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Siân Martin offers a variety of learning opportunities:-
  • Workshops for your local group. All workshops will enable participants to explore creative ideas through embroidery techniques lasting one or two days. You can read about ideas of possible workshop topics by clicking here or you can contact Siân to discuss your individual requirements.

  • Illustrated Lectures for your regional event or local group. Siân is happy to include a brief demonstration as part of her talk. To discuss topics please contact Siân.

  • Online Courses with Distant Stitch. Learn and develop your skills by enrolling on a Distant Stitch course. Siân tutors Certificate and Diploma Courses in Embroidery and designing skills. There is the option of registering with City and Guilds. If you'd like details of these Courses, please look at the website - Distant Stitch. You can use the 'Contact Us' button for enquiries or use the details below. Two exciting offers -
    o Download a FREE Embroidery Project to make a colourful stitched bag.
    o Join our Summer School event in July and be inspired for the rest of the year!

  • Residential Masterclass weekends that meet three times a year near Bath. If you have some experience and want to develop your work with like-minded people, this small class will offer you individual support and development opportunities.
Interested? Please email or phone 01278 652089.

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For further details, call Liz on 0033 5 65 31 88 51

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Transforming Transfer
Three Day Workshop Tues 2nd to Thurs 4th Sept
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

Discover the joys of layering techniques. We will be working mostly with synthetic fabrics and transfer paints (disperse dyes). Learn how to use disperse dyes/transfer paints to create beautiful effects and then use heat tools to distress and work into your fabrics. This course would be suitable for anyone wishing to develop layered, stitched surfaces. You will have time to create a range of 2 and 3 dimensional samples to develop at a later date.
Cost: £130.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Another regular workshop from Janice but 'a must' for anyone wanting to know more about dyeing, and especially those new to dyeing and wanting to know where to start.
Dyeing with Confidence
Tues 9th Sept
A Dyeing Dabble Day
Tutor: Janice Gunner

Spend the day dabbling and experimenting with some easy dyeing techniques using Procion fibre reactive dyes, disperse 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 useful reference resource for the future.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Susan Stuart and Carol Cann are two of the artists involved with the 'In Parallel' exhibition held here in June. These two workshops will reflect some of the work that was seen there. First of all Susan Stuart, who has recently been working primarily with print, is presenting this inspirational workshop.
Big and Bold and NOT Lino
Fri 12th Sept
Printmaking Workshop
Tutor: Susan Stuart

Create vibrant multi-coloured elimination prints. No previous printmaking skills are required; it is a perfect introduction to printmaking. Bring your own, 'inspiring', drawing or photograph or just work intuitively on the day. Do not expect your print to contain anything but an exciting essence of your original.
Cost: £32.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Carol has long been established as a doyenne of water-soluble-film stitch techniques. Here she will be showing you something of how she creates her beautiful, intricate, lacy panels, hangings and accessories.
Poetic Lace
Sat 13th Sept
Tutor: Carol Cann

Take your favourite poem and immortalize it in a lacy fabric for framing or soft hanging or wearing, using water soluble film, threads, other embellishments and your imagination. Sewing machine, darning foot and familiarity with your machine essential.
Cost: £28.00

Julia Triston is best know for the stitch school 'Stitchbusiness' (run from her studio in Durham with Tracey Franklin) and for her 'bra-ra-dresses' series, one of which she famously wore on the Fourth Plinth in 2009. Since then her book 'How to be Creative in Textile Art' was published by Batsford.
Creative Contemporary Appliqué
Two Day Workshop Tues 16th & Wed 17th Sept
Tutor: Julia Triston

Come and create contemporary appliquéd surfaces. Bond, patch, piece, layer and collage recycled fabrics with mixed media to build exciting textural textiles!
Cost: £89.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Mixed Media Mixture
Thurs 18th Sept
Tutor: Lynda Monk

Come and spend the day creating as many mixed media techniques as we can fit in! We will sample the basic techniques along with discussions of ideas and suggestions on how to take them further. A veritable play day!
Cost: £43.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

We're delighted that Edwina MacKinnon has been able to fit us into her schedule for her first visit here!
Making Marks, Making Stitches
Two Day Workshop Fri 19th & Sat 20th Sept
Tutor: Edwina MacKinnon

Designing for the terrified! If the 'D' word frightens you then this 2 day workshop could reduce the fear dramatically! Come along and have fun discovering how to use simple techniques to produce original designs for own stitched textiles.
Cost: £89.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

One of Angie's favourite surfaces is velvet and she presented her 'Exploring Velvet' workshop for us in September last year. That workshop was such a huge hit that Angie has revisited the subject again but this time giving it a twist. It is suitable for anyone discovering the subject for the first time, as well as those who have attended the previous workshop.
Further Explorations in Velvet
Two Day Workshop Wed 24th & Thurs 25th Sept
Tutor: Angie Hughes

