Time to slow it down and enjoy the makingSlow Stitching
What’s it all about?
This class is where we step into slow. Using the Log Cabin technique to create pieced backgrounds using precious scraps of cloth allows you to slow down in a hectic world and take pleasure in simple stitches and simple processes.
We will be stitching patchwork blocks using recycled cloth to embed meaning into your piece. This is a slow, whimsical process, which results in a layered textile artwork which is unique to each maker. You will create a 10 x 10cm patch which could then be used as a coaster. Create multiple pieces to create a bag, throw or even add to an item of clothing – it’s up to you!
What will we cover?
The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced stitchers. No prior sewing skills are required. You will learn how simple running stitch can be used for connecting pieces to a background using the Log Cabin patchwork technique. Pick up a needle and thread and lose yourself in this meditative process where simplicity is key.
There is no right or wrong way to approach your project. Relax and unwind whilst experiencing the joy and gratification of being immersed in mindful creativity, hand stitching a work of art. Gain the well-being benefits of mindful creating and crafting.
Patchwork centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness, but rather, it’s about embracing the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching.
What to bring:
Although all materials are supplied, students are encouraged to bring with them any textiles that they would like to incorporate into their finished piece. This could include any repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles you may have.
What is provided:
- Backing fabric approx. 13 x 13cm
- Choice of silk and cotton fabric scraps
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