felting Workshop - COURSE FULL
Somerset - Next course on 27th June 2022
Country Sheep Needle Felting Workshop - COURSE FULL
£92
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...
In-person
Dot and Speck and Dash and Dab - COURSE FULL
Somerset - Next course on 27th June 2022
Dot and Speck and Dash and Dab - COURSE FULL
£69
The watercolour landscapes of Eric Ravilious are admired, not only for their clarity, composition and design, but also for their captivating, otherworldly light. How did he achieve it? In this...
In-person
Dreamland Mystery Tour: Pop-up Book Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 20th September 2022
Dreamland Mystery Tour: Pop-up Book Workshop
£455
This year’s workshop takes a magical journey through the rooms of a dreamland house. Each page spread opens on a new room and reveals its secrets – salubrious sitting room,...
In-person
Exploring Fabric Dyeing and Screen Printing
Somerset - Next course on 17th August 2022
Exploring Fabric Dyeing and Screen Printing
£199
Students will discover the traditional textile processes of fabric dying using a resist technique called shibori. We will experiment with different ways of folding, clamping, binding and stitching fabric, dyeing...
In-person
Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 6th December 2022
Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop
£94
This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make...
In-person
Festive Knitting Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 1st December 2022
Festive Knitting Workshop
£84
Add to your Christmas decorations at this fun festive workshop. Using simple techniques, knit up a mini stocking or bauble for the tree – you might choose to create a...
In-person
Festive paper cutting workshop
Somerset - Next course on 24th November 2022
Festive paper cutting workshop
£84
A great way to ease into the festive season. With the help of pre-designed sheets, some simple cutting exercises and lots of inspirational resources, you will cut out several panels...
In-person
Festive patchwork star workshop
Somerset - Next course on 25th November 2022
Festive patchwork star workshop
£78
A great way to ease into the festive season. These lovely patchwork stars are the perfect introduction to the traditional, hand stitched, template technique of patchwork, also known as EPP,...
In-person
Finishing Touches and Embellishments
Somerset - Next course on 29th September 2022
Finishing Touches and Embellishments
£82
This is a very inspirational day where you will work on pre knitted swatches, we will practice our embroidery stitches, add applique, embellish the surface in various ways including beads,...
In-person
Get to Know Your Sewing Machine
Somerset - Next course on 2nd August 2022
Get to Know Your Sewing Machine
£72
If you have 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 is...
In-person
Heat Press Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 1st August 2022
Heat Press Workshop
£92
A day exploring textures, colour and design using the heat press and sublimation printing. We will be preparing our own dye papers, and learn how to use different textures, images,...
In-person
Indian Block Printing - One Day Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 12th September 2022
Indian Block Printing - One Day Workshop
(1)
£89
Learn about the traditional skill of Indian Block Printing with images of block printing around Jaipur, handling hand printed fabrics and hand carved blocks. You will print tissue paper, card...
In-person
Indian Block Printing Workshop - Next Steps
Somerset - Next course on 11th July 2022
Indian Block Printing Workshop - Next Steps
£92
We will start by looking at examples of hand block printed fabrics, considering design placement, colour and pattern. Using a selection of hand carved Indian woodblocks experiment printing patterns, you...
In-person
Knitted Toys
Somerset - Next course on 1st November 2022
Knitted Toys
£84
Spend the day working on a project selected from my Toys to Knit book. Choose from a traditional knitted ball which you can personalise or a beautiful starfish. Following the...
In-person
Lace Knitting
Somerset - Next course on 14th July 2022
Lace Knitting
£78
Classic lace knitting is a very traditional method of creating delicate and intricate work. During the day we will work up small samples of this technique, starting with the simplest...
In-person
Learn to machine sew piped and zipped scatter cushions
Somerset - Next course on 22nd November 2022
Learn to machine sew piped and zipped scatter cushions
£72
Scatter cushions are used so much as decoration and for function in most peoples homes, used to bring an accent colour into a room, as a design feature, also practically...
In-person
Leatherwork Card/Coin Pouch - Afternoon Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 13th June 2022
Leatherwork Card/Coin Pouch - Afternoon Workshop
£45
Learn how to make your own Card / Coin Pouch from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to Leather and the traditional tools we will be using, you...
In-person
Leatherwork Card/Coin Pouch - Morning Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 13th June 2022
Leatherwork Card/Coin Pouch - Morning Workshop
£45
Learn how to make your own Card / Coin Pouch from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to Leather and the traditional tools we will be using, you...
In-person
Lino Printing Day Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 9th June 2022
Lino Printing Day Workshop
£82
This is a fun and relaxed workshop learning this traditional print making technique in the form of lino printing. Create your own unique Lino blocks that you will take home...
In-person
Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel Workshop - Two Day Course - COURSE FULL
Somerset - Next course on 24th October 2022
Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel Workshop - Two Day Course - COURSE FULL
£181
This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art...
In-person
Making a leaded stained glass spectrum stick for the garden
Somerset - Next course on 31st August 2022
Making a leaded stained glass spectrum stick for the garden
£106
Using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead, this one day workshop will enable you to create one colourful stained glass spectrum stick which can be hung in...
In-person
Mark making and mindfulness in stitch
Somerset - Next course on 30th August 2022
Mark making and mindfulness in stitch
£74
This day is all about learning to be present and enjoying the moment. We will begin by exploring the lovely grounds at Dillington House and looking more closely at the...
In-person
Modular Knitting - Fans
Somerset - Next course on 4th October 2022
Modular Knitting - Fans
£82
Master the fascinating technique of modular knitting. Working with limited stitches and simple shaping you can create intricate pieces of work. It is a relatively simple method of the craft...
In-person
Needle Felted Vintage Bear
Somerset - Next course on 5th December 2022
Needle Felted Vintage Bear
£92
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...
In-person
Paint and Stitch on Silk
Somerset - Next course on 15th June 2022
Paint and Stitch on Silk
£86
Learn how to apply colour to pure silk fabric and create your own beautiful design, embellished with hand-embroidery. All materials are included. Friendly personal tuition will be given at every...
In-person
Pencil to Paint Art Course
Somerset - Next course on 17th August 2022
Pencil to Paint Art Course
£176
Our world is replete with colour, light, texture and form. From apples on a table to sunlight on a mountain, the artist unravels all of these elements and convincingly daubs...
In-person
Pencil Two Day Art Course with David Chandler
Somerset - Next course on 15th August 2022
Pencil Two Day Art Course with David Chandler
£137
From Da Vinci and Durer to Gehry and Gormley, invention, discovery and understanding begin with drawing. As children, when we pick up a crayon and draw, we discover a liberating...
In-person
Printing with Leaves Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 15th June 2022
Printing with Leaves Workshop
£95
Enjoy a day exploring dye sublimation using the heat press to create unique and exciting designs.  You will be carefully guided through the different stages by demonstrations and will begin...
In-person
Red Woodland Squirrel Needle Felting Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 22nd August 2022
Red Woodland Squirrel Needle Felting Workshop
£92
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...
In-person
Stumpwork Embroidery - Week Holiday
Somerset - Next course on 14th August 2022
Stumpwork Embroidery - Week Holiday
£892
This course will explore the beautiful and fascinating sixteenth century raised embroidery technique known as Stumpwork. The theme will be set around flora and fauna from a summer meadow, poppies,...
In-person
The Joy of Painting
Somerset - Next course on 31st July 2022
The Joy of Painting
£815
Watercolour and other water based mediums will be covered in this course which will look at all the crucial elements involved in producing good paintings right through from the planning...
In-person
Victorian style hand embroidery
Somerset - Next course on 22nd June 2022
Victorian style hand embroidery
£410
Using floral designs from a selection of antique patterns from 1880 this course combines couching of a variety of metal threads with silk shading, stem stitch, chain stitch and a...
In-person
Watercolour wildlife
Somerset - Next course on 22nd August 2022
Watercolour wildlife
£410
A wonderful opportunity to focus on techniques for introducing local wildlife into your paintings. Hares, badgers, foxes, deer. Creating atmospheric wet into wet backgrounds that set the scene for the...
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Watercolour woodland
Somerset - Next course on 21st October 2022
Watercolour woodland
£430
Focusing on trees and techniques for creating atmosphere, depth and texture. Shari will bring plenty of visual references of trees and, of course, we have all the beautiful trees at...
In-person
Willow Angels Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 16th November 2022
Willow Angels Workshop
£129
Come and make a 4 foot high willow Angel with wings - new for Winter Season for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n...
In-person
Willow Bee Workshop - One Day Course - COURSE FULL
Somerset - Next course on 18th May 2022
Willow Bee Workshop - One Day Course - COURSE FULL
£120
Come and make a 3 foot wide flying willow bee for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through...
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Willow Chickens and Cockrels - One Day Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 4th July 2022
Willow Chickens and Cockrels - One Day Workshop
£120
Come and make a 2 foot high chicken or cockerel for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide you through...
In-person
Willow Deer - One Day Workshop
Somerset - Next course on 4th October 2022
Willow Deer - One Day Workshop
(1)
£124
Come and make a 4 foot high willow deer with a basic metal frame for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo...
In-person
Willow Dragonfly - One Day Course
Somerset - Next course on 15th August 2022
Willow Dragonfly - One Day Course
£120
Come and make a 3 foot wide willow flying dragonfly for your home or garden. All materials provided and full guidance to make a willow sculpture. Just bring enthusiasm, your...
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Willow Pigs - One Day Course
Somerset - Next course on 16th August 2022
Willow Pigs - One Day Course
£120
Come and make a 2 foot high, 3 foot long willow pig for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n Willow. Jo will guide...
In-person
Won't Draw, Can't Paint!
Somerset - Next course on 11th November 2022
Won't Draw, Can't Paint!
£72
Drawing isn’t a gift, granted to some but not others; it’s a skill that can be acquired by anyone with reasonable hand/eye co-ordination and a determination to improve. It’s also...

