Workshops 10am - 4pm unless specified.
The workshops are fully inclusive of materials and equipment, no need to lug anything just bring yourself and delve in. As an experienced fashion and textile designer I have heaps of ideas, samples and patterns on hand. Everyone is welcome, gentle help and enthusiasm overcomes any sewing stress.
7th December. A Christmas Home Full
8th December. A Christmas Home Places
Decorate your home with vintage inspired Christmas From opulent to folksy styles the most festive of fabrics get put to one side for this day including velvets, tweeds and blankets. Stockings, Shaker Angels, garlands, pesonalised gift bags and swags are all things to consider in pursuit of the perfect festive look. £50
Wed 11th December. Sew Happy
A whole day to yourself to be creative and you don’t even have to tidy away at the end of the day! Learn how to sew, dress make or a chance to work on your own projects, with help and advice. No idea what you want to do? Using my collection of vintage and salvaged materials explore upcyling ideas, expand your sewing knowledge, learn image transfer methods; free motion stitching, appliqué, construction skills and anything other! £40 Places
15th December. Traditional Books. Full
SPRING WORKSHOPS 2014
Hope & Elvis Sewing Made Simple. 25th Jan
I have been making forever but I DO understand how a sewing machine can bring out the panic. If you have a machine gathering dust or just really want to learn to sew, then let me help you with simple and gentle guidance. I will cover the set up of the machine, tips to get you out of trouble, fear free stitching and even the wonders of free motion sewing. I guarantee you will be stitching and constructing something wonderful before morning coffee. New or just shaky about sewing you will be able to create something to be proud of £55 Places
Cath Ray Traditional Books. 8th February
Cath Ray is a professional bookbinder using reclaimed natural materials such as slate, wood and leather. Learn the fundamental processes involved in traditional book making and make an exquisite quarter bound book and a small soft leather book to write in your wishes, dreams or job lists! This is a great opportunity for artists and makers to learn how to create their own sketchbooks as well as anyone intrigued by this traditional craft. Beware it can be addictive and many people end up making a whole library of gift books for family and friends. £60 www.cathraybooks.co.uk 2 Places
Hope & Elvis Winter Warmers. 15th February
Upon my travels I find beautiful cashmere sweaters, baby soft blankets and fine wool tweeds all in need of a good home. A little moth nibble here a small stain there doesn't have to mean they are ready for the rag man and there is such a lovely feeing to working the cloth into a bright new future. Personally and creatively the choice is yours but I can help you make good pair of fleece lined mittens, a variety of scarf designs using vintage fuzzy felt, eiderdown fringing, cosy pockets or an embellished story on a pastel coloured baby blanket. £55 Places
Hope & Elvis Bespoke Tweed Bags. 8th March
I bought my first tweed jacket moons ago because I was sad to see such a garment of presence on the wet grass at a boot sale. There is always a good story behind a good jacket and the clue is sometimes left in the pockets; a signed blank cheque, a fisherman friend and two aspirin are all finds. It took me a while to decide how to bring them back into being useful but the pockets swung it in favour of a bag and it worked perfectly. Design and make your own version from a jacket or fine suiting fabrics, teamed with silk scarf linings, floral prints, leather buttons and vintage brooches. There are many styles to choose from so you will be able to make the perfect bag for you. £60 Places
Judith Brown Vintage Jewellery. 22nd March
I have never been able to resist a vintage card of hooks and eyes. Judith Brown shares the same passion for haberdashery and she has found a way of of stitching with wire to create intricate shapes reminiscent of lace. This elegant and feminine jewellery is stocked in both the V&A and the British Museum. Nostalgic in feel but contemporary in look I can't wait to make some delicate drops. Exploring Judith's wire stitching technique combined with vintage and modern haberdashery you will learn learn how to make a pendant and/or earrings inspired by her beautiful black Noir collection. Generous to a fault she will also share other techniques and there will be time to explore and develop your ideas further. With a studio full of antique lace, buttons and cards of beautiful sewing bits to choose from the results should be amazing. £75 inc lunch. 4 Places www.judithbrownjewellery
Magie Hollingworth. Nature and Nurture
29th March 2 places 30th March 3 Places
It is with delight that I am able to introduce a workshop with fellow Harley artist Magie who explores the sculptural qualities of found paper, producing a range of papier mache vessels, spoons, wall work and sculptural forms using paper pulp techniques. This workshop is built around Magie's creative passions –paper, recycling, nesting instincts, home building, cooking, utensils, exploring through doing and much, much more.
