Creative Embroidery | St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Creative Embroidery at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Creative Embroidery at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Price: £154.00 Starts: 27/01/2018 Time: 09:30 - 14:00
Tutor: Angela Collins Ends: 09/06/2018 Location: St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: SAT Duration: 6 weeks

This course has started, but is still accepting enrolments. This course has already started but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 2222 and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running.

About this course

This 6-week Creative Embroidery course in Maidstone, is designed to give students the opportunity to experience different techniques. This course follows on from the course which commenced in September 2017.

Whilst it would be helpful to have completed the earlier course as some of the techniques are likely to be developed in this follow-on course, students can join either or both courses.

There will be a series of 6 mini workshops of 4.5 hours, each introducing a different exciting creative process.

There will be lots of ideas and inspiration.

The tutor will bring examples from workshops with people such as Cas Holmes, Anne Kelly, Sue Newhouse, Tracy Franklin, Margaret Beal, Heidi Jenkins, Wendy Dolan, Angie Hughes, Trish Burr, Gwen Hedley, Lynda Monk, Helen Stevens and Frances Pickering.

The dates of the workshops are: 27 January, 24 February, 24 March, 28 April, 19 May, 9 June

How will I be taught?

The course will include discussions in small and larger groups and some work on a one-to-one basis.
The tutor will select various methods to help students develop their skills; they may include tutor demonstrations, practical activity and an exhibition of the tutor’s work.

Students will be encouraged to share ideas throughout the course.

What do I need to bring with me?

Students will be expected to provide their own materials, threads, paints and stitching tools as appropriate to the techniques taught. The tutor may have various items for sale and may also provide some materials for which there will be a small charge.
You may like to bring a notebook and pencil and/or a camera to record ideas and recommendations and to document your progress. You may photograph the tutor’s work for learning purposes only.
You will need the usual sewing equipment. We will be mixing it up a bit with some stitching, working with jewel colours and metallic threads and developing mixed media techniques. So ......
• Vilene spunbond (Lutradur) in different thicknesses in white. You can get CS500 (lutradur 30) leightweight, cs700 (lutradur 70) standard, cs800 (or 100 lutradur) heavy.
• Craft vilene sew in heavyweight. Sometimes sold as pelmet vilene
• Fine calico - small piece
• Iron-on vilene fine/medium 2 x 25cm squared
• Organza/sheer fabric small pieces
• Medium calico for stitch practice
• Paints - any of these are ok: Koh-I-nor, fabric paint, transfer paints (very good for Vilene), acrylic, brush - worth trying, procion dyes.
• Heat gun
• Soldering iron
• Metallic threads - any including Jap 12, 10, 8 (K1,2 or 4) with 12 being the thickest, or T69,70,71,72 with T69 the thickest, metallic cords, blending filaments, pearl purl goldwork thread. If you have any other goldwork threads or wires then do bring them. You don't need all of these just bring what you have.
• Tissue/old dressmaking patterns
• Gesso
• Acrylic wax and treasure gold only if you have them to experiment
• Gold , beige, light yellow/green felt small pieces
• Beeswax
• Very small of beige kid and other kid only if you have it to experiment.

We will start with the Lutradur so if you have nothing else in time please do bring this.

What can I do next?

Other exciting creative courses are available to supplement your learning. Please ask the tutor for details of other workshops.

What do I need to join the course

There are no pre-entry qualifications for this course, but it is not suitable for people with no previous experience of embroidery.
Please contact the tutor via the Contact Centre on 03000 412222 or email if you have any questions relating to this course.

Proposed dates for the course are:

27 January
24 February
24 March
28 April
19 May
9 June

About the Tutor: Angela Collins

Your course tutor is a qualified and practising teacher of adults. She developed the first City & Guilds Hand Embroidery programme for the Maidstone Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, teaching this in 2012 with outstanding results and 100% retention.

She has contributed to the renovation of the Embroiderers’ Guild national portfolio collection which can be viewed during the current touring exhibition of over 100 selected pieces with a permanent collection of nearly 200 pieces located at Embroiderers’ Guild House in Walton-on-Thames.

Angela has contributed to a permanent display of work in the Maidstone Museum to celebrate the Millennium and had work at the 2012 Olympics and St Martins in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square.

Angela delivers creative workshops on a range of craft, art and mixed media subjects and has created a new stitching group, supporting two charities, which meets monthly in West Malling and Offham. She has been teaching Creative Embroidery for adult education for five years and has expanded the programme to deliver workshops and courses for them in Maidstone and Ashford

“Firstly to say how much I enjoyed the two day stumpwork course. possibly the most challenging piece of embroidery to date!” – Joy, July 2013

“Thank you for all your help Angela. I don't know how you do what you do and work full time!” – Joy – City & Guilds 2012

“Your teaching style was 'spot on' and I appreciated how much time and effort had gone into the preparation” – Margaret – City & Guilds 2012

“It has been on my mind to thank you very much for the 2 day summer school. I really enjoyed myself and am very happy with my results. All down to the Tutor. Jackie, Stumpwork July 2013

Angela lives locally and works as a KCC Officer for the Arts & Culture team.

View all courses taught by Angela Collins here >>

Getting there

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code MAI/51895/F/LC.
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