FREE Tasters (Textile Art)

FREE Tasters (Textile Art)

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FREE Tasters (Textile Art)
  • TASTER: Block printing tea towels with Tess Grace

    As well as taking you through all the steps to create this lovely tea towel, Tess reminds you that you do need to practice as it helps to get your spacing correct with all the blocks you want to use as well as helping you get a good image from each of them.  Don't forget that you can also layer t...

  • TASTER: Block Printing Easter Cards with Tess Grace

    In this workshop, Tess shows you how you can create some delightful Easter cards (and later in the year for other occasions) onto card and fabric.

    Tess reminds us that you should always practise first on a small piece of fabric (or waste paper). She also shows how easy it is to change colour, ...

  • TASTER: Wild Gardens Textile Workshop with Kate Findlay

    Kate is a very accomplished artist and loves creating textile pictures.

    In this comprehensive workshop she shows you how easy it is for you to do this at home. You would start with some pre-dyed fabric perhaps. Then with a little help from freezer paper stencils you add your fabric paint.

    I...

  • TASTER: ”Heads Up It’s Christmas" Snowman Door Wreath with Gail Penberthy

    In this workshop Gail takes you through the various stages of making these snowman heads. You can make each one slightly different as there are a variety of expressions, hats and scarves to choose from.

    The heads are made in fleece, which is really easy to use. You can attach these little head...

  • TASTER: Advent Pyramid Boxes with Gail Penberthy

    These little triangle boxes are simple to make by hand. They just need you to trace, cut, stick and a little bit of hand sewing using blind hem stitch and ladder stitch.

    Gail shows all the stages necessary to make these and has some great tips from how large the hanging hoop should be to using...

  • TASTER: Robin and Rosehips Applique Workshop with Kate Findlay

    In this workshop Kate takes you through all the stages to create this lovely picture. Her kit comes complete with pre-printed fabric, which she designed, and which therefore makes the picture just like you see it.

    Simple fused applique, which is just tracing, cutting out and then ironing into ...

  • TASTER: Fashion Sans Frontieres at Festival of Quilts

    This alternative fashion show took place on the evening of the International Dinner at the Festival of Quilts in August 2010. Seven Russian quilters and textile artists challenged five UK textile artists plus two students from the world of fashion to produce a variety of items. The categories wer...

  • TASTER: Behind the Scenes at Fashion Sans Frontieres

    We went behind the scenes at the Fashion Sans Frontieres show to catch up with some of the artists.
    Helen Deighan
    Helen guided us through her day wear complete with matching stockings! She also showed us her lovely black and white outfit with matching coil pot and her coil rainbow dress complete ...

  • TASTER: Thermofax Printing with Sue Rhodes

    Thermofax screen printing is very straightforward, simple and needs very little space. Sue takes us through the process of creating your own fabric. This can then be used in patchwork projects and perhaps embellished and enhanced with a little bit of embroidery.

    The screen prints can also be u...

  • TASTER: Robin Christmas Decoration with Nancy Adamek

    The decoration comes as a complete kit, which means papers, fabrics, and embellishments.

    Nancy guides you through all the stages of making this delightful little bird. She starts with simple cutting out and tacking over the papers using contrasting thread. Then she moves on to how using a 3/8"...

  • TASTER: West Country Quilt Show 2018 Part 2

    We start this section with a visit to Jason Read on the Horn Furniture stand where he shows Valerie one of the most popular of the cabinets they sell, which can now take on the super large sewing machines. The inserts are custom made and the furniture is assembled by the company on delivery, whic...

  • TASTER: West Country Quilt Show 2018

    We are going to start with wandering round the West Country Quilt Show, which we did a back in the autumn of 2018. And as well as nosing around lots of other interesting stands and displays and looking  at some of the remarkable competition quilts, we meet super-talented textile artists Fran Holm...

  • TASTER: Living in the Middle - Part 2

    If you are watching the taster of this, you will have a flavor of the work from a lofty of textile artists with the help of Edwina Mackinnon, and you will be able to enjoy the work of the rest of the group in Part 1.
    Valerie is joined by Hilary Beattie, who acted as host and guided around the exh...

  • TASTER: Red Baubles Cushion with Anne Baxter

    Anne talks you through how to make this delightful cushion, which is a slightly unusual rectangular shape.
    The baubles are applied with fused, raw edge applique and she talks through how to mark your design onto the cushion front, the types of options that she likes to use and are available and w...

  • TASTER: Textile Exhibition by the Group Contemporary Quilters West

    Contemporary Quilters West is a grup of twenty two individuals, all living in the South West of the UK.

    We get to see a fascinating range of effects created by the various artists. Some of artists are interested in eco dyeing and even boiling fabric to see what the effect is.

    The group meet...

  • TASTER: The Tentmakers of Cairo

    We met John Fisher at the West Country Quilt Show. He shared with us details of the stunning needle-turned applique wall hangings, throws and cushion covers that are hand made by this group of people.

    So, here is more information about them:

    In the heart of old Islamic Cairo,  just behind B...

  • TASTER: Dyeing with a Slow Cooker with Angela Daymond

    Angela selects four different products to use to create the colour in her fabrics, which are both cotton and silk;  she uses onion skins for a soft beige colour;  walnut husks for brown;  wood chippings for purple and madder root for red/pink.
    Sometimes you need to pre-treat the fabric with a mod...

  • TASTER: Turtle Dove Tree Project with Anne Baxter

    Anne has made this into both using silk scraps for the wall hangings. They won’t take much wear and tear; but suggests cotton fabrics for the cushion, as it needs to be a little bit hardier.
    Anne talks you through the stitches she has used. The stitches vary depending on the project. But in all c...

  • TASTER: How to Use Inktense Pencils with Angela Daymond

    Angela uses these inktense pencils to create wonderful landscapes for her kantha stitching. In addition, she suggests to colour in your pre-quilted designs - even a feather wreath.

    Anyway, back to the pencils - with the addition of water or aloe vera gel, the inks in these become really vibran...

  • TASTER: Fun With Felt with Gail Penberthy

    Gail feels that felt is really easy to work with as it doesn't fray and she particularly likes to make these small 3D projects using it.

    Simple to make by just folding and using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, Gail points out a few things to bear in mind when you are using her patte...

  • TASTER: How to Use Stencils from Jamie Malden

    Jamie loves this sort of project which allows her to combine her love of block printing with stencils and then use some simple embroidery stitches, such as seeding, french knots, chain stitch. What an great and individual project you end up with!
    Here she takes a very plain and ordinary towel and...

  • TASTER: Create Fusible Bird Pictures with Kate Findlay

    The small range of bird pictures designed by Kate are easy to create with fusible applique. It is really simple because you need only trace and cut out!
    Kate takes you through how to create the Blackbird picture from using the bondaweb, through the tracing, cutting out and then the application on...

  • TASTER: Hedgepigs with Gail Penberthy

    Gail talks through her inspiration for these adorable little creatures and shows how to create the spikes from fabric, wool or even recycled shirting and denim jeans.
    Created from folded squares, her patterns come complete with all the sizes and templates you will need. Large hedgehog finished 18...

  • TASTER: How to Use Decolourant with Jamie Malden

    Jamie loves to block print and by using this Decolourant paste she adds yet another dimension, as if by magic, to her work. Decolourant acts like a bleach in that it takes the colour out of the fabric, leaving the block print behind, and the magic begins when you have let the paste dry, and then ...