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Begin a fabric and hand stitch journey

Repurposing fabrics in a 'Boro' style. Stitching them together to make new surfaces.

Duration: One day

Price: £70

Book with: Amanda Duke
at Amanda Duke Make Art

Amberley Museum
New Barn Road
West Sussex
BN18 9LT

Course Start Dates

Friday 17th January 2020
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Friday 13th March 2020
Tuesday 14th April 2020
Tuesday 12th May 2020

About the Course

Choose one or all 5 dates. £70 per workshop
Learn about fabric and hand stitch techniques in a relaxed yet productive environment at the Chalk Pit Art Studio, Amberley Museum.

Free and experimental approaches to hand stitching will be supported by some traditional skills. A variety of abstract fabric arrangements will encourage a complete focus on manipulating the visual elements shape, colour, texture, tone, line, pattern. Aesthetic choices and decisions will be made when balancing final compositions. Making these decisions can be challenging, contemplative, revealing and fun.

Further stitching will focus on the joys of running stitch and include a make do and mend approach. An introduction to Kantha, Sashiko and Boro will support your broader understanding of how all cultures repurpose fabrics. We will build up a variety of stitch approaches to embellish our fabric assemblages and be encouraged to use our intuition. We will allow our stitches to go for a walk. A stitch journey will ensue and we will gradually invent our own embroidered designs. Once all is going well and in the last couple of weeks, we will discuss fabric journals and how you could gather what you have made so far and document your works in a fabric book if you wish.

Learning Aims
To be able to hand stitch with confidence and ease.
To know a range of traditional stitches to support a free and less structured approach.
To understand how visual elements can be arranged to develop a balanced or discordant design.
Be able to pursue hand stitching independently and develop a personal approach.

Please contact me details of which workshop runs on which date or see my website (link above).

Week 1
Simple, contemplative hand stitching. Relaxing yet productive and fun.
Running stitch, linear and textural elements. Make a free flowing and slow stitch sampler.
Extend your knowledge and use of this simple yet versatile stitch and learn from other cultures too.

Week 2
Fabric Collage Colour and shape elements -make 5 collage arrangements and start free stitching.
Be able to select harmonious colours and develop your confidence in making aesthetic arrangements that have some balance, rhythm and also a sense of proportion before committing to stitch.

Week 3
Simple, contemplative hand stitching – beginner embroidery stitches – pattern elements – make a sampler to practice some stitches other than running stitch before stitching into your fabric collage arrangements.

Week 4
Part 1 Hand stitching into your fabric collages. Get all five going before taking home to complete.
Part 2 Introduction to making a fabric journal. A place to keep your fabric samples, fabric collages and other items that you may have in your fabric stash.

Week 5
Continue to put together your fabric journal. Putting it together and what lies ahead to complete at home.

This group will provide a good opportunity to meet new people. Discussion about the subject of the course and also discussion about life experiences will enhance the experience for all.
Through fabric arrangement and manipulation visual awareness will increase. Discussions about the visual elements will enhance any existing knowledge of aesthetics. Confidence in making personal decisions about what makes a balanced harmonious or discordant design will increase.
In new situations that we walk into, we learn to get along with each other and empathise with the individual stories that people bring to the situation. When a group of people work alongside each other they form unique sensitivity and bond with people.
We learn skills and techniques with tools and materials that are easily accessible and can travel easily with us wherever we go. Hand stitching provides something to do when we need to be mindful, relax or immerse ourselves in something calm and inspiring.

All media is supplied on this course but it is appreciated if you bring your own needles, pins and embroidery scissors.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All fabric and other materials are included in the cost of the course.
Refreshments, teas, coffees, lunch and afternoon cake will be provided too.

For early bird discount bookings and 5 day block booking prices please message me.

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