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.