Dates: Saturday 30 July, 6 Aug & 27 Aug, 10-4.
Explore hand stitching and creating fragments of memory with fabric and stitch. It is inspired by the idea of the silk road and the great travellers, like Marco Polo who travelled the road in order to source silk, eastern spices and other treasure. If you travelled that road and you could not write but wanted to keep memories of the fabrics and silks you encountered, and wanted to remember the patterns and stitches and wanted to keep warm at the same time- what better way then, to sew fragments onto a blanket- a visual aide de memoire. The texture is created with simple running stitch and the embroidery on the fragments of fabric likewise employ simple stitches. This piece is about the rhythm of the stitching and to create decorative effects yet keeping things easy. Any kind of stories can be incorporated- you may wish to use scraps of fabric that belong to family, you may use fabrics that have been given to you, you may use findings from the beach and create stitching around that, you may choose a favourite motif. You can use square shapes or round shapes or any other shape that you feel drawn to. You can use the motif in the appliquéd fabric to inspire your embroidery. You will find the blanket starts to dictate the story to you and that is part of the fun of the process.
Guest Tutor: Dijanne Cevaal. Dijanne is an artist, tutor, curator, and bilingual author. She regularly travels to Europe to teach and exhibit. She recently announced that the Traveller's Blanket is going to be turned into a French/English book. She incorporates linoprints and hand-dyed fabrics into stitched and embellished pieces (both hand and machine stitched). Her down-to-earth, hands-on approach makes her an excellent tutor for both beginner and more advanced students. You can read more about Dijanne on her blog: http://origidij.blogspot.com.au
Three classes: Sat 30 July, 6 August & 27 August, 2016. 10am to 4pm. NB: the 2nd class date has changed from that originally published.
- Stitching to create narrative / stories
- Dyeing background fabric
- Stitching for effect.
- Create your own Traveller's Blanket to take home.
- A flannelette sheet to use as the wadding of your blanket.
- Notebook and pen/pencil.
- Fabric and embellishments that have a personal meaning or that you would like to use in your blanket.
- The front and back fabrics, which you will dye and/or print during the class, will be available to purchase from the tutor. Price TBC.
Comfortable clothes for crafting - the dyeing could get messy.
Adults 15 years and older who want to explore stitching & memory.
Vendor sincce 2015
Be enticed by the colour and texture of Opendrawer. Founded by Robyn Steel-Stickland (& co.) in 2010, we've been described as edgy, arty, elegant, unique and quirky. Part gallery shop for handmade artist product from all around Australia. Part vintage and textile art supply wonderland. Part workshop for people of all skill levels. All creativity hub.
At Opendrawer, you'll learn skills, techniques and ideas that encourage you to find your own creativity.
You can enrol in courses or workshops in felt, creativity, sewing, embroidery, book making, crochet, dyeing, drawing, jewellery making, paper sculpture, art & design, mixed media, and more.
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If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.
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