Upcycled textile jewellery: plait

Course Dates: 11/12/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
Learn how to hand plait your own colourful bracelets from fabric remnants, ribbons, or that old tee-shirt! Be inspired by this workshop led by textile artist Tanvi Kant who will show you how to repurpose textiles at home into something special to gift to yourself or a loved one. You will experience how acquiring new skills creatively helps you focus to maintain general well-being.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

Course Code: VV508

Sat, day, 11 Dec - 11 Dec '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This online workshop will introduce you to how materials you can easily find at home can be transformed into tactile necklaces or bracelets. This workshop is designed for minimal required tools you can find at home or easily purchase. the techniques and tools used to make personal pieces of textile jewellery. You will learn how to make simple knots and plaiting techniques.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The class will work best on Google Chrome browser.
- A computer with microphone and camera (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Which textiles around the home you can transform into necklaces and bracelets
- What kind of simple tools and table set up you need to create cords
- How to create simple looped and knotted fastenings.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select appropriate textiles to make necklace and bracelets
- Create tactile and colourful cords for necklace and bracelet making
- Make simple looped and knotted fastenings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some basic textile skills will be useful such as hand-sewing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The 2-hour workshop will be taught online using Zoom. You will view a written presentation, see written and visual instructions on a PDF file, listen to instructions by the tutor whilst watching live demonstrations, take part in practical making activities. You will receive tutor feedback, and opportunities to ask questions.

You will need a good broadband connection and to hear verbal instructions clearly, you will need a quiet space.

Your chair should be comfortable and at a table with good lighting. It is advisable to prop your computer (desktop monitor, laptop or tablet) so that the screen is positioned to your eye level. You will need space in front of your device to lay out your materials and tools.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need the following materials and tools to take part in the session:
- Longest lengths of ribbons – you will need ribbons as the main material to combine other textiles with. Woven cottons will be easier to work with but gather as many types as you can find.
- Other textiles: longest lengths of fabric strips, old tee-shirts, bed linen, old scarves, dresses or shirts you can find. Medium-fine fabrics will be easier to work with, but you can experiment to see which you prefer. The minimum length must be 64cm / 25”, minimum fabric width can be from 3cm / 1” and you can go as long or as wide as you wish. You can always undo and go shorter or cut the strips narrower.
- Ruler measuring or tailor’s tape
- Large scissors suitable for cutting fabric
- Masking tape, invisible tape or cellotape
- A paper weight (alternatives: pebble or any other small clean heavy object, or lidded water bottle!)
- Large safety pins, pencil, large needle

Optional (you are not required to have the below, but you are welcome to have them ready to use during the session if you wish)
- Pencil and paper to sketch or write notes
- Small embroidery scissors to cut fine fibres
- A variety of textile threads, knitting yarns, fabric remnants from your sewing projects
- Table clamp or small hobby vice.

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, textiles, basketry and more. From beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

Browse our current online offer for complementary courses.

Tanvi Kant

Tanvi Kant is an artist-maker exploring simple hand-constructed techniques in mixed-media textiles. She has over twelve years’ experience in running workshops within a variety of settings including galleries, museums, higher education, women's charities, public spaces, nursing and residential care homes. Her aim is to demonstrate how readily available materials can be transformed with unashamedly simple techniques. Students are encouraged to respond to and work instinctively with materials and colour. Tanvi’s methods of sharing skills in hand-constructed textiles give direction as well as a friendly space to allow learners to uncover their own tactile and visual language.

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.