Welcome to DesignMatters TV
Welcome to the DesignMatters Art and Craft School. Here in the classrooms, we’ve grouped together collections of video workshops so you can pick and mix through the subjects that most appeal. Just click on a collection to find out more about the video workshops included.
Once purchased you’ll have instant lifetime access. * If you’re planning on purchasing workshops frequently, you’ll probably find it convenient to buy some Classroom Credits.
Click on the links below to explore the classrooms that interest you. There you’ll find workshops and other information to inspire you.
Learn about your favourite subjects…
New in the Classrooms
Quilting with Grids
Grids can provide you with an excellent basis for your quilting. Linda will show you how to quilt grids with a walking foot and shares her tips for success with this method. Next, with that grid in place, you'll see how you can work within it using freehand quilting to add beautiful patterns.
Inspired by Nature
Find inspiration in nature and see how Linda interprets a photographic source as a mixed media study in her sketchbook. She'll show you how to use watercolour, charcoal pencils and oil pastel to create rich surfaces sympathetic to the subject matter. Then working from her sketchbook, Linda interprets the mixed media study into a stitched textile. See how she uses opaque and transparent fabric scraps to build painterly layers adding texture with machine and hand stitching.
Be inspired by nature around you and collect leaves to use for plant printing. Linda will show you how to make beautiful contact prints on paper. Laura will demonstrate how to make simply structured, but endlessly creative concertina books to house your prints. Finally Linda shares her ideas for working back into your plant printed sketchbook to edit, refine and add detail. The result will be a truly unique record of the plant material you've collected and a fabulous sketchbook for inspiration and further development.
Birds are such an inspiration to us, whether it's big black crows in the fields, or the pretty garden birds that visit the feeders outside the studio. In this collection of workshops Linda will show you her methods for painting birds using acrylics on wooden panel and canvas. Suitable for beginners or the more experienced artist, Linda will guide you through, step by step.
Work along with Linda to make your own visual diary to document your observations and collections. Linda's focussing on one of her favourite subjects, moths, but your diary can document anything you like! In Linda's book you'll see a selection techniques used in combination to record what you find. There are three workshops in this collection.
Inspired by Hawaiian Appliqué
Inspired by paper-cut Hawaiian appliqué designs Laura will show you how to use the Procreate app on your iPad to create digitally designed versions and audition your fabrics.
Working in ATC Books
Join Linda in the studio for a page-by-page tour of her ATC sketchbook inspired by insects. She'll share her tips and techniques for filling the tiny pages.
Inspired by Seminole Patchwork
Learn a fast and easy method to design for your quilts using strip piecing inspired by Seminole Patchwork. Laura will show you how to work directly with your fabrics for the design process so you can be sure ideas in your sketchbook pages will translate well to your quilts.
Sewing Patch Pockets
Laura's latest dressmaking project has patch pockets. See how she sews them for great results every time.
In the Sewing Room with Frances
Frances is our newest member of the team here at DesignMatters. Come and take a look at her sewing space.
Be inspired by museum and gallery collections around the world by investigating video gallery talks. We've picked out a few from The National Gallery to get you started.
How it Works
Browse through the Classrooms and only choose the video collections that appeal to you. Build your own personal library of classes on your favourite subjects. All with instant and unlimited access.*
Pick and Mix
- Choose from the library of video collections in the Classrooms
Watch when you want to
- Unlimited lifetime access*
- Alongside the paid-for content, you’ll find free video workshops and other inspiration and information in the Classrooms.
- Share your work in the Gallery
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