Fabric collage and stitch – vintage floral textiles with Anne Kelly

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About this course

Browsing through your collections of vintage textiles, charity shop finds and forgotten pieces from your family, you will be making a piece based on a favourite garden, plant or green space. You will be shown how to combine new and worn pieces to make a special keepsake.

Course Description

Using plants, flowers, gardens and green spaces as inspiration, you will create a mixed media textile collage. This will then be stitched and added to with other elements. You will have the option of choosing a wall hanging or folding form to create.

Hunt through your collections of floral-inspired fabrics, old embroidered snippets of tea cloths or handkerchiefs – also any images that inspire you. It’s helpful to think about colours and choose some that you would like to work with during the course. You can also use sketchbooks if you have them and find them relevant.

The piece will be hand-stitched and tacked during the course and can be further embellished on a sewing machine if desired.

During the course, you will learn how to create a unique composition and stitch it together. We will start by creating elements for your collage, using the pieces that you have chosen from your ‘stash’ and some that Anne will donate. You will learn how to create the background and foreground, and decorate your work with a variety of stitch and embellishing techniques. You will leave the course with work that is stitched together, although it may need some further hand stitching after you leave, to complete.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • A range of printing blocks and sponges and some acrylic paint for printing to embellish your work, will be available for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • Before you arrive please consider a theme – favourite plants, flowers, garden or green space, and bring some images, sketchbook work or books relating to the theme. It is also helpful if you choose a colour scheme for your piece.
  • A selection of plain and printed fabrics (small pieces relevant to the theme) - these can be scraps, vintage and/or new fabrics.
  • Plain fabric (i.e. cotton mix or calico) – small piece – no larger than A2 size for a background, same size backing fabric and wadding if desired
  • Ribbon or lace scraps, and any small decorative buttons
  • Pritt/glue stick
  • Printing blocks and rubber stamps (if you have them)
  • Sewing kit for hand stitching
  • Machine thread and sewing machine if desired
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Masking tape, glue sticks, extra threads, pins and needles
  • Plain calico or cotton fabric
  • Acrylic paint
  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of Anne Kelly’s books on mixed media textiles

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Anne Kelly Farindola

Anne Kelly

Anne is a textile artist, author and tutor based in Kent. She is the author of three books for Batsford Press and exhibits and tutors throughout the UK and internationally. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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