Stitchbooks inspired by a walk in the park with Anne Kelly

Art textiles

Ref: S2D11775

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About this course

Create a personal response to a local journey or walk theme, using a variety of printing and mixed media collage techniques. You will learn how to assemble and stitch a unique folding art work.

Course Description

Explore themes connected to walking, travel and journeys, both local or further afield, to create a unique and personal folding stitchbook. Using resources from the tutor’s collection and your own, you will create a unique piece which will be translated into an art textile based work. Develop your own personal response through practical printing, stitching and laminating techniques as you progress through the course.

‘An evocative exploration of how travel – local and far away – can inform, inspire and enhance textile art’. Anne Kelly ‘Textile Travels’, Batsford Books, 2020

Whether it’s using resources from your own past travels, home walks or trips near you, we will develop a unique interpretation of these experiences. Using fragments of recycled, upcycled and newly printed cloth, we will create a language for collaging and laminating elements of your chosen theme. The textiles that you choose through these development processes will inform your collaged folding piece. Your inspiration will be enhanced by some simple stitching, developed through reference materials supplied by the tutor and any that you have brought to the course. Writing and text as a support for the imagery that you make will be explored toward the end of the course.

Anne favours the use of simple printing, stencilling and stitching techniques using low impact materials that allow for the maximum level of creativity and self expression. These also combine well with vintage or upcycled textiles.

The piece that emerges from your exploration will take the form of an art textile folding work in progress, advanced enough to finish with minor embellishing after the course.

• Block printing and stencilling techniques for textile

• Collage and lamination textile techniques with stitch

• Creating an art textile folding piece with hand and/or machine stitching (optional)

Using a mixture of demonstrations and individual tuition, you will be able to visualise and develop your ideas and narratives in textiles. Your tutor will bring samples of her works and books as well as examples of the genre to help you to be supported and grow in confidence through the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Some basic materials, including paper and tissue paper, acrylic paints, printing blocks, and glue sticks for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • Bring images, books and vintage textiles for inspiration that connect with your chosen theme. It is helpful if you decide on a place – local or far away, where you have walked and have resources from.
  • • Indian printing blocks or rubber stamps on the theme if you have them, an artificial sponge (car washing or washing up, not natural), palette or plastic mixing tray, acrylic and/or fabric paints in your preferred colours. Basic primary colours will be available.
  • • Scalpel and cutting board
  • • Basic sewing equipment for hand stitching and/or sewing machine work (optional). The kit should include needles for handstitching, pins, scissors, hand and machine threads in your preferred colours
  • • Vintage paper (old -not precious! – books, charity shop finds or from your stash) thin old embroidered hankies or any other fragile or thin fabric. The more ‘distressed’ the better! They don’t have to be in pristine condition - fragments and scraps are most welcome.
  • • Any scraps or remnants from your collections that are natural fabrics (cotton, linen or canvas) that suit the theme.
  • • Thin papers from brown wrapping paper, tissue, patterned paper, oriental specialist papers, hand-made paper (thin)
  • • Lace and ribbon for embellishing - again in your preferred colours
  • • Some plain thin weight calico or old sheeting in smaller pieces for printing, and one large background piece no bigger than 15 x 50 cm
  • • Apron and plastic gloves if you are sensitive to acrylic paint
  • • Sketchbook or scrapbook to help with your design, if desired

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scalpel or craft knife, masking tape, basic sewing equipment and threads, paints, crayons and calico.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Anne Kelly

Anne is a textile artist, author and tutor based in Kent. She is the author of three books for Batsford Press and exhibits and tutors throughout the UK and internationally. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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