A very belated Happy New Year, I am sorry that this is so late, I have been busy dealing with some family issues and some health issues of my own, but all is well now …Spring is springing and i am watching the sparrows and robins being busy on the feeders .. I have been working on some new classes for the autumn, but first of all I have had an unusual number of late cancellations for upcoming classes, which, while unfortunate, may provide an unexpected opportunity for someone to take a place.… further details of these courses may be found in the classes section of this website. do please let me know if you are interested because when this newsletter arrives, the spaces will probably go very quickly.
14 & 15 March Drawing and Painting with Natural Materials £125 2 spaces tutor Mel Rose
In response to the early spring landscape, students will be shown how to prepare and make chalk gesso surfaces on both paper and plywood, as well as egg tempura and oak gall ink. N.B. Students will walk out into the landscape regardless of weather, with sketchbook and camera and then studio development of their drawings and digital images.
21 and 22 March Natural Dyeing £120 2 spaces tutor Caroline Bell
Students will learn the basics of natural dyeing using natural dye extracts, preparation of fabrics, the correct use of mordants and methods of modifying those colours to achieve a whole rainbow of samples thus debunking the myth that natural dyes produce only muddy or insipid results which do not .
Further classes from Caroline with spaces this year are
23-24 May Indigo £120 1 space tutor Caroline Bell
18 & 19 July Eco Printing Masterclass £120 2 spaces tutor Caroline Bell
23-26 March Exploring Place £420 3 spaces tutor Debbie Lyddon
It is very unusual for spaces to come available for Debbie’s classes. late cancellations have provided an opportunity for what students have described as a life changing experience. This is the only time Debbie will teach here this year.
Discover new ways of inspiring your creative work by using all of your senses to observe the world around you. Part of this workshop will be spent outside – looking, listening and touching – to collect information from the environment. This material will be documented with drawing, sound recording and writing. Back in the studio your collections will form a starting point for experiments with paper, cloth, stitch, mark-making, collage and printing to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of place.
27 & 28 March Nuno Felted Needlecase £150 3 spaces tutor Clare Bullock
I am sad that cancellations are on the increase, and, while I understand that things do happen, especially when a lot of you book in so early, it makes life very tricky with such small classes. if I fall below 4 or 5 students I am operating at a loss which I can ill afford of course.. so, I must remind everyone that the half fee deposit is non refundable and non transferrable, this gives me a little more leeway in being able to run a class and not let other students down. On the other hand, if a class is full, it is always worth putting your name down on a waiting list because of this cancellation rate
Later in the year we have a sprinkling of spaces on other classes as well as the four tutors previously mentioned. I have introduced a new section in the website which gives a quick look at the upcoming classes and an idea of where the spaces are.. if you go to the classes section of the website http://www.granarystudio.com the first paragraph gives you a link to ‘A Quick Look’ which lists the classes in chronological order with the current situation regarding spaces. I hope you find this helpful.
Meanwhile here is a flavour of the classes offered by the remaining tutors… and do read to the end because there is news of another new tutor visiting the granary later this year!
