Masterclass Programme

2020 Masterclass programme!

Here’s the programme of textile classes we’ve lined up so far for 2020. The full programme is under discussion and in due course as dates are confirmed we’ll be putting up more details.

You can book here where you can also view our cancellation policy for all the classes listed below. Use the “Find out more” links to go to individual class description pages.

If a class is marked FULL you can still make a booking enquiry and be put on a waiting list.

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Note that Jennie Loudon’s classes Seahorses and Seasnails and Wild Beasts of the Wood, which were originally scheduled to run in October, have now been postponed until next year. We have also moved the Autumn Millinery class until later in the Autumn following the award to Jeanette of a residency in Chile during October and November.

Masterclasses 2020 - Alison Mountain Dye Day

Dye Day with Alison Mountain

Sunday 16 February 2020 (1 day) £70       PLACES AVAILABLE

In this one-day workshop, you will experiment with dyeing a mixture of sample yarns, pre-felts, silk and wool fabrics and fibres using acid dyes, over-dyeing and simple clamping, and mixing pigments in a variety of ways to create a larger and more personal palette of colours. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Alison Mountain Sketchbook Day

Sketchbook Day with Alison Mountain

Sunday 1 March 2020 (1 day) £70       PLACES AVAILABLE

This class explores different approaches to the working sketchbook. Look at new ways of developing and extending ideas to help you gain a deeper understanding of what inspires and excites you, and how you can begin to use and develop this information in your individual art work. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Lise Bech Willow Baskets

Asymmetric Sculptural Willow Baskets 1 with Lise Bech

Saturday 7 to Monday 9 March 2020 (3 days) £295        FULL

One of two rare opportunities to work with Lise Bech who has developed this iconic form to free the willow up from its traditional geometric structures, allowing it to reflect its natural flexibility and forgiving nature. This class is full so it’s currently reserve list only. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Richard McVetis A Stitch Action

A Stitch Action with Richard McVetis

Friday 13 to Sunday 15 March 2020 (3 days) £295        PLACES AVAILABLE

For this workshop Richard will be focusing on time, labour and care to develop 3 days of stitching. Our objectives: to develop traditional hand embroidery skills, to translate your own thoughts and inspiration into stitch, and to develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Lise Bech Willow Baskets

Asymmetric Sculptural Willow Baskets 2 with Lise Bech

Saturday 28 to Monday 30 March 2020 (3 days) £295        FULL

This was the first of Lise’s two classes to be advertised, and it’s because it filled up so quickly that we’ve asked her to slot in another class on 7 March. Same class, same tutor, same magical surroundings, same legendary lunches! Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Heat Press Day

Heat Press Day with Jeanette Sendler

Saturday 25 April 2020 (1 day) £70        PLACES AVAILABLE

Returning by popular demand – come and experiment with our heat press for a day. Discover a range of exciting techniques and effects using paper and fabric, cutting, folding pleating and dyeing. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Dye Day 2

Dye Day with Alison Mountain

Sunday 3  May 2020 (1 day) £70        PLACES AVAILABLE

In this second Dye Day, you will experiment with dyeing a mixture of sample yarns, pre-felts, silk and wool fabrics and fibres using acid dyes, over-dyeing and simple clamping, and mixing pigments in a variety of ways to create a larger and more personal palette of colours. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Mixed Media Day

Mixed Media Day with Alison Mountain and Jeanette Sendler

Saturday 16 May 2020 (1 day) £70        PLACES AVAILABLE

A one day experimental workshop which will stretch and expand your use of media, as well as hopefully introducing you to new possibilities you have neither the space nor opportunity to engage with at home! Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Joan Baxter Human Form Weaving

Weaving the Human Form with Joan Baxter

Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 June 2020 (4 days) £395        PLACES AVAILABLE

In this class we will explore different ways to portray the human form in tapestry. Students should bring their own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point. (Please NOT digital images on a screen but actual drawings or printed photographs.) Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Jane Smith Bicorns

Bicorns with Jane Smith

Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 June 2020 (3 days) £295        PLACES AVAILABLE

The magnificent Bicorn can be made using a buckram base to be covered in fabrics or a felt hood, blocked and folded, as originally made, with ribbon cockade, button and loop. Blocks will be available and patterns supplied for a variety of styles. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Gladys Paulus Sampling

The Art of Sampling with Gladys Paulus

Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July 2020 (4 days) £395         PLACES AVAILABLE

The power of the humble sample is often underestimated. Not only can samples help you avoid costly (and painful) mistakes in the long run, they can also help you get through creative blocks, and can even become art works in their own right. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Caroline Bartlett Second Skin

Cloth, Clothing and Memory: The Second Skin with Caroline Bartlett

Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 July 2020 (3 days) £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Starting from your own recollections and collected items, working with ideas of cloth and memory and sublimation printing processes we will explore printing onto, and then from small items or parts of garments. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Caroline Bartlett Reshaping Cloth

Cloth, Clothing and Memory: Reshaping Cloth with Caroline Bartlett

Thursday 30 to Friday 31 July 2020 (2 days) £195         PLACES AVAILABLE

Explore heat setting as a means of giving cloth a physical memory, develop a small wearable or 3D object and try out a range of techniques including crushing, crumpling and tieing and binding in small objects. Find out more.

Masterclasses 2020 - Cathy Moon Shibori Jewellery

Naturally Dyed and Beaded Shibori Jewellery with Cathy Moon

Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 August 2020 (3 days) £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

We will use Shibori stitching and Arashi Shibori techniques to make 3-dimensional forms that can be fashioned into sculptural jewellery wearables – earrings, neckpieces, arm cuffs and brooches – over this 3 day workshop. Find out more.

Full details will also go up in due course for the following classes (classes definitely confirmed in bold green):

Pattern Cutting Blouses Saturday 21 March and Sunday 22 March

Graphic Knit Felt Hanging Thursday 9 April and Friday 10 April

Pattern Cutting Dresses Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June

Loreen Lightfoot Friday 26 June – Sunday 28 June

Charlotte Sehmisch Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July

Jorie Johnson Monday 17 August – Saturday 22 August (2 X 3 day classes)

Michel Garcia Monday 7 September – Friday 11 September

Pattern Cutting Trousers Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October