General Course Information:

  • All full day workshops run from 10.00am to 3.00pm

  • Plenty of free parking

  • Please bring a packed lunch or lunch can be bought at The Lavender Bakehouse.

  • Tea and coffee freely available

  • Most course materials included. See individual course write-up for additional information and price

  • Please book your space by email or phone Sue

  • Workshops need a minimum of four students to run, maximum of six to eight, so you will have plenty of personal tuition.

  • If I have to cancel the class due to low numbers, I will contact you two days before the class is due to run.

  • Course fee to paid on the day.

  • Individual tuition and small group sessions are available. If there is a a workshop you particularly wish me to run for you, please contact me to discuss your needs.

  • Location: Cowshed Studio, Studio 4, Hallidays Mill, Chalford, Nr Stroud, Glos GL6 8NR

    • Directions: From Cirencester, take the Stroud Road. When you come to Chalford Hill, at the bottom on the left is Lavender Bakehouse. Hallidays Mill is directly opposite on the right. Turn into the drive that goes around the back, there is a track with a car park at the back. Studio is on the 1st floor.

 I can do individual 1:1 or 2 student sessions in my new studio. If you are interested in any of the courses below, please contact me. Courses without a date, can be run by arrangement.

Textiles Art - 5 Week Courses

This textiles course offers you the chance to discover the fascinating word of experimental textiles. Techniques will include, bonding layers, layering up fabrics and cutting away, simple print methods, ripping and slashing, hand and machine skills, including sketchbook work and many more skills. All to help you complete a series of projects over the term. Most tools and materials will be provided, I will advise you if you need to bring anything else.

10.00am to 2.00pm

Price £130 for 5 weeks (to run alongside school half terms).  All abilities welcome.

Mixed Media Cover for Small Notebook

Layer up bits of handmade paper, tissue, magazines, and lace onto a calico base. Complete your design with hand stitched flowers, birds or butterflies. Finish off by attaching to a calico cover for a small notebook. All materials and notebook provided.

Saturday 9th November 10.00am-3.00pm

Price £55

Trapping Objects, Encrusting Techniques

The trapping technique is worked on two layers of calico, the bottom piece pulled taut in an embroidery hoop. To create a raised surface, items are trapped between the two pieces and worked with hand stitches to complete the design. Please bring a 7 or 8 inch embroidery hoop, small scissors and sewing needles.

Saturday 30th November 10.00am - 3.00pm

Price £55

Mixed Media Packing Tape Transfer

Learn how to build up backgrounds with different types of mixed media.  Using assorted papers and stamps on a calico background. Then using packing tape, lift images from photocopies, magazines and books to add to your piece. Finish off using tea bag paper to transfer images and build up an original piece of work. Please bring images (not too large) on a theme you wish to use, pictures, magazines or photocopies.

Saturday 7th December 10.00am - 3.00pm

Price £55

Stitch Skills

Spend the day experimenting with hand stitches and what happens when you use them in an abstract way. Take your samples away in a small book. All materials provided.

Saturday 14th Dec 10.00am – 4.00pm

Price £55

Felted Summer Landscapes

Create a beautiful layered felted landscape, using a summer landscape image as your inspiration (you may bring your own images). Felt will be supplied, but please bring along any beads and fabric scraps that you might want to incorporate into your design.

3D Felt Bird on a Base

Using colourful felt, decorate with stitches, beads and sequins, make up into a beautiful 3D bird. The humble cotton reel, covered with felt makes a lovely base for your bird to perch.

Collage and Stitch

Working with dyed teabag paper, coloured net, sheer fabrics, beads, sequins and hand stitching. Layer them up in bands of colour, a good way to learn new hand stitches and end up with a lovely colourful collage. Please bring fabric scissors, pins and needles.

Lino Cutting for Stitch

Be inspired by nature and take home a unique piece of work created on calico using lino cut printing, decorated with hand stitching, to recreate teasels, seed heads and more. Sue will show you how you can have one print block but produce several different looks.

Printing and Stitch Everyday Objects

Experiment using everyday objects to print with, to produce a background to embellish with different hand stitching, sequins and beads to make a panel for a calico bag (bag included in workshop). Please bring scissors, needles and bits you would like to include on your bag.

Indigo Dying

Spend the day dying with indigo dye to make samples of dyed fabric that can be used for further projects.  You will need 1 to 2 metres of white cotton fabric and white cotton thread to dye.  You could also bring cotton lace, white string, cotton rag paper or a white cotton top-shirt to dye. Or you may bring items of clothes to dye such as white jeans, T-shirts etc. Please bring rubber gloves, apron and plastic bag.

Heating and Bonding Plastic Bags

By recycling the humble plastic bag, wonderful textures can be created in this experimental workshop. By melting the plastic in different ways you will create patterned 3D surfaces to embellish and decorate. There will also be an opportunity to explore bead making with the recycled plastic. So raid the cupboards and recycle your plastic bags into something crafty and creative. Please do not bring any black plastic bags or long life plastic bags.

Make a Book from One Piece of Paper

Using one piece of paper, carefully folded and cut, to make an eight page book. Decorate the pages with collage, printing, mixed media, stamping inks and paints, to make a unique book of your own.

Price £55

Block Making and Printing

Explore making your own blocks to print with. In this session Sue will show you a quick and easy way of how to make blocks for simple image printing or to explore repeated printed patterns, on paper and on fabric, embellish with stitch. Your blocks then can be used to print fabric for your own creations. Please bring simple images no bigger than four inches, ie birds, fish etc (I will have some images you can use if you are stuck for ideas). Please bring an apron.

Price £55

Christmas Shaker Style Decorations

Using festive chequered and shabby chic fabrics, felt, beads, sequins and bells, make birds, stars etc and combine to make a garland to hang up for Christmas.

Price £55

What to do with your Indigo Dyed Fabric

Use your lovely stash of blue dyed samples and turn them into a memory cushion, or a fabric sketch book to show off your indigo samples

Price £55

Posh Rag Rugging Seat Cover

Using the techniques of rag rugging, make a heart or flower shape rug to be used as a chair seat cover. Bring lots of colourful fabrics, net cutains, ribbons and bits of lace to posh it up for your home. Backing and tools provided, please bring fabric scissors.

Price: £55

Mixed Media Board Sketchbooks

Make your own mixed media sketchbook, using papers, paints and printing techniques, alongside creating mini rubber stamps, hand stitching and trapping things between layers of tissues. This will be a day of creative experiment. Board book provided.

Price £55

Ripping and Slashing

Wonderful textured surfaces can be achieved using this technique. You will be layering up fabrics, stitching them down with a sewing machine, before cutting through the layers to reveal new textures and colours. Please bring fabric scissors and any fabric you wish to experiment with.

Price £55

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