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Upcycling: Vintage Textiles

Taught by Juliette Goggin

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Course Description

Collecting and using textiles is a fantastic hobby which is practical, useful and great fun. In this course author and acclaimed crafts-person will Juliette Goggin will inspire you to get out to local auctions, markets and car boot fairs to search for some vintage textiles to repurpose in your own home, or to wear. Textiles take up little space and you may be lucky enough to find them very cheaply, so building up a resource of lots of different pieces is really worth doing. The course will give you tips on what to look for in terms of both fabric pieces and also haberdashery trims and buttons. Plus ideas on storing and cataloguing a growing collection. 

You will then find lots of projects and ideas which you can make from your own particular textile selection. You will learn to transform silk scarves, tapestry and tweed into cushions; and create fabric shopping bags from curtains, sacking or old vintage linen tea towels ,with handles made from webbing straps and leather belts. Projects start easily with simple patchwork cushions to more challenging projects involving detailed sewing, cutting a pattern and even creating a tailored fit by relining a vintage coat. Here you will find the step by step videos especially useful in explaining the techniques involved. You can replay them as needed to create your own projects. Varying options are given so that if you cannot find exactly what is shown in the lesson, then you can find ways of creating your own versions, with your own signature and creativity. If you have been meaning to make some unique cushions for your home, fancy making a few fabric bags to take to the shops or the beach, or get really adventurous and return a tired old coat into a modern, couture fashion piece then this is the course for you.

Course outline

  • Upcycling: Vintage Textiles

    The course guides you through what textiles to look for and where to find them, plus tips on what to avoid. A suggested list is given to indicate how you might use individual types of fabric, as well as buttons and haberdashery. The first project is a simple patchwork cushion, followed by repurposing a silk scarf as a cushion, including tips on how to make the fabric more hard wearing. This is followed by ideas on a selection of textile bags in varying styles from small bags made from linen tea towels and featuring webbing, or textile belts as handles, to larger shopping bags with a gusset and a selection of short or long messenger style handles. Suggestions are made to use old leather belts for added strength. The last project is more detailed but very rewarding. An old, but previously good quality tweed coat with a ripped lining found in a charity shop is remade with a new, bespoke pattered lining which completely transforms it from a cheap, tired garment to a fabulous new coat worth far more than you would have paid for it originally

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    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Juliette Goggin

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    • 1 week tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
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    • Certificate of completion from Juliette Goggin
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
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    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • 1 course assignment
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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About Juliette Goggin

Hello, I'm Juliette Goggin. Crafting has been a way of life for me since I first became inspired by the infamous sticky back plastic and other assorted odds and ends featured on BBC television’s Blue Peter. As a child I was never happier than making something.

A career in product design and development, where I have worked with fashion designers such as Cath Kidston and Julien Macdonald has helped me to understand and appreciate both the creative and the manufacturing process. This in turn led me to create my own fragranced gift and home collection, Juliette at Home, which reflected my love of all things recycled and vintage. It became a great success with independent retailers and department stores who loved the upcycled cake stands and candles in repurposed cups and vintage glassware. It also gave me the excuse to spend a lot of time scouring carboot fairs and second hand shops in search of all manner of things that I could repurpose into my own quirky range.

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in Super Scrimpers on Channel 4 where I shared this love of crafting with the show’s participants, whilst also giving lots of money saving tips. At the same time I also co wrote my first book, Junk Genius, with my talented friend Stacy Sirk. The book featured endless ideas for repurposing everyday objects and encouraged anyone with a creative flair to have a go at lots of simple, step by step crafting projects in their home.

I have just completed my second book Hand Made Beauty which is designed to encourage the enthusiast to create their own home made skincare products using natural materials and even plants from their garden.

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