Workshops

Unit Twelve has an ongoing workshop programme, with workshops run by Jennifer Collier, Iain Perry and other exhibiting artists, please scroll down for more information.

Kathryn Ashcroft: Mouse in the House workshop - 21st September 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Description:
    There’s mouse mischief afoot! Create your own mixed-media mouse sculpture in a house, or on a little wooden block, personalised to tell your own story with an array of details and props, created using model-making skills combined with stitching and textile techniques. All materials are provided, but do bring along your own fabrics and other mouse-related treasures to add a very personal touch to the work!
  • Date:
    21/09/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • FULLY BOOKED

Experimental Samplers using paper and stitch with Jennifer Collier - 28th September 2019

  • Description:
    This amazing workshop, that will combine Jennifer’s trademark experimental techniques with traditional embroidery techniques. In the morning you will create surfaces, by waxing, trapping, layering and embedding into plastics, papers and fabrics, and then in the afternoon you will learn a wide range of hand and machine techniques to embellish these to make beautiful samplers you can simply drop into a A4 or A3 frame.
  • Date:
    28/09/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £60
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Murgatroyd & Bean: Creatures from the Kitchen Drawer - 5th October 2019

  • Description:
    After the clock has struck midnight and the wooden stairs have creaked their last for the day, the creatures from the kitchen drawer emerge ready for an adventure… In the Applewood workshop, Murgatroyd and Bean weave tales and bring characters to life using needle, thread and repurposed materials - this practical workshop gives you the opportunity to do the same. Over the course of the day you will create your own 3D creature incorporating a small kitchen utensil which forms part of its structure. These mixed media pieces, combining fabric and found objects, will be created using binding, handstitch and embroidery techniques. All materials will be provided but please bring along fabric scraps, haberdashery and a utensil with meaning to personalise your piece
  • Date:
    05/10/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Story Book Dresses - 19th October 2019

  • Description:
    Jennifer will show you a range of traditional hand and machine stitch techniques, including Paper Patchwork, Pleating, Paper Pockets, Button Loops, Covered Buttons and Covered Bindings which be used on found papers. These skills will be used these to create small paper dresses. Please bring along your favorite books and papers to incorporate into your work.
  • Date:
    19/10/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £60
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Naomi Posner: Handprinted Clutch Bag Workshop - 26th October 2019

  • Description:
    In this one day workshop you will create your own super stylish handprinted and stitched clutch bag. The focus will be on experimenting with simple screen printing techniques to print your own fabric. You will then use your printed fabric to stitch into a beautiful clutch bag. All fabrics, inks and lightweight screens are provided but do bring your own plain cotton fabrics to personalise your work.
  • Date:
    26/10/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Bramble and Goose: Delicate Dinner Set - 9th November 2019

  • Description:
    Create your own bowl, plate and spoon using moulding techniques developed by Anna, of Bramble and Goose, using Japanese Rice paper, wax, fabric and threads to create your own bespoke delicate dinner set. All materials will be provided but you may wish to bring your own thin fabrics, threads, lace and haberdashery to personalise your piece.
  • Date:
    09/11/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Flower Christmas Wreaths - 16th November 2019

  • Description:
    In this full day workshop you will be shown how to create decorative paper flowers from recycled papers, with a choice of four different types of flowers to make, from the very easy through to a 5 petal origami flower. These flowers will be used to make an beautiful everlasting floral wreath for Christmas. All materials are provided but you may wish to bring along your own papers and books to personalise your wreath.
  • Date:
    16/11/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £60
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Anne Kelly: Vintage Cottage Garden workshop - 23rd November 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Description:
    Inspired by domestic gardens and the space outside your kitchen, you will use a mixture of floral and vintage fabrics to enhance and give depth to the work. Search through your collections for florals especially to applique onto a square sample, using a mixture of printing, couching and hand embroidery to complete the work. All materials are provided, but please do bring along a basic sewing kit, treasured fabric scraps, plain and floral fabrics, old embroidered snippets of tray cloths or handkerchiefs, threads, ribbon, haberdashery, buttons and lace to personalize your work.
  • Date:
    23/11/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • FULLY BOOKED

Paper Patchwork, Pockets and Pleats with Jennifer Collier - 30th November 2019

  • Description:
    A sampler’s workshop with a difference, as all the traditional embroidery techniques will all be created using paper. Showing a range of patchwork, pockets and pleating techniques incorporating a range of beautiful vintage papers. Do bring your own special papers, books or maps to personalise.
  • Date:
    30/11/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £60
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Bramble and Goose: Delicate Dinner Set - 7th December 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Description:
    Create your own bowl, plate and spoon using moulding techniques developed by Anna, of Bramble and Goose, using Japanese Rice paper, wax, fabric and threads to create your own bespoke delicate dinner set. All materials will be provided but you may wish to bring your own thin fabrics, threads, lace and haberdashery to personalise your piece.
  • Date:
    07/12/2019
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • FULLY BOOKED

