Festival of Quilts

Next week sees the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham … it runs from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August … the Granary Studio will be there … we have a stand QIA24 where the students will talk to anyone interested in our classes…. I have creaed a book with images and details of the fun we have here, and a glimpse of our tutor team which now numbers 8!… hope to see some of you there, do pop by and say hello

New Class from Clare Bullock

Clare will be teaching again at the Granary Studio as follows
Nuno and Print    CL004    Clare Bullock      £90
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 April 2017   10.00-16.00
Students will spend two fun packed days experimenting with printing onto Nuno felt creating a series of samples using a range of techniques. If you would like to book onto this course, please fill in a booking form or email me your details together with a deposit of half the course fee… please contact me if you would like to pay by BACS

Classes for 2017

The Classes section of the website is now updated with new classes for 2017, there will be more to follow but I am still finalising the dates with the tutors…

here is a snapshot of the classes to come, in date order, if you would like to book onto any of them , please contact the Granary Studio

17 January   Eco Stitching                    Caroline Bell

In February

4           Procion & Process 1   Susan Chapman

5            Independent DAM 1  Susan Chapman

10&11   3D Felt                           Clare Bullock

In March

11           Procion & Process 2   Susan Chapman

12           Independent DAM 2  Susan Chapman

In April

1             Abstracting the Figure 1       Mel Rose

6             Creative Textiles 1                 Susan Chapman

8             Procion & Process 3                Susan Chapman

9             Independent DAM 3               Susan Chapman

18           Spring Eco Printing 1             Caroline Bell

25           Spring Eco Printing 2            Caroline Bell

28&29   Nuno and Print                        Clare Bullock

In May

2             Indigo 1                                       Caroline Bell

4             Creative Textiles 2                   Susan Chapman

6             Procion & Process 4                 Susan Chapman

7             Independent DAM 4                Susan Chapman

9             Indigo 2                                       Caroline Bell

20          Painting The Figure                 Mel Rose

25&26   Abstracted Land                       Amanda Hislop

In June

1             Creative Textiles 3                 Susan Chapman

3             Procion & Process 5                 Susan Chapman

4             Independent DAM 5                Susan Chapman

9             On The Surface Plus!               Kim Thittichai

10&11    Transforming Transfers         Kim Thittichai

17&18    Eco Printing Masterclass       Caroline Bell

24           Figure & the Landscape          Mel Rose

In July

1              Procion & Process 6                  Susan Chapman

2              Independent DAM 6                 Susan Chapman

6              Creative Textiles 4                     Susan Chapman

8&9         Eco-Printing Weekend            Caroline Bell

22            Life Drawing                                Mel Rose

In August

3               Creative Textiles 5                     Susan Chapman

19-28      Hampshire Open Studios at the Granary Studio

30             Open House for all students, Granary & Eastleigh College

In September

7              Creative Textiles 6                     Susan Chapman

9              Procion & Process 7                    Susan Chapman

10            Independent DAM 7                   Susan Chapman

23            Movement                                     Mel Rose

28,29,30 Sketchbooks                                Amanda Hislop

In October

5              Creative Textiles 7                      Susan Chapman

7              Procion & Process 8                    Susan Chapman

8              Independent DAM 8                   Susan Chapman

21            Abstracting the Figure 2            Mel Rose

In November

2             Creative Textiles 8                       Susan Chapman

4             Procion & Process 9                     Susan Chapman

5              Independent DAM 9                    Susan Chapman

18           Mapping the Figure                      Mel Rose

In December

7             Creative Textiles 9                     Susan Chapman

9             Procion & Process 10                    Susan Chapman

10           Independent DAM 10                   Susan Chapman

16           Candlelight                                      Mel Rose

In January 2018

4  Creative Textiles 10                                  Susan Chapman

The Versatility of Felt

Clare Bullock is teaching this class at the Granary Studio on Fri and Sat 11 and 12 Nov from 10-4 .. it will be a great class , Clare is a brilliant tutor and I am very much looking forward to it …. we could squeeze another two students in so , if you are interested then please contact me on granarystudio@hotmail.com    the cost is £90 for the two days and you would need to bring lunch… requirements list is on this site .. just click on the course code in the classes section and you will be switched to the information sheet…

