Gorgeous late sunflowers outside the teaching studio.
Well it's not quite Sunday!! Just three days late, There seems to be so much to do with all the autumn shows coming up. It feels a while since I was at Denman, but it was only ten days ago. Denman College is the home of the W.I. but you don't have to be member to enrol on the workshops. www.denman.org.uk
Denman has very beautiful grounds that are well kept and glorious at any time of the year.
A rather tropical planting scheme to welcome you at the front door.
One of the many reasons I like teaching at Denman is the food - and at morning coffee and afternoon tea we have biscuits and . . cakes!! yum!!!
All made in the Denman kitchens - we are always very spoilt.
These little cheeky chaps had a glace cherry secreted inside - a lovely surprise when you bit into them - them!! I only had one - honest!
So - the workshop was Hot Textiles and was for two and a half days. The Textile Studio is very equipped with everything you could desire for teaching.
We started with painting up all the products and then got on with a few demonstrations. The first exercise was working with painted Bondaweb.
The group had great fun playing with all kinds of sparkle and heat transfer foil.
This rather wonderful book cover was made by Hilary when she was on one of my newspaper based courses at Foredown Tower. It was a fabulous surprise to see her at Denman, she is great fun!!! And was almost well behaved . . .
Then we went onto play with Tyvek . . . .
and then soldering irons to cut Vilene Spunbond . . . .
And then we zapped Vilene Spunbond in all the weights - CS500, CS700 and CS800.
. . and finally we printed onto transfer foiled Bondaweb. A simple but so effective background. . . and washable! Makes a change for me - something functional? Surely not?
There are always three or four workshops on at a time throughout the teaching centre and at lunchtime on the last day we all have look at the other classes work. I love listening to the group as they tell there friends and anyone who will listen, what they have been doing and how they achieved the effects. It is the best form of evaluation there is - who needs paper work???
A throng of ladies admiring the groups work and asking excited questions.
I will be back at Denman the first week of December to teach my On the Surface workshop. It's Bondaweb based, so you know it will be one of my favourites - I think there are three places left if you fancy coming to play.
I will be off to Redditch on Friday to deliver the fifth weekend of Experimental Textiles at The Old Needle Works. It's constructed textiles this weekend.
I'm looking forward to seeing my girls.
Jill - I hope you are feeling less . . sore.
May have some exciting news of an Irish nature soon!!!!!
Diana - 11 days to go - make sure you find Les's tolerance tablets. x
Have linked this blog to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/ - what a great way to share.