Free Video Workshops
This is a great place to start, grab a cup of coffee and get a feel for what DesignMattersTV has to offer by watching our free video workshops. We hope you enjoy them! There is more free content in the Classrooms, including our Creative Kids classroom which is completely free.
A Flip-through Laura’s Sketchbook
Free - Take a quick flip-through tour through Laura's sketchbook. This one isn't finished, but we hope you enjoy seeing how the pages are shaping up so far. This book makes use of a lot of monoprint, collage and drawing with pen.
Create a layered painting in acrylic with a messy underpainting of bright colour, stencilled pattern and brush marks. Then overpaint with a negative painting of your own hand to make a personalised piece of art that'll look beautiful in your home. This is an easy painting technique that even a beginner can try, but experienced painters will love too!
FREE – Altered Book: Nests and Eggs
A flip-through video of Linda's altered book Nests and Eggs.
FREE – Altered Book: Art is Food
A flip-through video of Linda's altered book Art is Food.
FREE – Plant Printing Concertina Books Flip-Through
A flip-through video two concertina books made using plant printed pages. See how Linda's worked into the plant prints with collage, drawing and painting.
Free – NeedleFelting + Stitch: Landscape
Make a beautiful felted and stitched landscape with Linda. She'll guide you through the process step-by-step from needlefelting the background to freehand machine stitching motifs and adding final details with hand embroidery.
FREE -Altered Book Flip-Through: Crow
A flip-through video of one of Linda's altered books. We'll show you page by page through her book Crow where you'll spot lots of techniques that we cover in our workshops including stamping and oil pastel and wash.
Free – Simple Thread Skeins
If you enjoy dyeing fabric, then it’s highly likely you’re going to want threads to match! In this show see how Laura prepares skeins ready for dyeing.
What’s the Story? Fractured
Discover the inspirational sources that Linda brought together in the making of her quilt 'Fractured'. Linda also discusses the techniques that she used in the making of the quilt.
Introduction to: English Paper Piecing
Discover how to sew geometric designs with English paper piecing. Laura guides you through the simple steps for this satisfying method of patchwork that works beautifully for piecing even small shapes with accuracy.
Discover The Needle Museum
Discover the fascinating Needle Museum and learn about the history of the dangerous business of making needles from Jo-Ann Gloger, the curator of the collection.
Faux Piecing: Drunkard’s Path
Work with Laura to create a Drunkard's Path design using faux piecing. She'll show you how to use your own hand dyed fabrics (maybe you dyed some using her Exchange Dyeing video workshop), but you can use any of your favourite fabrics from commercial cottons to hand painted cloth.
Story of a Quilt – In and Out of Love
Discover the story behind Laura's recent quilt 'In and Out of Love', a digitally printed photographic quilt.
What is Compressed Sponge?
Discover one of our favourite print block materials - compressed sponge. It's easy to mark and cut out into any shape you like. Then simply immerse in water to create a sponge printing block to use with acrylics or fabric paints.
Choose a quote that's personal to you, find some scraps of felt, and make a dent in that stash of beads with these funky motto cushions.
Winter Table Runner
Brighten your home with a winter themed table runner using fabric painting and quilting.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Make an appliqué hanging perfect for this season. Linda will show you how to turn through a perfect appliqué shape, arrange the design and add quilting.
The Thick of It
Learn how to thicken Procion MX dyes with Manutex (sodium alginate) so that you can paint or print with them.
Introduction to Papermaking
Linda demonstrates how to make sheets of recycled paper at home using simple equipment.
Learn how to make a quick infinity scarf
Don’t Draw? Trace!
Free Video Workshop - Whether you're nervous of drawing, or are just looking for a new sketchbook technique, why not consider using tracing?
Waxed papers are perfect for paper and stitch projects. Join Linda to find out how to make your own.
Create your own festive decoration for the tree and start a new family tradition!