Workshops currently available
The workshops below are some that I have presented in recent times. However I would be happy to consider teaching other techniques used in my original textile / felt pieces.
Glue gun adventures
Embracing your glue gun and emblazoning fabrics by embellishing, embedding, embossing and more……. Creating a decorative, dimensional and structural medium for integrating with textiles – all done with everyday items from the kitchen. Instead of your glue gun lying idle, this workshop explores how to get the most out of it. Owing to the unique properties of hot glue, one can create a range of dimensional embellishments. 1 day
Manipulate and melt
So many options to raise the surface, modify and manipulate a range of materials and fibres by heat or physical means. Workshops are available to explore the possibilities of transforming textiles and add dimension and texture to your fibre art. Some of the tools used include the humble iron, heat gun, wood-burning type tools as well as various grids. Materials range from natural and synthetics to plastic, paper, wire and fibres.
Stitch resist shibori
You will cover some complex, but mainly simple shibori stitching techniques for fabric. If you can do a simple running stitch you can unlock its amazing potential when used with plain fabric with or without dye. Duration of workshop is flexible and can be from 1 – 3 days. Using indigo and fibre reactive dyes produce wonderful results on natural fibres such as silk and cotton. The same stitch techniques will work on synthetics with different dyes or with heat to create permanent texture.
Stitch, shrink and shrivel
This workshop explores an extreme shrinkage technique using fabric, wool, free motion embroidery and trapped objects. Interesting 3 dimensional / textural surfaces can be created from the shrinkage that occurs, which is up to 1/2 of the original dimensions.
Stitching with metal
Although metal shim is available (at some cost), some stunning results are obtained by using a few aluminium drink cans. Not only will the metal be transformed through annealling, but you will learn how to safely cut and stitch it. While only a few supplies are required, a sewing machine is essential. There are many options for colouring and embossing too, which makes the technique ideal for embellishing.
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