Farfield Mill

PAST WORKSHOPS

Caren Threlfall - Spring Landscapes in Felt

Tuesday 4 April £45 including materials

Create individual pieces of textile art, using wet felting and needle felting techniques. During the day, you will learn the techniques and make a number of pieces that you will be able to take home and be proud of!

Ruth Kidd- Ann Blockley style Bluebell wood

Saturday 25 March £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Recreate a beautiful spring-time bluebell wood with Ruth as she guides you through a step by step process to paint your own masterpiece. All abilities are welcome whether you want to develop your artistic abilities or find your inner artist! Ruth will frame your artwork ready for you to take home to impress your friends and family.

Jan Beadle- Bold Diamond Twill Weaving

Thursday 9 March price £50 plus £5 for materials on the day

Twill weaving is the most diverse weaving structure, so we're going to go bold and weave some large scale diamond patterns. This will suit an absolute beginner and those with a little more experience wanting to explore weaving twill patterns. The 4 shaft looms will be set up and ready to go!

Stuart Gray- Old Barn

Tuesday 21 February £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Capture the essence of an old Yorkshire barn with Stuart as he guides you through a step by step process to paint your own masterpiece. All abilities are welcome whether you want to develop your artistic abilities or find your inner artist! Stuart will frame your artwork ready for you to take home to impress your friends and family.

Wendy Ann Stanger - Creative Lampshades

Saturday 10 December Price £45 plus £5on the day for a lampshade or you can bring your own.

Create your own lampshades using techniques demonstrated. You can use any colour pallet you like and please feel free to bring items along to include in your unique shade... this could be sea glass and shells gathered from the beach, feathers or fora from the garden. I will bring a wide range of objects with me to choose from. Lace and sheer fabrics also work well or small pieces of rusted metal such as a ring pull or washer.

Caren Threlfall - Children's Christmas felt making workshop

Saturday 3 December Price £10 7yrs and up

A fun workshop, where you can create colourful Christmas decorations, using wet felting and needle felting techniques. You will make colourful baubles, as well as robins, penguins or Christmas puds that will be ready to hang on your tree.

Caren Threlfall - Felt Painting

Tuesday 15th November price £45 including materials

 

Create individual pieces of textile art,using wet felting and needle felting techniques. During the day, you will learn the techniques and make a number of pieces that you will  be able to take home and be proud of!

 

Jan Beadle-Introduction to Weaving

Wednesday 19 October £50 plus £5 materials in the day

If you have already started weaving and never tried rug weaving this is a perfect opportunity to learn a weft faced technique. Beginners would also find this an easy introduction into weaving, too.

Looms will be set up and ready to go!

Gill Curwen - Standing Wool (Quillie Rugs)

Sunday 9 October (£55)

Standing Wool (Quillie) Rugs are a very unusual form for rag rug that is rarely seen in its truest form. Come along for a gentle introduction where you will learn how to cut and prepare the wool, how to create and sew Quillie coils and how to join coils to create a larger piece of work. We will also look at the art of the Shirred Rug - as a highly complementary technique, it is frequently used in combination with Standing Wool.

On the day, you will be making a small textile piece using Standing Wool technique - which could be a coaster, table centre, seat pad or the beginnings of something much bigger.

Some materials will be provided although you are also welcome to bring any WOOL fabrics of your own.

PLEASE NOTE: if you do bring your own wool, it must have been put through a boil wash prior to use, in order to felt/full the fibres. You will need to use wool that is either hand wash only or dry clean only.

All other equipment will be provided on the day and there will be the opportunity to purchase your own at the end of the workshop.

Gill has 20 yrs experience as a rag rug maker and has specialised in Standing Wool and shirring technique for the past 6 yrs. to see more of her work please go to www.bappleandjojo.weebly.com

Ruth Kidd - Birds in Watercolour

Sunday 25 September £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Have you ever wanted to paint beautiful birds in watercolour? Come and join Ruth as she guides you through a step by step process to paint your own masterpiece. All abilities are welcome whether you want to develop your artistic abilities or find your inner artist! Ruth will frame your artwork ready for you to take home to impress your friends and family.

Jan Beadle-Collapsed Weaving

Tuesday 20 September £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Create your own hand woven scarf in a day, incorporating unusual yarns that magically collapsed giving the weave an unusual rippled effect. Looms will be set up and ready to go for you to create your own unique scarf.

Jan Beadle- Becoming a Weaver

Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 August £100 plus £5 materials on the day

If you know the basics, maybe set up your own loom and weave some patterns, or have never done any weaving before and would love to have a go, this is the course for you! The two day course will take you through the whole process of winding a warp and dressing a loom to weaving your cloth. Jan will provide you with all the tips, tricks and techniques to ease your path into weaving.

Kids Summer Workshop - Marbling and Book Binding

Ages 7  +

Create your own hand bound book using marbled paper techniques and Japanese stab binding.  Marbling creates brightly coloured swirled patterns and no two are ever the same.  Mess about with colour and water to create a spacey looking book that's entirely your own!

 

£10 per child and this includes tuition, materials and a lunch and refreshments.

 

Jan Beadle-Shadow Weaving

Thursday 2 June £50 plus £5 materials in the day

Shadow weaving on 4 shaft table looms. Perfect for beginners but something new for the more experienced. This technique creates optical mixes with light and dark yarns.

Looms will be set up and ready to go!

Ruth Kidd - Landscape in Watercolour

Saturday 2 July £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Have you always wanted to have a go at Landscape painting? Join Ruth for the day working following a step by step demonstration to help you to produce your own landscape masterpiece! She will then frame your artwork ready for you to take home to impress your friends and family!

 

 

Charity van Der Meer- Surface and Fashion Design for Summer Coats

3,4 & 5 June (3 day course) £250 including a light lunch and refreshments

The workshop will focus on working creatively in exploring and concentrating on surface designing. We will explore the structures and rough surface using different techniques and materials.

While focusing on designing and making a one-piece nuno felted A-line coat, students will learn how to create and to add box pleats and extra float accent into the coats to create a princess line coat.

They will develop and enlarge their own pattern with with a very simple, but effective method that will help them develop their own pattern that will suit and fit them.

In addition we will be creating textures on the surface to create a very creative coat. they will get to work with all kinds of fibres (linen, soya, silk) and raw wool to create the textures to their own liking. This is a great opportunity to learn how to create you new one piece long or short sleeved and fashionable spring coat.

Basic felting experience required.

Materials 

You will need; 300g very fine merino 16 or 18. your choice of colours. 9m chiffon 3.5mm or pongee 5mm if you are adding pleats. Silk fibres 100g.

Ruth Kidd - Flowers in Watercolour

Tuesday 24 May £50 plus £5 materials on the day

Have you always wanted to have a go at painting or improving your existing artistic skills? 

Then why not join Ruth for a day here at Farfield Mill (all abilities welcome). You will work with Ruth who will do a step by step demonstration to help you produce a real masterpiece in water colour. She will then frame your artwork ready for you to take home to impress the family. 

Jan Beadle- 4 Shaft Honeycomb

Thursday 12 May £50 plus £5 materials on the day.

Honey comb weaving creates cell like structures which resemble the bee's honeycomb. creates a lovely soft furnishing fabric.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced wanting to develop their skills. Looms will be set up ready to go!

Janet Phillips- Bark inspired Silk Collage

Wednesday 20 April (£50)

Learn about the history and production of silk. We will use at least 9 different forms of silk fibres from cocoons, carrier rods, throwsters, tussah, noils, hankies, caps, bricks, tops etc. Make silk leaves on top of really leaves, acorns from wool and cut cocoons. Build up your collage on a base of net using glues. We will also make a delicate silk bowl.

Jan Beadle- Huck Weave Lace

Tuesday 5 April sold out additional date Wednesday 6 April (Cost £50 plus £5 for materials on the day)

A traditional Swedish Technique which is easy to master even for beginners wanting to have a go at weaving.

A really delicate lacy effect for any weaver who hasn't done this before. Looms will be set up and ready to go!

£5 charge on the day for all the yarns

Jan Beadle- Overshot Weaving

Tuesday 23 February (Cost £50 plus £5 for materials on the day)

Lovely Technique weaves incredible bold patterns on a 4 shaft loom. This class is perfect for beginners, but weavers with a little more experience will enjoy experimenting with this technique to create a scarf, hanging or runner.

Looms will be set up and ready to go!

£5 charge on the day for all yarns

Jan Beadle - Clasped Weft Weaving

Tuesday 10th November

10.30 - 4.30

£50 + £5 on the day

SOLD OUT

Come and learn this simple but effective clasped weave technique.

This class is perfect for beginners but weavers with a little more experience will enjoy experimenting with this technique to create a scarf, hanging or runner

All equipment will be provided with a small charge for £5 materials on the day

Jan Beadle - Become a Weaver

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd October

10.30 - 4.30

£100 + £5 on the day 1 place left!!

If you have never done weaving before or dabbled just alittle and still not getting the hang of it this is the course for you.

Ever fancied learning how to weave or are you still struggling to dress a loom but daunted by all the technical stuff, then “Become a Weaver” and learn how to use a 4 shaft loom.

On this 2 day course Jan will cover how to plan, set up a loom and create your own fabric.

All equipment will be provided with a small charge £5 for materials on the day

Colin Reynolds - Digital Black & White Photography

Saturday 8th August

10.30 - 4.30

£50

DESCRIPTION: Colin will take you through the processes required to create high quality black and white digital prints

SUITABLE FOR: People with some knowledge of digital photography who want to understand how to create atmospheric B & W digital prints.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: You should be confident in handling your digital camera. There will be an opportunity to explore the grounds to take some pictures and improve your composition techniques.

WHAT TO BRING: A digital camera, a tripod if you have one and a notepad/pen for making notes. There will be a handout to cover the course.

