NEW: Applique Projects For Beginners

Learn techniques of appliqué, explore colour and pattern, and create a beautiful textile collage. Applique is a decorative textile technique of sewing down one fabric, cut into a pattern or shape, on top of another. It is which is often used to add color, texture, or embellishment and can be done by hand or on a sewing machine.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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.

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

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.

Gather visual research to inspire personal projects. Visit relevant galleries, exhibitions and retail places for research and inspiration. Source materials for personal projects (list of suppliers will be provided). Continue and complete work as required.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to studying on other Art and Textile classes
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’