Here are the tutors for 2017 and all but one have the full course details on this site. If you know you want to come on a course please contact us via the form at the bottom of the page, stating the name of the tutor, to organise reserving your place. Alternatively you can pay your deposit online here.
Free Motion Quilting
May 11th to May 18th 2017
During this week’s course we are going to learn everything you want to know about free motion quilting and practice all the tips and techniques taught by Sheena. By the end of the week you will have composed a sample selection worthy of kings as well as produced some wonderful wall hangings, bags or cushion covers.
June 8th to June 15th 2017
This retreat gives you a solid foundation to designing your own quilts using applique and the simple design principles of notan and counterchange. Gillian's quilts developed from using pomegranates to pears, then jugs, turnips and now pots. Students have used turtles, apples, leaves, and many others with great success.
July 6th to July 13th 2017
We will be Painting the Town with Anne Hellyer this summer making beautiful French scenes using hand painted fabrics. Finished pieces can either be hung flat or made to stand using gentle bends. We will visit local towns for inspiration and sketching before developing our unique townscapes.
Sept 7th to Sept 14th 2017
During this retreat we will draw inspiration from the locality: landscapes, gardens, plants and found materials as a resource and explore direct approaches for creating colour and movement on cloth.
Techniques covered will include some of the following:
Printing with plants and stencils, simple dye resists methods, sun prints if weather allows, stitch and
layering methods. Exchange of ideas, collaboration with others and individual development will be added to the mix in the creation new surfaces from found materials for textile mixed media work and stitch. We will explore variations of straight stitch, hand and machine stitching to add a diverse range of textures, layers and structure to the work as you progress in the development of your own figurative or abstract projects mentored by this experienced artist and tutor.
October 5th to October 12th 2017
Inspired by the Stories of Alice in Wonderland Val will be teaching needle felting, wet felting and nuno felting techniques. Make a hat for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party or needle felt the dormouse asleep in a tea cup (a Limoges Porcelaine cup of course) - anything goes in this week of fun! From wearables to wall hangings Val will lead you on a journey of exploration and creativity.
May 25th to June 1st 2017
Jackie makes beautiful felt on which she stitches and adds other layers of felt, silk and velvet. Her inspiration comes from nature, both vast and minute. During the week we create wall hangings using felt as the base and stitch drawing with the sewing machine on top.
Architecture in Stitch
June 22nd to June 29th 2017
Join Wendy for an exciting week of creativity. Explore the wonders of French architectural features & textures. Doorways, windows & carvings all offer exciting starting points for designs. Discover a variety of techniques including piecing & patching, fabric painting & freehand machine embroidery.
July 28th to August 4th 2017
During this week’s course we are going to learn all about painting fabric for backgrounds through to making art quilts. Deborah will demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative textile artist. Course details can be found here on the 2016 page.
Sept 21st to Sept 28th 2017
Designing and Making a Modern quilt
Design and make your own quilt using blocks, rows, borders or improvisational piecing under the expert tuition of Charlotte Newland, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016 on BBC 2.
As with the course we just completed, we will keep the programme very flexible so everyone has the option to adapt, amend and redesign the project or to create and work on extra projects alongside the main quilt. The idea of the week is to sew, chat, have fun, learn new techniques and come away with one or more beautiful projects.
October 20th to October 27th 2017
During this retreat we will be designing, cutting, printing & embellishing lino prints to create unique pictures or wall hangings. We will begin by using a sketches, photographs or other images that inspire you to create designs that you'll carve out of lino & print onto fabric.
Once the prints are dry you'll embellish them with a selection of threads, yarns, wool felt, fabrics & whatever other decoration you choose. The finished embellished art works can then be made into either a hanging panel or mounted ready for framing.