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Vendulka BATTAIS

Textile artist, tutor and shop owner in one person 

Vendulka opened her shop with her partner Olivier in 2011 on the Isle of Wight. After four lovely years of creating and teaching, they decided to move their business to the mainland and settled in the picturesque village of Monks Eleigh in Suffolk. In her textile art, she is using surface design techniques using Markal Paint sticks, Marabu Liners, painted Bondaweb, foil and much more. She continues to teach in her shop as well as giving talks and workshops to local groups.

IN THE TIMES OF SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS:

I took several of my favourite classes and recorded my teaching in few hours of explanations and close up videos. They are divided into lessons, so that it’s easy to find the step you are looking for, students will have the access forever and they can watch the videos as many times as they would like.
For the groups I came up with a plan how to use the best of both – pre-recorded videos and Zoom. We will set the date for the workshop and people will be able to purchase the video course ahead of time, so that they can watch it beforehand and get ready. On the day we will connect at 10 AM for a half an hour zoom, so that I can meet everyone, they can share about their choices of fabrics and obviously ask any questions they might have! I will then send them off making sure everyone knows what they’re doing and we meet again at 12:30 PM for another half an hour to find out how did everyone got on and if they have any questions and we share the progress. The last zoom session is at 3:30PM so that we can wrap up, see how far people got on and I’ll make sure everyone knows how to continue. And of course they will have the videos afterwards to guide them.
As for payment, every student has to purchase the class directly from our website as this is the place where they will access the lessons in the future. If there are at least 10 students signing up for the class, the Zoom sessions are then free.
You can check my online courses here. https://www.oliven.co.uk/courses/
Vendulka offers 3 different talks to choose from:

Journey with OliVen – she will talk about her journey – how a girl from the Czech Republic became a quilt shop owner and tutor in the UK. She will present a selection of quilts from the first one she made, family quilts, award-winning quilts, selection of Cathedral window quilts and the latest art quilts.

My love of Cathedral windows – in this talk she will explain the difference between the traditional technique (Lynne Edwards way) and her way of piecing it on the machine. She will include 30+ projects made with this technique including award-winning Moonlit Garden.

Textile art techniques – She will talk about the techniques she’s using in her textile art – Marabu liners, painted Bondaweb, foils, image transfer, raw edge appliqué etc. and support it with a large selection of samples and finished hangings.

Samples of one-day workshops:

IMG_6776_Fotor_FotorFaux Chenille Workshop

Several layers of fabric which are cut through to reveal the different layers and creating a pattern on the fabric with stitch and scissors. If you like creativity and playfulness with fabric, this is the class for you!

Play with Marabu LinersIMG_6393_Fotor_Fotor

Marabu liners come in metallic or glitter series, are easy to apply and are washable. They are a wonderful way to enhance your appliqué, bring out your quilting or to add text and some sparkle to your work.

IMG_9431_Fotor Painted Bondaweb and foil 

Have you ever tried to paint a Bondaweb and apply it to the fabric? You can cut it in any shape and work with it as you would with appliqué shapes. And what about working with foil which brings bright metallic sheen giving your work interesting effect.

Cathedral window techniqueIMG_6288_Fotor

I piece my cathedral windows with a sewing machine which allows me to create more striking colour combinations – the background fabric can be different from the one framing individual windows. I have several different designs from simple cushions to more intricate wall hangings.

vendulka battais_FotorField of Poppies

Poppies are such a lovely symbol and are admired by many. In this workshop, we will use a handmade felt background to bring in some very simple machine and hand embroidery to create this wonderful picture full of depth and texture.

£ 8 charge for the felt background per person

One inch square cushionIMG_7049_Fotor

After this workshop, you will save every tiny square you have left from your sewing as I will show you very effective and quite fast and simple way how to turn 1” squares into wonderful cloth which can be used as a cushion, wall hanging or book cover.

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Embroidered curves

We will create beautiful cloth using gentle curve piecing, fancy stitches you have on your sewing machine and hand embroidery (optional). This cloth can be then turned into a book cover, cushion etc.

DreamcatcherIMG_9025_Fotor

You will learn how to weave dream catcher, we will also use organza and stitch to create the feathers. You will then have the option of keeping it loosely hanging or attaching it to the quilted background.

stained glass Vendulka battaisContemporary Stained Glass Windows

Let’s take traditional technique and give it more modern look. I will guide you through designing your own or you can use one of my designs.

Please contact us for details about prices and availability info@oliven.co.uk

You can find all this info including photos in this PDF file – click here to open in new window.