Special one-day masterclasses at the West Country Quilt & Textile Show
In 2017, by popular request, we added a couple of full day-long masterclasses, one by Caroline Bell, on Saturday, and one by Kate Whitehead on Sunday. Both classes were £45. If you feel inspired to join one of these classes, we would be delighted to offer you a complementary ticket for another day of the show, so you can still get chance to have a wander around the show, check out all the galleries, and of course do some shopping! Just come to the exhibitor’s office at the show to claim for free day ticket. We are planning on having these back for 2019.
Kate Whitehead, Indigo and Weave, all day Sunday, is focused on seeing the potential in forgotten materials. You are invited to bring your fabric/ garments that have a special story, memory or meaning, that you will dismantle and have the opportunity to dip dye and an insight in to hand weave. A time to get away from the fast pace of our digital lives and to embrace slow craft processors. Fabric and yarn for dyeing will be provided but if students can bring cotton fabric or yarn to dye that hold stories or memories it helps to create more personal work.
10-12 noon: Preparing Cotton fabric by folding, gathering and stitching for the Indigo dye vat., Dyeing fabric in an Indigo dye vat.
1-3pm: Introduction to the basics of hand weave, Colour combinations, types of yarn, warp & weft, Playing with fabric and yarn in plain weave on a simple frame.
Caroline Bell, An introduction to Eco Printing, all day Saturday, is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the basics of ecoprinting. Participants will be able to start a vocabulary of which plants print, equipment required, the use of mordants and various tricks and tips which might improve results. It is anticipated that everyone will come away from the workshop with a series of samples on silk which may be the start of a reference or as a basis for future work and enough knowledge to continue experimenting at home. The class fee includes 1 metre of good quality of silk plus other bits and pieces
Go to the workshops page for all the details of this and other classes.