Discover Textiles: Develop Print Design with Silkscreen, Stitch, Flock and Foil

When and Where

12 Jun 2019 - 10 Jul 2019 (15 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course is full. Register or log in to join the waiting list.
David Holah
Course code

What you will learn

Develop a print design project with experimental combinations of techniques using silk screen printing with stitching, quilting flock and foiling: Print shapes using paper stencils overprint the stencils mixing colours and shapes to create interesting effects and colour blends. Develop and generate designs that can be exposed onto a photo emulsion coated screen. Overprint these onto existing prints using a simple registration method to make exciting rhythmic repeated patterns.
Employ hand sewing or machine stitching and embroidery techniques to embellish and decorate the prints, quilt the fabric using contrasting, tonal orcoloured threads to enhance the designs. Alternatively explore flocking and foiling techniques to enrich and augment the prints.
Explore themes and imagery, repeats, composition and shape arrangements, colour blends and overprinting on fabric or garments, enhance with a choice of foils, flock, layering, stitching and quilting or simple embroidery effects to create a unique one-off decorative piece, or a small practical textile for the home or to wear.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Stretch a silkscreen frame with speacialist mesh
  • Make stencils and explore different methods of screen printing including exposing a designed image onto a photo sensitive screen
  • Mix and print colour using pigment pastes
  • Learn to silk screen print onto paper and fabric with a good understanding of how to register and overprint print
  • Learn to use the heat press to add foil and flock to prints
  • Decorate and embellish the surface of the prints using simple stitching and embroidery techniques

Class format and activities

After looking at and discussing examples and samples, the tutor will demonstrate how to stretch a silk screen and explore different methods of silk screen printing including exposing an image onto a photosensitive screen and also experiment using techniques of cutting stencils. Learn to print combining different screens and experiment with colour.
Students will be able to print onto paper or fabric and once designs have been printed there will be an option to stitch, and embroider to embellish and decorate, adding a variety of interesting surface effects.

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

The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced printmakers who want to try out new ideas.
A knowledge of how to use the Adobe photoshop programme would be beneficial but not essential
and some experience of basic sewing or embroidery would be useful.

What you need to know before you enrol

The studio is on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. Disabled access via lift and stair lift. You need a moderate level of fitness to be able to stretch silkscreens and manipulate a squeegee and hold down the screen while printing.

What you will need for your class

Bring your own apron and rubber gloves. The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, screens cleaning materials, etc) but you will have to pay for fabric extra paper, mesh etc. These are available to buy in the department at cost price. Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.
Any other specific materials will have to be provided by the learner.

What you can do next

You can continue with Silkscreen course within the department to develop and expand ideas and designs.
The course provides an excellent start to silkscreen printing or a refresher or taster of new techniques.
There are different courses that you could continue on as a beginner, intermediate or advanced designer, including Summer School courses.
Check out the new, exciting and varied courses and related classes at Morley College.