Decorative Textiles Improvers

Ref: C2339725

This course is aimed at those with existing sewing skills. You will learn a range of decorative techniques that can create interesting and vibrant surfaces on textiles. You will be encouraged to experiment with stitch, print making, fabric manipulation and much more.

Course aim

To learn and explore a range of decorative techniques that can be applied to textiles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Use machine stitches to create decoration.
  • Create decorative surfaces using applique and machine embroidery.
  • Use fabric paints to create interesting prints.
  • Manipulate fabric to create interesting surfaces and patterns.
  • Apply the techniques learnt to make a finished item, for eample, a bag, cushion or zip purse.

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Equipment such as sewing machines are provided. You will need to bring your own materials for your projects for example fabric. You will be given a guide at the beginning of the course as to what you need to bring each week.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Decorative Textiles Improvers

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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