Spend a very full day up close and personal with Magie's work and thought processes. She will demonstrate her pulp making methods and you will make one of her signature 'shredded' organic pod vessels. Making a selection of spoons will follow using handmade and vintage papers and by using 'found' components you will also craft uniquely personal mixed media utensils. A great opportunity to be totally inspired and one not to be missed! £75 inc lunch www.magiehollingworth.co.uk
Mrs. Bertimus Stitchery-Pokery & Other Such Delights. 5th April Full
Art tutor,Etsy seller and featured in Mollie Makes, Mrs Bertimus is one of those people who bring sunshine into the room and combined with her talent for painting and mixed media textiles this is a workshop that has got FUN written all over it!
Opening up her mixed media recipe book she will show you how to make image transfers using everyday materials. Scribbly machine embroidery and journaling techniques will be discussed while the fairy buns are being passed around. Inspired by Mrs Bertimus's style make a great pice of wall art, a wooden block mixed media picture or an altered book. £75 inc a huge cake filled lunch. mrsbertimus.blogspot.co.uk
Tom of Holland Mend & Darn It. 12th April Full
Originally from The Netherlands Tom van Deijnen is master knitter and dedicated mender. Passionate about the craftsmanship of clothes repair he encourages others to "wear their existing clothes for longer with a beautiful darn worn as a badge of honor." Tom will lead with a show of his intricate work in garment form followed by an introduction to different darning techniques onto knitted samples.
Learn some traditional techniques along with patching, weaving and mark making ideas so that you can add LIFE and SOUL into what you wear. I'm sure I'm not going to be the only one who will be adding visible mends and patches to cloth just to celebrate the beauty of the human hand. ..sigh. £75 inc lunch www.tomofholland.com
The Wonderful Julie Arkell. 26th April Full
The magical Julie Arkell will be in the studio to share a little bit of her wonderful self and her truly original work. Using treasured fabrics, wool and found curiosities she will be there to inspire and guide into a delightful word of making decorative accessories pieced together with words and stories.*11.30 - 5pm with Julie. Shop and share activities starting at 10am £85 inc lunch and a special Hope & Elvis goody bag.
Mandy Patullo Stripy Quilts.
17th or 18th May Full
Mandy Patullo treasures the old and worn. She refashions, re-cycles and reuses very old and often disintegrating quilts into textile collages and garments, usually embellishing with simple embroidery and traditional appliqué. Her work is evocative, emotive and truly beautiful. As much of her work has been limited to online sightings it was a real pleasure to meet her at the Festival of Quilts and also to get the chance to invite her to come to the studio.
Strippy quilts are a North East tradition and Mandy has reinterpreted the technique to create atmospheric stripped textile collages. Sharing her secrets and a collection of sorry state quilts, vintage scraps, domestic embroidery and antique lace you will learn how Mandy assembles and plans her compositions, how she stitches them together and chooses embellishment. It will then be your turn to gather a bundle of loveliness together to create a hand stitched piece that fills your own heart with joy and memories. Gentle stitching usually means chatter and much laughter and it is one that will be an absolute pleasure to be part of, I promise! Individual days, £75 inc lunch. www.mandypattullo.co.uk
Jessie Chorley: Collections
Antique Fair Visit. 6th June
We have planned the workshop so that Jessie can take advantage of a visit to the Newark Antique Fair and we thought it was only only polite share this trip with you. I will be there at 9am and happy to meet you at the gates to share tips and my favourite stalls. Meet Jessie later for a quick coffee and we can compare and coo over our finds. Informal event no fee but entrance to the fair is £5. If you could indicate your interest that would be great thank you and I can send you more details closer to the day.
