Embellishing Textiles - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course will explore a varied range of textile-based skills and processes to create your own pieces of textile art. Over the 10 weeks you will learn hand embroidery, free machine (free motion) embroidery and applique as well as sublimation heat transfer printing. The layout of the course will enable you to explore a variety of techniques, and then put these into practice by creating your own textile samples through the second half of the course. This course is perfect for those who have an interest in textiles and textile art, and want to learn a variety of skills they can take away and continue working with at home. It is most suitable for those with little or no experience of embellishing textiles, or those who wish to develop their current skills and create with others in a comfortable environment. Participants will be learning in a relaxed atmosphere and have access to facilities that will enable them to create beautiful pieces with like-minded individuals. The course is flexible to enable students to produce work which will cover a wide range of different skills and a variety of textile and printmaking methods. Students will have access to Bernina sewing machines for free-motion embroidery and also experiment with heat transfer printing. Learners will tackle a different skill or technique each week including: · hand embroidery · free motion (free machine) embroidery · applique and · printmaking – heat transfer inks and digital sublimation heat transfer. We hope that these skills will lead to the creation of a piece of textile art, an embellished tote bag, a blanket and so on. The opportunities are endless!

Assessment Methods

Learners will tackle a different skill or technique each week including:

  • hand embroidery
  • free motion (free machine) embroidery
  • applique
  • printmaking – screen printing and sublimation heat transfer.

You will be given full instructions and feedback to help you grasp and then master each new technique and process.

We hope that these skills will lead to the creation of a piece of textile art, an embellished tote bag, a blanket and so on. The opportunities are endless!

Progression Options

There are an exciting range of subsidised sewing short courses offered in both Bridgwater and Taunton campuses over the year.

Course Summary

Course Title Embellishing Textiles
Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course apart from an enthusiasm to
learn new skills and explore your creativity.

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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

Myles Fisher

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