Workshops

Workshops: sharing my techniques with you

 Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned crafter, my workshops are a chance for you to put aside the stresses of daily life, develop new skills and immerse yourself in the creative process, with exciting results. Choose from the selection of online and face-to-face courses below, and sign up to my newsletter if you’d like to hear about future dates.

What can I learn?

The workshops are all based on the techniques I use, and cover one or more of the following areas:

Textile painting – applying textile paint directly onto raw, natural fabrics, such as calico, linen or cotton, you’ll play with colour as you build up your atmospheric landscape or seascape.

Monoprinting – this is where you apply paint to an object and use it to create one unique imprint. My workshops use natural objects such as grasses, seed heads and feathers, as well as objects from around the home.

Free motion embroidery – I’ll show you how to set up the darning embroidery foot on a sewing machine then give you tips and guidance as you have fun experimenting with flowing lines, stitches and colour.

 

 Online workshops

I begin these workshops by demonstrating the techniques and am then on hand to guide you and answer questions as you try them out. I’ll let you know in advance which materials you’ll need. You can book a one-to-one course or join a group session, all via Zoom – the easy-to-use video conferencing app.

 

If there is a particular area you would like to focus on that isn’t listed below, please get in touch with me at hello@elliehipkinart.com and I’ll do my best to help.

Face-to-face workshops

In-person classes will return from July at Made and Making in Hassocks. The studio is spacious and bright and is set in the South Downs Nurseries and Garden Centre, with free parking. Spaces are limited to eight per class.

Address: Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9LY

Monoprinting with embroidery workshop

Discover the magic of monoprinting with real plants and flowers, and then learn how to use free motion embroidery to add depth and texture to your picture – you’ll be amazed by the results. No experience is required for this enjoyable workshop, and you will leave with a 25cm x 30cm original piece of textile art.

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron.

Date: Sunday 26th July 2020

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £65 per person

To book: visit Made and Making

Textile art workshop

Come and learn how to paint your own expressive artwork onto natural fabric, with explorations of colour inspired by the changing seasons. You’ll then learn how to set up a sewing machine with a darning foot so that you can add flowing lines, shapes and texture to your painting with free motion embroidery. As your confidence grows you’ll learn to trust your instincts, and watch as a beautiful artwork appears.

No experience is required, other than some familiarity with a sewing machine, and you will leave with your own 25cm x 25cm piece of original art.

Dates: sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about my autumn dates

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £65 per person

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron.

 

Textile art: three-day course

This is my most in-depth course on the techniques of textile painting, monoprinting and free motion embroidery. You’ll build skills and confidence in all three areas, and will leave with your own 40cm x 40cm original piece of textile art.

Day 1: This will be a playful day spent exploring and experimenting. You’ll learn how to apply textile paints directly onto natural fabrics, and will practise using real plants and objects to create a range of monoprinting effects.

Day 2: Using the techniques you have learnt, you’ll begin to create your final piece. I will be on hand to advise you, and will share some of my own artwork for inspiration. The session will end with a demonstration of free motion embroidery.

Day 3: First building your confidence on practice pieces, you’ll then add texture and movement to your artwork through free motion embroidery. You may also choose to add appliqué and hand embroidery. We will end the course by viewing all the finished pieces, with tips for framing your work.

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron. You are also welcome to bring your own objects of nature to print with.

Dates: Sundays 27th September and 11th and 18th October 2020

Time: 10:30am – 3pm

Cost: £180 per person

To book, visit Made and Making

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