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Saturday 4-11 August 2018 with Sue Stone

About the Workshop

On this inspirational workshop with textile artist Sue Stone and Selvedge magazine you will learn how to create a personal narrative artwork using a combination of hand and machine stitch, layering and appliqué.

Sue’s work is often witty and light-hearted featuring whimsical scenes and interesting characters from everyday life and during the week you will be encouraged to develop a figurative piece of stitched work using your own personal photos and sketches as your inspiration.

You’ll learn from Sue how to use a small vocabulary of simple stitches to tell your story in thread and how to use fabrics and specialist threads to suggest different effects.  You’ll learn to explore and experiment in order to find new ways of using images and anecdotes to convey ideas, thoughts and memories.   

Sue will demonstrate quick and easy ways to get started and share the simple processes she uses herself, focussing on hand stitch, layering and appliqué with an option to add machine stitch if you wish.  You’ll find you’ll quickly gain the confidence to stamp your own personality on your work. 

We will take a break from the course mid-week to enjoy a day of dyeing with the original blue dye from the woad plant, grown in the Toulouse area since medieval times. You can bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric from Chateau Dumas. 

During the week there is also a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed. 

The workshop is suitable for all abilities. There will be an opportunity to use your own drawings as a staring point for your work or you can use photographs or illustrations. For those who are worried about their drawing ability Sue will provide some simple black & white guides and some vintage illustrations as a base from which to work.  By the end of the workshop you will have new ideas with which to work and the necessary skills to develop your own work further.

Sue Stone

Sue Stone is based in Grimsby on the east coast of England and is best known for textural, figurative compositions with an emphasis on hand stitch. Her inspiration is drawn from her memories, her relationships, her life observations and a pride in her heritage.

Sue regularly delivers talks and teaches workshops and her work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK, and in Europe, the USA, Pakistan and Japan. She is current Chair and exhibiting member of the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and an elected Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Sue Stone

Denise Lambert

Denise Lambert is a  regular at Chateau Dumas, Denise has been dyeing with woad (Isatis Tinctoria) since 1994 and has made the study its remarkable dyeing properties her life's work. Working with a farming cooperative who manages the crops, her company produces woad pigment, makes paints, decorative accessories, artworks and dyes clothes for the fashion industry.

What can I say? This is my second visit and both workshops have transformed by life in so many ways. Chateau Dumas is my favourite place in the world. Liz J, UK

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Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included 

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2450E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2290E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2090E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1950E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paidChateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There is one transfer from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday at around 9am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are 5E per person, per journey. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 participants

Workshop:
Personal Narratives and Creative Characters with Sue Stone

Starts on:
04 August 2018

Length:
7 Days

Prices From: 1950 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 975 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included 

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2450E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2290E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2090E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1950E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paidChateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There is one transfer from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday at around 9am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are 5E per person, per journey. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 participants

Because of nature of our workshops, and the small number of places available, we will need to manage orders personally. If you are interested joining us on this workshop, please fill in the details below and we will get in touch shortly.