Workshops

Below are the various different workshops I currently offer. I can usually set up a workshop for you for minimum of four people, however it may be possible to arrange something for one or two people. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a workshop with me.< br /> I can offer special rates for group bookings (maximum 12 people).

I also give talks at evening meetings of groups such as quilting groups or Embroiderer's Guilds.

I am always happy to consider new workshops. If you have an idea for a workshop I may be able to run for you, please get in touch.

Gallery of students' work

 

An Introduction to Silk Painting - One or two day workshop

In silk painting, the designs are created by drawing onto the silk with an outliner, creating an effect similar to stained glass designs. As well as learning how to use the gutta outliner and different ways to apply the paints, you will learn how to create the most effective designs. There will be tips and even cheats, though do bring any ideas you already have if you like.

Please bring a hairdryer if you can, to maximise the length of time which can be spent painting. You may like to wear an apron or overall as splashes of silk paints tend to be permanent.

I will provide all essential equipment but if you already have nylon paintbrushes in larger sizes, mixing palettes, etc that you like to use, you may like to bring them with you.

Whether you use this workshop as a springboard to taking up silk painting or a one-off experience trying something new, a day spent silk painting is relaxing, rewarding, inspirational and fun!

 

 

Further Silk Painting - One-day or two-day workshop

This workshop is ideally for those who have already done a small amount of silk painting (though beginners can also be accommodated.) Although you can use this workshop for further experimentation, the day provides an ideal opportunity to focus on a particular project. Silk-painted panels can be used as pictures or hangings, as a base for stitching, for insertion into cushions, bags, garments and many other items and introductory workshops usually spark off lots of ideas for "what next". For those who have 'got the bug' last time round but don't feel ready to buy equipment and paints, occasional "further" workshops are a good chance to tackle new projects.

The maximum size of frame I have is 20" x 14" but if you wish to work on something larger please contact me so we can discuss whether I can provide a larger frame or if you have something suitable to use as a frame yourself. You can buy lightweight silk habutai from me but if you would like to experiment with any other fabrics do bring some along. (If the fabric pieces are smaller than about 12" square, you will also need to bring some kind of frame, e.g. an embroidery frame, on which to stretch the fabric.

An apron or overall is probably advisable and please bring a hairdryer if you can. Also, please bring any pictures, sketches or other resources for ideas which you may already have.