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Beads for Beauty 1

Beads for Beauty
Torquay Devon
Textile, Mixed Media, Beading Courses
01803 328902
fabbeads@talktalk.net
www.fabbeads.co.uk

We hope that you will join us in 2017 to enjoy the courses we have booked for the year. Full details of all of these courses are on our website, along with some of the beadwork designs that Alison has made for her own classes, which she teaches in our studio and at groups around the West Country.

20 and 21 April
ALICE FOX is visiting us from West Yorkshire for a two day programme investigating some of the techniques she uses in her work with metal and other found objects from nature. 'Stitch, Fold, Rust' and 'Experimental Stitch with Found Objects'. Alice has written a book 'Natural Processes in Textile Art', which gives wonderful examples of some of the work she has achieved. www.alicefox.co.uk.
Cost £120.00.

8, 9 and 10 May
FRANCES PICKERING joins us for a three day workshop 'Bound to Please'. Make a hardback journal/book with a board cover. This will be covered in stitched fabric and with a fabric spine. The pages will be an interesting mixture of paper and cloth. These will be embellished with printed and painted decoration and stitch, by hand or machine. In their book, students will learn how to make and include: envelopes, pockets, hanging beads, book marks, foldouts and more.
Fill your journal with the theme of your choice. Frances will have lots of inspirational material with her. www.francespickering.com.
Cost £135.00.

20 and 21 June
JAN BEANEY in her two day workshop will show us how to make her 'Jewelled Networks'. Using soluble film as a stabiliser, intriguing, decorative networks can be created with machine and/or hand stitching. Ideas for patterns or three dimensional aspects can be taken from jewellery, buildings or from natural objects. Beaded, wired or stitched inserts such as tokens or talismans may be incorporated as appropriate to create unique cloths. www.doubletrouble.co.uk.
Cost £115.00.

19 and 20 September
A two day workshop with JEAN LITTLEJOHN. 'Constructing Cloths'. On this course, we will explore innovative ways of compiling cloths and make a unique cloth using one or more of these techniques. Techniques will include the use of soluble fabric, hand and machine stitch and mixed media. The embellishing machine can also be used. www.doubletrouble.co.uk.
Cost £115.00.

11 July A one day workshop with beading artist JEAN POWER. Jean will be showing us how to make her amazing 'Iskra Box'. www.jeanpower.co.uk.
Cost £40.00.

All four classes with Laura McCabe beading artist from USA.
September 5 - Oceanside Necklace.
September 6 - TBA.
September 7 - Egyptian Revival Necklace.
September 8 - Darling Deco Bracelet.
www.justletmebead.com
Cost £62.00 per day.

Beading Days with ALISON WRAY-MCCANN - April 11, November 7 Other dates and projects TBA. Cost £32.00 per day.

Monthly bead group meetings: Full day £7, half day £4 at each meeting
Tuesdays - March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25. Time - 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
Wednesdays - March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26. Time - 10.30 am to 1 pm.

More details on our Website. We look forward to hearing from you.



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Workshops

Introduction to Polymer Clay
Wed 1st March
Tutor: Debbie Carlton

Polymer clay is a dynamic media; easy and fun to use and a great way to create unique and colourful pieces of art jewellery, embellishments or objects. Debbie's approach to teaching is to share her knowledge, create beautiful objects and inspire others to do the same. Techniques gathered from the day could be interpreted for your own area of interest. Absolutely everything is provided on this workshop! www.debbiecarltonjewellery.co.uk
Cost: £49.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Batik on Tissue
Two Day Workshop Thurs 2nd March, Fri 3rd March
Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

Using the exciting technique of batik on tissue you will build up layers of tissue, wax, bleach and ink. You will also explore trapping textured fabrics such as lace and scrim, to create translucent surfaces suitable for development either by collaging, combining it with stitch or using it against a light source. www.jennyolearytextiles.wordpress.com
Cost: £88.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Stitched Samplers
Tues 7th March
Tutor: Anne Kelly

Taking inspiration from sampler imagery, old and new, you will create a small 'sampler quilt' using a series of square 'patches' created by traditional block-printing techniques and collage. These will be machine and hand stitched and combined with appliquéd elements, looking at animal and bird motifs as part of the design process. www.annekellytextiles.com
Cost: £54.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Through Thick and Thin
Wed 8th March
Concoct and Create!
Tutor: Viv Arthur

