There's not that many things you get for free nowadays but at Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch over the weekend 40 people got to have a workshop with little old me for just that. I was one of the tutors on the Freudenberg Vilene Education Stand and between us we ran workshops for 200 people!!
Running a workshop is very new to me - like brand new so i was lucky to be able to watch and learn from Kim Thitticai, Kathleen Laurel Sage, Angie Hughes and Jayne Routley (Felting doyenne) taking tips and using them as my own!! Thanks ladies!
My workshop used painted bondaweb, pelmet weight interfacing, part of my lifetimes collection of bubble wrap, waste tapestry canvas and acrylic paint. Take a look at the pictures above and see just how many different designs can come from this random list of stuff!! The title was "The Start of Something" and encouraged people to stitch into their masterpieces once they got home, I can not wait to share the stitched versions as they come through (no pressure everyone!).
So a weekend when I did not pick up a tapestry needle? Oh no hold on, the sample I made for the show is going to become a tapestry needlepoint and I will be sharing my progress on this over the next few months.
I'd like to say a great big thank you to the people that came to the workshop it was fantastic to see so many designs created in just 45 minutes (probably only 30 minutes after I had go on and on!!), all of the work was delicious and I wanted to take it all back with me and claim it as my own! I hope you can spot your masterpiece above and thanks for letting me use them for this blog. If any of you need a reminder then the definitive instructions on painting Bondaweb can be found here from Kim Thittichai.
I really enjoyed myself and would especially like to thank Kim Thitticahi who, as you will know from previous posts, was the person who first got me into textiles which then became this crazy tapestry thing!
On to the British Craft Trade Fair next, I am finalising my stand display tomorrow because I need a bit of a relax after a fun weekend.