Textiles on the edge with Amanda Clayton

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: S3D11281

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About this course

Explore the qualities of lace and edges using cloth and handstitch. Using neutrals and transparency you will enjoy learning and revisiting some traditional techniques that have the potential to be both functional and creative.

Course Description

This course is designed for anyone loves handstitching or has always wanted to try the craft.

Edge; space; placement; inspirations; weight; piecing/patching; translucency; joining; fragility; surface; line; rightside; wrongside; applying; inlay; bias; shaping; construction.

Everything around us has an edge. During this course, you will explore the potential of handstitch and cloth to create both traditional and functional pieces, as well as, more contemporary edges in a neutral palette. You will start on a sampler strip on the first evening.

Using a number of Amanda's signature techniques including inlay, needle darning, layering, applique, cutwork and pleating, you will produce personal work using different combinations of these.

Working in neutrals will emphasise the positive and negative that is found in traditional edgings and lace. You will have the opportunity to develop your own designs from inspirational sources. Observed sources will form the latter part of the course for students depending on your interests. You may want to concentrate on producing a length of edging that is more useful for a wearable piece.

A balance of techniques and thoughtful self-development will be encouraged. You will go away with a series of strips/edges started for you to explore further in your own work.

Three days is a generous amount of time for you to immerse yourself into the subject and it will give you head space to consider what to develop next.


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


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including strips of organza and threads.

What students need to bring

  • All white and neutral materials please.
  • A kit is provided and that may be enough to sustain your work during the three day workshop. But if you know you work quickly then you may want to bring the following.
  • Cloth of different qualities which may include a couple of pieces of cloth approx. 40 cm x 40 cm such as organdie, organza and some that are translucent and transparent. (the tutor will also have some to sell with them)
  • Smaller scraps that are more personal such as lace, coloured prints, vintage embroidered fragments, ribbons….
  • Any threads of contrasting qualities…shiny, matt, floss, twisted, slubby, silk, linen, cotton…..
  • Needles, pins, scissors, embroidery scissors. A cloth marker pen-the sort that disappears with light or water.
  • Notebook, pencil, a few different sized coins and an A4 sheet of graph paper.
  • There is no need to buy anything especially, we will use what we have.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Some threads and needles
  • Sketchbooks, pencils and pens
  • Available from tutor:
  • Some specialist cloth in smaller pieces


Amanda Clayton

Having trained in Embroidery Amanda is still obsessed by the purity of thread and cloth. She is now working freelance after an enjoyable and satisfying few decades working on Art Foundation courses. She enjoys sharing her practice with others and is particularly interested in the way we all respond to similar elements with our own visual language.


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

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