A lovely day of ‘slow’ hand stitching. We’ll be creating a fabric collage inspired by the scullery and handwritten text from my prized old domestic science jotter.

The background to your collage will be a piece of old woollen blanket – this makes a really lovely ground to stitch into. You may decide to leave the blanket visible as part of your design or you may wish to cut it away leaving yourself with a more irregularly shaped collage.

We’ll start the day by printing text from the jotter onto calico using an inkjet printer. If you’ve never done this before I warn you, it’s completely addictive. There are some wonderful pages to choose from in the jotter such as Rules for Ironing everything from tablecloths, to blouses to frilled pillowcases. There are instructions for ‘pegging out’ – did you know to ‘stand with your back to the wind’? There are loads of other little gems that will bring inspiration and a real story to your piece.

We’ll use this printed fabric as a starting point to piece together a scrappy collage of old and used fabrics. You’ll be working with a fabulous selection of old table linens and other wonderful vintage materials from my studio. 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. I’ll show you how to highlight chosen words and phrases from your text with stitch and we can 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 happily share some of my favourite stitches. A love of all things vintage, of old, washed and worn is much more important.

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.

A fabulous selection of materials will be provided but of course you can bring along some of your own personal bits & pieces if you wish – cotton scraps, bits of old table linens and if you happen to have your mum’s old domestic science jotter, bring it along and you can print pages from there.

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