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Begin a Fabric and Stitch Journey

Mentored by Amanda Duke
Location address: Arundel, BN18 9LT
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18 - 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £65
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


Join me in experimenting with fabric and stitch in a relaxed yet productive environment. Free and experimental approaches to hand stitching will be supported by some traditional skills. A variety of abstract fabric arrangements will encourage a complete focus on manipulating the visual elements shape, colour, texture, tone, line, pattern. Aesthetic choices and decisions will be made when balancing final compositions. Making these decisions can be challenging, contemplative, revealing and fun. Further stitching will focus on the joys of running stitch and include a make do and mend approach. An introduction to Kantha, Sashiko and Boro will support your broader understanding of how all cultures repurpose fabrics. We will build up a variety of stitch approaches to embellish our fabric assemblages and be encouraged to use our intuition. We will allow our stitches to go for a walk. A stitch journey will ensue and we will gradually invent our own embroidered designs. Once all is going well...

Amanda Duke
After my Fine Art degree at Goldsmiths College and PGCE in Brighton I enjoyed a long career leading Art Departments in local secondary schools. In the last 10 years I have returned to making my own work and teaching adult workshops in three venues; Home, Sussex Prairie Gardens and Amberley Museum. I also cherish my role with the creative textile community group 'The Steyning So and Sews’ who meet regularly to make collaborative textile works to enhance local community spaces. My mixed media and textile works are a response to what I find in my natural surroundings. Inspired by a residency at Sussex Prairie Garden I explore themes around biodiversity I forage and collect plant stuffs from my garden and local hedgerows, experiment with wet and dry media processes and then document my findings in sketchbooks and refined outcomes. Using a variety of paper, fabric, hand and machine stitch and mixed media techniques to make sketches, rubbings, mono and contact prints, dye fabric, I make paper and fabric collages and assemblages. For example, a range of silk scarves show how garden plants can yield a print onto fabric and a range of paper based collages record casual visual impressions caught in a moment, images spliced together to form a lasting memory. Inspired by relief collage works by Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters, the Eco prints of India Flint, Spirit Cloths of Jude Hill and embroideries of Junko Oki, this gives clues about my interest in abstraction and ephemerality in nature

Learning aims

To be able to hand stitch with confidence and ease.

Strengths to develop

We learn skills and techniques with tools and materials that are easily accessible and can travel easily with us wherever we go. Hand stitching provides something to do when we need to be mindful, relax or immerse ourselves in something calm and inspiring.

What's provided






Enhanced DBS

Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

Safeguarding Training

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Smoke Detector

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we'll be

New Barn Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £65

Pricing information


My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

If I have someone on a reserve list or you can find a replacement we can consider a full refund.


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