The Torn Edge

The Torn Edge


Come along and explore ‘mixed media textiles’ to create this A4 landscape picture inspired from a view of Tabor Hill on Exmoor.
Those attending can use the imagery provided, or those more confident could bring their own A4 image to work from.
Mixed media is the art of gathering and incorporating various materials and processes such as fabrics, paints, threads, yarns with found and vintage haberdashery to create a textile outcome.

You will start the session playing with collaged papers, line and paint to understand the process of building up an image which is then interpreted into stitched textiles.

You will see from the example, you will explore layering and building depth to create the image with simple hand painted and tinted strips of torn and cut fabrics, but also incorporated is torn pages from a book and some haberdashery. Then using simple machine and hand stitches you will add more detail and interest to the outcome.

Level of Experience

This workshop is suitable for the enquiring beginner to the more confident textile artist.

Materials / Equipment required by Attendees

Materials :

  • 0.5 metre of medium weight calico
  • 0.5 metre bond-a-web
  • 0.5 metre stitch and tear
  • Various scraps of plain white fabrics including canvas, nets, cottons, silks
  • Various threads and machine threads for hand and machine stitch (see image for colour guidance)
  • Haberdashery such as some small shirt or laundry buttons


  • Sharp scissors small and large
  • Sewing Needles
  • Pins
  • ‘Frixion’ pen or similar disappearing ink pen
  • Apron / old clothes as will be working with paints
  • Sewing machine (basic straight stitch used)

If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.


Gary Mills

Duration and Price

6 Hours, £30 plus £3 towards paints and binder supplied by Tutor


The maximum number of attendees for this workshop is 6

Places on workshops are secured by a £10 cash deposit at the time of booking and balance payable on the day direct to the workshop leader.

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