28 & 29 May A Little book of Leaves £175 2 spaces tutor Amanda Clayton
Using traditional hand stitch techniques and extreme contrasts of neutral cloth and thread we will explore running stitch, cutwork, layering, applique and inlay using leaves and other natural forms as a means to inspire and produce a personal cloth book. Amanda returns next year to teach her workshop ‘Fragile Forms’
24 & 25 June Collage, Stitch and Sketchbook £180 4 spaces tutor Sue Dove
27 &28 June Nuno Felt into Stitch £180 4 spaces tutor Sue Dove
Back to back workshops from this inspirational tutor. Sue teaches her colourful quirky techniques using collage, applique, sketchbook ideas, and nuno felt. Sue keeps saying these are her last workshops, so don’t miss this opportunity
Classes from Amanda Hislop with spaces are
2& 3 July Seascapes Unfold £150 2 Spaces tutor Amanda Hislop
26 & 27 September Exploring Trees as a Theme £150 2 spaces tutor Amanda Hislop
|We have four new tutors visiting the Granary this year which I am very excited about I do try and bring you the best tutors I can and I am pleased to describe their classes here|
16 & 17July Inspired by Klimt £175 1 space tutor Wendy Dolan
Enjoy two days exploring the patterns and colours in the work of Gustav Klimt. You will be layering fabrics, machine stitching and then burning away areas with a soldering iron. Gold and Silver leaf (imitation) will be applied to areas of the design
25 & 26 July Mosaics £165 + £35 materials 2 spaces tutor Susie Chaikin
A 2 day course designing and making 2 beautiful mosaics. We will mosaic a pre-cut heart shape to hang on a wall, making this piece you will learn the techniques of cutting and placing the mosaic pieces. For your second piece you will design, draw up, and produce your own design in mosaic. We will be working with an array of beautiful mosaic jewel like pieces. You can incorporate your own China and memorabilia into your mosaic making it personal to you. So start collecting pieces of crockery that you like, China plates, tea cups, birds,figures, flowers (little pots of a cluster of flowers like our grannies had on their sideboard are perfect), badges, jewellery etc, carboots and charity shops are great for these.
8 & 9 August Masterclass, Colour, Fabric and Form £170 3 spaces tutor Stewart Kelly
During this masterclass,you will explore the possibilities of combining drawing, colour, mixed media, paper as fabric,and stitched textile techniques.This will be an experimental workshop,focusing on exploration, and the process of discovery through making. Therefore, I would encourage you to come with an open mind, willing to try new things and enjoy yourselves
And last but not least I have just booked Alice Fox to come and teach at the Granary Studio
28 & 29 October Botanical Colour £195 3 spaces tutor Alice Fox
Explore techniques for capturing natural colour on cloth and paper, bringing colour, mark and hand stitch together. Using gathered materials and plant matter we will make our own botanical inks and experimental mark-making tools, as well as eco-printing on paper and cloth. We will bring these organic marks together with hand stitch in simple but unique hand made book structures.
wow, what a lot of information … and here is a bit more…
The Granary Studio is going to the ICHF show, ‘Fashion and Embroidery’ at the NEC 19-22 March! We have a great line up with Clare Bullock, Jenny O’Leary and Susie Chaikin teaching workshops and Sue Dove, Amanda Clayton and Me,Susan Chapman demonstrating.. we have some exhibiting space too, so, if any students have some finished work as a result of any of the workshops they have attended here, and that you would like to exhibit at the show, please do get in touch.
If you can get to the show, do please pop by and say hello.
The last word … I have finally written a book to accompany the new body of work I have been working on all winter, and will be exhhibiting at the Quilt Festival in Groningen, Holland in mid June… it has mostly gone to the publisher now apart from the intro and a few photos, so, exciting times for me.
I look forward to welcoming lots of you to the studio this year and am working hard to bring some new and exciting classes for the Autumn, and Spring… thanks for listening x
I have had several cancellations for upcoming classes this month which is a shame, but maybe an unexpected opportunity for dome of you… further details of these courses may be found in the classes section of this website. o please letme know if you are interested because i am about to write a very belated newsletter and the spaces will probably go very quickly then
14&15 March Drawing and Painting with Natural Materials £125 tutor Mel Rose 2 spaces
21&22 March Natural Dyeing £120 tutor Caroline Bell 2 spaces
23-26 March Exploring Place £420 tutor Debbie Lyddon 4 spaces (i have had 5 cancellations for this class!)
