Stories From The Sewing Box

Most stitchers have fond memories of sewing as a child, of playing with mum’s button box or being fascinated by nan’s sewing box!

This is a lovely day of “slow stitching”, nostalgia and stories.

Using an old woollen blanket as a ground you will piece together a patched background from vintage fabrics, old table linens, pattern paper and fabrics printed with images from old sewing magazines.

You will then start to add pattern using vintage haberdashery – tape measures, buttons, safety pins and whatever else you might have to hand and then start the lovely process of slow hand-stitching. Running stitch and cross-stitch are all you really need but you can be more adventurous if you wish.

You can also stitch a small piece of text to bring your own story to the piece.

You won’t finish this on the day  – hand stitching is slow – but I’ll give you all the guidance you need to finish it off at home. You will create a scrappy hanging which can be hung on the wall with bulldog clips. It also looks great mounted in a frame.

Stories From The Scullery

If you wish you can create a kitchen inspired hanging simply by changing the materials used. Perfect for all lovers of “vintage”, for those with fond childhood memories of licking cake mixture out of the mixing bowl and the smell of home baking!

You can choose from a fabulous selection of vintage materials from my studio such as – old table linens, 1940’s floral fabrics, adverts from vintage magazines and fabrics printed with handwritten recipes and text from 1950s magazines.

I’ll provide all the materials needed but you may wish to bring your own personal bits & pieces. I’ll give you ideas for what to bring on booking.

 

Ali Ferguson Stitched Stories workshop piece

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