Creative Textiles

Course Overview

Experience, explore and enhance your creative textiles skills. This is a relaxed, informative and fun course for beginners that will develop your practical skills in stitch, print and fabric dyeing. You will learn skills in hand and machine embroidery, including working with dissolvable fabric and machinery such as domestic sewing machines and over lockers. You will be introduced to knitting and weaving, various forms of felt making and printmaking skills such as block printing and silk screen printing. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore your textile awareness, develop your knowledge, build your technical ability and experiment with all things fabric.

Course Requirements

This course is designed for beginners so no formal qualifications are required, but you must have an interest in textiles.

Course Skills & Benefits

This course will allow you to develop your practical skills and provide you with the technical ability to take on future textile craft projects. Throughout the 15 weeks, you will produce a series of samples of various techniques which can be mounted in a portfolio for future study or employment. This course allows you to learn the processes and gives you the opportunity to combine techniques through the creation of a ‘final piece’ of your choice.

Mandatory Units

There are no specific mandatory units, however areas of study will be:
• Hand and machine embroidery
• Fabric manipulation
• Textile printing – block and silk screen
• Fabric dyeing including Shibori techniques
• Felt making and needle felting
• Knitting and weaving
• Combining techniques/creating a final piece

Optional Units

Depending on your previous experience, there may be elements covered which are tailored to your particular interests or knowledge of the subject.

Course Progression

This taster course can lead to further study on courses relevant to Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Surface Pattern and Textiles Craft.

Course Assessment

There is no formal qualification for this course it is a chance to learn new techniques.

Course Finance

The fees for 2017/18 academic year are £150.

Course Additional Information

Part-time