Live online course – Create a stitch-sketchbook map with Cas Holmes

Live online courses Art textiles

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About this course

Develop your visual narrative in mixed-media textiles using stitch, paint and collage to create improvisational folding book forms, as you reference ideas surrounding a journey or place.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on Tuesday, 6 September and Thursday, 8 September. Wednesday, 7 September is an untutored day for self-directed study while developing your work.

Course Description

Books and maps are a symbol for a journey both, physical through a favourite landscape, or part of travel reflecting a personal journey. In this workshop you will compile a stitch-sketchbook using a daily walk, a garden or green space near home as inspiration.

You will explore, layering, stitching and collage methods, in addition to improvisational drawing and painting.  You will discover how the references you select: books, maps, texts, photocopies, in combination with cloth and found materials, can be a rich tool for both resource and reference. 

This course provides an introduction to the processes used in the creation of improvised book-forms and is composed of two days tuition with a development day in between tutored sessions.

You can expect to achieve:
Samples and/or folding book forms which could be used as a starting point for further development of your own practice in mixed-media collage and textile-based work
Development of stitch as both a construction and mark-making tool
Layering and collage methods with found cloth and paper
Shared and discussed ideas for working, layering and stitching

Cas Holmes’ approach is hands-on, experimental with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed-media processes, as part of the exploration of developing a creative language. As the author of of several books, the most recent Embroidering the Everyday (Batsford, 2021) has inspired this course.
The course is suitable for students of different experience levels.

DAILY TIMETABLE for taught days, 6 and 8 September 2022
09.00 – 09.15   All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45   Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.00       Break
11.00 – 12.45       Teaching, Q+A followed by Independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00   Lunch
14.00 – 15.45   Teaching, Q+A, Independent study with tutor support
15.45 – 16.00   Break
16.00 – 17.00   Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

What you need


Please read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either:
1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary.
2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).


You will also need to have the following materials ready to use. As the course is based on invention be prepared to use what you have to hand around the house which reflects the theme of your chosen walk, garden or green space.

Your favoured drawing media/paints  These can include small tubes of acrylic or fabric paint, Koh-I Noor paint pallets. Any dyes stains, ink or silk paints you may have.

Found materials: assorted papers, fabrics and found materials to reflect your theme.

Papers: collect assorted waste papers, oriental specialist papers, art papers, printed photocopies.
Discarded books, maps, journals, manuscripts. Avoid ones with brittle or yellowing pages. Photocopies of some of your favourite pages can also be useful.

Fabrics. a range of cloth, scraps of cotton, linen, silk, lace, fabrics/organza with or without prints. Include some larger pieces of pre-washed linen, cotton or similar cloth to use as a base for work (about half metre maximum).

Notebook or sketchbook and camera to make notes and record work as your work progresses.

Dilute cellulose (wallpaper) or CMC pastemixed to about half of its strength (you can also use PVA glue diluted to the same consistency as an alternative).

Lightweight conservation paper, Tissuetex or tissue.

Clear plastic sheeting or an open white plastic bin liner.

2 large sheets of white paper, or a white tabletop cover to work against (so you can see what you are doing).

Suitable clothing for workshop.


On the first day you will need to set up a table space with newspaper or covering and access to water.
1 inch brush, 2/3 finer brushes, sponge, plastic lidded containers, old plates, for paint and paste, sponge.

Found tools for making marks as desired, things from the kitchen, (toothpicks, old sponges, plastic forks etc.).

On the second day: Sewing machine with free motion or embroidery foot (optional). Basic sewing equipment (scissors, threads, pins), with selected threads for machine and hand sewing, as appropriate. Also access to papers and cloth.

There may be other materials you would like to use as we progress so feel free to add to the list.

The tutor instructs health and safety issues relevant to this course.
Please visit to see examples of her work. 


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Boxes are usually larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 


Cas Holmes

Cas Homes studied in Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art (UCA) in the eighties before a further study in Japanese art, textiles and papermaking in Japan under a Japan Foundation Fellowship and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship. She is a tutor at West Dean College alongside other adult education and community projects. Cas has also published work including; Textile Landscape, The Found Object in Textile Art, Stitch Stories, and Connected Cloth.


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