Scarf Making Workshop with Nawal Gebreel

Sunday 3 December 2023, 11am – 4.30pm

Price: £70 full price, £65 Bdc Friends & concessions

Price includes homemade cake with coffee or tea. Please bring a transparent ruler with you to measure out pleats. Other materials are provided. You are welcome to bring a thimble and your own needles if you wish. Places are limited.

Learn how to design and make a hand-pleated scarf and a smaller neckpiece with a three-dimensional textured surface. You will start by selecting a coloured fabric, and will make your scarf using hand-folding and hand-stitching techniques. Your design will be steam-set to create a surface similar to the Japanese “Shibori” technique. Nawal will show you how she creates an invisible hem, on her silk scarves making them both modern and appealing.

Scarves made by Nawal are also for sale here in the gallery. Nawal makes a series of opulent origami shapes, sultry swirls, metamorphosed silks and pleats in abundance. Elaborate scarves dominate her collection and range from day to evening. Nawal’s work is heavily influenced by tactile textures, rhythms of nature, Japanese paper-folding and “Shibori” techniques; whilst also drawing from her worldwide expeditions through Europe, Russia, China, Japan and the Americas. Using a rich colour palette, each item is handmade, stitched and fused with a variety of fabrics to retain each pleat even after wear or wash. The abundance of technique is extraordinary as is the depth of craftsmanship. Nawal’s ability to work fabrics into art into fashion makes each item personal and unique.


You can book your place by emailing us at or calling us on 0151 709 4014.

Before the workshop, please meet at the front of the main Bluecoat building where a member of  Display Centre staff will greet you. Please note that Bluecoat Display Centre and The Bluecoat building will not be open to the public at the starting time of the workshop.

Textiles by Nawal will be featured In The Window alongside jewellery by Jessica Briggs throughout December, a selection of which will also be available through our online shop.

We are hosting a meet the makers event with both Jessica and Nawal here on Saturday 2nd December from 2pm – 4pm. This is an opportunity to meet and chat to Jessica & Nawal about their works and inspiration. You can also try on both Jessica’s jewellery and Nawal’s scarves to see how they might be worn. These versatile pieces are ideal gifts for Christmas or to treat yourself. Entry is free.

Event & Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event or workshop that you have booked with us, please contact the team as soon as possible via or on 0151 709 4014.

We will endeavour to resell your ticket, if time allows, and if successful we will be able to issue a refund.  If we are unable to resell the ticket, the value can be transferred to another event or redeemed against a purchase in the gallery.

Please note that while the team will do their best to resell your ticket, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible or ensure a refund. Thank you for your understanding.

Images: Example of scarf designs which can be made at this workshop (Header) &  Portrait of Nawal Gebreel (Above). (Images courtesy of Nawal Gebreel).