Information for Groups

I have developed two workshops that I can bring to you! These are simplified versions of classes that I teach in my studio and are suitable for absolute beginners. Both involve dye so having a suitable venue is important. Alternatively, I can tailor a workshop to your needs – look at my website to see what I offer in my studio.

Please contact me on admin@leahhiggins.co.uk to discuss and book!

Dyeing to Begin (1 day)

A colourful introduction to dyeing beautiful cloth without mess and without special equipment. It covers:

  • Working with Procion dyes – a brief introduction to colour.
  • Using exchange dyeing to create a colour wheel of 18 fat quarters.
  • Using gradation dyeing in one colour to dye 6 fat quarters that range from dark to light.
  • Layered dyeing and ice dyeing in containers to create wonderful multicoloured textural cloth.

The workshop will run from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Access to the room is needed from 9am to allow for set up. Maximum number of students is 10.

NOTE:  The venue MUST have access to lots of hot water and sinks suitable for washing dye pots.

A detailed requirements list and instructions will be supplied on booking but please be aware that each student will need:

  • A table covered with newspaper and a plastic sheet.
  • Cotton fabric that is suitable for dyeing.
  • Salt solution, ice cubes / crushed ice.
  • Selection of plastic pots and a bucket or cat litter tray.
  • Gloves, apron, comfortable shoes!

I will provide:

  • Liquid dyes.
  • Soda solution.
  • Plastic jugs, measuring cups and plastic bags.
  • Detailed class notes.

Fee = £300 + 45p per mile fuel allowance + hotel (Premier Inn standard) if overnight stay is required. A £150 non-refundable deposit is required on booking. The remainder will be payable at the beginning of the workshop.

I will bring a selection of dyes and auxiliary chemicals for sale. I can also bring cotton fabric for sale if requested.

Simply Screen Printing (2 day)

An introduction to free-form screen printing with thickened Procion dyes. It covers:

  • Making and mixing thickened Procion dyes – a brief introduction to colour.
  • Using a blank screen to create background.
  • Using masking tape and sticky back plastic to create temporary screens.
  • Breakdown printing.
  • Using thermofax screens with thickened dyes or textile inks.

The workshop will run from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Access to the room is needed from 9am to allow for set up. Maximum number of students is 10.

NOTE:  The venue MUST have at least two accessible sinks suitable for washing screens.

A detailed requirements list and instructions will be supplied on booking but please be aware that each student will need:

  • A print surface: minimum size 75 x 120cm, ideal size 80 x 180cm.
  • Two drop cloths big enough to completely cover the print surface.
  • Cotton fabric that is suitable for dyeing and has been pre-soaked in soda solution (instructions given on booking).
  • Small plastic tubs and teaspoons for mixing colour.
  • Masking tape, flat head pins, fabric and paper scissors.
  • Cutting mat, craft blade, pens and pencils for making temporary resists.
  • Sheets of heavy duty plastic to take work home in.
  • Gloves, apron, comfortable shoes!

I will provide:

  • Thickened dyes and textile inks.
  • Screens for use in the class (2 per student).
  • Sticky back plastic for making temporary resists.
  • Selection of objects for embedding in dye for breakdown.
  • Selection of thermofax screens for use in the class.
  • Detailed class notes.

Fee = £600 + 45p per mile fuel allowance + hotel (Premier Inn standard) if overnight stay is required. A £300 non-refundable deposit is required on booking. The remainder will be payable at the beginning of the workshop.

I will bring a selection of dyes, textile inks, auxiliary chemicals and screens with me for sale. I can also bring fabric (including pre-washed drop cloths) and heavy plastic sheeting for sale if requested.

Retreats at Urban Studio North (3, 4 or 5 day)

Alternatively, why not bring your group to work in my studio for a few days? As well as the workshops listed on my website I can tailor a workshop just for you. Did you know that my studio is designed for stitching as well as for wet process?

For private groups the studio will be open from 9am to 6pm each day with teaching hours from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits and lunch provided. I normally limit the number of students to 6 but for private groups I increase this to 7.

Fee = £450 per day. A non-refundable deposit of £225 per day is required on booking. The remainder will be payable 6 weeks prior to the retreat.

Talk – ‘My Road to Ruin(s)’

Available from January 2019. This 90 minute talk covers my creative journey from my first patchwork quilt to developing my Ruins series of abstract art quilts. I will bring lots of quilts with me and can share images of more if a projector is available.

Fee = £120 + 45p per mile fuel allowance + hotel (Premier Inn standard) if overnight stay is required. Non-refundable deposit of £120 required on booking with the remainder payable on the day.