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A break away from it all, set in glorious Cornish countryside join Jenni for a few days indulging your creativity be it silk painting, machine embroidery, or combination of both. Whether a beginner or with a knowledge, Jenni will design a course to suit your needs. During the course you will discover new ways to interpret and express yourself and your designs. No experience is necessary, as Jenni will guide you through some of the many techniques. All courses run throughout the year.

Inspiration will be found from a range of books available or by bringing work and images to inspire.

Basic materials will all be provided. Studio available at all times. Classes 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A light lunch and refreshments will also be included.

Silk Painting

  • Outliners. both permanent and clear
  • Iron and Steam fix, paints/dyes
  • Fixing of paints/dyes
  • Faux Batik
  • Inhibitor - enables you to paint on silk without the paint spreading
  • Monoprinting
  • Scarf techniques [scarves will be an extra cost to normal materials]
  • A morning of devore technique

Machine Embroidery

  • Basic free machine embroidery techniques
  • Book cover with pizzazz
  • Dissolvable plastic
  • Bracelets, beads
  • Combination with needle felting
  • Individual projects inspired by yourself, computer available to download images prior to working
  • Small hangings

Pendower House

Set in the hamlet of Helland, just five minutes off the main A30 Helland turning near Bodmin. Helland is close to the moor and set in beautiful countryside, the views from various rooms quite stunning. and within easy access;

  • The Eden Project
  • Golf courses, St Enodoc, Trevone, St Kew
  • Pencarrow House, a Georgian estate ,set in 50 acres, open from Easter until September
  • Padstow
  • Camel Trail, for walking or cycling
  • Beaches, Polzeath,Rock,Various bays around Padstow
  • Walking on the Moors

We, Jenni and Ian offer a choice of a twin bed or double bedroom. The facilities are shared. Offering a bathroom/shower and a separate toilet with washbasin.

A full English breakfast or continental breakfasts, cereal, toast. as suits your requirements. Lunch soup, pate or cheese/biscuits

Evening meal will be with the family, meal dessert, fresh fruit, for an extra charge. We are not licensed, but should you wish to join us and enjoy a glass with your meal ,please bring with you.

Should you have any dietary needs we will Endeavour to cater. Please communicate fully with Jenni at the time of booking, Places for an evening meal can be suggested.

Pendower House, Helland Bodmin, Cornwall, PL304PY
01208 269003


One evening B & B and one days tutor class £100

Day courses £55 Light lunch will be provided.

Partners not wishing to do a course but wish to stay for B & B £45 per night, extra £15 should you also wish to join the family for an evening meal.

Fabric with Attitude

A panel, hanging or book cover with pizzazz.

Needle Felting

Needle Felting

Create a needle felted book cover, panel or simply a phone or specs case. This simply technique will be loved by all.

Basic Technique

Basic Technique

But I cannot draw, I hear you say!!!

You will paint two or three pictures to either frame or quilt

Transparent Outliner

Transparent Outliner
This technique can look very impressive, but in fact it is very simple to achieve. It is a very similar course to 'basic'. The panel can be made into a cushion, or just simply framed.

Layer on Layer/False Batik

Layer on Layer/False Batik
Using transparent outliner and layer upon layer of paint, with the option of a final layer of wax produces a false batik. Ideal for machine or hand embroidery.

Paint and Quilt in a Day

Paint and Quilt in a Day
No outliner needed, let the brush do the work. You can either use free machine embroidery or hand quilt.

No Outliner Just Inhibitor

No Outliner Just Inhibitor
Take courage and you will amaze yourself! A freely painted silk which is then quilted with free machine embroidery/hand embroidery. Other fabrics, such as net, sheer fabrics, plus fancy embroidery threads are added to create a truly original piece.


A hilarious day producing scarves using a variety of techniques. Scarves can be bought from Jenni on the day. Don't forget the flowerpot!!


Etch your own silk velvet, paint and hand/machine embroider. Embellish with beads.

Basic Machine Embroidery

Basic Machine Embroidery It really is easy!
We cover the basics to build up your confidence.
Also Voile/Net
How to insert one fabric into another.

Fabric with Attitude

Fabric with Attitude Cut up and put back together, a panel with pazazz. Using clashy, glitzy fabrics and lots of machine embroidery. Hand finish with beads, buttons and braids.

The Tree

The Tree A glorious day getting to grips with dissolvable plastic.

Machine embroidery - great for both beginners and experienced needlefolk.

Picture is work in progress.


Jewellery From cords and braids, let the imagination wander to create your own distinctive jewellery.

Bracelet by Helena Turvey.


Crystals A glorious starting point, be it colour, texture or glitz, combine these with puff paint shimmer paints and threads for your own interpretation. Machine/hand embroidery.

Information on all Silk Painting Courses

  • For groups of 8 or more the fee is £20 per head plus travelling expenses.
  • Jenni can travel to you to teach small groups if you wish.
  • Day courses at the Studio £55 [Materials included] Includes a light lunch. 9.30am 4.00pm
  • Residential courses, Silk Painting 100 per day to include B & B. Evening meal extra.
  • Machine Embroidery or combination of both courses prices as above

Please contact Jenni for more information on courses or to book.

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