Constructed Textiles

Want to learn how to put fibres, yarn and threads together to make beautiful textiles? We have a range of short courses in knit, crochet, weave and felt that will teach you how to create your own textile structures to create garments, pieces for the home or art textiles.

Our beginner’s courses introduce you to the basic technical skills of these processes. Tutors ensure you have grasped the basics before moving on to more complex techniques. Our advanced courses are designed for those who already have the basics mastered and help you realise personal projects experimenting with creative approaches and unexpected materials.

Constructed textiles tutors at City Lit are all practising makers and artists, producing current content for magazines and books, exhibiting and carrying out residencies alongside their teaching practice. They bring their professional experience to their teaching, enhancing their wealth of technical knowledge and enriching your learning experience.

We provide a starter pack of materials for all courses, and encourage learners to bring their own yarns/fibres and scrap fabric with which to experiment. Please read the full course outline to see what is provided and what you might 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.

  1. Crochet for beginners

    Crochet for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn basic crochet techniques, make simple samples and learn how to follow patterns. Basic materials provided.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Introduction to felt making: colour, shape and composition

    Introduction to felt making: colour, shape and composition

    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a personal approach to feltmaking, experimenting with colour blending, pre-felts and nuno. Generate initial ideas from simple mark making and collage exercises. Using a personal colour palette to develop samples, working towards a finished piece.

    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Crochet for improvers

    Crochet for improvers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you know how to crochet but want to progress from the basic stitches. Learn advanced techniques such as shaping, working in the round, cluster stitches and reading patterns.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Felt making: structural surfaces and 3D techniques

    Felt making: structural surfaces and 3D techniques

    Course Date: Thu 20 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate a number of techniques including pleats, pockets, pouches and ‘nuno’; creating surface texture with fabric. You will produce a range of experimental samples and have the opportunity to work towards a finished piece.

    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Textiles: frame loom weaving

    Textiles: frame loom weaving

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of handweaving on a frame loom. Explore traditional rug making techniques to create raised surface decoration and handweaving in plain weave pattern. Create a series of samples, and design and create your own contemporary weave combining techniques.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Try it out: nuno felting

    Try it out: nuno felting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore this stunning Japanese process of bonding fine fabrics to fine merino wool fibres. Working with white silk and cotton fabrics and colour wool fibres, you will produce a series of lightweight and textured samples. All materials provided.

    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

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