CLASS OUTLINE: In the morning we will look at what creates a good black and white photograph and some basic composition techniques. Then we will spend an hour or so (Weather permitting) outside in the grounds of the mill taking photographs. In the afternoon we will be looking at the techniques of converting a colour image to a digital Black and White print.

Colin is a local photographer based in Kendal. He has exhibited throughout the region. He specialises in atmospheric Black and White landscape and abstract images. He also runs courses in the area on digital and film photography. He runs a studio and gallery on Highagte in Kendal. Colin will have an exhibition of his seascape images in the Howgill gallery at the mill during July and August.

You can see more of Colin’s work at; www.colinreynoldsphotography.co.uk

www.facebook.com/colinreynoldsphotography

Jan Beadle - Double Weave

Tuesday 14th July

10.30 - 4.30

£50 + £5 on the day

Double weave is away to weave two layers of fabric at the same time.

It can be used to create sculptural and three dimensional effects. Pockets, tubes and double width fabric

This class is perfect for beginners but weavers with a little more experience will enjoy experimenting with this technique

All equipment will be provided with a small charge of £5 for materials on the day

Jan Beadle - Overshot

Thursday 28th May

10.30 - 4.30

£50 + £5 on the day

Overshot creates wonderful bold curved patterns on just a 4 shaft table loom.

Create a lovely placemat, scarf or hanging while learning this lovely traditional technique

Suitable for beginners and the more experienced getting to grips with patterns All equipment will be provided with a small charge of £5 for materials on the day

Gillian Cooper- Print, Paint, Play

Sunday 10th May

10.30 - 4.30

£50 + £5 on the day

DESCRIPTION: In Print, Paint, Play, students will experiment with three different surface design techniques: monoprinting using gelli-plates, painting using Inktense and stencilling using paintsticks. The aim is to create beautiful fabric which can then be stitched into to complete unique works of art.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners, but also more advanced who wish to try something different

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None EQUIPMENT: All equipment will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring it along

WHAT TO BRING: Fabric and paper – doesn’t need to be white, but light enough that you will see a print on top. Inspirational sources, such as leaves, printing blocks, stamps, any mark-making things, however unusual. Hand sewing kit, wadding, backing fabric if you want to add stitched details.

Jan Beadle - Become a Weaver

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April

10.30 - 4.30

SOLD OUT

If you have never done weaving before or dabbled just a little and still not getting the hang of it this is the course for you.

Ever fancied learning how to weave or are you still struggling to dress a loom but daunted by all the technical stuff, then “Become a Weaver” and learn how to use a 4 shaft loom.

On this two day course, Jan will cover how to plan, set up a loom and create your own fabric.

All equipment will be provided with a small charge of £5 for materials on the day

Helen Elvin - Willow Basket Weaving

Saturday 14th March

10.30 - 4.30

£35 + £5 on the day for materials.

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn to weave a small round based basket with willow.

SUITABLE FOR adults – beginners and onwards

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: : None.

WHAT TO BRING: bring your own secateurs, knife and bodkin if you have them . Also a weight or smooth stone 

CLASS OUTLINE: make the traditional style base using pairing, stake up the sides, waling up then a good border to finish

Jan Beadle - Krokbragd

Thursday 12th March

10.30 - 4.30

£50 + £5 on the day

Weaving Krokbragd is a traditional Scandinavian weaving technique, which is often used for rugs and soft furnishings

This is a perfect course for absolute beginners, but also an opportunity for those with a little experience to develop further.

Jan will show you how to follow the patterns to create a small placemat or hanging All equipment will be provided with a small charge of £5 for materials on the day

Joan Newall - The Hinged Book

Weds 10th Dec 

10.30 - 4.30

£45

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how to construct a hard backed book with hinged covers using watercolour paper and grey board. You will be shown step by step how to cut paper and grey board, how to apply cover paper and how to make fastenings for your book.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Both beginners and those with experience in book making This workshop will give you the opportunity to make at least one book with hinged covers using grey board and book cloth. You will be given a comprehensive outline of tools and materials and how to use them and how to find the grain in paper. Comprehensive hand-outs will be given during the course

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT TUTOR Joan Newall has a First Class Honours degree in Textiles and Printmaking and specialises in the construction of artists’ books. She teaches book making, machine embroidery and surface decoration in Pateley Bridge as well as working with Year 11 students She exhibits widely throughout the UK and can next be seen at The Manchester Book Fair at the School of Art, Manchester University in October. Her work can be seen on www.pagepaperstitch.co.uk, on Facebook and Pinterest and her courses at Pateley Bridge can be seen on info@numbersix.info although all her courses for this year are full. This workshop co-insides with an exhibition of her students’ work over the past

MAKING A HINGED BOOK WITH HARD COVERS REQUIREMENT LIST

For those new to book making this can be a very daunting list. I will have grey board and watercolour paper and some tools and glues with me that you can purchase at cost but it is always best to try and source your own materials. If you are unsure then you can email me for advice newalljoan-alan@tiscali.co.uk You will need the following:

1. Grey Board – medium weight or 2mm

2. Cover paper – Paperchase sell a really good quality wrapping paper but if you have your own painted papers , that’s great a 90 gsm watercolour paper is fine.

3. Paper for pages – I use a watercolour paper from Great Art which comes in cheap at 50p sheet. You can of course use recycled papers, even painted newspaper.

4. Masking tape – a low-tack one.

5. Glue. If you have bookbinders’ paste great, if not, PVA.

6. Craft knife and self-healing mat – essential.

7. Safety Ruler - essential. Safety rulers have a ridge along the top where your fingers fit, they are metal and can be bought at good art shops.

8. Silicone paper – baking parchment.

9. Pencils etc.

10. Stanley knife with a new blade in it.


Jan Beadle - Weave a Winter Scarf

Thursday 20 November 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50

HURRY! ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT!

Your four Shaft Looms will be set up ready to go, there will be a huge range of beautifully textured yarns that are all the rage to incorporate into your winter scarf.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Chrissie Day - Advanced Double Knitting

Saturday 15 November 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£45

CANCELLED

Chrissie Day (resident artist) 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Previous Double Knitting

SUITABLE FOR: Experienced

EQUIPMENT: Good Wool 4ply

WHAT TO BRING: Needles. Also available to buy @ Mill.

IN THIS CLASS WE WILL:

1. Master Reverse stocking stitch technique which interlocks your design together because we have specifically reversed our colours on each side of the piece therefore giving a mirror image.    

2. Cover the self colouring edge technique.

3. Differing cast on methods,

4. Dual-coloured work with differing designs on either side ie Spots and Stripes.

5. Using the technique to give pockets in garments, learning how to cast off and re-cast on for differing layers.

6. Reversed stocking stitch Double Knitting technique when knitting Fairisle designs with a backing layer

7. A Double Knitted piece design written and charted for the class and will be yours to take home. To take the Masterclass knitters must be proficient in dual yarn handling and preferably have done some Double knitting before.

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog ---  http://www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web ---  http://www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie Day has produced several books on fibre arts including many on knitting and crochet and felting. Having tutored Internationally and at the Masterclass sections of the Knitting and Stitching Shows here in the UK, Chrissie is delighted to be able to bring these skills locally and teach at Farfield Mill where she has her studio.


Jan Beadle - Weaving Twills

Tuesday 14 October 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50

Twill has many variations but all are characterised by the diagonal lines formed in the weaving. Four Shaft Looms will be set up ready to go, enabling you to explore texture and colour combinations on the day.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Chrissie Day - New Framed Felt Bag introducing the Polly Bag

Saturday 04 October 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£45 + £22 direct to tutor for frame and handles. Payable on the day.

Chrissie Day (resident artist) 

SOLD OUT

Come and make the new style internal framed felted Nuno Bag with leather trims.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners

EQUIPMENT: All equipment provided on the day including kit containing internal frame, bag feet, catches, leather handles and trims. Fibres are available to buy @ Mill on the day.

WHAT TO BRING: Towel and basic felting kit

OUTLINE: Another Felted bag this time the POLLY bag with anew type of internal frame giving a new look. Every bit as good as the Carpet Bag but different.

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog ---  http://www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web ---  http://www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie Day has produced several books on fibre arts including many on knitting and crochet and felting. Having tutored Internationally and at the Masterclass sections of the Knitting and Stitching Shows here in the UK, Chrissie is delighted to be able to bring these skills locally and teach at Farfield Mill where she has her studio. Chrissie has written 3 felting books .


July/August 2014

Meet Joseph! He’s arrived a little early for Sheepfest – but more than 50 businesses, voluntary organisations and schools are catching up, already committed to producing a sheep which represents them . Some are still working out what to do or have decided on the idea but don’t know how to make it, others have the skills but need the materials (free for all the help you need from our wonderful community arts team headed by Donna Campbell at our DROP IN WORKSHOPS

Don’t run a business? The individual/family category, first prize £100 is the best humorous depiction of one of our three local breeds – Rough Fell; Herdwick (now there’s a tough guy) and Swaledale. Bring the family, bring your friends – particularly the crafty ones - enjoy a free tea , coffee or juice. There may even be custard creams . . .


Jan Beadle - Collapsed Weaving

Saturday 6 September 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50

ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT!

