A Hope & Elvis day is a great experience set in an large inspirational studio full of warmth, materials and great food. You will receive a friendly welcome, expert guidance from artist amd makers of the highest order and have time, materials and space to explore your creativity. If you are coming far please let me know if you need any help with local places to stay to make a relaxed weekend away.
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*Workshops 10am - 4pm unless specified*
Fair Isle Knitting Workshop 30th September
I am delighted to announce that serious knitting is coming to Hope and Elvis. Nicki Merrall is a freelance knit and crochet designer and has had many designs published. She is also one of the winners of the Designer category of Knit Now magazine’s Knitter of the Year 2017.
Please have a look at her website for full details and booking. www.nickimerrall.co.uk
Mandy Pattullo.Enchanted Forest. 23rd Sept
In this one day course Mandy will use iconic wild animals and birds such as deer, hares, foxes and wolves as an inspirational starting point to teach you to make a textile collage which will be built up on to a base of a vintage quilt fragment. Learn to use slow and traditional hand sewing techniques such as a freeform appliqué and embroidery to make a unique textile narrative. £75 inc lunch. Waiting List
Mandy Pattullo. Seed Heads. 24th September
As autumn arrives our flowers and weeds go to seed, producing beautiful seed pods, skeletal forms and silhouettes. Celebrate this change in the garden with a workshop that refers to the work of print maker Angie Lewin and other artists who have used a subtle colour palettes and line to create nature compostions. Working on an old piece of quilt with loose applique that will be embroidered with a series of stitches which reflect the forms of nature and concentrate on linear expression. £75 inc lunch. Waiting List
I have long been a super fan of Tilleke Schwarz and I am delighted to announce that she will be flying in to lead a series of workshops. Tilleke makes contemporary hand embroidered art that reminds of graffiti and of traditional samplers with a mixture of graphic humor along with text. Having done a two day workshop with Tilleke her approach is direct and challenging but she is funny, engaging and affords attention to all. I hope you will take this rare chance to be inspired by a great artist.
An Introduction to The Art of Tilleke Schwarz. Thursday 5th October.
This is a shortened version of the two day workshop but you will have time to learn about Tilleke’s practice and her processes through short talks and demonstrations before embarking on practical work. The focus is on design, allowing you to design a new work in your own style and telling your own story. The workshop will start with an exercise in mixed media and collage on paper allowing experimentation before you move onto cloth. The workshop will have an emphasis on hand embroidery, but it is perfectly all right to incorporate any other (textile) technique, or use the sewing machine. The aim is to leave the workshop with plenty of new ideas and make a start with a new work on cloth. Waitng List
Space for a New Plan. 7th & 8th October
In this workshop participants will enjoy the adventure of designing while working, resulting in inspiration for a new work. The focus is on design, allowing participants to design a new work in their own style and telling their own story. The workshop will start with some exercises in mixed media and collage on paper. These fast techniques on paper allow participants to experiment and to try out new ideas. Demonstrations will include Tillekes’ favourite embroidery technique (couching). The workshop will be illustrated with small lectures. Special attention to the importance of SPACE in your work, space as part of your composition and space at the start which allows you to add ideas while working.The aim is to leave the workshop with plenty of new ideas and make a start with a new work on cloth. Two day workshop £150.00 Waiting List
Julie Arkell. 12th – 15th October
This is a rare opportunity to be fully submerged in Julie's world, be inspired by her original work and gain an insight into her working methods. Over 4 glorious days you will have time to explore the possibilities of papier-mâché, embroidery and knitting supported and encouraged by Julie.
Found objects are critical to Julie's work and to help you appreciate their worth we will be take out time on Friday to source finds to incorporate into your pieces. This also cleverly allows your papeir mache work drying time. So to be clear this is a full on workshop where Julie will share how she makes the work she is internationally renowned for and you can grasp the chance to learn, grow, and develop your own ideas under her expert guidance. We will make books, creatures and objects, exploring materials papier-mâché, fabric, wool, broken toys and found objects combined to explore the narrative that we all have to tell. Now 2 Places!
