Thank you to so many of you who visited our Art Exhibition last week and for your very positive feedback; it was lovely to welcome you all to Westhope.  Thanks also to our wonderful tutors and students who submitted their fabulous pieces, all beautifully framed, for us to exhibit.  The quality and breadth of the exhibits was impressive and showcased acrylics, canvass work, etching, goldwork, handstitch, lacework, lino and screen printing, mixed media, printing with handstitch, suminagashi, watercolour and weaving.  Our landing gallery worked really well and we are already planning more exhibitions.  Watch this space! 
We are looking forward to welcoming our City & Guilds students for the start of their courses this month.  This is always an exciting time in the Westhope calendar as new and existing students join us to learn their craft, develop their skills and follow their passions.   We look forward to welcoming them all and to following their individual journeys and progress throughout the year.

One place unexpectedly available
We unexpectedly have one place available on the Level 3 Basketry Diploma (exclusive to Westhope College) that starts in two weeks’ time.

This small group, progressive basketry course is suitable for basketmakers with some experience and teaches a wide range of basketry techniques (traditional and innovative) over two years.  The course tutor is Clare Revera.  The course will enable students to become well-informed basketmakers able to research and sample ideas and create well-designed baskets of a very high standard.  This is an internationally recognised qualification which will give students the skills to progress into employment in the basketry industry or to develop their own small businesses. The course fee may either be paid in full in advance or in instalments and there is some accommodation available in college if you are travelling a distance to Westhope.  

Please email the Course Co-Ordinator, to request an information pack or to enquire about the course.
For those of you who are looking for early October inspiration, we have a few places on some workshops during the next week or so and have featured these below.  

Introduction to sashiko

Thursday 6th October 10am - 4pm

Explore how a simple running stitch employed by repeating or interlocking traditional Japanese geometric patterns, offers a vast creative canvas. You will learn how to stitch the Sashiko way and how to draw a variety of Sashiko patterns.

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Make a willow lampshade

Thursday 6th October 10am - 4pm

This new and exciting workshop will show you how to make a stunning willow lampshade. Willow lampshades are contemporary fittings for your home made from sustainable material that will throw unique shading around your room. These lampshades incorporate a simple track border and a range of decorative side weaves.

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Saturday 8th October 10am - 4pm

During this workshop you will make a simple imitation of the Inro and Netsuke (net - sk). This can be hung as a decorative form or given as a gift.  You will learn how to apply Xuan paper to a hard surface and apply a coloured glaze to the finished article.

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Natural remedies for health and wellbeing

Saturday 8th October 10am - 4pm

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in alternative therapies to find natural ways to boost health and wellbeing.  You will be introduced to aromatherapy, finding out how to select and use essential oils safely. These can help with skin problems, stress and anxiety, sleep and basic first aid.  Discover hydrosols and how to use them, as well as soothing self-massage techniques.

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For the latest newly added workshops, click here or click on the images below to browse workshops by category.
We were delighted to welcome members of the Westhope Group last weekend for their annual residential visit (here they are busy in the Long Room on Saturday afternoon).  The group was founded in 1989 to bring together lacemakers wishing to take forward traditional lace skills into modern textile art.  Members are keen to preserve traditional techniques whilst developing lace as a recognised contemporary art form.  More information about the Westhope Group may be found on its website at  Alternatively, if you have an Instagram account, the group regularly posts images of its beautiful lacework at TheWesthopeGroup.

If you would like to a book a place on any of our workshops, just call us on 01584 861293. We are open between 9am and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and from 9am on Monday as usual for bookings and enquiries.   

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team

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