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Cornish Cottages


2 Days

Sat, 3rd October, 2020 to Sun, 4th October, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Design, make and frame a contemporary piece of textile artwork in a weekend.From start to finish Cat will guide you through the process of choosing a composition, selecting fabrics, piecing, stitching, mounting and framing your own Cornish Cottage artwork.Inspired by the charming and quaint cottages of the fishing village and luscious countryside of Cornwall, we will use our own photographs or images in combination with inspiring images brought by the tutor to create a unique piece of textile artwork. Using the techniques of free machine embroidery you will add details and extra textural interest to your fabric base whilst personalising it and retaining a sense of fun. Learn how to give a contemporary feel to the work using the relief technique and shadow mounting it at the end of the weekend.


Inspiring photo of cottages or houses, your own perhaps, a favourite holiday cottage or row of cottages in a favourite fishing village, the tutor will have samples and some designs as a jumping off point. A photograph can help you choose your colours if you feel stuck with this aspect. Most of my colour palettes are muted but feel free to go crazy and bring a selection of brighter pieces if that’s your preference.

Fabric – from little bits and pieces to charm pack sized pieces, some larger pieces may be handy. Look at your photo for reference.

Sewing machine – free machine embroidery foot, ability to drop the feed dogs, manual, power cable & pedal please ensure you are confident in using your machine and that it is in good working order

Basic sewing kit, scissors, needles, tweezers etc

Pencil, paper,

Threads, I use a dark blue/navy/grey to outline the whole of my piece.

Invisible thread,


Box frame: this is a frame that has a ‘slip’ of wood between the glass and the back board of the frame, keeping the glass away from the precious fabric. It also helps add a sense of depth and texture to the piece.

The size of the frame you bring will govern the size of your piece of work you make. Square or rectangular isn’t a problem, recommended suggestion is 8x8 inches – 10 x10 inches square, 7x9 or 8x 10 inches rectangular.

Standard box frames can now be bought at The Range and Ikea.

Materials that can be purchased from tutor on the day:

A4 sized pelmet piece for backing your work

Mount board to be used in the framing of your piece

Can be borrowed from tutor on the day:

Awls for punching holes


We come under educational and have been holding a few small classes and workshops already with very good feedback to how safe people feel and also that they can still enjoy themselves! 

We are fully covid safe and there are only a maximum of 6 students all socially distanced. We ask that you wear a face covering (we do have face shields for £2.50) and bring all your own equipment as nothing can be shared.

Any concerns just give us a call.