Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Westhope 2017

Places are limited please see Anne Haigh if you are interested, open to all Birmingham Branch Members only:

Embroiderers’ Guild Birmingham Branch - Westhope 2017


Dates:  8th to 10th September 2017


Location: Westhope Craft College, Westhope Nr Craven Arms, Shropshire


Tutor: Ruth Issett

Author of: A Passion for Colour; Print Pattern Colour; Colour on Cloth; Glorious Papers; Colour on Paper and Fabric; Paintsticks: Marvellous Markal




Artist statement

My work reflects my continuing passion and excitement for the use of colour. Working on both paper and fabric, I use dyeing, printing, painting, collage and stitch. My work is anchored in my observations of different environments. These are interpreted into colour studies, noting variations achieved using collective media and process.

Recently I have focused on developing my work from my studio in Shropshire. The quest to understand colour, its application to different surfaces and the ultimate visual effect has been paramount. Using my own dyed and printed fabrics, particularly enjoying the variation of surfaces achieved through different weaves and fibres, I have been able to complete a number of resolved pieces. These pieces are a culmination of numerous individual researched textile pieces.

After many years of working virtually full time in Adult Education, I now enjoy working freelance, focusing on my work & delivering selective teaching commitments. I continue to regularly deliver courses in the U.K. and Europe, and in the past U.S.A and Australia.

Devising specifically designed courses for more experienced students, as well as examining my working practice, I find I still have a hunger to explore colour, through various media, surface and technique.





Subject of Weekend:

Print, Dye, Stitch – printing, then painting dyes (rather than bucket or tray dyeing), and then adding stitch. Further details will be available in September/October. 


Experience Level: 

This is for those who know stitches and basic techniques and want to enhance their skills in printing and painting with dye. It is not a course for those new to stitching. 



4 sessions with Ruth – Saturday am and pm, Sunday am and pm. 


There is likely to be a materials fee payable to Ruth. A requirements list will also be provided closer to the date as it is expected that most people will already have fabric and threads that they want to bring. 



Tea/Coffee and cake on arrival on Friday evening. 

Evening meals on Friday and Saturday

Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Tea/Coffee available throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday


Dietary requirements can be catered for providing we know at least 1 month in advance. A packed lunch was provided last time for a non-stitching husband who went walking on the Saturday- again let us know at time of booking if this is required. 


Alcohol is allowed, and usually several people bring bottles of wine which is shared over the evening meals. 



There are 10 bedrooms at Westhope


There are 3 single rooms – one en-suite, two sharing a bathroom. 

There are two double rooms – one en-suite 

There are four twin rooms – two are en-suite

There is one three bed room which is ensuite



The costs will depend on how many people want to come, and are willing to share a room if there are more than 10 people wanting to come (unless they are husband/partner who we assume will share!).


Non-textile partners are welcome and will only be expected to pay for room and meals. 


If only 10 people sign up then it will be £314 per person. Less than 10 and costs rise, more than 10 and costs will fall.  The maximum number that can be catered for (due to dining room capacity) is 16 – and if all were embroiderers the price per person would be £196.25


If more people sign up and are willing to share rooms then the intention will be to give discounts to those sharing rooms, with those requesting single rooms paying extra. Room allocation will only be confirmed once we have everyone signed up, however if you prefer a single room please request this when booking a place. 


An initial deposit of £20 is required and then the remaining payments can be in instalments once the final costs are known. 


Any funds left over that can’t be easily divide amongst those attending will be used to buy wine for the evenings. 


If you’d like to book a place, please see Anne Haigh. 







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