Shelagh Duffill is currently running a weaving course on Fridays from 10am to 3pm at Whatlington Village Hall, near Battle. The course will continue at least until Easter. She has weavers who are using rigid heddle and knitters looms and others who are using table looms with 4 and 8 shafts. Everyone is welcome whether you are a beginner or have some experience already. Ring Shelagh on 07817 134686 or email : email@example.com for more details.
Introduction to Printing with Natural Dyes and Bio Waste Workshops. January 10-11 2020 London Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers. On 10 January 2020 the full dayworkshop is an introduction to Printing with Natural Dyes & Bio-waste onto fabric 10:00 – 16:00.
On Saturday 11 January 2020 the morning workshop is an introduction to Printing with Natural Dyes & Bio-waste onto paper Saturday 10:00 – 13:00
Introduction to printing with Natural Dyes & Plant Colours onto PAPER with trio Zoe Burt, Lara Mantell and Florence Hawkins from Ceres collective. Date: Saturday 11 January 2020 Time: Fri: 10:00 – 13:00 Place: VGERTA, The Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5JT Experience the delight of working with natural dye print pastes using foraged colour, natural dye extracts and modifiers onto paper. You’ll experiment with design techniques to create stencil overlays, playing with textures, shape and colour. You’ll take home printed paper designs. You will print with pastes produced from bio-waste, natural dye extracts and modifiers. There will also be the opportunity to see examples of plant print pastes on paper. This course is open to all abilities as a simple introduction to screen printing using natural dye print pastes. It is also suitable if you have attended related print courses and you wish to further develop your skills, including the use of modifiers and bio-waste print pastes. In addition, it may appeal to those who already have some experience of printing on paper, but would like to experience alternative sustainable practice. Number of participants: 10 – 18 Cost: £50 members; £65 non-members Course Materials: Paper, print pastes, screens etc. are provided. What to bring: Please bring an apron, gloves, scissors; a pencil, notebook and camera (if you wish).
The following coures are held at The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester PO18 OEU. FOR FULL INFORMATION : Tel. 01243 811348 www.wealddown.co.uk
TAPESTRY WORKSHOP: WEAVE A LANDSCAPE : 8 February 2020 10am-4pm
Using a simple frame loom (which you can keep) and a variety of yarns to produce a woven landscape wall hanging. The emphasis will be on colour blending and both traditional and 3D techniques will be used during the day. No experience of weaving is needed. However both beginners and those with some experience are welcome on this course.
Tutor : Hilary Charlesworth who exhibits her work, details of which can be seen on www.totallytextiles.co.uk. She teaches workshops in a number of textile skills and is a member of the Institute for Learning.
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION: Students should bring a notebook, any interesting yarns (in appropriate colour for landscape) they may like to use, and a camera if possible.FEE : £65
SPINNING DROP SPINDLE AND THE WHEEL 1-2 February and 24-25 October, two courses 10am-4pm The two days are interlinked, with the second building on the skills learnt on the first.
Preparation and the drop spindle:
Characteristics of wool and breed
Selecting and judging the quality of a fleece
Preparing for spinning
Spinning using a drop spindle
Introduction and the wheel:
Introduction to the wheel
How to control yarn thickness
Spinning singles yearn and plying
Discussion on use, colour and dyeing
Tutor :Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and spinning wool for the Interpretation team. He learned to spin some thirty years ago, taught by Dorothy Wilmshurst who had studied with Ethel Mairet at Ditchling in the 1930’s. Steve is Vice Chairman of the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and tutor at the Association’s Summer School. He is a member of the Online and Wealden Guilds.
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION: The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, those who wish to gain more experience and others who would like to try a variety of methods of creating a woollen yarn. Whilst equipment will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own spinning wheel and an apron. The Museum café will be open or you may like to bring a packed lunch. £100
PEG LOOM WEAVING 28th March 2020 £65 DYEING WITH MADDER Sunday 29 March 2020 10am-4pm
Take an in depth look at dyeing with madder and discover a range of reds, orange and pink dyes all from one dyebath. We’ll compare dyebaths made with chopped roots and prepared extract, and build up a sample book of swatches in wool, cotton, silk and linen whilst finding out more about the history of this ancient dye and how to prepare a range of fibres for dyeing.
Sally Pointer has a background in archaeology and in museum education. She is the author of ‘The Artifice of Beauty, a practical guide to perfumes and cosmetics’ and now works as a freelance heritage educator exploring traditional crafts through practical experiments. She is currently writing a new full scale book on the history and archaeology of soap. £80
NATURAL DYES 13 JUNE 2020 £65
SPINNING FLAX 12 SEPTEMBER £75
DORSET BUTTONS 13 September £65
DESIGN YOUR OWN FAIRISLE KNITTING PATTERN 10 October 2020 £65
INTRO TO FAIRISLE KNITTING 11 October 2020 £65
SEE ABOVE FOR FULL INFORMATION or www.wealddown.co.uk
ADVANCE NOTICE Sapori and Saperi Italian Artists 2020
May 16-25, June 6-15 , Sept 15-25, Sept 25-29, all in 2020
Tastes & Textiles small group tours are designed specially for people with a lively interest in fibres, textiles and the delicious regional food of Italy. These tours are all held in Italy. For more information : www.sapori-e-saperi.com. Tel 07768474610
Residential and non-residential weekend event at The University of Worcester.
Planning for the 2020 Guilds Gathering event (which replaces the Conference) is now well underway, with five speakers confirmed for this weekend event exploring aspects of colour: Margo Selby, internationally renowned woven textile designer Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of Royal School of Needlework and author of The Story of Colour in Textiles, speaking on ‘The growing Brightness of Colour: Colour Development in Textiles from Medieval Times to the 20th Century’ Alison Daykin, textile designer, tutor and co-author of Creative Spinning Caroline Nixon, textile artist and eco-dyer and Daniel Harris, founder of the London Cloth Company who has recently acquired a mill near Worcester, as the after dinner speaker on Saturday Registration forms will be made available in January 2020
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