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Calligraphy Workshops






Brush lettering on fabric with Nicola Dunn 11th February

Once you abandon the metal nib and adopt a brush, many more writing surfaces are available to you and one of my favourites is fabric. We will begin by practicing brush lettering on paper, using a broad (square edged) brush for uncials or roundhand and a pointed brush for Versal capitals or those Quirky Versals! You don’t have to do both, but it will give you greater flexibility in your layouts. Anyone who has tried a brush on paper and felt ‘out of control’ need not worry. It all feels a lot more secure on fabric, as the nap gives the brush a texture to pull against and slows the process down.

After the practice, we can progress to writing on sample pieces of fabric and finally plan a finished piece such as a pillow slip, cloth bag or T shirt

Gilding a single and decorated letter with Kathy Sedar 11th March

We will concentrate on the design and painting of a single gilded letter in your choice of lettering style. There are many opportunities of decoration within and around the letter which you will flat gild –You will learn how to make traditional transfer paper to transfer your design and how to construct geometric and floral designs, to end the day with an attractive piece of work that could be enhanced with calligraphy or framed as a miniature. You will be able to refer to many examples for inspiration.


East Asia Approach to calligraphy with Manny Ling 6th May


An example of Manny’s work done with an automatic pen and black ink.


A Blessing with a decorated capital with Lin Kerr 10th June

Participants are invited to bring the wording for any blessing (such as American Indian, Irish, wedding etc. (or just a quotation they love). We will find a suitable style of Decorative capital from a variety of sources and design one. If people bring their piece as a final rough, we can plan the decorative capital to size and paint and gild it on a small piece of good paper as a finished piece, ready to copy at home. I am happy to comment on any rough layouts. However, anyone is welcome to arrive with just a choice of a letter and a typed quotation or no quotation! (This will be another opportunity to put their gilding skills into practice again)

e.g. American Apache Blessing.

Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness etc...


AGM and half day workshop 23rd September


The Bone alphabet with Penny Price 7th October

The Bone Alphabet was devised in America as an exercise in manipulating the pen whilst making a letter. Penny found it fascinating to explore, and made her own version of it. We will explore this alphabet working with the gouache and gilded letter effect.


 Italic with Joy Daniels 11th November

No gilding this time! Rather we will be revisiting a familiar and for many of us this much loved script with Joy. We will remind ourselves of the satisfying shapes and strive for some improvement.



If you are interested in attending one or more of these workshops please contact Joanna Edmunds, workshop members booking secretary. joannamedmunds@gmail.com. A booking form can be downloaded here.

Normally a deposit of £5.00 is required to secure a place.The workshops take place at Moulton College Management Centre between 10 am and 4 pm. The workshop fees are £22.00 for members and £28.00 for non members.

If you think you would like to become a member of Northampton Scribes please contact Brenda Mawby, membership secretary, jandb.mawby@virgin.net. The membership fee is currently £12.00 a year.