Janet Bolton composes textile pictures using the simplest of hand-sewing techniques. Her inspiration comes from visual experience, memory, imagination and the material itself. With every piece Janet is led by the placement of each evocative element within a composition.

The emphasis of this workshop is to give students a comprehensive introduction to this direct way of working with your material and your idea. Although there will not be time to completely finish a piece, all necessary aspects – including the presentation and framing of the work – will be covered.


The day starts with a short talk by Janet, who will go through the process of choosing your subject matter, composing directly with the fabric to hand and allowing the work to develop as it progresses. Questions are invited and encouraged at any time and Janet will have with her examples of her work to help illustrate the method she uses.

This will be followed by a practical demonstration of constructional methods; simple cutting of shapes, placing, and 'needle turning' techniques. All work is done with hand-sewing.


Janet will be there to offer individual help to each student, the main emphasis of which is to give complete confidence in the execution and development of your own ideas.

The day will close with a group discussion on the works in progress.

Saturday 21 January 2017, 11-5pm, £120 per person including a light lunch and refreshments.

Hosted by Janet Bolton

This course is suitable for all abilities, please email Emma with any dietary requirements or questions –

Maximum of 8 people.

Selvedge Shop, 162 Archway Road, London N6 5BB

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