Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606

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Please meet at 9.30am for coffee before a 10am start.  

The day will finish at 4.30 to 5pm.











In this workshop, students can draw on inspiration from the colours, flowers, dragonflies, bees and insects in the Bradness Gallery garden.  


You will learn to select fabrics to compliment and create the image that you have in mind.  

This approach allows for a wonderful directness and freedom rather than working from drawn or painted studies.  It allows for complete accuracy of intent in both colour and texture.  It also allows for the composition to evolve through many stages, which although they remain unrecorded can expand and ripen, sometimes quite dramatically!  This spontaneous develpment makes the work exciting to the very last minute, as at all stages the construction and the composition go hand in hand down to the very last stitch or added object.


At the beginning of the day, Janet will demonstrate, using examples of works of hers in progress, the ways in which an idea can be developed.  She will also demonstarte the simple hand sewing techniques and stitches that can be used at all stages.


Each student will be given individual help throughout the workshop, the emphasis being on developing your own ideas.  Suggestions of simple ideas for a first piece will be offered to those who appreciate a more structured approach at this early stage.


At sometime during the workshop, Janet will discuss ways of presenting and framing the works.


The workshop will end with a friendly group appraisal, which allows each student, if they wish, to talk about the way in which their particular piece has developed and to see the work of others.


All materials will be provided but please feel free to bring any of your own fabrics that you might like to incorporate into your picture and bring your own needles and scissors.


The days include a delicious home made lunch with wine, fresh cofee and home made cakes.


For those travelling from a distance I can arrange a B and B and we offer a lift service from Haywards Heath station.





Janet Bolton was born in Lancashire, England in 1942 at a time when Lancashire had a world wide reputation for it's textiles.

She attended Harris School of Art in Preston from 1960-64.  N.D.D.

Liverpool School of Art 1965  A.T.D.


She first started to exhibit in 1984 and has had many exhibitions worldwide.

Janet has published many books for adults and children and many textile books include chapters on her work.

Janet moved to London in 1966 where she married and brought up their two children.  During this time she began to develop her own 'voice'.  She still lives in London and continues to exhibit and teach worldwide including at the V and A.


Janet will bring her latest book with her and also some of her older publications.  She will also bring some of her original pictures which will be for sale.


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Some of Janet's books ....

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Creating Flowers in Fabric with Janet Bolton  -  £395

A 3 day course suitable for any standard -  no places

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday      July 31st, 1st and 2nd August 2018

On the Wednesday afternoon, I have arranged a group visit to Charleston Farmhouse at 4.30pm.  We will then have supper out either at Charleston or at The Ram Inn at Firle.  

Charleston at £11 and the cost of supper are not included in the course costs.

This course is suitable for any standard.


Fresh coffee, tea, home made cakes and a delicious lunch with wine are all included.


It includes materials but do bring any favourite fabrics that you would like to incorporate in your work.  


Please bring needles and fabric scissors etc.


To book please

phone Emma on 01273 400606 or e-mail to check availability.

Janet Bolton Flowers on Blue copy