Fashion & textiles

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.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Illustrative embroidery for textiles
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Develop your embroidery skills in both hand and machine stitching. Create a range of samples, learn how to transfer designs to cloth, explore design ideas, experiment with fabrics and threads.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create patterns and designs for textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artist's or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  3. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design textile ideas for interiors, fashion, stationery or text.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  4. Textiles: waxed surfaces
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Experiment with a range of mono printing techniques; painted, wiped and drawn, onto fabric. You will use these techniques with appliqué, manipulation and hand stitch to layer and build exciting dimensional surfaces, exploring pattern and texture.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  6. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  7. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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  8. Designing textiles using Photoshop III: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    This short intermediate course will improve your Adobe Photoshop pattern tiling skills while learning new basic vector drawing skills in Adobe illustrator. We will improve on creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need your own access the Adobe Creative Suite on your Mac or PC before class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. City Lit textiles: mixed media
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  10. Introduction to printed textiles
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Layer colour and mark to create your own textiles on this practical introduction to textile print processes. Explore block, transfer, silkscreen and monoprinting. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  11. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    An introduction to using the sewing machine. Learn how to use the sewing machine safely and competently.



    We also look at troubleshooting and different sewing techniques.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. Introduction to pattern cutting I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a



    design.Expand your knowledge as you learn how to draft a classic dress block, manipulating patterns and



    understanding garment fitting and shape.You will then expand your knowledge as you learn how to use the block to



    create patterns and silhouettes from a design.







    This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some experience in Clothes making and would like to learn how to craft their own patterns.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  13. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  14. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  15. Hand knitting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    This intensive course will inspire a passion for hand knitting, colour and texture.The perfect way to get started.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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