Inspired by architectural images, this course will offer the chance to explore and develop a combination of skills in a creative way. Plain natural fabrics will be pieced, patched and layered and then worked into with paint and freehand machine stitching to create a stitched and textured picture inspired by architecture. You will develop skills in freehand machine embroidery, applied fabrics and fabric painting. You will also be introduced to textured paint effects and the use of hot air tools.
In the first session, the tutor will show examples of her own use of stitched textiles to represent architectural images. You will then begin to prepare a sample piece of work. The tutor will give demonstrations of the techniques and you will be encouraged to develop individual designs, with guidance and encouragement. Group reviews will be held during and at the end of the course, so that ideas can be shared and discussed.
To gain the most from the course, ideally, you will know how to use a sewing machine.
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.
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.
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)
Wendy Dolan is an experienced textile artist, tutor and lecturer, specialising in freehand machine embroidery. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and author of Layer, Paint and Stitch.
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