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. Clothes making III

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  2. Textiles: printing with natural dyes

    New
    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover contemporary techniques for printing onto fabric with natural dyes. Through demonstrations, personal exploration, and individual tuition you will learn how to use mordents and natural dye colours, and transform your textile designs into prints.

    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. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's 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: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development

    Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development

    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles: interiors, fashion, stationery or text.

    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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £165.00

  5. Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern

    Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour using using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.

    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

  6. Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring

    Woven textiles: experimental dye and colouring

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore experimental dyeing techniques with hand weaving developing intriguing textures, colour and surfaces. Develop your understanding of yarns, dyed textiles mixing the two creating unique art pieces or samples for interior or fashion.

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £90.00

  7. Sewing on Sundays III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bring your own sewing project and be guided by an industry professional. Skills you could develop include - altering

    patterns to fit, couture sewing techniques, or guidance with creating a more complicated garment from a 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  8. 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

  9. Sewing for the home

    Sewing for the home

    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn some new ideas to refresh the home. Get to grips with the sewing machine and be inspired to make a range of items including table runners and cushion covers, curtains, storage sacks and aprons. Beginners level.

    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

  10. Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects

    Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore the surface qualities of drawing and mark-making with the layered possibilities of mixed-media and hand stitch. You'll have the chance to generate visual research and ideas towards a personal 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: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  11. Textiles: recycle fabrics using kantha stitch

    Textiles: recycle fabrics using kantha stitch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Using techniques inspired by kantha quilting, recycle your old favourite fabrics. Blend old and new materials with simple running stitch to create several exploratory samples or a small resolved piece.

    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: £127.00

  12. Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth

    Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with a range of heat transfer processes and hand painting methods. Develop initial ideas through mark-making and collage. Create fabrics or art works using a personal colour palette and embellish surface through foil print and simple stitch marks.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  13. Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Illustrative embroidery for textiles

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your embroidery skills in both hand and machine stitching. Create a range of samples, learn how to transfer designs to cloth, explore design ideas, experiment with fabrics and threads.

    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Print and dye: polychromatic fabric printing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  15. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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

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