Altered and repaired, garments and objects with Jessie Chorley

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: S2D11130

Suitable for all

£275
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About this course

Create a beautiful one-off memento, and give a new life to a pre-loved and worn item. Celebrate clothing and objects as your canvas, drawing directly on and into them with a needle, threads and fabrics.

Course Description

This workshop focuses on your tutor Jessie's signature style of mindful mending and the delicate repairing of pre-loved personal items. You will explore several signature stitch techniques including couching, running, stem and back stitch. Jessie will help you get started with simple appliqué and patching techniques.

The tutor will guide you through the steps to create your own one-off items in her signature style. She will share with you how she celebrates, and uses pre-worn items and objects as her canvases, illustrating directly on and in to them with her needle, threads and fabrics. The needle and thread acts as much as her drawing tools as they do her mending tools.

The workshop will start with a short talk, where Jessie will show and share with you a selection of her original art work samples. There will be plenty of time for your questions and answers during the workshop. You will be directed both as a group and individually as Jessie shares with you how she cuts simple shapes out of fabrics and then attaches them directly, using stitches to her chosen garments and objects. These shapes could be a house, a moon, a flower, a river, the stars above or a simple tree.

Jessie will work with you directly to cut and create shapes personal to you. Simple hand stitched text will also be explored during this workshop, as will traditional darning techniques.

As a participant of this workshop, it is essential to bring with you, a pre-loved item from your own wardrobe or enjoy looking for something special for this event. You can bring dolls clothing, children's clothing, homeware, favourite worn fabric bags and pillowcases; perhaps you have something from a family member or beloved friend tucked away. You do not have to create or mend a wearable item; instead you can be inspired by Jessie's more sculptural and one-off art works, which are created to be framed or hung in a space as a one-off object.

Cotton and natural fabric items are suggested as they are easier to embellish with embroidery, mending and patching techniques. Please stay away from stretchy modern fabrics.

The main focus of this workshop is to create a beautiful one-off memento, and to give a new life to a pre-loved and worn item. You will be given a kit at the start of this workshop which will include several items to help you get started, including precious fabric scraps and embroidery floss. Jessie suggests embracing the workshop as an explorative and peaceful slow stitching day; learning new techniques while being inspired by my original art works and materials that will surround you. You may find it helpful to bring your sketch book to make notes and marks.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • You will get a hand crafted kit that comes inside a hand printed fabric bag, and contains the following items:
  • Assorted hand cut appliqué fabric shapes
  • Assorted fabric scraps
  • A printed instruction card of the tutor's favourite stitch techniques
  • Full use of the tutor's specialist embroidery threads collection and fabrics and workshop materials kit

What students need to bring

  • Please bring the following items with you:
  • Your favourite sewing tools
  • A pre loved item of clothing or other fabric objects to mend and re-work
  • Assorted favourite embroidery threads
  • Assorted favourite fabric scraps. These can be small scraps in soft shades or in various colours and patterns
  • Please feel free to bring larger pieces of fabric. Bring anything you love, cherish and want to work with during your time with me
  • Assorted small paper scraps, old postcards, letters, book pages, drawings. These can be cut and stitches directly in and on to your fabric construction
  • Odd charms, buttons, lace, small keys, vintage ribbons etc
  • A poem, a word, a favourite quote, your sketch books
  • Bring your sketch book
  • This personal memorabilia is intended as direct inspiration. Many of the items above are suggested so they can be physically incorporated in to your work. Enjoy selecting items that evoke a personal narrative for you.
  • The tutor suggests bringing a selection of the items from above, and then enjoy being inspired by her original art works, and the hand crafted kit that she will provide you with at the start of your creative experience.
  • As a participant of this workshop, it is essential to bring with you, a pre-loved item from your own wardrobe (this is not provided for you) or enjoy looking for something special for this event. You can bring dolls clothing, children's clothing, homeware, favourite worn fabric bags and Pillowcases. Perhaps you have something from a family member or beloved friend tucked away. You do not have to create or mend a wearable item. You can be inspired by my more sculptural and one-off items, which the tutor likes to create to be framed or hung in a space as a one-off object.
  • The tutor suggests cotton and natural fabric items as they are easier to embellish with embroidery, mending and patching techniques. Please stay away from stretchy modern fabrics.

Tutors

Jessie Chorley

Jessie Chorley grew up high in the hills of North Wales, close to the foot of Mount Snowdon. Today, she considers herself a Londoner. She moved from Wales to London in summer 2002, just before starting a BA in Fine Art Textile Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of the Arts London. Whilst studying, she chose to dedicate her life to making beautiful things by hand and, shortly after graduating from university in 2005, she established her business, committing in earnest to being a full-time artist, designer and maker. Over time, she has also become an author, social artist and tutor and running an independent shop was her life between 2007-2021.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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