Freedom Festival 2021
Freedom Festival of Silk '21: September 25-26: Newport, Shropshire

Members have priority booking until 30th June 2021.
From1st July spaces will be open to non-members at full cost. Full day: Members £60 Non-members £80; Half day: Members £30 Non-members £40.
NB... There will be a tutor's fee on the workshops for materials, but this will be kept to a minimum.
Email Anethia Sellars: for booking form and more details

Saturday 25th Sept - Full day

Sunday 26th Sept - Full day

Sunday 26th Sept - Half day

Watercolour style


Margaret Dunning
Painting wet in wet without gutta:
This workshop is very akin to Watercolour techniques, using dyes, no flow and cold wax to preserve white and dry brush.
Pre planning and preparation are they key to beautiful results.  We will explore, wet in wet loose backgrounds, adding colour, negative painting, No flow as a loose resist, dripping, splattering and finally dry brush.


Elitta Fell & Delva Robinson

Shibori is a Japanese technique which produces patterns on fabric. There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori - each way results in very different patterns and has its own name. We will show some of these effects and the techniques of how to create them.



Anethia Sellars

Anethia will show you, using silk paints, along with no-flow, cold wax, and a variety of mixed media how to create exciting texture. There will also be a selection of tiny shells and pebbles along with real seaside sand to play with for extra detail!
Your painting will be mounted on a backboard ready for framing.


Margaret Dunning

Creating mixed media landscapes by needle felting using wool silk and other fibres, silk scraps applied with an embellishing machine, stencils and markal to add textures, plus a little paint.

Tamsen Flack & Tatiana Iseborn-Young

Tamsen and Tatiana’s eco printing workshop is wonderful because it uses plants you can find in your own garden and neighbourhood to get beautiful and sometimes detailed natural prints.
In this introduction to Eco dyeing workshop they will try to get participants to do at least three bundles, which will give you three samples to take home and the experience to try more on your own.
You will be taught how to bundle your leaves in silk to get good prints and what basic ingredients you need to get going.
They will send participants an email with suggestions of what leaves might print well and supplies to bring. Some “ingredients” will be supplied.


Denise Leadley
Wondering what to do with all those dyed or painted silk pieces which you have stashed away?  Perhaps you will have some test pieces from another workshop at the Freedom Silk Festival?  Then this is the workshop for you.  Spend a few relaxing hours hand sewing silk flowers onto heart shapes which can then be displayed as a hanging or fixed to a greetings card. An ideal workshop for beginners too as there will also be an opportunity to colour-fix some silk fabric to make the flowers.

Mary Day ArtDeco


Mary Day
Traditionally,  sashiko stitching was executed following formal Japanese patterns but Art Deco also offers a fabulous basis for this type of surface decoration on a painted surface.  Often the traditional stitching was done on single colour fabrics in contrasting thread but we have a super opportunity to paint on silk for a bespoke project to suit our own colour theme.  Working on habotai, you will design your own version of an art deco pattern, with repeats if you choose, to use as the basis for hand stitched decoration.



Anethia Sellars

Fused glass Jewellery with hand-painted silk. This is the perfect workshop to use some of those tiny scraps of silk that are just too beautiful to bin!
Please bring your own silk scraps, or we can use off-cuts from Saturday’s workshops.