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 the School of Visual Arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginners' 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.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Experimental drawing exploration using paper collage. Develop creative ideas for textiles exploring texture, colour, proportion and composition through cutting, ripping, layering, intercutting and 2D construction.

    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: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    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. Practise 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

  4. City Lit textiles: mixed media

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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: £243.00

  5. Clothes making II

    Clothes making II

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine your sewing skills on this intermediate- higher level sewing class. Develop experience cutting sewing and working neatly from a trouser pattern. Practice constructing design details like pockets belt loops and working with your chosen fabrics. Suitable for those with some sewing experience and confident in using a commercial pattern.

    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: £499.00
    Concession: £499.00

  6. Introduction to feltmaking

    Introduction to feltmaking

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the techniques of this fundamental fabric. Make connections with textiles, jewellery, painting and sculpture. Draw with wool fibre, create fabrics for textiles, fashion and interiors and construct 3D forms for jewellery and sculpture.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Hand knitting for beginners

    Hand knitting for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive course will inspire a passion for hand knitting, colour and texture. The perfect way to get started. 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Sewing on Sundays I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start making clothes with an A-line skirt in a fabric of your choice. Learn how to choose the right pattern size, lay out pattern pieces, cut out and sew seams, zips, waist facings and hems.

    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

  9. Introduction to dye techniques

    Introduction to dye techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Dip into colour, and learn a range of dye techniques. Using indigo, synthetic and natural dyes to practise dyeing a variety of natural fabrics. You will finish the course with a unique collection of dye samples.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Laser cut stencils for printed textiles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to make your own seals and stamps using the process of laser cutting for block printing. Test and develop drawing skills to etch ideas onto wood and rubber, enabling an understanding of digital design. Suitable for users with some knowledge of print and have used Photoshop and Illustrator before wanting to make their own unique stamps.

    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

  11. Introduction to digitally printed textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine print techniques and knowledge in this intermediate surface course. Expand skills experimenting with layering techniques for fashion art or interior applications. Work to a brief or explore personal themes and concepts to develop your creative practice or project.

    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

  12. Clothes making I

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step by step to produce a garment in a fabric you choose, using easy techniques, and incorporating a zip and waistband.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Learn to create motifs and pattern for textiles. Ideal for beginners in Adobe Photoshop who are textile artists, designers or anyone interested in creating prints, exploring colour and structure. This is a blended course of face-to-face and online teaching.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  14. Illustrator for textile design I

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    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: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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