Are you passionate about colour and texture in your textile creations like me?
Maybe you’d like to learn how to spin or weave in a relaxed friendly atmosphere?
Or are you looking for inspiration and ideas?
I run a variety of textile workshops:
Spinning, Weaving, Natural and Chemical Dyeing, Felting-making, Knitting, Crochet and Silk Paper making.
Send me an email or give me a ring to find out how I might be able to help you.
You could come on your own for individual tuition which would be tailored to your specific requirements, or you could join one of my workshops with no more than 5 people.
Most of my workshops are held in my studio on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, from 10.30am to 4pm.
Looms and spinning wheels can be provided if you don’t have your own. All you need to bring is a notebook and pen! I sell Ashford spinning and weaving equipment as well as yarns, fibres, books and dyes. If you're not sure what you require I'm very happy to talk to you about it and advise.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day with my home-made scones and a light, home-cooked lunch for you to enjoy.
The workshops are relaxed, informal and friendly.
I’m lucky to have a beautiful garden full of flowers in a country setting which you too can enjoy, as do my ducks who wander freely about!
Treat yourself to a special day out with me, or buy a voucher as a present for someone.
On a few Saturdays you can find me running Textile Workshops for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guilds to which you’re welcome, provided that the Guild is able to accommodate you.
My passion for creating beautiful textiles started many years ago. In 1988 I acheived a Diploma in Hand-loom Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing at Bradford University. Since then I have been teaching, demonstrating and giving talks about various aspects of textiles to both adults and children.
Textile Workshops for Schools:the most popular of which are:
Weaving - the process of making fabric
The simple process of using warp and weft yarns to create fabrics for a variety of different uses is explained. The children are given a pair of weaving sticks each so that they can do their own weaving. At the end of the session each pupil should have a small finished item which could be used to make a collective wall-hanging.
A brief explanation and demonstration will be given to show how loose wool fibres are turned into strong fabric. Each pupil will make their own piece of felt which could then be incorporated into a wall-hanging.
In addition I offer these talks and demonstrations:
Spinning from fleece to fabric
Dyeing - a dye demonstration using either natural or synthetic dyes
Silk - from silkworm to fabric
Making Silk Paper Fabric