Create your own hand woven scarf in a day, incorporating unusual yarns that magically collapse in the weave, giving an unusual rippled effect. Four Shaft Looms will be set up and ready to go for you to create your own unique scarf.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Stella Adams-Schofield - Quilted Stories – Transferring Images and Creating Quilting Patterns

Saturday 23 August 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£40

Come and learn to create personal quilting patterns using everyday materials. You will explore image transfer and photo reproduction techniques and then combine both images and patterns to create a mini-quilt that tells a personal story.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

SUITABLE FOR: All abilities

WHAT TO BRING: • Sewing machine (optional) • Sewing kit – pins, sewing needles, tape measure, embroidery, dressmaking and paper scissors, tacking thread, sewing threads etc. • Pencil and notebook • 50cm (20”) square piece of cotton wadding (this will also be available to purchase at cost price) • A variety of fabric pieces, choose those that may be special to you or that you particularly like (you will need at least two that are 50 cm (20”) square for the top and bottom quilt cloths, and other smaller pieces for patchwork or appliqué) • Items such as coins, jewellery, memorabilia etc to use a templates to design a personal quilting pattern • Photographs and images that have personal significance to you - we will using copies of any images and photos and the originals will remain undamaged • Embroidery threads, buttons, lace and ribbons – any trimmings that you find interesting or that hold a personal significance for you and you would like to incorporate into your quilt. • Image transfer and photo reproduction materials will be available at a small extra charge, please bring approx. £5 (you will only pay for what you use)

CLASS OUTLINE: During the day the participants will: • Learn how to use a variety of image transfer and photo reproduction techniques in order to incorporate images and photographs into their textile work; • Learn how to use everyday objects to create personal quilting patterns; • Use a variety of sewing techniques including hand and/or machine quilting and embroidery to combine materials, images and patterns to create a mini-quilt that tells a personal story.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT TUTOR: I am an artist, researcher and teacher and I explore and work with textiles to reveal their stories and history. My work has developed in response to the bonds that I share, across time and cultures, with others who make, use and care for textiles. My starting point is rooted in traditional British textile craft practice and I am particularly interested in the process of making textiles and textile makers. I have been teaching textiles workshops for many years and have a wide knowledge of a variety of textile techniques and of the history of textiles.

www.stellaadams-schofield.co.uk (website is currently being updated)


FREE SHEEP WILLOW WORKSHOP

Willow Sculpture this weekend Sat 9th & Sun 10th

Maximum 8 – first come first served – may be able to bring a child from 8 years, a teenager or a friend to help, depending on take-up.

Phone 015396 21958 between 10.30a.m. and 5.00p.m or 015396 20489 outside these times to book a place or discuss the possibility of an evening workshop

But there must be a snag?

The sculpture must be of a sheep or lambs or a combination of the two and anyone subtly trying to turn theirs into a deer or a hedgehog will be asked politely to leave! And you can’t have them until they have appeared in Sheepfest on 13/14 September.


Jan Beadle - Weave Leno

Thursday 3 July 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50

Hurry! Only few places left!

Learn the finger manipulated leno technique, which produces a beautiful lace effect in weaving. You will have the opportunity to create your own individual woven piece. Four Shaft Looms will be set up and ready to go.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Elizabeth Shorrock - It Started with a Concertina

Saturday 24 May 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50

The concertina fold is very basic but is the foundation for many other book forms. Participants will explore the various ways it can be used and create a series of samples which can be used to inform future work. Their will be the opportunity to turn at least one of the samples into a finished book so that all the processes have been learnt. The tutor will bring many examples of her own work as inspiration.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners and more experienced bookmakers

EQUIPMENT: Papers and board will be provided but participants can bring a selection of their own papers if desired. They will need: Cutting mat, knife and spare blades, pencil, rubber and ruler (the longer the better and if you have a quilter's rule or square bring that) Bone folder (tutor has some spares)

WHAT TO BRING: As above and don't forget your glasses if you need them. A camera is useful to take photos of the various stages as you go along.

ABOUT TUTOR: I am a mixed media artist specialising in the production of handmade books, both useful and sculptural. As well as exhibiting regularly with PagePaperStitch I also exhibit with Green Door Artists and Lakes Collective. Last year I was selected to take part in various other exhibitions including "Collect Cumbria" at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and the C-Art exhibition at Rheged. More information and pictures can be found on www.pagepaperstitch.co.uk and www.heirloombooks.webeden.co.uk


Louise Martin - Woven Tapestry - Surface Texture

Saturday 17th May

10.30 - 4.30

£50

This workshop is a perfect way to learn different techniques to add texture to your tapestry weaving.

To save times the looms will be warped up.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

During the day you will work through different techniques to produce a small sample. Loom and materials will be provided at no additional cost.

Looms can be bought for £10.

What to bring: Paper and pen for notes plus scissors.

Louise Martin is an experienced tapestry artist based in Scotland. She was senior weaver at Stirling Castle for a decade and now combines exhibiting internationally, teaching and giving talks.

Since 2008 Louise has been Membership Secretary of the British Tapestry Group. Some of her work can be seen in the Howgill Gallery as part of the British Tapestry Group exhibition 26 April - 29 June.

www.louisemartintapestry.com

www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk


Jan Beadle - Weaving for the Home

Saturday 10 May 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50 - Sold Out!

Create your own hand woven fabric that could be for a table runner, cushion or just to hang on your wall. Four Shaft Looms will be set up and ready to go for you to create your own unique fabric for the home.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Jan Beadle - Let's Get Weaving

Thursday 10 April 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm

£50 - SOLD OUT

Get started with the basics of weaving a make a wild funky scarf from start to finish using lamb's wool and fabulous novelty yarns. The four shaft looms will me set up and ready to go on the day.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners as well as those who would like to develop their skills further.

EQUIPMENT: Yarns for workshop cost £5 per person, payable to the tutor on the day.

ABOUT TUTOR: Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts Jan now concentrates fulltime making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities most of these classes are in beautiful venues across Cumbria.

To see some of Jan’s work and details of all weave classes go to her web page, www.janbeadletextiles.co.uk.


Charity Van de Meer - Felted Garments - Top/Waistcoat

Saturday 15 March 2014

10.30 - 4.30

£50 - SOLD OUT

This course is for felters who enjoy playing with textures using different materials to create structure and layers. We work with contrasting the colours and still have the balance to catch the eye. Colour contrasting will play a big role. We will work with silk fabrics, fine Merino. For decorations will use Wensleydale or Lincolnlongwool, knitting yarns, Mohair and many more materials what you lay your hands on, the choices are unlimited. Above all, Students will learn how to make very fine fashionable quality felt.

SUITABLE FOR: Those with experience

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Must be able to felt

WHAT TO BRING: Need-Felt 1.5, Silk Fabrics Chiffon/Pongee 2m 110 wide, Wool/Silk 50/50 - 100g, Wool blends 50/50 Alpaca/Silk 50g, Towels

You can also purchase them direct from the tutor on the day at cost.

OUTLINE: This workshop is for designing and making fashionable and creative Top/Waistcoat, using a very simple but effective pattern I have developed over the years of experience.

ABOUT TUTOR: Charity studied design in the UK and lives in Holland. She is one of the felters in the Dutch exhibition - Felt Through Contact - Viltkontaktgroep. Her beautiful felt designs have been seen nationally and internationally.              

www.sharit.net

 


Charity Van de Meer - Felted Garments - Top/Waistcoat

Friday 14 March 2014

10.30 - 4.30

£50 - SOLD OUT

This course is for felters who enjoy playing with textures using different materials to create structure and layers. We work with contrasting the colours and still have the balance to catch the eye. Colour contrasting will play a big role. We will work with silk fabrics, fine Merino. For decorations will use Wensleydale or Lincolnlongwool, knitting yarns, Mohair and many more materials what you lay your hands on, the choices are unlimited. Above all, Students will learn how to make very fine fashionable quality felt.

SUITABLE FOR: Those with experience

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Must be able to felt

WHAT TO BRING: Need-Felt 1.5, Silk Fabrics Chiffon/Pongee 2m 110 wide, Wool/Silk 50/50 - 100g, Wool blends 50/50 Alpaca/Silk 50g, Towels

You can also purchase them from the tutor on the day at cost.

OUTLINE: This workshop is for designing and making fashionable and creative Top/Waistcoat, using a very simple but effective pattern I have developed over the years of experience.

ABOUT TUTOR: Charity studied design in the UK and lives in Holland. She is one of the felters in the Dutch exhibition - Felt Through Contact - Viltkontaktgroep. Her beautiful felt designs have been seen nationally and internationally.              

www.sharit.net

 


Chrissie Day - Felted Jewellery

Saturday 8 March 2014

10.30 - 4.30

£45

Chrissie Day (resident artist)

Interested in designing and making your own unique piece of fibre jewellery? We will enhance with silk fibres, rubber, beads, Fold Shibori style, enclose objects, and attach findings (if needed). This is a fun filled exploratory day in fibre jewellery.

EQUIPMENT: Fibres will be available to purchase on the day

WHAT TO BRING: Plain merino and merino with silk approx. 20-30 gms, (also available to buy on the day), stones or other small pieces to enclose if required, towels

CLASS OUTLINE: During this class we will learn how to mix raw silk fibres into the wool to enhance and contrast prior to shaping our felt Shibori style, and learning also how to enclose objects into the piece, plus shaping dry fibres prior to wetting and incorporating additional materials. Whether a bracelet, necklace or rings are made the techniques learnt will be the same.

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog --- www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web --- www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie has been creating with fibre and mixed media for many years, has written numerous books on the subject and teaches nationally and Internationally.


Chrissie Day - Felted Carpet Bag

Sunday 16 February 2014

10.30 - 4.30

£45 - SOLD OUT

Chrissie Day (resident artist) 

Come and make the ever popular internal framed leather handled nuno carpet bag including feet and magnetic catch.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners up to Experienced

WHAT TO BRING: Two Towels, 160gms Merino, 40gms Norwegian (Available to Buy @ Mill)

OUTLINE: Decide on correct fibres for the durability and strength for a carpet bag, lay out fibres and create nuno effects. Insert Tubular frame into channel created in the design process. Make internal pocket. Stitch Leather Straps on.

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog ---  http://www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web ---  http://www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie has been creating with fibre and mixed media for many years, has written numerous books on the subject and teaches nationally and Internationally. 


Chrissie Day - Felted Carpet Bag

Saturday 15 February 2014

10.30 - 4.30

£45 SOLD OUT!

