Textiles

  • Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure cover
    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected] or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • Elizabethan walnutsSaturday 4 February 2017
    FULL
    The course Made from the shell of a single walnut, these tiny encrusted bags were a novelty gift in the courts of Elizabeth I. Come and make your own replica of a more sumptuous time—they are surprisingly easy to make and can become quite addictive. Use them as key finders, hang them from curtain rails,... (more info)
  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheelThursday 9 - Friday 10 March 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course The two days are interlinked, with the second building on the skills learnt on the first. Preparation and the drop spindle: Characteristics of wool and breed Selecting and judging the quality of a fleece Preparing for spinning Spinning using a drop spindle Introduction and the wheel: Introduction to the wheel How to... (more info)
  • Learn to crochetSaturday 11 March 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-4.30pm The course On this one day course you will learn the basic stitches and use them to create a ‘granny square’. The tutor Rose Savage trained as a teacher and worked for some time, until her family began to arrive, teaching 7 to 8 year olds. Once the family was at school she worked... (more info)
  • Card weavingSaturday 11 March 2017
    Card weaving example
    10am-4pm The course Card or tablet weaving is an ancient craft, which has been traditionally used to make strong, narrow decorative bands or braids. Simple cards form a “loom” but although card weaving requires little equipment, an infinite variety of very complex weaves can be achieved. During this course you will make your own weaving... (more info)
  • An example of Blackwork embroidery
    9.30am-4pm The course Blackwork is a decorative form of embroidery, that includes both small geometric counted-thread patterns, worked on an evenweave fabric, as well as a free-style approach, where pictorial designs are first drawn out onto the fabric. Students will have the opportunity to explore these two different styles and methods of working, whilst creating... (more info)
  • Nålebinding or single needle knittingSaturday 1 April 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course The oldest naalbind item found is a sock found in Egypt and dates back to 300 AD. The stitch looks remarkly like modern knitting but is in fact naalbind. Other surviving naalbind items date from the Viking and early medieval era, (9th- 12th century) and are concentrated in the Scandinavian countries. However... (more info)
  • Woven tapestry weekendSaturday 6 - Sunday 7 May 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course Woven tapestry can be described as painting with yarns. During this weekend we will use a simple frame loom (which you can keep) and a variety of yarns to produce a woven “notebook” of techniques, both traditional and 3 D. For those with more experience there will be an opportunity to translate... (more info)
  • An introduction to felt makingFriday 12 May 2017
    10am-4pm The course An introduction to felt making, this one-day course is suitable for beginners.  We will produce colourful pieces of handmade felt using dyed fibres & a seamless purse. Feltmaking is the oldest form of human-made fabric and felt remains dating from about 700BC have been found in the frozen tombs of nomadic Siberian... (more info)
  • Rag ruggingFriday 19 May 2017
    9.30am-4pm The course Rag rugging is a uniquely accessible folk craft. Over two centuries rag-rugs, made mainly by women, reflected the everyday life of different communities in the U.K. and North America. Rug making fitted in with home life, filling long winter evenings and satisfying creative and practical needs. Come and get hooked! Make a... (more info)
  • Flax to linenSunday 21 May 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come and be a traditional ‘scutcher’ or ‘breaker’ for the day and change this course fibre into a piece of linen string. Learn how... (more info)
  • Natural DyeingWednesday 7 June 2017
    10am-4pm The course Students will learn the basics of dyeing with natural materials. The course will cover the different types of mordants and their effects on the colours obtained, dyeing with fresh and dried materials, dye-plant identification, environmental considerations, and the effects of dyes on various fibres. From the brilliant yellows and reds of Weld... (more info)
  • Stumpwork embroidery: cockerelSaturday 10 June 2017
    9.30am-4pm The course Create your own handsome cockerel embellished with metallic thread and beads to show off his wonderful tail and gleaming feathers. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques with modern materials and methods. The course will provide all the required materials, plus a choice of threads and beads. The tutor Caroline Vincent is the... (more info)
  • Stumpwork embroidery: dragonflySunday 11 June 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-4pm The course Use shimmering fabrics, metallic threads and beads, to create a stunning dragon-fly hovering over water. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques, including padding and wire-work, with modern materials and methods. The course will provide all the required materials plus a choice of threads and beads. The tutor Caroline Vincent is the author... (more info)
  • Make a felt hatSunday 11 June 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course In this workshop we will be using prepared fleece to produce a felt hat (which participants can keep). The process will include the use of water and soap and a certain degree of physical effort! The tutor Hilary Charlesworth exhibits her work, details of which can be seen on www.totallytextiles.co.uk. She teaches... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course The course will provide an introduction to torchon lace, the basics of most other laces. You will be shown the equipment required, how to prepare a pattern and work the three main stitches. Hopefully everyone will leave with the satisfaction of some completed pieces of lace. You will be given a simple... (more info)
  • Peg loom weavingSunday 23 July 2017
    10am-4pm The course Peg loom weaving is an easy way to produce simple rugs and fabrics using fleece, yarn or recycled materials. In this one day workshop, you will make a wooden peg loom (which you can keep) and then learn how to put a warp on it and begin weaving. The tutors Hilary Charlesworth... (more info)
  • Dorset button broochesSunday 27 August 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course You will make two different types of Dorset button brooch, a Dorset Posy brooch and an Autumn Beech Tree brooch. In the afternoon you will design your own brooch. You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from their beginnings in the 1600s, the growth of button making in the 1700s,... (more info)
  • Tapestry workshop: weave a landscapeSunday 17 September 2017
    10am-4pm The course Using a simple frame loom (which you can keep) and a variety of yarns to produce a woven landscape wall hanging. The emphasis will be on colour blending and both traditional and 3D techniques will be used during the day. No experience of weaving is needed. However both beginners and those with... (more info)
  • Inkle loom weavingSaturday 23 - Sunday 24 September 2017
    10am-4pm The course Spend a weekend in a small group learning about this ancient weaving technique. You will have the opportunity to make short lengths of braid (to make into a purse or small bag) and see examples of different designs. The tutor Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where... (more info)
  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheelSaturday 4 - Sunday 5 November 2017
    10am-4pm The course The two days are interlinked, with the second building on the skills learnt on the first. Preparation and the drop spindle: Characteristics of wool and breed Selecting and judging the quality of a fleece Preparing for spinning Spinning using a drop spindle Introduction and the wheel: Introduction to the wheel How to... (more info)
  • Rag ruggingFriday 27 October 2017
    9.30am-4pm The course Rag rugging is a uniquely accessible folk craft. Over two centuries rag-rugs, made mainly by women, reflected the everyday life of different communities in the U.K. and North America. Rug making fitted in with home life, filling long winter evenings and satisfying creative and practical needs. Come and get hooked! Make a... (more info)
  • Learn to knitSaturday 29 October 2016
    FULL
    The course For those wanting to begin the art of knitting, learning how to cast on, the basic stitches, and the use of these stitches to create different patterns. The tutor Rose Savage trained as a teacher and worked for some time, until her family began to arrive, teaching 7 to 8 year olds. Once the... (more info)