This workshop is about learning the process of how to use simple slow stitching, mindful mending and instinctual creating. You’ll be guided to make a simple hand-stitched pouch using Kantha and Sashiko-inspired stitch techniques and beautiful botanically dyed fabrics. Slow Stitch is a big part of Ellie’s creative process, helping her to slow down in her daily life while also giving her space to tap into her innate creative voice and work with an instinctual process-led technique. This is about the doing, rather than the outcome. But the lovely thing is that you’ll learn how to make pieces that make you feel joyful.
Combined with cups of tea and cake, Slow Stitch is a way of life that begins your creative meditation. Conversation will be guided around sustainable fabrics and textile use, how to bring slow into your days and nurture your own creative voice. Class cost includes all materials needed to make a small drawstring pouch, but you are more than welcome to bring along any special fabrics to use.
Who is Petal Plum?
Ellie Beck is a textile artist and creative maker, working primarily with natural fibres and an instinctual process. She works with natural and botanical dyes, finding inspiration in and from nature. Ellie expresses her creative voice through loom weaving, slow-stitching, crochet, photography & styling, writing basket weaving and more. She creates pieces that speak of motherhood and self, of her place in the world, in nature, and is interested in mapping landscapes and her journey within space and life.
Ellie is a creative teacher, sharing her knowledge and passions through online classes and in real life gatherings. She loves connecting with other creatives and makers, and sees one of her skills as being able to guide people to open themselves up to their own creative voice. Ellie has taught thousands of students both online and in person, and sees each interaction as a joyful experience.
She lives a slow simple and mindful life in the rainforest in Northern NSW, with her artist / designer husband and three creative children. She’s been featured in both print publications and online websites, and occasionally writes for magazines and books.
You can connect with via her popular blog petalplum.com.au and Instagram @petalplum, where you’ll often find her sipping tea, contemplating the slow life and trying to decide which project to pick up. She’s probably surrounded by creative mess and children’s laughing.
- How to make a hand-stitched pouch using Kantha and Sashiko inspired techniques
- How to use slow craft to aid in the creative process, relaxation and calm
- Combine traditional techniques with natural dye fabrics
- Your own hand stitched drawstring pouch
- An introduction to a process-led slow craft practice
- Complimentary tea and cake
- All materials provided
Vendor sincce 2017
Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.
Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.
The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.