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Textile Art Course with Cas Holmes
Cas Holmes

Are you ready to turn seemingly ordinary materials into refreshingly evocative textile art, layered with meaning?

Under the expert guidance of internationally acclaimed Textile Artist, Author and Lecturer Cas Holmes, it’s easier than you might think.

Cas’ signature online course has been designed as an approach-based exploration that offers you the opportunity to delve deep into the thought process and methods Cas uses to create her famous textile landscapes.

Throughout the course Cas encourages you to take a risk as you develop ways to close the gap between materials, making and meaning.

You’ll learn achievable ways to create texture and depth in your fibre artwork using printing, layering and stitching techniques with paper and cloth.

All course materials, including self-paced beautifully filmed streaming videos and comprehensive resource guides, are within an easy to use member portal and yours to access and revisit anytime.

Making Connections – Mark, Layer & Stitch is a rich creative resource full of inspiration and ideas to last a lifetime. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to connect in a private online forum and share your textile adventures directly with Cas, ask questions, bounce ideas, and gain the skills and confidence needed to create your own mixed media masterpiece.

You'll Learn How To....

Connect Drawing to Stitch

Be guided by Cas and learn to see with fresh eyes through a series of achievable ways to observe and evaluate your world and fall in love with sketching. You’ll be surprised how the everyday things and objects around you act as a stimulus for the narrative to develop in your work and how everything is connected and begins with looking differently.

Create Your Own Story

You can find great joy in the unexpected. Through Cas’ playful nature you’ll learn to let go of the outcome, embracing uncertainty as part of the investigative and discovery process that leads to invention and experimentation. Cas will show you aspects of transference, moving the work on, reflecting and making ideas more concrete with copious tools to keep things flowing.

Find Meaning in The Making Process

Using low-tech methods to transform raw materials and found objects into individually designed mixed media and textile works that tell your story fuelled by deep meaning and connection to a place, landscape or family history. By walking alongside Cas for a little while you’ll learn to see the extraordinary in the everyday as you make your own connections between found materials and meaning to tell your own story.

What's Included?

Over 8 modules, 8 hours of footage, 8 weeks of ongoing guidance and comprehensive downloadable resource guides, Cas has created an in-depth experience that covers the techniques and methods she has developed over her 40-year career as a textile artist.

Cas invites you to take a walk, collecting a variety of found materials as you learn to make marks and print using paint and ink, exploring how papers and cloth behave differently. Your confidence will grow as you learn to create your own compositions that relate to the things that you’ve seen and you’ll finally understand why your sketchbook is an invaluable tool for connecting drawing with free-motion machine and hand stitching.

Throughout each module, you’ll see Cas’ fine art training shine through as she shares ways to create texture and depth by not only layering materials but through the often overlooked use of colour and tonal value.

In the end you’ll have the skills to create pieces without the limitations of edges or borders with the confidence to create work layered with meaning using your unique voice.

Keep scrolling for a detailed description of each module and learn more about this course in the video below.

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Cas Holmes

About This Course

Learn at Your Own Pace

As an experienced instructor, Cas recognises that all methods of learning are valid.

This is the only platform that Cas has chosen to deliver a longer online course. Giving you the luxury to take time to develop and evolve the processes between each module.

With instant and lifetime access to beautifully filmed instructional videos and comprehensive written accompaniments, the Making Connections online course also includes ongoing guidance from Cas over the following 8 weeks after enrolments close. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to have a lengthier discussion and delve deeper into your own process, building your knowledge in a more profound way.

Textile Art Course
Cas Holmes
Textile Art Course
Cas Holmes

You're Not Alone

There’s nothing worse than purchasing an online course only to be left in the dark.

That’s why we have created a worldwide community to further support your learning where you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback and connect not only with Cas but a close knit network of fellow Making Connections students in a members-only online Facebook group.

Here you’ll receive invaluable support, have access to live Q&A sessions with Cas and it is also yours to access for life.

You are further supported by the team at Fibre Arts Take Two with the personal and attentive customer service that we have become known for!

Meet your Tutor

Meet Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes is an internationally acclaimed Artist, Writer and Lecturer.

Her training in fine art painting and photography is evident throughout her well-known work with textiles and mixed media.

Cas’s work comes from the place between the what and the why of creation, between natural and urban environments, people and place and flows from neither a solid idea, technique or desired outcome but rather through a subliminal, intuitive and fluid process.

Often working on multiple pieces simultaneously responding to materials such as discarded cloth and papers, Cas’s work contains a history and offers the viewer an instant feeling of intimate friendliness as she magnifies the details of the often overlooked simplicities of daily life.

Cas’ work is often and perfectly described as Painting with Cloth and Stitch Sketching. 

Cas is the author of several books for Batsford Publications including Stitch Stories (2015) and Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth (2018).

Cas has received many awards for her work and recently completed a commission as part of Gypsy Maker 4  exhibition created by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company supported by the Welsh Arts Council. 

Her work can be found in private and commercial collections all over the world from, London to New York to Australia.

As part of her practice Cas works on community collaborations developing a range of projects based on environmental themes from the natural and observed world. These collaborations offer her the insight to discover commonalities across these communities, which continue to inform her particular, take on the world.


Textile Art Course with Cas Holmes

8 Modules, 8 Hours of Footage and 8 Weeks Ongoing Tuition!

Cas will step you through the following modules untangling the creative process.

Module 1
Looking Differently

Cas will demystify the sketchbook allowing you to let go of the old belief “I can’t draw!” Drawing may seem hard at first but under Cas’s guidance, you’ll learn how to engage with your own narrative through your sketchbook to create your own story. From traditional spiral bound to creating your own improvised sketchbooks, you learn how to work on different surfaces using different techniques including continuous line drawing and how it relates so well to free-motion stitching.

