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.

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 in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. Textiles: embroidery and embellishment
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  2. Contemporary quilts: log cabin
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Aug 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt from start to finish. You will use a range of construction and embellishment techniques. The emphasis on this quitling course is the log cabin method, using fabrics to create a personalised quilt. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Textiles: polychromatic printing
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Aug 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Experiment with polychromatic print onto fabric and paper, exploring the creative potential of Procion dyes and silk screen printing. Processes include mark making, hand painting, resists, stencils and layering. Develop personal designs, textile samples and artwork.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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