Taught by Ruth Woods from Craft School Oz
Hand stitching has been used in many cultures such as the Japanese Boro, Indian Kantha, hand stitched quilts, mending clothes and many countries that have a history of hand-stitching traditions. We are now connecting with these old traditions to create beautiful works.
Explore this slow stitching process where we reuse fabrics and clothes. We will explore texture, stitch and subtle colours to create new old-look textile pieces, which could be, an art piece, a stitch journal, a bag or even an item of clothing.
Materials are included, but if you have a craft stash of fabric you have been keeping for a while you might like to bring along some of your own materials which will make your piece unique to you.
Ruth encourages the participants of her workshops to experiment using many materials exploring shape and form.
I loved the class. I learnt how to approach the idea of slow stitching. I learnt different sticking techniques and how to achieve the effect I was after. Mostly it was a great opportunity to sit and talk to other lovely people who had the same interests and me. Very friendly environment, excellent teacher.
Given that I haven't picked up a needle and thread since lessons at high school, I achieved so much in such a short period of time. Ruth was very patient in teaching me to do basic stitches again. I drew inspiration from her lovely examples of slow stitching along with the wonderful array of fabrics and thread to choose from. I spent a lovely day sewing and conversing and couldn't believe how fast time flew at the end of the day. The day was made more enjoyable by being at the Handmaker's factory. The studio provided such a warm, creative environment to stitch in and Nichola's cake was a yummy surprise.