The paints you have don't perform quite how you need for the effect you want, but what do you do?? Buy a whole new range of colours? Learn how to alter the characteristics of the colours you have and stretch the possibilities as far as you can. Play at mixing-it-up with water-based paints and gels, binders and effect mediums to create almost endless effects, and at the same time learn to recognise the characteristics of a host of paintable and printable materials.
Cost: £30.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Shells and Feathers - we can do this together!
Fri 17th March
Tutor: Jill Winch

One day workshop discovering the fascinating shapes, twists and turns of shells or feathers. Using coloured pencils or watercolours create a pleasing and creative study of these natural forms with the guidance of Jill. Lots of demonstrations are given to show you how it's done. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £29.00

Drypoint Etching
Sat 18th March
Tutor: Tania Durrant

Join Tania Durrant, a professional Fine Art printmaker, for a day of Drypoint Etching. You will produce your own A5 printing plate using a drypoint etching needle to produce an original design with a characteristic soft velvety line. You will then print a limited edition of your design using a traditional etching press. You will then learn how to colour your prints using a process called Chine Colle. www.taniadurrant.com
Cost: £39.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Love Print
Two Day Workshop Tues 21st March, Wed 22nd March
Tutor: Alison Hulme

If you love to print, or want to discover the joy of printing, then this is the course for you! Students will develop skills, or improve those they already have, using Gelli plates, thermofax screens and stamps. The many possibilities of using these techniques, either alone or in combination, will be explored on fabric which will become wonderful cloths to stitch into or to create practical or decorative pieces. Suitable for both beginners and the more experienced. Come and play! www.alisonhulmetextiles.wordpress.com
Cost: £88.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Wired Cloth and Stitch
Two Day Workshop Thur 23rd March, Fri 24th March
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Explore the creative potential and processes involved in combining wire with fabric and stitch. We will concentrate on creating small 3-dimensional forms and structures using different types of wire, experimenting with a medley of techniques. Both hand and machine stitching will be used, so it is important that you have free-machine embroidery skills. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £75.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Bluebell Woods Machine Embroidery Landscape
Sat 25th March
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

Bluebells are always a favourite subject of Nodeen's for a machine embroidery landscape. Who doesn't enjoy the calm brilliance of the flowers reaching up to the gaps in the trees where the sunlight peeks through? During this workshop you will make a landscape of bluebells under a canopy of trees using machine embroidery threads in greens, lilacs and a little yellow, to create a soft floral landscape. www.nodeensalmon.com
Cost: £39.00

Metal Magic
Two Day Workshop Tues 28th March Wed 29th March
Tutor: Lynda Swaine

The aim of this workshop is to create confidence about stitching into different types of metal and dispel any concerns you may have. It will cover many aspects of distressing, embossing, printing and stitching metal, and will give plenty of inspiration to explore new ideas. Creating backgrounds to compliment your work will also be explored. This course is designed for both beginners and experienced stitchers, to be creative, fun and absorbing. You will be required to bring your own sewing machine. www.sewingwithconfidence.co.uk
Cost: £69.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

Dye, Print and Stitch
Two Day Workshop Fri 31st March, Sat 1st April
Tutor: Angie Hughes

Discover the joys of colourful transfer printing onto synthetics, making your own print blocks using funky foam, experiment with stencils and have great fun discovering ways of embellishing with free machine embroidery. Students will make panels that could be made into cushions or bags. www.angiehughes.com
Cost: £110.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Drawing Explained
Two Day Workshop Tues 4th April, Wed 5th April
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

Another informative course from Bobby with immediate results, which will illustrate that everyone has the ability to draw no matter what you may think. With plenty of instruction and exercises along the way to show the variety of mark and line on the paper surface, you will be producing exciting works using primarily pencil, charcoal and pastel, but above all, having fun. www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
Cost: £92.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Shrivel Up and Dye!
Wed 12th April
Tutor: Mary McIntosh

Using artic ice-wool fleece as a shrinkable base, and lots of natural fabrics such as silks, linens, cottons and lace create a highly textured panel to be dyed to your chosen colour. An opportunity to use free-machine stitching and perhaps your machine's decorative stitches. www.marymcintosh.co.uk
Cost: £45.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Be Different from the Crowd
Wed 19th April
Tutor: Brenda Parsons

