Textile art: applique and sewing machine skills

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

This is a course for the novice or those with some experience. It is taught in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Drawing skills not necessary. Come and make something beautiful and have some fun.

Course content

This introductory course will start by teaching you how to thread up and use the basic stitches of a sewing machine. You will look at a range of Artists and Designers including Cas Holmes and Ruth Issett to generate designs and ideas using the sewing technique of appliqué. This involves using a selection of fabrics and sewing them onto a background to create an image (abstract or figurative as you wish).

After exploring colour and found fabrics to create a simple textile collage on the sewing machine, you will generate some designs for your appliqué piece. Use coloured inks to create unique fabrics, and explore composition and layering to craft your final work. Learn how to add embellishment in the form of machine stitched ‘drawings’ or hand sewn embroidery patterns.

Support and feedback

The tutor will be there to demonstrate techniques and for constant 1:1 feedback, help and support.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience necessary. Please bring an A4 folder in which to store ideas, inspiration and work. If you have any colourful yarns, threads, wools or fabrics that you particularly wish to include in your appliqué then please bring them.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

No, although any ideas or visual research that you do will be beneficial.

About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.

Start date08 March 2019
End date05 April 2019
Start time10:00
End time12:30
Concessions not available