Fashion & textiles

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Fashion & Textiles Courses in London

Our wide range of fashion and textiles courses offer students both practical guides and bags of creative motivation, providing opportunities for learners to explore the traditional and contemporary. We offer beginner courses for learners who want an introduction to sewing through to intermediate classes that focus on specific techniques such as shibori and creative machine embroidery. Our classes support experimental approaches as well as more traditional skills.

Our team of experienced artists and expert tutors work with learners, supporting you to overcome barriers and realise personal ambitions. Our purpose built studio provides access to industry standard equipment, height adjustable tables and chairs and good natural light. Just down the hall learners can combine their hand making with digital design by joining one of our textile design courses.

The textiles community at City Lit is very strong, don’t be surprised if you join a class with someone who has attended that class before. We value all our learners and welcome new students to contribute and diversify our burgeoning community.

All of our courses have basic materials provided but please read the full course outline before you book as the tutor will list anything you need to bring along.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Textiles: screen printing and surface effects
    Course start date:  Tue 30 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Explore silkscreen printing on fabric using paper stencils. Develop tactile printed, coloured overlays through using opaque and transparent colour and surface finishes such as foiling, flocking and relief effects specially for textiles.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
  2. Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Textiles sketchbook: developing ideas and projects
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore the surface qualities of drawing and mark-making with the layered possibilities of mixed-media and hand stitch. You'll have the chance to generate visual research and ideas towards a personal project.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  5. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques.

    Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  6. Textiles and surface pattern: colour and abstract design
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour

    using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  7. Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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