Top 10 Best Textile Craft classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

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13. Abstract Painting using pre-felt inspired by the masters - Braque, Matisse, Bauhaus weavers ...
You'll use scissors to cut/place different colours of pre felt atop a maximum A3 size pre-felt background. Then you'll use wet felting techniques to bring everything together to form your final pieces of work. Depending on the complexity of what you make you may have time to make more than one piece. You can use abstract Bauhaus imagery as inspiration or bring your own. A relaxed workshop taking place at Heather's home studio in Camberwell fuelled by plenty of home made cake and teas. A maximum of four participants, means these workshops provide everybody with plenty of time for one on one attention. Heather always aims for sessions to be flexible to individual participants needs. This workshop uses wet felt making techniques to bring your cut pre-felt together into the finished piece. It's a simple process (once you know how) made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find it relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of of felt making are quite vigorous and very hands on. If you have arthritis in your hands you may find parts of the process challenging. That being said it’s not stopped anybody before and Heather is very happy to help you with vigorous parts of the process. Allergies to cats or indeed wool? Please note Heather has three cats (they’ll be elsewhere in the house during the workshops). Antihistamines are available but her workshops may not be for you.
Next available date:11th September 2022
£50
4.50
14. Collages and Paintings Using Pre-Felt
This Live online version of my pre-felt workshop needs a minimum of TWO people to run and for me to post you a kit; please bear this in mind when booking. Please message me if you're looking to join a group. On this online workshop you'll use sharp scissors to cut and place different colours of pre-felt atop an A4* size pre-felt background (or two A5*). Once your design is complete we’ll use wet felt making techniques to bring your cut pre-felt together into the finished piece without the need for glue or a single stitch! Exactly what is pre-felt? It's partially processed felt, somewhere between the loose fluffy wool fibres and fully fused felt fabric. It differs from craft felt in that it needs to be further worked to create a finished product. Pre-felt’s "part cooked" state, it's propensity to be cut into clean crisp shapes coupled with its tendency to better keep its shape during processing make pre-felt perfect to use to create collage style imagery. In your kit you’ll receive a selection of pre-felt pieces in various colours and sizes plus the A4 background, an A4 sheet of tracing paper, net, chunk of olive oil soap and a sheet of bubble wrap (if you haven’t got a large enough piece waiting for recycling). Once you’ve booked you’ll need to contact me to let me know what colour background you want to use (a choice of three: natural, blue or plaster). I can also signpost you to various inspiration to get you started. Developing the pre-felt into felt is made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find these relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of wet felting can be quite vigorous and is very hands on. If you have arthritis or a similar condition in your hands you may find parts of the process more challenging. This does not mean you will not be able to undertake this workshop, just that it may take you a little longer to fully felt your work. Please note during the wet felting process your work will shrink. Pre-felt tends to shrink less than handmade wet felting. By how much varies considerably for lots of reasons including the structure of the pre-felt and the technique of the maker. I find a general rule of thumb is between 5-10%. These figures rise to 10-30% for completely hand made wet felted work.
Book this class as a private group!
£53
4.50
15. Make a woolly planter and learn the basics of 3D Wet Felting
This private Live online version of my 3D wet felting workshop needs a minimum of three people to run and for me to post you kits; please bear this in mind when booking. It takes a bit longer than the in person workshop; about 3 and a half hours. But I also recommend allowing for a 15 minute break half way through. It could be run over a couple of afternoons or evenings. Please message me if you're looking to join a group. On this workshop you’ll use a variation of 2D wet felting to create a small vessel/planter. Heather will post you a kit with the materials and some of the equipment you need. Any other equipment you will be able to find around your home. The pre-class notes explains all. On the workshop you’ll be guided through how to use the resist, the layering and felting techniques to make and shape your work. Once you've mastered this you can make slippers, bags, cat caves, hats, hot water bottle covers, lamp shades, purses, phone covers, and the list goes on ... I usually run this workshop with a 15 minute break roughly half way through. There are a maximum of six participants to enable me to see what you're all doing. Keeping it small means I have plenty of time for one on one attention. Processing the fibres is made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find this relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of wet felt making can be quite vigorous and very hands on. If you have arthritis or a similar condition in your hands you may find parts of the process more challenging. This does not mean you will not be able to undertake this workshop, just that it may take you a little longer to felt your work. But if you're feeling at all unsure please message me.
Book this class as a private group!
£65
4.50
16. Sew your own Dungarees in 3 weeks
Take all the guess work out of the equation and lets just get sewing! What's the plan Stan? A series of evening workshops for three consecutive weeks and in the end you will have a stunning pair of the best dungarees hands down – trust me I have made a them all! During the sessions you will learn – How to measure your body to suit the commercial pattern – by Sew House Seven How to cut your pattern out to your preferred size and shape How to correctly lay and cut your cloth/fabric How to interpret and read commercial patterns and follow instructions including notches How to fully sew a garment, with overlocked seams, side pockets, belt loops, waistband and hems Learn all of my professional techniques, tips and tricks to take your homemade to handmade. Yes there is a difference. What do I bring? Just your fabric! - Make Town will provide everything else x You will need to come in before the workshop takes place to cut out your pattern and fabric – This should take 2.5 hours – and can be any time which I will email to arrange directly. This means we can focus just on the sewing for the 3 sessions, and we can both be assured this has been cut out correctly. The pattern is yours to keep and use again and again. All equipment, including sewing machines, overlockers, scissors, rulers, marking chalks and pens, irons and pins are all here for you to use. We also have a fridge with unlimited tea and coffee. Maybe also bring some snacks for in between! Where to next? At the end of this workshop, you will have a very clear and indepth understanding of garment construction and a really bloody cool pair of dungarees to swan off home in! La de daa! You should leave this class feeling confidant that you could whip up another pair on your own! But do not hesitate! Continue your sewing adventure, and book into one of our evening sewing classes, so you can sew up another pair. And I will be here to help you if you get stuck! There is no greater feeling than the satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands! It’s contagious and once you start you will be itching to make your entire ward wrobe. Can’t wait to see ya!
Book this class as a private group!
£160
3.50

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