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Textile Arts

Starting Monday 4 October, 6pm - 8pm for 10 weeks
This tactile 10 week course will cover a broad range of textile and craft based skills which can be used for a range of exciting projects.

Suitable for complete beginners who are new to textile arts as well as those looking to experiment with more advanced projects.

Monday evenings, 6-8pm, starting 4 October 2021 (£175 for 10 week course)

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This is a creative and experimental course in which students will produce a range of samples and some finished items. The course is aimed at a complete beginner however would be suited to somebody with some experience looking to brush up on skills in a friendly group environment. Catherine provides plenty of inspiration, physical examples along with web references and books to encourage students to broaden their textile knowledge. Suitable for ages 15 upwards.

Students will be provided with materials for the course (which will be sanitised) alternatively, students can bring their own equipment if they’d prefer. A full list of what’s needed for each week will be provided in advance. There will be materials and equipment in the class to purchase. The room has a sink for clean up of equipment.

ALL students should bring their own basic kit of pen, pencil, notebook, scrap paper, fabric scissors, embroidery (very small) scissors, stitching needle with thread.

The class is mostly taught by ‘demonstration’ method with each week Catherine giving an introduction to the technique, historical references, examples from Catherine and past students – with references for suppliers and further reading.

Week 1

Paper piecing - quilting for memory. Materials, equipment, vintage fabrics and templates provided. As the 1st week, here a gentle and fairly easy class to get started! Choose from a selection of colourful fabrics or bring your own. Often old clothes have memory even though they don’t fit us any more! – here you can chop up and reinvent.

Week 2

Hand painted textiles in the theme of Floral & Botanical – using reactive dye, fabric paint, stencils, print, bleach painting. All equipment & materials provided however if students have any plain white fabrics, tea towels, canvas bags, fabric paints etc at home they can bring these in to work with.

Week 3

Wet felting – Pop art or Landscape – natural merino wool fibres are provided along with mohair yarns and plant fibres for students to experiment with. An A4 size felted flat textile piece will be produced.

Week 4 & 5

Batik and shibori – the group splits into 2 halves and switches activity over these 2 weeks. Batik is the use of metal tools (Tjanting )and hot wax to layer up washes of dye/fabric paint onto cotton fabric. Students will complete an A4/A3 size textile piece. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist technique using stitch, elastic bands and other methods to produce beautiful indigo dye patterns. Students will follow Catherine to learn several techniques and can produce their own project.

Week 6

3D felting – using natural British wools and a balloon to produce a small bird nest. Similar to papier-mâché but with natural fibres.

Week 7

Lino print fabric – theme Natures’ Design. Working with a small carving tool to cut away a simple design into lino, then printing onto either fabric or paper.

Week 8

Needle felting – Students can choose to make a mouse or a robin along with some small items like mushrooms and shells. Catherine will provide all materials and share techniques for construction, blending colours and shaping in this magical sculptural art.

Week 9

Nuno felting – translating as ‘cloth’ in Japanese, this technique builds on the previous 2 weeks felt sessions. Here students will manipulate woven fabric with natural fibres to produce a flower, small neck scarf or journal cover.

Week 10

In this final week Catherine will show some hand stitch techniques and appliqué. Students can choose to work into fabrics produced in previous weeks such as printed, dyed and felted. Often any samples which students consider less successful can be cut up in a collage style and reinvented here.

Tutor: Catherine Carmyllie is a Liverpool based artist currently working across painting and textile art. She completed a Textile Art degree at Huddersfield University before spending 6 months at The Arts and Crafts Academy of Kuopio, Finland where she had the opportunity to learn ancient Scandinavian skills such as bookbinding, weaving, feltmaking amongst others. Catherine regularly teaches creative workshops.


Monday evenings, 6-8pm, starting 4 October 2021

4, 11, 18 Oct

(No session 25 Oct)

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov

6, 13 Dec


£175 for 10 week course

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