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  1. Talking Textiles - 3rd May - Assembly Rooms, Chichester

    Talking Textiles - 3rd May - Assembly Rooms, Chichester


    Talking Textiles, will be a day of presentations from leading contemporary artists who work with thread. Talking Textiles will be about exploring textile art , the maker and how they approach their art. Ann Sutton MBE in conversation with Deborah Harwood. Ann Sutton, Internationally renowned artist with a commitment to innovation, new materials and a joie de vivre in every work will be talking with Deborah Harwood about her work and her life as a rebel! Speakers: Claire Benn - artist, teacher and writer of the must-read blog Her Quiet Materials Ptolemy Mann - weaver with works in major collections and venues around the world. Kessia St Clair, best-selling author of The Secret Life of Colour and the Golden Thread. Deborah Harwood, artist and founder of The Textile Space.
    Date: Friday, May 03rd 2019
  2. Natural Dye with Claire Benn

    Natural Dye with Claire Benn


    I am thrilled to be welcoming Claire Benn to the barn to teach Natural Dye techniques. The perfect five day introduction for those who are new to dyeing with plants on cellulose fibres. Suitable for beginners Having studied with Michel Garcia, and undertaken a great deal of sampling and exploration using his methods, Claire now uses natural dyes to achieve plain whole cloth and cloth with imagery through the use of surface design techniques with mordants. This workshop will be tailored for the use of natural dyes on cellulose fibres only. The workshop will also introduce indigo using the Garcia ‘1-2-3’ method; a sustainable, organic indigo vat which is environmentally friendly, easy to use and incredibly easy to maintain – a vat which can last years – if not indefinitely!
    From: Monday, April 08th 2019
    To: Friday, April 12th 2019
  3. Thermofax Printing -13th and 14th March 2019

    Thermofax Printing -13th and 14th March 2019


    Thermofax printing is very similar to screenpring but is easier to manage and you can create very fine detailed images onto fabric, paper and if you want your walls! You can use any medium in the same way as you can with a screenprint. The machine we use is based on the old 1950’s technology of photocopying. As there are no chemicals involved in the process it is a very safe and simple way to create amazing images. On this two day workshop you will learn to make the screens and then print 2m of fabric for either dressmaking, home furnishing or a textile art project.
    From: Wednesday, March 13th 2019
    To: Thursday, March 14th 2019
  4. Crochet - 26th and 27th February 2019

    Crochet - 26th and 27th February 2019


    Whether you have previously held a crochet hook, or not, in this two day workshop you will learn how to make two and three dimensional pieces using basic stitches before going on to explore the endless possibilities of how you can use crochet to add texture and three dimensional elements to your work. From absolute beginner to those who want to use their skills in a contemporary way this workshop will be an opportunity for you to see crochet in a new light. We will work with threads, yarns, wires, and anything else that we think could possibly be crocheted with, the only limit will be your imagination! If you have hooks already then please bring them with you and get to know them through the workshop. There will be hooks available to borrow during the workshop and you will go home with one too!
    Date: Tuesday, February 26th 2019
  5. Tambour Beading  - 20th and 21st February 2019

    Tambour Beading - 20th and 21st February 2019


    I am delighted to welcome Juliet Ferry from Hand and Lock to the barn to teach Tambour Beading. Hand and Lock are expert practitioners of this embroidery technique popular on international catwalks and seen in shows by designers such as Elie Saab and Oscar De La Renta. Tambour beading also known as Lunéville or Crochet de Lunéville is a French Haute Couture technique where beads or sequins can be attached to a fabric. The embroidery is done with a special hook working through a fabric stretched tight as a drum. Over the two days, you will learn how to create a design, set up a full size frame and find out how to work the hook through the fabric without catching and then go on to learn technique. The hook is included in the cost of the workshop.
    From: Wednesday, February 20th 2019
    To: Thursday, February 21st 2019
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