This will be a fun workshop where you will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of mixed-media materials including, paper, metal and wood. Combine these with fabric to create one or more accessories, and/or customize a piece of your own clothing. You choose! www.brendaparsonsartist.co.uk
Cost: £49.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Beginners Felt-making
Sat 22nd April
Tutor: Clare Bullock

If you enjoy hands-on crafts then come and learn the foundation skills of felt-making. This course will give you a taste of what can be done with wool fibre to create beautiful felt surfaces, and hopefully give you the motivation to want to explore and expand your skills. Lots of demonstrations, explanations and information will be given so you will really understand the process.
Cost: £39.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Thurs 6th April 10.00 - 4pm

Who will be there?
Drop in any time to see the artists at work in their respective areas - could be feltmaking, printing, mixed media or machine stitch. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and observe their techniques. These sessions are FREE and there's no need to book.
See also Fri 3rd Feb, Wed 31st May, Wed 27th Sept Plus 'The Gatherings' : Fri 30th & Sat 1st July, Sat 9th Dec

On the Edge
Two Day Workshop Thurs 4th May, Fri 5th May
Tutor: Amanda Clayton

Everything around us has an edge.... You will explore the potential of cloth and hand-stitch to create traditional, cultural and more contemporary edgings in a neutral palette. Working in neutrals will emphasise the positive and negative contrast that is found in traditional edgings and lace. The observed qualities of edges, which students will select to work with, will form a second more personal day. www.amandajclayton.co.uk
Cost: £95.00

Fun with Linocut Printing
Tues 9th May
Tutor: Anna Pye

Learn about the tools, techniques and materials used in this exciting print-making medium. You will cut your own design, ink up your block and print it by hand burnishing on a variety of papers. Warning! This could become an addiction! www.annapye.com
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge) All specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

Mixed Media Playday!
Two Day Workshop Wed 10th May, Thurs 11th May
Tutor: Lynda Monk
Come along to this fast and furious workshop and play with Tyvek, Lutradur and Kunin Felt amongst other materials. Combine them with various mediums, dyes and paints. Stitch them, heat and distress them. Lots of techniques to learn - lots of samples to take away and expand on. Loads of fun as well! www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Dyeing the Blues!
Shibori dyeing with Indigo
Two Day Workshop Thurs 12th May, Fri 13th May
Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend two fantastic days dyeing 'The Blues'. Working with natural fabrics you will create unique patterned fabric by experimenting with a variety of Shibori resist techniques as featured in Janice's book 'Shibori for Textile Artists'. You will then dye the fabrics, including threads and yarns to tone with them, using Indigo, the most magical of dyes. Your results can then be used in a variety of textile techniques such as patchwork, embroidery, felt making and more! www.janicegunner.co.uk
Cost: £108.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Create a Sketchbook With mark-making and mixed media
Two Day Workshop Wed 17th May, Thurs 18th May
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Explore mark making to develop an exciting loose leaf sketchbook; work with loose marks on paper with drawn lines, resist wash and layered tissue to develop a series of abstract images. Experiment with layering, painterly blending and contrasts to generate ideas in mixed media with the option to include hand stitch to further enhance the surface. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £95.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Gorgeous Garden
Two Day Workshop Fri 19th May, Sat 20th May
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Using architectural source material students will create a design in black to create a silk-screen print. Garden references will be interpreted to create a series of backgrounds using a variety of textile effects. You will use an open silk screen to experiment with coloured backgrounds, then bond fabric shapes on top of print and add printed texture. On the second day there will be the opportunity to experiment with Xpandaprint and foiling to further enhance the design. Anthea does not have a website, but use this link to see her on BBC London News talking about the Game of Thrones embroidery project she managed. https://goo.gl/2OtvkW
Cost: £83.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Bound to Please
Two Day Workshop Tues 23rd May, Wed 24th May
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make a quick and simple hardback journal/book with a board cover which is covered in stitched fabric and with a fabric spine. The pages will be an interesting mixture of paper and cloth. These will be embellished with printed and painted decoration and of course stitch. In You will learn how to make envelopes, pockets, hanging beads, book-marks, foldouts, etc. to include in your book. www.francespickering.com
Cost: £80.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Stitched Floral Wreath
Thurs 25th May
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This is a workshop to develop confidence and, with plenty of practice throughout the day, mastery of free-machine embroidery in a practical project. Students will return home at the end of the day with a beautiful floral wreath using the machine as a drawing tool. For beginners as well as those with some experience. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £38.00

