Introduction to quilting
Time: 10:45 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX255
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course aims to introduce you to new ways of piecing fragments together, both regular and asymmetrical, and explore both formal and informal qualities within the finished piece. The emphasis will be on both design and craft to create a piece that reflects your creative interests through colour, scale and repetition.
What will we cover?
This course will equip you with the skills to create a pieced, patched and quilted piece from start to finish. Depending on your ambition, this might be a throw or a small quilt. We will explore ways of assembling fragments to create a pieced top layer, which is then sandwiched with padding and a backing cloth.
Quilting through the layers using different stitching methods creates the final piece, and additional imagery, embroidery or appliqué can be used to give finishing touches. These methods often originate from the purpose of using up old clothes or scraps of fabric, often associated with past life, and this ‘make do and mend aspect’ will be explored as a practical and creative device, touching on contemporary and historical examples.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop pieced and patched blocks using a range of structures
- Research and gather design inspiration from a range of sources and cultures
- Develop hand and machine stitch methods to construct and decorate your quilt.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels, and those with limited skills will be taught basic hand and machine stitch methods. If you have skills but little experience of designing and making a quilt you will be able to explore ways to research and develop methods to inspire your making.
For people who have some experience of quilt making this could be an opportunity to approach quilts in a fresh contemporary way, or make a piece for a specific purpose. For those who might be interested in starting a quilt group, among friends or within a community, this could provide a method. Within the framework of each session, you will be encouraged to be individual in your approach.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be mainly practical, with a focus for each session and samples to get you thinking imaginatively. We will start with a visual presentation with examples of the craft, followed by examples of drawing and collage to capture ideas and inspire your creativity.
The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your work is encouraged. Material qualities will be and possibilities for using recycled materials for you to source between sessions. Stitch and construction techniques will be demonstrated with opportunities for experimentation and, further suggestions based on individual interest.
This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.
Please note it is important that you sign up and log in to your course Google classroom prior to the first session. Joining details will be sent to you via email (check your junk/spam folder).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. Bring a notebook and pen or pencil and a bag for your work. A selection of fabrics will be available for you to try, or you can bring your own fabrics and tools. Suitability of materials will be discussed in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We do run follow on courses in quilting that focus on specific themes such as geometrics, circles and curves through the year. The course is suitable for supporting or extending other textile related courses, and to students with an interest in interior furnishings. Please browse the City Lit website for upcoming courses.
Beverley has an academic training in Fine Art and Textiles and for a while set up a design business in Knitted Garments. Whilst studying for an MA in Textiles, Beverley started using traditional Bead Weaving, Embroidery and Quilting techniques to create painted and stitched pieces. This led to creating accredited and personal interest short courses in Beaded Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles. Beverley continues to use constructive Textile techniques within her teaching practise. She is actively involved in her community and works closely with local charities to explore how Art and Craft increases Well Being. She is a member of Hastings Arts Forum where she curates Textile shows and exhibits.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.