Art textiles

Screenprinted textiles with stitch and appliqué with Maxine Sutton

Ref: S3D09384


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About this course

Merge print, stitch and appliqué by layering stencil screen-printing on fabric, combined with needlework techniques. Experiment with scale, line, form, colour and composition, working from imagery of your choice, to make unique panels or functional textiles.

Course Description

Explore the possibilities of combining screen-printing, stitch and appliqué techniques, by layering colour and texture. Simple screen-printing on fabric using paper cut stencils and open screen work, combines with traditional needlework techniques to create exciting new textile pieces. These can then be developed as unique functional pieces or a series of experiments or panels.

Experiment with scale, line and form, bringing with you any simple imagery; drawings, sketches and photos, to act as a direction for your creative exploration.

You may use reclaimed fabrics and work on to existing textures, patterns and prints; experimenting with screen-printed silhouettes applied to found textile surfaces, adding tension and interest through stitched details, line and appliquéd elements. You will learn and develop skills in: mixing colour, basic stencil screen-printing, composition, hand embroidery and basic machine techniques.

You will benefit from practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, group critiques and develop your confidence and the ability to express your ideas.


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, 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


  • Printing pigments and binders, used by the group as a whole. Screen printing equipment is also provided for use. Also one metre of scoured cotton fabric is supplied for initial test prints. (You will need to bring other fabrics to print on - please see list below.)

What students need to bring

  • Fabric - it is suggested you bring approximately 2 metres for experimenting and an additional 2 metres for your final work. Light coloured fabrics and natural fibres are recommended as base material for printing on. You may also incorporate stripes, spots and prints and any textured or dark fabrics you want to experiment with. Also bring any smaller pieces that you may want to include in your work, including fabric scraps /off-cuts for appliqué.
  • Bondaweb
  • Scissors
  • Variety of yarns and cottons for embroidery, both hand and machine threads
  • Your sewing machine (please let us know if you plan to bring your machine or if you would like to reserve a college machine by emailing
  • An apron/overalls (or other suitable protective clothing) is also essential

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Base fabric i.e. plain undyed cottons and calico in various weights (you will need around 4 metres of fabric in total)
  • Fabric hoops
  • Needles
  • A small range of coloured machine threads and stranded hand embroidery thread
  • Water soluble pens
  • Paper
  • Pens pencils
  • Masking tape
  • A craft knife or scalpel


Maxine Sutton

Maxine Sutton makes contemporary embroidered and printed textiles which move across the boundaries of craft, art and design. She trained in Fine Art at Kent and in Constructed Textiles at the RCA.


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

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