Indian Tile
Fri 26th May
Tutor: Alex Waylett

Designed to encourage you to 'think outside the box' and to work with perhaps previously considered materials, in this workshop you will create a highly ornate machine embroidered wall panel. You will use water soluble fabrics combined with appliquéd space-dyed velvets and masses of decorative free machine embroidery to produce delicate, highly colourful pieces reminiscent of stained glass windows. www.alexandrawaylett.com
Cost: £54.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

In Residence
Wed 31st May 10.00 - 4pm

Who will be there?
Drop in any time to see the artists at work in their respective areas - could be feltmaking, printing, mixed media or machine stitch. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and observe their techniques. These sessions are FREE and there's no need to book. See also Fri 3rd Feb, Thurs 6th April, Wed 27th Sept Plus 'The Gatherings': Fri 30th & Sat 1st July, Sat 9th Dec.

Love Your Gelli
Two Day Workshop Thurs 1st June, Fri 2nd June
Tutor: Alison Hulme

An introduction to Gelli-plate printing. You will have the opportunity to explore the flexibility and potential of the Gelli-plate surface, creating a range of images and textures on both paper and fabric. These will have the potential to be taken further as quilts, bags, or clothes, at a later time. www.alisonhulmetextiles.wordpress.com Cost: £88.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Creative Drawing
Tues 6th June
Tutor: Suzy Drake

Drawing is the first step to creating a totally unique image. The skill of drawing can transform the way your own artistic work develops, assist in textile design and give expertise to print making. If you are interested in improving your drawing skills or want to use your own designs in print or stitch, this workshop will develop your confidence in producing drawings to assist in all of these areas. You will explore the process of observation, truly seeing an object and its creative possibilities, before translating these ideas onto paper, using a host of drawing and mark-making techniques. www.suzydrake.com
Cost: £32.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Brilliant Batiks
Two Day Workshop Wed 7th June, Thurs 8th Jun
Tutor: Christine Chester

You will be using wax, flour paste and thickened dye-paints as three different resists to create exciting marks and layer up colour. Discover the joy of all sorts of different tools dipped into hot soy wax to make fabulous resist marks which can be washed out of fabric without the complications of ironing it out. www.christinechester.com
Cost: £98.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Papermaking with Textiles
Two Day Workshop Tues 13th June, Wed 14th June
Tutor: Jonathon Korejko

This is for people who love textiles and want to expand into new areas. You will learn how cotton fabric, linen, hessian, silk and felt can be recycled and used to make beautiful paper. This course is intensive, fun, and very creative. www.jonathankorejko.co.uk
Cost: £104.00 All materials included in the cost
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

From Making a Sketchbook to Developing Design Skills
Two Day Workshop Thurs 15th June, Fri 16th June
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

A 'book binding machine' provides the means to quickly create your own small ring-bound sketchbook using your chosen papers. Use your sketchbook as a catalyst to experiment and develop designs with simple and vibrant wax and ink techniques, and stitch for making marks, fabric and paper. If the thought of working into a sketchbook fills you with horror - this workshop offers a less intimidating and fun design path to explore. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £75.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Machine Embroidered Landscape
Sat 17th June
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

Conjure up, in stitch, that golden moment at dusk, when the colours of sunset come to life with warm oranges and contrast with the moody greens of the swaying grass. You will use a limited palette in both paint and directional stitches on the sewing machine to create the impression of this landscape. Suitable for the all those who have a basic understanding of their machine, whether beginner or advanced. www.nodeensalmon.com
Cost: £39.00

An Exploration of Eco Print
Two Day Workshop Tues 20th June, Wed 21st June
Tutor: Caroline Bell

Take a trip into the world of eco-printing. Learn a variety of methods of tying bundles, gain an understanding of the use of mordants, both metallic and plant based. Develop a personal library of leaves which print. This workshop is suitable for the complete novice but also offers a refresher to those with some experience. www.caroline-bell.co.uk
Cost: £79.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)

Creative Book Binding and Book Crafts
Thurs 22nd June
Tutor: Derek Wood

Learn the basics of traditional hand-bookbinding, and explore the creative possibilities of designing and making your own books. In this one-day workshop, suitable for beginners, you will create an A5 hardback journal / sketchbook of your own. All basic materials and equipment are provided, but you may also like to bring any special papers or prints you have previously created to use in the project.
Cost: £38.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Print a Silk Scarf
Fri 23rd June
Tutor: Clive Barnett

