Dee Sayce

Textile Artist and Tutor

I offer textile based workshops, demonstrations and talks specialising in traditional crafts including spinning, dyeing and weaving. My workshops are around North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

 

Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Tapestry Weaving is a form of textile art, traditionally made by hand on a loom. Tapestry is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work. The tapestry fabric made is often designed with ornament or pictorial subjects, woven in colours and then used for wall hangings, bags, cushions, seat covers, etc.

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Learn the craft of tapestry weaving to create your own sampler, wall hanging, small purse or bag. In this workshop you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving including, how to design your own project, warp up and weave using a tapestry frame/loom, learn tapestry stitches and techniques using a variety of colours, yarns, textures and materials.

This workshop aims to teach you the basics of tapestry weaving for you to gain enough knowledge and confidence to continue weaving at home.

All materials and equipment are provided. If you have a tapestry frame/loom and yarn that you would like to use, you are welcome to bring them to add to your tapestry.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

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Tapestry Weaving Workshop

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

10:00-16:00, Saturday 5th February 2022

£56

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

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Weaving Course

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

This course is similar as above for the workshop and also includes other types of weaving and will extend the depth of skills taught and give you a chance to develop your skills further.

10:00-12:30 every Tuesday, for six weeks, starting on 11th January 2022

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

£170

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Inkle Weaving Workshop

Inkle Weaving is a type of warp-faced weaving which is a traditional method of creating narrow, long, strong, decorative woven bands for belts, bag straps, edging etc.

Inkle Weaving Workshop

Learn how to warp up and weave on an inkle and a backstrap loom. Create woven samples on the looms using a variety of decorative patterns, techniques, colours and yarn. Learn to read warping drafts and pattern charts. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take home your woven samples, which will be approx bookmark size.

This workshop intends to give you the skills and confidence needed to set up a loom and inkle weave independently.

All materials and equipment are provided. If you have an inkle loom, backstrap loom, or some yarn, that you would like to use you are welcome to bring them.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

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Inkle Weaving Workshop

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

10:00-16:00, Saturday 15th January 2022

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

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Natural Dyeing
Coiled Basketry

Coiled Basketry Workshop

All over the world since ancient times people have been making useful and beautiful coiled baskets, mats, bags and similar items. Traditionally the craft of coiled basketry used locally sourced plant materials including straw, grasses and rushes etc. Building on the same techniques a recent version of this basketry craft is to make them using yarn and/or fabric. To start a coiled basket a spiral-type shape is made with the core material and then worked into the required shape as it develops.

Coiled Basketry Workshop

In this workshop we will make a small coiled basket or mat using your own choice of colour and materials. The basket or mat is made by binding or sewing a thread, yarn, fabric or plant material around a core material. Learn techniques and stitches to make a variety of patterns, experiment with colour and material combinations. Depending on the desired size of your coiled basket, you may need to complete it at home.

All materials and equipment are provided. If you have any fabric, yarn or other suitable basketry fibres that you would like to use in your project, you are welcome to bring them.

This course is suitable for beginners.

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Coiled Basketry Workshop

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

Saturday 19th February 2022, 10:00-16:00

£58

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

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Coiled Basketry Online Course

Two sessions x 2.5hrs

18:30- 21:00, Thurs 13th January & Thurs 20th January 2022

£45

Book online at - www.eventbrite.co.uk/coiled-basketry-workshops

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Coiled Basketry Course

This course is the same as above for the workshop but it will also extend the depth of skills taught and give you a chance to develop your skills further.

at the Art House, Sheffield

Six weeks course starting 18.00-20.30, Thurs 4th November - 9th December 2021

£165

Book online at - www.arthousesheffield.co.uk

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Rag Rug Making Workshop

Rag rugs were commonly made in households up to the middle of the 20th century by using odd scraps of fabric on a background of old sacking. These became widespread during the Industrial Revolution to the nineteenth century. Rag rugs, also known as proddy rugs, are made, as the name implies, by prodding or poking strips of fabric through hessian or linen from the back side.

Rag Rug Making Workshop

Learn how to design and create your own rag rug using traditional hooking and prodding techniques.
Explore how to make rag rugs with a variety of recycled materials and how to create different effects using rag rugging tools. During the workshop you will make samples, then design and start creating your own small rag rug or cushion cover, you will then need to complete your project at home.

