Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stitching the month away!

So we are well and truly into 2016, the month of January seems to have flown by and whilst I was on holiday for one week of it I really do not know where it went.
During 2016 I will be setting up shop at Inkberrow Design Centre on most Thursdays (see the calendar for details) and I will be either running 3 workshops of 3 hours or a full day workshop. I start on 11th February and there are still places left but be sure to book up so that you do not miss out this month.
The classes are titled Creative Stitching and we will be looking at stitch and design in each session, learning new skills and sharing what we know to learn from each other. So let's take a look at what is in store on 11th February!

10 - 1 Tapestry Needlepoint Brooch
In this session we will be looking at my old favourite topic of Use Your Stash! Using my stash of second hand wool we will learn how to follow a stitch chart, learn tent stitch and look at colour theory. This workshop is an extended version of the brooch stitching workshops you may have completed at Knitting and Stitching Show because we will be looking at colours and how they resonate against each other and also with us. bring a notebook because we will be noting our thoughts on different colours and looking at why we like what we like.  At the end of the session you will leave with a hand stitched piece of tapestry which can be put into a brooch frame or used as inspiration for a larger piece of work.
Photo courtesy Jackie

1 - 4 Mandala Madness!
Check out the lovely image at the top of this blog. Again using secondhand wool we will be creating some fantastic works of art on plastic canvas. There really is no end to combinations of stitching that we can do to create some really exciting pieces of art.  I have used these pieces to adorn chairs, create wall hangings and at Fashion Embroidery and Stitch at the NEC my stand will be awash with them! Simple and stylish this workshop is great if you are looking for ideas for cross generational activities or if you want to start looking at stitch in 3d.

6 - 9 Cross Stitch City (copyright)
I am so excited about this workshop which will see us create a city skyline and much more from 7 motifs. Later in the year this series and process will become a book so get ahead of the cross stitch curve and begin to build your own city. We will look at the motifs and then set about designing the city, once you are happy with your design it's time to start stitching it onto aida, binca or tapestry canvas. You will need an embroidery hoop but I will have a supply if you want to buy one on the day. You will leave with the start of your city ready to complete at home or why not come back for another session and continue building?
Cross Stitch City - copyright Tina Francis

These classes will be repeated in March and April so if you want to do all three why not book up ahead of time for the next three months.

On 18th February I will be running my first all day workshop at Inberrow which will see us Colouring the Canvas. Drawing our inspiration from flowers, concrete and any other texture I can lay my hands on we will be learning how to make the canvas and not the stitch the star of out work. Here is a little example, I will be posting more about this class in next weeks blog.

There are so many great workshops happening at Inkberrow this year what with it being their 25th Anniversary and all! I am really looking forward to working with the other tutors and learning from them too! Jenny Taylor from Great British Sewing Bee and Create and Craft TV will be showing you how to create a great sewing organiser, Julie Marshall of Fabricology will be running classes on all thing stretch fabric, Kate Andre has gelli plate and thermofax printing covered and Sheila Davies will get your mixed media appetites going. All that just in February!!!

Hope to see you at one of the workshops soon until next time happy stitching!