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Textile Art and Machine Embroidery Workshops in the Vendee, France

Hot Surfaces and textures for Textile Art

Dates: 22nd – 28th October  2017. Starting with photos taken in the local town, experiment with the multiple ways of creating and incorporating interesting surfaces into your work; Bondaweb, polyester, lutradur, tyvek, synthetic felt and metals. Learn how to really use your heat tool for exciting textures and even lace. Print, paint and embroidery techniques can all offer resists for your heat tool.  These surfaces will inspire responses by hand and machine to create embroideries that are truly integrated and interesting.  Lots of techniques in demonstration and practice. Integrate your results and beautiful textures into finshed pieces of work. Suitable for Intermediate and advanced as well as enthusiastic beginners. 850€ … Continue reading

The Machine Embroidery course. How to do and be creative with machine embroidery and the embellisher

Dates:   4th – 10th March and 23rd to 29th September 2018 The course for anyone wishing to learn how to work with free motion embroidery or improve on their machine embroidery skills and feel at ease withthis medium. How to be truly creative with machine embroidery. An observation of a simple subject such as a shell, flower, lichen, rust etc, at the beginning of the course  helps you to explore an A-Z of techniques within a context of creative ideas leading towards a useful collection of samples and perhaps one or two small finished pieces. Right from the start you are encouraged to find personal responses to the colours and … Continue reading

Designing with Photoshop elements for Inspiration in Embroidery

Dates: 25th – 31st March 2018  Please note that the date has changed due to an important exhibition! Designing with Photoshop Elements for the Textile Artist and Embroiderer for innovative textile textures The importance of using photo enhancement programs is a great shortcut in paperwork in order to achieve the images you were hoping to find if you had progressed through various drawing and design techniques. Understanding photoshop elements will help you to be the master of this process and not just be led by the machine. The first morning we go out and about locally to take a variety of photographs, but you may also bring your own photos … Continue reading

Collagraphy for Textile Artists (and artists without final day)

Dates:  29th April – 6th  May 2018 Please note that this date has changed due to an important exhibition Exploring Collagraphy This exciting technique of printing is covered in full. The creation of different types of collagraph plates suitable for printing with and/or without a press. We cover different media suitable for textural plates; sewing and embroidery on suitable surfaces to create collagraph plates; textile and organic inclusions into the plates for textural effects. The choice of varnish makes a huge difference to the quality of the print so we look at the choices available so that your choices can be informed. Different methods of inking the plate are also … Continue reading

Surfaces for cloth – Dyeing School

Dates: 27th May – 2nd June 2018 Dye and print techniques for surface design and embroidery A variety of fabric surface colouration techniques are explored in this course, including use of procion dyes, ink and paint. Painting cloth, screen and thermofax printing, breakdown printing, photo lamination, monoprinting and collagraphy as methods of colouring cloth will all be covered to build up a beautiful layered surface. We also look at how to respond to the fabrics thus created with embroidery and embellishing techniques to create a rich and intricate surface in order to go one step further with your “Art Cloth”. Suitability: For any level of student Tariffs: 920€ Full board … Continue reading

Gardens in Embroidery

Dates: 10th – 16th June 2018 Gardens in Embroidery After visiting local gardens on the first day to find inspiration for visual notes or photographs, you will learn how to make and use a workbook for personal advancement in textiles, design and embroidery from a garden environment. Techniques used on the course will be many and varied and reflect the needs of the participants and the developing projects. We may look at traditional ways of responding to the garden as a realistic theme, but also in a more abstract or conceptual way. Discussion, samples and techniques that help you to move away from the “real” will help along the way. … Continue reading

Working with Transparency on a sea theme

Dates: 24th  – 30th June 2018 Working with transparency on a  Sea theme Various materials are useful for working with transparency some are quite obvious, others less so. This course looks at materials that you may or may not be used to with the intention of exploiting transparency, and with it, absence and presence of materiel. Almost any subject can be used for the exploitation of transparency in textile art, but this year’s course will take the local seaside as the starting point for inspiration. Coastal plant life, the forms of pebbles or sea shells left on the beach, the sea foam or waves, could all offer substantial inspiration for … Continue reading

Sea themes Mixed media

Sea Themes : Mixed media Dates: 2nd – 8th September 2018   The course starts with a day on the Ile de ré exploring this wonderful seaside venue collecting ideas, bits and pieces, photos and visual information. Following on, a series of exercises will help to move away from the purely representational towards mixed media surfaces in abstraction or semi-abstraction. You will surprise yourself! You will be working with paint, paper, fabric, ink , print and hand and/or machine embroidery. Suitability: Intermediate and Advanced and enthusiastic beginners Tariffs: 920 Full board own room 870€ Sharing 395€ Non-embroiderer sharing Self-catering on application To book your course Please telephone 0033 251274339 or 0033687848495 … Continue reading

Courses à la carte

Courses à la Carte If you are alone or in a group and none of our propositions suit you or your dates there may still be something that can be done……. For groups of four or more (up to 10) we can run a course or day school especially for you for any length of time at any date (subject to availability). The subject or technique chosen will need to be possible in the timescale given by yourselves. The cost is generally the same as the “sharing” price on the main course lists. Do ask for a quote. If you are alone or up to three people we can run … Continue reading

Starter machine class

Come for the three days or choose the days that interest you.  2nd to 4th December. 2016 2nd december . Beginner’s machine embroidery. A day to try out or improve on your abilities with free machine embroidery. Manipulating the machine to create interesting textures and motifs with straight stitch or zig-zag. 3rd December. Understanding Tension Techniques. A day learning how to create wonderful textures using tension techniques on the sewing machine. Discover how to do a feather stitch or a whip stitch cord. Work with several threads or make a successful cable stitch with a thick thread. 4th December. Beginners dissolvable fabrics. A day to learn the basics of working … Continue reading

Silk and Lace

Dates:  14th – 20th May 2017 Silk and Lace Two materials that I use in my work in many different ways. The course looks at a variety of silk fibres for paper and “felt” and how these can be used with various embroidery techniques. Lace experiments with water soluble fabrics, print and paint will follow on. Using silk and lace together as a culmination of the experiments to produce some delicate finished pieces – perhaps a miniature corset. Suitability: Intermediate and Advanced and enthusiastic beginners Tariffs: 920€ Full board in own room 870€ Full Board Sharing 395€ Non-embroiderer, full board, sharing room. Self-catering on application.

Two day thermofax creation with photo shop

Two day thermofax creation with photoshop 8th and 9th November or 11th and 12th november 2016 You will learn how to use photoshop to alter your photos and make them suitable for the creation of a thermofax. Your thermofax will be produced for you and you will position it onto a frame ready for printing. Fabrics for printing will not be provided, but you can bring them yourself or buy them in the studio. You will receive 2 A4 thermofaxes as part of the course, but will be able to purchase others to your designs in A3 or A4 size. Suitability: Any Level Tariffs: 225€ course only 445€ Course and … Continue reading

Paper in Textile Art

Dates: 3rd – 9th July 2016 Masses of interesting techniques for an exciting and very full course all about paper in relation to textile and embroidered surfaces. Included in the course are different approaches for including paper in stitching and stitching in paper. You will learn easy techniques for creating and manipulating paper with silk and other fibres. Discover simple techniques to enjoy creating very fine, lacey and even transparent papers. The use of paper in 2d, relief and 3d is also covered and  there is a taste of collagraphy for printing and creating relief. Lots of demonstrations and techniques as well as encouragement and help to find your own … Continue reading