This course has concessions available

New: Applique For Beginners

Learn techniques of appliqué, explore colour and pattern, and create a beautiful textile collage.

Please note that the course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB.
This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

No previous experience or skills are required. Students from a variety of backgrounds and creative abilities would be suitable for this course. They should be interested and inspired by learning the technique of appliqué to create beautiful design and patterns in materials and stitch.

What does this course cover

Students will learn the textile craft of appliqué. They will develop design ideas considering pattern,
colour and texture creating a collage which can be stitched into. Both hand and machine
techniques will be taught as well as embellishments with beads, buttons and sequins. The appliqué
panel may then be constructed into a cushion cover, tote bag, zip purse or wall panel. Students will
be creative with materials and inspired by recycling and reusing fabrics, lace, voile, net and other
bits and bobs.

By the end of the course students should be able to:
' Develop basic design ideas for appliqué textiles.
' Demonstrate a variety of embroidery stitches.
' Understand the importance of the use of colour and pattern in textiles.
' Be inventive and see the potential of found materials for appliqué.

What will it be like

Tutor-led discussions plus demonstrations on a smartboard. Students each have a PC to practise techniques and perform practical exercises. Individual guidance is given where required.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students will require a note book, A4 folder for handouts, pen and pencil.
Most basic materials will be provided, but students may wish to buy fabric and other accessories for their projects. The tutor can advise and list of suppliers will be provided.

Students may want to gather visual research to inspire personal projects. Visit relevant galleries, exhibitions and retail places for research and inspiration. Source materials for personal projects. Continue and complete work as required.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other sewing and textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college.Students can progress to many of the sewing classes including Patchwork and Quilting, Embroidery and Dress Making. The student could take a follow up short course or a longer term or year long course. It could also inspire self-initiated projects.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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