Embellishing Textiles - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is perfect for those with little or no experience of sewing, textiles and embroidery or for those that have some experience of textile work and would like to refresh those skills.
Throughouteach weekwe will cover the basics of hand and machine embroidery (also known as free-motion embroidery) and some applique skills. Each session will focus on one technique per week. By the end of the course you will have created beautiful pieces of embellished textiles in the company of others.

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 suitable for those with historic previous experience of Embellishing Textiles as well as those new to this form of creative expression.

Participants will be learning in a relaxed atmosphere and have access to Bernina sewing machines to learn free motion embroidery. By the end of the course you will have completed sample pieces of hand embroidery and machine embroidery with information to refer back to all the stitches and techniques.

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.

Attendance Requirements This course runs for one evening a week.
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Studying Fashion Business and Retail at Bridgwater and Taunton College was the best choice I could have made. The staff team are probably the most helpful and fun to learn with teachers I’ve ever had and have really shared their love for the subject and industry with me. Next year I am going onto the Art and Design Foundation Diploma to help build my portfolio whilst I continue to work on developing my own clothing brand.

Max Pattendon, Fashion Business and Retail Diploma Level 3

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