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Adventures in Resin Metal

Adventures in Resin Metal

COURSE No. 86

TUTOR: Jane Renwick

Resin metal sculpture is a method of mixing pure metal powders with resin to produce a medium that can be cast or hand applied to create beautiful objects that look and feel like solid metal. This process is far easier, more versatile and less expensive than hot metal casting. A selection of projects will enable you to experiment with mould-making and hand...

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Rag Rugging

Rag Rugging

New for 2020

COURSE No. 87

TUTOR: Caroline Marriott

Traditionally a technique used to transform worn out clothing into rugs to keep the house warm, rag rugging is a lovely way of turning used fabrics into attractive and useful items. On this course, you will learn how to transform recycled materials into rugs, cushions, mats and bags. You will also take a contemporary approach to the craft and make flowers and...

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Introduction to Hand Spinning

Introduction to Hand Spinning

COURSE No. 88

TUTOR: Kathy Davis

Wiltshire's history with the woollen industry stretches back to medieval times and this course provides an opportunity to connect with the heritage craft of hand spinning. From the first session, you will learn to spin wool fibre into yarn using a spinning wheel. Subsequent sessions will cover preparing fibre for spinning, plying the yarn, sorting fibre from a whole sheep's fleece, spinning...

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Earth Pigments: Ancient and Modern Uses

Earth Pigments: Ancient and Modern Uses

New for 2020

COURSE No. 89

TUTOR: Helen Leaf

Earth pigments include ochres, naturally coloured clays and rocks, which have been providing colour since prehistoric times. They are strong, lightfast, permanent and hugely versatile in how they can be utilised. As well as explaining the background and ancient uses for these pigments, this course will be hands-on. You will use earth pigments as your prehistoric ancestors did and then look at...

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Painting with Fibres

Painting with Fibres

New for 2020

COURSE No. 90

TUTOR: Kathie Barrs

This course offers a taste of the traditional craft of wet felt making. Using fibres of merino wool in a wonderful range of colours, you will create felted fabric landscapes and skyscapes with just your hands and warm soapy water. There will be three different projects introducing the techniques of nuno felting, where silk fabric is incorporated into the wool felt,...

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Traditional Scandinavian Crafts

Traditional Scandinavian Crafts

New for 2020

COURSE No. 91,92

TUTOR: Peter Codd

This course is about making a range of items to take home. Using hand tools, including a knife and axe, you will learn all the skills you need to make a range of traditional Scandinavian handcrafted items, such as a wooden storage box known as a shrink pot, a butter knife, a pre-shaped dala horse or a birch bark basket. The...

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Introduction to Wet Felt Making

Introduction to Wet Felt Making

New for 2020

COURSE No. 93

TUTOR: Kathie Barrs

The ancient craft of wet felt making is simple to learn and offers a myriad of creative possibilities. You will begin by mastering the basic principles, laying out layers of wool fibres and felting them into a piece of non-woven fabric using only your hands and warm, soapy water. Resist work offers the opportunity to create seamless, hollow 3D objects and...

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Macramé

Macramé

New for 2020

COURSE No. 94

TUTOR: Karen Brown

Macramé, a form of textile made using knotting techniques, has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Join this course to create your own handmade necklace and stylish home decorations, including a plant hanger and wall hanging. You will practice a range of knots to craft beautifully finished products and add embellishments to personalise your creations.

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Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Countryside Creatures

Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Countryside Creatures

COURSE No. 95

TUTOR: Erica Hemming

Bring countryside creatures to life in your hands. Projects you may like to work on during this course can include hares, foxes, badgers, squirrels or mice. You are encouraged to bring your own reference images. Needle felting wool is a rewarding activity, described by participants as relaxing and absorbing. By learning to wind and then stab the wool into shapes with a...

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Jacobean Crewelwork with Gold: Elizabethan Autumn Leaf

Jacobean Crewelwork with Gold: Elizabethan Autumn Leaf

New for 2020

COURSE No. 96

TUTOR: Chrissie Juno Mann

Join your expert tutor for a week of heritage embroidery stitching. You will be creating a florid leaf design, inspired by the colours of autumn and incorporating Jacobean Crewelwork with a selection of Goldwork stitches. The delicate Goldwork stitches you will learn were used in Elizabethan times and work wonderfully when combined with traditional crewelwork stitches of the same period. This course...

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Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

COURSE No. 97

TUTOR: Janina Maher

If you love paper then you will enjoy this course, which gives you the opportunity to explore and make several different types of books. You will produce at least four blank hardbacked and soft cover books, which are great for notebooks or sketchbooks and perfect as gifts. This course is carefully structured to include both short and simple tasks and longer projects...

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Contemporary Bookbinding: Bespoke Albums

Contemporary Bookbinding: Bespoke Albums

New for 2020

COURSE No. 98,99

TUTOR: Lori Sauer

As well as providing a means for mounting photographs, albums are very useful for displaying postcards, two-dimensional artwork or ephemera. Unlike binding a printed text, albums must be able to accommodate the thickness of what you attach to its pages, so require special attention to the construction of the spine. The tutor, who specialises in book structures, has devised a special spine that...

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