Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
Time: 10:45 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX217
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims to introduce you to new ways of piecing fragments together, using bold Circular and Curved shapes. The emphasis will be on both design and craft to create a piece that reflects your creative interests through colour, scale, pattern and texture.
What will we cover?
This course will equip you with the skills to create a pieced, patched and quilted piece from start to finish. The starting point for design will be with circles, curved shapes and lines. We will learn the ways of assembling patterned and plain cotton fabrics to create a pieced top layer, which is then sandwiched with wadding and a backing cloth.You will learn how to hand and machine quilt all the layers together adding a binding with extra imagery, appliqué and embroidery to personalise a final piece. We will also explore Contemporary and Historical Quilts as inspiration to create a personal approach to Quilt making. This could be using old clothes or scraps of fabric (often associated with past life) to recreate.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop pieced and patched blocks using circles and curves as a starting point.
- Research and gather design inspiration from a range of sources and cultures
- Develop hand and machine stitch methods to construct and decorate your quilt.
-Use specific quilting tools and threads.
- Discover how to add fabric shapes onto fabric using applique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels, beginners will be taught basic hand and machine stitch methods. If you have skills but little experience of designing and making a quilt you will be able to explore ways to research and develop methods to inspire your making.
For people who have some experience of quilt making this could be an opportunity to approach quilts in a fresh contemporary way, or make a piece for a specific purpose.Within the framework of the course, you will be encouraged to be individual in your approach.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be mainly practical, with a focus for each session and samples to get you thinking imaginatively. We will start with a visual presentation outlining areas for research and examples of Contemporary and Historical Quilts.The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your work will be encouraged. Material qualities will be discussed and possibilities for using a range of fabrics in Quilt Making. Stitch and construction techniques will be demonstrated with opportunities for individual experimentation and further suggestions based on individual interest.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A selection of fabrics will be available for you to try, or you can bring your own fabrics and tools. Suitability of materials will be discussed and advised upon in class. Basic materials are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of courses in Contemporary Textiles and Crafts for the budding beginner to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.
Beverley has an academic training in Fine Art and Textiles and for a while set up a design business in Knitted Garments. Whilst studying for an MA in Textiles, Beverley started using traditional Bead Weaving, Embroidery and Quilting techniques to create painted and stitched pieces. This led to creating accredited and personal interest short courses in Beaded Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles. Beverley continues to use constructive Textile techniques within her teaching practise. She is actively involved in her community and works closely with local charities to explore how Art and Craft increases Well Being. She is a member of Hastings Arts Forum where she curates Textile shows and exhibits.
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.