What a busy workshop season it’s been this Autumn! I’ve just finished a two-week residency at Sprout Community Arts in the thriving community of Furzedown in Streatham, London SW16 with my fellow textilers Women of the Cloth
Our workshops proved very popular this year and we had the pleasure of teaching new craft skills to many newcomers, all of whom went home with gorgeous colourful items to adorn their homes or to give as gifts to friends and family. Slipper workshops are always a sellout. I just love all the different designs and colourschemes people come up with
New this year was our Needlefelted dogs workshop, run by Janet Thompson. She had envisaged that everyone would make a little Jack Russell as a first piece, but participants had other ideas and whole array of little dogs trotted out at the end of the workshop!
My favourite newcomer was 12 year-old Tatum who wanted to learn Indian Shisha mirror embroidery so that she could add a Bindi to the forehead of a beautiful portrait she is stitching for a competition. Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of the piece she is working on, but here are her mirrors at the first stage of stitching. She picked it up in no time and came back to show me the completed Bindi and learn some additional stitches. Great stuff. If you see this post Tatum, let me know when the whole embroidery is finished – I’d love to see it.
I had 6 round the table for an abstract feltmaking day – a bit of a squeeze at Sprout’s table, but some beautiful designs were created by beginners and some who’d been to previous workshops of mine.
The next day we had Joan showing people her very popular figure weaving techniques – the colourful, happy figures make great tree decorations.
No sooner had I finished at Sprout, than it was Crafty Pint Christmas workshop time, at The Railway pub! We had 40 keen crafters doing a mix of Felt Baubles, Willow Woven stars, wreaths & Christmas trees plus lino cutting and printing a set of cotton napkins. What a feast of activities to delve into. It was great fun – mulled wine a welcome addition thanks to The Railway.
One more workshop to go before Christmas – Felt baubles, stars & hearts for the tree at Serendipity Tea Rooms on Monday night, 16th December – 6.15-9.00 pm £25.00 including tea and CAKE!!
Do come and join in.
Workshops dates for 2014 being added slowly but surely … see the sidebar to the right of the page.