The tutors this year were Nicola Jervis, known for her modern take on crewel work and Kim Thittichai known for her hot textiles.
I was joining Kim,s group where we were going to try out a new non woven fabric Paint 'n' Bond which was really sheets of glue.
Kim showed us some of her pieces using Paint 'n' Bond which you can see below
We all set about painting and printing onto our Paint 'n Bond and once it had dried we ironed it onto cotton material or painted newsprint to produce some amazing patterns and designs.
We then added puff paint, embossing powder,coloured foil and stitch. We then ironed the Paint 'n' Bond to sheers.
We all took our samples home with a few more metres of Paint 'n Bond to play with at home and see what else we could do with it.
The other group was led by Nicola Jervis who has developed birds and a squirrel in a modern crewel work technique see below
The group chose which bird or squirrel they wished to embroider and then Nicola demonstrated the various stitches one at a time so they had covered all the stitches by the end of the weekend.
By the end of the weekend, the second group still had a lot of stitching to complete as they were working with fine threads and small patterns but I am sure they will all be finished over the next few months.
Summer School was as enjoyable as usual with great ideas, good food, good company and beautiful surroundings.