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Our Textiles Courses
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July

Batik Fabric
Friday 28th July 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Mary Day

£80
Working on beautiful silk, you will use hot wax and vibrant dyes to create your own fabric design using the art of batik. Your motif can be elaborate or simple, pictorial or abstract, in muted shades or full of colour. The finished piece can then be used for clothing, a wall hanging or soft furnishings following the course.
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August

Understand your Overlocker
Wednesday 9th August 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: May Martin

£80
Overlockers are incredibly useful for edging, hemming or seaming, but can be infuriating. Don’t let yours get the better of you. Spend a day learning everything from the secrets of re-threading to roll hemming and stabilising seams. Discover how to get the best results from your overlocker. Learn from May Martin, former judge on the Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2)and a seamstress with more than 40 years' experience.
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Dressmaking Tips and Tricks
Thursday 10th August 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: May Martin

£80
A course for anyone wishing to achieve a more professional finish to every project. Perfect curves and accurate topstitching, trimmed and clipped seams, invisible zips and great quality buttonholes and openings. Set in sleeves without puckers or pleats and produce totally invisible hems. Learn about the different hand and machine stitches and where to use them.
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Japanese Shibori Dyeing - Silk Scarves
Thursday 17th August 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Isabella Whitworth

£80
‘Shibori’ is the Japanese term used for techniques in which dye is controlled to create beautiful designs and patterns. Methods include folding, twisting, tying and clamping. Students will use steam-fixed acid dyes to make two lovely silk scarves. The techniques are easy to learn and require no experience. Your personal choice of colour and design will ensure highly individual results. The tutor is internationally known as a resist dyer and is the dyeing Features Editor for the Journal of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. This course is suitable for complete beginners but those who have done some shibori and would like to develop their skills further will also benefit. If you have attended a course with Isabella before, you will learn new folds and develop techniques and variations.
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Dyeing with Wax Resist - Colourful Scarves
Friday 18th August 2017
9.45am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Isabella Whitworth

£80
Wax resist on silk is an inspirational medium for anyone who loves vibrant colour, texture and pattern. On this course you will join internationally known resist dyer Isabella Whitworth to create a stunning silk gauze scarf. Designs and patterns are created on stretched silk using wax and steam-fixed dyes. Several layers of wax and painted dye can be worked on top of each other. Where wax is applied, no more dye can be added. It is similar to (but not the same as) traditional batik.
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