From Sketchbook to Textile Art with Jane McKeating – 10th and 11th May 2025

The Artist

Jane works from her studio at home in Stockport, across a range of disciplines, including embroidery, drawing and printmaking. Her latest work combines the processes of hand stitch with waterless lithography and screen-printing.

Jane uses collage and hand colouring to develop series of variable edition prints on cloth and paper which are all one offs. The imagery is developed from drawings of everyday life mixed with imagination and are often based on narratives which have humour at their heart.

As a member of the 62 Group and Textile Study Group Jane also makes larger textile works for exhibition.

Jane Studied at Goldsmith College and Manchester School of Art where she taught for 30 years leading the BA(Hons) Embroidery course and becoming Associate Head of Design. She is now enjoying being a full-time artist and is currently studying the postgraduate drawing year at the Royal Drawing School.

The workshop

We will begin the two day workshop exploring the Jane's sketchbooks before creating two types of simple sketchbooks: folded and concertina.

Working in the sketchbooks using drawing and collage from observation and imagination, with a focus on patterns and memories. We will use a range of vintage hankies to draw from as inspiration and to get to know the qualities in the hankiess so we can make a good selection of one to work on.

We will then use monoprinting or applique/bonding to translate an image onto a hanky.

There will then be a demonstration of hand stitches to use onto the hankies. We'll look at simple stitches and composite stitches and how they can be used to create interesting surfaces to create a piece of work. We will look at thread types and how to ensure they work well with the cloth and image.

Finally, you will bring this all together onto your individual hanky, working

towards completing one which works well with the frame and surface design of the hanky and can be pictorial for the wall or work as a cloth or mat.

Advice and ideas and additional techniques will be discussed with the group throughout the day.

To round up we will look back at our sketchbook beginnings and see what worked and how we might extend their use in future projects.

Two day workshop: 10th and 11th May 2025 10am - 4.30pm


Please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the award winning farm shop. You can also help yourself throughout the day to teas, coffees, Tunnocks and other biscuits in our little studio kitchen.