A lovely day creating a truly personal fabric collage inspired by a favourite piece of handwriting.

We’ll start the day by printing your chosen piece of writing onto calico using an inkjet printer. This could be old letters or postcards, handwritten recipes, a birth certificate or other documents or even pages from a child’s school jotter. These won’t be harmed as we will simply be photocopying them onto the fabric.

We’ll use your personal printed fabric as a starting point to piece together a scrappy collage from old and used fabrics onto a woollen blanket ground.

You’ll be working with a fabulous selection of vintage and used materials from my studio such as – old table linens, 1940’s floral fabrics, tweeds & stripey shirts, old quilts & hexies and whatever else I happen to have. By using old and used materials we are bringing their stories to the piece too!

Once you’ve created your ground you’ll start pulling it all together through the lovely process of slow hand stitching. I’ll encourage you to let this become a relaxed and organic process and I’ll show you how to highlight chosen words and phrases from your text.

Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced stitcher – running stitch and cross stitch are all you need but if you do wish to be more adventurous I’ll show you some of my favourite hand stitches and you can refer to my collection of vintage embroidery books for inspiration.

You won’t finish your collage during the workshop – hand stitching is really slow! But you’ll leave with all the help you need and a gorgeous project to continue working on at home. Your collage can be hung on the wall with bulldog clips or similar but I’ll also show you how great it looks mounted in a frame.

While a great selection of old & used materials are provided you may wish to make your piece even more personal by bringing along some bits & pieces from your own stash. Such as fragments of lace, old fabric scraps and haberdashery items and any other old bits and pieces that are meaningful to you.

 

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