Sylvia and Alison hope that you will enjoy our Textile and Mixed Media courses that we have booked for this year.

All courses are held in Torquay, Devon

If you would like to make a booking please email to check availability.

A non refundable deposit of £20 per day for each course booked is required, unless otherwise stated, to confirm a place. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal.

The balance of the fee will be due two months prior to the course date. After this date no refund can be given unless a replacement student is found, then a full refund will be given less a £10 administration fee.

Should a course be full we will start a waiting list and inform you should a place become available.

A requirement list will be sent at least one month prior to course date.

We reserve the right to cancel a course should there be insufficient numbers or if the tutor has to cancel due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances. A full refund will be given.

However we cannot be responsible for any other expenses incurred. Please consider taking out your own insurance.


 Visiting Textile and Mixed Media Tutors

Linda Miller

April 9 Wednesday            Pictorial Machine Embroidery 

10am to 4pm   Fee £40   Deposit £20

Bring along a picture, drawing or a photograph that inspires you.

Translate your original design into your very own picture of stitches, jewellery item or embroidery piece.

Students will be guided through aspects of creating a design, placing imagery, and how to finish and present their work.

The workshop is suitable for the novice or the more confident machinist who wishes to explore the numerous techniques and textures created by threads and stitch, not to mention the delight of sewing and working with colour to create pictorial machine embroidery. 



This day is now full, please get in touch if you would like to go on the waiting list in case of a cancellation



Frances Pickering

May 8 + 9 Thursday and Friday      Black and White Editions 

10am to 4pm    Fee £75  Deposit £40

We will be using shades of black and white to make fabric books based around the theme of poets or prose and poetry. [You can use a different theme if you wish]

We will use a variety of techniques and materials to make striking stitched surfaces using plain and printed fabrics.

You can use these to make a book, or a piece of artwork. You might also choose to fill a sketchbook with your ideas, samples and experiments.




Frances Pickering

May 13 - 16 Tuesday to Friday      Black and White Editions

10am to 4pm     Fee £140  Deposit £80

This four day course is based on the same topic as the two day one.

The additional two days will allow us to take time over our designs and enable Frances to spend more time helping students to develop, and enhance their own creative ideas.

We can continue to fill our sketchbook, stitch into our pages and enrich our Black and White Editions. We found this an invaluable resource in 2013.


 Lynda Monk

July 17 + 18 Thursday and Friday            Encrusted Blade   

10am to 4pm    Fee £85  Deposit £40

In this workshop we will use Kunin felt to create a textured surface which will then be used to construct an Encrusted Blade, the vessel shown in the picture. The vessel can be opened to reveal a hidden treasure, or a mini 'blade'.

Once our vessel has been created we will add colour and more texture to the surface.

During the two days Lynda will be using numerous techniques to enhance the vessel, including the use of thermofax screens. We will also have the opportunity to explore other techniques as samples for further work.

The techniques learned lend themselves to all sorts of other types of vessels. The initial work on the felt will entail the use of a sewing machine to prepare the surface, either in straight or free machining.

Lynda supplies all of the materials required to complete the vessel with a kit for each student, with the exception of the sewing machine and threads. We are also given a CD with full instructions so there is no need to even take notes. 

Kit fee £12 each payable on the course  

If you were at Westpoint in September 2013, or at one of the other big shows around the country, you may have seen some of Lynda's very exciting work.





 Pauline Verrinder 

August 18 + 19 Monday and Tuesday        All Wired Up 

10am to 4pm       Fee £85  Deposit £40 

In this workshop we will use free machine embroidery techniques, mixed media, wire, thread , and fabric. 

The course will revolve around the use of cotton covered wire for constructional purposes. Initially wire will be, either painted, or decorated, and then embellished with machine embroidery. 

The construction of various forms will be performed by both hand and machine embroidery techniques enabling the creation of items as large as vessels or as small as jewellery.

Explore the endless possibilities that working with wire presents when using it to create delicate 3D shapes. Petals, pods, leaves and items for jewellery are just some forms that can be constructed.

Some experience of free machine embroidery is necessary.

Pauline will bring some of the materials required for the course at a charge of £10 each.






Carol Horsington

October 31 Friday                  Christmas Willow 

10am to 4pm       Fee £45    Deposit £20

Using Rush and Willow Carol will be showing us how to make items such as Christmas Wreaths, Stars, woven Christmas Trees, and rush Angels.

This will be a fun and informative class creating a variety of items which can be decorated with fresh or dried materials for our own use or perfect as a special gift.

Carol grows her own Cornish Willow and will bring it for us to use. There will be a charge of £8 each for materials. 

This class will be suitable for all levels of ability and be a great way to bring us into the festive season.








If you would like to make a booking, receive a booking form, or request further information Alison and I look forward to hearing from you.

We do not have a shop so please phone, write or email.

Sylvia and Alison