Chrissie Day (resident artist) 

Come and make the ever popular internal framed leather handled nuno carpet bag including feet and magnetic catch.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners up to Experienced

WHAT TO BRING: Two Towels, 160gms Merino, 40gms Norwegian (Available to Buy @ Mill)

OUTLINE: Decide on correct fibres for the durability and strength for a carpet bag, lay out fibres and create nuno effects. Insert Tubular frame into channel created in the design process. Make internal pocket. Stitch Leather Straps on.

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog ---  http://www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web ---  http://www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie has been creating with fibre and mixed media for many years, has written numerous books on the subject and teaches nationally and Internationally. 


Coptic Stitch Book Making

Saturday 26 October

£40  

10.30am - 4.30pm - SOLD OUT

Joan Newall

On this workshop you will be shown how to construct a hard back Coptic stitch book using watercolour paper for signatures and grey board for covers. Coptic stitch is one of the most decorative book styles and, once learnt, can be used in many different ways.

WHAT TO BRING: You will need

  • 3 x A4 sheets of decorative paper, either your own design or bought such as a sheet of good quality wrapping paper - Paperchase have some good ones.
  • Self healing mat
  • craft knife
  • awl
  • sewing cradle
  • ruler(safety)
  • beeswax block
  • Stanley knife
  • hand drill
  • glue bushes
  • Yellow Pages

This list is daunting and I don't expect you to have all the requirements - I will be bringing all my tools so you will be able to use those.  There may be a nominal cost on the day for materials provided, depending on requirements.  This will be no more than £5.

Joan Newall is a well known artist bookmaker working and living in North Yorkshire. She has a first class Honours Degree in textiles and printmaking and is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.  Joan teaches bookmaking, machine embroidery and surface decoration and exhibits widely throughout Yorkshire and Cumbria.

www.pagepaperstitch.co.uk

info@numbersix.info

 


Nuno Textures and Application

Saturday 19 October

£40

10.30am - 4.30pm

Chrissie Day (resident artist)

 

Come and learn how to create textural nuno felt and its many applications in felting.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Participants must be able to felt

EQUIPMENT: 1 metre silk chiffon

CLASS OUTLINE: A portfolio of pieces will be achieved enabling you to refer back to creating these textures again and where they are best used in your felting

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY: Author of Nuno Felt

web--- http://chrissieday.co.uk

Chrissie has been creating with fibre and mixed media for many years, has written numerous books on the subject and teaches nationally and internationally.                                                  

Her latest book 'Nuno Felting' is available from Farfield Mill.

 

 

 

 


WEAVING: Playing with Colour

Wednesday 16 October

£40

10.30am - 4.30pm 

Using already prepared rigid heddle looms participants will be able to weave a selection of samples/experimental pieces choosing from a variety of coloured yarns.   Larger samples could be used later to make a variety of small items.  

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience or anyone who wants to refresh their skills. 

EQUIPMENT: All materials will be provided and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional)

OUTLINE: We will begin with a short introduction to what you will be doing and a demonstration of how to use the looms. The looms will be set up differently to produce different samples and the choice of colours will be up to you.

Weaving Friends - Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn and Susan Head- All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. All of us have taught a variety of weaving workshops.


Learn to Crochet

Saturday 12 October

£40 

10.30am - 4.30pm

Stella Adams-Schofield

Crochet as a craft is currently enjoying something of a revival.  Many of us learned at our grandmother's knee but have long since forgotten the fundamentals that give us the confidence to have another go now. 

On this workshop, Stella teaches how to work a sample of chain, double crochet, treble and slip stitch and then how to read a pattern. Once you have the basics, just add a little practice and perseverance and, with the help of Stella's valuable 'how to' sheets, you will soon be able to tackle some really interesting projects.

During the workshop you will crochet two flower motifs to make into a corsage and take home… along with basic knowledge and skills of a craft to build on and give you hours of future crochet pleasure.

Stella has always enjoyed discovering new textiles techniques, and, as an experienced teacher and practitioner, she enjoys passing on her knowledge and skills to others. Look out for her work currently at Farfield Mill and online at www.stellaadams-schofield.co.uk


Learning to Weave

3 Days:  Thursday, Friday & Saturday 3, 4 & 5 October

£150

10.30am - 4.30pm - SOLD OUT

Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom.  These looms are easy to warp and weaving is straightforward. 

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience who want to refresh their skills and will cover all the core weaving processes – from deciding what you would like to make, choosing your materials, making the warp, dressing the loom, weaving and finishing techniques.

Before the course, please decide what you would like to make; a scarf, mats or fabric for a cushion cover or a bag and let us know via the Mill.  You will be contacted for more details regarding type of yarn, colours etc.

EQUIPMENT: Most materials will be provided but there will be additional yarn for purchase and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional).

We will begin with a short introduction and discussion about the projects chosen. Suitable warp and weft yarns will be discussed and selected. The sett (density) of the fabric and possible threadings will be explained and determined. The width and length of the warp will be calculated and then wound. The completed warp will be used to dress (thread) the loom and each process will be demonstrated along with how the loom works.

Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn, Susan Head.   All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. We have all taught a variety of weaving workshops.


WEAVING: Playing with Texture

Wednesday 25 September   

£40

10.30am - 4.30pm - SOLD OUT

Using already prepared rigid heddle looms participants will be able to weave a selection of samples/experimental pieces using yarns of their choice. Larger samples could be used later to make a variety of small items.

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience or anyone who wants to refresh their skills.

EQUIPMENT: All materials will be provided and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional).

OUTLINE: We will begin with a short introduction to what you will be doing and a demonstration of how to use the looms. The looms will be set up differently to produce different samples and the choice of yarns will be up to you.

Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn Susan Head - All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. We have all taught a variety of weaving workshops.


Nuno Felting Workshop - 'Explore the Surface'

Saturday 20 July

10.30 - 4.30

£40

Chrissie Day (resident artist)  SOLD OUT

Come and learn how to create textural surface on your felt and work it around a resist to form a bag or purse.

SUITABLE FOR: All

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

EQUIPMENT: plastic,bowl for water, roller or pool noodle ,sushi mat, approx. 30-40 gms merino

WHAT TO BRING: any bits in your stash of fabric,ribbon ,silk etc

CLASS OUTLINE: Nuno and textural surface in felt

ABOUT CHRISSIE DAY - author of Nuno Felt,

blog ---  http://www.feltingfibres.wordpress.com

web ---  http://www.feltingfibres.com

Chrissie has been creating with fibre and mixed media for many years, has written numerous books on the subject and teaches nationally and Internationally.  This year she will be in Fano, Denmark, School of Creative Art Arbruzzo, Italy, Farfield Mill Cumbria, World of Wool Yorkshire and Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate.


Learning to Weave

3 Days:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9, 10 & 11 July

£150

10.30am - 4.30pm

Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom.  These looms are easy to warp and weaving is straightforward. 

This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience who want to refresh their skills and will cover all the core weaving processes – from deciding what you would like to make, choosing your materials, making the warp, dressing the loom, weaving and finishing techniques.

Before the course, please decide what you would like to make; a scarf, mats or fabric for a cushion cover or a bag and let us know via the Mill.  You will be contacted for more details regarding type of yarn, colours etc.

EQUIPMENT: Most materials will be provided but there will be additional yarn for purchase and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional).

We will begin with a short introduction and discussion about the projects chosen. Suitable warp and weft yarns will be discussed and selected. The sett (density) of the fabric and possible threadings will be explained and determined. The width and length of the warp will be calculated and then wound. The completed warp will be used to dress (thread) the loom and each process will be demonstrated along with how the loom works.

Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn, Susan Head.   All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. We have all taught a variety of weaving workshops.


Green Man Sculpture

Sat 8 June    10.30am - 4.30pm

£40

Wyn Abbot

Sculpt your own Green Man or Green Lady wall plaque for your garden or home.

The Green Man is rich in mythology & lore and the imagery for this wonderful character is prolific and diverse.  Although the true origins are unknown, the Green Man goes back hundreds of years across Europe and beyond.  Today sculptures and carvings still remain in churches and heritage buildings, both old & new.

SUITABLE FOR: Children & Adults.  Any ability.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

WHAT TO BRING: All materials will be provided

CLASS OUTLINE: During the workshop students will learn how to make a fabulous Green Man or Green Lady plaque out of clay working on their own design. You will learn a variety of techniques from rolling & imprinting clay to sculpting, each piece will then be fired by the tutor to a stoneware temperature ensuring it is suitable for outdoor conditions and returned to Farfield Mill for collection by 1 July 2013.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT TUTOR:   Wyn is a Sculptor & Ceramic Artist living in the Lune Valley. Working in clay, her pieces are inspired by Ancient Cultures and their beliefs which she magically story weaves into her work; she specialises in figurative sculptures and hand thrown pottery and sells worldwide.

After over 20 years working for the NHS Wyn set up her own business in 2007 and now runs a busy studio creating ceramics for private collectors and resellers worldwide. She has many years experience of teaching individuals and groups of all abilities and currently runs private workshops with her team of dedicated staff for both adults and children.

www.wynabbot.com


Basic Tapestry Weaving

Sunday 19 May

11am - 4pm

£40

Elizabeth Birchall

Suitable for:  ADULTS ONLY

This workshop is suitable for those new to tapestry weaving. 

Learn

  • 2 ways of warping up a small loom, basic weaving, joining different colours, different ways of adding fibres etc.
  • These 2 samples can then be used as a base to further embellish or to make into a book cover.

The tutor will provide the small tapestry looms.  Extra bags of fibre will be available at a cost of £5.00 on the day.

Bring your own wool, cottons, etc.

ELIZABETH BIRCHALL:  'I love to create things and have been a spinner and weaver for several years and a patchwork quilter for many more.  I have just finished and Degree in Textile Design, and love to design my own mixed media art quilts, tapestries and felts.

I teach textile classes in various places and am a member of the Exhibiting Group call 'Diversity Creative Stitichers'.   During the summer months I come to the Mill to work on the Tapestry Frame on the 4th floor.'


