Art textiles

Making pictures with fabric and stitch with Janet Bolton

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About this course

Explore colour and fabric choices, placing and the use of stitch and other embellishments to create your own picture.

Course Description

Learn how to make pictures with fabric; you will start the day with an introduction from the tutor describing how she has arrived at her unusual way of working via a talk on her personal history and inspiration taking a journey through her experiences: childhood delights, art school choices, teaching, exhibiting. She will demonstrate a series of ways in which to build up and develop an idea, colour choices, fabric choices, placement of different elements, using examples and illustrations she brings.

Following this, you will begin working on a picture, spontaneously with the fabrics, stitching and incorporating found items, with one-to-one assistance from the tutor, as required. After lunch, Janet will give guidance on various ways of presenting the work, including framing and preservation needs. Towards the end of the afternoon work produced will be discussed, with an emphasis on discussing ideas developed during the day.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A selection of fabric off-cuts and a piece of backing calico

What students need to bring

  • General sewing kit (i.e. pins, needles, scissors etc)
  • Any coloured embroidery threads, fabric, or decorative items you have and may wish to incorporate (e.g. buttons, beads, broken necklaces etc)
  • Any pictures with simple imagery as personal sources of inspiration

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Some coloured hand-stitching and machine sewing threads
  • Calico
  • Hand sewing needles and pins

Student Review

" Janet Bolton's inspiring insight into her practice, and encouragement to the class to try their own ideas, closely followed by lovely lunch! "

Rosemary 2019


Janet Bolton

Janet Bolton exhibits and teaches worldwide. She has work in both public and private collections, and has published books for both adults and children, the latest being Fabric Pictures: a Workshop with Janet Bolton. She is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.

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