Reviews

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Country Hares & Foxes Needle Felting Workshop - COURSE FULL (Course inactive)

In-person
Carol - - #38783

Absolutely excellent, loved every minute and Carla is an excellent tutor, very patient. Will book another felting course soon.

Response from Dillington House. Somerset County Council:

Thank you for your kind comments with regards to the Needle Felting course with Carla at Dillington House, we are glad you enjoyed your day.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Dillington House soon.

Kind regards
Dillington House Bookings Team

Indian Block Printing - One Day Workshop

In-person
David Livingstone - - #34648

Clare is an excellent tutor - informative, encouraging and hugely positive.
Dillington is a magical place and the studio superb.

Response from Dillington House. Somerset County Council:

Dear David
Thank you writing a review with regards to the Indian Block Printing course you recently attended at Dillington House.
We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the course & we hope to welcome you back to Dillington House soon.
Kind regards Karen
Dillington House Bookings Office

Chinese Brush Painting - Flower, Bird and Insects in Freehand Style for Beginners (Course inactive)

In-person
Wendy Cutts - - #39077

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Willow Deer - One Day Workshop

In-person
Karen - - #38599

Really fun well organised day, great venue and you actually take home a sculpture that looks like a deer.

Response from Dillington House. Somerset County Council:

Dear Karen
Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your Willow Deer Workshop at Dillington House.
It is such a lovely setting to make a hand made sculpture using locally grown willow from the Somerset Levels.
We hope your deer is enjoying its new home.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Dillington House soon.
Regards Karen