Natural Dyeing

Saturday 18 May    

10.30am - 4.30pm

£40 (+£7 for materials on the day)

Claire Wellesley-Smith

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners or those with some experience

EQUIPMENT: Materials charge of £7 covers pre-mordanted fabrics, fibres and dyes.

WHAT TO BRING: Apart from available materials (above) participants can also bring their own fabrics and fibres (natural fibres only please) to use in the dye baths. Participants should also wear old clothes and shoes with covered toes. You may also find a digital camera and notebook useful.

LEARN about the colourful history of natural dyeing and about the current revival of the craft in this hands-on one day workshop. You will learn about preparing fabric for dyeing, using mordants to fix colour to fabric, and about the accessible indigenous plants you can use to make dyes. Indigo, madder, weld and walnut dye baths will be available to use on the day. DIY Shibori techniques will be demonstrated to give ideas about simple, accessible ways to pattern your fabric. You will take away a selection of hand-dyed fabric and threads – ideal for stitch or quilt projects – and lots of ideas to try out at home. Historical and contemporary samples, books and dye plants will be available on the day as reference materials.

Claire is a textile artist and project leader based in Bradford. Her work emphasises sustainable textile practices and well-being. She uses traditional textile techniques to explore the relationships between craft, health and the natural environment.

Currently Claire manages a community based Heritage Lottery funded project about the textile dyeing history of Bradford. A dye plant garden is being made as part of the project. She is an experienced practitioner working in many settings including schools, adult education, community-based projects, multi-arts events, museums and galleries and writes the popular Clarabella blog about her work.

(http://clarabellacraft.blogspot.com)


WEAVING: Playing with Texture

Sunday 5 May   

£40

10.30am - 4.30pm

Using already prepared rigid heddle looms participants will be able to weave a selection of samples/experimental pieces using yarns of their choice. Larger samples could be used later to make a variety of small items.

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience or anyone who wants to refresh their skills.

EQUIPMENT: All materials will be provided and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional).

OUTLINE: We will begin with a short introduction to what you will be doing and a demonstration of how to use the looms. The looms will be set up differently to produce different samples and the choice of yarns will be up to you.

Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn Susan Head - All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. We have all taught a variety of weaving workshops.


Double-Sided Knitting

Saturday 4 May    

10.30am - 4.30pm

£40

Chrissie Day (resident artist)

Learn to knit two faces of a piece of knitting, on one set of needles, at the same time.

SUITABLE FOR: Good knitters.

EXPERIENCE REQ'D: Participants must be able to knit and purl

WHAT TO BRING: Needles 3.25mm - 3.75mm

Class will learn to cast on two colour, braid style and to make good edges in 3 differing ways braided, twinned and self closed, learn to increase and decrease whilst we doubleknit, and how to successfully cast off. Learn to read design patterns for doubleknitting, and how to have a reverse colour design or a totally differing style (ie spots and stripes) on opposing sides.  You will learn how to use the application of this technique in other aspects of work.

ABOUT YOUR TUTOR:  'I work as a knitwear designer and mixed fibre craftsperson and have now had 8 books published, Wire Jewellery which includes knitting and crocheting. Felt Style was my 2nd book and includes designs to knit n felt and also laid fibre felt. Book 3 is Quick Crochet which speaks for itself. Cozy Socks and Hot Water Bottle Covers are knitting books with Guild of Master Craftsmen. Hats for all Seasons, and Knitted Scarves and Shawls complete the knitting books. Two new Felt books out, From Felt to Friendship and Nuno Felt my latest book.

I am currently working on a new book on Double Knitting and more felting patterns /templates. I have designed for companies as far a field as Australia and also private commissions abroad, taught in Europe and Scandinavia.  I have also done magazine commissions work, including most of the major UK magazines, also designing for companies to promote their yarns in books and magazines.  I teach knitting privately, offering; Design for hand knits, garments, accessories. Technical; specs, swatches, items, knitting kits to promote yarn, and design sheets for promotional work.

I have also promoted knitting on television and enjoyed the challenge of doing a live show. Showcasing knitting at major knitting shows and meeting the knitting public. I have started using differing techniques and fabrics together to prepare exhibition installations which will use digital enhancements as an alternative way of engaging with the process. My varied life events are written up on my blog or website, http://chrissieday.wordpress.com and www.feltingfibres.com'.

Chrissie Day

www.chrissieday.co.uk        www.doubleknitting.co.uk

 


Lovely Lampshades

Saturday 13 April  

10am - 1pm  &  1.30 - 4.30pm

£25 (+ £14 for materials on the day)

Make your own beautiful lampshade in this fun workshop, led by an experienced tutor from Quincy Lampshades.  Bring half a metre of fabric (nothing too heavy or textured) and go home with a gorgeous shade in the size of your choice.

SUITABLE FOR: Adults. Any ability.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

WHAT TO BRING: Half a metre of light-medium weight cotton (nothing too heavy, textured or embroidered), a pencil, fabric tape measure and a pair of general purpose scissors.

CLASS OUTLINE: During this 3-hour workshop students will learn how to make a drum lampshade in the size of their choice using fabric they have brought with them. Students will be provided with written instructions and lots of helpful hints and tips. Everyone will complete a beautiful lampshade ready to use at home.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT TUTOR:  'Hello, I’m Ruth. Lampshade maker, mother of two, wife to one, gardener, combat lover. I live in a brilliant village in North Somerset, just outside Bristol, UK. Making lampshades starting from thinking about wallpaper and watching Kirsty Allsopp.

I love paper, especially wallpaper sample books where all the patterns and colourways are set in glorious harmony. But fabulous wallpaper is not good for lampshades so I turned to quilting cottons and found that there is some truly delicious stuff out there! Adventurous, bold, unusual and beautiful fabrics waiting to be made into lampshades – shades that you do not and will not find on the high street.

And so, Quincy Lampshades was set up to banish boring lampshades for good. Why settle for something that will 'just do' when you can choose something you love; something that reflects your style and compliments your home? By sourcing gorgeous fabrics and offering a range of sizes, you can now have the most beautiful lighting at an affordable price.'

Did you know that lampshade-making is in Ruth's blood? It was only after setting up Quincy Lampshades that she discovered her grandfather once made lampshades too, in the 1950s. Back then the ringsets were soldered-together lengths of wire with acetate panels attached to the front whilst Ruth's grandmother glued on the fringes. Today we use only the best UK-manufactured materials and quality fabrics from around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quincy-Lampshades/167259776659195

https://twitter.com/QuincyLampshade

http://pinterest.com/QuincyLampshade/

http://quincylampshades.wordpress.com/


WEAVING: Playing with Colour

Wednesday 10 April 

10.30am - 4.30pm

£40  

Using already prepared rigid heddle looms participants will be able to weave a selection of samples/experimental pieces choosing from a variety of coloured yarns.   Larger samples could be used later to make a variety of small items.  

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience or anyone who wants to refresh their skills. 

EQUIPMENT: All materials will be provided and there is always yarn for sale in the Mill.

WHAT TO BRING: Note book, scissors, tape measure, camera (optional)

OUTLINE: We will begin with a short introduction to what you will be doing and a demonstration of how to use the looms. The looms will be set up differently to produce different samples and the choice of colours will be up to you.

Weaving Friends - Anna Atkins, Rosie Fairburn and Susan Head- All of us have been weaving for several years and demonstrate weaving on Mondays and Wednesdays on level 4 of Farfield Mill. We are all members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and have exhibited locally and in the National Association of WSD. All of us have taught a variety of weaving workshops.


Lynn Setterington - Recycled Quilts

Saturday 23 March 

£40

10.30am - 4.00pm

Participants will learn to quilt and make use of recycled materials with the UK's leading specialist in Kantha embroidery.

SUITABLE FOR:  All 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None  

WHAT TO BRING: A few needles and scissors and any of your own fabrics and thread for use or sharing

OUTLINE: The workshop’s aim is not to create a finished piece but a series of experimental cloths using quilting techniques. A range of recycled thread and fabric will be provided as well as your own. Several techniques including Kantha embroidery and Suffolk puffs will be touched upon; both have traditional roots but can be explored using a mix of materials and approaches. The day will include a talk about my work and recent collaborations. Learn to quilt with Lynn and experiment using recycled materials and several traditional techniques, including Kantha embroidery.

Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, most notably quilts and hand stitched cloths. Over the last decade she has worked on a number of large public engagement projects and collaborations with diverse groups. She is best known for her work related to Kantha quilts of Bengal.

Pieces often possess a strong autobiographical content, juxtaposed with a constant celebration of the ordinary and overlooked in society. She has undertaken a number of residencies and commissions including work at Belsay Hall in Northumberland, the Harris Museum Preston, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and recently a quilt with the people of Blackpool for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Lynn was born in Yorkshire and trained at York College of Arts and Technology and Goldsmiths College London. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded a Public Engagement Fellowship. She is an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center in the US and in 2010 received their visiting Fellowship. She is a member of the 62 Group of textile artists and has exhibited internationally from the US to New Zealand, the Netherlands and Italy. Her work is held in many major public and private collections.


www.lynnsetterington.co.uk


Elizabeth Shorrock - Unusual Folded Books

Saturday 16 February 2013

10.30 - 4.30

£35 or £30 (conc)

We are now taking bookings for this postponed workshop that originally had to be cancelled in October, due to the tutor breaking a limb!...

This workshop is suitable for those new to bookbinding as well as those with experience in other art disciplines. Participants will learn how to construct a series of small folded books which all start from a single piece of paper. They will learn how to make covers and small boxes to enclose the books. Each participant should have a series of 4-6 small books by the end of the day.

EQUIPMENT: The tutor will provide all materials needed (approx. £3), which participants can pay for separately or can be factored in to the course cost and added onto the tutor’s fee.

