Events followed by tuition

22nd July - 10th September 2017

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen showcases members' work at the annual Summer Show. This exhibition is an opportunity to see the very best in contemporary craftsmanship from members.

This year, the Guild wants to let visitors into the somewhat hidden world of the maker and enlighten them into the daily life of what they do and how they do it. Read the artists' statements about their daily routine and see images of the makers at work in their very varied studios.

All welcome to the Opening on Friday on 21st July, 6 - 8 pm.

More information from:

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Riverside Mill
Fore Street
Bovey Tracey
TQ13 9AF

01626 832223


23rd - 24th September 2017

Somerset Art Works presents a stunning showcase of contemporary craft at Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset. Curated by SAW, this exciting venture will showcase the very best work inspired by nature set in the idyllic surroundings of the manor's historical gardens.

Throughout the weekend Liz will demonstrate and showcase a body of new and specially created work as part of this year's SAW festival.

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A Tale of Two (small) Cities - A talk by Dr Liz Clay
2pm Sunday 24th September

Somerset based international textile artist Liz will talk about a collaborative project and practical exchange of ideas between two weavers from Aubusson and a felt maker from Wells.

Bookings via SAW Office on 01458 253800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


24th - 26th July 2017

Pleated Scarves (3 days)

Softly sculptured accessories with drama and style. Create a stunning accessory that is both sumptuous and easy to wear. Learn how to add structure and shape to fine felted fabric by using hand-pleating and resist stitch techniques to manipulate the felted surface.

Level: suitable for all.


28th - 30th July 2017

Textile Translations - Creative Felt Making for Inspired Textile Art (3 days)

Create a highly personal and unique piece of textile art, fusing traditional felt making processes and techniques within the contemporary context.

Level: suitable for all.


Kurszentrum Ballenberg,

Museumsstrasse 131B,

CH-3858 Hofstetten

Please book directly with:

Telefon 033-952 80 40
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5th - 11th August 2017
Through the Surface (Summer School week 2)

Layers, pattern and resists with nuno felt and stencilling. Explore two of the oldest art techniques known to man to produce dynamic templates and surface effects with contemporary hand felting techniques. Working with nature and the man-made landscape, create your own patterns to inspire distinctive surface design for interior projects or decorative placement in garment construction.

West Dean College
Nr Chichester

West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

Please book directly with: West Dean College

Fully booked - wait list only.

14th - 18th August 2017

PART 1 : Surface Design - distinctive fabric design for couture (2 days)

Students will design and make their own distinctive fabrics for couture production.

Day 1 - Fabric development: students will create a personal collection of stencils and templates to customise their fabric designs. Working with nature, inspired by natural forms and textures, patterns to inspire distinctive surface design with nuno felt. Learn pattern cutting skills to create dynamic shape from 2D into 3D surfaces. 

Day 2 - Fabric production: Cutting and stitching the prepared fabrics using customised design concepts. Bags, neck pieces, garment embellishments and decorative wall panels are all possibilities. Fabrics for garment construction may be prepared for Workshop 2.

This workshop will inform the garment making workshop Part 2.  A pattern template will be provided for participants to customise and create their own unique garment.

PART 2: Concepts in Couture - distinctive garment design (3 days)

Students will design and make a customised garment.

Innovative design concepts and sampling to enrich the felt-making portfolio. Careful consideration of specific design related issues for garment construction and embellishment will be taught.

In the style of creative development of haute couture fashion houses students will develop a body of bespoke samples and design ideas as reference material for innovative felt accessories, ornamental detailing and garment construction.

Working from creative design briefs and patterns set by the tutor, students will be encouraged to enhance texture, shape and surface potential in the design process and use bespoke fabrics for constructing a unique garment of their choice.

Quietly understated or wildly sensational – innovative concepts in couture design that will enrich the felt-making portfolio!


Suitable for all.

La Couech (31310)

Montbrun Bocage


Please book directly with:

+(33) 561 981 222
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6th November 2017

Make a felted 'cobweb scarf' - a taster day suitable for all

West Dean College
Nr Chichester

West Sussex
PO18 0QZ

Please book directly with: West Dean College


21st - 25th May 2018

Liz has been invited to present one of her best-loved courses "Textile Translations" at the idyllic Manoir de Kerledan, Brittany.

For advance reservations and further information, please contact


0033 (0)2 98 99 44 63édan/254860457912226




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