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Textile Art and Machine Embroidery Workshops in the Vendee, France

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

Dates:    27th June to 3rd July 2021 See also Discovery Weekends in autumn 2020   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 … Continue reading

Dyeing for Gardens

Dates: 6th to 12th June 2021 Dyeing for Gardens Beginning with a garden visit for inspiration, this course goes on to look at a variety of dyeing techniques with procion dye. The techniques of ice-dyeing, monoprinting and painting with procion will influence and motivate your embroidery. The use of paint sticks and the embellisher machine may be suitable additions. The beautiful results can then be hand or machine embroidered to be finished off. A lovely new course, look forward to sseing you! Suitability: Intermediate and Advanced and enthusiastic beginners. Tariffs: 940 € Full board in own room 890€ Full Board Sharing 395€ Non-embroiderer, full board, sharing room.   To book your … Continue reading

Paper in Textile Art

Dates: 3 day course 14th, 15th and 16th june, Full board 13th- 17th June 2021.   Paper in Textile Art A course constructed around exercises to explore the use of paper with embroidery and textiles in two and three dimensions. Simple methods to make fine, interesting and lacey papers for use with embroidery or printing.  Note that Exploring Collagraphy follows on from this course and the two can be booked as a pair, allowing you to print on the papers and surfaces that you create during this course.  All levels. Tariffs:   600€ Full board in own room 550€ Full Board Sharing 265€ Non-embroiderer, full board, sharing room.   1050€ if … Continue reading

Collagraphy printing on textiles and paper

Dates:  three day course: 18th, 19th and 20th June. Full board accommodation 17th to 21st June 2021 Exploring Collagraphy This exciting technique of printing is the subject of this three day course. 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 … Continue reading

Colour on cloth – Dyeing School

Dates: 29th August – 4th September 2021 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: 940€ Full board … Continue reading

Architecture in mixed media

Dates: 5th – 11th September 2021   Architecture in Mixed Media   The course starts with a half day collecting images of local architecture and architectural details. We then continue with a series of exercises to help you move away from the purely figurative 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: 940€ Full board own room 890€ Sharing 395€ Non-embroiderer sharing   To book your course Please telephone  0033687848495 to talk about Your course choice or send a mail to Valholmes@gmail.com … Continue reading

Sea themes Mixed media

Sea Themes : Mixed media Dates:  12th – 18th September 2021   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: 940€ Full board own room 890€ Sharing 395€ Non-embroiderer sharing To book your course Please telephone 0033 251274339 or 0033687848495 to talk about … Continue reading

Designing with Photoshop elements for Inspiration in Embroidery

Dates: 17 – 23 Octobre 2021 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 program. The first morning we go out and about locally to take a variety of photographs, but you may also bring your own photos with you on a jpeg format. Downloading the photos, and learning how … Continue reading

Techniques in detail, Detail in techniques

Techniques in Detail, Detail in Techniques Dates: 24 – 30 October  2021. Starting with photos taken in close up, or an object seen in close-up; 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. … Continue reading

Discovery weekends

Discovery Weekends : each weekend course is conceived so that you discover the theme without the need of the other courses. But the six weekends can be taken together as a course. If you wish to participate in all six courses a saving of 10% is offered on inscription. A. Discovering Machine Embroidery I dates: 18th and 19th September 2021   The ability to use free motion embroidery can be extremely useful when creating in textile art. This weekend course, either with a machine from the studio, or your own, will help you to aquire this ability with confidence. You will learn how to manipulate the sewing machine for free … 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

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