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Indian Treasures-2 Day Course

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 2024 10am-4pm with Melanie Missen

  • Starts 5 Jul
  • 110 British pounds

Available spots

Service Description

Mel has been fortunate enough to visit India on a couple of occasions and was able to watch first hand and have a go at block printing with the master artisans themselves. It inspired her so much that she is now hooked on this ancient form of art printing. This is an introduction to Indian Block Printing, with a twist, as in, making your own prints to use. You will also be using kantha stitch and couching, Indian style, along with beads and other motifs, to create a small, mixed media concertina book full of opulent ‘Indian Treasures’ Day 1: Where did block printing originate from? Cutting Vilene pages Drawing and cutting out your own blocks with funky foam/mount board. How to apply paint to the block to create a perfect print onto vilene (Wooden blocks can be used also). Decorating the background pages with paint, painted bondaweb, transfoils etc Cutting shapes and fancy edges using the soldering tool Hand embroidery – couching around pages, Indian style with wool/ cord and Perle threads. Day 2: What is Kantha Stitching? Continue with couching. Use a Kantha style stitch to decorate and enhance the pages, other embroidery stitches can be used. Applying beads to complete the opulent look. Assembling the book and adding the finishing touches. Requirements: You will need to bring: Apron and old clothes to be worn as paints etc will be used. Notebook and pen to make notes. Sewing Kit including small sharp scissors Small metallic beads - assorted colours Embroidery threads - assorted colours Metallic Threads Chunky wool or cord Please bring if you have the following: (I will have some available) Dye based water colour paints (Koh -I -Noor) Lumiere or other metallic acrylic paints Heat erasable pen (frixion) Craft Knife Double sided sticky tape Talc Powder Chenille Needle 22/24 Beading needles/beading thread Soldering Tool/heat resist tile and a mask *These materials are also needed but can be supplied for £8 per person payable to Mel on the day *50cm x 90cm craft Vilene (vlieseline S80/240) *2 x A4 sheets of funky foam *2 x A4 pieces of mount board. *Transfer foils/gold and coloured leaf *50cm Bondaweb This is an all-day workshop; refreshments are available throughout the day but don’t forget to bring your lunch.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations & Refunds Bookings for the workshops are made months in advance, therefore it can be difficult for me to resell any places at short notice. Workshops require a great deal of planning, financial commitment, supplies and tools, as well as paying staff. As a result, cancellations can result in lost revenue. This will greatly impact on the business. Ideally, I don’t want either of us to be out of pocket. You can cancel your space on a workshop up to two weeks before it takes place. This two-week period allows me the necessary time to try and find someone to fill your place which I will endeavour to do through word of mouth and social media. If I can fill your space you will receive a full refund minus £10 admin fee, to deal with the process of issuing your refund and finding an alternative person to fill your space. However, please appreciate if I am unable to find someone to take your place, you will not receive a refund. I do understand that there are sometimes unavoidable situations so am happy to discuss any exceptional circumstances you may have. To cancel your place on a workshop, please provide me with a written notice via email; Unless I have acknowledged your request, you shouldn’t consider your request delivered! If I don’t respond within three working days, then please send a follow-up email or call me. Refunds will be made in the same way as the payment was made, ie. Payments paid by a credit card can only be refunded to the same card. Cancellations by Fabric Paper Scissors I am entitled to cancel any group or workshop at any time subject to the repayment of any deposit and fees received in respect of the booking which has been cancelled. In the unlikely event of a cancellation by myself or a guest tutor, I will provide a full refund within 5 days of the workshop date. My liability is only for the cost of the class. If the class is cancelled, you are liable for any costs incurred by you including materials purchased in advance, travel or accommodation.

Contact Details

  • Long Lane, Holbeach Drove, Spalding, UK


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