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Bradford College

Textiles Summer School 2023

Study Level
Adult, Leisure / Hobby Courses, Beginner
3.5 days
Start Date
Study Mode
Short course
Lister Building


This summer, explore the beautiful array of colours and patterns that can be achieved with plant-based dyes and pigments on textiles.

By the end of the summer school you will have the knowledge to create your own dyes and print pigments at home. You will take away samples of plant-dyed fabrics, screen printing and stitch.

The Textiles Summer School will be based in our fully equipped, specialist workshop facilities at Bradford School of Art. Workshops will be led by experienced tutors and professional textile artists. During the course you will benefit from working alongside other like-minded textile enthusiasts and soak up the rich heritage of Bradford’s textile industry. There will also be the opportunity to study historical examples of natural dyeing and printing in the Bradford College Textile Archives.

The course programme runs with an introductory session starting on Thursday afternoon and finishes on Sunday afternoon. You will receive full course details after booking.

  Key Info

During demonstrations and hands-on workshop sessions you will learn how to:

  • Dye with foraged and harvested dye plants
  • Creating your own plant-based pigments to screen print a simple design
  • Use plant-dyed threads and fabrics for hand embroidery and applique

Modules include:

  • Natural dyeing
  • Screen printing
  • Creating natural dye print media
  • Hand embroidery and applique

This course is suitable for adults, no previous experience is required.

All essential materials and specialist equipment are included in the course fee. A list of optional additional materials will be provided after booking.

Students may use the work from this course towards a portfolio of work for application to one of our HE or Access to HE programmes, such as FdA Textiles Practice, Art & Design Access or BA Art & Design. This course will introduce you to skills applicable to working in textile arts.


This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.