A lovely day of ‘slow stitching’, nostalgia and sharing stories. I’ll lead you through my very relaxed process of creating a fabric collage inspired by the kitchen with handwritten recipes and text from my highly prized old domestic science jotter. I’ll raid my studio, The Purple Thread Shed, to provide a fabulous selection of vintage materials for you to use throughout the day. I LOVE using old & used materials so I’ll bring along old embroidered table linens, vintage cotton fabrics, old quilt fragments and pieces of woollen blanket to use as a ground to work on.

We’ll start the day by printing our handwritten text onto calico using an inkjet printer. If you’ve never done this before I warn you, it’s completely addictive. We’ll use this printed fabric as a starting point to piece together a scrappy collage of old and used fabrics.  This is a intuitive process that will take much longer than you think!

Once you’ve created your ground you’ll start pulling it all together through the rather lovely process of slow hand stitching. I’ll encourage you in letting this become a relaxed and organic process. I’ll show you how to highlight chosen words and phrases from your text with stitch and add further text using a typewriter to print on tapes.

Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced stitcher – running stitch and cross stitch are all you need but you can, of course, be more adventurous and I’ll be sharing some of my favourite stitches. Neat perfect stitching is not the order of the day, a love of things old, washed and worn and telling stories in cloth most definitely is!

You won’t finish your collage during the workshop – hand stitching is really slow! However you will leave with a gorgeous project and all the ideas that you need to continue working on it in your own time at home. I’ll give you ideas for how you can hang your finished piece as a hanging and also show you how framing will change the look completely.

Everything you need for the day is provided (apart from lunch) but you may wish to use some of your own special bits & pieces to make your collage even more of a personal story – you’ll be given ideas for what to bring on booking.

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