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Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Thursday 3rd October 2024 - Friday 4th October 2024 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Make a Naturally Inspired Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

Join me on this fabulous two-day workshop to make a beautiful and unusual mixed media, hand stitched fabric vessel. I will introduce you to a range of techniques; using paint and hot foils to make wonderful background and then adding hand embroidery with some unusual natural embellishments.
You will learn step by step, how to create a gorgeous textured background by using paint on stabilising fabric and adding interesting textures and colours like mulberry bark and silk cocoons or carrier rods, to build up some fascinating surface decoration. I will show you how to add metallic elements using foils and copper shim, plus how to use hand embroidery stitches and other embellishments, to make this a truly three-dimensional work. Learn how to fold and shape your vessel, then add a base and inner lining to complete. Your vessel could be used as a cover to enhance a flower vase, or as a stand-alone decorative item.
Price includes all materials and embellishments, with lots of interesting fibres and mixed media elements. Come and play and experiment with some unusual materials in this fun and relaxing course, to take your creativity into a whole new dimension! This is one of my most popular and enjoyable courses and I have many returning students who wish to make a range of vessels with this versatile and interesting technique.
£160 for the two day workshop
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Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
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, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful