‘Metallics For Textiles’ with Jo Mabbutt – *New 2022


Learn how to use various gilding techniques and metallic materials to decorate and embellish a variety of textiles with artist Jo Mabbutt over two days.  Lots of layering, distressing and texturing on the flat surface, and creating raised surfaces for more gilding.  You will create a wide collection of samples and starting points for further inspiration and embellishment.


Day One:  Will introduce a range of metallic media, including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foil, suitable for embellishing a variety of textiles including Lutrador. Learn how to use the different adhesives to attach the metallic media and experiment with layering and distressing.

Day Two:  We will be raising the surface.  Using gesso, gels and pastes to create raised surfaces you will then gild with real metal or metallic transfer foil.  Gels can also be mixed with metallic powders and used to produce sparkling textured surfaces. Combine metallic powders with glazes, varnishes and waxes which will resist inks and watercolours.

The course is suitable for those wishing to add metallics to their personal library of materials and techniques and ideal for those new to the products mentioned.

Jo will supply all specialist materials @ £7 per person – real metal transfer and loose leaf (Dutch gold, aluminium, copper & variegated), metallic transfer foil (10 colours), metallic & iridescent powders, Lutradur, Misty Fuse, FuseFX, Hot Spots, textile adhesive, acrylic size, size pens, applique, acrylic texture gels & pastes, acrylic gesso, gilt wax, liming wax, Markal paint sticks, acrylic wax, acrylic varnish, PVA,

Additional information


24th and 25th May 2022




Student Requirement List

£7 on the day for Jo’s materials

Your Lunch

Small pieces of a selection of fabrics of various weights:- calico, cotton, muslin, velvet, hessian/scrim etc – a mixture of dark and light colours – 20-30cm size

Bondaweb – at least 50cm – NOT Heat n Bond


some basic cheap brushes

small yoghurt pot/jam jar for water

kitchen roll


baking parchment


acrylics – tubes, fluid or inks


Artist Bio:

Jo is a decorative artist who brings new life to antique and vintage lace and crochet using various gilding techniques to create contemporary framed pieces, jewellery, fashion and interior accessories, cards and Christmas decorations.


She also works to commission gilding and framing clients’ treasured lace and producing framed and decorated pieces for show homes, private interiors and wedding anniversaries.


Her first ever sale was to the Creative Director of Coles Wallpapers which was an indication that she was on the right track.  “Each piece of lace will start a new development process which is always exciting and to produce a new range entirely led from the design, shape and type of lace keeps fresh ideas coming through”.

She has created gilded lace flower table centres for City Livery Company luncheons and covered an enormous City church Christmas tree with gilded gold and copper lace decorations.

Her initial training was in wood graining, marbling, gilding, specialist paint finishes and interior design. Having taught full time in further education for 8 years, she up-skilled at Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design to develop her practice and now divides her time as a designer / maker, a tutor delivering workshops all over the country from West Dean College in West Sussex to Higham Hall in Cumbria, and a lecturer speaking to a variety of groups including WI, U3A, Embroiderers Guilds and The Arts Society.


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