Helen Hallow's Soulful Stitching course was a wonderful combination of inspirational ideas & guidance, quiet support, great fun & lots of time for reflection. She has the ability to create a lovely space for exploration, contemplation & creativity without making demands or having any prior expectations.
Thank you very much & I hope to see you again soon.
Helen - - #24893
Very much enjoyed this course, found it was everything Helen promised. She guides you in the process of using stitch as a reflective and meditative tool. Brilliant in the crazy world we all live in today! There was a real mix of people on it also from no stitching experience to professional textile artists. Everyone got something out of it I think. Thank you x
Corinne - - #24726
Helen is an inspirational teacher who enables all participants to achieve beyond their expectations! Previous experience is not necessary and you can be assured that there are no expectations, no judgements.... just a relaxing, supportive atmosphere in which to access your creativity and find outward expression for it. I recommend Helen’s courses without hesitation. 😊
Janet Russell - - #24727
This course has been the best thing! I’ve already got my next sketchbook prepared and learnt through the process so it’s a bit less textured than my first attempt.. The course was really well planned out, it was great being able to work through at my own pace, Helen was great offering tips, tricks and suggestions I just wouldn’t have thought to try. I’ve nearly finished my first sketchbook and am super proud that every page is filled. I nearly didn’t sign up as I was back at work and wondered if I would have time, but the creative bug was ignited and I made time. The simple tip of having a pencil case ready to go is one if the best. The weekly feedback and online forum were really supportive and encouraging, I super course I’d highly recommend..
Sam - - #17303
I learned such a lot! Produced a sketchbook of images of Fife plus patterns I had observed. Focus on a small bit of the ‘view’, see patterns in everything. Even not being faced with white blank pages makes it easier to get started.
Going on holiday soon and sketchbook prep nearly done and excited about the prospect of filling it!
I really recommend this course. You were led gently through tasks and got constructive guidance.
Ruth Blakey - - #17172
I absolutely loved Helen's Travel Sketchbook course! I was lucky enough to be be travelling in Thailand when the course began and already had my sketchbook and watercolours with me as I enjoy sketching new places. I loved learning the new approaches to capturing the atmosphere and spirit of a place, making memories in my sketchbook, and then sharing my work with the other students in the forum. Even though we were all working through the same lessons our work was very different and I enjoyed seeing the places the others were drawing. The lessons and prompts are shared at just the right place, I felt I was learning new things but never felt overwhelmed and everyone was very friendly and supportive. I would definitely recommend this course.
Tracy Cupitt - - #17167
Helen's Sketchbook Course has been wonderful. Packed full of ideas, prompts and suggestions, it acts as a real motivator to gather a few basic materials together, and get stuck in. I really enjoyed the preparation parts, killing the 'white space' trauma of a new sketchbook was a great start. Putting work onto the forum was a first for me and I found it friendly and encouraging. I'll be referring back to my notes for a good while yet, there was too much to absorb all at once.
Jenny Cross - - #17166
I would highly recommend this course to anyone. The only problem is when you get to the end you will want to go back and do it all over again. Helen has put so much thought and content into the course and the on-line forum is very helpful and supportive. It has been both reinvigorating and refreshing and I found being able to work at my own pace in my own time a huge advantage. I am already thinking about starting my next sketchbook.
Christine Jones - - #17163
This is a fabulous course. I was lucky enough to be away on holiday for the first part of the course and it really helped to spark up my creativity. Once I started drawing and doing the exercises that are set, I couldn't stop and the ideas and inspiration started flowing. When I found myself getting stuck, there was encouragement not only from Helen in the on-line feedback sessions but also from the online community that was created for the duration of the course. I can't recommend this course highly enough. There is an underlying respect and appreciation of each individual's own creativity, rather than a 'set way' of doing things.
Penny - - #17160
Well structured course delivered in a logical, friendly and positive way. Great ideas for boosting creative approach to sketchbook activities. Ideas and processes achievable on location. Excellent to see video materials alongside written and photo descriptions. This course certainly helped to rekindle my creativity. I believe it will also have an on going effect on my sketchbook work. Thank you Helen.
Jill Richards - - #15912
I really enjoyed this course as Helen has carefully thought out how she develops her sketchbooks and shares her knowledge and ideas . Her starting points are very good to take away the fear of the blank page and make sketching more fun. I also did mine at home which was fine but I didn't have as much time as I hope I will when I do the same on my holiday. My sketchbook is being prepared !
jane - - #15570
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I have gained some fabulous tips and ideas on how to approach a sketchbook and develop my work. Helen is a great teacher and will guide you though the process- sharing her tried and tested techniques to go on to produce your own interpretations of and memories from various elements of your holiday or stay-cation.
