Helen Williams

Overview

photo of HelenHaving been taught to sew when small, stitching is something I have always "just done", first making dolls' clothes, then moving onto making clothes for myself and my family.

City and Guilds and HNC courses at Hereford and Gloucester Colleges of Art introduced me to a whole host of new ideas and I began to explore ways of combining hand and machine stitch with drawing, painting, printing, paper making and other mixed media techniques.

Whilst studying, I also tutored adult education and teacher training classes in Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean, organised several community based arts projects and taught art and craft workshops in local primary and secondary schools.

Currently, I combine teaching Creative Textiles at Coleg Gwent Learn IT Centre in Monmouth with freelance work, organising and teaching creative textiles, art and craft workshops for adults and younger people in the Monmouthshire area.

Listed below are some of my most popular 1-day workshops. A more comprehensive list, and details of longer courses, can be found on my website, helenwilliamsartworkswye.co.uk.

I am happy to tailor workshops to meet the specific requirements of your group, and to travel within reasonable distance from Monmouth.

Workshop fees are £150 per day, plus any specialist materials at cost.

Contact information

Please contact me for further details:

Courses available

Introduction to Altered Books

Lots of techniques and tips to help you begin to turn an unwanted book into a unique and very personal work of art.

Altered Books 2 - Covers and Further Embellishments

A follow-on workshop from the one above, with ideas for finishing your books, adding tags, niches and decorating the cover.

Stitching for starters

Make a collection of examples of traditional hand stitches. A class for anyone wanting to learn, or remember, how to do the basics of embroidery.

From Traditional to Contemporary

Taking a traditional hand stitch and experimenting with different threads, fabrics, scale etc. Great fun and opens up lots of possibilities for stitching exciting patterns, surfaces and textures.

Fabric Postcards

Postcard pieces of textile art, using print, stitch and mixed media.

Layers of Colour and Gold

Taking inspiration from the work of Gustav Klimt. Bonded layers of velvets, sheers and glitters, heavily decorated with gold threads, braids, beads and hand or machine stitch. Use as a small picture, book cover or central panel for a cushion.

Inspired by India

A decorative piece of embroidery inspired by the paisley design on Indian textiles. Use silks, sheers, gold threads and beads. Hand stitch. Can be used as a small picture, decoration for an evening bag, etc.

Transfer dyes

Transfer dyes are easy and fun to use, and extremely user friendly - no complicated mixing or fixing involved. A play day, experimenting with ideas and techniques.

Transfer dyes - the next step

A follow on from the workshop above, or for more experienced "transferers". Use the dyes to create unique and colourful surfaces for further print, stitch, embellishment.

Starting to Design your own Work

Ways of developing your own designs from something which interests you and experimenting with ways to take these into fabric and stitch. Nothing complicated - you don't need to be confident at drawing. Hand stitch.

Sketch, Design, Stitch - the next step from the workshop above

A hands on, 2-day workshop, making quick sketches of local architecture/landscape etc. and using these as the basis for design, stitch and print. As with the one above, not as frightening as it sounds if you don't like to, or don't feel you can, draw. Lots of guidance with simple techniques to help everyone begin to develop an original piece of work. Hand stitch.

Little Books

Make examples of little books. Simple, but effective ideas to use as they are, as mini albums, to give as gifts or as a lovely way to display/present samples of your own work.

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