Have fun and print your own silk scarf using Procion dyes. You will start this one day workshop creating printed samples. This will give you a choice of printed marks to apply to either a tissue or chiffon silk scarf. You will use techniques of mono-printing and block printing, in a colour palette of your choice. Techniques and processes discovered will enable you to easily produce your own creations at home. All printing equipment, dyes, blank scarves and prepared fabric will be provided by the tutor. All you need to do is bring some design inspiration, protective clothing, gloves and a bag to take home your damp fabrics.
Cost: £58.00 (inc £8 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Constructed Surfaces
Two Day Workshop Tues 27th June, Wed 28th June
Tutor: Julia Triston

Explore the possibilities of experimental construction in textiles through fusing, bonding, stiffening, stuffing, waxing, oiling, pasting, sculpting and stitching. Then create 2D and 3D samples to suit your own practices and interests which can be further developed for future practical projects. www.juliatriston.com
Cost: £99.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Summer Gathering!!!
Fri 30th June and Sat 1st July

These 'Gatherings' have been so great that they're now a bit of at tradition! It's really an excuse to get good friends together - like one of the In Residences, but with knobs on!! These are the dates, but as ever, we'll give you the details closer to the time!

Landscape Painting with Pastels
Tues 4th July
Tutor: Vanessa Bryson

Using soft pastels you will learn the qualities of this beautiful medium to create landscape paintings. This one-day workshop using the soft, mixable quality of this type of pastels will give you the ability to produce a finished painting from your own photograph by the end of the day. You will learn the different qualities of each brand as well as which colours to use for landscapes - but don't be afraid to get messy.
Cost: £49.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Life's a Bleach!
Fri 7th July
Tutor: Mary McIntosh

You will be using Decolourant and household bleach to remove colour from black and pre-dyed fabric with a variety of patterning and masking methods, to produce fabulous pieces of cloth for future stitched projects. Can be a bit smelly and may not be suitable for those with breathing problems, but hopefully at this time of year the doors can be wide open and could possibly work outside! www.marymcintosh.co.uk
Cost: £55.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Bold, Bright and Luscious Glorious printed and dyed fabrics
Two Day Workshop Tues 11th July, Wed 12 July
Tutor: Ruth Issett

Investigate the possibilities of producing unique fabric prints, using wonderful electric colour combinations. Extend your ideas and experiences further by adding glorious dye colour to create rich and sumptuous fabrics. www.textilestudygroup.co.uk
Cost: £105.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Land Lines:Tree Lines. In texture colour and stitch
Three Day Workshop Thurs 13th July to Sat 15th July
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

A lone tree on the horizon, wooded pathways natural archways, woodland with glimpses of light and the landscape beyond: endless inspiration for development into textile and mixed-media work. Develop your expressive skills using painterly mark making, creating personal pieces which draw out the essence of trees within the landscape. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £144.00 (inc £14.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Travels in Textiles
Two Day Workshop Tues 18th July, Wed 19th July
Tutor: Anne Kelly

Working from a collection of photos or postcards, old receipts, or brochures etc relating to a holiday, a journey or a memorable occasion, you will create a folding book or collaged piece as a personal response to a special place or event. Stitch, drawing, bonding techniques and printing will be used. www.annekellytextiles.com
Cost: £96.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Stitched Landscapes
Thurs 20th July
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This is a workshop to build confidence and mastery of free-machine embroidery stitches building them into a practical project. Students will return home at the end of the day with a beautiful finished landscape and the ability to tackle any future machine-embroidery project. For beginners as well as those with some experience. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £38.00

Painting Summer Fruits and Berries, the Botanical Way
Fri 21st July
Tutor: Jill Winch

Jill will show how to achieve the colour, shine, bloom and detail seen in summer fruits and berries. Coloured pencils or watercolour or pen and wash. www.jillwinch.com
Cost: £29.00

Pre-felt?!
Sat 22nd July
Tutor: Clare Bullock

You will learn to make 'pre-felt' and come to understand how it can be used within felt-making. Having made your own pre-felt and created your shapes, you will learn how to felt them and embed them in another layer of fibres, to create a felted fabric that can be used for a variety of purposes. The final piece may be a mapped surface or a geometric design, whatever was the inspiration for your design. Whatever the outcome it will be perfect for stitch!
Cost: £39.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Deconstruct, Reconstruct
Three Day Workshop Wed 26th July to Fri 28th July
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

