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.
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Inspired by Paintings
Inspiration is all around us, but we love to look to some of our favourite paintings to help guide our choices when selecting colours for our textile work. In this class Linda will show you how a colour scheme can be established by studying paintings and how she’s begun to select fabrics and embark on a new pieced quilt.
Choosing the right format of sketchbook to suit a project can really help get you off to a flying start. In this mini course of three workshops, Linda first demonstrates how a concertina format can be ideal for documenting a journey or landscape subject.
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.
Templates for English Paper Piecing
Learn about the different templates for English paper piecing and how you can easily make your own.
English Paper Piecing Q & A
We love working with English Paper Piecing. Is it a technique that you'd like to know more about? In this article Linda answers lots of commonly asked questions.
The best paper for making a Concertina Sketchbook
We love working in concertina sketchbooks. In this post we'll share our tips for the best paper to use when making your own concertina books and you'll also find a link to our worksheet of instructions to make your own.
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.
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