Introduction to Stitched Textiles

This course will introduce you to line: drawing and mark-making and how it can be translated into textile art. Through a series of drawing exercises, we will explore the essence and character of line and how it can be translated into creative stitch. Working from our drawing or directly onto a range of surfaces you will experiment with hand- and machine-stitched marks resulting in a finished work.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • develop a personal language through building a sketchbook or visual journal which explores the creative potentials of line through drawing and its translation into stitch;
  • realise the creative potential of textiles and stitch through samples and experimentation, evolving an ambitious personal creative outcome;
  • select and edit a coherent a range of samples and finished works which demonstrate a creative and informed use of stitch and textiles techniques

Introduction to Stitched Textiles

Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
Duration
3 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Wed 19 - Fri 21 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Tutor
Fiona R Hutchison
Price
£165.00
Address
Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
Daytime
  • Introduction to Fine Art Textiles – mark-making through drawing/developing a sketchbook
  • Mark-making with stitch – exploring hand/machine sewing on a range of experimental grounds
  • Developing a finished work

Core Readings

Recommended

Kovats, Tania, 2007. The Drawing Book: a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression. London: Black Dog Publishing

Koumis, Matthew, ed., Art Textiles of the World. Brighton: Telos Art (various books in series)

Kettle, A. and McKeating, J. 2010. Machine Stitch: Perspectives. London: A & C Black

Oei, Loan and de Kegal, Cecile, 2002. The Elements of Design: rediscovering colors, textures, forms, and shapes. New York: Thames and Hudson

Monem, N.K., ed., 2008. Contemporary Textiles:  the fabric of fine art.  London: Black Dog Publishing

Exhibition Catalogues

Miller, Lesley, 2008. Cloth and Culture (Salisbury Centre exhibition catalogue)

Magazines     

Embroidery    

Class Handouts

Contemporary textile artist/materials suppliers

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Some basic sewing equipment/threads/needles /scissors etc.
  • Sewing machines
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Heat tools
  • Selection of sewing machine needles
  • Bobbins (Janome/Bernena)

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

Art and Design Kit 

  • Hard backed sketch book/drawing paper
  • Some drawing materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks,
  • Scissors /craft knife
  • Glue – Pritt stick, PVA
  • Brushes, sponges, spatulas, rollers, things to apply paint with
  • Small selection of Acrylic paints. optional

Basic Sewing Kit

  • Selection of needles (embroidery/general selection) and pins
  • Fabric Scissors and small embroidery scissors
  • A quick un pick (small sharp device for unpicking stitching)
  • Threads for hand and machine embroidery (black, white, grey with one or two colours)
  • Embroidery hoop – 22cm approx.
  • Some plane white/cream cotton fabrics, muslin, calico, and lawn. Approx. 50cm. fabrics can be recycled, shirts sheeting etc.
  • Bond-a-web.

The following materials may be useful later in the course:

  • Soluble Fabrics
  • Baking parchment/silicon paper
  • Fabrics scraps, buttons, ribbon and odds and ends found in your sewing box
  • Selection of papers

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email StudentSupport.COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.