This workshop will further explore the effects achieved on velvet with dyes, inks and bleaching back, together with transfoils, glitters and Lumiere paint. In addition you will also explore other mixed media techniques using image transfer, paperclay, household filler and embossing powders. The whole work will then be topped off with hand and machine embroidery.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 27th Sept 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas - feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Thurs 13th May, Sat 12th April, Sat 29th Nov

Forms and Structures
Two Day Workshop Tues 30th Sep & Wed 1st Oct
Tutor: Bobby Britnell

This course will focus on methods of creating 3 dimensional structures using mixed media approaches. Students will be introduced to techniques of creating new surfaces with which to build these experimental forms and structures. We will look at ideas from artists that work in 3 dimensions to inspire this method of working as well as exploring everyday artefacts and our immediate surrounds.
Cost: £89.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

Creative Fabric Colouration
Wed 15th Oct
Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

During this workshop we will be experimenting with quick and simple ways that we can colour small amounts of fabric. Some of the techniques covered will include fabric dyeing, crystal printing, simple shibori, transfer painting, and painted Bondaweb. All basic methods being extended where possible. Ideally suited to beginners and those who want to extend their repertoire or be reminded of techniques and how to develop them.
Cost: £37.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Love Your Sketchbooks
Thurs 16th Oct
Tutor: Vanda Campbell

Suitable for both fine and textile artists, this workshop will focus on experimenting and exploring new ideas and techniques. Topics covered will include mixed media, quick pencil sketches, collages and montages, and there will be plenty of hints and tips showing you how to enjoy working effectively in your sketchbooks.
Cost: £39.00

We feel incredibly privileged and honoured to be able to host a small part of the wonderful retrospective exhibition of the work of Margaret Nicholson as seen last year at the Knitting & Stitching shows. The original exhibition, to celebrate the centenary of Margaret Nicholson's birth, was curated by her daughter, Anthea Godfrey. Also an icon within the world of embroidery and fashion, Anthea dedicated nearly two years of her time to painstakingly restore and display her mother's work, making the inspirational exhibition possible.
To coincide with this exhibition Anthea Godfrey is presenting an evening talk and a workshop.
The Life and Work of Margaret Nicholson, 1913-2006
An Icon of Stitch
A Soirée
Fri 17th Oct at 7pm
Presented by Anthea Godfrey

In this illustrated talk Anthea Godfrey will tell the story of her mother's life and work from her early creative background, through art college, designing and teaching to becoming the inspiration and role-model for so many artists and embroiderers, from her contemporaries to the modern day. The Margaret Nicholson biographical video will be shown as well as actual examples of her timeless drawings and designs; Or Nué and hand-beading.
Cost: £5.00, Includes refreshments.

Hand-Beaded Necklace
Sat 18th Oct
Tutor: Anthea Godfrey

Two of Margaret Nicholson's great passions were hand-beading (derived from haute couture) and Or Nué. Her daughter, Anthea Godfrey has continued in these skilful textile artforms. This one-day workshop will give you a rare opportunity to be shown some of the specialist techniques that were used in Margaret Nicholsonís staggeringly beautiful hand-beaded necklaces. First of all you will be taught how to dye your own beads using bead-dye. Then, on a pre-prepared frame that you will be given, Anthea will show you how to prepare the foundation and start to hand-bead your necklace. You will learn various techniques and see the structure and design evolve in your work. At the end of the day you will have enough knowledge to be able to complete the necklace. in your own time. Anthea will also show you finishing techniques.
Cost: £38.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Two Day Workshop Tues 21 & Wed 22nd Oct
Tutor: Diane Bates

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore a personal source as a vehicle for generating ideas which can be carried through into a finished piece of stitched textiles around the theme 'Surfacing'. You will need to select one or two words associated with the meaning of 'surfacing'. Imagery used as source material needs to have a connection with those words. You will then be exploring a number of appropriate techniques and processes, for example: distress, distort, shredding, branding, layering, texture etc - as inspired by the original source.
Cost: £80.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Textured Treasures
Two Day Workshop Thurs 23 & Fri 24th Oct
Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make a book with a rich textured cover and an antique look. Combine fabric and lace with montage effects using all sorts of printed and hand written ephemera. Finished mainly by machine, but also with a touch of hand stitch.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Exploration of Discharge 'Mark-Making' and Stitchwork
Tutor: Clive Barnett
Wed 29th Oct

