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Surface Embellishment - Print, Textiles and Thread


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 3rd December 2022
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Esther Wilson 

Join fashion designer Esther Wilson for an introduction to couture fashion techniques. Drawing from her own practice Esther will teach you how to explore a range of materials to add colour, texture and depth to a screen printed image. We will provide tote bags, screen printed in the studio to give a base for the embellishment and we will work with ribbonwork, beading and embroidery stitches to create unique and intricate designs. This course will introduce a range of stitch and embellishment techniques and you do not need any prior printing or sewing experience.

Course Structure

AM- Introduction to materials and embroidery types.- Individual planning. Looking at the examples and materials provided students will have a chance to plan their piece on paper, considering colour and dimension.LUNCHPM- Stitching! Working on the example piece Esther will provide instruction for multiple techniques, allowing students to work on their techniques and interpret the materials in their own way.The day is structured to be flexible to provide as much time for students to work as possible.What to bring.Course materials will be provided and students will also receive a ‘goody bag’ to take away to continue their projects at home. However if you have any materials, such as thread, wool, beads or scraps of fabric you wish to use, please bring them along. Personal interpretation is encouraged.If you have any inspiration photos, from fashion magazines, Pinterest or postcards, , please bring them to inspire your work and allow Esther to see what you hope to get out of the course. These can be on your phone.

    Leicester Print Workshop 

    Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

    We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

    Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

    In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


    Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.