The Reader: dot-art: Textile Arts

The Reader: dot-art: Textile Arts

The Reader: dot-art: Textile Arts

Venue: The Reader Gallery
Date(s): 4.10.21
Time(s): 18:00 - 20:00

Suitable for complete beginners who are new to textile arts as well as those looking to experiment with more advanced projects.


Monday evenings, 6-8pm, starting 4th October 2021(£175 for 10 week course)

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***



This is a creative and experimental course in which students will produce a range of samples and some finished items. The course is aimed at a complete beginner however would be suited to somebody with some experience looking to brush up on skills in a friendly group environment. Catherine provides plenty of inspiration, physical examples along with web references and books to encourage students to broaden their textile knowledge. Suitable for ages 15 upwards.

Students will be provided with materials for the course (which will be sanitised) alternatively, students can bring their own equipment if they’d prefer. A full list of what’s needed for each week will be provided in advance. There will be materials and equipment in the class to purchase. The room has a sink for clean up of equipment.

ALL students should bring their own basic kit of pen, pencil, notebook, scrap paper, fabric scissors, embroidery (very small) scissors, stitching needle with thread.

The class is mostly taught by ‘demonstration’ method with each week Catherine giving an introduction to the technique, historical references, examples from Catherine and past students – with references for suppliers and further reading.

Week 1

Paper piecing – quilting for memory. Materials, equipment, vintage fabrics and templates provided. As the 1st week, here a gentle and fairly easy class to get started! Choose from a selection of colourful fabrics or bring your own. Often old clothes have memory even though they don’t fit us any more! – here you can chop up and reinvent.

Week 2

Hand painted textiles in the theme of Floral & Botanical – using reactive dye, fabric paint, stencils, print, bleach painting. All equipment & materials provided however if students have any plain white fabrics, tea towels, canvas bags, fabric paints etc at home they can bring these in to work with.

Week 3

Wet felting – Pop art or Landscape – natural merino wool fibres are provided along with mohair yarns and plant fibres for students to experiment with. An A4 size felted flat textile piece will be produced.

Week 4 & 5

Batik and shibori – the group splits into 2 halves and switches activity over these 2 weeks. Batik is the use of metal tools (Tjanting )and hot wax to layer up washes of dye/fabric paint onto cotton fabric. Students will complete an A4/A3 size textile piece. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist technique using stitch, elastic bands and other methods to produce beautiful indigo dye patterns. Students will follow Catherine to learn several techniques and can produce their own project.

Week 6

3D felting – using natural British wools and a balloon to produce a small bird nest. Similar to papier-mâché but with natural fibres.

Week 7

Lino print fabric – theme Natures’ Design. Working with a small carving tool to cut away a simple design into lino, then printing onto either fabric or paper.

Week 8

Needle felting – Students can choose to make a mouse or a robin along with some small items like mushrooms and shells. Catherine will provide all materials and share techniques for construction, blending colours and shaping in this magical sculptural art.

Week 9

Nuno felting – translating as ‘cloth’ in Japanese, this technique builds on the previous 2 weeks felt sessions. Here students will manipulate woven fabric with natural fibres to produce a flower, small neck scarf or journal cover.

Week 10

In this final week Catherine will show some hand stitch techniques and appliqué. Students can choose to work into fabrics produced in previous weeks such as printed, dyed and felted. Often any samples which students consider less successful can be cut up in a collage style and reinvented here.

Tutor: Catherine Carmyllie is a Liverpool based artist currently working across painting and textile art. She completed a Textile Art degree at Huddersfield University before spending 6 months at The Arts and Crafts Academy of Kuopio, Finland where she had the opportunity to learn ancient Scandinavian skills such as bookbinding, weaving, feltmaking amongst others. Catherine regularly teaches creative workshops.


Monday evenings, 6-8pm, starting 4th October 2021

4, 11, 18 Oct

(No session 25th Oct)

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov

6, 13 Dec


Calderstones Mansion House,

Calderstones Road,

Liverpool L18 3JB


£175 for 10 week course



There are a maximum of 15 places available on each session, so early booking is essential.

To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660.

Cancellations / Refunds

Once you have made your course booking you are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run.

Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund.

If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.

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