Membership Video Workshops
Here you’ll find loads of video workshops to inspire you on a range of subjects from art quilting, drawing, printing, dyeing, sketchbooks and much more.
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Handpainted Collage Papers
Create your own handprinted collage papers, perfect for sketchbook and mixed media painting. Then explore how you can expand your collage and have fun playing with scale.
Printed Patchwork Details
Add extra detail to your pieced blocks by using printing. Linda demonstrates how to make a simple stamp that can be used to print the centres of blocks such as Log Cabin or Star in a Star and shares her example quilt blocks.
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Pen and Watercolour Crabapples
Nature is such a rich source of inspiration. See how Linda has chosen to record crabapples from the garden with pen drawing and luscious washes of watercolour. She's working in her sketchbook, but you could easily work on loose sheets of paper or in an altered book if you prefer!
Making prints on fabric is lots of fun, but what to do with them? In this workshop Linda will encourage you to be brave and chop them up for piecing with great results.
Try drawing with glue in your sketchbook and mixed media paintings. It's a fantastic way to add line and texture to your work and the perfect base for flooding on washes of rich watercolour or acrylic.
Be inspired by graphic sketchbook drawing and achieve something similar with your quilting! Join Laura to see how to use just thread to create your design and replicate that pen-drawn look on fabric to make a small stitched panel. She'll provide you with a pattern or you can use your own sketchbook page as a reference.
Architecture as Inspiration: Roller Stencilling and Foam Printing
Working from an architecture inspired sketchbook, Linda demonstrates how to take a motif and develop it into a stencilled and printed pattern on fabric. See how she uses different scales of motif and a variety of backgrounds to create a range of results that will be perfect for developing into stitched textiles.
Architecture As Inspiration
There's much inspiration to be found in architectural sources. In this workshop join Linda to see how she worked from windows, grilles and other architectural features from a nearby church to create pages in her sketchbook filled with pattern and design information.
Take a page by page look through one of Laura's sketchbooks as she describes the media, techniques and ideas she uses. Get a feel for the different ways you can use a sketchbook and be inspired to start your own.
Presentation Ideas: For Small Textile Works
Presenting small textile works can be tricky. How can you show off the things you've made to their best advantage? Luckily there are quite a few options you can consider. Join Laura today to see some of the presentation methods she loves to use and discover some of the pros and cons.
Put a twist on traditional crazy patchwork with this mini cushion worked in a sheer and semi sheer fabrics. Embellish with hand worked embroidery stitches and add beads.
Lilac Applique Panel
Inspired by watercolour and pen drawings in Linda's sketchbook, Laura demonstrates how you can take a successful sketchbook page and translate it into stitched textiles. From Linda's lilac painting she creates a free appliqué with machine stitching.
Applying what you know about design to your quilting can help achieve great results. Join Laura to see how you can add shapes to your quilting pattern by clever use of line and filling patterns.
Considering the Elements of Design can seem daunting, but really they are just the ingredients in any project. Learning how to use them can boost your design confidence. In this workshop Linda discusses ideas for creating shape using a variety of lines, but no outlines!
Painted Quilt: Waterlilies and Fish
Linda demonstrates how painting after quilting can be a wonderful way to add motifs to your quilt. In this art quilt example, she'll guide you through the stages of adding painted fish to a waterlily background. See how she marks the quilt and then paints within the quilted areas.
Be inspired by how nature uses green and then learn how to mix your own subtle greens to capture the colour of leaves in your painting.
Story of a Quilt: The Rivals
Discover the story of Linda's quilt triptych The Rivals. See the artwork and sketchbook pages that led to these whole cloth, digitally printed art quilts.
Find out how gouache can be used as a resist for Indian ink! With this exciting technique you can paint and print the design of your choice then the magic of the gouache and ink combination will do the rest. It's perfect for sketchbook pages and mixed media painting.
Inspired by Ceramics: Table Runner Part 2
In the second part of this workshop, see how Linda's added decorative quilting and appliqué detail to the table runner using digital embroidery, machine quilting and hand quilting. You can use any combination of these to complete your own version!
Inspired by Ceramics: Table Runner – Part 1
Follow our lead and be inspired by your tableware to make a perfectly coordinating table runner. In this workshop Linda will show you how to use a simple 'stitch and flip' process to quilt-as-you-go. All you need are some fabric scraps that coordinate with your ceramics and you'll be ready to start.
Flower Painting: Lilac
Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the garden for all its inspiration. See how Linda's flower painting in her sketchbook using a layered approach with pen and watercolour to create a beautiful study of lilac.
All That Glitters
Laura explores the different paints and other media to use when you want to add a glint of gold to your work. See how she uses gilding with faux gold leaf to add beautiful richness to her sketchbook pages.
Traveller’s Journal: Recipe Book
Add an illustrated recipe book to your Traveller's Journal. In this workshop Linda will show you how she's collating her favourite tried and tested recipes into a beautifully illustrated book that could become an heirloom! She's using pen and watercolour onto a mix of papers in the book with the addition of simple pockets to stash loose sheets and ephemera.
Traveller’s Journal: Booklets
Learn how to bind your own booklets to sit inside your Traveller's Journal cover. Laura will show you how to stitch a binding and share ideas for papers to include and how to make a useful pocket book.
Traveller’s Journal: The Cover
Discover how to make your own customisable traveller's journal. In this first part of a series of workshops we'll look at how to make the soft fabric cover, internal pockets and the elastic binding system.
A range of simple folded inserts can add such interest to art quilts. Every seam is an opportunity to add something extra!
Join Linda and Laura in the studio as they chat while Laura works on monoprinting a new quilt top. See how she applies some of the methods we've shown recently on DMTV and listen as they discuss how ideas are developed and finished pieces come to be.
Mixed Up Media
The medium that you use has such a huge effect on the look of the work that you create. In this video Linda shows you how she explores different media in her sketchbook from pencil, to pen and wash and oil pastel resist with watercolour.
Monoprint: Tracing and Stencils
Laura demonstrates a monoprint method to create a still life composition which can incorporate your favourite object and lots of pattern. While it might look as though drawing skills are needed, you'll find that you can achieve this graphic print with tracing and stencils. Work on fabric using washable oil-based inks or open (slow drying) acrylics for best results.
Embroidered Kingfisher – Part Two
With the appliqué and machine stitching in place, now it's time to add all the lovely texture and colour with hand stitching. Be inspired by your own source image, or work along with Linda to add detail of the feathers and bring your bird to life with a glint of light in the eye.
Embroidered Kingfisher – Part One
Working from a photographic or sketchbook study as your inspiration, join Linda to use simple free applique to create a bird. In this part of the workshop she'll discuss building the birds plumage with layers of fabric scraps before adding machine stitch for the first layer of embellishment.
What’s the Story? Moth Quilts
Linda discusses her thought processes and some of the design decisions she's made during the creation of her most recent series of quilts which are all inspired by moths. See how she's combining fabrics with screenprints, adding block printed text and considering options for quilting.