Exploring Fabric Manipulation

Ref: C3671667

This creative course explores textiles as art, specifically focusing on the way stitch and dye processes can be used to transform and manipulate the fabric surface. Taking an experimental approach to textiles, learners will gain a grounding in a range of textile techniques. They will have the chance to experiment with a variety of processes whilst working with both traditional and alternative materials.

Course aim

The course aims to explore textiles as an art form, focusing specifically on the way stitch and dye processes can be used to transform and manipulate the fabric surface.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use a range of stitch techniques to manipulate the fabric surface.
  • Demonstrate a range of Japanese shibori techniques including dye and steaming methods.
  • Create a fabric sample exploring trapunto quilting.
  • Combine learnt techniques to create an independent, creative sample.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fabric manipulation within contemporary textiles or fashion.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • No homework is set or expected, however due to the slower pace of textile processes students often choose to take work home to work on between classes.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Work can be stored at The Artworks, but some students prefer to have their own file/box to store samples particularly if they are bringing them to and from classes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course is a regular textiles course with a different theme or topic each term. Many students choose to return each term and continue their learning.

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Exploring Fabric Manipulation


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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