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Making a Textile Vessel with Esther Collins


Thursday 13th July 2023 - Friday 14th July 2023 | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Making a Textile Vessel with Esther Collins

2 day course – Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July OR
Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1st 9.30am – 2pm

An exciting, experimental course exploring texture and colour to make a unique and unusual textile vessel.

Suitable for all levels, including complete beginners

Course fee £150 for the two day course, including all materials. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided free of charge this year. Cake will still be available in the café and you may wish to bring a sandwich or similar for lunch. Price includes a full day entry into the gardens and you may stay for as long as you like.

What to expect on the day?
This course will introduce you to a range of techniques; mixing textiles and embroidery with some unusual mixed media, to create a beautiful soft fabric vessel. This could be used as a cover to enhance a flower vase, or as a stand-alone decorative item. 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 hand embroidery 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. 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!

What to bring with you?
You will need to bring your own small sewing kit and embroidery scissors. The price includes all materials, but you are welcome to bring along some of your own stash such as any interesting threads or embellishments you may have, if you wish.

For further details please contact Esther via her website: or via email

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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