Introduction to Textiles

Introduction to Textiles

Using an assortment of fabrics and surface design techniques participants will be given a fun and tactile introduction to the wonderful world of textiles. The workshop will explore the ancient methods of batik, shibori, fabric printing, dyeing and felt making. Participants will create an assortment of small sample pieces with the option to focus on one technique.


The following is a basic outline for a two-day session, During shorter sessions individuals would create smaller less elaborate pieces of work have less discussion time and learn a fewer weaving skills.

Day 1

*Welcome and Viewing of images.

*Discussion on fabrics and dyes, health and safety

* Demonstration of batik and shibori techniques – using natural fibres

*Students start on individual pieces

> break

*demonstration of stenciling and transfer printing on synthetic fabrics

* Students start on individual piece

-Day 2

* Demonstration of felting and participants begin piece


* Completion of individual piece

* Photograph work.

* Discussion on other techniques and ways of combining materials

The class can be tailored to suit all ages and skill levels.

Special session can be tailored for primary school students)

Tutor to provide – Fabric, dyes, batik tools, wax, fleece. Buckets, gloves, rubber bands, clips, pegs, tape, fabric ink, irons.

Workshop participants to bring – needle and thread,apron or old shirt, Scissors, camera, pen, paper, 2 small ice cream like containers, 2 old towels, 1x 2m piece of bubble wrap, old plastic milk bottle 1 bucket and 2 old towels.

This workshop is most suited to venues that have access to a well shaded easy clean in or outdoors workspace with tables and chairs and an easy to access outdoor environment where participants can hang work to dry – ( carpeted areas are not really suitable)

If working outdoors adequate shade must be available. Access to water and power and tea and coffee facilities will be needed and if access to projector and screen is available a power point presentation of work may be shown