Workshops

A Variety of Workshops!

Cat offers several different workshops working with textiles and paper.  

 

Workshops with fabric & stitch:

Textile Illustrations:

Turn a favourite view, landscape, seascape or harbour scene into a fabric picture.

Working on a small scale you will learn how to simplify and translate your own photographs or sketched image into a piece of textile art. The ideal project for using up scraps of fabric that you have been hoarding!  We will add the details and ‘drawn’ parts of our pictures by machine or hand stitching. End the day by mounting your piece of work

Free machine embroidery:

A beginners’ workshop on free motion embroidery.

Using their own sewing machines students will learn the basics of free machine embroidery.

The day is packed full of lots of exciting exercises and we will explore the use of the machine as a drawing tool. The day is devised so that the student becomes confident with dropping the feed-dogs and sewing in this popular way. Using simple appliqué shapes as a base for free machining, students will discover the wide range of applications of this technique including various craft projects, quilt making and wall hangings.

Appliqué Table Runner:

Make a delightful and unique centre piece for your dining room, kitchen, coffee, or even your picnic table, at times of celebration or to just cheer up the everyday. Decorate using appliqué rows of quaint Cornish cottages and cheerful bunting, this coastal inspired cotton runner embellished with fine stripe fabrics, spots and checks will bring a breezy look to your table or sideboard.
Match with napkins and placemats for a truly cottage style, ideal for both modern and classic styles, inside or al fresco dining!

Christmas / Celebration Textile Illustration:

Make a charming Christmas fabric illustration as a gift or to decorate your home with at Christmas.

Working on a small scale we will make a Christmas inspired piece of textile art. This is the ideal project for using up those scraps of Christmas fabric!  We will add the details and ‘drawn’ parts of our pictures by machine or hand stitching. You can also give your piece added sparkle by embellishing your picture with sequins and metallic threads. End the day by mounting your piece of work.

This workshop can also be offered with a celebration theme! Commemorate a special event, anniversary or wedding by working from personal photographs & memories for a truly unique piece of work.

Christmas Decorations with Cards:

A Christmas card workshop with a difference. Make a collection of simple yet charming appliqué Christmas decorations to hang around the house or for the tree, or mount them on a Christmas card to give as a gift to a friend. A sure way to start feeling Christmassy and spread the festive spirit by making this attractive gift.   

 

Workshops with paper:

Bookbinding:

Learn how to make your own hardbound sketch and note books. Using card and handmade papers, make one or more small books. Each book can be personalised and designed for a specific use. Add beautiful end papers, stitching and closures, make these books as ­a wonderful gift for someone or something to keep for yourself!

Sketchbook and Journal Keeping for Creative Practice:

Be inspired to start and keep a day journal to support any creative and visual practices.  Overcome your fear of the white page and pick up hints and tips to help use sketchbooks on a daily basis as a visual resource, travel journal or aid memoir. Bring a blank book or one that’s half started, shop bought or handmade, this day is for you to explore and play with ideas.

 

Talks:

Cat offers an introduction to her work and practice. Showing images, sketchbooks and examples of her textile work. Talks are approx 45mins with time for questions.

Feel free to pick up the phone & talk to Cat as to how her work could suit the needs of your group. 

 

Private Classes:

Cat also offers small workshops at her home studio in Redruth for up to 4 people.

Classes can be tailor made to your specific field and areas of interest. Be assured of individual and private one to one tuition in a working artist’s studio. 

 

Booking Information:

All of Cat’s workshops can be customised depending on your group’s location, size and duration of session.

All day workshops are based on a 10 – 4pm day with a break for lunch.

Please email for 2015/16 rates.

Cat prefers small classes, no more than 12-15 students in order to get around each student and assess their individual needs in the workshop.

The bookbinding workshop requires a fair amount of space for each student so class sizes depend on the teaching space available.

If you have any specific interests a workshop or series of classes can be tailor made to suit your group or needs. Please just ask. Email me here!

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Cat