Textile art: batik and fabric printing

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Suitable for complete beginners or anyone with some experience of art or creative/decorative textile techniques. Some sewing machine experience may be useful but is not necessary or essential.

Course content

Trying a range of decorative textile techniques and processes including fabric painting and simple print methods, batik, hand and free machine embroidery, applique and machine patchwork. Opportunity to produce a series of samples or a final outcome piece such as a wall-hanging, table runner or cushion cover.

Support and feedback

Demonstration and instruction from tutor. One to one support as appropriate. Ongoing review of set tasks and outcomes through discussion with tutor and group.

Informal talks and feedback and a short learning plan to complete.

Additional costs and requirements

Sewing machine if you have your own (there are sewing machines available at the centre for your use if you prefer but it is useful to get comfortable with how your own machine works), pins, scissors, thread, a 2m length of cotton calico fabric.

An apron or old clothes for wet medium techniques.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2018 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details. 

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

In order to progress at a pace you are comfortable with and to get the best from the course you may wish to continue work or practice techniques between sessions. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group.

About the tutor

Franca Westaway has been doing all things arty from an early age, dyeing and painting fabrics and sewing and making clothes since she was 11 years old! She trained and worked in Fashion and before moving into arts, textile and food teaching when she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest.

Start date24 April 2019
End date22 May 2019
Start time11:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available