Masterclass Programme

2019 Masterclass programme!

Here’s the programme of masterclasses we’ve lined up for 2019. You can book here for all the classes listed below. Use the “Find out more” links to go to individual class description pages, all but one of which have now been added.

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Gladys Paulus ThumbFeltmaking Inspired by Nature with Gladys Paulus

Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 March (3 days) £295      PLACES AVAILABLE

Immerse yourself in experimental feltmaking. Use objects found in nature as a starting point from which to explore surface design and sculptural forms. Find out more.

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Dye Day with Alison Mountain

Saturday 9 March (1 day) £70     PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn how to dye a mixture of simple yarns, pre-felts, silk and wool fabrics using acid dyes. You’ll experiment with over-dyeing and simple clamping, as well as mixing pigments in a variety of ways to create a larger and more personal palette of colours. Find out more.

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Pattern Cutting Skirts with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March (3 days) £295      PLACES AVAILABLE

Make blocks to your own measurements, manipulate them into dynamic shapes, and create a toile from scratch. 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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Spring Millinery with Jeanette Sendler at Hat in the Cat

Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 April (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll make a hat from buckram, and a cocktail hat from sinamay to your own design. Find out more.

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Character Dolls with Jennie Loudon

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

Make your own character doll using a combination of hand and machine sewing. Further techniques can be offered for those who have previously attended a class with Jennie. Find out more.

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Sketchbook Day with Alison Mountain

Saturday 18 May (1 day) £70       PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore sketchbook forms to discover what inspires and excites you. Allow yourself to create new artworks without censoring your ideas to extend your existing practice. Find out more.

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One of a kind – 3 dimensional felt jewellery with Ricarda Aßmann

Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 May (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

Manipulate pre-felt pieces to create eye-catching jewellery, using unusual material mixtures, incorporating three dimensional objects and gold-plate felted parts. Find out more.

Ricarda Aßmann Colour Lab

Colour Lab with Ricarda Aßmann

Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 May (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

With an emphasis on play, you’ll experiment with different techniques including screenprinting, stencilling or marbling onto fabric, and work them into a variety of felt pieces. Find out more.

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Printing with colours from plants with Michel Garcia

Monday 10 to Friday 14 June (5 days) £495       PLACES AVAILABLE

Michel will share new insights and simple methods to make plant extracts which can be used to print onto wool, linen and cotton. Find out more.

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Summer Millinery with Jeanette Sendler at Hat in the Cat

Friday 21 to Saturday 22 June (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll sample a range of media, including sinamay, felt and buckram, and make and trim two hats of your own design. Find out more.

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Wire Structures throughout the Centuries with Jane Smith

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

Master hatter, Jane Smith, will teach you how to make a wire frame as a foundation to support lace and organza for 1920s hats, and apply fabric and jewels. Find out more.

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Flower-making with Loreen Lightfoot

Saturday 29 June to Monday 1 July (3 days) £295       PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn techniques to create hand-shaped and tinted silk flowers of the highest quality. You’ll analyse the parts of flowers, cut and handpaint pattern pieces, then shape and assemble the flowers. Find out more.

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On this Side and Beyond with Charlotte Sehmisch

Monday 8 to Friday 12 July (5 days) £495       PLACES AVAILABLE

Construct a felt piece with three dimensional structures on both front and back to produce a spectacular wall-hanging or free-standing object. You’ll incorporate integrated lighting that will reveal the hidden structures. Find out more.

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Corset making with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August (3 days) £295       PLACES AVAILABLE

Adapt a standard corset block to your own measurements, and make up a corset in a luxury fabric, such as satin, and add trim to taste. Find out more.

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The Colours of Summer: Tapestry Weaving with Joan Baxter

Monday 5 to Thursday 8 August (4 days) £395       PLACES AVAILABLE

Draw inspiration from the environs of Newburgh – the ripening fields, trees in full leaf, and the sky reflected on the waters of the Tay Estuary – to inform a tapestry weaving under Joan’s tutelage. Find out more.

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Dye Day 2 with Alison Mountain

Friday 9 August (1 day) £70       PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn how to dye a mixture of simple yarns, pre-felts, silk and wool fabrics using acid dyes. You’ll experiment with over-dyeing and simple clamping, as well as mixing pigments in a variety of ways to create a larger and more personal palette of colours. Find out more.

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Feltmaking and dyeing with Jorie Johnson

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August (5 days) £495       PLACES AVAILABLE

Class description will be available shortly. More details to follow.

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Longing: Belonging with India Flint

Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 September (5 days) £895       PLACES AVAILABLE

Spend time with India in Newburgh, find your bearings, make time to breathe. You’ll construct a personal notebook with protective dyed and stitched cover, and use various methods to imbue the pages with local colours that reflect your surroundings. Find out more.

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Pattern Cutting Trousers with Jeanette Sendler

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October (3 days) £295       PLACES AVAILABLE

Make blocks to your own measurements, manipulate them into dynamic shapes, and create a toile from scratch. 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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Autumn Millinery with Jeanette Sendler at Hat in the Cat

Friday 18 to Saturday 19 October (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll use flat patterns to construct pillbox, cloche, bakerboy or wide-brimmed hats. Perfect for cold, wintry days! Find out more.

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Wearable geometric felt with Andrea Noeske Porada

Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 October (3 days) £295       PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn Andrea’s world-famous felt-folding techniques to develop designs that are suitable for clothing as well as design or art objects. Find out more.

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Faceted jewellery or small sculptures with Andrea Noeske Porada

Thursday 31 October to Friday 1 November (2 days) £195       PLACES AVAILABLE

Inspired by origami artists such as Paul Jackson and Eric Gjerde, you’ll learn the process of creating intricate, yet striking three-dimensional constructions and foldings to create felted jewellery and small objects. Find out more.