Textiles

  • Dyeing with madderSunday 29 March 2020
    10am-4pm The course Take an in depth look at dyeing with madder and discover a range of reds, orange and pink dyes all from one dyebath. We’ll compare dyebaths made with chopped roots and prepared extract, and build up a sample book of swatches in wool, cotton, silk and linen whilst finding out more about... (more info)
  • Victorian patchworkSaturday 8 February 2020
    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 will make traditional pincushions or needle-keeps. The... (more info)
  • Quilted Christmas pincushionSaturday 31 October 2020
    10:30am-4pm The course Create an heirloom decoration for the festive season. These patchwork pieces were a favourite in Victorian homes and are a beautiful way to showcase carefully hoarded scraps of favourite fabrics. The tutor Charlotte Dawber trained as a teacher of dress and textiles, specialising in embroidered and printed textiles and theatrical costume, and... (more info)
  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheelSaturday 1 - Sunday 2 February 2020
    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)
  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheelSaturday 24 - Sunday 25 October 2020
    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)
  • Stumpwork: ButterfliesSaturday 15 February 2020
    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)
  • Creative CrewelworkSaturday 25 October 2020
    9.30am-4pm The course Have fun creating your own design, inspired by traditional crewelwork patterns from stylised plant forms and flowers. A range of motifs will be available to use or further adapt, with plenty of help on the day. Working with embroidery threads on natural linen, learn to combine a number of decorative stitches, together... (more info)
  • Tapestry workshop: weave a landscapeSaturday 8 February 2020
    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)
  • Make a felt hatSaturday 7 March 2020
    10am-4pm The course You will be using prepared fleece to produce your own original hat. The process includes the use of water and soap, and a certain degree of physical effort! The tutor Hilary Charlesworth is a weaver who lives and works in West Sussex. She has a City and Guilds certificate in Creative Textiles... (more info)
  • Make a needle felt robinSaturday 5 December 2020
    10am-4pm The course In this workshop you will be guided through the basics of needle felting and make a robin to take home. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. The tutor Hilary Charlesworth is a weaver who lives and works in West Sussex. She has a City and Guilds certificate in Creative Textiles... (more info)
  • Tatting workshopSaturday 29 February 2020
    10am-4pm The course Tatting is a form of lace making, using a shuttle to form knots, rather than the traditional lace makers’ pillows and bobbins. It is thought to have derived from the knots that sailors used on their thick warps, and these were quickly adapted by the lacemakers, using fine cotton, to provide edgings... (more info)
  • Introduction to crochetSunday 8 March 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-4pm 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... (more info)
  • Tunisian crochetSaturday 24 October 2020
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-4pm The course Learn the basics of Tunisian crochet in a practical day with some information about the history of this form of crochet too. For this course you should have a basic knowledge of crochet, such as making a chain... (more info)
  • NalbindingSaturday 28 March 2020
    10am-4pm The course Nalbinding is a method of manipulating loops of yarn with a needle to create three dimensional or flat textiles. It has its origins in prehistory and became increasingly popular in Early Medieval societies. From Mesolithic looped around a core or knotless netting bags worked in bast fibres to Egyptian or Viking socks... (more info)
  • Peg loom weavingSaturday 28 March 2020
    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)
  • Design your own Fairisle patternSaturday 10 October 2020
    10am-4pm The course The first part of this course will involve a walk around the Weald and Downland Museum where we will photograph and/or sketch ideas, taking inspiration from the colours and patterns seen in the local landscape and buildings. We will take this inspiration back to the classroom and create our own Weald and... (more info)
  • Introduction to Fairisle knittingSunday 11 October 2020
    11am-3pm The course You will learn how to knit a simple egg cosy in two different colours. In this course, you will learn how to follow a knitting chart, have a go at working with one colour in each hand, along with other methods of handling yarn without it ending up in a tangled mess!... (more info)
  • Introduction to knittingWednesday 13 May 2020
    10am-4pm The course A day for beginners to learn some basics of knitting, including how to cast on and cast off, knit and purl rows of knitting and increase and decrease stitches. We will discuss the next steps and how to read a simple pattern. The tutor Rachael Kay is a crafter and teacher based... (more info)
  • Natural dyesSaturday 13 June 2020
    10am-4pm The course Take part in a hands-on day using common plants, including those from the Museum site, to dye wool. We will take a look at where some of the plants grow in the historic gardens at the Museum, and explore how the dyes are prepared. The tutor Fiona Hargreaves is an historic interpreter... (more info)
  • Dorset button braceletSunday 13 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from their beginnings in the 1600s, the growth of button making in the 1700s, it’s death in the Industrial Revolution and the various people and organisations who’ve kept them alive, and the contemporary buttons of today. Learn to make several different types of... (more info)
  • Spinning flaxSaturday 12 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course The course will consider the properties and history of flax as a textile fibre. We will dress distaffs and spin with spindles, but if you wish to bring a wheel please do so. Everything you need will be provided, and there will be distaffs and spindles to buy. If you have your... (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: ButterfliesSunday 17 May 2020
    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)
  • Wood block textiles printingThursday 4 June 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A hands-on day of using wooden blocks, and learn a method that is different from printing on paper; Ink pads, dabbers, or brushes are used to apply inks – the wood blocks are positioned onto the material, and pressure applied by hand, or by striking with a wooden mallet to print repeat... (more info)