Module 2
Drawing, Observation & Appreciation

Cas will now take you deeper into how to develop what you have discovered. By laying the foundations of a daily sketch practice and bringing the outside in you have the stimulus for your work to progress. Through a series of achievable exercises including, isolation techniques, exploring colour and tonal value together with the beginnings of the layering process through instinctive collage, which is surprisingly similar to how you’ll later work with paper and cloth, you begin to appreciate how everything is related to the sketchbook.

Module 3
Documentation and Exploration

Building on what you have been developing with your observations, in this module you’ll understand why the connection between drawing and stitch is so strong. Using the sewing machine with simple exercises and consideration to help you build your confidence with free motion stitch by following forms on paper and constructional straight stitch, with seams and folds. You’ll learn what types of papers work best with machine stitching and why Cas prefers mechanical machines as a simple tool for making a mark with stitch.

Module 4
Printing with Meaning

Use what’s available from the garden, kitchen and your surroundings to make marks on cloth and paper using printing and other mixed media techniques. You’ll now have the opportunity to build a library of textured cloth and paper to use throughout the course using printing methods Cas has adapted over many years. Explore relief printing with textured cloth, botanicals and printing using different paint and dye mediums whilst discovering their unique qualities. There’s no need for expensive presses, use what you have to create amazing results.

Module 5
Auditioning Materials

It’s time to find joy in the accidental by looking at your marks in a new light. Using your printed materials and other materials you enjoy working with this is the beginning of where painting meets cloth and your printing meets textile collage. As you move through the auditioning process continuing to investigate what your materials can do and what colours you might use you’ll create some dry sampling in preparation for module 6.

Module 6
Layering Materials - Wet Appliqué Process

Establishing and continuing your line of enquiry with your found materials you’ll explore how your work and materials further respond to Cas’s unique wet applique method. Temporarily laminating your cloth together allows you to use your sewing machine without pins giving you the freedom to move more instinctively. Step outside of your comfort zone and have some fun by having a go at a new temporary method.

Module 7
Connecting Your Story Through Stitch

Stitch holds everything together. Using your machine to stitch into your dried pieces you’ll discover how the newly created surfaces respond and how you can further extend your ideas and meaning within your work. You’ll realise this is not a linear process, things can keep moving forwards or backwards at any time remembering the primary motivation is to always discover things anew. You’ll move your palette around the table, rediscover, rework, destroy in order to create, take a risk to never stop reimagining.

Module 8

Discover different ways of making a mark, from the fast and vibrant machine stitch to the more contemplative and reverent hand stitch. Explore why hand stitch is as equally relevant as making a mark with a machine, by using slow stitch to take a moment to focus and slow down by creating sampler pieces exploring french knots and different textures learning to use your threads as a paint palette, re-evaluate your work whilst enjoying the simple things in life.

Exclusive BONUSES

Reflecting on the process that you have been exploring on the course Cas will take you on a journey through two beautiful pieces of work that document her travels in Australia and her family history, before inviting you to participate in a collaborative project.

BONUS - The Edges of Australia

Created by composing many different elements of what Cas found and observed along her travels throughout Australia.

You’ll be mesmerized by this impressive 4 metre piece of textile artwork as you begin to
visualise your own.

BONUS - Family History

Enjoy looking through Cas’s family history as she discusses how you can connect cloth to memory and the connection we make to place.

The peaks and troughs of her life and family ancestry are represented in a beautifully constructed folding book.

BONUS - Major Project Invitation

With years of community development and collaborative projects under her belt, there is nothing Cas likes better than a group exhibition.

In this exciting bonus, Cas invites you to exhibit and showcase a special piece of work that reflects your
sense of place.

A Resource For Life!

Cas is the author of 5 books including the most recent Embroidering the Everyday and Textile Landscapes with Bastford Publications so it’s no surprise that her course includes comprehensive written accompaniments along with valuable resource guides and detailed action tasks. With over 45 downloadable pages of additional information to complement and extend your online experience.

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This course has been created to the highest standards. Professionally filmed and crafted for your viewing pleasure.

Through Cas’ expert guidance you will have the opportunity to learn new processes and techniques, to create artwork that truly reflects your sense of place.

The tuition for lifetime access to Making Connections – Mark, Layer and Stitch. Payment plans are also available, please see below for details.

We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! If you’ve watched less than 10% of the course within the first 7 days we’ll give you a full refund.

We’re confident that if you do the work and engage with the community you’ll get enormous benefits from this experience. And we’re happy to back that up with our risk-free guarantee.

Pricing Options

Learn from an expert textile artist for a fraction of the cost of in-person lessons. Invest once for lifetime access.

2 Month payment Plan
$4502 x Payments of $225
  • Currency - USD
  • Modules - 8
  • Hours of Content - 8
  • Paid - 2 Payments Monthly
5 Month Payment Plan
$4505 x Payments of $90
  • Currency - USD
  • Modules - 8
  • Hours of Content - 8
  • Paid - 5 Payments Monthly

This Course Is For You If...

You are looking for clear strategies and techniques to unblock your own creative process and get started knowing you are on the right path.

You are willing to learn new methods and techniques with the aim of developing your own way of working

You understand it is important to take a risk, embrace uncertainty and accept failure as part of the learning process.

You have a desire to create fibre and mixed media artwork that is layered with meaning.

You want to move forward with confidence knowing you can translate what you see into well-composed artwork.

You simply want to learn from and engage with one of the worlds best textile and mixed media artists.

View Past Students Work Here

Click the image below to flip through an online exhibition by Making Connections alumni.

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8 Modules, 8 Hours of Footage and 8 Weeks Ongoing Tuition!