The Housecoat – Maria Thomas

I’m very happy to announce we are holding our first workshop at The Maven Studio in Warwickshire with the textile artist Maria Thomas. Maria & Mrs Maven have been longtime friends, after bonding over a love of denim and making.

The Housecoat – Collaged Hanging Art Jacket Workshop

With the textile artist Maria Thomas

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2024 / 10am – 4pm

The Maven Studio, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

The Housecoat.  A textile-art jacket making workshop using reclaimed household linens and paper wrappers mixed with quilted collage techniques.

This workshop will cover – how to use a pre-prepared jacket pattern to create a cloth and paper collaged art garment. Along with pattern layout (using recycled papers and vintage fabrics) you will construct an original appliqué and quilted textile-art garment.

Please note: Maria is a textile artist and the primary purpose of this workshop is to explore and create an heirloom piece rather than a wearable ‘fashion’ jacket. Check out Maria’s Housecoat Series here to see how she uses found objects, papers & mementoes in her work.

Materials list for workshop participant

  • At least 2.5 meters of pre-loved, recycled or flawed vintage cloth e.g. a damaged or worn tablecloth, bed sheet, pillowcase, curtain or something decorated with an interesting pattern, colour or stitches.
  • NB This does not need to be one continuous length but can be made up of several short pieces of fabric.
  • A mix of recycled fabric scraps – old embroidered table linen, velvet, Lightweight thin cotton plain or patterned
  • Recycled Papers – Graphic packaging from food & house hold products, old dress patterns, envelopes (for the blue inside), broken books & maps, scraps of wall paper or draw liners
  • Trimmings & edgings e.g. – Rick-rack, pompoms etc.
  • Old Buttons, bottle lids and random bits of haberdashery
  • Own sewing machine required.

Useful, but not essential –

  • A pre-worked patchwork or stitch sample, (possibly unfinished) that longs for a new home
  • You might like to plan your colour pallet e.g. – complimentary colours, tints and tones etc

In the studio we will provide

  • The pre-prepared Jacket pattern (one size only)
  • A padded hanger (for you to keep and display your housecoat)
  • PVA glue & spreader
  • White house hold emulsion
  • Large paint brushes 1” 2”
  • Fabric & paper scissors
  • A Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board
  • Hand & Machine threads
  • 10% off Kleins Haberdashery during the workshop

Good to know 

  • £170 – 2 day artist-led workshop
  • Skill Level – as long as you have basic sewing skills and are comfortable with your sewing machine you’ll be fine! 
  • A small group of only 8 people
  • Plentiful tea, coffee & biscuits will be available throughout the day. 
  • Own sewing machine required.
  • See Our Workshop Terms & Conditions


The Maven Studio, 85 Priory Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1LQ

We are very easy to find as we are right next to Kenilworth train station with plenty of parking in the train station car park (pay and display) which is right behind our studio.

Meet the Artist – Maria Thomas

Maria has over 30 years experience teaching embroidery, print and textile design, in further and adult education as well as delivering bespoke textile workshops to groups around the UK. She loves to share her passion for textiles and enjoys giving colourful talks about her career and work inspirations. Working with paper, cloth and found objects Maria’s workshops range from appliqué, quilting and stitched collage to hand dyeing techniques and processes.

Maria’s work focuses on rehousing everyday objects that have a specific association or meaning to her.  Notions of motherhood, shopping lists, food wrappers and graphic packaging – offering assistance to domestic chores – are carefully sourced, cut out and stitched before being absorbed into the fabric by patchwork and quilting techniques. Shaping memories and experiences into her own visual language Maria’s work is a response to the events of her daily life.

See more here – Maria Thomas Textiles

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