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Design | Print | Sew

£190.00 £165.00

For a limited time only we are offering 20% off our new range of courses

£190.00 £165.00

Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 2 days
Includes: Ink pour, design day, sewing day, plus two FREE cushions (a choice of bolster or scatter) and your designs to take away on a USB
Cost: £190 NOW £165

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Times: 9.00-4.00 (weekdays), 10.00-5.00 (weekends)
Duration: 2 days
Includes: Ink pour, design day, sewing day, plus two FREE cushions (a choice of bolster or scatter) and your designs to take away on a USB
Cost: £190 NOW £165

Design | Print | Sew
There are so many reasons to take this course! Whether you fancy simply creating something unique for your home, a thoughtful gift, you want to add something unique to your business offering, you fancy starting a new hobby, you want to learn the art of surface pattern and how to apply it to a project, you’re looking for something different to do with friends, perhaps you already dabble in design and want to be able to create something to showcase your designs for shows, markets, events etc – whatever the reason, just give this course a go and we promise you’ll love it!

Day 1
We are going to give you a design crash course and show you how to create a pattern called  ‘reflect and repeat’, which will hopefully inspire you to believe that you don’t have to be a great illustrator or painter to design; you just have to have imagination, vision and a love to experiment.

The first part of the workshop will be all about getting messy and creating an ink pour. It’s a fool proof way of creating a stunning piece of art, from which you can then start your first design.

The second part of the workshop will be computer based. Here we will introduce you to Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is the world’s best imaging and graphic design software and is the go-to tool for every creative project, from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. Our tutor will introduce you to the basics and how to create a canvas the size of your cushion. As a starting point you will use your ink pour and, working as a group, will use Photoshop Elements to experiment with this to create your first unique fabric; opening your mind to the world of pattern design.

For your second design you’ll be encouraged to bring along digital copies of anything that you’d like to incorporate: we’re talking photos of your child, your dog, landscapes, your own sketches, doodles or artwork. You’ll be shown how to import, manipulate and layer your images, or alternatively you can use our vector library of images. The rest of your time will be spent freestyling your way to a finished design; experimenting and developing your Photoshop skills at the same time as honing your finished designs.

Whilst you don’t need any Photoshop skills or any drawing or painting skills, you do need to be computer literate. We work on PCs here at the Ministry so you may struggle if you have never used a computer before or are solely used to working on a Mac. You need to feel comfortable using the internet to search and save, upload files, open, close and minimise documents and navigate from your desktop to Photoshop. If you are unsure whether you would be ok, then please do give us a call.

Day 2
You’ll start this day by seeing your brand-new design(s) as an actual real-life fabric, which is as exciting as it sounds! Then onto to a sewing masterclass. Don’t worry if you’ve never sewn since school, or ever. Our sewing tutor Andrea has a wealth of experience and patience. Our range of state-of-the-art sewing machines can be programmed to work at a speed with which you feel comfortable and there’s no sharing of machines as you will each get your own machine on which to work. By the end of this day you will have created two cushions (choose from bolster or scatter).

 A word about our design tutor
For this course we have teamed up with the mighty design powerhouse that is Beth Travers from Bobo1325. Beth’s designs have seen her reap praise from the industry. She is distinctive, eye-catching and not to be missed. You can view Beth’s work via her website www.bobo1325.com.

Surface pattern encompasses so many design disciplines from graphic illustration, fine art and photography to textile design. We believe in pushing the boundaries and utilising these concepts to create unique designs, because…why not? There are so many types of pattern and aspects of design.

All of Bobo1325’s designs are constructed from illustrations, textures, mixed media and photography. It takes the designs to the next level, they become a journey of discovery rather than a flat pretty design. It’s a story. After all anything is possible in this digital age!

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