Closely examine seed pod forms with the aim of creating a considered, lively art piece using textile techniques with metal and metal cloth. You will colour, texture, stitch, weave, wrap, print, fold, distress and more to create either a multifaceted wall panel or a free-standing vessel. No previous knowledge of working with metal or drawing is expected, though a knowledge of free motion machine embroidery will be of help, though not essential. www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.co.uk
Cost: £145.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)

Stitched and Printed Textile Travels
Two Day Workshop Thurs 17th Aug, Fri 18th Aug
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Be inspired by your travels: from a simple rock formation, a stunning arch in a cathedral to the exotic delights of an elephant ride in India. Make a printing block and use layers of fabric using appliqué and reverse appliqué and hand-stitch to create a stunning piece of work. www.kimthittichai.com
Cost: £95.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Collecting Colours
Three Day Workshop Tues 22nd Aug to Thurs 24th Aug
Tutor: Alice Fox

Explore ways of capturing natural colours from readily available plants and vegetables. Bring that colour, mark-making and hand-stitch together on fabric and paper in simple, but unique and exquisite, hand-made books. www.alicefox.co.uk
Cost: £130.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Metallics for Textiles
Fri 25th Aug
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

Explore metallic decoration specifically for textiles. Experiment with a variety of metallic media to colour, distress, layer and manipulate textures. You will produce a wide collection of more intriguing metallic surfaces which can be embellished further.www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Rhododendrons in Spring Machine Embroidery
Three Day Workshop Wed 30th Aug to Fri 1st Sept
Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

Whoever said that spring meant bluebells and daffodils only? Rhododendrons and other pink spring flowers both large and small make the landscape come alive with colour. During this workshop you will explore the ways to machine embroider a snapshot of spring. With pinks from the foreground mixing with ferns and tangled tree roots, that same pink will be disappearing into the dense background under and through a canopy of trees. For those who are familiar with basic machine embroidery echniques. www.nodeensalmon.com
Cost: £118.00

Landscape Forms in Batik
Three Day Workshop Tues 5th Sept to Thurs 7th Sept
Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

We will use the technique of batik to create forms inspired by landscape, both abstract and realistic, working on different surfaces such as tissue, paper and fabric, separately and in combination. On tissue we will work with wax, bleach and inks or dyes to create fabulous textures and effects. This work will be suitable for further development with stitch. www.jennyolearytextiles.wordpress.com
Cost: £125.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Running all the Way
Two Day Workshop Tues 12th Sept, Wed 13th Sept
Tutor: Amanda Clayton

Run with the creative potential of running stitch and its variations, using neutral cloth and thread to maximize the amazing contrast of surface that can be produced. This workshop is suitable for a beginner but will also appeal to a more experienced 'stitcher' who wishes to challenge their range of tonal surfaces. www.amandajclayton.co.uk
Cost: £95.00

Paint and Stitch
Thurs 14th Sept
Tutor: Gina Ferrari

This is a fun machine-embroidery workshop combining a 'watercolour' painted background embellished with stitch. Students will return home at the end of the day with a colourful quilted panel, as well as increased confidence and control in machine-stitch. www.ginaferrari.co.uk
Cost: £38.00

Inspired by Ben Nicholson
Two Day Workshop Fri 15th Sept, Sat 16th Sept
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

A paper-based course which explores mixed media approaches to design using the work of artist Ben Nicholson, a great favourite of Bobby's as she particularly enjoys his use of colour and detail of line - as the springboard for inspiration. The sampling of ideas will be encouraged and suggestions of how these ideas can be translated into fabric and stitch will be discussed and possibly explored if desired. www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
Cost: £92.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Less is More
Two Day Workshop Tues 19th Sept, Wed 20th Sep
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Colour! Less is more! Simple materials, subtle colour combinations, organic textures, dynamic lines. Working with papers, calico and scrim with a restricted colour palette explore layering and collage techniques to generate creative surface imagery to develop with colour and stitch. www.amandahisloptextileartist.com
Cost: £95.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Natural Progression of Design to Stitch
Two Day Workshop Thurs 21st Sept, Fri 22nd Sept
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

