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. Experimental dye with food and garden waste

    Experimental dye with food and garden waste

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore, experiment and develop a variety of natural dyes from common food waste to use in natural fabrics. Learn bundle dye and botanical print. Create your own exciting natural colour palette and make your dye swatch book. Learn to record your natural dyeing results for further use.

    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: £75.00

  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop II

    Designing textiles using Photoshop II

    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints.



    You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop, if you require use of a licence please contact Visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

    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 and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £165.00

  3. Slow contemplative stitch

    Slow contemplative stitch

    New
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A short online course, focussing on slow contemplative stitching and how this can relax and focus the mind through the process of a practical, repetitive activity.

    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

  4. Freehand machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your freehand machine embroidery techniques focusing on working on lacy surfaces on water soluble fabrics and patchwork on this online course. Create lace patches and fillings for embellishment. Learn about continuous patterns and lace techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Create motifs and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.



    You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop, if you require use of a licence please contact Visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  6. Beginners frame loom weaving

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to learn how to create inspiring and beautiful hand woven artworks? Join this exciting 6-week course to explore a range of creative approaches to frame loom weaving.

    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: £91.00

  7. 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

  8. Illustrator for textile design II

    Illustrator for textile design II

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 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

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

    Textiles: natural dyeing with bio-materials and kitchen waste

    New
    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

  10. Text for textiles

    Text for textiles

    New
    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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Making a mini protest banner

    New 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

  15. 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

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