Jennifer Collier: Paper Shoes - 18th January 2020

  • Description:
    Creating decorative paper shoes from found and recycled papers. A choice of four different types of shoes to make; a stiletto, a sandal, a lace up shoe or an alice shoe. You will also make an accompanying, decorated shoe box.
  • Date:
    18/01/2020
  • Time:
    10-12.30pm
  • Cost:
    £30
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Rachel Butlin: Silver Stacking Rings - 1st February 2020, 10-12.30pm

  • Description:
    In this half day workshop you will learn how to measure, design and create up to three silver stacking rings, using traditional jewellery techniques, from forming and texturising to soldering and filing. The rings will be created in a range of different silver wires, allowing you to explore different thicknesses, finishes and textures that compliment and contrast each other. NB there is an additional £15 fee for silver, to be paid to the artist in cash on the day.
  • Date:
    01/02/2020
  • Time:
    10-12.30pm
  • Cost:
    £45
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Hannah Lobley: Pages to Wood- Floral Canvas workshop - 8th February 2020

  • Description:
    In this workshop you will work with Hannah to create a recycled paper flower from material made using her own unique 'Paperwork' technique, where book pages have been layered and transformed back into a wood veneer like material. She will show you how to use, cut and sand this unique material to reveal a patternation of text and colours in the recycled papers. This flower will be mounted onto a recycled paper canvas that you have made, so you have a stunning wall mounted artwork at the end of the day. £65
  • Date:
    08/02/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Hanging Fabric Planters - 7th March 2020

  • Description:
    In this workshop you will produce a series of hanging fabric planters, which are fully lined to prevent damage when watering! The textiles panels will be embellished with a range of hand stitches such as French Knots, Bullion Roses, Running stitch, Straight stitch, Picot Stitch and Needle Lace Stitches. You will be given a choice of planter shapes, and multiple ideas for hanging mechanisms to choose from in the workshop. All materials are provided but you may wish to bring your own special fabric to personalise your planter. This price also includes a free plant to put in it.
  • Date:
    07/03/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Michaela McMillan: Mini Wall Shrines - 14th March 2020

  • Description:
    Create a mini wall shrine sculpture from recycled materials using the wooden base provided. This will be decoupaged using recycled papers, magazine images, scraps of fabric, gold leaf and other decorative techniques. You will experiment with found and discarded objects, disassembling, customising and creating new pieces to add to the sculpture. These will be added to the shrine by stitching, drilling and investigating different types of glues. All materials will be provided, but please do bring along your own collected treasures to personalise.
  • Date:
    14/03/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Shirts - 28th March 2020

  • Description:
    Using found and recycled papers to make decorative paper shirts. Jennifer will demonstrate every stage of the shirt, including a paper pocket, collar, button placket, and you will be shown a cunning trick of how to insert the sleeves so that the shirt looks almost good enough to wear! This workshop will mainly involve machine stich with hand stitch used for the buttons. Please bring along your own special papers, favourite books and maps to incorporate into your work.
  • Date:
    28/03/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Paper Bird Boxes with Jennifer Collier on 4th April 2020

  • Description:
    Creating a beautiful bespoke bird box, complete with its own bird on the perch, from recycled papers, stitch and card, inspired by Jennifer’s own work. You will be shown every step of the process, from constructing your bird box, to using beautiful, vintage papers to decorate it. These will be embellished with a range of hand stitches, including an optional picot stitched trim around the door, and will go on to making your own mono-printed bird to sit on the perch.
  • Date:
    04/04/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Sal Broadhurst: Mini Books Workshop - 18th April 2020

  • Description:
    We will begin the day by making the first of three types of mini book…an ingenious ‘instant book’, created from just one sheet of paper, and some clever folding and cutting! We will then move onto our first two stitched books, single section pamphlet stitched, three and five hole books. Using the skills and confidence gained, we will then spend the rest of the day making a more ambitious multi-section mini block book. When the block is made we will complete the book using thin board and your choice of paper to create decorative covers.
  • Date:
    18/04/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Katherine Richmond: Riveted Silver Jewellery workshop 2nd May 2010

  • Description:
    Learn how to design and create an item of jewellery using rivets and explore traditional jewellery making techniques such as annealing, forming, filing and texturing. You will primarily be working with copper and silver and construct at least one item of jewellery. A selection of found materials will be available for you to use but please bring your own drillable wooden, plastic, rubber, leather, paper or cardboard found treasures to incorporate such as small trinkets, haberdashery, broken jewellery etc. NB there is an additional £15 fee for silver, to be paid to the artist in cash on the day.
  • Date:
    02/05/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Flowers - 9th May 2020

