Mastering metal and fabric fusion with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Course Overview

A contemporary textile workshop, delving into the art of combining metals, woven metals, sheer fabrics, burning techniques, and intricate hand embellishments to create exceptional textiles. Discover the world of metal colouring and stitching techniques, burning and manipulation and development of sculptural forms. Work with an array of metal fabrics, developing your surfaces by applying chiffons and organzas. Wield soldering irons to selectively burn and cut away fabrics, revealing nuanced textures and intricate details. Incorporate advanced stitching, intricate beadwork, and innovative wire applications to bring your pieces to life and make the most of the captivating lustre of metallic surfaces.

Whether you draw inspiration from water’s fluidity, bark’s rugged textures, close-up plant patterns, or intricate embroidery designs, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to refine and perfect your free machining techniques and use of a range of unusual materials. For hand stitchers, fear not – this workshop can be adapted to your skill set.

Join us in this exclusive workshop where you’ll be challenged, inspired, and empowered to elevate your personal artistry with constant support from Alysn.

Materials List

Materials List:

  • Pen or pencil and paper for designs.
  • Biro pen to mark soluble fabric.
  • Woven metal mesh fabric. There is a choice of copper, brass, bronze and stainless steel to choose from, use whichever metal you like to suit your choice of colours. Approx. 50cm x 50cm will be plenty.
  • Sheer fabrics from man made materials such as nylon or polyester.

      (Overall you will need about seven times the overall size of your piece of metal in           fabric). Use at least three colours and at least one with a really strong contrast for best


  • Beads and sequins.
  • Any fine (0.2 -0.5mm) craft wires you have.
  • Soluble fabric (preferably Romeo/Heavyweight). The amount you need will depend on the panel you make, but ½ metre will be more than enough.
  • If you have metal shim in Copper, Aluminium or Pewter, please bring it. At least A4, thickness approx. 0.003 -0.004” (0.1mm)
  • Standard cotton or polycotton threads for your machine in a range of colours (not machine embroidery threads). Your colour choice is up to you, select a range of around 5 tones which look good together
  • Threads for machine cable stitching or hand stitch – such as Perle cotton/crochet cotton etc. (Thicker than standard machine threads, but a reasonably tight twist and smooth thread) (optional)
  • Threads for hand stitch embellishment, these could be thicker or fancy yarns for couching.
  • Beads or embellishments (Optional)

Equipment …

  • A tea-light candle and a heatproof surface.
  • Craft heat gun and heatproof surface (I will have one to share)
  • Your sewing machine and normal requisites, including a darning foot if you are free machining.
  • Hand stitch requisites.
  • A soldering iron if you have one.
  • Facemask for use whilst heating materials.
  • Your sewing machine and normal requisites, including a darning foot if you are free machining.
  • Spare standard size machine needles (size 90/14).
  • Hand stitch requisites and larger needles
  • Paper scissors

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.

Book Event

Workshop Ticket $460
Available Tickets: 2
The Workshop Ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 2
The ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


12 - 14 Oct 2024


9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia