Art textiles

Textile collage using vintage fabric with Mandy Pattullo

Ref: SWE10785

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About this course

Learn to build up a unique textile collage, embellished with hand embroidery, as well as a fabric book form using vintage and deconstructed materials as you develop a visual language through stitch.

Course Description

Mandy will talk you through the challenges of composition and using colour and show you how to layer and attach. She will demonstrate a selection of embroidery stitches and how she uses them in her own work to create surface decoration and sometimes text. The objective is to encourage you to build up your own unique visual language through stitch.

The course begins on the first evening with an introductory illustrated talk about Mandy’s textile art practice. She will show you inspirational examples of her work which ranges across the application of textile collage techniques on to garments, in stitched book forms and collage making using vintage materials. She will talk about her personal textile journey, how she gets her ideas and studio life.

On Saturday you will start the day by deconstructing a piece of old quilt. The aim is to produce an unusual collection of time-worn fabrics which will provide you with the starting point for the build up of a textile collage. Into this you will mix your own collection of special vintage materials with the aim of creating a resolved piece at the end of the day which will have personal resonance. You might like to work on in the studio on Saturday night after dinner to finish your piece.

On Sunday you will again use vintage materials but the outcome will be a small fabric book. You will be shown a number of possible book structures and will choose one to work with. All will present different challenges as you build on the collage techniques with the aim to create pages and a stitched journal. The course concludes with a group review of work made.


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


  • The tutor will supply some of the materials including a small pack with a piece of vintage quilt/vintage fabric, the foundation fabric for one textile collage and one fabric book.

What students need to bring

  • Sewing kit including pins, sewing needles, seam ripper and scissors
  • A selection of embroidery threads, perle and/or stranded embroidery thread
  • A bag of vintage fabric/materials to use within your collages these could include old embroideries, lace, parts of garments, needlepoint and cross stitch, interesting printed fabrics or textures.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Hand sewing needles, pins and a few embroidery threads


Mandy Pattullo

Mandy Pattullo trained as a surface pattern designer and was course leader in Textiles at Newcastle College. She now teaches workshops regularly in the UK and abroad and makes work to exhibit and sell.


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

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