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how to discharge-print on dark coloured fabric to create a printed surface, for use in a variety of textile settings. You will learn discharge printing techniques to show you how to develop your own printed 'mark making', explore imagery and textured patterns that can be used as a base for further fabric printing or stitch work. Then you will apply simple hand stitch work onto or over the discharged printed fabric, creating pattern and texture to the cloth. We will be exploring the 'Kantha' stitch and how it can be used to complement or contrast with your discharged printed fabric samples.
Cost: £48.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)
All equipment provided by the tutor
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

The Poetry of Decay: Exploring Surface and Texture
Two Day Workshop Thurs 30th & Fri 31st Oct
Tutor: Jo Lovelock

Using the often unappreciated beauty of decaying surfaces as inspiration, experiment with a variety of mixed media techniques to create a range of contrasting surfaces on paper. Further develop these into compositions or explore ways of translating your ideas to fabric.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Painting with Fibres
Tues 4th Nov
Tutor: Clare Bullock

Come along for a fun filled day to learn the skills and techniques required to create a multi layered piece of felted art incorporating the use of pre-felts. The finished piece will be a well-finished wool fabric that could be used purely as a decorative piece, or will be substantial enough to be taken further into a functonal item such as a bag or a cushion.
Cost: £35.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)
If required, there will be a charge of £8.00 for a bamboo blind

Glitz & Glisten
Wed 5th Nov
Tutor: Jo Mabbutt

A Metallics and Iridescents Fest! Work with glitzy real metal leaf & metallic transfer foil and glistening metallic & iridescent powders. Experiment, print & stencil on paper and other bases and build up patterns and designs that could be further embellished or used for Christmas projects.
Cost: £35.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

What if. . .? ways of Working with Mixed Media and Stitch
Two Day Workshop Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Nov
Tutor: Amanda Hislop

What if and why not? let your work grow and unfold in an exploratory workshop creating surfaces for stitched textiles and mixed media. Working with fabric, paper, and a restricted colour palette explore expressive mark making as a means to generate exciting imagery to develop into textile and mixed media work.
Cost: £85.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Reclaimed Papers!
Two Day Workshop Tues 11th & Wed 12th Nov
Tutor: Kim Thittichai

This workshop discovers and develops the redemptive qualities of old newspapers. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb, gilding flake, print and stitch we will explore the possibilities of layering textures to end up with firm pieces of work that can be used to make boxes and vessels and demonstrate the striking contrasts of the media.
Cost: £87.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

Explosions of Colour using Paper and Collage
Two day workshop Fri 14th & Sat 15th Nov
Tutor: Ruth Issett

Enter the exciting world of cutting and tearing using glorious coloured paper surfaces to create rich and exotic collages. You will colour, feel and manipulate papers, using them in a variety of ways to express visual ideas. Be prepared to use your fingers, to get good & sticky while immersing yourself in a glorious pool of colour!
Cost: £94.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

Christmas Card Design with Botanical Painting
Tutor: Jill Winch
Fri 21st Nov

Impress your friends and family by sending them a Christmas card using your own painting. In this one day workshop Jill will give you ideas and suggestions for a design.
Cost: £27.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

Personal Statements
Two Day Workshop Thurs 27th & Fri 28th Nov
Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

Who hasn't got favourite phrases, sayings and quotations which stick with you and remind you of someone or make a pertinent statement to you? Some might be famous whilst others are personal or family sayings. Combining one of these phrases with a simple version of the Korean pojaki technique to make translucent patchwork cloths will create an ethereal textile with a personal message or statement. In this workshop you will create painted, printed, embossed and textured metal cloths, and take one or even a part of your quote and stitch it onto metal cloth and lutradur. The individual cloths you have created will be assembled into a panel and finished with the careful placement of beads, buttons, stitch or other edgings.
Cost: £99.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

In Residence
Sat 29th Nov 10.30 - 3pm
Clare Bullock - Lynda Monk - Sharon Osborne

Drop in any time to see these artists at work in their respective areas: feltmaking; thermofax & printing; mixed media & stitch; and feltmaking. 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 Sat 12th April, Thurs 13th May, Sat 27th Sept

Piecing and Patching in Felt Making
Two Day Workshop Tues 2nd & Wed 3rd Dec
Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Reconstructing felt by collage and stitch, using appliqué and patchwork techniques. Exploring the potential of the left over bits and pieces of finished felt or prefelts and how they can be transformed into new designs. Sampling various felted structures and pattern ideas for future one off art works, interior or fashion items.
Cost: £117.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

That's it for now but watch out for more!
There were so many workshops we wanted to have during our Birthday Year we just couldn't fit any more in - bit like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot, so we've spilled over into 2015!
That part will have to be published a little later.....

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1 Stevenage Road,
Knebworth, Herts SG3 6AN, UK,
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