Marna Lunt. Precious Places. 21st & 22nd Oct.
Marna is a renowned textile artist whose work is influenced by her fine art background and her work is akin to drawing with a needle. Using colours and textures her painstaking hand stitched artworks are full of life and personality, which is a description that perfectly matches her.
This unique workshop covers two of Marna's interests, the urban scene and conversely the beauty of nature and landscapes. Using her canvasses and lampshades as a visual reference she will help you translate an image that evokes memories and associations be it a family home, city or a favoured view. You will learn how to draw your own design and transfer it to a fabric as well as embroidery stitches and interesting techniques of layering both with paint appliqué and print, basic print like photo transfers. Huddle down with us for a either a day or a full treat experience over the weekend in the company of like minded souls. One day or two day workshop can be booked individually £75 inc lunch 21st & 22nd Waiting list
Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels. Friday 3rd November *EXTRA DATE *
This is a great opportunity to make a hand crafted Angel using an original pattern designed by Leah. You'll learn doll-making techniques, tips on stuffing, creating faces and hair using hand stitching techniques. Using exquisite antique and vintage fabrics, patchwork, treasured laces and other special trims collected over many years, you then get to dress her! There's a lot to achieve at this workshop so you might not get your doll completely finished but Leah will ensure you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can hand finish your angel at home. These personalised pieces would make a perfect gift for someone special or a treasured heirloom for family to enjoy in years to come. £75.00 inc lunch. Waiting List
Leah Halliday’s Advent Calendar. 4th November
Designer maker Leah is every bit as wonderful as her name with a glorious sense of colour and flair for vintage. Her original designed hanging fabric advent calender reflects her eye for detail and ability to mix pattern, prints, colours and embellishments in a bright and bold way. This is great opportunity to make an heirloom item and learn many processes along the way.
Create your calendar with 24 pockets using different techniques including transfering designs using the templates provided, different methods of appliqué using machine and hand stitching, image transfer, hand embroidery and free machine embroidery. You will also be able to put the super Brother machines to work and use the full range of decorative embroidery stitches and text facilities. Finish off each pocket with printed numbers and text using vintage rubber stamps. There's a lot to achieve at this workshop so you might not get your calendar completely finished but Leah will ensure you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can finish it at home. £75.00 inc lunch. Waiting List
Leah Halliday’s Heirloom Angels 5th November
This is a great opportunity to make a hand crafted Angel using an original pattern designed by Leah. You'll learn doll-making techniques, tips on stuffing, creating faces and hair using hand stitching techniques. Using exquisite antique and vintage fabrics, patchwork, treasured laces and other special trims collected over many years, you then get to dress her! There's a lot to achieve at this workshop so you might not get your doll completely finished but Leah will ensure you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can hand finish your angel at home. These personalised pieces would make a perfect gift for someone special or a treasured heirloom for family to enjoy in years to come. Waiting List
Festive Garlands. Julia Jowett. 17th December.
Julia Jowett explores the importance of storytelling and imagination. Working illustratively with wire, traditional hand stitch and print techniques Julia harnesses instinctive feelings and traditional craft processes to create considered folkloric mixed media narratives.
Inspired by winter berries and mistletoe leaves we will combine together wire and hand stitch, paint and metal gauze to create an enchantingly beautiful piece of decorative magic - an embroidered festive garland. Pin above the mantelpiece, give as a gift or let it nestle between the branches of your Christmas tree for a touch of handmade cheer. £75.00 inc lunch. Places: Just a Few
WORKSHOPS COMING IN 2018
Jessie Chorley . Sue Brown. Mrs Bertimus. Linda Miller. Janine Pope. Marna Lunt. Richard McVetis. Jo Waterhouse. Celia Pym. Jane Bevan. Liz Cooksey. Mandy Pattullo.
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