Creative Stitched Textiles

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This course enables you to learn how to design and then make various items of stitched textile by use of machine and hand embroidery.

  • Duration: This is a two year course of three terms per year
  • Fees: £245 per 10 week term, £225 for WI members per 10 week term. There is an additional one off Creative Stitch registration fee of £90 payable on confirmation of your place.t of first term
  • Tutor: Diane Tompkins
  • Application Form: Creative Stitch Course Application Form
  • Contact: Contact the course tutor

This course from Sept 2021 takes place each MONDAY in Ipswich 10.00-15:00 term time only.

Term one – Landscapes and Seascapes

  • Design work on line and shape
  • Colouring fabric
  • Stitching techniques by hand and machine to include free machine embroidery, tension techniques, eyelets and working in a hoop
  • Assessment piece to design and make an original small stitched item on the theme e.g a bag, cushion or container

Term two – Flora and Fauna

  • Design work on colour and texture
  • Printing onto fabric
  • Stitched techniques using applique, plaques and cords, felt making and using an embellisher
  • Assessment piece to design and make an original piece of jewellery

Term three – Ethnic studies

  • Design work inspired by educational visits
  • Design work based on studies into different ethnicities and cultural artefacts
  • Indigo dyeing and shibori resist
  • Stitched techniques such as Kantha, Sashiko, Boro and Pojagi, tassel making and stitched collage
  • Assessment piece to design and make an item of clothing

Term four – Towns and Cities

  • Design work based on architecture or industry
  • Design using new technologies
  • Stitched techniques will include machine embroidery, working with plastics and paper, fuse effects, buttonholes and edges and finishes
  • Assessment piece to design and make a wall hanging

Term five – Textile Heritage

  • Research into historic British embroidery by both hand and machine
  • Research into contemporary designer makers
  • Stitched techniques will included cutting and slashing, making braids, shadow work and padded work
  • Assessment piece to design and make a stole or scarf

Term six – Putting it all together

  • Assessment to design and make a final piece of your choice
  • Prepare for Graduate Show