TEXTILE and ART courses offering unique learning opportunities for all
In beautiful South Shropshire an area of outstanding natural beauty

Hello everybody.

How have you all been? I seem to be chasing my tail as usual, but winter is definitely setting in now and the fire is constantly lit. Hope you are all cosy and warm.

I mentioned in my last newsletter about the course that is about to begin with Julia Triston back teaching an on-line course for you all. Just to say we can squeeze two more people into this course, so if you are interested get back as soon as you can and book. I have reopened bookings for this course as we had a couple of cancellations.

This two day course is called ‘Text in Textiles’ and will involve stitching letters and/or words onto collaged backgrounds using upcycled materials. Your starting point will be a piece of writing that inspires you, such as a personal manifesto, a significant poem, a letter, or an important name. Alternatively it could be a special memory or an abstract reference, which you can interpret visually in text.

You will begin by building layered backgrounds then sampling and experimenting with lettering and text styles. You will then choose elements of your inspiration to creatively transform and emphasise, by disrupting or highlighting characters in abstract compositions.

Techniques will include collage, appliqué, hand and machine embroidery, and working with dissolvable fabrics.

There will be an opportunity to produce a series of smaller samples, or to work on one more in-depth resolved textile artwork; all pieces will develop their own narrative.

To book this course click HERE

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Now I did say I would show work from Alice Fox and Amanda Clayton's workshops, so let's start with Alice Fox, who was showing students which plants could be used to make your own yarns for weaving into small bowls etc.

Such interesting work, I am sure you will agree on Alice's course.

This time we will look at Amanda Clayton's course........completely different and all to do with drawing, designing and stitch. I am sure you will find the images stimulating and inspiring.

The good news is that both Alice and Amanda will be back next year along with a few other favourites.

Bookings are now open at

Next time I will be back with images from Julia Tristons on-line course, so get booking quickly so you do not miss out.

Bye for now

Inspired by Line

Ben Nicholson

Inspired by Grids

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