June Wed 19th 12.30pm – 2.30pm
On this workshop, our lovely tutor Lucy will teach you the art of marbling paper.
After a brief history of paper marbling and its uses. Lucy will introduce you to the tradition method of marbling which uses carragheenan size to float pigments on water. Students will get to try this and a number of modern techniques to create lots of sample patterned papers.
You will then have the time to experiment with these different marbling techniques and create some of your own fantastic pieces of marbled art.
You will leave with all your lovely samples, a handout explaining how to continue your journey and all the recipes we use to create the different marble baths.
This fabulously fun course is 3 hours long and will include hot and cold beverages and lots of lovely biscuits. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to get a brew and get settled, you don’t need to bring anything other than your lovely self (but we do recommend wearing old clothes for this one, some inks will stain). Directions and further information (if needed) will be emailed directly to you two weeks before the course date.
June Wed 19th 12.30pm – 2.30pm
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Fiona will show you the art of ‘Batik’, which is painting with wax on to fabric, to create beautiful individual works of art.
Using a Tjanting tool to manipulate your wax, you will be creating a design on a cotton tea – towel. Once the wax has set, you will using highly pigmented dyes to paint your designs.
All materials and templates are included, plus beverages and light snacks.
On this two hour workshop, you will be encouraged to create your own unique project using basic embroidery stitches.
This course is suitable for those who have never threaded a needle before. If already have experience in embroidery, but have become a little rusty, then it is a fabulous course for reigniting the love for slow stitching. We can also teach more complicated stitches for those with previous experience.
We will start by discussing the different terms in embroidery and the many thread types available. We provide a huge selection of template to choose from that have already been applied to fabric so we can jump straight into the fun part. No art skills needed! We will all start with a basic backstitch, which is the perfect foundation stitch for beginners. We will then teach up to 5 further embroidery stitches so you can make your embroidered piece as complicated or simple as you wish, you have free reign over colours and style.
Our stash of threads and embellishments is rather large, including ribbons, sequins, beads, buttons and gems. We encourage you to jump in and find the perfect additions for your embroidery.
Embroidery isn’t a fast craft and it is unlikely that you will finish your project in this two hour session. You will take home your project and hoop to complete at home, plus a lovely mini stash of needles and threads and two extra templates to continue your new found addiction.
Tea and biscuits plus all materials are provided, suitable for ages 8 and over.
Mono printing is a form of printing that only produces one original image, unlike other printing forms where you can get multiple prints from one original.
There are many techniques for Monoprinting that create beautiful results. Working with thick printing inks and a lovely selection of handmade papers, you will produce a number of original prints to take home with you.
Our wonderful tutor Fiona will be on hand to gently guide you in this craft. All materials are included plus beverages and light snacks.
This 2 hour course is designed for complete beginners to the art of silk painting, it’s also perfect for those with experience who are feeling a little rusty.
We will start by looking at some lovely samples of resist and free form silk painting. Then we will learn how to stretch silk on a frame, how to design an image and then transfer the design to the silk using the traditional “gutta resist” technique.
Once our gutta is dry we will have LOTS of fun painting with our huge selection of colours, we will discuss mixing colours and painting techniques. We’ll also have a go at texturing our work with salt.
You will go home with a range of lovely sample pieces (perfect for card making!) a piece of spare silk and mini frame.
All equipment and full instructions are provided plus beverages and light snacks. This class is suitable for all ages.