Making pictures with fabric and stitch with Janet Bolton

Art textiles

Ref: S1D11671

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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

The day will begin with Janet introducing her approach to making pictures in fabric. 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 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 your 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, bits of fabric, or decorative items (e.g. buttons, beads, broken necklaces etc) you have and may wish to incorporate
  • 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
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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