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The Textile Studio @ The Old School

A Creative Textiles Teaching & Learning Center in Warrington
Opening at 9:30 AM on Tuesday
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Christmas Craft Fair & Open Art Studios

Nov 27, 2022 – Nov 27, 2022

We’re beginning to get that Christmassy feeling here at the Old School and we want to share it with you!

Come along to our Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 27th November 11am – 4pm and get your hands of some locally made crafts and unique makes to gift to friends and family during the festive peri...

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Brooch making workshop: With Linda Foley Stitch Artist

Nov 6, 2022 – Nov 6, 2022

Instagram: lindafoley_stitchedworks
Sun 6th Nov
A little Christmas chillout treat for yourself!
£30 per person
Starting at 10.30 (3 Hours)
At the Textile Studio at the old school.
A no stress feel good workshop. We will explore free hand stitching within a circular boundary making a brooch to tak...

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Up and coming sessions this term. We will be squashing in Dressmaking, leaning to use a machine, feltmaking, free machine stitch and a whole bundle of creative texile learning!

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Wet Felted Bag making workshop

Jul 16, 2022 – Jul 16, 2022

*Wet Felting Bag Workshop* Sat 16th July - 10 til 3ish. Suitible for those with a little experience of Feltmaking, a fun day expanding your skills using a resist, playing with pattern and colour. Including how you do a lining for it and giving you a magnetic fastener for it) Final bags will be t...

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Wet Felted Landscape Workshop

Mar 31, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022

Thurs 31st March
Building a landscape with a meadow flower feel.
Suitable for beginners
- Allow 4.5+ hours - £42 -

Felt - Making Landscape Workshop
Contact Maria – 07951 046780 or

Learn to wet felt – A fun workshop creating a wet felted landscape with wool fibres. We’ll also be doing a bit of needle felting and stitch. This is a 4.5+ hour session with refreshments. Just bring your ...

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4 months ago
Spent a lovely day doing a felting workshop with Maria. She was knowledgeable, encouraging and patient. Her enthusiasm was infectious. I left with a complete project and lots of ideas to build on. Highly recommended.
- Beth P
a year ago
I have learned so much from Maria's classes. The amount of preparation she puts into samples and instructions makes the projects achievable for all. The sessions are friendly and sociable and the students support and encourage each other. The studio is a joy to be in and the skills and confidence gained is worth every penny. And I must give a nod to the chocolate brownies!
- Gillianne A
a year ago
I really enjoy classes with Maria, very well prepared and resourced. Plenty of advice, ideas and encouragement. Allows you to develop your own ideas with help, rather than sticking to a rigid formula. Lovely atmosphere in class, supporting each other and sharing ideas. I've done felting, free machine embroidery, lino cut etc. Missed them so much in lockdown, so glad to be returning
- Bertha B

Print, Free Stitch & Feltmaking Classes

Classes and workshops are run by Maria Livesey in a bright airy studio within The Old School.

At different points in the year you will find, wet felting & needle felting; screen, gelli, or Lino printing; image transfer; free machine stitch; devoré, dyes and stitch manipulation. Which go hand in hand with a number of making projects, including bag and lampshade making. 

Most of the sessions are geared to adults, with some half term sessions for parents & children. Courses generally run on a Tuesday morning for a termly block. 

Day 'one off' workshops: These tend to cover lino printing (Christmas cards is very popular) and felt-making and generally run on a Friday.

WI's and guilds: I take requests for larger workshops these can be live or zoom. 

Requests private individuals: These are also welcome for 1:1 skills development eg teaching free machine stitch or family groups who would like to engage in a bit of creativity together. 

02/07 Pandemic update - In trying to adapt to the pandemic I'm running short courses, Zoom sessions and looking at pre recorded sessions with kits.

Take a peak at what we get up to...

SUPPLIES: I do hold some... 
Feltmaking (Needle felting equipment, Merino and specialty fibers)
Fabrics (including devoré  velvet),
Buttons, beads and other bits and bobs.
Lino/silk screen printing equipment and inks if you fancy a try at home.
Lampshade kits
Coin purse clasps
Please just ask, I may have what your looking for (message me!)

New Year Workshops and classes...

WORKSHOPS A fun introduction to various crafts suitable for beginners (to intermediate*) with tea/coffee on tap and home-made brownies. Unless other-wise stated sessions usually run on a Friday at 10am – Weekend workshops are suitable for motivated teens!

SPRING 2022 
Lino Cut, Print & Stitch on Fabric 2  Days – Thurs 13 & Fri 14th Jan      - Allow 4 hours each day - £68 -   

Wet Felted Valentines Picture: Fri 11th Feb A bit of nuno and a resist as we explore texture for a valentine’s design. - Allow 4.5+ hours - £42 -   
Wet felted Landscape*: Fri 25th March Building a landscape with a meadow flower feel. - Allow 4.5+ hours - £42 -   

Image transfer & stitch: Thurs 28th & Fri 29th April Exploring image transfer – creating canvas art and a vintage style broach - Allow 4+ hours each day- £72 -   
Wet Felted Bag (TBC): Fri 13th May Using resist to create your own bag - Allow 4.5+ hours - £47 -


Courses run as 3 independent blocks/terms (9 Weeks in each term) but they will progress as you go through the year or stand alone in their own right as a short course (with each block different to the previous one)  - 

- Felt making -  Exploring and advancing various felt making techniques as we go throughout the year. Including wet, dry, nuno and resist etc as we go.    
Tuesdays: 10am – 12.30pm  
Term 1: 5th Oct to 7th Dec -  
Excl: 26th Oct  
Term 2: 18th Jan -29th March -
Excl:22nd Feb & 1st March  
Term 3: 3rd May – 12th July - 
Excl 31st May & 7th June  - 

- Creative Textiles – Exploring free machine stitch, print, dyes, chemical treatments etc. Towards the end of each term we work towards creating a final piece (bag, cushion cover, wall hanging etc) which incorporates the techniques we have covered during the block.

Wednesday’s 10am -12.30pm  
Term 1: 6th Oct – 8th Dec -        
Excl: 27th Oct  
Term 2: 19th Jan – 30th March -
Excl: 23rd Feb & 2nd March  
Term 3: 4th May -13th July - 
Excl 1st and 8th June

Course Fees: are £16.50 per session plus £3.50 towards materials for 9 weeks: £180 total (Paid in full 2 weeks before the block starts) Free machine stitch introduction is supplemental to these blocks.

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  • 07951 046780


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The Old School
Fairfield Street

Business Hours

Tue:9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Wed:9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Thu:9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Fri:9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
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