Fabric Painting with Sarah Campbell

Learn how to incorporate shape, colour, motifs and form when designing a pattern for a home textile.

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Design and paint a pattern for a home textile! Under the guidance and expertise of textile pattern-painter Sarah Campbell, you’ll leave this workshop with enough hand-painted cloth to perk up your home and make an accessory of your choice – a cushion, a wall-hanging or throw.

In this one-day workshop, participants will start by playing on paper with guidance on how to consider shape, colour, motifs and form when designing a pattern for home textiles. Sarah will guide the small group (maximum 10 participants) through understanding mark making, colour balance and tonal contrast. You’ll be encouraged to consider your own colour harmonies and spend time experimenting with colourfast textile inks on fabric.

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home.

All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own favourite brushes, paints and sketchbooks too.

About the tutor

Sarah Campbell is an internationally acclaimed textile designer who, together with her late sister Susan Collier, created iconic motifs for the industry’s greatest names for more than 50 years. She now undertakes a wide range of solo projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces, paintings, commissions to textile, surface, stationery, and ceramic design for the high street. Her book, Hand Painted Textiles was published by Herbert Press in 2022, and features many of her ingenious painting techniques and practical projects. She designs fabric collections with US manufacturer Free Spirit and in the UK, her relationship with Museums & Galleries has opened new opportunities with a widely available range of stationery, cards, and gift-wraps, alongside her range of mobile phone cases produced by Stringberry.


Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your workshop. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your workshop.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your workshop. If the registration time for your workshop is before 11am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So, if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your visit, there is plenty to choose from. For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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