The Festival of Quilts 2015 – stop press

An additional demonstration has been added to The Festival of Quilts list, which will only be available to book whilst at the show ie

If you cannot wait for the The Festival of Quilts, please download a copy of my workshop brochure published for groups & guilds. Apologies but I am not currently running workshops at my premises.

INKJET PRINTING ON FABRIC – one hour demonstration
(details to follow – tbc)
Wcotterill-Inkjet-Pr-on-FabWcotterill Inkjet Pr on Fabric2



The Festival of Quilts 2015

The list of workshops for The Festival of Quilts has just been released for non-members of the Quilters Guild.
If you cannot make it to the The Festival of Quilts, please download a copy of my workshop brochure published for groups & guilds. Apologies but I am not currently running workshops at my premises.

My workshops are ready to book, so here is an outline of what to expect:

Friday 7 August
10;30 – 11:30
Inspired by Staffordshire Hoard – SOLD OUT

STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD:reworked in velvet, stitch and print
The newly discovered Staffordshire Hoard provides endless scope for the imagination and to rework those ideas in stitch and print. This workshop will examine some of these pieces and develop a resource of techniques using velvet as base fabric, metallic stitch (both hand and machine) and simple printing techniques in conjunction with metallic printing inks.

There is no ‘end product’ around which this workshop s based, but students may jump off at any point to develop an idea. The techniques explored in this workshop will be the starting point for creating a resource of worked samples for future use.

NB Although this workshop can be taken by anyone, students must be well practiced in performing basic stitching on a sewing machine and be patient with using sewing machines for free motion machining. There will no machine technician available so this session will need to act as a peer group if any machine specific issues arise.


Thursday 6 August

1:30 – 4:00
This workshops gives you the opportunity to make small (and even smaller) books using techniques based on traditional bookbinding as well as to decorate the end papers and end boards in simple dyeing and printing techniques.


Saturday 8 August

1:30 – 4:30
MAKING PAPER: for stitch & textiles  – single figure places available
This workshop will give you the opportunity to make small pieces of paper (max A6) for use in stitch, textiles and other mixed media work. You have the chance to include glitter, mica, threads and other fibres as time and materials allow. The pulp will be pre prepared for you and we will not be using any specialist equipment so that these techniques can be easily replicated at home.
To book click here

Wendy Cotterill The Festival of Quuilts 2015 2

Thursday 6 August

10:30 – 11:30
Quick &Easy workshop – Ribbon Rings

Organza and Lamé Ribbon Rings –can be displayed as general decoration or as Christmas Tree/Door Wreaths. The class will aim to make two ribbon tied rings ; one in organza, the smaller ring in lamé
To book click here

Wendy Cotterill  The Festival of Quilts 2015

Short Courses in Cambridgeshire July 2014

I have just finalised a series of short (half day and one day) workshops at Claire’s Creative Craft Cabin in Somersham, Cambridgeshire.
to book please go to

Sherbet Silks
Thurs 24 July 2014
10 – 1
£29 (inc use of dyes in class)
Introduction to dyeing silks and wool s in hot water acid dye. The simplest form of dyeing that produces the nicest colours. And contrary to received wisdom, dyeing cotton muslins and fine cotton in hot water  acid dyes will produce the most beautiful sherbet colours.
to book please go to

balck-lutradur1Medieval Impressions
Thursday 24 July 2014
6 – 9
The original spunbond fabric – Lutradur is still one of the best fabric for creating heat distressed surfaces.

to book please go to

Zeelon and more

Exploring Zeelon
Friday 25 July
10 – 1
Zeelon is the newest of the spunbond fabrics and offers more than all of the others especially for dyeing and printing technique.
to book please go to

Bondaweb is Back!!
bondawebisbackFriday 25 July
2 – 5
You thought you knew Bondaweb. You thought that it was for sticking pieces of fabric together. Think again. It can be used a decorative medium. (This is another chance to do the workshop offered, but now sold out at the Festival of Quilts 2014).
to book please go to

Fabulous Fabric Fusion
fabulous-fabric-fusionSaturday 26 July
10 – 4
Using Evolon as a base for fusing, this project based workshop will concentrate on making a book (or similar) created from dyed Evolon created in the workshop.
to book please go to

PLEASE be aware that places are very limited.

The Festival of Quilts – workshop preview

Long time – no speak!!
Just thought that I would put out details of the workshops and lectures that I have been lucky enough to be selected for at the year’s Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham, 7-10 August 2014.
It’s Quilters Guild members who get priority booking – from Monday 24 March – but all details will be listed on the FoQ website

For fuller details of each workshop please click on the link accompanying each one, if you want to book and can bear to wait until Monday, you need to go directly to the FoQ website here ……………….but here is a preview;

Thursday 7th August 09:30 – 12:30
Half Day Masterclass: Bondaweb is Back! SOLD OUT
for a workshop description click here

Thursday 7th August 15:3 – 16:30
Lecture: Digital Images for Fabric 1: Colour & Recolour Images for Fabric
Digital Imaging for Textiles 1
for a workshop description click here

Saturday 9th August 15:30 – 16:30
Lecture: Digitial Images for Fabric 2: Creating Images for Screen printing/Thermofax
Digital Imaging for Thermofax screens
for a workshop description click here

Sunday 10th August 13:30 -16:30
Half Day Masterclass Zeelon and More
Zeelon and more

for a workshop description click here

I’ve been awarded ‘best in show’ again today (twice actually) by two very kind visitors. Maybe I landed at Crufts rather than Hobbycrafts!!?!


Notice the owls in the top right of this picture,it seemsGlasgow can’t get enough of them – they are almost sold out – just flew off the  shelves so to speak,so I must make a bigger batch for the NEC in a couple  of  weeks time.

Hobbycrafts, Day One

Day One   – very brisk, lots of people swinging by and very interested in my demonstration. Mainly I have been talking to people about Hot Ink (aka Transfer Dyes) and Distress FX – a new stamping medium used in conjunction with dye based sprays.


I have only burned myself a couple of times so far with the soldering iron!!

The bad news is, I haven’ t yyet been able to get over to Hall 5 to see what is in ‘Crafts for Christmas’ Maybe tomorrow.

PS News about the City and Guilds Mixed Media Textiles course to be unveiled next week.