Create a fabric decoration with high quality materials and discover how simple sewing techniques can be used to good effect. You will also make a fabric wreath, with rich texture and colour.
The stitching skills can be used on a variety of other sewing projects.
You will choose a shape from a selection of paper patterns (tree, star, heart) cut it out from linen and embellish one side using an array of simple but effective techniques creatively. These could include:
- Appliqué using a contrasting or complementary fabric for example velvet, gingham, ticking, tana lawn.
- Simple hand embroidery stitches - French knots, stab stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, seed stitch, cross stitch, running stitch.
- For extra embellishments add buttons, beads and ribbons.
The combination and how you use these techniques are up to you. You will then join the two sides together, either by hand stitching or using a sewing machine, stuff and add a ribbon hanger.
Your fabric wreath involves careful choice of fabrics, experimenting with fabric widths and lengths and type of knotting on to a wire wreath former and considering distribution of colour and texture. You can rip or cut you strips or combine the two techniques for a texturally rich effect and you might add in ribbons. You will master rotary cutting and experiment with different weights of fabrics for maximum impact.
Both items will be unique to you and make great Christmas gifts.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Christine Green trained as a graphic designer at Kingston Polytechnic and worked for the BBC creating title sequences. She gained her PGCE at Goldsmiths and runs craft workshops and gives inspirational talks. She featured on BBC's "Make! Craft Britain" teaching paper cutting to a group of novices.