Collage and Collections. 7th June 3 Places
" My mother has a huge cottage garden and I kept amongst other scrapbooks and journals, a garden diary. We collected all the different plants and flowers from each season. The result being a huge book full of plants stuck together with tape and bound with ribbons. I still have these books piled up at my mum's cottage, preserving a little bit of heaven, my childhood, and they are an important influence on my work today"
Jessie's current work combines her collections with stitch and paper to create scenes and stories that unravel on the cover or within the aged pages of books. This is your opportunity to create a usable memory book that might include envelopes pockets an embroidered bookmark bound together with an old ribbon or you can make a collection that can be placed in a frame.
During the workshop you will get to use Jessie's own designed rubber stamp collection and she will demonstrate her unique techniques through out the day. She will start the workshop with a short introduction to her processes, collecting and how she incorporates these items in her collaged and embroidered works. Individual days £75 inc lunch http://jessiechorley.com
Cloth and Collections. 8th June Full
Working on simple pieces of vintage blanket in soft colors and old linens Jessie creates scenes and stories by placing of found items alongside stitch and applique. Create beautiful wearable objects and art accessories through embroidery, appliqué and collage using the needle both as a drawing tool and securing found objects in place. Jessie will concentrate on showing you how to use soft vintage scraps turning them in to beautifully stitched bows and little curtains to house your stories, thoughts and memories.
Jessie will have items from her shop for sale and lots of special findings and materials for you to use on the day. There will also be a little materials list of items for you to bring on the day to make your experience personal and meaningful.
Individual days £75 inc lunch http://jessiechorley.com
Alice Fox The Beauty of Rust. 6th July 5 Places
Alice has an intense interest in the natural world and in the detail of organic things. She has a fascination with the interplay of order and randomness that is found where man and nature collide. Her acutely observed work brings together the textural qualities of textile processes, explorations into embossing and collagraph print making, and digital manipulation.
On the workshop you will learn about the potential for using rusty objects for printing and dyeing onto silks, french linens and antique fabrics. Using found items such as keys, nails and washers you will produce a series of unique prints and marks onto a natural ground. These wondrous prints will be beautiful in their own right but worked with delicate stitches they can be used be as the starting point of a miniature quilt, a framed panel or cut into snippets for beautiful cards. Endless and exciting possibilities! £75 inc lunch www.alicefox.co.uk
Janet Bolton. 12th & 13th July 4 Places
Janet Bolton composes textile pictures using the simplest of hand-sewing techniques. Her inspiration comes from visual experience, imagination, and sometimes from the textile itself. For Janet, the placement of each element within the composition and the feeling this evokes is the most important factor of each piece of work.
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome her back to the studio for a 5th year, she is truly wonderful! Sharing her working methods and inspiration she will demonstrate hand-sewing techniques and ways of framing work. The emphasis of the workshop will be on individual development and working freely with materials to form a textile picture of your design. 2 days £150 www.janetbolton.com
Ella Robinson Driftwood Stitching. 9th August
Ella Robinson is a talented young artist whose work celebrates vibrant colour, pattern and unexpected textile materials. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. Working with both found and purchased media, she creates one-off hand crafted pieces inspired by the colours of the urban environment and the charm of the coast.
Explore the possibilities of drilling, stitching and wrapping driftwood and found materials. I will repeat that incase you missed the drilling and stitching into wood, suitable for ladies of course!
Create contemporary sea glass necklaces, drill and stitch colourful signs or craft rows of houses with evocative detailing. If you like your garden then you might like to try colourfully wrapped wind sticks that will gently blow in the breeze. This is a highly creative workshop with a refreshing approach to materials but it is most certain that you will go home with a need to buy a drill, a grin on you face and lots of good and great things made! £75 inc lunch www.ellarobinson.com Places
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