This workshop focuses on those in their comfort zone when working with fabric and thread, but challenged when asked to design. So why not break down those barriers by combining those two areas? Have fun experimenting with familiar materials on paper and fabric: collage, colour, and stitch as mark making. Once you have many designs to play with, translating one into stitch becomes a natural progression for that feeling of accomplishment. Your chosen design can be worked by either, hand, machine or a combination of both. www.paulineverrinder.com
Cost: £75.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Dyeing with Confidence
Sat 23rd Sept
Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend the day dabbling, experimenting and gaining confidence with some easy dyeing techniques using Procion MX fibre reactive dyes, direct dyes and acid dyes. Using a variety of both natural and synthetic fabrics, you will be amazed at the effects that can be achieved quickly with simple methods and basic equipment. You will produce a range of samples for use in your work or as a useful reference resource for the future. www.janicegunner.co.uk
Cost: £54.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Garden Delights - having fun with transfer and bead dye!
Tues 26th Sept
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Starting with photographic sources create backgrounds using transfer dye printed papers, inks and crayons, on a variety of different fabrics. Dye a variety of strung beads with bead dye to match. You will then mount chosen background onto a stretched calico frame, before using hand beading to develop textural surfaces and bring the garden to life. Anthea does not have a website, but use this link to see her on BBC London News talking about the Game of Thrones embroidery project she managed. https://goo.gl/2OtvkW
Cost: £46.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

In Residence
Wed 27th Sept 10.00 - 4pm

Who will be there?
Drop in any time to see the artists at work in their respective areas, could be feltmaking, printing, mixed media or machine stitch. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and observe their techniques. These sessions are FREE and there's no need to book. See also Fri 3rd Feb, Thurs 6th April, Wed 31st May Plus 'The Gatherings': Fri 30th & Sat 1st July, Sat 9th Dec

Stylish Books
Two Day Workshop Thurs 28th Sept, Fri 29th Sept
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make a fabric book which is inspired by any aspect of fashion in the twentieth century. You will be using a variety of techniques and all sorts of materials - Francis will help you explore your own ideas about the theme so that you create a very personal book with a period feel. Illustration and of course hand and/or machine stitch are essential ingredients that will be used to complete your project. www.francespickering.com
Cost: £78.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Autumn Leaves
Fri 13th Oct
Tutor: Jill Winch

Jill will show how to paint autumn leaves, discovering the different beautiful colours and how to mix those colours needed. Jill will give lots of demonstrations throughout the day. She will make use of watercolour or pen and watercolour wash.
Cost: £29.00

Creative Drawing
Thurs 19th Oct
Tutor: Suzy Drake

Drawing is the first step to creating a totally unique image. The ability to record or interpret what you see, or what you can imagine, can transform the way your own artistic work develops, assist in design and give expertise to print making. If you are interested in improving your drawing skills, or want to create your own designs, this workshop will develop your confidence in producing drawings to assist in both these areas. You will explore the process of observation, truly seeing an object and its creative possibilities, before translating these ideas onto paper, using a host of drawing and mark-making techniques. www.suzydrake.com
Cost: £32.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Nuno Felt
Two Day Workshop Fri 20th Oct, Sat 21st Oct
Tutor: Clare Bullock

Explore the world of felt-making using 'nuno', a technique known for making lightweight flowing fabrics by combining fabric and wool. This two day workshop is designed to explore the different types of fabric and effects that you can achieve. The second day you will use the technique to create a wonderful pieced 'nuno' scarf (or other item as you wish!)
Cost: £77.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Layering Print and Transparency
Two Day Workshop Tues 24th Oct, Wed 25th Oct
Tutor: Sarah Burgess

Explore hidden marks in the landscape using a range of experimental mono-print methods, and stitch marks, on layered semi-transparent materials to produce complex yet subtle images. This workshop will build on the previous 'Landscapes of Imagination' workshop but will also be suitable for those new to mono-print and to Sarah Burgess' workshops. www.sarah-burgess.com
Cost: £120.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Stitched Samples
Fri 27th Oct
Tutor: Alex Waylett

Ideal for those wishing to consolidate their technical knowledge in free machining, you will build a library of different stitch effects. You will be taken through a mass of techniques, looking at appropriate threads, an array of different stitch effects with the machine embroidery foot to finish with a decorative watersoluble sample. www.alexandrawaylett.com
Cost: £47.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Exploring Fabulous Surfaces
Two Day Workshop Tues 31st Oct, Wed 1st Nov
Tutor: Lynda Monk

