When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Isabel Fletcher
  • Course Code W24TTSF01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course is designed for students who have some experience in patchwork, quilting and wish to expand their knowledge, skill level and develop innovative, contemporary, modern, dynamic art quilts. We will look at a great variety of techniques, processes, materials and styles. The focus of this practical course is on experimenting imaginatively with design, fabric painting, printing, dyeing, quilting, applique, embellishment, to both help generate ideas and samples and also to produce ‘complete’ pieces of work. There will also be time to develop your own projects in a stimulating and sympathetic environment. Students will be given a challenge/theme to work through each term and be encouraged to develop a sketchbook of ideas and techniques. The design and development process with an emphasis on personal growth will be encouraged throughout the three terms. The course has been developed to span the whole academic year, or you can take terms separately for particular topics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Dye, paint and print own fabrics (a number of techniques to be explored), including a collection of fabrics to use during the term
  • Experiment with techniques in patchwork, machine quilting and both hand and machine applique
  • Explore and research the work of textile/quilt artists
  • Develop of your own personal work
  • Consider sustainability and how to make the best use of materials/dyes and paints and re-use them whenever possible

Class format and activities

After looking at and discussing examples, samples, the tutor will demonstrate weekly tasks. Students will explore and learn a wide variety of dyeing and printing techniques, on their own and in combinations and experiment with colour, texture and line. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience, through discussion, show and tell and group critique. You will be encouraged to develop and work on your own projects.

Entry requirements

Experience in patchwork and quilting is required, but most of all enthusiasm and willingness to experiment and explore.

What you need to know before you enrol

Fabric dyeing, printing and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables for a long time. Lifting and carrying sewing machines - the class The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access via a stair lift. Please contact ALS on: 0207 450 1972 or Art & Design Admin on: 0207 450 1934 before enrolling if you have any mobility support needs.

What you need

Pencil and notebook to make notes. Your own sewing kit – needles, thread, thimble, scissors, rotary cutter. First day: 4 pieces of white cotton fabric approx. A4 in size. You will be given a requirement list for the term during the first lesson

What you can do next

Continue quilting with progressive termly sessions or explore other textile techniques at Morley College from beginners to advanced. Follow @textilesatmorley for inspiration