Courses

PLEASE NOTE THESE COURSES MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.
Please check individual web sites.

EXCITING NEWS OF THE AGWSD SUMMER SCHOOL 2021

AVAILABLE TO GUILD MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE AGWSD

Writtle University College, near Chelmsford, Essex
15th – 22nd August 2021

The brochure and all the forms are available to download from the Association Website.

https://www.wsd.org.uk/summer-school-2021/

London Guild WSD Workshops open to all but priority given to members of the LGWSD.

For detailed information: www.londonguildofweavers.org.uk

Email: workshop@londonguildofweavers.org.uk

Jackie Tapestry

Jackie Bennett, Tapestry Weaver, East Sussex, 0776994560 www.jackietapestry.com

Jackie’s latest online courses:

A 2 week Trees and Landscapes Weaving workshop with weaversbazaar, on Saturday 13th and 20th March.

Art Weaving – 3 sessions commencing 27 March, which can be booked via Evolution Arts, Brighton Tel 01273 204204 https://www.evolutionarts.org.uk/online-Weaving-Workshop-Series-Brighton

Jackie also teaches classes at the Bristol Folk House. Look out for more courses coming up next term.

Craft Courses

A large number of online courses plus in person courses around the country. See their web site for more information www.craftcourses.com

Get Started with Weaving £30

Introduction to Woven Coasters £35

Learn to Weave with Janet Renouf-Miller £30

Frame Loom Weaving £130

Tartan Design £60

Beginners Spinning Day on Zoom £70

Hand Spinning Success £75

Get Started with Spinning £30

Learn to Spin Yarn with Janet Renouf-Miller £30

The Handweavers Studio & Gallery

A wide range of workshops covering weaving, spinning, dyeing, tapestry weaving, and other yarn and fibre crafts. Weekly weaving classes are also held at their studio in Finsbury Park, London.

The mixed ability weaving classes, organised into three 10 week terms per year – autumn, spring and summer – are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings with morning and afternoon classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

For more information or to book a class please see www.handweavers.co.uk/workshops-classes.irs, phone 0207 7272 1891 or email courses@handweavers.co.uk.

Create with Fibre

Tel. 01292 550393, 07712 575 874 mail@createwithfibre.co.uk www.createwithfibre.co.uk/online%20weaving&spinningcourses.html

Spinning online course

This course is about how to spin yarn: but not only that. It looks at the wide choice of fibres available and helps you to choose the right spinning tool for you.

The course represents excellent value – as well as 13 pdf booklets, there are over 120 mins of videos to accompany every aspect of the booklets, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done.

Price £30

Weaving online course

Weaving is a great way to create beautiful handmade items for your home and wardrobe without the need for any existing craft skills. It is a simple technique in its most basic form and very versatile. Use your weaving to make scarves, pictures and even clothing. Although not a requirement, if you spin too you have the added bonus of being able to create things from the very beginning, sheep to scarf! Weaving is something that both adults and young people can enjoy.

This course will show you the basics of how to weave on a simple frame loom and progress to teaching you to use the versatile yet easy-to-use ‘rigid heddle’ loom. These looms can be used to make many things yet do not take up much room in your home and can be easily stored.

Through a combination of easy to follow videos filmed by Piotr Karter at Inlight Media and comprehensive supporting texts, experienced course tutor Janet Renouf-Miller of Create With Fibre will guide you through the weaving process from start to finish. At just £30 for 36 videos and 12 texts, it makes a great gift for any crafter… yourself included!

Price £30

For more courses and workshops please see https://createwithfibre.co.uk/workshops%26courses

Pinki Punki

A Fibre Artist and Designer, she has a Creative Video School on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/PinkiPunki/videos

How to Spin Unicorn Art Yarn www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEvaxBTrDTo

Art Yarn Spinning – Fancy Plying www.youtube.com/watch?v=93cxnlc9BwQ

Art Yarn Spinning – crochet braid yarn (how to) www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYqj0iCX-j8

Art Yarn spinning – corespun stacks www.youtube.com/watch?v=giN56ykclWE

Spinning yarn – a balanced corespun yarn (how to) www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-LkeGAYJfc

Simple thick and thin hand spun yarn www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmt7e_xiajs

Spinning yarn lock spinning art yarn (how I do it) www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVqblNtDah8

Plants & Colour

Online courses. There is a 15% discount for those on low or no income. Visit their web site for more information www.plantsandcolour.co.uk

Introduction to natural dyes Pre-recorded video tutorials and learning resources taking you through the processes step by step. We will look at fabric, fabric preparations, dye plants, extraction processes, and dye processes. Tuesday 9th March 5.30-6.30pm (GMT) – A live Q&A session from my studio via Zoom. £60

Bundle Dyeing Learn how to create beautiful patterns and prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, and roots through a binding and steaming process. An overview of what natural dye plants you can grow in your garden, find in the hedgerow, or the kitchen. Working with processes that give strong colours for bundle dyeing. Modifying bundles to give more variety of colour, watching colours transform with iron, acid, and alkali modifiers. £35

Botanical Ink & Paint Making Identifying reliable and effective plants for ink making. An introduction to four different techniques for making inks and paints, including making lake pigments. How to use binders, preservatives, and additives. How to create a set of modifiers. These are metals, acids, and alkalis that you can use create a chemical reaction, transforming and shifting colours on the page. £60

Print Making with Iron Oxide In this process, we are printing on to fabric with an iron oxide mordant (fixative) and then dyeing the fabric in a plant based dye that will react with the iron oxide to give black, grey, or brown wherever the iron is attached to the surface of the fabric. I share this process in the context of screen printing. You can also do potato printing, block printing, or directly paint the iron on to the fabric. £45

Making Natural Wax Crayons Learn how to make effective natural wax crayons from earth pigment, plant pigments, and fungi. £35