  • Description:
    Creating decorative paper flowers from recycled papers, with a choice of four different types of flowers to make, from the very easy through to a 5 petal origami flower.
  • Date:
    09/05/2020
  • Time:
    10-12.30pm
  • Cost:
    £30
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Paper Lampshades BASIC - 16th May 2020

  • Description:
    Create a 30 x 30cm 6 panel lampshade from beautiful recycled papers. You will be provided with a pattern, which you will have the opportunity to customize to suit your taste, and the light shade frame (which can be an up or down lighter). You will spend the day working with vintage papers to create the panels for the shade, and will be shown embellishment techniques to decorate these. You will then be shown to how to stitch the papers together to form the shade. NB There will be a £10 charge (payable on the day) for the light shade frame and paper pattern. You may also wish to bring your own special papers, books and maps to personalize.
  • Date:
    16/05/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Katie Almond: Porcelain Envelope Wall Pockets - 23rd May 2020

  • Description:
    Be inspired by Katie’s highly decorative ceramics to create a porcelain envelope wall pocket with hand built 3D elements. Throughout the day you will learn hand-building techniques, how to make ceramic florals, patterning, impressing textures and adding designs with coloured glazes to create your personalised envelope. All pieces will be fired by Katie and you will have a finished piece plus a trio of samples from the ceramic techniques taught throughout the day. The work will be fired and posted back to you within 3 weeks, so please bring £5 in cash payable directly to the artist on the day for P&P.
  • Date:
    23/05/2020
  • Time:
    10-4pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Jennifer Collier: Hand Stitched Fabric Light Shades - 27th June 2020

  • Description:
    In this workshop you will produce a hand stitched fabric panel, using techniques such as French Knots, Bullion Roses, running stitch, straight stitch, Picot Stitch and Needle Lace Stitches. This would then be made into a 20cm diameter barrel light shade, which can be used with on a lamp stand or as a ceiling light. The light shade making kit would be included in the cost, and additional kits will be available to buy on the day for £10 per kit. You may wish to bring your own cotton fabric to use for the shade (min size 25 x 65cm).
  • Date:
    27/06/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Emily Notman: Advanced Wall Hangings - 4th July 2020

  • Description:
    Spend a creative day with textile artist Emily Notman, embrace a range of mixed media methods to create a large whimsical wall hanging. Emily will take you through manipulating and dyeing your own fabrics and stitched surfaces using inks, bleach and printing with found objects. Once you have a collection of pieces Emily will share her methods of constructing these pieces into hangings using stitch, wrapping, trapping and binding. Finish off with machine sewing, hand stitch and tactile embellishments for decoration. All materials are provided, but please do bring along fabric scraps, threads, haberdashery, buttons and lace to personalize.
  • Date:
    04/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Emily Jo Gibbs: Illustrative Pictures, working with silk organza and hand stitch on 11th July 2020

  • Description:
    Experiment with composition, using over lapping layers of translucent fabrics to build areas of different colours and tones. Create a collage that is the backdrop for your hand stitching. Using a variety of media including pencil, ink and silk paint, see how you can transfer images on to silk organza. Mark making with stitch, experiment with stitch length and density. On this course you will make a series of test pieces. If you would like to work from your own drawings and/or photographs please bring them along.
  • Date:
    11/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Anne Kelly: House and Home workshop - 18th July 2020

  • Description:
    Houses and buildings are a rich source of inspiration for textile collage work. We will use a variety of found textiles, techniques and stitch to create a special piece representing a house or home of your choice. In this one day course with author, artist and tutor Anne Kelly you will be working from your choice of house or building that holds a special memory for you. We will start by using basic but effective techniques taken from her books. Anne will show you how to create a mixed media collage that will be embellished and richly decorated to create a special souvenir or gift. All materials are provided, but please do bring items from your collections and charity shop finds, such as fabrics, threads, haberdashery, buttons , ribbons and lace to personalize and an image to work from.
  • Date:
    18/07/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Richard McVetis: ‘A Stitch Drawn'- The Art of Hand Embroidery - 5th Sept 2020

  • Description:
    In this workshop you will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making; and the pleasure in having time to make. We will explore the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped + laced / back / fly / chain / blanket. Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.
  • Date:
    05/09/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.

Liz Cooksey: ‘Small Worlds' wire workshop - 12th Dec 2020

  • Description:
    This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment using a wire composition to create a playful sense of place, exploring observations of the natural world, using a mixed media approach, working with wire, printed papers, fragments of cloth, threads and bringing these elements together using a selection of techniques such as hand stitch, wrapping & binding, fabric manipulation and crochet. All materials are provided, but please do bring along fabric and paper scraps, threads, haberdashery, buttons and lace to personalize.
  • Date:
    12/12/2020
  • Time:
    10-4.00pm
  • Cost:
    £65
  • To book call 07811 460494 or to book online click here.
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