Masterclass Programme

2018 Masterclasses – book now!

Welcome to our new-look programme page. This year’s programme has something for every textile artist. Whether you’re looking to extend your skills in a discipline you’re already proficient in, or want to try your hand at something new…whatever your ability, we’ve something for you.

We’re currently adding links to pages with more information about each class. While this is ongoing you can also view or download a PDF version of our MASTERCLASS BROCHURE. We’ve also created downloadable brochures for our stitch-based classes and feltmaking classes for easy reference.

We’re taking bookings now. Just complete the BOOKING FORM.

Please contact alison@bigcattextiles.co.uk if you have any questions.

Information about Big Cat’s legendary lunches will be appearing soon on a new page!

 

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Experimenting with Acid Dyes with Alison Mountain

Saturday 17 March (1 day) / £65         PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn how to dye a range of yarns, fibres and fabrics with acid dyes. Experiment with over-dyeing, clamping and mixing pigments to create a personal palette of colours. Find out more

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Pattern Cutting and Sewing with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Create a toile from scratch, including fitting and adjusting to your own measurements, then manipulate your blocks into dynamic shapes. You’ll leave with your own pattern template, and the skills to make clothes to fit yourself perfectly. Find out more

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Woodland Creatures with Jennie Loudon

Saturday 31 March to Sunday 1 April (2 days) / £195         PLACES AVAILABLE

Make some character-filled textile woodland creatures using patterns and elements supplied by Jennie Loudon. Just bring your sewing skills. Find out more

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Working Sketchbooks: two approaches with Alison Mountain

Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 April (2 days) / £130         PLACES AVAILABLE

Discover what excites and inspires you, and develop sketchbooks to extend your existing practice. Find out more

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Spring Millinery School with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 April (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Taking inspiration from the 40s and 50s, learn a range of millinery techniques using buckram and sinamay. Find out more

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Pure Essence – Creative Hand Stitching with Amanda Clayton

Monday 14 to Thursday 17 May (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore the transparent and translucent qualities of cloth and stitch, and rediscover traditional techniques to inspire an individual approach. Find out more

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Shadow-casting Felted Wall Sculptures with Dagmar Binder

Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 May (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Create small objects of intricate interconnecting lines inspired by organic and geometric forms before experimenting with larger scale panels. For more-experienced feltmakers. Find out more

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Felting Inspirations from Nature with Dagmar Binder

Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 May (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Produce a range of elements inspired by nature, such as pockets, petals and seedpods, and combine them to produce unexpected surface structures and forms. For more-experienced feltmakers. Find out more

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Ecological Methods of Using Natural Dyes with Michel Garcia

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June (5 days) / £495         PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn from Michel’s constantly evolving techniques how to prepare and produce dyes from both imported and locally sourced plants, with an in-depth exploration of tannins. Find out more

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Architectural Felted Sculptures with Charlotte Sehmisch

Monday 4 to Friday 8 June (5 days) / £495         PLACES AVAILABLE

Create stunningly intricate three-dimensional surfaces and geometric felted shapes that can be developed into wearable or decorative items. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Fusion and transformation (mixed media) with Michael Brennand-Wood and Philip Sanderson

Monday 11 to Friday 15 June (5 days) / £495         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore your personal inspiration through structure, multiple warps, thread construction, and multi-media collage under Michael and Philip’s expert tutelage. Link to more details coming

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Reconnect with the Gestures of Stitch with James Hunting

Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 June (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Use simple hand-stitching to create movement, space and depth in pieces comprising different fabrics and transfer images. Link to more details coming

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Summer Millinery with Jeanette Sendler

Thursday 21 to Sunday 23 June (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery techniques which can be used with a freeform approach to design to create your final finished hats. Link to more details coming

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19th century hat-making inspired by film and theatre with Jane Smith

Monday 25 to Thursday 28 June (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Inspired by film and theatre, create 19th Century-style hats from straw and buckram that can be finished with fabric and lavish trimmings. Link to more details coming

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Experimental Passementerie (weave) with Elizabeth Ashdown

Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 July (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore the wonderful art of passementerie (woven trims) to produce samples that can be developed into larger-scale artworks, or used as trims for fashion and interior pieces. Link to more details coming

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Weave a Scarf with Heather Shields

Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 July (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore the interaction of coloured warps and wefts in samples before going on to design and make your own scarf. Link to more details coming

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Fascinating Felt Surfaces with Ricarda Aßmann

Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 July (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Manipulate pre-felt pieces through layering, cutting, sewing and bulging to achieve samples with extraordinary surface design. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Felt Jewellery with mixed media elements with Ricarda Aßmann

Thursday 26 to Friday 27 July (2 days) / £195         PLACES AVAILABLE

Combine interesting materials and tame fractious fibres to create unusual felted jewellery pieces. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Bird Masks (felt-making) with Gladys Paulus

Monday 30 July to Thursday 2 August (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn how to create a resist, build up a bird’s features and plumage, and felt all the pieces together to create a mask that will fully cover the head. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Corset-making with Anna Cocciadiferro

Saturday 4th to Monday 6th August (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

You will be shown how to adapt a standard corset block to your own measurements, and make up a corset in luxury fabrics, such as satin, and add trim according to taste. Link to more details coming

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Classic and Phantasy Hats (felting) with Judit Pocs

Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 August (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Use Australian Merino wool to felt a wearable ‘every day’ hat, and a second sculptural hat with three-dimensional elements felted onto it. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Jewelleries with Chain Metals (felting and mixed media) with Judit Pocs

Thursday 16 to Friday 17 August (2 days) / £195         PLACES AVAILABLE

Combine metal chain, small interesting objects and textiles to create unique felted pieces of jewellery. For more-experienced feltmakers. Link to more details coming

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Between the Folds – Concealing and Revealing with Caroline Bartlett

Monday 27 to Friday 31 August (5 days) / £495         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore methods of mark making on fabrics, then experiment with structure and surface using origami and shibori techniques. Link to more details coming

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Experimental Monoprinting and Screenprinting with Eszter Bornemisza

Monday 3 to Thursday 6 September (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore basic printing techniques, and the use of different paints and resists on paper and textiles to discover your own visual language. Link to more details coming

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Cloth Doll-making (Intermediate to Advanced) with Jennie Loudon

Friday 14 to Monday 17 September (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Use more advanced techniques such as dart-shaping, ears, toes and articulated fingers, to create your own character cloth doll. Link to more details coming

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Leather Bags with Anna Gunnarsdottir

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 September (4 days) / £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

Colour and shape leather to form a bag of your own design, before adding decorative elements such as fish-skins, metals or fabric. Link to more details coming

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Leather Jewellery with Fishskin with Anna Gunnarsdottir

Friday 28 to Saturday 29 September (2 days) / £195         PLACES AVAILABLE

Make a collection of jewellery – brooches, necklaces, ear-rings, bangles – from leather and decorate with additional elements such as horsehair, fabric, etc. Link to more details coming

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Pattern Cutting and Sewing with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Create a toile from scratch, including fitting and adjusting to your own measurements, then manipulate your blocks into dynamic shapes. You’ll leave with your own pattern template, and the skills to make clothes to fit yourself perfectly. Link to more details coming

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Autumn Millinery with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October (3 days) / £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Use flat patterns to construct pillbox, cloche, bakerboy or wide-brimmed hats from felt and luxury faux fur perfect for cold, wintry days. Link to more details coming