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Shed 76 1/2 is delighted to welcome Anne Kelly on Sunday 8th September

10am till 4pm 


Pet Portraits course with Anne Kelly


Pets, animals and birds are surround us and have become increasingly important companions to many in recent years. Interpreting their image and personalitlies in cloth is a wonderful way to celebrate or commemorate their lives.

This is an exciting recently developed course from artist, author and tutor Anne Kelly.

Guided by your tutor, you will be designing and making a unique piece of work about a special pet, animal or bird. Using a chosen photograph to design a collage including a background, she will help to create a really memorable piece of textile art.

Hand and machine stitching will form part of the workshop and we will try to incorporate as many meaningful fragments from your collections as possible into this new piece.


You will learn how to
- make a design for textile from a photograph
- use colour, texture and shading and translating these elements into cloth
- make some basic textile printed elements for collage
- use a variety of stitching (hand and/or machine) techniques to add texture

You will need to look through your stash for pieces of fabric to make this collage, the tutor will bring pieces to help you with your project. The piece that emerges from your exploration will take the form of an art textile piece, a work in progress, advanced enough to finish with minor embellishing after the course.
Using a mixture of demonstrations and individual tuition, you will be able to visualise and develop your ideas and designs in textiles. Your tutor will bring samples of her works and books as well as examples of the genre to help you to be supported and grow in confidence through the course.


List of items to bring:

A clear colour photograph or image of the pet, animal or bird for your project, not bigger than A4 size. This can include a background if desired
Background fabric (no larger than A4 square) strong cotton or linen union
An embroidery hoop if you use one
Scraps of fabric in colours that suit your animal, no stretchy or too textured ones, ie fake fur and feathers are not suitable
Background scraps in a variety of colours, small pieces
White or off -white thread for tacking
A selection of embroidery threads for machine (if desired) and hand stitching
A glue stick and pins
Buttons/beads for eyes
Ribbons, wool tops, string for embellishment as desired


Anne will provide drinks throughout the day and you will need to bring your lunch.


Anne Kelly workshop -Bird /pet portrait

  • If you cancel the place at least 2 months before the date of the course you will receive a refund, but £10 admin fee will be kept for all cancellations.

    If within 2 months of the date I will only be able to give refund if I can fill the place.

    If I cancel the course a full refund or alternative date will be offered.

  • If you would like  the option to spread the cost of payments to the workshop please email me BEFORE booking a place.

    Payment 1 - 25% non refundable deposit

    Payment 2 - 25% by agreed date

    Payment 3 - final 50% by agreed date (2 months before actual workshop) 

    Anne will organise this so DO NOT book a place via the website.

    Email reminders will be sent for payments. If not paid then place will be cancelled. 

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