Fabric Manipulation: Print and Heat Setting

When and Where

22 Jun 2019 - 13 Jul 2019 (20 hours, 4 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Caroline Bartlett
Course code

What you will learn

Create a contemporary range of tactile, structured textile surfaces based on shibori, smocking, pleating, stitching , crumpling and crushing techniques and using heat setting. Combine with simple print and hand painting to enhance form and introduce colour to the surface.

We will look at a range of techniques found in shibori and smocking for structural inspiration, and explore folding, pleating, stitching, crumpling and crushing, together with heat setting processes to reshape the fabric surface into textured 2D surfaces or more 3D structures. This will include the making of a 2 part origami mould. As the work progresses, you will be introduced to ideas of enhancing the form using colour through simple and immediate methods of printing and hand painting, creating a range of samples with a variety of potential applications; from fashion, and accessories to textile sculpture and fabric design. Suitable for all levels.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Use a range of methods for manipulating fabric
  • Describe some of the contexts to which these techniques might be applied
  • Combine hand painting and transfer printing techniques with fabric manipulation
  • Make and use a 2 part origami mould
  • Create a range of tactile, printed, structured textile surfaces using these techniques

Class format and activities

You will be developing new skills in this stimulating practical workshop through exploring a range of techniques for manipulating and reshaping
fabric. There will be some work with paper used as a means to explore ideas. You can work with both natural and synthetic fibres for heat setting and shaping and the focus will be on synthetic fabrics for colouration.
You will be encouraged to source imagery to use to support the development of
ideas, to consider potential applications and to share and discuss ideas.
Guidance will be given through the various processes through demonstrations, group and individual support. Handouts will be provided to support your learning.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

No previous experience of fabric manipulation or print is necessary but you will need to have a broad and open approach to learning and design development. A degree of manual dexterity is necessary.

What you need to know before you enrol

The studio is on the second floor. Disabled access is via a stair lift. Contact us on 0207 450 1934 if you have mobility issues.
There will be a small amount of preparation for, and follow up from each session such as sourcing fabrics of choice.

What you will need for your class

You will be advised in the first session on cloth and other materials to bring to class but you will need some samples of synthetic fabrics in the form
of polyester and nylon fabrics (such as organza, and taffeta) for the first session, together with strong thread such as linen or crochet cotton. Also
small items which won't melt; dried beans and pulses, washers, plastic buttons. Please bring a sketch book, and a basic sewing kit with sharp scissors and a quick unpick. Images of structures such as corrals, architectural forms, growths, cactii and microbes will be useful and these will be further discussed in session 1.

What you can do next

You may continue to learn through the broad range of classes available in the Textile section at Morley. VTX181A Clamp Resist Shibori, will give an
opportunity to develop heat setting and folding in another context, to colour folded natural fabrics, and to further exploit and learn about the properties of different fibres.