A Little Book of Fabrics

45 TUTOR: Caroline Marriott

Enjoy a fun set of workshops exploring a variety of techniques on fabric and paper before combining the outcomes into a fabric book. You will print with Indian wood blocks and use collage in various ways to get different effects. You will transfer images from paper to fabric and then decorate your work with stitch as appropriate. Finally, you will look at several ways of working your sample pieces onto beautiful little books of fabrics.


2 AM
AM course

Course Notes

Session 1 Indian Block printing

Introductions and an overview of the week. There will be lots of examples of work for students to look at and we will have a brief chat about the kind of book each student would like to achieve.

Indian block printing session. Students will print onto both fabric and paper. Materials will be provided but students can also bring their own.

We will also use some stencils and look at some ideas for making little printing blocks of our own.

Session 2 Collage

Create a background. Students can use plain, patterned or a patchwork of fabrics as a base for their work. We will look at several ways of collaging images onto the base and students will see the range of effects they can get.

We will also firm up ideas on what kind of book the student wants to make and consider shape and size.

Session 3 Image Transfer

There are many ways to transfer an image from paper to fabric and we will try 3 of them. Using tissue paper and stitch, using a gel medium and using prepared fabric through a printer.

The results will vary depending on the paper/ photo/ magazine you take your image from.

Session 4 Stitch

The work the students have made are ready to be stitched into. We will look at appropriate threads and beads and buttons that will blend their works into a cohesive book.

Students can choose to hand stitch or bring a sewing machine to the course and use machine stitch too.

Session 5Finishing our work

Putting all our pages together. Some students may want to use their work in a different way and we will look at different ways of finishing a piece ready for framing or hanging in some other way.

Materials to bring Sewing kit, fabric scissors, little pieces of your favourite fabrics, buttons, beads, ribbons. Any printing blocks you have, any memorabilia you would like to include in your work, photos or images. Finally, bring a sewing machine if you want to use one.


Course Tutor

Caroline Marriott

About Caroline

Caroline Marriott started her textile career crocheting little stripy jumpers for fellow students at University. She went on to do a teacher training course and for many years combined working in school with developing her own work and selling it in shops and at craft events. She is a member of the Whiteknights Studio Trail and the Society of Designer Craftsmen and runs workshops for both adults and children in textiles and beading.

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WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

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