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PATTERN CUTTING WORKSHOP: AN INTRODUCTION, four Sundays
Tara Wingate, Sundays 10am – 3pm on 1st of June, 8th of June 15th of June and 22nd of June
£150

An exciting, fast-paced beginners workshop for those with an interest in dress-making and shape-making. In this four session workshop Tara Wingate will introduce you to the methodology and craft of pattern cutting and explore different approaches through exercises and play that will inspire your own creative ideas. Designing and making your own blouse and dress, you will learn how to draft your own pattern block, basic pattern adaptation, toile development, draping principles and much more! A very basic machine sewing ability is required.

Materials, Bring some material for dress or blouse project. Bring and share lunch.

LEARN HOW TO USE A SEWING MASHINE
Katharina Child,  Saturday 1pm – 4pm on  the 7th of June
£25

Get familiar with your or our sewing machine. Learn basic sewing skills and how to use a simple pattern.

Materials included. You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine

MAKING YOUR FIRST GARMENT: a Wrap Skirt
Heather Haskins, Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm on the 21st of June
£30

In this workshop, attendees will to cut out and sew a simple wrap skirt. The knee or mid-shin length front-wrap skirt has tie-ends which extend from the waistband, and optional patch pockets. It follows on from the Beginner Sewing Workshop given 7th June.

Skills practiced: checking pattern fit; positioning pattern on fabric & cutting out; marking fabric; stitching straight seams; seam finishes – zigzag, turn-and-stitch, or french seam; making tie ends; machine-stitched hems. Optional patch pockets or decoration, again using straight stitch
Bring Fabric for skirt. Lightweight cotton, linen, or blends would all be appropriate.

MAKING A FELT PICTURE
Marianne van der Tas, Saturday, 10am – 4pm on the 31st of May
£50

Make a picture using plant dyed colours. This could be a seasonal picture for your child or use your imagination copying any pictures, great artists or take inspiration from nature. Enjoy colours and shape. This is a chance to paint with wool and enjoy your creativity.

Materials included. Bring your own felting needles if you want to use them for fine details. Bring and share lunch

FINE MERINO FELTED COBWEB SCARVES WITH SILK
Marianne van der Tas, Saturday, 10am – 4pm on the 23rd of August
£50

This fine layering of Merino wool and silk makes a beautiful cobweb light scarf, which is also surprisingly warm.

Materials £5 per person for merino wool and silk fibres. Bring and share lunch

NUNOFELT
Marianne van der Tas, Saturday, 10am – 4pm on the 27th of September
£50

This felting technique combines an open weave material with fine merino wool. It is suitable for flowing garments and they will be soft against the skin. You will be able to make a small waistcoat, child’s jacket or other small garment which needs to flow. This workshop is suitable for the more experienced felter and some knowledge of tailoring is recommended.

Please bring your own open weave material. Muslin or chiffon is ideal. 1 – 2 meters. I will have some material for sale. Bring and share lunch

PLANT DYE WORKSHOP
Marianne van der Tas, Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm on the 28th of June
£50

We shall be preparing woollen and silk materials for dyeing (mordanting).
Preparing the dyes and learning about dye plants.
Colouring our materials including yarn for knitting with natural plant dyed colours.
Participants will take away 100grms of dyed material of their own choice.
We will dye red, yellow and blue colours and combinations, for example green, purple, orange/peach.

Materials to bring: 100 grams of natural white merino or baby Alpaca yarn for knitting (DK) can be bought at the workshop or take 100grms of your own protein fibres, material or yarn. This could be silk material, washed wool fleece or washed 100% knitting natural yarn. Bring and share lunch

INDIGO DYING
Marianne van der Tas, Saturday, 10am – 4pm on the 19th of July
£50

You will be preparing your material and creating patterns by different methods, such as tie-dyeing and shibouri. We will be dipping the materials (silk, linen, yarn) in the dye Vat. Colouring it a beautiful Indigo blue.

Materials not included, please bring approximate 100 grams of your own materials. There will be some linen, silk and yarn for sale. You could colour scarves, a silk top or some fleece and yarn. Bring and share lunch

WOAD DYING
Tara Sieglinger, Saturday, 10am – 4pm 21st of June
£50

Working with a native ‘weed’ to create the “True British Blue”. Spend an afternoon preparing a woad vat and readying the cloth to dye. We will borrow techniques from different cultural traditions; including resist and shibori, to experiment with patterns and textures.

Bring your own natural fibre cloth or garment to dye. Bring and share lunch

COLOURING WITH NATURE, PARENT CHILD WORKSHOP
Tara Sieglinger, Wednesday, 1-2:30pm 28th of May (half term)
£15

Explore the hues of nature and do some colouring with plants. This mini workshop is for parents and children over 3 years. We will be colouring paper, cloth, fibres, and maybe our fingers! Bring a t-shirt to dye. Snack provided.

HOW TO KNIT
Tara Sieglinger, Thursday, 7-10pm 12th of June
£30

What your grandmothers knew. If you did not learn it then, from them; learn it now. We will look at getting your needles moving. Learn to cast on, knit, purl, cast off, weave in ends and read a little pattern. All materials provided, bring a completed mini project home with you. Plenty of tea and coffee too.

BIG MAKE, Knit-along six evenings
Tara Sieglinger, Wednesday 7-9pm starting the 18th of June
£60

An ongoing session for those who want to complete their first project.

Material not included

To join a workshop – email Atelier with your specific choice of workshop. Workshop fee is to be paid in full in advance of workshop via bank transfer to our account  – Barclays Bank – sort code 20-33-83 account 83956539 – ref. your name and workshop date.

We will forward a confirmation email to you when payment has been received

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