All materials and equipment will be supplied. Bring your own pieces of fabric or other recycled materials to add to your project, if desired.

This course is suitable for beginners.

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Rag Rug Making Workshop

at Eco Centre Wirksworth

10:00-16:00, Saturday 19th March 2022

Booking will be available in November on DCC at Eventbrite

Contact the Eco Centre at ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk

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Rag Rugging
Spinning Wheel

Spinning Workshop

Spinning is an ancient textile craft in which plant or animal fibres are drawn out and twisted together to make yarn. For thousands of years, fibre was spun by hand using a simple spindle, with the invention of the spinning wheel, circa 1030, the output of individual spinners dramatically increased. Since the industrial revolution and the invention of mass production, a relatively small amount of yarn has been produced by hand-spinning.

Spinning Workshop

In this workshop we will hand-spin using both drop spindle and spinning wheel, learn how to sort and prepare a sheep fleece, card fleece into rolags ready for spinning, compare different fibres and fleece and use a variety of spinning equipment. The yarn that you produce can then be used in a knitting, crochet or craft project. Spinning is a rhythmic and meditative process which is often a calming experience.

This aim of this workshop is to teach the basics of spinning so that you gain the skills and confidence to spin your own yarn independently.

All materials and equipment are provided. If you have a drop spindle, spinning wheel or fleece you are welcome to bring them to use in the workshop.

This course is suitable for beginners.

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Spinning Workshop

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

10:00-16:00, Saturday 29th January 2022

£64

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

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Spinning Workshops

at the Eco Centre, Near Wirksworth, Derbys.

for two consecutive days

10:00-16:00, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022

Contact the Eco Centre at ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk

Booking will be available in November on DCC at Eventbrite

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Tapestry Weaving

Indigo Tie Dyeing Workshop

Indigo blue is a natural dye extracted from the indigo plant which grows in tropical countries, it is a light fast and wash fast dye, which is why it is a popular dye. Interesting patterns can be created on fabric with a range of techniques including stitching, folding and tying with threads, rubber bands, clips etc.

Indigo Tie Dyeing Workshop

Experiment making indigo tie dyed fabric samples using a variety of tied, clipped or stitched patterning techniques, including some Japanese shibori. Learn how to make up and use an indigo dye vat. Making use of these tying and dyeing techniques, we will then design our own combination of patterns on a tote bag, or, a piece of fabric which you can then take home to be used in another project.

All materials and equipment will be provided. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy, or bring an apron. You may also like to bring your own small garment, like a t-shirt, a similar size piece of fabric or some yarn to tie and dye in the indigo vat.

This course is suitable for beginners.

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Indigo Tie Dyeing Workshop

at Straight Curves, Chesterfield

10:00-16:00, Saturday 4th December 2021

and

10:00-16:00, Saturday March 26th 2022

£64

Book online at - www.straightcurves.co.uk

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Natural Dyes Workshop

Natural dyes can be made using a variety of plant materials including leaves, flowers, roots, tree barks and kitchen waste. The use of alum and iron as mordants can also extend the variety of the dye colours. Throughout history, people have dyed their textiles using common, locally available materials, this can still be a very satisfying way of adding colour to fabric and yarn to use in your own craft project.

Natural Dyes Workshop

In this workshop we will make natural dyes from a variety of sources and use alum and iron mordants. We will dye yarn and fabric in the heated dye pots, using tried and tested recipes. We will use the dyed yarn and fabric from our dye pots to produce a colourful sample swatch, for you to keep as a record and use for future reference.

This workshop aims to teach you the basics of natural dyeing for you to gain enough knowledge and confidence to continue natural dyeing independently.

All materials and equipment are provided. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy, or bring an apron. You may also like to bring a small garment, like a t-shirt, a similar size piece of fabric, or some yarn to put in one of the dye pots.

This course is suitable for beginners.

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Workshop dates to be confirmed

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Natural Dyeing

 

Please note that most of my workshops are run through external organisations. To book onto a workshop it will be necessary for you to follow the external links provided.You are welcome to email me with any questions about the workshops, enquires about bookings will need to be directed to the relevant organisation.