Textiles

  • Victorian patchworkSaturday 20 January 2018
    10.30am-4pm The course An opportunity to try out Victorian Crazy Patchwork. This patchwork technique was a favourite of the Victorians. A showcase for carefully hoarded scraps of favourite fabrics, they were a chance for the maker to let their imagination run riot with embroidered decoration and beads. We can make a variety of traditional pincushion... (more info)
  • Elizabethan walnutsSaturday 27 January 2018
    10am-4pm 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... (more info)
  • Stumpwork: Bugs and BeetlesSaturday 3 February 2018
    9.30am-4pm The course Have fun creating beautiful jewel-like insects, decorated with metallic threads and beads. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques, such as padding and wire-work, together with modern materials and methods. The tutor Caroline Vincent is the author of two books on sampler embroidery, and has an international reputation for specialising in creative contemporary... (more info)
  • Tapestry workshop: weave a landscapeSaturday 10 February 2018
    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)
  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheelSaturday 10 - Sunday 11 February 2018
    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)
  • Felt making daySaturday 24 February 2018
    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)
  • Introduction to crochetSaturday 3 March 2018
    10am-12noon The course Join a short relaxed session to learn some basic crochet stitches. 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 first for a publishing company, and finally spent... (more info)
  • Peg loom weavingSunday 18 March 2018
    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)
  • Learn to braidSaturday 2 June 2018
    11am-1pm The course Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group. The tutor Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and... (more info)
  • Learn to braidSaturday 2 June 2018
    2pm-4pm The course Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group. The tutor Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and... (more info)
  • Natural dyesFriday 8 June 2018
    10am-4pm The course An interactive day using plants from the museum site to dye locally sourced wool. Including a walk around some of the museum’s historic gardens to find out about how to grow, gather and dye using plants. The tutor Louise Spong @ South Downs Yarn. Louise learned the craft of natural dyeing from Jenny... (more info)
  • Flax to linenSaturday 16 June 2018
    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.... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course An opportunity to learn how to do traditional quilting and create a useful hanging pocket. In the 18th century every woman would have worn a pair of these under her skirts. The tutor Charlotte Dawber trained as a teacher of dress and textiles, specialising in embroidered and printed textiles and theatrical costume, and is a qualified... (more info)
  • Dorset buttonsSunday 9 September 2018
    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)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • Stumpwork: ButterfliesSaturday 13 October 2018
    9.30am-4pm The course Make a stunning three-dimensional butterfly, using wire-work techniques together with organza fabrics and metallic threads to create delicately patterned wings. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques with modern use of materials and methods. The tutor Caroline Vincent is the author of two books on sampler embroidery, and has an international reputation for... (more info)