courses offering unique learning opportunities for all, delivered by highly renowned 

Moor Hall Farmhouse,  Bettws-y-crwyn,
Newcastle on Clun, 
Shropshire, SY7 8PH
01547 510664

Well it has been a busy time again. I have been working on my new courses at Moor Hall for 2019 and I hope you will find something of interest. I am keeping my prices the same as last year, so sit back and do have a good look.

The Textile Study Group has also kept me busy in my role as their Chair, but what a privilege that is! I find it a real honour to be part of such a professional group. Do take time to look at our website.

Our most recent project DIS/rupt has now come to an end, but we have already launched into our next project......but more on that to come later.

Our tutor for the weekend was the brilliant Michael Brennand-Wood who  certainly presented a challenging experience for us all and we came away from the weekend thoroughly exhausted but very stimulated. If you get an opportunity to be tutored by Michael I thoroughly recommend him. 


DOROTHY TUCKER: 24th and 25th April 
Colour Stitch Texture : A contemporary take on Kantha
£130 for 2 days

Kantha is a Bangladeshi word for cloth, and a particular way of stitching embroidered quilts made from the good parts of old worn out saris.  A wealth designs based on flowers and leaves feature on these quilts, mostly worked in variations of running stitch.
Through patching and piecing together scraps of coloured fabrics we will build a layered cloth  approximately A4 in size.   Using just running stitch we will add floral designs. And then to bring the textile piece together we will quilt the remaining spaces which will result in creating the rippling textures unique to kantha.
This workshop is open to everyone interested in hand stitching and exploring a contemporary take on  Kantha making.   If you have attended one of my Kantha courses before, do come to extend your Kantha making skills.

KAY GREENLEES:  3rd, 4th and 5th May
Inspired by Lace
£195 for 3 days

Working from beautiful historical lace examples (yours or mine), we will explore some of the key visual ideas associated with lace and use simple methods to record these as the starting point for our small-scale workbook. To allow us to concentrate on ideas such as marks and textures we will largely be working in black and white but incorporating some colour to provide interest. We will develop these ideas exploring a variety of paper types and weights, inventing as we go, but always within a structure that offers support as well as plenty of room for individual interpretation. Whether a beginner or an experienced worker there should be some challenges, a bit of fun, and plenty of scope for adapting the ideas for work with fabric and stitch. You will have a small-scale themed sketchbook.

JEAN DRAPER:  10th, 11th and 12th May
In Detail: Inspiration for stitching from sources hardly noticed.
£195 for 3 days

Many wonderful inspirational design opportunities exist around us if we take time to discover them. The aim of this workshop will be to begin with the study of examples of small details from natural objects, leading to the development of different personal ideas for work in stitched textiles. Structured experimental design exercises, investigating the scope offered by changes of scale, tone, texture and colour, together with demonstrations, will encourage students to choose ways to develop their ideas both 2 and 3 dimensionally.  Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on making notes and sampling in fabric and thread in order for work to continue later if wished.

AMANDA CLAYTON:   21st, 22nd, and 23rd May
'A little Book of Leaves and More
£195 for 3 days

This workshop will appeal to anyone who wants to experience a creative few days with a needle and thread in their hand.
Those of you who have already worked with Amanda will find they have more time to develop stitch and cloth using leaves/natural forms as starting points. You will have time to work through strategies to get more personal developed imagery at the beginning of the course.
There will be ample studio time to work through all her signature techniques such as darning, inlay, applique, cutwork, trailing, layering and trapping. Amanda is developing ideas all the time so there will be some new surface relief techniques to 'play' with. Transparency, translucency and her favourite neutral palette will inspire your own thoughtful series of work which you will want to continue after the course.

BOBBY BRITNELL:  18th and 19th May
Personal Development
£130 for 2 days

Two days for serious students wishing to explore their own personal themes within a creative environment of investigation, observation and discovery. Students will be expected to bring in their on-going work for discussion and development.

MATTHEW HARRIS:  31st May, 1st and 2nd June
Chain Reaction - one thing leads to another
£350 for 3 days

A project exploring the idea of continuity and change through drawing, collage and stitch.
Working from a collection of personal objects we will be looking at ways in which abstracted visual imagery might convey, explore and develop the idea of personal language, narrative and history through the interaction of making, materials and process.

JEAN LITTLEJOHN: 18th and 19th June
In and Out of Focus
£130 for 2 days

On this course we will look at ways of combining stitch, bonded applique and the use of the embellishing machine to create multi layered images.
There will be an emphasis on the ways in which the embellishing machine can be used to create a range of effects that work well when toning, linking, blending and 'ghosting' images.

DAVID TRESS:  28th, 29th and 30th June
'Responses to Landscape: Looking, Painting and Expression'
£390 for 3 days

In this three day landscape painting course David Tress will look at the building blocks which underlie representational landscape painting - light, space/perspective, tone, colour, composition - and will also consider the ways in which an expressive or emotional response to landscape might be explored. There will be a balance between describing and demonstrating the various painters' 'tools' which allow the making of strong representational paintings and vigorous compositions, and an exploration of risk-taking and 'gut response' in making landscape paintings which allow and encourage a more expressive approach to the subject.
Each day will include demonstrations and studio work, and sketching and drawing in the beautiful landscape surrounding Moor Hall Farmhouse in the Clun Valley.  Tuition will be both as a group, with demonstrations and discussions, and individually for all course members with help, discussion and suggestions. Demonstrations will be in acrylic, some of them using mixed media and collage. We hope as always for good weather when out drawing - but please bring along some stout shoes or boots and waterproof clothing just in case!

ALICE FOX:  31st Aug, 1st Sept
Collecting Colours
£130 for 2 days

Explore techniques for capturing natural colours on cloth and paper, bringing colour, mark and hand stitch together. Using gathered materials and plant matter we will make our own inks and experimental mark-making tools, as well as eco-printing on paper and cloth. We will bring these organic marks together with hand stitch in simple but unique hand made book structures.

JAN BEANEY:  17th and 18th September
Celebrating Hand Stitch - Finding just the right stitch............
£130 for 2 days

Hand stitching will be the emphasis on this course. Developing exciting surfaces by building up and layering stitches can be most rewarding. Finding the right stitches or stitches to interpret the image or surface selected is the challenge. Initially, we will work some experimental exercises and then progress to creating small, resolved, subtle and/or exquisite embroideries.
Decaying surfaces, old walls, pavements, rust, mosses, lichen, grasses, flower centres, rocks, stones, minerals, tree bark could all provide inspiration. Extreme close up images can reveal unusual, fascinating imagery.
Those who cannot cope without a sewing machine could select to work a grid/mesh/network of machine stitches on soluble film to support the hand stitches thus creating a unique lace. Sometimes having considered the planned action carefully machining into a hand-stitched surface can emphasis or highlight dimensional qualities.

Tha nks for looking in but do get in quick with your bookings as courses do fill up rather speedily and I do not want you to be disappointed.

Moor Hall Farmhouse, Bettws-y-crwyn, Newcastle on Clun, 
Shropshire, SY7 8PH