Textiles

Textiles

A history of knitting from the Tudor period onwards

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....

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  • A history of knitting from the tudor period onwards £60.00

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Dorset button

The course You will make two different types of Dorset button brooch, a Dorset Posy brooch and an Autumn Beech Tree brooch. In the afternoon you will design your own brooch. You...

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  • Dorset Buttons £55.00

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Elizabethan walnuts

Made from the shell of a single walnut, these tiny encrusted bags were a novelty gift in the courts of Elizabeth I. Come and make your own replica of a more sumptuous...

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  • Elizabethan walnuts £60.00

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Felt making day

This one-day course is suitable for beginners.  We will produce colourful pieces of handmade felt using dyed fibres & a seamless purse. Feltmaking is the oldest form of...

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  • Felt making day £55.00

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Flax to linen

The course Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come...

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  • Flax to linen £55.00

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Introduction to crochet

Join a short relaxed session to learn some basic crochet stitches.

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  • Introduction to crochet £20.00

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Natural dyes

The course An interactive day using plants from the museum site to dye locally sourced wool. Including a walk around some of the museum’s historic gardens to find out...

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  • Natural dyes £55.00

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Peg loom weaving

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...

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  • Peg loom weaving £60.00

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Spinning: drop spindle and the wheel

The first day focuses the preparation of wool and using a drop spindle, the second day is an introduction to the wheel, looking at how to control yarn thickness, spinning singles...

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  • Spinning: drop spindle and the wheel £95.00

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Tapestry weaving workshop: weave a landscape

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...

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  • Tapestry weaving workshop: weave a landscape £60.00

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Victorian patchwork

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...

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  • Victorian patchwork £60.00

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Stumpwork embroidery: bugs and beetles

Have fun creating beautiful jewel-like insects, decorated with metallic threads and beads. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques, such as padding and wire-work,...

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  • Stumpwork embroidery: bugs and beetles £60.00

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Learn to braid

Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group.

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  • Learn to braid £25.00

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Hanging pocket - English quilting

An opportunity to learn how to do traditional quilting and create a useful hanging pocket. In the 18th century every woman would have worn a pair of these under...

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  • Hanging pocket - English quilting £60.00

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Stumpwork: Butterflies

Make a stunning three-dimensional butterfly, using wire-work techniques together with organza fabrics and metallic threads to create delicately patterned wings. Learn to...

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  • Stumpwork: Butterflies £55.00

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