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Stitched Textiles (intensive)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

The course will explore the creative language of textiles and stitch focussing on the use of a wide range of traditional and experimental textile techniques. Students will experiment with hand and machine stitch, fabric manipulation, bonding and fusing with a range of fabrics, paper and plastic. Students will be encouraged to push the boundaries of textile and fibres techniques, producing a range of samples before working on a personal project reflecting their own interests.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous experience needed

Special Infomation


Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Access to specialist hand and machine tools and equipment for making stitched textiles artworks
  • A range of offcut fabrics

Essential Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves: Estimated cost: £20 - £40 depending on usage.

  • Selection of needles (embroidery/general selection) and pins
  • Fabric Scissors and small embroidery scissors
  • A quick un pick (small sharp device for unpicking stitching)
  • Threads for hand and machine embroidery (black, white, gray with one or two colours)
  • Embroidery hoop – 22cm approx
  • Some plane white/cream cotton fabrics, muslin, calico, and lawn.
  • Approx 30cm. fabrics can be recycled, shirts sheeting etc.
  • Hard backed sketch book/drawing paper, scrap paper for collage.
  • Some drawing materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks,
  • Scissors /craft knife
  • Glue – Pritt stick, PVA
  • Brushes, sponges, spatulas, rollers, things to apply paint with
  • Small selection of Acrylic paints.
  • Soluble Fabrics
  • Bond-a-web/interfacing (Vilene).
  • Fabrics scraps, buttons, ribbon and odds and ends found in your sewing box
  • Selection of papers
  • Selection of sewing machine needles and bobbins

Content of Course

The course will comprise of an intensive 5 day teaching block followed by a period of independent study in the students own time.

Class hours:
  • Day 1 – Introduction to creative textiles .Mark-making with stitch
  • Day 2 –Exploring hand /machine stitch
  • Day 3 –Fabric manipulation
  • Day 4 - Personal project
  • Day 5 –Personal project

Directed and Independent study:

Students will be required to follow up and reflect on their learning from the classes through thecompletion of directed projects and their own independent study.

Teaching method(s)

The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the five days, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a ‘directed study plan’ which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of stitched textiles in visual culture. Students will be expected to demonstrate how the research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks or visual journals and practical outcomes. The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:


  • develop a personal language through research within a sketchbook or visual journal which demonstrate an understanding and contextual awareness of the creative potential of textiles and stitch


  • realise the creative potential of textiles and stitch through samples and experimentation, evolving an ambitious personal creative outcome.


  • select, edit and present a coherent a range of samples and finished works which demonstrate a creative an informed use of stitch and textiles techniques

Transferable skills

  • Handling a range of textile materials and techniques
  • Developing ideas and personal language
  • Considering compositional devices for visual communication
  • Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of stitched textiles within visual culture.


Core Readings

Artist Monographs – study of individual textile artists. Oei, L. and De Kegel, C., 2002, The elements of design : rediscovering colors, textures, forms, and shapes Elements of Design, London: Thames and Hudson
Monem, N., ed.,2008, Contemporary Textiles - fabric of fine art, London: Black Dog Publishing
Various, Art Textiles of the World series, Telos Books

Exhibition Catalogues
Miller, L., ed. and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2007, Cloth and Culture Now, Canterbury : University College for the Creative Arts
Surrey Institute of Art & Design, 2001, Textural Space, Surrey: Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College

Textile Forum(periodical), Hanover : Textile-Forum-Service
Embroidery(periodical), East Molesey : Embroiderers' Guild

Web Sources

Web sources may be provided during the course

Class Handouts

Course information will be provided on enrolment and handouts provided during the course.


All practice-based art and design 10 credit courses are assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual art and/or design works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art and/or design works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class. Typically, this will comprise:

  • Class Contact hours: 27.5 (work you do during the class)
  • Directed hours: 27.5 (work your tutor has set for you to do each week in your own time)
  • Independent Study Hours: 45 (work you set yourself to do, relevant to the discipline studied)

The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, you must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.

Student support

Please contact Art and Design Studies on 0131 650 4400 if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study an Art and Design Studies course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.