27&28 March Nuno felted Needlecase £150 tutor Clare Bullock 4 spaces
The website has now got the new program of classes taking us up to autumn 2020 and beyond.. please click on the classes button to find out more
the new program of classes for the rest of 2019 , 2020 and a few in 2021 is nearly complete, just waiting for one new tutor to give me title and dates then the newsletter will go out to my mailing list… but do have a look at what s on offer … three new tutors offering amazing courses as well as all the other talented tutors proposing some brand new classes
The programme of new classes is here, although all the sessions are listed in the classes section of this site, not all the information sheets are there yet, so please bear with me, I am going as fast as I can … still waiting on a couple of requirements lists here and there
hope you like what we have to offer this year
Sorry I have been so quiet, i have had a traumatic couple of weeks …. I have been at two back to back shows, The Scottish Quilting Show in Glasgow followed by Fashion and Embroidery at the NECin Birmingham … however, the clutch went on the way up and the clutch master cylinder went on the way back!!
Now trying to catch up with myself ..the only class left in March is Clare Bullock’s felting class on Friday and Saturday(23&24), we could squeeze one more if anyone wants to come very last minute .. she is teaching ‘Mapping with Prefelts, Landscape and Print’ so a fun two days ahead.
April sees the start of my creative textiles monthly class and the procion monthly class continues, both of these are full but you can always reserve a place for next year!!
Caroline Bell’s classes start this month with Spring Eco on 17&24 April, two consecutive Tuesdays, again we have a space or two at a squeeze on this course, hopefully spring will have sprung by then!
Mel Rose has two life drawing groups running on Sat 21 and Sun 22 April, both of these are full this month but there are a sprinkling of spaces in future months if you are interested.
Finally and certainly not least, Debbie Lyddon is coming to the Granary Studio to teach ‘Exploring Place’ for 4 days 26-29 April, again this one is full but I have had two cancellations for the extra class we have put on for the waiting list … 8-11 May, so, if you would like to work with this inspiring tutor, please let me know, I am sure these places will go quickly
Sorry this is a bit wordy, but hopefully you are already booked on something, if not, why dont you fill one of these spaces!
hope to see you here soon
just had a cancellation for a two day nuno felt class with the lovely Clare Bullock .. it is running here at the granary studio on fri and sat 1 & 2 Dec … next week! we have b and b here in the village so let me know if you would like to come … 90 pounds for the two days.. message me on firstname.lastname@example.org , or email@example.com .. i will be at harrogate knit and stitch over the weekend so pop by and say hello
if you want to come with a friend then we might be able to squeeze another in
There has been a last minute cancellation on Clare Bullock’s class ‘Versatility of Felt’. Clare is a lovely tutor who will take you through a variety of felt techniques, you will create a series of samples of beautiful, fine felt surfaces.
‘The Versatility of Felt’ is a two day class, running on Fri/Sat 27 and 28 October 2017 and each day runs from 10-4. The cost is £90 and tea,coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the days, you should bring your own lunch
This is the first of a series of five workshops Clare is teaching here at The Granary Studio in the coming months, do visit our website for further details of these excellent classes
Let me know soon if you would like to take the place, there are b and b’s in the village an a welcome at the Granary in Owslebury
We have a couple of spaces on two of our upcoming classes….
The excellent Caroline Bell has a couple of spaces on her Autumn Eco printing class which is running on two consecutive Tuesdays, 10&17 October…this is a fun class which results in a tremendous variety of colours and shapes on paper and fabrics, every class that Caroline teaches varies according to what we can find around the village, what the weather is, how advanced each season is etc …
I have two names in my open studios book who are interested in Caroline’s classes but sadly they didnt leave their email addresses or phone numbers, which is a shame…
Secondly, the amazing Clare Bullock is running ‘the Versatility of Felt’ on Fri/Sat 27 and 38 October also has a couple of spaces, she is a fun tutor who has a really sensitive affinity for felt, no lumpy dog blankets here, only very fine beautiful surfaces ..
Both these classes are two days each running from 10.00-16.00 and cost £90 for the two days. tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day but you will need to bring your own lunch…. there are three bed and breakfasts available in the village and there are wonderful walks for partners if they wish to come too. Owslebury is a pretty village with a lovely pub…
Hope to see you here…