WHAT TO BRING: Cutting mat, craft knife, ruler (the longer the better, a quilter’s rule is great), pencil, scissors, bone folder. If any of the above is a problem, the tutor has some spare boards, rulers and bone folders.

OUTLINE: The day will begin with a short introduction to what they will be doing and samples to hand round and look at and then move straight on to the practical work.

Elizabeth Shorrock is an experienced bookmaker and textile artist who has exhibited widely with Textilia III and more recently with PagePaperStitch, with their eshibition 'Text', showing at Farfield Mill 22 Sept - 11 Nov 2012.  Elizabeth is also a member of Green Door artists and has participated in their exhibitions and Green Door Open Studios / Art Trails for the last three years. She has taught a variety of bookmaking workshops.  To visit her website, click HERE.


'MAKE IT @ Farfield' WORKSHOPS

Beginning with a 'Spinning' workshop on Saturday 21st July, the craft enthusiast members of Friends of Farfield have put together a programme of 11 'taster' style workshops,  including the 'Young People's' workshop in August, detailed above.

Each workshop is suitable for all abilities and, priced at just £15 each, they are an affordable way to be able to dip your toes into a craft or skill, just to get a feel of it... and, with all the wonderful inspiration around you in Farfield Mill, who knows where it may lead?

Take a look at all the courses on offer below... and then book yourself a place, maybe for a friend or two as well.  Come along to the Mill, try something new and enjoy the creative experience. 

Call 015396 21958 Ext 0, to book - payment in cash on the day of the course.

Spinning   Sat 21st July  10.30am - 1pm     Make a Drop spindle and learn to spin a yarn

Tassels     Tues 24th July  10.30am - 1pm   Make simple cords and tassels

Poetry      Thurs 13th Sept  1pm - 4.30pm   'Woven Words' poetry workshop 

Felt Workshop    Sat 22nd Sept  10.30am - 1pm    Make a simple felt picture

Hula Rug        Thurs 4th Oct  10.30am - 1pm   Weave a circular rug using t-shirts and hula hoops

Velvet  Craft     Thurs 18th Oct  10.30am - 1pm     Experiment with Devore techniques

Weaving     Thurs 8th Nov  10.30am - 1pm     Weave a mug mat (or 2) on a hand loom

Spinning       Sat 17th Nov  10.30am - 4pm    Learn how to spin with a spinning wheel

Christmas Cards      Sat 1st Dec  10.30am - 1pm    Make your own textile cards and gift tags

 


Joan Newall - Japanese Stab Stitch Books

Sunday 14 October 2012    COURSE FULLY BOOKED

10.30 - 4.30

£35 or £30 (conc)

This workshop is suitable for those new to bookbinding as well as those with experience in other art disciplines. Participants will learn how to construct the basic stitch method and then move onto Hemp-Leaf, Kangxi and Tortoise-Shell binding. Information will be given about the use of bookbinding tools and materials plus further reading. Each participant should have a series of 4 books by the end of the day.

This workshop is suitable for those new to bookbinding as well as those with experience in other art disciplines. Participants will learn how to construct the basic stitch method and then move onto Hemp-Leaf, Kangxi and Tortoise-Shell binding. Information will be given about the use of bookbinding tools and materials plus further reading. Each participant should have a series of 4 books by the end of the day.

SUITABLE FOR: All

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: None

WHAT TO BRING: Cutting mat, craft knife, bookbinder's needle, paper (printer paper is fine), linen thread, ruler pencil, scissors. Bookbinder needles and thread can be purchased from the artist on the day, as well as beads and paper (approximate charge no more than £5).

OUTLINE: The day will begin with information about tools and materials followed by demonstration of basic stitch and moving on to more complicated stitches.

Joan Newall is an experienced tutor with a first class honours degree in textiles and printmaking. Her work is concerned with narrative and process, with a strong leaning towards emotional and autobiographical life events. She uses her own experiences and translates these feelings, together with her quirky sense of humour, into works on cloth and paper. Joan uses wax and stitch together with digital imagery as the basis for her work, often using the embellisher as an additional tool.

Joan is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and, as a member of PagePaperStitch specialises in bookmaking and the creation of artists' books. She teaches and runs workshops in bookmaking, machine embroidery, surface decoration, and believes that this extends her own practice which is a continuing learning process. She exhibits widely throughout the North of England both as a solo artist and as part of PagePaper Stitch


Kate Horner (IFA) - Creative Feltmaking

Sunday 2 September 2012 

10.30 - 4.30  

£45 or £40 (conc)

Participants will spend the day making a sampler of low relief techniques in felt. You will work with Norwegian wool in colours to experience the implication this has on low relief. You will create a number of separate elements and incorporate these into a final felt piece.

Intermediary / Advanced

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: You should be able to make good quality flat felt, balls and cords.

EQUIPMENT: You will need a pack of wool that Kate will have made up especially for you for £15. You can select the colour range you wish to work with from. Please see www.norwegianwool.co.uk/needlefelt. Please avoid “winter 1” as this is tonal not colour. Please let Farfield Mill know the colour you want on booking the course, then Kate can order the packs ready to bring with her.

Kate Horner is a practicing artist with a B.Sc. (Hons) Textile Design (Woven Structures) and a M.A. in Design Studies (Textiles).  She has taught in Secondary School and Further Education for many years and is a thoughtful educationalist. Her artwork explores many forms of textiles, centered on felt making. Kate's sketchbooks are vital to the work she makes and these are extended and explored through the computer.

Her themes are about herself and her relationship with people and places. This focuses on her family and friends, and their environmental and peace work. She has exhibited nationally.


Julie Coghlan - Felt Jewellery

Saturday 14 July 2012               

10.30 - 4.30

£35 or £30 (concs)

Beginners

International Feltmakers Association artist, Julie Coghlan, teaches the art of felt making.  Participants will work with some of the basic skills, including blending fibres and yarns, to make felt beads which can be used to make necklaces, bracelets or buttons. For the more experienced, explore varied techniques incorporating different fabrics and beads to make unique jewellery.

SUITABLE FOR: Beginners, as well as more experienced felt makers (beginners will learn how felt is made and make pieces of their own choice; more experienced felt makers can build on their existing skills exploring varied techniques incorporating different fabrics and beads). 

EQUIPMENT: All equipment & materials provided

WHAT TO BRING: A hand towel

Julie Coghlan originally qualified as a Surface Pattern Designer and in 2008 gained a First Class BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Arts, specialising in constructed textiles. She now concentrates on feltmaking and machine knitting.


Catherine Slater (IFA) - Felting with Luxury Fibres

Saturday 9 June   

10.30 - 4.30  

£45 or £40 (conc)

(Intermediary/Advanced)

Participants will learn how to create delicate and drapeable lengths of felt for scarves or yardage using combinations of merino, silk, alpaca, cashmere and soyabean fibres.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: No previous experience necessary; there will be step-by-step demonstration of all techniques and examples will be on display.

WHAT TO BRING: If participants have any difficulty gathering any of the items, please let me know as I have several spares I can lend out on the day. Please bring with you on the day:

• Note book and pencil     • Length of bubble wrap slightly longer than the scarf / length you want to felt     • Length of wooden dowel / rolling pin/ foam insulating pipe or swimming woggle     • 2 old towels – the larger the better, and plastic bags or a bowl to take them home in     • Block of soap or bottle of washing up liquid     • Plastic sprinkler bottle (eg. Fabric softener with fine holes bored in the lid or empty washing up liquid bottle)     • Small bowl or bucket     • Net curtaining – not too fine a mesh     • Plastic carrier bag     • Fibres –a selection of merino and any luxury fibres you may already have.

Catherine Slater is a freelance artist working mainly with her own handmade felt. She studied sculpture for three years and History of Art for one year as part of an Honours degree in Education and Art. In 1997 she completed the four-year City and Guilds course in Creative Studies and Embroidery Skills. Since then she has been a part-time tutor in feltmaking and also runs freelance workshops.

“I enjoy combining the craft of turning fibres into fabric with the art of translating the images and ideas in my head into a visual form that can be shared with an audience.”


Jane Crowe - A Felt Bag in a Day

Saturday 26 May 2012   

10.30 - 4.30     

£35/£30 (concs)

Beginner/Intermediary

Join Jane in the second of her workshops, this time make yourself a felt handbag from scratch – making templates, laying out wool and wet felting. Participants will be given ideas on decoration so each one is individual. They will be shown how to make a handle but may have to finish that off at home. Jane will also give ideas on closures.  

Suitable for anybody, from those with a little experience to experienced feltmakers.

EQUIPMENT: 100/150 grams of wool – the tutor will bring this for participants to buy at £3.50 per 100 grams of Merino (costs vary depending on breed). Bubble wrap will also be available at 50p a metre. Magnetic snaps will also be available.

WHAT TO BRING: A washing up bowl, 3 towels, net curtain, a piece of bubble wrap, soap and bottle with holes in (a plastic milk bottle will do), a wooden dowel, a pair of scissors, a large eyed needle, decorative yarns (if you have any) and plastic for template (builders plastic, feed bag or pet food bag). Wooden dowels will be available to borrow; bubble wrap can be used for templates instead of plastic.


Ruth Lee - Textile Patterns & Multiples

Saturday 19 May 2012    10.30 - 4.30   £40 or £35(conc)

Only a few places left, hurry  - book now!

For complete beginners and more experienced practitioners in all areas of creative textiles, the aim of this short workshop is to create a finished collage** /design combining frottage* and hand rolled relief printing techniques inspired by patterns in the landscape viewed from above and silhouetted bird shapes.

Sudents will explore colourful repeat patterns and decorative imagery working onto lightweight papers using simple techniques without a press, suitable to develop further into any number of textile projects or simply a piece in its own right.

*Frottage means to take an impression by rubbing (see the work of artist Max Ernst).

