Art textiles

Approaches to stitch-based creative practice with James Hunting

Ref: SWE09272


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About this course

Discover different approaches to hand stitching, considering the importance of technique, effect and exploration. Start by making sample sheets and then through individual tutorials, develop new directions and confidence in your work.

Course Description

With the aim of enhancing your individual approach to creative practice, we begin with a session revisiting traditional stitches and rediscovering the rhythm and pace of hand stitch. A one-to-one tutorial with James will follow, where the emphasis will be placed on your own creative direction, aspirations and aims. The workshop will continue as you work on an individual project in a supportive environment. James will provide guidance and pointers as required.

You will need to bring a project, an idea and any specific materials you are likely to need to work on your own ideas.

You will leave the course with new directions and a more confident self-understanding within your creative work, and a new ownership of concepts of drawing and visual reference.


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


  • All essential materials will be provided.

What students need to bring

  • Bring a project, an idea and any specific materials you are likely to need.
  • A notebook
  • Fine liner pen
  • A pair of embroidery scissors
  • Any specific fabric, or threads, or other materials you may wish to incorporate

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pens
  • Fabrics organza, linen
  • Needles
  • A limited selection of threads


James Hunting

My approach to teaching is based on enabling you to gain an understanding and ownership of stitch as a media, which surpasses technical knowledge and encourages an emotional and intelligent application of thread. My first degree at Goldsmiths College established a rigorous and concept based approach to creative work, the 'why' is more important than the 'how' and I continue to explore this in my own work and during workshops I lead.


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

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