Natural Fabric Dyeing with Justine Aldersey-Williams at The Wild Dyery

Core Skills in Natural Fabric Dyeing £199 – create a spectrum of dyes and shibori patterns from three heritage plants

Leaf : Print : Cloth £199 – eco print forged leaves and flowers on to cloth and paper

Patterned by Plants £199 – hand print surface pattern designs using traditional techniques and plant dyes

Full Foundation in Natural Fabric Dyeing (the above three courses when booked together) £497

www.naturalfabricdyeing.com

Skillshare – online classes including some that are free on all kinds of things including felting, drum carding, washing raw fleece, knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery and much more. For more information see www.skillshare.com/browse/crafts or click on the links below.

www.skillshare.com/browse/spinning

www.skillshare.com/browse/dyeing

www.skillshare.com/browse/felting

The Braid Society

thebraidsociety.wildapricot.org

Braids and Bands is a discussion group moderated by the Braid Society and primarily exists to provide members with information about the Braid Society activities. Non members of the society with a genuine interest in braids and bands are also welcome to join this group. Members can ask questions about any narrow ware technique, or share details of their latest project. Items wanted or for sale can also be advertised. This document Instructions for Groups io gives step by step guidance for joining and using the service.  This Braids and Bands group is hosted by Groups.io.

There is also a Braids and Bands group on Facebook which is also open to non members of the society and is moderated by the Braid Society. For Braid Society Members there is a separate group on Facebook that is used for communicating Society information.

School of Stitched Textiles

FREE online courses for beginners. They also do accredited and master practitioner courses. Courses available in the following – stumpwork, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, drawing for design, goldwork embroidery, patchwork, applique, crochet and knitting. For more information see www.sofst.org/beginner-courses or www.sofst.org/courses/our-courses for their more advanced courses.

Made and Making run courses on crochet, knitting, felting, sewing, patchwork, papercrafts, printing, calligraphy and much more!

Courses are usually held face to face (currently closed due to Covid restrictions) at Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9LY. There are many free online tutorials on their website plus paid for online courses.

For felting courses see www.madeandmaking.co.uk/felting.html. Courses include: Felted 3D vessels/cases, felt pictures, felted flowers, 3D needle felting, felted hats and bags, felted slippers, needle felted bunting, Nuno felting, felt scarf and Christmas needle felt. Prices range from £40 to £69.

For crochet and knitting courses see www.madeandmaking.co.uk/crochet-knitting.html. Courses include: Beginners’ crochet, crochet techniques, amigurumi, Tunisian crochet, Intarsia crochet, Entrelac crochet, filet crochet, beginners’ knitting, arm knitting, and sock knitting. Prices range from £5 to £289.

For free sewing and crochet projects and tutorials, including how to make T-shirt yarn, plus some sewing patterns to purchase see www.madeandmaking.co.uk/projects-tutorials.html

For more information please see: www.madeandmaking.co.uk or contact sarah@madeandmaking.co.uk, tel. 07967819540.

Craftsy

Courses in crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting and more.

Knitting courses include everything from beginners, colourwork, cables, Fair Isle, stacked stitches, brioche, lace, left handed knitting, Peruvian knitting, socks, sweaters, Bavarian twisted stitches, Portugese knitting, twined knitting, Estonian lace, intarsia, fearless steeking.

Crochet courses include beginners, ripples and waves, granny stitch, Tunisian, crochet in the round, amigurumi, reading and understanding patterns, joining as you go, motifs, crocodile stitch, freeform crochet, fair isle crochet, broomstick lace, plus shuttle tatting.

For more information see www.craftsy.com

Slipstitch

They are currently working on expanding their range of online classes – keep an eye out for updates.

For more information please see https://slipstitchldn.co.uk/, email hello@slipstitchldn.co.uk or phone 0208 883 9478. Located at 108 Alexandra Park Road, London, N10 2AE.

Knit School

Knit School from The Loveliest Yarn Company is an online membership for knitters who want to get more from their knitting, learn new techniques and be part of a community of knitters.

Four ways to join: sign up for their weekly newsletter, listen to the Get Knit Done podcast, join their Facebook page, or become a member (reopens to new members February 2021).

Blog posts www.knitschool.co.uk/blog

For more information see www.knitschool.co.uk/

Edie Eckman

Knit-Crochet Diplomat, writer, teacher, designer, editor. www.edieeckman.com

For a range of knitting and crochet classes and workshops see https://www.edieeckman.com/education-resources/classes-workshops/

For video tutorials see https://www.youtube.com/user/edieeckman

The Weald and Downland Museum often hold courses and workshops in traditional skills.

For more information see www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/, email courses@wealddown.co.uk or phone 01243 811021. The Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 OEU.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Study anything from short courses to Foundation, Diploma and Masters degrees (in full partnership with the University of Sussex) in a wide range of subjects. Set in the beautiful surroundings of West Dean Gardens. With over 800 creative short courses ranging from basketmaking to gardening and from photography to textiles there’s plenty to choose from if you want to learn a new skill or develop your existing talents.

For short courses in textiles please see www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses?category=Textiles&subcategory=&tutors=&level=&month=&duration=.

Courses include Kumihimo – Japanese braidmaking, A dip into natural dyes, Wild textiles – foraging and natural dyeing, Eco-dyeing and printing with plants, Hand block-printing with natural dyes, Traditional Shibori textile technique, Make a shibori textured scarf, Colour and texture in weaving, Tactile sensibility in woven tapestry, Tapestry weaving – the basics, Woven tapestry – sculptural forms, Weaving on a body-tensioned loom, and Colour and collage in feltmaking.

For more information on their short courses see www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses, email bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk or phone 01243 818300. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation – The Edward James Foundation Ltd, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ.