June 8th 2019 – “Inchies” workshop by Sandra Tatum
“Inchies” are little works of art which are 1″x1″ in size. They can be made of almost any material: felt, fabric, card, paper, Tyvek, metal. Felt is a good choice for your first “Inchies”.
If your chosen fabric or felt is thin, a stabilising backing is useful, especially if you are machining, but a thick or stiff fabric works alone Having a theme is a nice way to choose what to bring: a colour, seaside, garden, flowers, stitch samples, the seasons, leaves, and so on. In one workshop I think you may make a little set of 4 or 6 “Inchies” so no need to bring lots of big things, this is a gentle day!
- Base material: felt, cotton, polycotton, or stiffer fabric.
- Stabiliser: small amount of iron-on Vilene, Bondaweb, or similar.
- Decoration: tiny pieces of silk, net, organza, scrim, shiny bits, lace, old embroideries, doilies, ribbons, string, tiny buttons, beads, sequins, tiny shells, seaglass, findings, anything tiny!
- Equipment: usual sewing kit, embroidery threads, (gold always useful), scissors, fabric marker, pencil, ruler.
- Optional: cutting board, set square, glue stick, Sewing machine only if you wish. You could use it for edges but I like the hand-edged look on felt and it seems gentler. You could if you wish decorate a large piece of fabric by machine and then cut up your “Inchies” if that is nicer for you.
May 2019 – Interpreting design into stitch – Barbara Neale
- 3 sheets of A4 paper (this gives one spare)
- some old magazines with pictures (but I will have a bundle). Gardening and house ones work well but a range is good!
- your favourite pen or pencil
- a ruler
- paper scissors
- a glue stick
- a piece of fabric without a very busy design of about A4 size
- a piece of backing fabric
- For hand stitchers: needles
- threads that go with the fabric, both blending in colour and contrasting, and n a range of weights
- embroidery scissors
- an embroidery hoop (I used an 8″ hoop but it could be a bit smaller)
- some way of drawing your design on the fabric (I used an HB pencil but it could be a Sharpie or pen that disappears with time
- your favourite book of stitches
- For machine stitchers: sewing machine
- sewing machine manual if it helps with ‘fancy’ stitches
- machine threads, both blending in colour and contrasting
- a piece of stitch and tear
- as large a hoop as you like working with
April 2019 – Exploring hand stitch – Lynn Bennett
The idea for the day is to look at all Stitches, simple and more elaborate that can be used to embellish your work. It is good to make a small sampler to refer back on. I will also bring an exercise where you use One stitch to do the whole embroidery in different size and weights of threads. Basically it is a day to play with Stitches you may not have tried before.
- Embroidery threads, either stranded or Perle plus some thicker threads for crouching.
- Stitch book – Mary Thomas, Anchor *I will bring several different ones.
- Fabric to stitch onto – either Aida if you wish to make a sampler, a piece of printed fabric to embellish, or small pieces to manipulate.
- **I will bring some flower shapes that can be used to make a name badge.
March 2019 – Decorated Trinket Basket – Judith Venning
I will show you how to make a simple container, but then go one step further and decorate the exterior. You can choose a plain material and embroider it or choose a pattern and add stitches, or create a small felted embroidery to attach to it. (These samples are here demonstrate the shape, but are a little highly patterned. You may wish to choose a less patterned background.). You will be sewing round the pieces of material by hand but if you prefer, there will be a sewing mamchine available to save time)
- Piece of cardboard, 9″ x 9″ slightly thicker than a cereal box if possible. I will have afew pieces with me.
- Two fabric squares 9 3/4″ x 10″. One will be the outer fabric, and one the inner.
- Four small jewellers’ jump rings or any small hoops to thread ribbon through.
- A length of approx 3/4″ ribbon, about 18″ long
- Tracing wheel. Useful for scoring the cardboard
- Small pieces of felt
- Transfers, rubber stamps or any small pictures for decorating the felt. I will show you a method for transferring a design from paper.
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional)
- Stitch & tear/dissolvable material (optional)
- Embroidery threads & matching sewing cotton
- Beads & sequins
- Usual sewing kit