Freeform Knitting & Upcycled Textiles
Facilitator: Sue Bradley
Expanding the eco-DIY movement into artistry inspired by nature. Dress your home, yourself, or your sideboard with an up cycled textile piece, knitted by your own two hands.
On this one day course in the beautiful grounds of Hawkwood, you will be taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Working with an exciting variety of yarns and recycled materials, you will learn the techniques necessary to go away and start creating your own pieces.
Event time: Sat 15th Aug 2020 at 9:30am - Sat 15th Aug 2020 at 5:00pm
At a glance
- Introduction to a variety of different materials and textile techniques in drawing, collage and hand knitting
- A creative journey through use of colour and personal inspiration
- An opportunity to develop a new way of making work
- Making a textile piece with recycled material, inspired by nature
What participants will gain
- The development of new skills in drawing and hand knitting
- Guidance in a mindful approach to creating textile work
- Tuition from a skilled expert
- The creation of your own unique artwork
The day begins with an introduction to materials, techniques, and example artworks, followed by a short and mindful walk around the beautiful grounds of Hawkwood. We will make some simple colour studies and rubbings and collect leaves and other foliage for creative collage. This is inspiration for colours and textures of your experimental textile work.
There will be an opportunity to make your own yarns from recycled materials such as strips of plastic/paper and shredded garments. Sue Bradley will intelligently guide you in your own graph work and intarsia knitting. Freeform knitting is very playful and creative and is suitable for all levels of hand knitter from beginner to experienced. Finished works can be mounted to create a card or wall hanging, or even a beautiful scarf.
Sue Bradley’s playful creativity and environmental awareness will give you a great taste of how to make something aesthetically pleasing with anything from the odd socks in your drawer, to leaves and twigs from the land. A crafty hands on day full of colour!
Please note that own art materials are required for the course:
Knitting needles in a variety of sizes, oddments of yarn - thick and thin, scraps of fabric, old garments to be used for creating recycled yarns, scissors, pencils/crayons, and a small sketch book.
This is a day course only and does not include lunch, please bring a packed lunch with you.
Sue Bradley creates unique and decorative knitted and embroidered textiles. Her work is very eclectic and experimental and she has an obsession with pattern and colour. Often inspired by her extensive research into historical and ethnic costume, she loves to use vintage fabrics and recycled materials. Sue has recently produced a collection of sweaters and large inspirational textile pieces for the fashion industry and current clients include Missoni, Etro and Shrimps.
Sue Bradley is a very experienced Tutor with a PGCE in Art and Design. She was the Course Leader for Textiles in the BA(Hons) Creative Arts and Contemporary Arts Practice courses at Bath Spa University for 14 years. Also a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, Sue sells her work through The Guild at 51 in Cheltenham and has published several knitwear design books.Visit Tutor's Website
"As a novice, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal!"
"Sue is an exciting creative artist who is always exploring her world. I am always impressed with her ideas."