Source to Stitch - A series of 5 one-day workshops over a 5-month period

A series of 5 one-day workshops over a 5 month period aimed at people who have done some textile work but want to explore a range of techniques.


Session 1 Mon 6th January 2020
Session 2 Mon 10th February 2020
Session 3 Mon 2nd March 2020
Session 4 Mon 30th March 2020
Session 5 Mon 11th May 2020

This course is run at the Victoria Institute, Culgaith. Please note that courses run at Culgaith are held upstairs. There is no lift.
Each day runs from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Working from an inspiration source of your choice, whether it is a photograph or an object, landscape or abstract, you will create a variety of textile samples that will form a resource for future work. We will work through the key elements of design, colour, line, form and texture. The workshops will take you through a range of design techniques and give you the opportunity to try new methods and
materials. You will be working with both hand and machine stitching techniques. In addition to the workshops I will suggest ideas for further development work that you can do between the workshops.
Source to Stitch Sketchbook page
Source to Stitch Sketchbook page
Often as you work designing a piece there will be a range of ideas and you will only follow one or two through to the completed piece. You may therefore find it useful to collect your source material, design ideas, thoughts and samples into a ‘sketchbook’ and we will look at ways you could create a material book or a card book. These will become a resource you can refer to in the future in order to develop further ideas and pieces.
Session 1 - Getting Started – A Design Day
You will explore your source material using a variety of design tools. The aim will not be to reproduce your source material, but to use it as a starting point for your design and develop a variety of possible different design strands.

Session 2 - Creating Colour
This day will be spent developing colour through painting material, simple dyeing, layering sheer materials and blending threads

Session 3 – Line and Form
Pulled and Drawn Thread work
Pulled and Drawn Thread work

We will evaluate the value of line in design including stitch and thread and consider incorporating photographs and text

Session 4 – Texture
Melted plastic flowers
Melted plastic flowers

During this day we will do some melting, steaming and slashing!!! - creating texture through fabric manipulation including ‘crashing, experiment with tyvek and plastic

Session 5 – Creating your Design – A Development Day
In this final workshop you will work on your emerging design and complete your ‘sketchbook’

The cost for the 5 workshops is £160.00. which covers

· Materials for samples

· information sheets

· teas and coffees.

You will need to provide lunch and embroidery and machine threads and some material as required.

The maximum number of delegates is 8