Pattern and Colour Into Cloth

Ref: C3126856

In this course you will colour cloth with Rust and Indigo dyeing methods. There will be the opportunity to work with both random and planned repeat patterns.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to give you an introduction to methods of applying colour and pattern to cloth with dyeing techniques.

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:

  • Work with the natural process of rust and tea dyeing to produce random patterns and experimental marks on cloth.
  • Plan and make patterns with rust and tea dyeing.
  • Create random tie and dye patterns with Indigo.
  • Create more complex patterns in cloth with shibori techniques.
  • Stitch together a selection of your coloured fabric pieces to make a decorative or useful textile item.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to bring a sketchbook and pencil to keep a record of your work and techniques used. Some fabric will be provided and dye chemicals but you will need to add to our collection of cloth with your own. Eg old cotton shirts, sheeting or other per-loved fabric or lace.

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?

Download full course information sheet

Pattern and Colour Into Cloth

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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