** Collage is a picture/design built up from pieces of paper/images and other materials.

Workshop Plan

1. Making multiple rubbings from objects in the environment, which suggest landscape patterns as seen from above. This is your initial resource material for making the drawing/collage. Working in black and white.

2. Learning how to simplify imagery working with cut paper shapes to create beautiful bird like silhouettes. Making paper stencils/ easy to cut relief-printing blocks derived from simplified bird shapes.

3. Testing print blocks/stencils in black and white. Exploring formal and informal repetition of shape to create pattern using simple block print techniques.

4. Experiments combining rubbings with prints exploring pattern layouts. Possible print methods include mono prints, press-print, textured sponges, card shapes for example.

5. Introducing colour. Working with a limited colour palette

6. Planning the final artwork, making some basic sketches in line

7. Creating a final design.

Participants are asked to please bring:

1. Wax crayons (not oil pastels), graphite pencils 6B/8B, graphite sticks, charcoal for frottage techniques.

2. A range of thin, strong papers.  Eg, wet strength tissue (Tissutex), abaca paper, tracing paper, baking parchment (Ruth will bring some papers to sell at the workshop), layout paper, standard tissue and newsprint.

3. Roll of white lining paper (the stuff you use for decorating)

4. Sharp Scissors to cut paper stencils etc.

5. Pritt stick or similar paper adhesive

6. Roller and paint tray/brushes/sponges.

7. J cloths or similar

8. Rubber gloves, protective clothing

9. Bird and landscape imagery in colour (photos, magazine cuttings for example) for inspiration. 

Supplied by the tutor at a cost of between £3 and £5 per student dependant on useage:

1. Acrylic printing inks (Please feel free to bring any water based block printing   colours you may already have BUT please don't bring oil based inks).

2. Various esy cut surfaces to make relief print blocks.

Ruth Lee was, until retirement, an associate Lecturer at Cumbria Institute of Arts (Carlisle). She is now a full time fibre artist, International tutor, a writer and knitted textile designer. Ruth is passionate about moving knit forward as a challenging and relevant working method within contemporary fibre arts practice. She is interested in how ideas evolve through the making process, and the symbiotic relationship between materials, processes and ideas.

Ruth lives in the English border country with its ever changing skies and rugged but beautiful landscape, a peaceful and inspirational place in which to have her studio. Multi disciplinary in approach, Ruth's current body of work explores knit, stitch, print and off-loom techniques in a wide range of manmade and natural materials including paper yarn, wire, wool and basketry materials.


FREE WORKSHOP 'Drawing with Charcoal, in and around Farfield Mill' - Rebecca Wallace-Jones

Saturday 28th April     10.30 - 4.30

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - call 015396 21958 to reserve your place now.

Using charcoal from sustainable local coppice, artist Rebecca Wallace-Jones will lead a one day drawing workshop open to all visitors to Farfield Mill.

The workshop is free of charge and will include the opportunity to draw with charcoal made from a variety of wood types, onto a selection of papers and special drawing grounds.

Participants will be asked to work from exhibits in the Mill or to make drawings in the immediate environment around the Mill and along the adjacent River Clough. Rebecca will offer advice and support throughout the day - and participants will be invited to have a group review of their work at the close of the day.

The various charcoals have been commissioned by Pip Seymour Fine Art Products Ltd (based nearby in Ribblesdale - www.pipseymour.co.uk). They have worked together with local charcoal maker Sam Ansell to produce a diverse range of artist charcoals.

A selection of the charcoals will be available in the Farfield Mill shop for purchase.

The workshop is open to everyone interested, absolute beginners very welcome!

 


Jamie Barnes - Drawing from the Mill

Saturday February 25th 2012

10.30-4.30

£25 or £20(Conc)

Participants learned how to make interesting line drawings of buildings. Jamie guided participants to produce a simple line drawing of their subject and make it come alive by using varied thickness of line, adding key details and texture. Outside drawing was done plein air and reference photographs were provided. Drawings of architectural interiors or mill machinery were done in-situ. For examples and images visit: http://www.jamiebarnesart.co.uk

 

 


Connecting Art to Stitch

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November 2011

with Sandra Meech

Cost: £135 (£125 Friends of Farfield)

'Art to Stitch' makes the connection between the world of art and contermporary stitched textiles. 

Through a series of drawing, painting and collage exercises inspired by a personal theme, students will make direct as well as intuitive connections as they assemble a number of small stitched pieces.  Design, colour and a variety of different mixed medial materials with photo image transfer methods on fabric are included.

 


Big Knitting

Thursday 10 November 2011

with Ingrid Wagner   

Cost: £50 (£45 Friends of Farfield) 

Knit a rug in 4 hours?  We’re not joking. In fact, clothe your whole home in a day. Guinness World Record holder and designer, Ingrid Wagner, teaches the art of Big Knitting, a 21st century take on a traditional craft. Fast, fun and definitely different. No complicated stitches and no experience necessary. It’s addictive. More details to follow.

 

 


Ripple Nuno Bags & Scarves

Saturday 29 and/or Sunday 30 October 2011

with Emma Jackson

Cost: 1 Day £50 (£45 Friends of Farfield)  2 Days £90 (£80 Friends of Farfield)

Learn how to combine fabric and stitch using an application of nuno and shibori techniques to create highly textured surfaces and decorative edgings.  The workshop focus will be using Emma's techniques to create her 'ripple' felts.

Day 1:  Create a Scarf or Wrap  Day 2:  Create a Bag

 

 


Experimental, Expressive Weaving

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 October 2011

with Stewart Kelly

Cost: £85 (£75 Friends of Farfield)

Explore the possibilities of 'off-loom' weaving, experimenting with unconventional materials to produce innovative and original work and a wall hanging.  There will be tutor demonstrations, group discussions, practical and individual support throughout.

 

 


The Read Threads - Artists in Residence 2011

During May 2011 The Read Threads were artists-in-residence at Farfield Mill. From 24 September 2011 their work will be exhibited in the Dover Gallery and around the mill. To compliment the exhibition both artists will be delivering talks and workshops linked to the residency and their research interests. 

 

Creative White Work

Thurs 29 and Friday 30 Sept 10.30am - 4.30pm

with Stella Adams-Schofield

Cost: £85 / £75 (Friends of Farfield)

A two day course covering Drawn Thread Work, Pulled Thread Work, Broderie Anglais and Cut Work  

 

 

Prodded and Hooky Rag Rug Techniques

Tues 27 Sept 10.30am – 4.30pm 

with Karen Griffiths

Cost: £45  / £40 (Friends of Farfield)

 

 

 

Karen will be running a further workshop:

Grenfell Mat Hooking and Designing for Rag Rugs

 

Saturday 5 November 10.30am - 4pm

£45 / £40 (Friends of Farfield)

Grenfell is the name given to the designs used in a popular North American style of rug making using 2 traditional techniques.  The course will introduce you to the history behind the Grenfell mats and teach you this national craft - resulting in a small item for you to take home.

 

 


Altered Textile Surfaces

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2011

with Anne Burrow

Cost: £85 (£75 Friend of Farfield)

Participants will learn how to change the surfaces of a variety of fabrics and papers, by stitching, gathering, pleating and tucking, prior to adding melted batik type wax. This can be manipulated to form 3D shapes. When the wax is set the work is painted using acrylic paints before the gilding of the surface textures and stitch takes place. These can be used as part of a panel or hanging or used as a book cover or a free form sculpture.

 


Learning to Spin 2

Sunday 4 September 2011

with Rosie Fairburn

Cost: £40 (£35 Friends of Farfield) possibly + £5 materials

Beginners & improvers. 

Beginners will learn to spin a yarn from combed tops using a spinning wheel for use in weaving, knitting, crochet etc. and how to prepare a fleece for spinning, carding and/or combing fleece.

Improvers, an introduction to spinning some different fibres and plying techniques; using your own wheel. Colour blending using carders.

 


Another Way of Looking At It

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2011 

with Norah Ball

Cost: £85 (£75 Friend of Farfield)

Are you unsure where to start when you want to make a new piece of work? Do you freeze when you see a piece of white paper?  The objective of this course is to introduce participants to some of the techniques that the tutor has found most useful in developing her own work.

 


Weave a Scarf

with Laura Rosenzweig

Tues to Fri, 26 to 29 July 2011

£195 (£185 Friends of Farfield) + £5 materials

During this four-day workshop students will weave a scarf from scratch. The course covers: designing a scarf; winding a warp; threading the 4-shaft table loom; weaving the scarf and twisting the fringes.  Finishing (washing) is done at home. No experience required, suitable for beginners. (Course fee does not include accommodation or meals.)

 


Exploring Acrylic Painting Techniques

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May 2011

with Rachel Greenbank   

Cost: £60 (£55 Friends of Farfield)

This is an exiting two-day workshop with demonstrations showing different acrylic art materials and techniques including; washes, layering, creating and painting on surfaces, flat colour, sponging, drawing on acrylic with pastels and charcoal and crackle glazes.  Experiment and explore a theme of personal interest or just practice with guidance from artist Rachel Greenbank.

 


Machine Embroidery and Mixed Media Techniques (intermediate)

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April

with Chris Macadie and Helen McKenna

Cost: £75 (£67.50 Friends of Farfield) + materials (approx. £8)

The second in a new series for those wishing to learn and practice all the techniques of machine embroidery. (The first in the series, for ‘beginners’, was on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2010.)

 


Learning to Spin 1

Sunday 13 March 2011

With Rosie Fairburn & Margaret Ecclestone

Cost: £40 (£35 Friends of Farfield)

Learn to spin a yarn from combed tops using a spinning wheel, for use in knitting, crochet etc and prepare a fleece for spinning and carding.


Machine Embroidery and Mixed Media Textiles (beginners)

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 November 2011

with Chris Macadie and Helen McKenna

Two years ago, Chris and Helen joined up to deliver the University of Cumbria’s Machine Embroidery & Mixed Media course at Farfield Mill. Since then, they have regularly offered machine embroidery workshops, including Making a Hard-Backed Book, Greetings Cards and Decorative Boxes.

