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Workshops in Our Studio

“You can go anywhere in the world and as long as you’re with people who love textiles – you are in some way at home.” – Polly Leonard

From week long workshops in the South of France to half day guided tours through otherwise unseen textile archives, Selvedge events form a huge part of the Selvedge community. Time and time again we hear how people have left a Selvedge event or workshop feeling not only more inspired than when they arrived but that they have made new and lasting friendships with other participants.

Below you can find a range of workshops that take place in our Highgate studio. 

Selvedge Shop, 162 Archway Road, London, N6 5BB

Tube: Archway or Highgate (Northern Line)
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after midday on Langdon Park Road (next to the shop).

Tapestry weaving with Fiona Rutherford

8 October, 11-5, £120 per person including lunch

Hosted by Fiona Rutherford

In this one day workshop Fiona will guide you through the basic steps of tapestry weaving. Lovely cotton and linen yarns in a range of colours will be available to create a small sampler mounted and ready to take away at the end of the day.

Tapestry weaving does not require complicated equipment. Using an upright frame the warp and weft threads are brought together in a simple over and under plain weave using only your hands and a small wooden bobbin to create the weave.

The workshop is suitable for fans of other textile techniques who may want try their hand at something new, while beginners will enjoy trying something completely different. The emphasis is on colour and fun.

Students will need to bring a small sharp pair of scissors. Yarns are provided but you can bring your own if you want to weave something more personal.

Please send us a message below with any dietary requirements or questions.

Maximum of 8 people 

 Knit a Pair of Socks with Cecilie Telle

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 November, 2-4pm or 6-8pm, £120 for all four sessions.

Hosted by Cecilie Telle

Join Cecilie as she teaches this four session sock knitting course for beginners and those who would like to brush up on their skills. At the end of the course you'll have hand knitted your very own pair of socks. You'll need basic knitting skills including casting on and off and knit and purl stitches. Cecilie will teach you the rest.

All materials and tools will be provided as well as tea, coffee and light refreshments.

Course content:

  • Learn to read a simple sock pattern
  • Knit using double pointed needles
  • Colour work
  • Decrease/increase
  • Shaping
  • Pick up stitches
  • Possibility of continental style knitting

Some homework may be required.

Traditional Hand Stitch Quilting with Abigail Booth

5 November, 11-5pm £120 per person, including a light lunch and refreshments.

With Abigail Booth from Forest + Found

Forest + Found is a sustainable craft and design partnership set up by Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth in late 2014. Their practice has an emphasis on material and process, working with traditional methods of craft tand the use of hand tools and the direct experience of hand crafting an object. 

On this course you will learn the art of traditional hand-stitched quilting, where you will be taught a choice of the traditional Baptist Fan technique used by Amish quilt makers or learn how to transfer a design of your own making onto a fabric of your choice.

You will be taught how to layer a quilt ready for hand stitching, and how to use various quilting techniques such as burying your threads to give a clean finish on the surface of your quilt. Towards the end of the session you will be shown how to bind your sample by hand using a blind stitch.

Students will need to bring their own fabric:
You need 60cm x 60cm (one piece for the front and one for the back) This can be plain or patterned, but be aware that the busier the pattern, the more difficult it is to see the stitch design. 
You will also need a cotton or bamboo quilt wadding 60 x 60cm and a contrasting waxed quilting thread in a colour of your choice.

A maximum of 7 people per class. This course is suitable for all abilities. 

 Block Printing with Yateley Papers

Saturday 12 November, 11-5pm £120 per person including a light lunch and refreshments.

Hosted by Trudi Savin from Yateley Papers

We like to ask everyone to give some thought prior as to where their shade will be going and bring along some reference/colours/textures etc.

Empire and Coolie Lampshades can be quite tricky to perfect but we are confident that all abilities will be able to successfully produce stunning results and we will be on-hand to assist every step of the way.

Each student will be given a choice of shade size:

A pair of small Candle Clip Shades approx 14cm d (approx 13cm h) - suitable for ceiling, wall or table lamp fitting and totally doable for the less confident! 

A 30cm d (approx 20cm h) Coolie Shade - this is the classic and stylish reading lampshade (it sits on a shade carrier, we will have a few available to purchase at a small extra cost of £2.50 if required).  

We will also have additional fixings available if students wish to purchase from us and/or we can furnish details where to buy directly.

Each class starts with a brief run-through, a small ‘mood’ board will show various shade shapes with and without contrasting trim etc. Q&A session. 

11-1 pm Planning and perfecting technique
Experimenting with colours and playing with various blocks to see how they print - light and airy/dense and strong/using borders/repeat patterns/how to block-off and personalise/mirror patterns/overlaying.
1.30-3 pm Block printing chosen patterns
3-4.45 pm Making of lampshades
5 pm Tidying and home time

Lunch and all other tools and materials will be provided.

Maximum of 8 people.

If you have any questions regarding the workshops or have special dietary requirements please leave us a message below with the event name as the subject title. 

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