Art textiles

Hand stitched textiles – creating cloth with meaning with Ruth Singer

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About this course

Through slow, thoughtful textile practices, create cloth to tell a narrative. Use hand stitch to add pattern or text, with fabric manipulation, reverse appliqué, shadow work or trapunto quilting to add texture and structure.

Course Description

This art textiles course aims to be a relaxed and enjoyable adventure into creative textiles following the studio practice of textile artist Ruth Singer. Over the course of three days you will explore a range of slow, thoughtful textile practices to create cloth with meaning.

The course begins with an exploration of antique and personal textiles, the stories they hold and how you can use them to tell personal narratives. You will experiment with simple, effective hand stitch to add pattern and text onto fabric, as well as fabric manipulation techniques such as reverse appliqué, shadow work and trapunto quilting to add texture and structure. Also experiment with using found objects, scraps, natural materials and vintage haberdashery. You can choose to create samples during the course or keep working on a piece to make a finished artwork, such as an heirloom pin cushion.


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


  • Specialist materials for trapunto quilting

What students need to bring

  • Embroidery threads, personal fabric scraps, vintage lace, treasures and found objects (such as broken jewellery, charms, seed pods, feathers, watch parts etc).
  • Sewing kit including embroidery needles and scissors

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Cotton lawn or similar weight fabric
  • Silk organza / other silk fabrics
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have a selection of antique fabrics and found objects for sale


Ruth Singer

Ruth Singer is a textile artist with ten years professional experience. Ruth originally worked in museum education which influences her heritage-inspired textile work. She has written three books on sewing, including Fabric Manipulation (2013) and has had her first solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft and Design in 2015.


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

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