In this workshop you will be working on extended versions of the techniques seen in the books, 'Exploring Creative Surfaces' plus having a fresh look at samples using Tyvek, Kunin felt and bubble wrap. We will also consider a range of other materials to be used as mixed media artists. Come along and you will be amazed at what can be created from these materials! www.purplemissus.com
Cost: £89.00 (inc £15.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Fun with Linocut Printing
Thurs 2nd Nov
Tutor: Anna Pye

Learn about the tools, techniques and materials used in this exciting print-making medium. Students will cut their own design, in a block of lino and print it by hand burnishing. Anyone who may have been on previous workshops with Anna will be able to use this as an opportunity to experiment further. www.annapye.com
Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge) All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided as part of the charge.

All that Glitters
Wed 8th Nov
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

A metallics and iridescents 'fest'! Colour and texture real metal leaf. Be bold with metallic transfer foil; stencil and print with metallic and iridescent powders in varnishes and waxes to create both striking and subtle images and intriguing backgrounds. Experiment to produce glitzy patterns and glistening designs on paper and other bases which can then be embellished with stitch or over printed. You will build up a variety of experimental samples which could be developed further and used for a variety of themes and celebratory projects. www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk
Cost: £47.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)

Create Printed Layers
Two Day Workshop Thurs 9th Nov, Fri 10th Nov
Tutor: Clive Barnett

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the art of creating printed layers using several techniques with printing Procion dyes. Learn how to create the first printed layer of colour and pattern, using mono-printing. Then overprint samples, using silk-screen printing, building up layer upon layer of colour, pattern and texture. Take home your printed samples and embellish and stitch them at your leisure. All printing equipment, dyes, screens and prepared fabric will be provided by the tutor. Students only need to bring design inspiration, protective clothing, gloves and a bag to take home damp fabrics.
Cost: £89.00 (inc £6 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Meltingly Beautiful Beads
Tues 14th Nov
Tutor: Lynda Swaine

An inspiring bead making workshop with a difference. Experiment with a huge number of new ideas for making beads from fabric, fibres, film, and glue. Then explore their design potential by incorporating them into complimentary backgrounds and your own artwork. Come and have lots of fun and release your imagination! Suitable for all levels of experience. www.sewingwithconfidence.co.uk
Cost: £37.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Portrait Painting with Pastels
Thurs 23rd Nov
Tutor: Vanessa Bryson

Using soft pastels you will learn the qualities of this beautiful medium to create portrait paintings. This one-day workshop using the soft, mixable quality of this type of pastels will give you the ability to produce a finished painting from your own photograph by the end of the day. You will learn the different qualities of each brand as well as which colours to use for portraits - but don't be afraid to get messy!
Cost: £49.00 (inc £9.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Alchemy with Natural Dye
Fri 24th Nov
Tutor: Jenny Leslie

Come and experience the magic of natural dyes based on thousands of years of experience and scientific knowledge. Using three different dyes you will make a large selection of colours using mordants, after-baths and over-dyeing. www.regeneration.carbonmade.com
Cost: £40.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Transparency and Depth in Felt-making
Two Day Workshop Thurs 30th Nov, Fri 1st Dec
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Exploring the proportions of wool and fabric with the contrasts of lightness and density in fine felt-making. Enjoy the unexpected results when a small amount of wool on cloth will enable different fabrics to distort creating three dimensional surfaces and structures. The experimental sampling may become a small item or a series of ideas for future projects, depending on what develops in the process. www.jeanetteappleton.com
Cost: £128.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

Kantha: Animals, Fish and Birds
Two Day Workshop Wed 6th Dec, Thurs 7th Dec
Tutor: Dorothy Tucker

'Kantha', the Bangladeshi word for cloth, which has come to mean a particular way of stitching on recycled sari fabric. For a contemporary take on Kantha, come to find out more about making these delightful embroidered quilts and to enjoy hand stitching designs inspired by the animals, birds and fish which so often feature on them. These will be brought to life using different variations of running stitch on multi-layers of fabric.
Cost: £79.00

Christmas 'Bizarre'
Sat 9th Dec

We've got the dates for a Christmas 'Gathering' in the diary, but that's enough said about that at the moment!!

Art Van Go (WOW),
The Studios,
1 Stevenage Road,
Knebworth, Herts SG3 6AN, UK,
tel. 01438 814946,
email art@artvango.co.uk,
web site www.artvango.co.uk.


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