Winter workshops will take place at Sprout Community Arts in Streatham, as part of my two-week residency with Women of the Cloth from 27th November. Workshop dates are contained in the following WOTC newsletter
It’s been a busy few weeks for workshops, and great fun as always. At the end of September I was in Brighton with some of the wonderful women I met in Jan 2011 at Anokhi in Jaipur, Rajasthan. We have kept in touch, as textile enthusiasts tend to, and they all wanted to learn to make felt slippers. It was a glorious day of colour and laughter, and delicious food too …
After choosing colours (not easy) we all layered up our fibres around slipper-shaped templates and began wetting them through and adding soap before beginning the agitating and rolling processes. A delicious pot luck lunch half way through gave everyone the energy for a last burst of effort before removing the templates and beginning to rub the slippers into shape on their own feet, so that they fit perfectly. When dry we will stitch on leather soles and hey presto – feet-hugging slippers in a range of beautiful colours!
Next slipper-making workshops:
Saturday 26th October in my studio, and Thursday 5th December at Sprout Community Arts
Then, during the first weekend of October I opened my house to the visiting public for Lambeth Open weekend where I was joined by fellow Women of the Cloth Joan, Kim, Janet and Virginia for two energising days of showing our work, talking textiles, sitting making things and YES more workshops! Wetfelting on Saturday morning, needlefelting Saturday afternoon and embroidery on Sunday.
Shisha mirrorwork embroidery is proving very popular, with some finding that once they start they can’t stop!! The possiblities for doodling with thread around your mirrors is endless, so it’s very easy to just carry on, and on, and on …
If you enjoy stitching with colour my next two workshops at Serendipity Tea Rooms in Streatham will suit you perfectly.
On Monday evening, 14th October from 6.15 to 8.45 pm we’ll be making embellished pincushions using some of my handmade felt pieces and blingy trimmings brought back from India. Simple stitching is used to make the pincushions, but if you want to get fancy why not add some of your own embroidery too?!
Then on Monday 28th October at the same time at Serendipity, we’ll be stitching some gorgeous colourful flowers using Indian Applique techniques. Make yours into a needlecase, a small picture, or sew it onto a skirt, shirt or dress pocket.
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