What is the course about?
It has long been known that crafts such as jewellery-making encourage focus and concentration, helping lower stress levels. This textile-based jewellery workshop will introduce you to how awareness of your habitual thoughts can (or not) aid you in the learning process and how this practice can help you overcome blocks in beginning creative projects. From this workshop you will come away with a colourful and tactile coiled cotton cord bracelet, whilst introducing you to the practice of mindfulness and achieving general well-being through enjoying working with your hands. You'll pick up elemental textile cord-making skills guided by an experienced textile artist and jeweller, and receive practical instructions to continue it as a regular craft hobby at home.
What previous students loved about this course:
"I liked the approach to working with textiles applied to jewellery making. I enjoyed the basics of breathing - mindfulness."
What will we cover?
We will begin with a brief discussion on recognising thought patterns, body sensation and breath awareness. You will then be guided step by step how to sew, wrap and bind natural cotton rope with coiled embroidery threads. You will create a bracelet by knotting and sewing a knot and loop fastening that complements your rope bracelet. The simple yet effective techniques are based on elemental textile craft traditions and can be practiced at home.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise how body, thought and breath awareness aids you in the creative learning process
- Hand-sew and bind ends to secure textile braids
- Make a cotton coiled rope bracelet.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all abilities. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstration, practical and discussion you will be taught as a group and helped individually as required.
Handouts will accompany demonstrations. The course is structured to manage the work within the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided, however if you would like to bring your own threads, fabrics or beads you wish to incorporate into your designs you are welcome to bring them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
These courses, from 17-18 Main Programme might complement what you learned or your outcomes from this course:
VV430: Jewellery Making Colour Techniques
VV606 Introduction to Leather Jewellery
VV434 Colour Print and Dye on Metal.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details