Rachel B - - #15449
This is a wonderful course if you're wanting to develop a sketchbook practice. The course is for a travel sketchbook but I've been doing mine from home in my local town which has also worked out well and I'm now looking forward to my holiday so I can really develop my practice further. The course material has been really thoughtfully put together and Helen is a lovely teacher. It's full of information and advice on artistic techniques and I'm feeling very inspired now to go out and start drawing.
Rachel - - #15421
I have been on the Spring and Autumn sketchbook workshops and both were a joy to attend. Helen always makes everything accessible whatever your ability, which makes for a lovely mix of people.
Inspirational and just a really nice day all round. Helen is fab!!
Corinne Lee-Cooke - - #6526
I was very inspired at the Autumn Sketchbook Workshop, October 2016. Helen took our group on an artistic journey of drawing and painting techniques with unusual aspects of layout. We explored mixed media using her treasure trove of materials. Helen's friendly and easy manner and helpful advice had us all producing artworks that we were proud of.
Following this creative day, Helen has inspired me to use more vibrant colour in my own artwork, and to incorporate new techniques and materials that I was unfamiliar with. I hope to attend another of Helen's workshops in 2017 to learn more !
Sylvia Leaver - - #6510
I very much enjoyed the Painting The Season (Autumn) Workshop with Helen in October. Even though I am not an artist and have done little painting before I felt that I could fully participate, enjoy myself and be inspired in many ways. Helen structured the workshop very well and first helped us to connect to autumn by bringing in items from nature, reflecting on experiences and selecting colours before experimenting with different materials and ways to express these experiences creatively.
I have found Helen's genuine enthusiasm about all our artwork very encouraging which made for a good spirit in our group. I was also given valuable advice and guidance how to make things work better or what alternative methods I could try. Overall, I felt very well looked after, creatively nurtured and spoilt by the choice of colours and materials as well as by her lovely lemon drizzle cake!
Bettina - - #6258
Painting The Season Workshop, October 2016
I really enjoyed meeting Helen and felt at ease within a well planned and supportive teaching and learning environment. Helen eased us into the day with her own spoken thoughts about Autumn. This was a new approach, and writing down my thoughts before beginning to draw and paint was immensely helpful and empowering, creatively!
There was masses of materials, paints, inks, glues, paper, tissues and magazines for our mixed media inspiration and everybody became deeply involved creating autumnal images! I did not really want to break for lunch!
Brilliant day and thank you, Helen for being such a great artist and teacher! I would recommend your classes to all my friends!
Pip Barfield - - #6229
Helens Spring Sketchbook day course was a perfect antidote to the grey, cold February weather! Inspiring, energising, liberating and fun.
Helen is a brilliant facilitator. Full of ideas, tips, encouragement she gently draws you into your own creative space until you are so buzzing with plans you don't want to stop!
Much preparation had obviously gone into the day. Plenty of hot drinks/biscuits etc. Space for all to work and materials galore to choose from. The class size means Helen has time for everyone individually and she is very generous with her help.
I would highly recommend this (or any of Helens) course for people of all abilities looking for an inspirational boost.
Bev Popplewell - - #5629
I went to Helen's Summer Sketchbook Course as I wanted inspiration to move forward with different ideas and ways of using a sketchbook. It was fabulous as we were guided through approaching the blank pages by creating backgrounds which we then sketched onto either in the studio or outside in the park. Helen gave guidance and support and lots of ideas in a very friendly atmosphere. It was good to meet other people who felt the same as myself. The day flew by and I learnt so much and definitely felt more confident about my approach to sketching and having so many new ideas to work with. It was a lovely day, I achieved so much and it has helped me to do so much more on my own. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone.
Debbie Matz - - #5624
I thoroughly enjoyed Helen's excellent Spring Sketchbook class which filled me with renewed creativity and self confidence. Helen's friendly approach to teaching meant I immediately felt at home in the studio where the class was held enabling me to very quickly absorb all the useful tips and skills she passed on. Since the course I have regularly used my sketchbooks and see them now as a great place to 'doodle' my ideas and thoughts filling the pages with lots and lots of drawings, sketches and ideas. Thoroughly recommended.
Kevan Porter - - #5593