Introduction to Textile Offcuts



Join the textile designer, Isabel Fletcher in a workshop exploring the creative potential in textile offcuts.

During the workshop, Isabel will lead a series of techniques exploring how textile waste can be used as the starting point for textile design. Isabel will demonstrate how considered placement, shape, colour, and stitch can be combined to create beautifully intricate textiles. These techniques should spark ideas of how waste can be incorporated into everyday sewing projects, whether for the home or clothing.

This workshop is suitable for both complete beginners and those with some sewing experience. The workshop will be hosted on Google Meet which does not require setup or installation. A meeting link will be sent prior to the workshop.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Isabel will teach a series of techniques which should spark ideas of how waste can be incorporated into everyday sewing projects, whether for the home or clothing. Participants should leave the workshop with a new perception of waste which can be applied to all aspects of daily life.

The workshop will cover:
- Fabric, thread and colour choice
- Improvised offcut appliqué
- Offcut fabric buttons
- Improvised hand quilting
- Questions and answers throughout

What you will need

- Computer with a webcam and microphone.
- Fabrics. This can be any scraps or pieces leftover from other projects, worn out clothing, or bigger sections of fabric you can cut up.
- A variety of regular and thicker sewing thread (contrasting or matching)
- Pins and needles suitable for your thread
- Fabric scissors
- Iron and ironing surface
- A circular template (a tin of tomatoes works well!)
- Although I will be demonstrating hand sewing techniques, you are welcome to use a sewing machine if you prefer.

Notes on fabrics:
- It is a good idea to have a range of weights for the techniques we will be working on.
- Weights can range from thicker upholstery fabrics to fine cotton shirting. Old clothing, bed sheets and pillow cases also work well if you don’t have many fabrics.
- Think about how your fabrics work together as we will be using them to arrange collage compositions.


Isabel Fletcher at Studio Isabel Fletcher

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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