City & Guilds – Certificate Level

Certificate LevelSyllabusCourse Information
Certificate in Design & Craft – Patchwork & Quilting
It’s always exciting for us to offer new Certificate Level courses. We enjoy meeting new students, discovering their strengths & helping to develop their individual styles.

If you love fabrics and sewing and perhaps have a basic knowledge of Patchwork & Quilting, then this is the course for you. The Certificate in Design and Craft – Patchwork and Quilting will allow you to:

  • Learn a wide range of skills in Patchwork & Quilting, and Art & Design.
  • Design and make just about anything you desire in quilts and wallhangings.
  • Expand your range of methods and techniques in all areas including dyeing and printing.
  • Explore colours and images and translate these into designs for Quilts and Wallhangings.
  • Discover how to take your project from idea or inspiration to completion.
  • Develop your own voice and style.

We will be offering this comprehensive, 2 1/2 year course via St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork, and the Irish Quilt & Design Studio.

The course encompasses 420 teaching hours over two and a half years – from 24th January 2015 to May 2017.

Classes will held at the Quilt Studio one weekend per month for 10 months each year, and the first 4 months of 2017.

Classes will run from 10.00 to 17.00.

This comprehensive course is comprised of two distinct parts:

Unit 1: Design for Craft.
This includes exploring Colour, Line, Shape, Form, and Texture.
Production of a portfolio of design work based on each area.

Unit 2: Craft – Patchwork & Quilting.
Exploration of your craft in depth. Students will produce 6 items: a bag, box, cushion, wallhanging, a quilt and a portfolio of samples.

The portfolio of samples will be added to throughout the course.

Designs for these items will be devoloped using the skills, methods and techniques learned in both units. Each item (samples excepted) will be planned from inspirational source material. Progress and development of ideas and items will be recorded in an accompanying portfolio.

Course Information
An introductory meeting will be held in the Quilt Studio at 11.30am on Sunday 11th January. This is aimed at those taking the course, and anyone who might be interested in joining us.

Course Commences: Saturday, 24th January 2015.

Venues: Classes will be held one weekend per month, 10 months of the year, in the Irish Quilt & Design Studio, from 10.00 to 17.00.

Cost: The cost of the course is €2,900 for the entire two and a half years and is payable in increments to St. John’s College. This may look like an awful lot of money – but given that the course includes 420 teaching hours, it works out to be the cheapest C&G course you can take!!

Materials: We make every effort to keep all the costs of the course to a minimum, however, you are expected to cover the cost of your own materials. There will be small charges for class material occasionally – for example, dyes and printing materials. These would be prohibitively expensive to buy on an individual basis.

Equipment: We make every effort to minimise the range of specialised tools and equipment you will need to complete the course – but there is no denying that patchwork does involve a number of specialised tools. You are required to provide your own basic equipment, such as a sewing machine in good working order. This does not mean that you have to go out and buy an ‘all singing, all dancing’ machine, at vast expense. A machine that does straight and zig-zag stitching, and ideally can drop the feed-dogs, will suffice, regardless of its age! A materials list will be provided on signing up. Please don’t buy anything on it until we’ve discussed it in class – this avoids unfortunate and expensive mistakes!

Tutors: Emer is a very experienced C&G tutor. And at IQ&D we pride ourselves in helping each individual student to develop her own distinctive voice. Whether your interests are in designing and making traditional or contemporary work, we will guide you to achieve this. This we feel, is the essence of our City & Guilds Courses.

Questions: You will have lots of questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. Just go straight to the contact button at the top of the page!

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