This workshop was aimed at all those who want to go back to basics - to learn the techniques (and the tips) for successful machine embroidery. A follow-up workshop, Machine Embroidery and Mixed Media (intermediate), is planned for April.


Creative Contemporary Knitting

October 2010

with Ruth Lee

During this hands-on, practical workshop, participants worked towards producing small sculptural pieces of textile artwork which could be framed and wall hung, or displayed in an outdoor environment. They knitted around small pieces of either natural form or man-made objects (or both) using knitting to make changes to the appearance of that object – revealing some or all or none of the object’s true identity.


Images and Narrative: Restructured Books, Maps & Text

September 2010

with Cas Holmes

Participants used old books, maps and printed materials as a starting point to create a new work, looking at narrative, meaning, heart and humour. Cas demonstrated many low-tech methods for transforming raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, cutting, pasting, stitching and collage were the primary tactics to turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Text, Paper and Image

September 2010

with Cas Holmes

Participants explored text and image as a means of visual communication and explored ideas relating to personal collections and memorabilia as a starting point for developing themes. Working on paper and limited fabric scraps, the course looked at the use of found materials for rubbings, stenciling, print and the use of text, image and writing both as a design element and as a means for informing work and developing new ideas.


Lines and Layers in Felt Making

August 2010

with Jeanette Appleton

This workshop was for those who hd worked with felt and wished to develop a personal approach. During the weekend, participants heightened their perception of the various marks and pattern qualities in lines and layers, enjoying the surprising ways in which the felting technique transforms fabric and threads within different thicknesses of wool. Personal tutorials with Jeanette consolidated individual methods and direction for future artworks, fashion and interiors.


August 2010

with Jeanette Appleton

This workshop was for those wishing to develop their understanding of colour through the felting process. Participants discovered the qualities of colour and design ideas at each stage of the felt process, considering proportion and contrasts with the overlay of tints and tones. Ideas were given for further exploration towards artworks, fashion and interiors.

  • "Jeanette has made the past two days a great learning experience, imparting her knowledge with great encouragement for one's personal attempts - in an easy and understandable way. Her guidance on the varied mixing of textiles results in an emergence of colour similar to developing colour film." May Martin, Hampshire
  • Excellent, friendly and inspiring - the right balance of demonstration and activity - very lucky to have such expertise on hand." Sue Turner, Penrith
  • "An inspirational teacher and most generous with her time / attention / ideas, etc. I learnt a huge amount and am going away with lots of ideas to progress further." Kay Stockdale
  • "An approachable and practical tutor who made sure we were participating and succeeding... Great enthusiasm and encouragement." Jennifer Smith

Sketch and Stitch

July 2010

with Frances Winder and Jan Hicks

Painter Frances Winder, very well known in the area and a regular exhibitor at Farfield Mill, and textile artist and former Farfield Mill resident, Jan Hicks, each led a day in their specialism. So, on the first day, participants were encouraged by Frances to research local subject matter both insdie and outside the mill through sketch and painting; then on the second day, participants were joined by Jan to look at ways of applying their working drawings to stitched and embroidered pieces.

What you said:

  • "Both tutors excellent - lots of ideas and very proficient at progressing each individual." Kay Stockdale

Textile and Mixed Media

July 2010

with Norah Ball

The group focused mainly on combining simple weaving and printing techniques, producing paper yarn and sampling various printing methods - on canvas and fabric - working towards the production of a finished piece. The techniques introduced could be used in many different ways, so it was suitable for weavers wishing to add a different element into to their work, or those who wanted to include a different texture to mixed media.

Norah’s first solo exhibition, Containment, was in the Dover Gallery at Farfield Mill at the same time.

What you said:

  • "Norah is very giving and generous of her time and techniques." Liz Peebles Brown
  • "Very helpful and approachable - plenty of opportunities tp learn a variety of new skills. Provision of a large variety of textiles and media to choose from." Jan Mansfield
  • "I really appreciated Norah's relaxed approach and the enabling atmosphere she created for us. Her professional approach was very impressive." Sue Mulvany
  • "Given lots of ideas for further development." Rosie Fairburn
  • "Excellent mix of information and demonstration and terrific range of materials to work with." Pauline Heatherington

May 2010

with Chris Macadie and Helen McKenna

Two years ago, Chris and Helen joined up to deliver the University of Cumbria’s Machine Embroidery & Mixed Media course at Farfield Mill. Since then, they have regularly offered machine embroidery workshops at the Mill; Making a Hard-Backed Book was the latest in a series which includes Greetings Cards and Decorative Boxes. During this workshop, participants made a number of hard-backed books using machine embroidery techniques.


Rag Rugs: A Contemporary Approach

March 2010

with Lynne Stein

To coincide with her exhibition, Land Marks, in the Dover Gallery and her residency at Farfield Mill, Lynne ran a two-day workshop in the new Workshop Studio on Level 2. Participants developed the traditional rag-rug techniques of hooking and prodding, and several additional ways of embellishing their work. The emphasis was on exploring the potential of this medium, particularly in terms of colour, pattern, form and texture. A catalogue of samplers was created, in order to be able to tackle a broad range of projects beyond the weekend workshop, such as rugs, mats, bags, brooches, tea-cosies, cushions and wall-hangings. There were several demonstrations throughout each day, when finishing methods and techniques were discussed, and across the weekend, Lynne showed examples of her own work.

What you said:

  • "We had a wonderful time at Farfield Mill at the weekend with Lynne Stein. She gave us lots of inspiration and ideas and I learned such a lot. Can't wait to get it all down on canvas! Thank you all who gave us an excellent Farfield experience." Sylvia Watthews
  • "Lynne had a lovely relaxed manner yet got the skills across. It was my first effort at rag rugging and I could become hooked! I thought the new workshop space was brilliant." Heather Randall

Machine Embroidery: Boxes

November 2009

with Chris Macadie and Helen McKenna

Using a variety of machine embroidery techniques, participants created wonderful boxes as gifts for friends and family, using machine embroidery techniques to embellish.

What you said:

  • "Both tutors inspirational, practical and encouraging." Judith Nelson

Machine Embroidery: Greetings Cards

September 2009

with Chris Macadie

Using a variety of machine embroidery techniques, participants created beautiful and inspiring greetings and Christmas cards for friends and family.


Connecting the Threads

August 2009

with Maggie Ayres

Tying in with her exhibition in the Dover Gallery, Connection the Threads, Maggie Ayres led a 2-day workshop, guiding participants on how the use of emotions, memories and experiences of the past can act as inspiration for the creation of mixed-media artworks. Over the two days, participants looked at how to make connections between sensory input, such as shapes, textures, smells and colours, with memories and experiences, and each participant worked on a complete artwork on stretched canvas, using a variety of textures and materials.

What you said:

  • "The talk by Maggie on the Friday evening was interesting, informative and inspirational. The two-day course was brilliant - Maggie is a wonderful workshop leader; inspiring, confidence-building and generous with her tips, advice and support." Anita Yearsley

Machine Embroidery

June 2009

with Chris Macadie and Helen McKenna (for the University of Cumbria)

This 'advanced' course ran in two, one-day sessions. Each day offered new machine embroidery techniques and applications, with guidance on design, research and development. 


Weaving

June 2009

with Laura Rosenzweig

A variety of weaving techniques on rigid heddle, 4-shaft and 8-shaft table looms were explored, providing a great introduction to weaving by one of Farfield Mill's long-term resident artists. Laura also offers weaving courses for individuals (including children - see right); contact her on www.laurasloom.co.uk or 015396 22043.


Direct Printing in the Landscape

October 2008

with Nicholette Goff

During this two-day workshop, students were introduced to a most unusual direct printing technique, using only the natural colour and texture of plants. No inks or other colourants were used. Participants spent time developing techniques and process in the landscape, as well as in the studio. 

The workshop coincided with Nicholette's residency during October and her exhibition in the Howgill Gallery, Plant Paper Stitch. The course was so over-subscribed that Nicholette had to run a further one-day Direct Printing in the Landscape workshop. She also ran two half-day printing workshops for children from Dent and Sedbergh Primary Schools (see above).

What you said:

  • "Nicholette was great: professional, competent, caring, interested, interesting and an inspirational artist."
  • "Nicholette was a joy to work with. She made the whoe weekend very enjoyable, informative and inspiring, without any stress."

Felt Making

August 2008

with Jeanette Appleton

This course was for experienced feltmakers who wished to continue their own personal development in this medium. The workshop took place during Jeanette's residency at Farfield Mill in August and coincided with her exhibition, Sow:Sew, in the Howgill Gallery that month.

What you said:

  • "Great fun; very inspirational, generous and helpful individual guidance." Jane Nute
  • "Jeanette is an excellent and enthusiastic tutor. Always a pleasure to be in her classes. The Mill was used to particulalry good effect and relevance as a starting point for the work we did." Julie Emary


Development & Ideas

August 2008

with Jeanette Appleton

This course was suitable for experienced textile makers in any medium who wanted to continue their own personal development, considering spatial awareness by engaging with the Mill site alongside their own themes. The workshop coincided with Jeanette's exhibition, Sow:Sew, in the Howgill Gallery and residency at Farfield Mill during August.


Sketch & Stitch

July 2008

with Frances Winder and Jan Hicks

Students were involved in researching local subject matter and sketching the River Clough which runs alongside Farfield Mill. They then applied working drawings to embroidered pieces on the second day of the workshop. The workshop coincided with Frances and Jan's exhibition, River, in the Howgill Gallery.

What you said:

  • "Very enthusiastic, encouraging tutors willing to share their expertise and equipment. An extremely enjoyable weekend at a very reasonable charge. Excellent value for money." Sue Batchelor
  • "I loved both days; Frances was very encouraging to a struggling artist, and Jan's ideas were excellent." Felicity Smith