The Autumn Term is upon us

Wow, what a summer… Clare Bullock came to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time … I went to Lizzie Houghton’s summer school in Penzance and made a fabulous nuno felt jacket in the round… Festival of Quilts came and went with lots of new opportunites, exhibitions and new students…. Hampshire Open Studios  has just finished, with lots of lovely visitors and yet more new students.. Our registers are bursting at the seams so new classes have been added to the timetable… read on to see some details …
Caroline Bell has some new classes in the timetable ..her Autumn Eco printing class filled very quickly, so she is offering a slightly different Spring Eco printing class for those that couldn’t get onto the Autumn Eco, this is running Tuesday 18 and Tues 25 April 2017.. and several people visiting our open studios expressed a wish to do the basic two day Eco-printing class at the weekend instead of consecutive Tuesdays becaue they work full time, so, we have EcoPrinting weekend running on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July 2017 for you.
Caroline is also offering a second Eco-masterclass weekend which is running on Sat 17 and Sun 18 June 2017.. All these classes have spaces on at the moment
more of Carolines interesting bundles!
The image shows the nuno felt sample from her first class… everyone had a great time and she has now put in two new classes.. first of all..‘The Versatility of Felt’ will run on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 november 2016, where Clare will show a variety of different effects with felt.. and ‘3D felt’ which will run on Fri 10 and Sat 11 February 2017, where Clare will lead students through methods of creating 3 dimensional form with felt
Life Drawing with Mel Rose continues as usual with the second of the Beginners life days coming up on Saturday 10th September 2016… A new block of six for the advanced class starts on Thurs 15 September, this is a change from Monday evenings owing to other commitments for Mel and Me. I am hoping to persuade Mel to find time for a second less experienced group, but I know just how busy she is with lots of new opportunities coming up
My classes are also booking up fast …The first ‘Procion and Process’ group has now finished all ten sessions and I am really pleased with the work they are now producing, with some of them going forward to study on the Independent Study class next year starting in February 2017…. my new group for ‘Procion and Process’ is signed up to start in February 2017 as well… as always I will take any new names for any of the classes, and start an extra class if it is required
The last session for this group was to learn about the use of Formosul for taking colour out of fabric, and some exciting effects were achieved in spite of the nasty smell of the chemicals!
Finally, I hope you have all had a great summer and are ready for the challenges of the term ahead… I hope you will sign up for classes with what I regard as the best tutors in their field.. always message me if there is a class or tutor out there that you would like to study with and I will do my best to facilitate it…. thanks for reading this and I will be back in touch soon with news of yet more new tutors hopefully, watch this space x
Caroline was busy creating wonderful fabrics at the Open Studios … she has a couple of classes coming up which still have spaces on  …
Indigo Queen of Natural Dyes, Caroline will introduce a natural indigo Vat together with the use of flour paste resist, such a relief to be able to achieve those wonderful blues without the use of toxic chemicals, this is running on Sat 15 and Sun 16 October 2016
And, a second Eco-Stitching day.. this was really good last time, Caroline leads you through putting lots of your samples together into a kind of collage and shows appropriate hand stitches for the piece… a gentle day with lots of time to chat and lovely results.. this is running on Tuesday 15th November 2016.. get in quickly to come to these two wonderful days with Caroline
Clare Bullock is returning to The Granary Studio to teach two more classes
Amande Hislop is coming to the Granary Studio for the first time, she is offering two different classes....’Abstracted Land’ will run on Thurs 25 and Fri 26 May 2017 and is described as an experimental workshop using landscape as a focus… Amanda typically uses a restricted colour palette of natural colours… her second class is ‘Using Sketchbooks as a Rich Resource..‘ which again will be an experimental adventure in drawing collage and mixed media .. this will run for three days on Thurs 28, Fri 29 and Sat 30 September 2017, and I am looking forward to taking part in this one if there is a small space in a corner somewhere!
Kim Thittichai may have nearly emigrated to Western Ireland but she is still coming to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time… Fri 9 June 2017 sees her teaching ‘On The Surface Plus!’ and Sat 10 and Sun 11 June 2017 she will be teaching ‘Transforming Transfers’.  Both these classes are now fully booked but I am keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations or maybe even an extra class if there is a need
I am starting a brand new class called ‘Creative Textiles’ which will start on March 9 2017. It will generally be on the first Thursday in the month running in 5 session blocks. It will kind of replace the Contemporary Textile Workshop that ran at Eastleigh College in previous years… so .. design challenges for students to continue their pieces in between sessions …. and each set of five will have a different theme to start the sessions off. If you want to talk this through with me then don’t hesitate to contact me … it will be part teaching and part mentoring… should be fun!

lots of visitors!

phew… we have had lots of lovely visitors to the Granary to see the work of Room 6 as part of Hampshire Open Studios… we are open throughout the weekend from 10-5, finishing on Monday evening… tomorrow Lnn Onions will be here demonstrating hand quilting, Caroline Bell will be Eco-Printing to create more wonderful fabrics, and I, Susan, will be machine quilting and drawing with the sewing machine, the same on Monday and on Sunday it will be Caroline and myself … do come in and visit .. the tea and coffee urn is on and cake is on offer too …. something here for everyone … number 107 in the book

see you here!