Fashion & Textiles Courses - Online & 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. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    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: £100.00

  2. Text for textiles

    Text for textiles

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory stitch course where will learn different ways of designing and using text in textile works, using different hand stitch and applique techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Collage for textile design

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Translate visual inspiration and develop innovative ideas for textile design using paper collage techniques. Explore abstract and representational design, pattern, scale, texture and colour with a myriad of layered, cut, folded, and manipulated papers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. Textiles: natural dyeing with bio-materials and kitchen waste

    Textiles: natural dyeing with bio-materials and kitchen waste

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore plant materials that are in your locality as a sustainable and safe method of dyeing fabric at home. Use bio-waste from kitchen peelings and leaves, or environmentally foraged plants, to produce colour-rich textiles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Embroidery for beginners

    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the world of hand embroidery and learn all about the stitches, tools and materials used to create personal embroidered pieces full of colour, texture and imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £0.00

  6. Drawing for textiles

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A creative introduction to drawing for textile design. Explore visual research and investigate mark-making layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Play with techniques to help develop the confidence to use line, pattern, and mark-making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Shibori into stitch

    Shibori into stitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You will learn traditional Japanese stitch techniques, Sashiko and Boro to create samples that can be taken on to further projects. You do not need to have completed VX470 Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course but you will need to bring in your own Shibori samples.

    You do not need to have completed Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  8. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practice machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Experimental screen printing for textiles

    Experimental screen printing for textiles

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop painterly approaches to textile screen printing from the comfort of your home. Use open screen techniques, monoprinting, and direct painting on to screen and cloth with dyes. Imaginatively explore dye and pigment, mark, colour, texture and surface.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Illustrator for textile design II

    Illustrator for textile design II

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, creating intricate and decorative elements for textile design. Use a range of drawing and brush tools refining your skills, developing colour, contrast and pattern. Ideal for textile designers or artists interested in vector based repeat patterns.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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: £105.00

  11. City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples, a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £200.00

  12. Printed textiles: screen printing and surface effects

    Printed textiles: screen printing and surface effects

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  13. Making a mini protest banner

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you an insight into the history of textile protest banners and teach you techniques to make your own mini banner in stitch.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Drawing flora for textile design

    Drawing flora for textile design

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Florals and plant studies can provide exciting inspiration for contemporary textile designs; explore some methods of drawing flora, and start to create ideas that could grow into a printed design.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  15. Clothes making III

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine your sewing skills on this advanced sewing class. Learn to cut and sew neatly working from a jacket pattern.

    Gain experience and knowledge in working with soft fabrics. Suitable for those with some sewing

    experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

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