Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Fabulous festive fabric decorations with Christine Green

Ref: S1D09283

Beginners

£138.00
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About this course


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.

Course Description

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

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • Christine will bring an array of buttons, beads, embroidery threads, sewing threads, fabrics, including gauzes, nettings, calicos, linen, velvet, denim, stuffing, and ribbons, pins and needles, and wreath former - to make a stitched decoration and a wreath. This is all included in the course fee.

What students need to bring

  • Dig out some fabrics that could be included in your wreath - not too thick and not stretchy, consider colours that appeal to you, and different textures. Christine will bring a wide selection for you but it's always good to have some 'ownership' on your makes even if it's a bit of old shirt or dress.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutter - preferably 45mm diameter
  • Quilting ruler if you have one, preferably 24 x 6 inches
  • If you can recycle some fabric for your wreath that would be great eg. curtains, clothing, nothing too heavy in weight as you won't be able to knot it successfully
  • General sewing kit, including needles, pins, scissors
  • Sewing machines are available at the College to use

Tutors

Christine Green

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.

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