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Textile workshops linking to May Morris: Art & Life

Weaving: half day workshops with E17 designer and weaver Carolyn Abbott

Primary Introductions

Many schools now lack the equipment or expertise to introduce pupils to this age-old method of constructing textiles. Pupils can create their own sample pieces on simple peg or cards looms and have a go on a larger hand loom. The action and satisfaction of weaving has a been found to have beneficial impact in terms of focus and concentration on pupils with a wide range of learning needs.

GCSE/BTEC Textiles Tasters

Experience a range of weaving techniques: use a hand loom, a tapestry loom and make a sample hanging for exam portfolios.

For critical studies explore woven textiles by William & May Morris and look at weaving in the practice of contemporary artists such as Sheila Hicks, Grayson Perry or Richard Tuttle (Tate Modern Exhibition 2015).

The Power of the Stitch: half-day embroidery workshops with Carolyn Abbott and Kate Rolison (Poesie Grenadine)

May Morris was an important pioneer of embroidery as an art form in its own right. Now it is at the forefront of contemporary art practice, used by artists such as Tracey Emin (above) and Mr X Stitch (Jamie Chalmers). The Craftivist Movement in the USA then UK has encouraged the use of embroidery to create slogans and campaigns for positive social change- something committed socialist May Morris would have surely approved of!

Primary Introductions

Look at simple shapes inspired by nature in William & May Morris designs and learn basic stitches to embroider on to felt.

GCSE/BTEC Textiles Tasters

Devise your own slogans and translate them into stitch on small hoop frames. Explore the use of embroidery by contemporary artists such Tilleke Schwarz, Jamie Chalmers and Spike Dennis


All half day workshops cost £150 (£165 non-LBWF) 10am-1.15pm. Primary classes are split for practical session; Max number for secondary: 20 students. To book email