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This section offers such a wide variety of courses that it needs to be studied in detail. On our courses students can create images in textiles, or make accessories and textiles for various domestic uses.

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Techniques include: Textiles, Screen printing, Heat transfer printing, Creative textiles, Stitched textiles, Stitch, Hand and machine embroidery, Beadwork, Quilt making, Patchwork, Free form piecing and fabric collage, Pattern cutting and dress making techniques, Sewing, Stumpwork, Silk painting, Shibori, Batik, Experimental art textiles, Felt making, Tapestry weaving, Rag rug making, Millinery, Lacemaking, Passementerie tassel making, Kumihimo braids, Hand knitting, Leather accessories and leatherwork

Tutors include (click on their names for more information):Jeanette Appleton, Julie Arkell, Heather Belcher, Janet Bolton, Sara Cant, Anna Crutchley, Wendy Dolan, Alison Ellen, Janice Gunner, Cas Holmes, Caron Penney, Debbie Siniska, Philip Sanderson, Michael Brennand-Wood, Isabella Whitworth, Mandy Southan, Dawn Dupree, Hugh Dunford Wood, James Hunting and Carole Waller.

West Dean also operates the only commercial tapestry weaving studio in England, working to commission for corporate and private clients and heritage organisations. Find out more ...

Full-time Diplomas, MA, MFAs in Tapestry and Textile Art - find out more

Textile Bursary fund

Textile Bursary Fund Thanks to a very generous donation West Dean can now offer up to 35 weekend Textile Short Course bursaries. These bursaries are available to help undergraduate students who would not otherwise be able to join us.

To apply for a bursary please email with some images of your work and an outline of what you hope to gain by attending a textile short course.

Workshops and equipment

Most textile courses take place either in the Main Workshop on the ground floor, or in one of the upper Art Studios, reached by stairs or a stair-lift. Appropriate equipment is available in these spaces. Visits to our professional tapestry weaving studio can be arranged during your course.

How to find us


West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.

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