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In beautiful South Shropshire an area of outstanding natural beauty

Hello Everyone

Well I am not sure what time of year it is yet, but let's hope that Spring is around the corner. The evening are certainly getting a bit lighter.

I love the way that the snowdrops give way to the crosuses and how they so enjoy the sunshine. I had to take this image very quickly while the sun was out as the clouds were already threatening.

In this newsletter I want to focus on Amanda Clayton and her beautifully crafted work. She is an excellent tutor and I feel very priviledge that she comes to Moor Hall to share her skills and expertise with the students.

Hear what she has to say about this NEW course that she will be delivering in April at Moor Hall.


AS ONE: Fibre, Ground, Thread and Stitch Revisited

26/27/28 April


'It is always challenging to 'sell' a new course to students based on the images of samples that I will use to introduce fresh techniques to you.

'As One" is not just a course on felted paper grounds, making your own thread and stitching to create integral surfaces....... it is also about taking risks to create opportunities.

We all need that creative time and open mindedness to explore new ways of making work.

Head space without pre conceptions can be fundamental in increasing our own boundaries and making our own work even more personal.

Links with the past, associations with the present and thoughts about future direction are essential to individual development.

Come and join me on this course to see where it takes you. Moor Hall is a beautiful venue and during the course it will be there to inspire visually as well as make creative space in your head........and serendipity is essential to our practice!'

As this title suggests Amanda will be revisiting techniques from her past and delivering them as a complete workshop with stitch. Using linen/flax and silk fibre you will make felted paper grounds, spin thread if you want and integrate into some stitched pieces. Handmade papers will also support this work.

This will be a ‘playful’ workshop combining different neutral surfaces together and sharing Amanda's love of hand stitch. She will encourage you to inlay, darn, reinforce, make fragile, couch and embed your stitching into your grounds with the inspiration coming from all the textures and shapes of Moor Hall. I hope you will be able to join us.

I still have spaces on this courses.

Book HERE to secure your place.

Bobby Britnell

"Inspired by Mary Fedden"

An on-line course


Another on-line course which looks at the work of the amazing artist MARY FEDDEN.

Course Dates: 9/16/23/30 Apr and 7 May

Course Description: A course which examines the drawing and design inspirations, lines, marks, imagery and techniques used in the drawings and paintings of Mary Fedden. We will be examining these aspects of her work closely and then students will collect and draw from their own personalised imagery. Through a series of sketchbook exercises you will build up reference material to use in creating your own still life study.

Sessions are 'live' and will run from 2.30 (GMT) to approximately 4.30pm (GMT) on each of the course dates.

SESSION 1 ~ 09/04/24 ~ Introduction, setting the scene.

SESSION 2 ~ 16/04/24 ~ Looking at lines, marks, and imagery

SESSION 3 ~ 23/04/24 ~ Looking at pattern and landscape

SESSION 4 ~ 30/04/24 ~ Considering composition / working in tone

SESSION 5 ~ 07/05/24 ~ Use of colour

Please book HERE


Book HERE for this option

Tonal Study by Bobby Britnell

Colour Study by Bobby Britnell


Bobby Britnell

23/24 March


This course is one of my favourites and one that I have presented several times for outside groups. It guarantees exciting results from everyone every time. It also makes people who say they cannot draw soon realise that there are many different ways in drawing.

Exercises will be varied so hopefully they will be something for everyone.

We will be working mainly with dry media, but also with some wet media.

You will be working 'expressively' with charcoal to create a landscape or a piece of work from your imagination. 

You will be working 'collaboratively' with pastels but with a personal twist in the end.

You will explore the use of wax crayons and oil sticks used with inks to build up a still-life drawing.

And you will love the portrait drawing with a difference!!!

All of the projects tackled will be clearly explained during the course making it accessible for all. Join me to extend your drawing skills, learn new ones and have lots of fun. There will be plenty of discussion as to how images produced can be developed and used as designs for translation into fabric and stitch in your own time if this is of interested to you. And let's see if we can get some work into frames as well?

Please Book HERE


You an book HERE for that option

Both Works by Bobby Britnell

Left: Collaborative Project

Above: Landscape in Charcoal



I am thrilled to be part of this prestigious exhibition with the Textile Study Group.

Celebrating Innovative Textile Practice by the Textile Study Group

Now showing in Farnham with a Meet the Artists Event, of which I hope to be attending, on

April 4th from 12.00 to 2.00.

Exhibition will run until Sat April 27, 2024 10.00am to 4.00pm

at Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey


01252 891450

[email protected]

Above/Top - Bobby Britnell

Courtesy of Curtis James

Above/Bottom - Jane McKeating

Courtesy of Curtis James


These courses are still available on my website. Click HERE

Inspired by Line

Inspired by Ben Nicholson

Inspired by Grids

Exceptional value of £25 each

I hope to see some of you book on one or other of my personal courses, so that I can welcome you into my studio either face to face or virtually or maybe you might get along to see the Textile Study Group exhibition in Farnham.



Inspired by Line

Ben Nicholson

Inspired by Grids

On-line Courses

Short Courses


01547 510664

[email protected]

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