Maureen's fabulous layered and zapped Tyvek sample.
Denman College is a great place to teach, it is the home of the W.I. and the teaching facilities are superb as is the food and the accommodation. They offer a variety of courses throughout the year. It's always worth seeing what they have to offer. The grounds and gardens are very beautiful, at any time of the year. www.denman.org.uk
We were a select group, just five students, which meant we could cover more ground during the workshop. My Hot Textiles workshop covers most of the techniques in my book of the same name - and a few more.
Tyvek really got the groups attention and they had a good time trying out all the ways to distress and texture it.
Here are some of the samples -
In the photos below you can get an idea of how light and airy the textiles studio is . .
Maureen is on the left and Jessica is on the right . . . .
. . then from the left there was Frances, Margaret and Carole.
The group were great fun, you always get a fascinating mix of personalities at Denman. There is no where else like it - Well, it is the WI. However, you don't have to be a member of the W.I. to go to the college, it is open to all.
Frances is Australian and has been working in the U.K for several years and will be returning to Australia next year, she has invited me to stay in her home near the beach in Adelaide when I travel to teach in Australia next year.
It will be a good opportunity to see more of Australia and have a bit of down time - on the beach. It will be great to see Frances again.
Of course painted Bondaweb featured rather heavily in the workshop, it was ironed onto various fabrics and was decorated with all manner of sparkles and embellishments.
. . . we also played with Vilene Spunbond CS500 in colours. We ironed (un painted) Bondaweb onto the back of Vilene Spunbond and decorated black iron-on interfacing and then cut out shapes with a soldering iron, which were then ironed onto a background.
The group worked hard and had a great laugh with each other, being such a small group they all had chance to get to know each other a bit - it was FAB!!!
We finished at lunchtime on Friday and I just managed to beat the dreadful queues on the M25 - I was home by 3.30. Phew!!!
This weekend I am teaching Tinkering with Tyvek at Foredown Tower and then on Monday it is straight into a five day summer school at Foredown Tower - New Layered Textiles.
Jill - NINE sleeps . . Yeehhaaa!!!!! Must start to get organised.
Diana - I am still missing you . . . !!!
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