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Bead weaving for fashion and textiles

Course Dates: 21/03/22 - 11/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn the basics of off-loom bead weaving and open up to a new world of creative possibilities for your designs.These techniques,which we will work by hand weaving beads,can be applied to jewellery and accessory design as well as embellishment for fashion and textiles.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

Course Code: VX458

Mon, eve, 21 Mar - 11 Apr '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Off-loom bead weaving is done by using a hand needle and thread to stitch tiny beads together creating intricate chains, fabric of beads, tubular and circular beadwork.
On this course we will learn some of the main bead weaving stitches and we will make swatches to create a sample box for future use and reference.
This is an intensive short course and practising between sessions is recommended.
Students are expected to read the handouts provided and to practice techniques to incorporate them. By the end of this course you will be enabled to continue your work in future bead weaving projects covering fashion, textiles and accessories.

What will we cover?

- Learn stitch variations using Japanese seed bead and cylinder beads
- Peyote stitch, tubular peyote, brick stitch, herringbone stitch and flat right angle weave will be taught.
- How to incorporate bead weaving to your creative projects
- Tips and tricks for bead weaving.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate understanding of the basics of bead weaving
- Make your own samples pieces using the taught techniques
- Independently explore making jewellery and other accessories.
- Plan and create your own designs, adapting techniques to add embellishment to objects,accessories and garments.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is designed for beginners. No previous knowledge is required but some knowledge of sewing or embroidery would be an advantage.
This course is designed to be a slow paced craft course that cannot be rushed.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support health and safety information, demonstrations and hand-outs.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with online practical demonstrations individually and as a group. Participation in group discussion is encouraged.
Digital handouts, homework and useful links will be provided via our online portal in google classroom. It is recommended that you access the classroom before starting the course. Access will be provided in advance.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own embroidery scissors and beads.
The tutor can also advise on suitable materials for creative projects during the course
Please bring a small box to gather your samples, a notebook and a pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a range of courses in textiles and contemporary crafts for beginners, advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.

Renata Minoldo

Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.